The last week was decent in terms of weather and fishing reports. Fall is definitely knocking on the door with very cool and in some cases cold temps reported most recently, thanks to a cold front. Leaves on some trees are showing tinges of change in places and fog is becoming a more frequent thing in the river valleys. Water levels, in general, are good.
Fishing reports have been good to excellent for everything but the warmwater rivers. Local rivers like the Susquehanna and Chenango are too high and turbid for good fly fishing. The Tioughnioga, at this time, is dropping and clearing. Fishing in this river should get good this week. If encountering turbid water, try the upper river in Marathon or above.
While the smallmouth bite is poor due to river conditions, the opposite can be said about the Salmon River. The latest reports indicate a true run is on with big fresh kings on the move. In general, egg patterns and streamers are the way to go. Black and olive wooly buggers have apparently been producing well on the swing. If fishing for these brutes, remember that line connections need to be checked thoroughly. This applies to reels and rods. And, bring a spare rod as these fish are fresh and very powerful.
The Catskill rivers are also producing well. The main hatches are winding down with sulfurs on the way out. There are iso's and light cahills still around. BWO's are a definite hatch to watch for, particularly on cloudy or rainy days. Terrestrials are also always a possibility. Nymphing continues to produce but surface activity can be spotty. Now is the time to start getting streamer gear ready if fall fly fishing for big aggressive browns is in the plans. Sink tip lines of various sink rates should be readied and streamer boxes reviewed. Streamers in both dark and bright colors should be available in case water clarity is off. Also, stock up on heavy leaders in the 2X to 0X range.
The weather ahead will be pretty variable. Look for warmer temps into the 80's early in the week followed by general cooling, with a possibility of precipitation on Thursday in the form of thunderstorms. Keep an eye on USGS water gages before venturing out when thunderstorm potential exists. There have been some pretty significant flash flood events most recently.