The Beaverkill and Willowemoc are very low due to the dry summer we’ve had. The cooler days and nights have slowly lowered water temperatures into the low-sixties and mid-fifties, as is common during this time of the end of the fishing season. However, the low flows are making trout fishing challenging, and we really need good soaking rains to bring the river back to a more normal and fishable level.
Trout are concentrated in the pools; fishing success will be minimal and limited to the heads of pools where there is fast water. Watch for ‘feeding lanes’ where flies and bubbles can be seen. Make your approach carefully and quietly, and watch for rising fish, casting your fly delicately just upstream of the rise.
Flies that have been observed hatching include tan colored caddis flies and some remaining slate-colored Isonychias. The Elk Hair Caddis in size #14, and the Dun Variant, also in size #14, may encourage a trout to rise; 5X tippet is sufficient for flies of this size.