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. It can be challenging to fish since the creek is usually muddy and alittle cloudy.
The Esopus Creek is typically fished from Winnisook to the start of the Ashokan Reservoir.
Its best fished during the week to avoid kayakers and other river users, or get out early in the morning.
Overall, Esopus Creek is the 4th most popular fly fishing river of all 32 fly fishing spots in New York.