Best New York Fly Fishing Rivers

New York has 32 fly fish spots.

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 East Branch Croton River, West Canada Creek, Batten Kill River, Esopus Creek, and Cattaraugus Creek. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a New York fly fishing river or stream below.

Featured FLY FISHING RIVERS

Batten Kill River

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.  MORE INFO

West Canada Creek

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.  MORE INFO

East Branch Croton River

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.  MORE INFO

Ramapo River

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.  MORE INFO

Esopus Creek

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.  MORE INFO

Cattaraugus Creek

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.  MORE INFO

Canadaway Creek

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.  MORE INFO

Oswego River

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.  MORE INFO

Sterling Creek

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.  MORE INFO

Saranac River

West of Plattsburgh and Morrisonville, the Saranac River is a popular year-round fly fishery known for its trout. Fly fishing on the Saranac River is usually divided into three sections: Stord Brook to North Branch, Kent Falls Dam to Millstone Monument, and Millstone Monument to Imperial Dam.  MORE INFO

Black River

Northeast of Syracuse and north of Boonville, the 113 mile Black River has various fly fishing opportunties to check out. The two more popular sections to explore for trout are Frestport to Denley Dam and Denley Dam to Lyons Falls.  MORE INFO

East Branch Delaware River

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.  MORE INFO

Beaver Kill River

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.  MORE INFO

Clear Creek

Southeast of Hamburg and Arcade, the Clear Creek is a popular trout fishing stream straddling Cattaraugus County and Wyoming County. The headwaters of the Clear Creek are near the town of Freedom and it flows northwest to the Cattaraugus Creek confluence. You can expect to find both wild brown trout and wild rainbow trout. This creek has not been stocked since 1992.  MORE INFO

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).  MORE INFO

Muscoot River

Near Somers, the Muscoot River is popular with fly fishermen in search of a tailwater fishery. The main fishery is located below Amawalk Reservoir Outlet running downstream about 2.7 miles to Muscoot Reservoir. There is good fly fishing access for the Muscoot River along SR35 and also Wood Street. There is an artificial lure only policy and a daily limit of three fish over 12 inches. Fly fishing on the Muscoot River is mainly known for its stocked brown trout.  MORE INFO