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Esopus Creek

This 65-mile long creek is a tributary of the Hudson River that drains the east central basin of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Due to the extremely cold-water flows found here year round, the wild rainbow trout population in this river actually outnumbers the browns, making it very unique for a northeastern river. It is considered by many anglers to be one of the most productive wild trout streams in the region. The fish aren’t extremely large, averaging just 10-12 inches, but the extreme numbers of them are truly remarkable. The fast moving pocket water of this freestone creek makes it an excellent nymph and wet fly fishery. Standards like Prince Nymphs and Royal Coachman wet flies will get the job done, but don’t overlook the significance of dries. Blue Winged Olives and Blue Quills provide for some early season dry fly activity, but the Isonychia hatch that typically starts in June, is one of the creeks best. This creek is one of the finest examples of Mother Nature hard at work.

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