The rivers of New York State’s
Catskill Mountains are classics of American fly fishing,
steeped in legend and lore.
Tom learned the art of fishing
on these Catskill Classics as a boy in the 1950’s:
"I know of no better place for a
single or multi day fly fishing adventure than this beautiful
labyrinth of trout rivers and mountains. I’ve studied these
fisheries my whole life, and have shared my knowledge and
passion as a New York licensed fly fishing guide since 1989.
Join me for a memorable excursion through this fly fishing
Esopus Creek is home to one of the largest
populations of wild Rainbow Trout east of The Rockies. Efforts
by Trout Unlimited have restored the fishery to the best
it has been since the 1950’s when I first fished it as my
home river. This unique creek is half tail water, fed by
an underground portal, while its upper reaches are free
flowing. The Esopus also holds a large population of Brown
Trout that sustain their own population. New York State
augments the fishery with yearly stockings of Brown Trout,
but the Rainbows are all wild! Excellent hatches produce
fine dry fly action all season long.
The Beaverkill River:
The Beaverkill River has been a fly fishing
destination for close to two hundred years. Legendary pools
in the River were the proving grounds for the traditional
“Catskill Dry Fly” patterns. Theodore Gordon, Roy Steenrod,
Lee Wulff and other legendary anglers plied their craft
on pools with names like” Hendrickson’s”, “Cairn’s”, “ Junction”,
and “Wagon Track’s”. Here is found the heritage of American
fly fishing. The Beaverkill is the only free flowing branch
of the upper Delaware system. Its habitat is perfect for
the large Brown Trout that are residents, and the powerful
Rainbows that migrate from the lower river.
The Upper Delaware River:
The tail waters of the Upper Delaware River’s
East and West branches produce some of the finest Dry Fly
Fishing east of Montana. Wild Browns and Rainbows are the
main attraction. Here you’ll find long languid pools and
glassy runs with unbelievably prolific hatches. It adds
up to the stuff fly fishing dreams are made of.