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Owasco Inlet

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The Owasco Inlet is located in Tompkins and Cayuga Counties. It is a major tributary to Owasco Lake. The stream flows to the north for approximately 25 miles before entering Owasco Lake. The inlet has roughly 15 miles of public access, so there is plenty of fishing opportunities available. The main quarry here is wild and stocked brown trout, but a few rainbows are always in the mix. With 15"-18" fish being the norm, anglers always seem to find a fish or two that is over twenty. Nymph fishing here is very productive all year long, using standard flies like beadhead pheasant tails, hare's ears, and princes. There are two great hatches of dry flies that occur here, Blue Wing Olives (Baetis) and Hendricksons.  BWO's can start as early as March and usually run thru the end of April. The Hendrickson hatch starts at the end of April and lasts to the first part of May. Sometimes you can get lucky and these hatches will over lap, but typically late April is a great time of year to fish here.