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 main stream will most likely be to high to fish this week, but some of the tributaries will clear much quicker. This is a great opportunity to fish for the elusive Brook Trout. Pull out your six foot rod and head way up stream.

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Map of Schoharie Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 7/21/21

The heavy rains over the last few days have made the streams unsafe to fish. It will take a few days before they will be safe to wade again. After the streams clear fishing should be quite good because most fish cannot feed in the high water. Monitor the CFS levels before venturing back to the streams.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/21/21

With the water temperatures on the rise there will be a transition of feeding from bottom to top. The best technique is to fish a smaller nymph under a larger size dry fly. With the current hatches going on right now I would use a size #12 Stimulator fly with a #16 Prince nymph tied sixteen inches below it.

Current Conditions as of 7/21/21

The heavy rains over the last few days have made the streams unsafe to fish. It will take a few days before they will be safe to wade again. After the streams clear fishing should be quite good because most fish cannot feed in the high water. Monitor the CFS levels before venturing back to the streams.

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):
Light Hendrickson White #14
Blue Winged Olive White #18
Yellow Sally Yellow #18
Bead Head Prince Green #14
Elk Wing Caddis Tan #16
Tunghead Stonefly Yellow #16

Light Hendrickson

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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:

Light Cahills Blue Winged Olives Isonychia Small Yellow Stoneflies Sulfurs

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.