Fishing Season: Season Apri 1 - October 15

Schoharie Creek - NY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

65

Hunter Mountain Sports & Expeditions's Tip of the Week

The rivers are finally lowering and clearing after recent heavy rains. Conditions are now very similar to spring with most fish hugging the bottom. Break out the heavy nymphs and streamer flies to get down to where the fish are. As conditions continue to improve we should see fish start to feed on top once again.

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Map of Schoharie Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/14/21

This week will be great early fall fishing with daytime temperatures in the middle seventies and nights dropping into the lower fifties. Water levels are should continue to stabilize. We should have a very productive fall season.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/14/21

Most hatches now have become less frequent so terrestrials are now a main source of food. With higher than normal water conditions the top water feeding is limited. A few fish are feeding on top, but most are feeding just below the surface. You best bet right now is to use a dropper rig to cover all feeding zones. Tie a small nymph about sixteen inches underneath a larger size hopper pattern for the best results. Target shaded and undercut banks that have decent depth. Be sure to change your bottom fly occasionally if the results are not satisfactory. A drowned ant pattern is working very well right now.

Current Conditions as of 9/14/21

This week will be great early fall fishing with daytime temperatures in the middle seventies and nights dropping into the lower fifties. Water levels are should continue to stabilize. We should have a very productive fall season.

Local Species Available Season Apri 1 - October 15

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    Trout and Small Mouth Bass

Hunter Mountain Sports & Expeditions's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Adams Parachute Dry Fly Grey #14
Blue Winged Olive Green #18
Elk Wing Caddis Tan #14
Bead Head Prince Green #14
Kicking Klink Green #14
Schroeder's Parachute Hopper Brown #10

Adams Parachute Dry Fly

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Hunter Mountain Sports & Expeditions's Recommended Gear

Description: About Schoharie Creek

The Schoharie Creek is located in the heart of the northern Catskills and flows into the Schoharie Reservoir which is the first link in the chain of the extensive reservoir system that supplies New York City with some of the purest drinking water in the world. Not being a tailwater stream it has all the characteristics of a real, wild, mountain, trout stream. Its gin clear water makes for breath taking beauty and spooky fish. The stream is littered with huge boulders that offer the fish plenty of shelter to hide during the midday hours, while most feeding occurs either early morning or especially in the evenings. This is one stream that does not easily relinquish its secrets. One must put in some time and effort to receive the many rewards this beautiful stream has to offer. The Schoharie represents a true experience for the purist fly fisherman. Hiring a local guide for the day will definitely enhance this experience. The fish population of the Schoharie Creek is mostly Browns with a few Rainbows in the lower section that flows into the Schoharie Reservoir. The stream is stocked every year with several thousand fish and many will hold over for several years after to become strong, big, and healthy. Several breeding fish, from the reservoir, will come into the stream every year presenting the opportunity for you to actually see your backing. Many years ago Art Flick, with the support of the D.E.C., designed a barrier dam to protect the trout from predation by the large population of migrating Small Mouth Bass and Walleye that inhabit the reservoir. Below the barrier dam, during the warm summer months when the trout fishing start to cool down, some of the best Small Mouth action on a fly rod you could imagine heats up. As fall approaches the leaves and the Browns take on spectacular hues of color that mark the climax of the season. This is the very best fishiing of the season as the trout go into a feeding frenzy to fatten themselves for the long harsh winter ahead. Call to book your trip (518)263-4223 ext 2233

Nearest Airport:

Albany International

Hatches:

Isonychia Blue Winged Blue Olives Terrestrials Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

early mornings or late evenings

Best Stretch:

The public fishing area behind the park in Prattsville

Best Access:

Public parking area behind the baseball field.