Located in South Central part of New York the Beaverkill is one of the countries most fabled streams, it is considered the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. A Catskills Mountain freestone stream it has a mixture of pools, riffles, and runs. Being roughly 2 hours from NYC it get fished pretty hard. The fish are mostly stocked browns with wild brooks, bows, and browns to keep things interesting. The Beaverkill can be fished all year but spring and fall are by far the best. Summer can also be good depending on the rainfall. The hatches on the Beaverkill can be interesting as well. The middle of March through May the Blue Wing Olives will hatch then again mid July till October. The first of April to just over a month the Black Caddis, Blue Quill Mayflies, and the Little Brown Stone will keep you busy. Starting in Mid April and lasting a full month the Hendrickson and Red Quill hatch gets going. This hatch is what the Beaverkill is known for.
The first 25 miles of this river are considered to be the Upper Beaverkill. This part of the river is very steep and narrow, and it's made up of mostly small pools and pocket water. The Upper Beaverkill is well lined with trees and has many cold springs, which help keep the water here cold all year round. The next stretch of the upper river is from the Balsam Lake outlet down to Shin Creek at Lew Beach. This 10-mile long stretch is made up of more medium-sized pools that are separated by shallow riffle water sections.
The river from Lew Beach to Junction Pool, widens from 50 to 75 feet, with more pools and riffles becoming longer and more defined. A spot called the Covered Bridge Pool, at the state campsite, is located in this section, and is very popular and productive for fishing.
The lower section of the Beaverkill begins at Junction Pool. This famous "hole" is where the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc join together. Here, the river just about doubles in size and is known as " The Big River." The water in this section of the river is made up of really nice riffles and pools, that are very condusive to dry fly fishing. The Beaverkill's two-mile no-kill section, is also part of this section of the river. Two other popular areas in this section are Horse Brook Run and Carin's Pool. Horse Brook Run is regarded by most as 1/4 mile of the finest pocket of water the river has to offer. Carin's Pool is a long, deep, clear pool that holds an enormous number of fish, and therefore attracts many anglers. Solitude is not an option here.
About the last 10 or so miles of the Beaverkill are made up of long, shallow riffles mixed with a few deep holes. Painters' Bend, Cooks Falls Pool, and the Flats are popular fishing areas. Nine miles below the Cooks Falls Pool is another no-kill section, Hortons. which contains some excellent trout water. Stadel's Run, Cemetery Pool, Freeman's Flat, Horton's Pool, Acid Factory and Railroad Run all fish really well when the water temperatures are right. Cool summer rains can really turn the fishing on here. Below the Horton no-kill section, the remaining six miles or so of the river are very slow moving and wide. The only exception is where Trout Brook joins the river. The Beaverkill finally ends at Keener's Pool which has some really big fish in it.
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