Schoharie Creek Trout
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Fly Fishing Schoharie Creek New York
Schoharie Creek is a nice trout stream located in the
northern Catskills of New York. It begins on Indian Head
Mountain and flows for ninety-three miles but the trout
fishing is only in its upper section.  It is damed by
Schoharie Reservoir, one of two lakes in a chain that
provides water for large metro areas of New York. It's a
freestone stream consisting of clear, mountain water
from rain and melting snow. Fly fishing Schoharie Creek
can be a rewarding experience.

The trout are mostly brown trout but there are some
rainbows in the lower section of the creek. The water
consist mostly of pocket water with lots of large boulders
creating plenty of conflicting currents to deal with. The
stream can be crystal clear and the brown trout usually
stay well hidden. Catching them on bright, clear days
can be a challenge but is still very possible provided the
right tactics and strategies are used.

The stream is heavily stocked each year. Holdover trout
are very common with many browns reaching a large
size. Schoharie Reservoir also has plenty of large trout
that move up into the creek each year to spawn.  

Schoharie Creek is a beautiful trout stream. The "put n'
take" fishers usually leave shortly after the stream is
stocked. It does warm up where it is exposed in the
valley. There's little shade along the banks but it does
have several small tributaries that stay cool. It also has
some springs along the way that help. Some of the
deep holes hold trout and produce the better holdover

There are lots of different species of aquatic insects.
Some of the most important ones are various species of
Blue-winged Olives, Blue Quills, Quill Gordons,
Mahogany Duns, Light Cahills and American March
Browns. There are some Little Winter and Little Yellow
Stoneflies, There are plenty of caddisflies including
Cinnamon Sedges, Little Black Caddis, and Great
Autumn Brown sedges. Imitations of ants, beetles and
grass hoppers are also important flies to have during
the summer months.

Fly fishing Schoharie Creek in the early season is best
for quantities but the larger browns are usually caught in
the Fall.

Good hatches help you catch the holdovers and newly
stocked trout produce most of the fast action.
The fishing can be tough during the hot summer
months. Stick with the small tributaries.
Autumn is the best time for catching a large brown that
moved into the stream from the reservoir as well as
those resident trout in the stream. It's the time the brown
trout spawn and the time they may expose themselves.

Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Stocked with Holdovers)
Rainbow Trout (Stocked with some


Northern Catskills

Nearest Towns

April through November


Non-Resident License
State of New York

National Weather Service Link

USGS Real-time Stream Data:

Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies
Schoharie Creek New York
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