Best New York Fly Fishing Rivers

New York has 32 fly fish spots.

  May 28, 2019

Located in the US, the fly fishing in New York offers over thirty trout streams and rivers from which to choose. The best New York fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be West Branch Ausable River, Beaverkill River, East Branch Croton River, West Canada Creek, and Batten Kill River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a New York fly fishing river or stream below.



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FEATURED:  Batten Kill River

  Adirondacks, New York

  January 30, 2019

Northeast of Manchester, the Batten Kill River is known to fly fishermen for its abundant brown trout and rainbow trout. The river starts in the Green Mountains and runs 50 miles crossing into New York. The Batten Kill River is known for year-round fly fishing due to the springs which keep it cool.


FEATURED:  West Canada Creek

  Adirondacks, New York

  July 29, 2016

East of Rome near Barneveld, the West Canada Creek has 26 miles of trophy trout fly fishing stream open yearround known for brown trout up to 18 inches long. The headwaters of the West Canada Creek are in the southeastern Adirondacks in Hamilton County and are known for stocked brook trout. The entire length running through Hamilton County, Herkimer County and Oneida County offers good fly fishing opportunities.


FEATURED:  East Branch Croton River

  New York

  July 17, 2016

About an hour northeast of NYC near Croton Falls, the East Branch of the Croton River is known for its monster fish. The East Branch of the Croton River has two popular sections for fly fishing: East Branch Reservoir Outlet and Diverting Reservoir Outlet. Since this is a suburban river, it can get very crowded on the weekends.


FEATURED:  Ramapo River

  New York

  August 20, 2016

Near Monroe, the Ramapo River is a yearround trout fishing stream. You can expect to find brown trout ranging from 14 to 16 inches and rainbow trout from 6 to 10 inches long.


FEATURED:  Beaverkill River

  Catskills, New York

  May 28, 2019

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.


FEATURED:  Esopus Creek

  Catskills, New York

  June 27, 2016

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.


FEATURED:  Cattaraugus Creek

  New York

  June 26, 2016

Southeast of Buffalo near Arcade, the Cattaraugus Creek is a popular steelhead fishing stream. It is a Public Fishing Stream managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. From mid-October through March, this is a catch-and-release only stream, and artificial lures only.


FEATURED:  Canadaway Creek

  New York

  July 27, 2016

Southwest of Buffalo and northwest of Fredonia, the Canadaway Creek is a popular fly fishing stream. It is a Public Fishing Stream managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


FEATURED:  Oswego River

  Syracuse, New York

  July 6, 2016

Northwest of Syracuse, the Oswego River is becoming more popular with fly fishermen. The Oswego River is formed by the confluence of the Oneida River and Seneca River just south of Phoenix. The Oswego River flows north into Lake Ontario near the town of Oswego. The river is known for its Fall and Winter runs of steelhead, lake brown trout and salmon.


FEATURED:  Sterling Creek

  Syracuse, New York

  September 14, 2018

North of Syracuse and west of Fulton, the Sterling Creek is becoming more popular with fly fishermen. The creek flow from the town of Sterling northwest into Lake Ontario north of Fair Haven. The river is known for its Fall and Winter runs of steelhead, lake brown trout and salmon.