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Tom's Favorite New York Rivers

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 paradise."

Esopus Creek:

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 Hendricksons, Cairns Junction, and Wagon Tracks. 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.

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