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    Default All This Rain & Fishing

    I'm in the lower Hudson Valley of NY & with all this rain, the rivers & streams are MOVING! This is my first season of fly fishing & was curious to know what kind of effect this has on fishing right now.
    Do the rivers & streams need to subside a little or is fishing them after rain like this good?

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    Default Re: All This Rain & Fishing

    Conditions are going to be pretty tough after today and they weren't all that great beforehand.
    Unless there's a catastrophic flood, the trout will just hunker down and "shelter in place" out of the current. So expect them to be in all the right places when conditions improve.
    When it's no longer dangerous to do so, you can try to fish the seems between the fast and slow water, but until the water levels drop don't expect to see the classic dry fly hatches that we have this time of year

    ---------- Post added at 08:43 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:00 AM ----------

    I'm reminded of another rain event from this same corresponding week, but years ago
    I was staying at a campground at a local river when we had a day of 5+ inches of rain.
    My campsite was on a "corner" with the river on both it's north and east side. When the river rose, it decided to make a 'shortcut" through my campsite.
    I don't know if it was some kind of mating season migration or what, but the parade of hellgrammites (dobsonfly larva) through the campsite that night was alarming.
    Almost like something out of a horror movie.
    We had too sit up on top of the picnic table to keep our feet away.

    I'm not sure why that happened in that particular situation, but it's something that I think about when we have rain like this, this time of year.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Moving.... LAST summer was seriously moving. West Canada Creek, in Barneveld, was up over 10,000 cfs in late June, early July. Here in mid-coast Maine, my local stream had just started to drop/clear up. Raining hard again.

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    The steelhead fishing must still be good up in the creeks near Watertown and Pulaski than right ? Is'nt West Canada creek one of those steelhead creeks ?

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    I'll be heading back home to western Mass next week & will be doing some fishing there. That's probably the next time I'll be able to get out, so I hope conditions are in my favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastfly66 View Post
    The steelhead fishing must still be good up in the creeks near Watertown and Pulaski than right ? Is'nt West Canada creek one of those steelhead creeks ?
    I don't think so. Big browns and rainbows, Gold Medal C&R tailwater. Why it's called a creek is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickj View Post
    I don't think so. Big browns and rainbows, Gold Medal C&R tailwater. Why it's called a creek is beyond me.
    3.25 hr drive , not too bad ! does it get real crowded ? any recommendations on a campground near by ?

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    It doesn't appear to get too crowded. I've only been there twice- last year and the year before. Lived in Colorado, so it was a long drive. Last year we were there for two weeks, it rained the whole time. It let up the last couple of days, I was able to catch some browns- one nice one. Now I'm retired and living closer, so will spend more time there this year. There are tubers floating by on nice days. It's wide, so there's plenty of room.
    I don't know about the camping, we have a summer cottage there, but it's Adirondacks vacation land, so probably. There's a link from the power company that shows the projected water flow for the day. Google West Canada Creek, plenty of info on line. Nice river.

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