Manhattan Usual

Flyfishing NYC Style
March 28th, 2012

Opening Day, Sunday April 1st

NYSE DEC

This weekend marks the beginning of trout fishing season on many waters around NYC. Don’t forget to renew your fishing license and check the latest regulations guide on the DEC website.

There will be the usual festivities at Junction Pool in Roscoe as well as a special event at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Closer to home, The Bedford Sportsman will be hosting a free presentation on trout angling in the Croton Watershed on Saturday, March 31st.

And for the kids, the Hudson Highlands Wildlife Education Center is offering “Trout Weekend” activities from 12 – 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

 

January 23rd, 2012

I wouldn’t mind being a trout for awhile.

NEW YORK TROUT 3 (by Johnny Nacnac)

January 5th, 2012

Tents available in all primary colors. Come on down to the Pyeongchang Trout Festival.

Tents available in all primary colors. Come on down to the Pyeongchang Trout Festival.

January 5th, 2012

Really. You should go.Pyeongchang Trout Festival

Really. You should go.Pyeongchang Trout Festival

January 5th, 2012

The Pyeongchang Trout Festival. You know you wanna go.

The Pyeongchang Trout Festival. You know you wanna go.

December 20th, 2011

Random Christmas Trout #3 (via Hybrid Arts | Jingle Trout Christmas Card Set)

Random Christmas Trout #3 (via Hybrid Arts | Jingle Trout Christmas Card Set)

December 20th, 2011

Random Christmas Trout #2 (via Front Page: – Reel Women-Reel Men of Indianapolis)

Random Christmas Trout #2 (via Front Page: - Reel Women-Reel Men of Indianapolis)

December 20th, 2011

Random Christmas Trout #1

Random Christmas Trout #1

December 11th, 2011

Holiday Fishing on the Raritan

On Saturday, Michele, Linda and I went fishing in Califon, NJ.   Our trip to the Housatonic was called off unexpectedly after heavy rain pushed flow rates well above safe wading levels.  We were looking forward to fishing with Aaron Jasper there.

Our plan B was to explore the South Branch of the Raritan River.  I had heard that the fishing was good in Ken Lockwood Gorge but also above and below, from turnouts on the road that follows the river bank.  Aaron wasn’t able to change his plans so we headed to NJ without a guide. 

Our first stop was the local fly shop, auspiciously named Shannon’s Fly and Tackle. 

Shannon's Fly and Tackle

Califon is an adorable small town set in wooded hills only an hour’s drive from NYC.  There’s a row of small shops on Main Street —- books, antiques, vintage clothing, a general store and a bakery cafe called Bex, where we enjoyed a delicious and inexpensive breakfast.

Jim Holland at the fly shop was generous with advice on how and where to fish the S. Branch.  We bought some egg flies and drove a half a mile to the first big turnout on River Road.  The river was high, but certainly wadable.  The water was clear and, yes, quite cold.  What a beautiful river, lovely setting, and gorgeous bright day!

With Grabber heat packets in the boots and pockets, we geared up and waddled our many-layered bodies into the shallows.  Hare’s ear nymphs, Linda’s hand-woven stoneflies, and egg flies in candy colors were drifted along the bottom of likely pools where big rainbows are said to lie (some other lucky angler must have caught one —- see photo).  I might have had a strike or two, that came to naught when I set the hook.

Fabled S. Branch Raritan Rainbow

When it was time for a break we drove down the road to the top of the Gorge.  Hurricane Irene has washed out the road there, so access to the river is walk-in only.  A fellow angler returning up the path with a german shorthaired pointer told us he had caught and released his limit.

We tried one more pool before giving in to winter.  I felt quite comfortable most of the day, but when we returned to Bex for homemade soup it took a good thirty minutes for my knees to warm up.  So we called it quits just when we should have.  Ghiradelli hot cocoa with the chef’s special peppermint marshmallows was just what the doctor ordered.

This area of the Raritan River is super easy to get to and very pleasant to visit.  I’ll look forward to fishing it again when the trout are getting hungry for mayflies.

April 14th, 2011

It’s a pretty river, just a little shy at first

WB Croton - Bob Yates PhotoZipcar’d up to the West Branch Reservoir to fish the Croton below the dam.  What a gorgeous day to celebrate the start of the Manhattan trout season.

They say that all the fish on this stretch of the Croton are wild, smallish, and wiley as all get out.  That’s probably why I couldn’t spot one even with the water so clear. 

Didn’t see fin nor rise, or bugs for that matter.  It may be that the weather has been too cool to lure the fish down from the outflow pool that kept them warm and fed all winter.  We anglers are forbidden from wading that safe haven and so must pause just upstream of the bridge and think wistfully of the huge wild speckleds that surely cruise the base of the dam.

Photo: Bob Yates