Fly Fishing The Croton River New York
The East Branch of the Croton River is an excelllent
tailwater. It lies between the Diverting and the East
Branch Reservoirs. This area is located in Putnam
County just above the New York City.
The Croton River is a stocked stream but it has some
excellent holdover brown and rainbow trout. It's waters
below the "bubble", just below the dam, stays cool a long
way downstream all summer long. The stream is the
classic pool, riffle, run configuration that's common in
the state of New York. There's some large, deep pools
that help maintain plenty of large holdover trout.
Although there are other areas of the river to fish, fly
fishing the Croton River is best in the tailwater section
mile and a half stretch that lives between the Diverting
and East Branch Reservoirs. It can be reached by the
majority of people in the New York City area in a very
Considering it's a tailwater, the Croton River has
excellent aquatic insect hatches. Mayfiles, caddisflies
and midges are very plentiful and there's even a few
The rules require artificial lures and flies only. One trout
per day of fourteen inches or larger can be creeled.
Even so, most anglers practice catch and release.
To reach the special regulation area of the East Branch
of the Croton River, exit off Interstate highway 84 or ( -
684 near their intersection on Route 6 or 22. The little
village of Brewster in on the stream. You will find access
at the bridges and parking spaces along the river. A trail
follows most of the stream.
The only downfall to fishing the Croton River is it is
popular. After all, it's only about an hour drive from
The season is open all year for trout
Fly fishing the Croton River during the Winter is a great
time due to its almost constant water temperature
Springtime is a great time to for fly fishing the Croton
River because of the hatches.
Trout fishing stays good during the Summer due to the
cool discharge of lake bottom water..
Fall is also a good time, maybe the best time, for fishing
the East Branch of the Croton River.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.