01/19/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 6

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

West Branch Ausable River New York
The West Branch of the Ausable River is located in the Adirondack Mountains of
New York and is considered by many to be the best trout stream in the state.
Apparently those that think so could care less whether the fish they catch are wild or
stocked. There are some wild trout but most of the trout are stocked. There are
some big holdovers and the river is known mostly for the large holdovers. It's very
diverse with just about every type of water that exist in a trout stream. It has
meadows in the uppermost section, a flume or canyon section with plenty of rough,
fast water, some nice ripples and runs, high water falls, and a even a tailwater
section. This river is well worth fishing but I wouldn't personally rate it close to the
Delaware River. I'll give it a "B".

Neversink River New York
The Neversink River has a famous name but not much else to offer the angler that
doesn't belong to a private club located there. There's lots of private water in its
upper sections. There's a few places in the upper section you can fish for wild brook
trout. It's tailwater section below Neversink Reservoir does have some good brown
trout fishing. It holds both wild and stocked trout and there are some large
holdovers. This river was the home of Theodore Gordon and other early fly fishing
writers, but other than its history, I just don't find it to be measure up to other
streams nearby including the Delaware River. I'll give it a B minus.

Willowemoc Creek New York
Willowemoc Creek is more of a river than a creek. It's twenty-six miles long and
although it starts out small, it ends up quite large. It's a tributary of the Beaver Kill.
The stream has a lot of public access, or at least more than the Beaver Kill. It is
stocked but has some wild brown trout and some nice size holdovers mixed in. Its
upper section has native brook trout. If you happen to be in the Catskills then I
recommend you fish it, but I wouldn't go out of the way very far. I'll give it a good
solid "B".

Esopus River
This is a beautiful freestone and tailwater stream with plenty of trout but most of
them come from the state of New York's stocking program. It's the source of the
drinking water for New York City. There are both wild rainbows and brown trout with
some large holdovers and some native brook trout in its uppermost parts. You also
have some big trout that move out of the reservoir to spawn that are occasionally
caught. Don't fish the fast water sections during the hot summer or you will be
dodging people on tube floats. I'll give it a "B" but wouldn't recommend it except for
anglers that have plenty of time that are visiting the Catskills.

Salmon River New York
This is the most popular salmon and steelhead trout stream in the eastern United
States. It also has some large brown trout that move into the river from Lake
Ontario. It's a tailwater that's about twelve miles long. If your looking for a good
place to fly fish during the cold months of the year, you've found it. The steelhead
and brown trout are what's most appealing to fish fishers. If you consider it for what
it is - not a regular trout stream, but a steelhead, salmon and lake run brown trout
stream - then it rightly deserves an "A", but it's not a trout stream as such.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh