It's been a very nice week in terms of the weather. The rains have slowed and the warmwater rivers are starting to show it. And temps have been on the cool side with the exception of a few warmer days. Driving through the countryside, one occasionally sees a maple that has decided to turn "redcoat' early, but generally, the land and waters are reflecting that later summer feel.
Fishing continues to be good to very good. As reported almost all summer long, smallie anglers have had to head to the headwaters of most area rivers to find fish-able water. The warmwater rivers have been generally too full and turbid for any kind of decent fishing. But the trout rivers have been benefiting from all of the rain and have been fishing well. Currently, the hatches have not been the best, tailing off as they normally do in late summer. Caddis, olives, some sulfurs and isonychia are the main hatches right now.
As of this weekend, most warmwater rivers are finally down to decent wading and fishing levels. The Tioughnioga, the Chenango (upper sections as far down as the confluence with the Tioughnioga), and the Chemung are all at nice flows with a little murkiness. The Susquehanna is also settling but could still use a little more clearing. If rain doesn't hit the area over the next week, all rivers should be in good shape for fly fishing. If venturing out this weekend, used dark colors or very bright colors so your fly stands out in the murky water. Another way to go is a dark colored popper. Use cup-faced poppers that generate noise and water movement unless the water is shallow. In shallow areas, use a bullet-head popper and noise can sometimes spook fish.
The weather will be very good in the coming week. High temps will hit the upper 70's to low 80's with lows in the upper 50's. There is a threat of scattered thunderstorms during mid-week but next weekend looks like another dry and sunny one. Now is the time to check waders and make sure they are patched, if necessary, before the water starts turning cold. As mentioned last week, now is also the time to purchase your new NY state fishing license.