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Fly Fishing On The Beaverkill River In
The Beaverkill River is one of the streams that made dry
fly fishing popular in the United States back in the early
years. It's a Catskill freestone stream made up of large
pools, long riffles and runs. Many of these pools are
have names they are famous for. Some of them are
shown in the photo album section you can reach
through the links below.
The Beaverkill River is actually a tributary of the East
Branch of the Delaware River. When you are fly fishing
the Beaverkill River, you are fishing where U. S. fly
fishing history originated.
This beautiful trout stream is over forty (40) miles long. It
starts out small and ends up rather large. It has many
small tributary streams and one large one - the
The upper 25 miles of the river is known as the Upper
Beaverkill. This part of the river is narrow with lots of
rocks and some boulders. The upper section has a lot
of tree cover and springs that help keep the water cool.
It is mostly consist of small pools and some pocket
water. The next stretch below the uppermost section of
the upper part, runs from the Balsam Lake outlet down
to Shin Creek at Lew Beach. It's about 30-40 feet in
width. The pools become larger and are connected with
fast flowing riffles. Jones Falls is the most popular spot
in this section. It's about forty feet high and terminates in
a very deep pool.
The section of the Beaverkill that runs from Lew Beach
to the famous Junction Pool becomes even larger. The
river grows to as wide and seventy feet. The pools are
much wider and longer. The riffles are longer and
generally run faster than the small ones in the
uppermost sections. This section contains the famous
Covered Bridge Pool shown in the pictures on this
section of our site. There's also a State Campsite
located in this section of the river.
The lower section of the Beaverkill is much larger and
open than its upper headwaters. It contains the water
from the Willowemoc River. It starts at the famous
Junction Pool at the confluence of the Willowemoc and
the Beaverkill. This makes the river much larger, almost
twice the size of it upstream. The river consist of nice
pools connected by riffles that makes fly fishing the
Beaverkill a pure joy.
The lower section of the river has two no-kill sections
where you must release the trout. They both consist of
some very nice looking dry fly water with a lot of riffles.
There are also some very long pools in this section,
some of them famous for the stories that have been
written about over the years. Horse Brook Run and
Carin's Pool are tow of the more famous sections in this
part of the Beaverkill.
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Horse Brook Run is difficult to fish because
during the prime season, you better be among
the first to get there. It's some very fine pocket
water.Carin's Pool is a great pool that holds
plenty of trout, but not so easy to fish.
The very lowest section of the Beaverkill River,
approximately ten miles long, has continuing
pools connected by riffles. Cooks Falls Pool
and the Flats are two of the most popular parts
of this section. Painters Bend is yet another.
The second no-kill section, Hortons, begins
nine miles below Cooks Falls Pool. It's
Cemetery Pool and Horton's Pool are two pools
well known in the lower section. Other famous
locations are Stadel's run and Freeman's Flat.
Below Horton's no-kill section, the river become
wider and slows down.
As you can see in some of the
pictures, the water level in the
Beaverkill can get rather low in the late
Spring is the best time for fly fishing
the Beaverkill River
The fishing in the summer months
depends on the amount of rainfall. It is
okay some years and not very good
Fly Fishing Guide to the Beaverkill
The Beaverkill is famous for its dry fly fishing.
Many of the flies that are still used today were
originated by some of the anglers that fished
the famous stream. Most of the fishing is
keyed to the many hatches that occur.
Other than its rich tradition, the Beaverkill is a
very good trout stream. As mentioned on the
main page, the upper section, which is over
twenty-five miles long, is tree lined and
covered in many places. It isn't near as large
as the other sections. It's water is also kept
cool from the water of many small springs. It is
rarely over twenty-five feet wide.
The next section runs down to Shin Creek at
Lew Beach. It is about twelve miles long and
wider than the uppermost part. There are
some riffles, small runs and deeper pools in
this section of the Beaverkill. It gets over fifty
feet wide in several places.
From Lew Beach down to the Junction Pool,
shown on the right side of the main page, a
distance of eleven miles, is even wider and
approaching seventy feet wide in places, with
longer, deeper pools. The state campground
is located on this section of the river.
It also can become too warm during the
hottest parts of the season. The Trout
Brook tributary helps cool the water some
and offers the only fishable water at times.
There's a lot of public access water on
the Beaverkill River, especially in the
lower section where all the famous pools
are located. Fly fishing the Beaverkill is
great in that area. Upstream of the
confluence of the Willowemoc, much of
the land is owned by private fishing clubs
and other private owners.
The Junction Pool is where the
Willowemoc Creek or River, whichever
name you prefer, flows into the Beaverkill.
The river becomes much wider and larger.
The pools become very long and are
connected by some long riffles. There is a
section called Horse Brook Run, show in
our photo album, that consist mostly of
The lower section is probably the most
popular section of the Beaver Kill. It
contains the two no-kill sections and
provides some excellent dry fly fishing. At
the end of this section, the river flows into
the East Branch of the Delaware River.
The lower section can get warm during
the hot summer months. It is best fished
during the spring and fall months.
Beaverkill Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Beaverkill River and in all stages of life that
are applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a
much higher degree of success, give us a
call. We not only will help you with
selections, you will learn why, after trying
Perfect Flies, 92% of the thousands of our
customers will use nothing else.
The Beaverkill is a very fertile stream with
lots of aquatic insect hatches. In fact, it is
known for its hatches and fine dry fly fishing.
From about the middle of March through the
month of May, Blue-winged Olives are the
main aquatic insect that hatches. These are
mostly baetis species that can provide some
good fishing on good weather days. They
hatch again starting about the middle of July
and last until near October. Some of these
are small BWOs and little BWOs. They will
vary from hook sizes 16 down to a size 24.
Around the first of April the Little Black
Caddisflies, or Grannom Caddis, start
hatching along with the Blue Quill mayflies.
The caddis hatch last just over a month
depending on what part of the stream you
are fishing. The Blue Quills can last almost
two months. Little Brown Stoneflies will start
hatching about the first of April and last just
over a month.
By the middle of April you can find some
Gray Drakes hatching in some areas of the
stream. This is when the Hendrickson hatch
starts. The river is know for the Hendrickson
and the Red Quill. One pool is named after
Mr. Hendrickson. The Gray Drakes last less
than a month but the Hendrickson hatch will
about a full month. This is a great time to
fish the stream but it can be crowded.
Several mayflies hatch starting about
mid-May. The large Eastern Green Drakes
and Brown Drakes hatch for about three
weeks. The Eastern Pale Evening Duns
actually start nearer the first of May. The
American March Browns and the Light
Cahill both start around the middle of May.
The middle of May will also start the first
Green Sedge hatch and the Short-horned
Sedge hatch. Both hatches last about a
month and a half. The Dark Blue Sedges
will start about the middle of May and can
last for over a month. Most of the
caddisflies will be Cinnamon and Spotted
Sedges. They hatch from mid-May until
around the first of August.
Gray-winged Yellow Quills start around the
first of June and can last a month and a
half. Sulphurs also start the first of June
and can last a couple of months. About
the middle of June the Golden Drakes will
show up in parts of the stream.
By the middle of June, the terrestrial
insects can be important. Ants, beetles
and grass hoppers imitations will catch
trout. Don't forget the streamer flies. They
can produce anytime of the year,
especially early and late in the day or
when the water is stained from heavy rains.
Be sure and consult our Perfect Fly Hatch
Chart. It is far better to select the flies you
need with you from the hatch chart than to
use generic or attractor flies. We have the
World's best trout flies that will match the
hatch any day of the year on the
Fall is the second best time for fly fishing
Trout can be caught (and released) in the
no kill section during the better weather
days of the winter months.
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Headlines: The weather is
turning back a little on the warm
side and the stream levels are
very low. The water temperature
is still cool enough that you can
catch trout. The are still
eating/feeding well. It is just that
you can't let them see you. That
is tough to do with the low, clear
water. Stay low as possible and
use longer, lighter leaders and
tippet. Perfect flies help big time
since the trout see them well.
Keep track of the latest
information on the above linked
Map of Beaverkill River
10/16/15 Conditions remain about the same with low stream levels and little to no rain in the
forecast. The weather is turning much cooler. Blue-winged Olives, Green Sedges, and Little
Yellow stones are still hatching. The Great Autumn brown sedges are at the peak of the hatch.
Several large brown trout have been caught on our Brown sculpin fly. They are in the pre-
spawn mode and very aggressive. Beaverkill trout can be very selective, so it's important to
match the hatch.
10/25/15 Good conditions exist right now on the Beaverkill. The stream levels are low but not
near as low as they have been. Blue-winded olive hatches should be good this coming week
with the cloud cover and higher water levels will also help a lot. Don't forget the Great Autumn
Brown Sedges are hatching and bringing trout to the surface to feed on the egg layers in the
11/01/15 It doesn't get much better than it is now on the Beaverkill at this time of the year. The
stream levels are good and should remain that way for a few days. The weather is going to be
good for the next week. Brown trout are near their actual spawning time and taking streamers
very aggressively. Autumn Browns are hatching along with two sizes of Blue-winged olives.
Good weather and a little rain will continue the first of next week.
11/08/15 The stream is getting a little low but there is three days of rain in the forecast this
week. The water is getting colder by the day because the weather is getting colder. Freestone
streams are directly affected by the air temperature. Hatches are down to mostly Blue-winged
olives species and Midges. The Brown sculpin is still a good fly to use on the post-spawn brown
11/15/15 The river is in good shape. It is a little high but falling. It should be fine to wade in a
day or two and maybe now, in certain areas. Hatches are down to Midges and Blue-winged
olives. The Brown Sculpin streamer has been the big fish fly. The weather looks good for the
coming week but there is some rain on Thursday and Friday.
11/22/15 The river is still up high, too high to safely wade but falling. There isn't any rain in the
forecast for the next six days, so levels should be back to normal soon. Blue-winged olives in
two sizes, and plenty of midges are hatching. The Brown sculpin streamer fly should continue to
catch a lot of big brown trout. They are in the post-spawn mode and hungry.
12/13/15 The Beaverkill is in very good shape for the first of December. The next week should
provide a good opportunity to catch and release some trout in the open section of the river.
There is a good weather forecast and the stream levels and flows are good. Midges and small
BWO nymphs offer your best odds of success. The Brown Sculpin streamer should continue to
catch some of the larger trout. Get off the couch and on the water.
12/20/15 The water is finally getting cold as it should be at this time of the year. It has been a
warm fall. Be sure to fish sections of the water out of the fast current. Trout won't hold in the
current at the current water temperature of 39 degrees. Midges and Winter stoneflies are the
insects you need to be imitating. Fish holes in the bottom of the pools and pockets.
01/03/16 The Beaverkill is still a little high but falling. It should be in good shape in another
couple of day where wading is possible. It is going to be colder and you will need to fish midges
in tandem with the pupa the top fly and the larva the bottom. Winter stonefly nymphs will also
produce. The sculpin streamers work best under low light conditions.
01/10/16 The stream is very high right now but should fall out fast, or within three or four days
at the most. There is some snow in the forecast. Midges and winter stonefly nymphs are the
choice flies to use right now. When the skies are cloudy, try the White Belly sculpin streamer. It
has been catching the larger size brown trout.
01/17/16 There is a chance of snow through Tuesday, and htne it should clear up for a few
days. The stream level is still too high to wade and the water is very cold, in the high thirties
and lower. Middges, winter stoneflies and the White Belly Sculpin are the flies you need, but
catching trout won't be easy.
01/24/16 The river is in good shape with normal stream levels for this time of the year. The
water is cold, ranging from 35 to 38. That makes it tough to catch trout but not impossible. Fish
the slack current, not fast current such as holes in the bottom and deep pockets. Winter
stonefly nymphs and midges should be the key flies.
01/31/16 We should start the new month of February with a warm streak of weather. There is
some rain forecast for the first of this week, but much warmer temperatures. Sculpin streamers
should work great along with imitations of the Winter stoneflies and little Blue-winged olives.
Stream levels are down and the water is clear.
02/07/16 The river is still high but falling. There is some snow forecast but we don't think it will
affect the stream levels much and it should continue to fall. It should be in good shape to wade
within two or three days. Midges, both cream and red or blood midges, are the main insects to
imitate. Winter stoneflies are hatching good as well.
02/14/16 The Beaverkill is very cold, with the flowing water barely above freezing and anywhere
it is still frozen solid. The levels are normal for this time of the year. We don't recommend you
fish it right now, but if you do, use midge larva and pupa in the slow current, not fast water.
Winter stoneflies are also hatching. If you see any one the ground or rocks, fish the adult,
otherwise just use the nymph.
02/21/16 The river is high and stained right now. There is more rain and snow forecast for the
middle of the week and that should aid in keeping the levels high. The slightly warmer weather
has melted a lot of snow and ice and kelp the water temperature down low, but that should soon
chance and it should begin to warm up some.
02/28/16 The river is flowing high and fast right now and cannot be waded safely anywhere.
There is more rain or snow coming Tuesday and Wednesday, so it is going to be a while before
it clears and drops. When you can fish, midges, winter stoneflies and little BWO nymphs will be
the main insects to imitate. Sculpin streamers should work good when the water is a little high.
03/06/16 The Beaverkill is in very good shape for this time of the year. The water level is down
to near normal and the water clear. The weather will be much warmer this coming week with
some rain forecast from near the weekend. Midges and Blue-winged olives are hatching and
you should be able to wade and catch trout about anywhere in the stream.
03/20/16 The Beaverkill is in good shape from its uppermost section to the Delaware
confluence. It is flowing a little low, but that makes it safe and easy to wade during the early
spring months. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching. The water temperature is
down a couple of degrees but it won't be long before several hatches begin.
03/27/16 Right now the stream levels are in good shape, a little low for that matter, and can be
waded about anywhere. The water is gradually getting warmer and it won't be long before some
major hatches begin. Right now, midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching good and
some trout are being caught on the dry fly.
04/03/16 The stream levels are getting a little low but that makes it easy to wade. You just have
to use a little more stealth. The water is still cold and midges and Blue-winged olives are still the
main insects you should be imitating. It won't be long before we will start seeing some newer,
larger insects hatching.
04/10/16 This past week has been cold and the water temperature is back down low. The
weather will be getting warmer later this week with little chance of rain beyond Wednesday. The
stream level is down to normal for this time of the year. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are
still the main insects to imitate. Look for some new hatches within the next couple of weeks.
04/17/16 The water is getting warmer and has dropped and cleared up. Hatches are starting to
take place and anglers should begin to catch a lot of trout. Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, Little
Black Caddis, Little Brown stoneflies and Blue-winged olives make up the new trout diet. The
weather looks good for the coming week, so get off the couch and on the water.
04/24/16 The Beaverkill is producing some nice trout for the many anglers fishing right now.
Most leave before the spinners fall late in the day, and that is a big mistake. There is a little rain
off and on this coming week but should make little difference in the conditions. Stream levels
and water clarity are both good right now.
05/01/16 The river is in great shape from the headwaters to the Delaware River. Angler are
catching lots of trout and some on the dry fly on the surface. The water level is a little below
normal but that will likely change soon. There is rain forecast every day for the next week.
Eastern Pale evening duns, some call Sulphurs, are beginning to hatch.
05/08/16 The Beaverkill is flowing high and dingy right now. It is falling and clearing and should
be back in good shape by the middle of the week. There is little rain forecast until this weekend.
Lots of hatching are taking place and our customers have been catching good numbers of
trout. This should continue as soon as the water drops enough for you to safely wade the
05/15/16 The cooler weather could slow down the hatching and dry fly action just a little but we
think it isn't enough to make any drastic differences. The levels are down and you can wade
most sections with caution. There is a little more rain to come but the rainfall amounts should be
moderate to low. We recommend fishing dries only when you see some surface action.
05/22/16 The river is in better shape, with good stream levels that make it safe to wade most
places. The water is clear and hatches are taking place. Our customers are catching a lot of
trout and many of them on top using dry flies. There is some rain in the forecast this coming
week, so watch the stream levels.
05/29/16 The stream levels are in good shape with little rain in the forecast. They should
remain good all of this coming week. The weather is going to be much warmer and a lot of new
hatches are starting up. This includes some of the big Drakes as well as the true Sulphurs. It is
a great time to be fishing the Beaverkill.
06/05/16 Conditions continue to be very good. The water level is a little low right now, but the
rain in the forecast for the next three days should raise the levels back up. There are a lot of
hatches taking place and our customers are catching a lot of trout. Dry fly fishing has been
great and should continue to be.
06/12/16 The stream is in good shape throughout its entire length. Our customers sent in some
very good reports this past week. There is no rain in the forecast for the coming week and the
temperatures are going to be mild and near normal fo this time of the year You couldn't ask for
any better conditions for fly fishing the Beaverkill.
06/19/16 The stream is low and you do need to stay well hidden from the trout. Wear clothing to
match the background, mostly green. Stay low and behind something when you can. The fish
are spooky in low water. Lots of aquatic insects are hatching. Our customers keep sending us
good reports as to the number of fish caught. An advantage of the low water is that you can
wade about anywhere.
06/26/16 The Beaverkill is still in good shape even though the stream levels are low. You just
have to use a little extra caution to stay hidden from the trout. It helps to stay low and blended
in with the background. There are still a lot of hatches taking place. The caddisfly egg laying
activity in the late afternoons is bringing a lot of trout to the surface to feed. Little Yellow
stoneflies are also laying eggs late in the day.
07/03/16 The Beaverkill is in good shape throughout its entire length. Our customers are
sending in some very good reports as to the numbers of fish being caught. You can catch trout
all day, but you can catch more in a shorter period of time the last two hours of daylight. Two
species of caddis are laying eggs, along with lots of little Yellow stoneflies.
07/10/16 The river was low but what it took to correct that was much worse. It is currently blown
out. We think the levels will be dropping fast. The water table was low and the area dry. There
is more rain coming later this week. I still think the levels will be down and back in good shape
soon. Our customers were catching a lot of trout. Keep your fingers crossed. It will be back to
07/17/16 The upper Beaverkill has been good to those who are fishing it. We received some
good reports from all sections of the river, now that the levels are back down and in good
shape. The Little Yellow stoneflies, Cinnamon Caddis and Green sedges are all depositing their
eggs late in the day giving those that fish late, plenty of opportunity to catch a lot of trout in a
07/23/16 The river is low and stealth is required. Dress to blend in with the background, stay
low and well hidden, otherwise, you will spook the trout. There are some good Slate Drake
hatches taking place along with Cinnamon and Green caddis, little Yellow stoneflies and a few
other insects. Terrestrials are becoming important. Fish early and very late in the day for the
07/30/16 The river is in good shape with normal levels as I write this but it is raining and on the
ways up. It has been low and getting too warm in places and this should really help the overall
conditions. Now is a good time to plan on fishing the stream. It may get a little high before falling
but otherwise, be in good shape. Terrestrials are becoming more important but there are still
some good hatches taking place.
08/07/16 The river is in good shape for the first of August. There are still some hatches taking
place, including Tricos recently. Terrestrials are also beginning to work good. The stream levels
are about normal for this time of the year. Fish the upper and middle sections of the river for
the best results. There is some rain in the forecast later in the week.
08/14/16 The river is very high and stained. So much for the low water. It is back to streamer
fishing or waiting for the levels to drop. There is a chance of rain everyday for the next week, so
you are likely to continue to see high stream levels. Our customers were reporting some good
catching on terrestrials this past week - Carpenter ants, Japanese Beetles and Grass hoppers.
The water temperature will be dropping some.
08/20/16 The Beaverkill is running a little high right now but rising. You should check the levels
again soon. It is turning cooler and there is little rain forecast this coming week. Cinnamon
Caddis are everywhere and lots of Tricos are hatching. Terrestrial insect imitations such as
Japanese Beetles, Carpenter ants and grass hoppers are plentiful. Streamers work early
08/27/16 The river is in good shape for the later part of August. The stream levels are just a
little above normal but that's a good thing. Fish the Trico spinner falls in the mornings and
hatches in the early afternoon. Late afternoon near dark, fish the egg laying caddis activity.
Streamers, sculpin patterns, are also working in the early mornings.
09/04/16 The stream levels are in good shape and easy to wade. Be careful not to spook the
trut. Late summer flows are lower than normal. There are three species of caddisflies hatching
along with some little BWOs, lots of tricos and still some little Yellow stoneflies. Terrestrial
imitations are catching fish for our customers as well. Imitations of ants, beetles and hoppers
09/11/16 We are getting fewer reports but that is because fewer anglers are fishing. School
and football season has started and many have put their attention to other things. That is a
mistake as the fishing opportunity will get better the next several day with the end of September
and first of October being excellent times to fish the Beaverkill.
09/18/16 The river is low right now but it is raining as I write this and maybe the levels will come
up some more. Our customers have been doing good in spite of the low water. The water is
cooler and the trout more active. There are several new hatching just starting. Little Yellow
Quills, Mahogany duns, Great Autumn Brown sedges, and Need;e stoneflies are hatching.
09/25/16 Fall is here and the cooler weather is helping the overall fishing situation. The water
levels are low but you don't have to be concerned about the water getting too warm. Trout are
active and there are a lot of hatches taking place. The few anglers fishing are catching plenty
of trout. Terrestrials are still working as well.
10/02/16 The river has been lower than normal for the past few days but looks like it is on the
way up again. It is raining and should continue through tomorrow. This should help the stream
levels and the "catching". Blue-winged olives and Mahogany duns are hatching good. Brown
sculpin streamers will get the over aggressive brown trout. They are near pre-spawn stages.
10/09/16 The river is in good shape except it is very low. You will have to stay hidden from the
trout to catch them. Dress to match the background. Stay low as possible and make longer
presentations. Use lighter, longer leaders and tippets. Brown trout are aggressive and entering
the pre-spawn stage. The Brown sculpin streamer will catch them.