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Fly Fishing the Beaver Kill In New York
The Beaver Kill 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 Beaver Kill is actually a
tributary of the East Branch of the Delaware River.
This beautiful trout stream is over 40 miles long. It starts
out small and ends up rather large. It has many small
tributary streams and one large one - the Willowemoc.
The upper section has a lot of tree cover and springs
that help keep the water cool. The lower section of the
Beaverkill is much larger and open than its upper
headwaters. It contains the water from the Willowemoc
River. The lower section of the river has two no-kill
sections where you must release the trout. It consist of
some very nice looking 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.
There is a lot of public access water especially in the
lower section where all the famous pools are located. Fly
fishing the Beaver Kill 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.
As you can see in some of the pictures, the water level
in the Beaver Kill can get rather low in the late summer
Spring is the best time to fish the Beaver Kill.
The fishing in the summer months depends on the
amount of rainfall. It is okay some years and not very
good other years.
Fall is the second best time for fly fishing the Beaver Kill.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Beaver Kill
The Beaver Kill 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.
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