October 1 – 15, 2011
Continuing rainfall has kept the Beaverkill and area waters at a higher-than usual level. High waters from last month’s hurricane may have dislodged trees and rocks and changed the pools and riffle areas, even creating new ones in the process. Anglers should take care when wading, as high and discolored water may make it difficult to see the stream bottom – use of a wading staff or sturdy stick is encouraged. Heading into these last two weeks of the 2011 trout fishing season, the cooler days and evenings have helped to keep water temperatures favorable for the trout.
In high water conditions, streamers such as the Black Ghost, Mickey Finn, Black Leech and Muddler Minnow can be effective, especially with the young-of-the-year fingerlings that may be present in the riffle areas. Conehead or beadhead flies also provide good visibility. Autumn is also a good time to fish with terrestrials such as ants, beetles and hoppers; watch for an afternoon hatch of Isonychias as well.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to purchase a new fishing license, as the 2011 license expired September 30. Fishing on the upper Beaverkill closes after October 15, 2011, when the season ends, as this is the time of year that brook and brown trout are spawning. (Your new license will be good for next season, and runs through September 30 of 2012.)