My biggest brown trout on a #dryfly Be sure to watch the short video below of me landing her. #catchcamnets #waltonrods
Why would anyone wanna catch carp on a fly rod?
My friend Artie and I set out to catch our first carp of the season on fly-rod last Sunday. What we found early in the day were giants in the main current of the river spawning in groups of two. We tried a tactic that normally works during the summer months, site fishing to no avail. The carp showed little to no interest to our presentations so we decided to move on.
The choice to move on paid off big-time. We found smaller carp by the 10s & 20s (no kidding). Don't get me wrong, when I say "smaller carp" I don't mean small carp. Have you ever seen a baby carp? Me neither, I'd love to see the picture if you find one. You need to be prepared to pull off catching carp on the fly, long thin leaders are not necessary. I prefer to make my own out of a used, cut down dry-fly leader. I cut the dry-fly leader back until I find the tapered thickness that is of similar diameter to attach my 3-5ft of 14lb Vanish Fluorocarbon tippet. My total leader length is no longer than my 9ft 8 weight Livingston Rod. You need all the leverage you can get to keep them out of the willows.
I haven't found another species of fish in the Catskills that can take you into your backing as fast as a carp, trout included. If you would like to get out and chase carp with me there is really no better time. The first wave of carp are in the river. As we get into summer they will be found throughout the river system but, you will have to travel greater distances to locate the pods. Contact me to book your dates. Need a place to stay I can help with that too. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.reelcatskills.com #carponthefly #reelcatskills #catskills #flyfishing
Expanding Reel Catskills Guiding Range
I haven't been fishing my usual haunts. My Brother Jeff and I have been searching new locations to fish. These spots needed to fit a criteria, that being the following: (1) No paved roads within site of the creek, brook, or river. (2) we needed to find fish quickly or move on and locate productive water. (3) ability to hike into without killing our clients or ourselves.
We managed to find a few great spots (4) within 20-35 minutes from our base Walton, NY
Below are some photos of what we found.
21 1/2 inch Brown Trout was the first fish of the 2017 Season for me. I kinda set the bar high for small streams. It took a large Prince Nymph
Please Practice Catch & Release!
Today I visited The Solitude Inn
The Solitude Inn located in Walton, NY is owned by Innkeepers Joe and Monica Tarantino. When you think solitude you think privacy, remote location, peace and quiet. That is exactly what this beautiful Inn has going for it. The Solitude Inn puts you right smack-dab where you need to be. The Solitude Inn just happens to be a small-mouth bass fisherman's dream lodging destination. The Inn is just 1 1/2 miles from the NYC Water Supply’s Cannonsville Reservoir, "Bass Heaven".
Upon arriving at The Solitude Inn, only 16 miles from my home I met a wonderful couple, Joe and Monica. We made acquaintances outside in the 22 degree weather and quickly went inside. "Wow! holly crap, yeah this place is "Reely Nice." I hadn't even stepped off the rug just inside the front door yet but, that was my reaction. There was a lot to see and man was I glad I found this new lodging discovery. Joe and Monica had obviously put in a ton of time, sparring no expense renovating this 1917 farm house that can sleep up to 8 people. Just bring food for the fridge and pack your clothes and your good to go, after touring the Inn I'm certain of that. There is even a rowboat and canoes available to rent, Joe is a certified boat steam cleaner for the NYC Water Supply (JMT Enterprises - 607-865-7801). You couldn’t access this pristine reservoir without first coming to see Joe, keeping the reservoir clean is serious business. Oh yeah, those Tentrr camping sites that are all the rage, there are two sites on this 200 acre property. The Solitude Inn is "Reely Awesome". Let Reel Catskills tailor your trip to make your stay at The Solitude Inn even more memorable, lets go fishing!
Click the links and see for yourself.
Stay tuned for my next blog dedicated to small-mouth bass fishing NYC Water Supply’s Cannonsville Reservoir
A new blog page by my brother Jeff: Affiliate Guide for Reel Catskills LLC.
Jeff Foster is a NYS Licensed Fishing, Hiking, & Camping Guide based in the Western Catskill Mountains. He is an affiliated Guide and Fly Tyer for Reel Catskills Guide Service (www.reelcatskills.com). He's also a member of The Catskill Fly Tyer's Guild, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and Trout Unlimited. Jeff has been fly fishing and tying flies for close to 30 years. He enjoys tying the Classic Catskill patterns as well as the newer stuff. Jeff also enjoys teaching Fly Fishing and Fly Tying and introducing newcomers to these great life-long hobbies and all the excellent fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities available in the Catskill Mountains.
Click button below to watch video of Red Quill Emerger & Light Hendrickson Emerger
Watch Jeff tie the Light Hendrickson Dry Fly : Click Button Below
I had planned to be on the Niagara fishing with my cousin who lives in Erie County New York on a Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving. I drove the 4 1/2 hrs out Friday night from the Catskills to his house in Orchard Park, NY. We were hungry so we grabbed wings and a couple beers at a local bar. We came home early knowing we'd be up early to meet Captain Chris Merk before the sun came up. This was our third time fishing together with Capt. Chris. We loaded Chris's truck and stopped at a bait shop for egg sacs hoping they would be the ticket for catching some big steelhead trout. At first light we launched Chris's boat and organized rods, coolers, gloves, hats, jackets and made sure everything was stored tightly.
My Huge Laketrout 1st on the boat #laketrout #niagara
Aaron Kilmer with the first steelhead #steelhead
Rich Kingston waited all day and it finlly paid off 2nd steelhead of the day. You can see the Canadian Hydropower Plant in the background.
Great day had by all. Group photo of us at the Lewiston, NY Boat Launch on the Lower Niagara