Posted on September 16 2021
As you've probably guessed, I'm back in Lafayette. For dry fly fishing this time of year the outlook is bleak. The pseudos' like cold water and the trout like to eat them in slow moving (low water) pools. We have high water and some of it is too warm.
The outlook - the NYDEP has the release valves almost wide open with (I assume) the intent to create a void in both reservoirs to reduce flood danger in the coming months. When will the releases be reduced? Who knows. Certainly not anytime soon if it keeps raining.
The fishing - Drifters are in their glory. Throwing streamers is the preferred method and in the off color WB it will probably produce some fish. If nothing else there should be a good number of big fish that come up to the fly and refuse it at the last minute with an impressive boil. If/when the releases are cut back and the water cools there will again be dry fly fishing, until then I'll be erecting tree stands, cleaning out the basement in Lafayette and yes, starting the camp close down in Lordville.
If you are a wade fisherman, check the water levels before coming. Hopefully you know where you can wade safely at different flow levels. The WB is murky and wading is dangerous in high water when you can't see the bottom. Fish with care!