Located in New York, the fly fishing in Catskills offers more than a half-dozen beautiful trout streams. The best Catskills fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Beaverkill River, Esopus Creek, Neversink River, Willowemoc Creek, and West Branch Delaware River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Catskills fly fishing river or stream below.
Northeast of Newburgh near Roscoe, the Beaver Kill is a very popular Spring and Fall fly fishing river. The Beaver Kill River runs about 44 miles from the headwaters, through the Catskill Mountains down to the confluence with the East Branch Delaware River. This popular stream is known for is rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout.
North of Poughkeepsie near Kingston, the Esopus Creek is known as a tough place to land trout, but they are wild trout! You can expect to find some big rainbow trout and brown trout just above Ashokan Reservoir. Expect to find runs in the Spring and again in the Fall. The Esopus Creek is a freestone creek running between the Schoharie Reservoir to the Ashokan Reservoir.
Northwest of Poughkeepsie near Hancock, the East Branch of the Delaware River is best known as an excellent tailwater fishery below Pepacton reservoir. The upper section is about 8 miles long from the headwaters at Wawaka Lake in Halcottsville to the Pepacton reservoir. The lower section is about 33 miles from the dam down to the confluence with the main Delaware River.
Northwest of Poughkeepsie near Hancock, the upper Delaware River is known for its world class wild brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. Most fish range from 15 to 18 inches in length. Many fly fishermen flock to the town of Hancock where there is the confluence with the East Branch (drift boating) and West Branch (wading).