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Southern tier fly fishing: Fly fishing reports, June events

Nothing like a big Delaware River rainbow to brighten an angler's day.
Nothing like a big Delaware River rainbow to brighten an angler's day.
Bob Bruns

The week had its fair share of rain, in some cases more than its fair share. And that was a mixed blessing. For fly fishers anxiously waiting to throw a fly to smallmouth bass, the rain was just another setback. And for trout fishermen, it definitely cancelled at least part of the weekend's plans.

Fly fishing reports were generally good this week, with the exception of the rain and resulting high water late in the week. Anglers fishing the Catskill rivers did well fishing hatches of caddis, olives, sulphurs, and most lately, isonychia. Local ponds have been fishing very well, particularly panfish and largemouth bass. Sunfish are in the late stages of the spawn, and where the males are still guarding the nest, they can be very aggressive with anything tossed their way. Largemouth bass are just starting to spawn. The smallmouth river bite is hard to gauge at this point with all rivers high and dirty. By the time flows recede to wadeable levels, the post-spawn doldrums should be well over and the bass should be feeding again. The smaller rivers such as the Tioughnioga and headwaters should be fishable by this weekend.

June fly fishing events are as follows:

  • June 17 (Tuesday) 7 pm: Al Hazzard TU Chapter Meeting. Speaker will be Mike Hogue of Badger Creek. Mike will be doing a presentation on fly fishing in Arkansas as well as doing a fly tying demo. It should be a great event.
  • June 19 (Thursday): Chenango Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding their annual dinner at Gus' Steakhouse in Norwich. Social hour starts at 6:30 pm with dinner at 7 pm. The dinner is $25 and includes appetizers, entree, and dessert. Contact Sam Scafidi at 334-3197 if interested in attending.
  • June 21 (Saturday) 8:30 am to 4 pm: Spey Nation - Pineville, NY. Spey Nation offers the unique opportunity for enthusiasts and manufacturers of 2 handed rods to gather in a streamside setting. The Location is the Pineville Boat Launch on the Salmon River in Pineville, NY.
  • June 22 (Sunday) Douglaston Salmon Run at Salmon River. DSR free fishing for anyone presenting a Spey Nation attendance voucher.
  • June 26 (Thursday): BC Flyfishers 'on the river' chapter meeting. The chapter will meet at the Gentlemen’s Club near Deposit with Joe Goodspeed to hear him speak and demonstrate nymphing on the river. Group fishing will follow the event. See the BC Flyfishers calendar for more information.

The week ahead will be a good one for some drying out. Look for low potential for rain all week with the exception of Wednesday, where there is a 30% probability of severe thunderstorms. Daytime highs will range from the high 70's to the mid 80's. Skies will be partly cloudy to sunny over most of the week.