Only an hour from NYC near Croton Falls, the West Branch of the Croton River is a popular tailwater fishery known for its brown trout. There are three popular fly fishing access points on the West Branch of the Croton River: Boyd Corners Reservoir Outlet, West Branch Reservoir Outlet and Croton Falls Reservoir Outlet. This section is stocked with brown trout every Spring.
The Boyd Corners Reservoir Outlet section runs from the Boyd Corners Reservoir downstream to the West Branch Reservoir (about 0.5 miles) near the town of Kent. It is accessible from SR301. The best time of year on this stretch in the Spring.
The West Branch Reservoir Outlet section runs from the West Branch Reservoir downstream to the Croton Falls Reservoir (about 2.3 miles) near the town of Carmel. It is accessible from SR6 and Drewville Road (CR36), which is known for its remote scenery. This section is known for its wild brown trout.
The Croton Falls Reservoir Outlet section runs from Croton Falls Reservoir downstream to the confluence with the East Branch of the Croton River near the town of Somers. It is accessible from SR100 and SR202. It is stocked in the Spring and there is a strick no-kill / artificial lures policy. It is generally good to fly fish all season long.
Note: The fly fishing season on the West Branch Croton River is typically April 1st through September 30th. The daily catch limit is five and, below West Branch Reservoir Outlet, the minimum length is 9 inches.
Note: A free Public Access Permit is required to fly fish on the West Branch of the Croton River.
Overall, West Branch Croton River is the 14th most popular fly fishing river of all 32 fly fishing spots in New York.