It was another interesting week in terms of weather events. While most of the week was dry, a few big rainstorms came through the area once again and these enough to bump most river levels up significantly. With the arrival of Labor Day weekend, the summer is ‘unofficially’ over. There was plenty of water over the summer which is very good for the local trout populations but for smallmouth anglers, it put fishing on hold for the most part. Trees are actually starting to change in isolated spots, hinting at fall’s imminent arrival, and with it, some of the best fishing of the year.
Speaking of ‘best fishing’, the salmon run is well underway up in Pulaski. For anglers looking to hook fresh fish, the reports are that a big pod of fish is in the river and anglers have been doing well hooking up. Beyond the salmon run, trout fishing has been decent. Hatches are the standard fare for this time of year – iso’s, light cahill’s, sulfurs, caddis, BWO’s, tricos, and midges. But don’t forget the terrestrials – crickets, beetles, ants, flying ants, and grasshoppers. These can be good patterns to offer something up a little out of the norm. Bass fishing on the local rivers has been a major disappointment, as previously covered. Fishing ponds and lakes will get better as fall comes. For now topwater action can still be very good for largemouth bass and panfish.
River levels are all over the place lately. The Susquehanna and lesser so, the Chenango, are both high and colored. The Tioughnioga is back down to fishable levels but still has some murk to it. To the west, the Chemung is flowing nicely. The West Branch of the Delaware is high and colored up thanks to yesterday’s heavy thunderstorms. Fishing streamers would be a good idea for today, however, it is dropping quickly and hopefully with clear up some for tomorrow. The East Branch is reported to be in good shape as are the Catskill freestone rivers. Before venturing out, check the USGS river gage for the water being fished and keep an eye on the weather.
The week ahead will be generally dry, but not after a somewhat wet and humid Labor Day weekend. Temperatures will cool to the low to mid 70’s later in the week and the chance of rain will be low under partly sunny skies. The week’s weather might finally allow rivers to clear and recede a bit. If not fishing, this is a good time to tune up gear in preparation for fall fly fishing.