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Southern tier fly fishing: Fly fishing report, upcoming June events

Right now the shoreline shallows of many ponds, like this one, are teeming with spawning sunfish.
Right now the shoreline shallows of many ponds, like this one, are teeming with spawning sunfish.
Bob Bruns

The past week's weather was generally nice, with partly sunny to sunny conditions, relatively low humidity, and little rain. Area creeks and streams are showing it. Owego Creek is running crystal clear, with water temps in the low 60's, as are most other creeks and streams. And thanks to a break in precipitation, the warmwater rivers are settling and clearing. It is definitely looking like summer is starting to emerge in the Southern Tier.

June is a month of transition in fly fishing. Hatches are marching along, albeit at a slower pace due to the cold winter and late start this year. March browns are about and one of the great hatches of the year, the sulphur hatch, is starting to show. Caddis are also in the mix, as usual, along with some grey fox and green drakes. All of the Catskill rivers currently have excellent flows. As previously reported, the smallmouth bass are in spawn and post-spawn now. Water temperatures in the rivers are definitely on the rise and should now be well into the 60's. After some recuperation time, smallmouth bass fishing should kick in nicely and get better as we move into mid-June. Local ponds and lakes are abuzz with spawning largemouth and sunfish. This is a great time to fish a popper, particularly for sunfish on the nest. These fish are extra feisty and provide excellent sport on fly tackle. They are also an excellent species for beginner fly fishers.

Fly fishing events for the coming week are as follows:

  • Every Wednesday @ 6 pm in June: Fly Fishing 101 at A&G Outfitters in Dickson City, PA (north of Scranton). This free intro to fly fishing will be held at the fly shop and is a great way to get introduced into fly fishing. Contact the shop for more information.
  • June 7 (Saturday) 9am to 4 pm: Badger Creek Fly Tying Annual Open House. Come out and cast rods, check out the latest gear, shop for fly tying materials and load up on flies. Hardy/Greys will be showing the latest rods, reels and gear. Guest fly tyers include: Joe Cambridge and Josh Filter. Carol Farkus & Joe Cambridge will be on hand for free casting tune ups and lessons. Free drawing for many door prizes.
  • June 7 (Saturday) in Poland, NY: West Canada Creek Trout Power Tournament and Creel Study Sign Up – sign up on line at
  • June 7 (Saturday) 10 am to ???: 3rd Annual Waneta Lake Bass Bonanza, sponsored by the Twin Tiers Fiver Rivers IFFF chapter. This lake is home to a lot of trophy size bass, musky, and other warmwater species. Contact Bob Schaeffler at for more information.
  • June 11 (Wednesday) 3:00 – 8:00 (kids arrive about 5:00) BDC Kids Fly Fishing: The BDC kids will be fly fishing for Channel Cats and Bass at private pond. Location details on calendar tab.
  • June 14th & 15th (Saturday and Sunday) Douglaston Salmon Run at Salmon River – Free fishing day for TU members. This offer is for one day only on the weekend of June 14th and 15th, 2014. Anyone taking them up on the offer only need to present a current active TU membership card and your driver's license as proof to enter and take advantage. The DSR was recently stocked with browns up to 22" so dry fly fishing is a definite possibility.

After a dry and sunny spell of sorts, the week ahead looks like it could be a wet one, particularly Father's Day weekend. Temps will be warm with highs in the high 70's to low 80's, with evening lows in the 50's. Most days will be cloudy with a 30 - 40% chance of precipitation. But the chance of rain will greatly increase for the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday have a 70% chance of rain. Let's hope we get enough precipitation to get the creek flows up a bit but not too much to reset the warmwater rivers. The rain could be a blessing for Father's Day anglers who enjoy fishing BWO's on our Catskill rivers. And if it is too much, it might make for good streamer fishing.

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