With all the snow yesterday, we recommend you come and go snowshoeing! We have snowshoes for rental and purchase.In addition to the great snowshoeing conditions, this coming weekend is another BIG weekend here at HRO. Saturday, we are hosting a Catskill Fly Tying Workshop. Harold will be sharing how to tie Catskill dries and their derivations. He will be sharing what he learned from Del Mazza. Sunday, we are sponsoring a Salmon and Steelhead Fly Tying Demonstration at Tamarack Preserve in Amenia, NY. Stop by anytime between 9:30AM and 2:30PM and get some tips and see how to tie classic and modern flies.
Today's forecast: Today is the calm before the storm. It will be a mostly sunny day with a high temp of 24' with a west wind of 10-17 mph resulting windchills as low as -7'. Overnight expect a clipper system to put down some 1-3" of powder on top of the foot or so of snow on the ground!
Now for the fishing conditions. The river is at 534 CFS and clear. While there may be some slush or ice around rocks in the slower sections today the water is in a great state to fish. Look for the deeper pools and channels as the fish are located in these spots. In general, this time of the year you do well to wait until the sun gets on the water for a bit to help warm it up some. We suggest starting later in the morning with some big streamers and search the water. Strip these slowly as the fish are sluggish and not willing to move too far. All colors of streamers are effective at times, so swap out and modify your retrieve if you don't get any takes. We are seeing our small black stoneflies starting to show up so make sure you have some of these in your boxes (size 14-18). Egg patterns dropped behind a big stonefly (8-12) are also very effective this time of the year. Trail the egg about 18" behind the stonefly so it gently rolls through the water. Winter black stones are starting to appear so you'll want to have a few of these (size 14-18).
In addition to the stoneflies mentioned above, we like the following patterns: Hares Ear (12-16), BH Princes (10-16), BH Pheasant Tails (12-18), Rubber Legs (all colors), 20 Incher's (8-16) & Euro Bead Head Princes. Don't forget to try a San Juan or Squirmy Worm too. We recommend a drop rig for maximum effectiveness and use an indicator to make sure you don't miss any takes. Try the AirLock indicators if you haven't already. They are the best!
For your nymphing needs we are offering two great packages which will get you right on the water. Check out our products page around lunchtime today to see all the details.
Since you're reading our river report, please consider purchasing your gear from us. We are happy to have the opportunity to match any deals out there you may come upon. Give us a call first and let us have the first chance. Thanks!
Start thinking about spring and book your guided fishing trips now! The best time to get out in the spring is Late April to Mid May and these dates always fill up fast so don't wait! We want to thank all of you for a great season this year and look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience again in the new year. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!
Don't forget we buy, sell or trade used and antique fishing equipment rods, reels, lines, duck and fish decoys, fishing lures, books, artwork, collectibles and tying materials/tools. If you are looking to trade in, sell, or are just scaling down as they say, bring your items in or take pictures and email them to us and we will happily purchase or offer a trade up. I have been purchasing and selling used and collectible items for over 25 years and our fishing/hunting library in the store is the finest and largest probably in the country. We will happily show you the value of your items and then offer trade-in or purchase prices. So give us a call (860-672-1010) or send and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also purchase estates and will gladly come over to your house to assess the value of your collection and purchase the entire collection.