New York Fly Fishing

If you're looking for a state that is rich in fish, and offers all kinds of streams, lakes, and rivers, then maybe it's time to think about New York State. Often, what comes to mind when we think of New York is the city, of course, with all its bustling excitement, entertainment, and action. And while you can certainly find that in New York City, there is so much more to the state than just that.

New York is a mecca for fly fishing enthusiasts, thanks to the Catskills and Adirondacks. In fact, some say New York offers the best fishing east of the Rocky Mountains. That's not a bad title to be given. These areas in particular are known for their clear streams and lakes, which are ideal for trout. Common fish species include trout, bass, northern pike, salmon, walleye, and muskies.

New York Fishing Access Sites

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NY - Ausable River - West Branch : 44.364056, -73.843231
NY - Beaverkill River: 41.981392, -74.835831
NY - Cattaraugus Creek : 42.562121, -79.094267
NY - Chautauqua Creek: 42.202965, -79.591095
NY - Delaware River, East Branch: 41.963599, -75.262356
NY - Upper Delaware River: 41.894044, -75.271357
NY - Delaware River, West Branch: 42.003162, -75.383583
NY - Esopus Creek: 42.081184, -74.317875
NY - Neversink River: 41.649754, -74.613034
NY - Salmon River: 43.519847, -75.978720
NY - Schoharie Creek: 42.173740, -74.153122
NY - Willowemoc Creek: 41.917862, -74.671494
NY - Schroon River: 43.592636, -73.731133
BRONX RIVER AT NY BOTANICAL GARDEN AT BRONX NY: 40.862306, -73.874389
COLD SPRING BROOK AT COLD SPRING HARBOR NY: 40.857222, -73.463333
NISSEQUOGUE RIVER NEAR SMITHTOWN NY: 40.849444, -73.224167
PECONIC RIVER AT RIVERHEAD NY: 40.913611, -72.686667
CARMANS RIVER AT YAPHANK NY: 40.830278, -72.906111
CONNETQUOT BK NR CENTRAL ISLIP NY: 40.771944, -73.158611
CARLLS RIVER AT BABYLON NY: 40.708611, -73.328333
MASSAPEQUA CREEK AT MASSAPEQUA NY: 40.688889, -73.454722
VALLEY STREAM AT VALLEY STREAM NY: 40.663611, -73.704444
ROCKAWAY INLET NEAR FLOYD BENNETT FIELD NY: 40.573716, -73.885136
HUDSON RIVER NEAR NEWCOMB NY: 43.966667, -74.131667
INDIAN RIVER NEAR INDIAN LAKE NY: 43.756389, -74.267222
HUDSON RIVER AT NORTH CREEK NY: 43.700833, -73.983333
SCHROON RIVER AT RIVERBANK NY: 43.609444, -73.737500
HUDSON RIVER AT HADLEY NY: 43.318889, -73.844167
SACANDAGA RIVER NEAR HOPE NY: 43.352778, -74.270278
SACANDAGA RIVER AT STEWARTS BRIDGE NR HADLEY NY: 43.311389, -73.867222
GLENS FALLS FEEDER AT DUNHAM BASIN NY: 43.304239, -73.546503
HUDSON RIVER AT FORT EDWARD NY: 43.269444, -73.595833
HUDSON RIVER AT THOMSON NY: 43.125389, -73.584917
BATTEN KILL BELOW MILL AT BATTENVILLE NY: 43.108611, -73.421667
GLOWEGEE CREEK AT WEST MILTON NY: 43.030556, -73.927222
HOOSIC RIVER NEAR WILLIAMSTOWN, MA: 42.700359, -73.158994
HOOSIC RIVER NEAR EAGLE BRIDGE NY: 42.938611, -73.376944
HUDSON RIVER ABOVE LOCK 1 NEAR WATERFORD NY: 42.829167, -73.666111
HUDSON RIVER AT LOCK 1 NEAR WATERFORD NY: 42.823966, -73.662062
MOHAWK RIVER BELOW DELTA DAM NEAR ROME NY: 43.264444, -75.436389
ORISKANY CREEK NEAR ORISKANY NY: 43.142778, -75.337806
SAUQUOIT CREEK AT WHITESBORO NY: 43.111444, -75.294000
MOHAWK RIVER NEAR UTICA NY: 43.090625, -75.157106
MOYER CREEK NEAR FRANKFORT NY: 43.026944, -75.104306
STEELE CREEK AT ILION NY: 43.006583, -75.041667
FULMER CREEK NEAR MOHAWK NY: 42.985222, -74.990444
WEST CANADA CREEK NEAR WILMURT NY: 43.366111, -74.957778
BLACK CREEK NEAR GRAY NY: 43.282778, -74.959194
WEST CANADA CREEK AT KAST BRIDGE NY: 43.068889, -74.988333
MOHAWK RIVER NEAR LITTLE FALLS NY: 43.014722, -74.779444
EAST CANADA CREEK AT EAST CREEK NY: 43.016667, -74.740833
OTSQUAGO CREEK AT FORT PLAIN NY: 42.929250, -74.632889
CANAJOHARIE CREEK NEAR CANAJOHARIE NY: 42.876111, -74.603056
MOHAWK R ABOVE STATE HIGHWAY 30A AT FONDA NY: 42.950351, -74.372080
EAST KILL NEAR JEWETT CENTER NY: 42.249167, -74.302778
SCHOHARIE CREEK NEAR LEXINGTON NY: 42.236944, -74.340278
WEST KILL BELOW HUNTER BROOK NEAR SPRUCETON NY: 42.185000, -74.276944
WEST KILL NEAR WEST KILL NY: 42.230278, -74.393056
BATAVIA KILL AT RED FALLS NEAR PRATTSVILLE NY: 42.308333, -74.390000
SCHOHARIE CREEK AT PRATTSVILLE NY: 42.319444, -74.436667
BEAR KILL NEAR PRATTSVILLE NY: 42.338056, -74.451667
MANOR KILL AT WEST CONESVILLE NEAR GILBOA NY: 42.376944, -74.413056
SCHOHARIE CREEK AT GILBOA NY: 42.397222, -74.450556
PLATTER KILL AT GILBOA NY: 42.406111, -74.447222
MINE KILL NEAR NORTH BLENHEIM NY: 42.428889, -74.473056
SCHOHARIE CREEK AT NORTH BLENHEIM NY: 42.465833, -74.462222
SCHOHARIE CREEK AT BREAKABEEN NY: 42.536944, -74.410556
SCHOHARIE CREEK AT BURTONSVILLE NY: 42.800000, -74.262778
MOHAWK RIVER AT AMSTERDAM NY: 42.934000, -74.191861
MOHAWK RIVER AT LOCK 8 NEAR SCHENECTADY NY: 42.828158, -73.990372
MOHAWK RIVER AT FREEMAN'S BRIDGE AT SCHENECTADY NY: 42.830528, -73.930750
MOHAWK RIVER AT REXFORD NY: 42.851188, -73.887623
MOHAWK RIVER AT VISCHER FERRY DAM NY: 42.807500, -73.843611
MOHAWK RIVER AT COHOES NY: 42.785278, -73.707500
HUDSON RIVER AT GREEN ISLAND NY: 42.752222, -73.688889
NORMANS KILL AT KARLSFELD NY: 42.647778, -73.845556
NORMANS KILL AT ALBANY NY: 42.633333, -73.805556
VALATIE KILL NEAR NASSAU NY: 42.551944, -73.591389
KINDERHOOK CREEK AT ROSSMAN NY: 42.330556, -73.743889
BIRCH CREEK AT BIG INDIAN NY: 42.108889, -74.451944
ESOPUS CREEK AT ALLABEN NY: 42.116944, -74.380278
DIVERSION FROM SCHOHARIE RESERVOIR NY: 42.114534, -74.363760
WOODLAND CREEK ABOVE MOUTH AT PHOENICIA NY: 42.079722, -74.334583
HOLLOW TREE BROOK AT LANESVILLE NY: 42.142222, -74.265000
STONY CLOVE CREEK BLW OX CLOVE AT CHICHESTER NY: 42.102028, -74.310889
LITTLE BEAVER KILL AT BEECHFORD NEAR MT TREMPER NY: 42.019444, -74.266389
ESOPUS CREEK AT COLDBROOK NY: 42.014167, -74.270556
BUSH KILL BLW MALTBY HOLLOW BK AT WEST SHOKAN NY: 41.965556, -74.293056
ESOPUS CREEK NEAR LOMONTVILLE NY: 41.879333, -74.145361
ESOPUS CREEK AT MOUNT MARION NY: 42.037778, -73.971944
RONDOUT CREEK NEAR LOWES CORNERS NY: 41.866389, -74.487222
CHESTNUT CREEK AT GRAHAMSVILLE NY: 41.845000, -74.539444
RONDOUT CREEK AT ROSENDALE NY: 41.843056, -74.086111
WALLKILL RIVER AT GARDINER NY: 41.686111, -74.165278
HUDSON RIVER BELOW POUGHKEEPSIE NY: 41.650927, -73.944582
WAPPINGER CREEK NEAR WAPPINGERS FALLS NY: 41.653056, -73.872500
EAST BRANCH CROTON RIVER NEAR PUTNAM LAKE NY: 41.447250, -73.556083
EAST BRANCH CROTON RIVER AT BREWSTER NY: 41.394444, -73.606944
EAST BRANCH CROTON RIVER NEAR CROTON FALLS NY: 41.373778, -73.638750
WEST BRANCH CROTON RIVER AT RICHARDSVILLE NY: 41.470556, -73.760000
W BR CROTON RIVER BELOW DAM NEAR KENT CLIFFS NY: 41.449722, -73.736389
HORSE POUND BROOK NEAR LAKE CARMEL NY: 41.475861, -73.689472
WEST BRANCH CROTON RIVER NEAR CARMEL NY: 41.411806, -73.693750
WEST BRANCH CROTON RIVER NEAR CROTON FALLS NY: 41.358000, -73.667972
TITICUS RIVER BELOW JUNE ROAD AT SALEM CENTER NY: 41.327361, -73.591472
TITICUS RIVER AT PURDYS STATION NY: 41.327194, -73.655833
CROSS RIVER NEAR CROSS RIVER NY: 41.260222, -73.601861
CROSS RIVER AT KATONAH NY: 41.266111, -73.665556
MUSCOOT RIVER AT BALDWIN PLACE NY: 41.338139, -73.768694
MUSCOOT RIVER BELOW DAM AT AMAWALK NY: 41.287611, -73.753639
CROTON R AT NEW CROTON DAM NR CROTON-ON-HUDSON NY: 41.225028, -73.858889
HACKENSACK RIVER AT WEST NYACK NY: 41.095556, -73.963889
RAMAPO RIVER AT RAMAPO NY: 41.140278, -74.168611
RAMAPO RIVER AT SUFFERN NY: 41.118333, -74.160278
Mahwah River near Suffern NY: 41.141111, -74.116111
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT ROXBURY NY: 42.291667, -74.559722
BUSH KILL NEAR ARKVILLE NY: 42.150833, -74.601389
DRY BROOK AT ARKVILLE: 42.146667, -74.623333
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT MARGARETVILLE NY: 42.144722, -74.653611
PLATTE KILL AT DUNRAVEN NY: 42.133056, -74.695556
MILL BROOK NEAR DUNRAVEN NY: 42.106111, -74.730556
TREMPER KILL NEAR ANDES NY: 42.120000, -74.818611
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT DOWNSVILLE NY: 42.075000, -74.976389
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT HARVARD NY: 42.024583, -75.119278
BEAVER KILL AT COOKS FALLS NY: 41.946389, -74.979722
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT FISHS EDDY NY: 41.973056, -75.174167
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT HOBART NY: 42.371389, -74.668889
TOWN BROOK SOUTHEAST OF HOBART NY: 42.361111, -74.662222
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER UPSTREAM FROM DELHI NY: 42.280278, -74.907222
LITTLE DELAWARE RIVER NEAR DELHI NY: 42.252222, -74.901667
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT WALTON NY: 42.166111, -75.140000
TROUT CREEK NEAR TROUT CREEK NY: 42.173611, -75.279444
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT STILESVILLE NY: 42.074722, -75.396111
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER AT HALE EDDY NY: 42.003056, -75.383611
DELAWARE RIVER AT LORDVILLE NY: 41.867222, -75.213889
CALLICOON CREEK AT CALLICOON NY: 41.760833, -75.048333
DELAWARE RIVER AT CALLICOON NY: 41.756667, -75.057500
DELAWARE R ABOVE LACKAWAXEN R NEAR BARRYVILLE NY: 41.508889, -74.985833
DELAWARE RIVER AT BARRYVILLE NY: 41.475368, -74.912389
MONGAUP RIVER AT MONGAUP VALLEY NY: 41.668056, -74.780556
MONGAUP RIVER NEAR MONGAUP NY: 41.461389, -74.758889
DELAWARE RIVER AT PORT JERVIS NY: 41.370556, -74.697500
EAST BRANCH NEVERSINK RIVER NEAR CLARYVILLE NY: 41.925278, -74.540278
BISCUIT BK ABOVE PIGEON BK AT FROST VALLEY NY: 41.996083, -74.500222
WEST BRANCH NEVERSINK RIVER AT CLARYVILLE NY: 41.920278, -74.574722
NEVERSINK RIVER NEAR CLARYVILLE NY: 41.890000, -74.590000
NEVERSINK RIVER AT NEVERSINK NY: 41.820000, -74.635556
NEVERSINK RIVER AT BRIDGEVILLE NY: 41.638056, -74.616889
NEVERSINK RIVER AT GODEFFROY NY: 41.441111, -74.601944
OULEOUT CREEK AT EAST SIDNEY NY: 42.333333, -75.235000
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT UNADILLA NY: 42.321389, -75.316667
UNADILLA RIVER AT ROCKDALE NY: 42.377778, -75.406111
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BAINBRIDGE NY: 42.291389, -75.476389
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT WINDSOR NY: 42.074722, -75.637778
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT CONKLIN NY: 42.035278, -75.803056
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BINGHAMTON NY: 42.092500, -75.914722
CHENANGO RIVER AT SHERBURNE NY: 42.678611, -75.510556
CHENANGO RIVER AT OXFORD NY: 42.441667, -75.596389
CHENANGO RIVER AT GREENE NY: 42.324444, -75.771389
TIOUGHNIOGA RIVER AT CORTLAND NY: 42.602778, -76.159444
TIOUGHNIOGA RIVER AT LISLE NY: 42.349444, -75.999167
OTSELIC RIVER AT CINCINNATUS NY: 42.541111, -75.899722
TIOUGHNIOGA RIVER AT ITASKA NY: 42.298056, -75.908889
CHENANGO RIVER NEAR CHENANGO FORKS NY: 42.218056, -75.848333
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT VESTAL NY: 42.090833, -76.056111
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT OWEGO NY: 42.097222, -76.266389
OWEGO CREEK NEAR OWEGO NY: 42.129167, -76.270556
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER NEAR WAVERLY NY: 41.984722, -76.501111
TIOGA RIVER AT LINDLEY NY: 42.028611, -77.132222
CANISTEO RIVER AT ARKPORT NY: 42.395833, -77.711389
CANACADEA CREEK NEAR HORNELL NY: 42.334722, -77.683056
CANISTEO RIVER BELOW CANACADEA CREEK AT HORNELL NY: 42.313889, -77.651111
CANISTEO RIVER AT WEST CAMERON NY: 42.222222, -77.417778
TUSCARORA CREEK ABOVE SOUTH ADDISON NY: 42.072222, -77.298889
TIOGA RIVER NEAR ERWINS NY: 42.121111, -77.129167
COHOCTON RIVER AT AVOCA NY: 42.397778, -77.417500
COHOCTON RIVER AT BATH NY: 42.343333, -77.343889
COHOCTON RIVER NEAR CAMPBELL NY: 42.252500, -77.216667
CHEMUNG RIVER AT CORNING NY: 42.146389, -77.057500
CHEMUNG RIVER AT ELMIRA NY: 42.086389, -76.801111
CHEMUNG RIVER AT CHEMUNG NY: 42.002222, -76.634722
ALLEGHENY RIVER AT OLEAN NY: 42.073056, -78.451111
ALLEGHENY RIVER AT SALAMANCA NY: 42.156389, -78.715278
CHADAKOIN RIVER AT FALCONER NY: 42.112500, -79.203889
CATTARAUGUS CREEK AT GOWANDA NY: 42.463333, -78.934167
BUFFALO CREEK AT GARDENVILLE NY: 42.854722, -78.755000
CAYUGA CREEK NEAR LANCASTER NY: 42.890000, -78.645000
CAZENOVIA CREEK AT EBENEZER NY: 42.829722, -78.775000
TONAWANDA CREEK AT ATTICA NY: 42.863889, -78.283611
TONAWANDA CREEK AT BATAVIA NY: 42.997500, -78.188611
TONAWANDA CREEK AT RAPIDS NY: 43.093056, -78.636111
ELLICOTT CREEK BELOW WILLIAMSVILLE NY: 42.977778, -78.763611
EIGHTEENMILE CREEK AT BURT NY: 43.313806, -78.715417
OAK ORCHARD CREEK NEAR SHELBY NY: 43.173611, -78.386667
OAK ORCHARD CREEK NEAR KENYONVILLE NY: 43.301169, -78.310273
NORTHRUP CREEK AT NORTH GREECE NY: 43.253611, -77.742222
GENESEE RIVER AT WELLSVILLE NY: 42.122222, -77.957222
GENESEE RIVER AT PORTAGEVILLE NY: 42.570278, -78.042222
CANASERAGA CREEK ABOVE DANSVILLE NY: 42.535556, -77.704167
GENESEE RIVER NEAR MOUNT MORRIS NY: 42.766667, -77.838889
GENESEE RIVER AT AVON NY: 42.917778, -77.757222
HONEOYE CREEK AT HONEOYE FALLS NY: 42.957222, -77.588889
OATKA CREEK AT WARSAW NY: 42.744167, -78.137500
OATKA CREEK AT GARBUTT NY: 43.010000, -77.791389
BLACK CREEK AT CHURCHVILLE NY: 43.100556, -77.882222
GENESEE RIVER AT FORD STREET BRIDGE, ROCHESTER NY: 43.141722, -77.616306
IRONDEQUOIT CR AT RAILROAD MILLS NEAR FISHERS NY: 43.027778, -77.478056
ALLEN CREEK NEAR ROCHESTER NY: 43.130278, -77.518611
IRONDEQUOIT CR ABOVE BLOSSOM RD NEAR ROCHESTER NY: 43.145000, -77.511944
KEUKA LAKE OUTLET AT DRESDEN NY: 42.680278, -76.953889
SENECA RIVER NEAR SENECA FALLS NY: 42.938889, -76.761111
CAYUGA INLET AT ITHACA NY: 42.427222, -76.521667
SIXMILE CREEK AT BROOKTONDALE NY: 42.381389, -76.394444
SIXMILE CREEK AT BETHEL GROVE NY: 42.403056, -76.435000
FALL CREEK NEAR ITHACA NY: 42.453333, -76.472778
SALMON CREEK NEAR LUDLOWVILLE NY: 42.552611, -76.533833
SENECA RIVER AT FREE BRIDGE CORNERS NY: 42.962927, -76.736896
GANARGUA CREEK AT MACEDON NY: 43.067472, -77.298222
CANANDAIGUA OUTLET AT CHAPIN NY: 42.918056, -77.232778
FLINT CREEK AT PHELPS NY: 42.957778, -77.068056
OWASCO INLET BELOW AURORA STREET AT MORAVIA NY: 42.711583, -76.434000
OWASCO OUTLET AT GENESEE ST., AUBURN NY: 42.932222, -76.565000
SENECA RIVER (ERIE CANAL) NEAR PORT BYRON NY: 43.078611, -76.645556
SKANEATELES CREEK NEAR SKANEATELES JUNCTION NY: 43.014889, -76.472250
SENECA RIVER NEAR BALDWINSVILLE NY: 43.162333, -76.362694
ONONDAGA CREEK NEAR CARDIFF NY: 42.900000, -76.169167
ONONDAGA CREEK AT DORWIN AVENUE, SYRACUSE NY: 42.983333, -76.150833
ONONDAGA CREEK AT SPENCER STREET, SYRACUSE NY: 43.057500, -76.162500
HARBOR BROOK AT SYRACUSE NY: 43.035833, -76.181667
HARBOR BROOK AT HIAWATHA BOULEVARD, SYRACUSE NY: 43.056111, -76.185000
LEY CREEK AT PARK STREET, SYRACUSE NY: 43.077222, -76.170278
NINEMILE CREEK AT LAKELAND NY: 43.080833, -76.226389
EAST BRANCH FISH CREEK AT TABERG NY: 43.301111, -75.621472
FISH CREEK AT BECKS GROVE NY: 43.258250, -75.613028
ONEIDA CREEK AT ONEIDA NY: 43.097500, -75.639167
COWASELON CREEK AT STATE ROUTE 13 AT CANASTOTA NY: 43.095611, -75.751222
CHITTENANGO CREEK NEAR CHITTENANGO NY: 43.023056, -75.858611
SCRIBA CREEK NEAR CONSTANTIA NY: 43.259722, -76.002778
ONEIDA RIVER NEAR EUCLID NY: 43.205000, -76.217778
OSWEGO RIVER NEAR PHOENIX NY: 43.211167, -76.287111
OSWEGO RIVER AT LOCK 7, OSWEGO NY: 43.451667, -76.505278
NORTH BRANCH SALMON RIVER AT REDFIELD NY: 43.542222, -75.813889
SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY: 43.533333, -76.038611
SANDY CREEK NEAR ADAMS NY: 43.813333, -76.074722
BLACK RIVER NEAR BOONVILLE NY: 43.511667, -75.306667
MOOSE RIVER AT MCKEEVER NY: 43.610278, -75.110556
INDEPENDENCE RIVER AT DONNATTSBURG NY: 43.747222, -75.334444
BEAVER RIVER AT CROGHAN NY: 43.897222, -75.404167
BLACK RIVER AT WATERTOWN NY: 43.985556, -75.924722
OSWEGATCHIE RIVER NEAR OSWEGATCHIE NY: 44.222500, -75.074444
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Great Chazy River, NY
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distance: 231.6 miles
GREAT CHAZY RIVER AT PERRY MILLS NY
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LITTLE CHAZY RIVER NEAR CHAZY NY
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PECONIC RIVER AT RIVERHEAD NY
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So, now that you’ve been convinced that the state has plenty to offer, it’s time to take a look at its top destinations.

​Where to Go?

Taking a look at New York, you may be surprised to hear that it offers 70,000 miles worth of streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. We're talking about over 7,500 ponds and lakes alone to choose from. It's no wonder that it's such a popular destination for anglers looking for a challenge and some fun. As well, thanks to the fact you can find both saltwater and freshwater, the state offers a whopping 165 species of fish. As a fly fisher, you’re probably most interested in the trout, and there is no shortage of them to be found.

While it’s literally impossible to touch upon all the top places in the state, we will try our best to touch upon a handful of them.

Esopus Creek

The Esopus Creek is a part of the Catskills and makes for a fabulous place for anyone looking to fish for brown, wild, and rainbow trout. You'll find a massive quantity of them here, thanks to the fact they are migrating upstream. This migration happens during their spawning, and they are coming from the Ashokan Reservoir. There are four main parts of the Esopus, with most anglers preferring the low area at Stony Clove Creek.

The creek is quite wide in this section and there are plenty of trout to be found averaging about nine to 12 inches in length. It's recommended that you don't wade in the stream as it can be rather tricky. As well, this stream tends to get pretty busy in the summer because tubers love to make their way along the stream. This means that fall and spring are the best times to visit.

AuSable River, West Branch

The AuSable River, West Branch is an ideal place to fish for trout starting in about mid-May all the way through until mid-October. There are two sections of the river that are open year-round, but take note that these are catch and release areas only. Plus, it is dependent on the weather that you are able to fish. This river is located within the Adirondack Mountains, which means you're in for some great natural beauty. The trout here are of moderate size, ranging from 10-17 inches. The river features different sections, with some running faster and more aggressively than others. This makes for some challenging conditions. But it may be that’s exactly what you’re hoping for.

Streams of the Catskills, Upper Delaware River

If it's wild trout you're after, it's hard to beat what the Delaware River has to offer. Here, the water runs cold and there are a massive amount of insects, which means perfect conditions for trout. In fact, this river has been a popular spot for fly fishing since the 1870s, so clearly it's got a reputation.

While this one isn't stocked, you'll have no problem catching brown and rainbow trout. Anglers boast about not just the conditions but also how fabulous the quality of the trout is here. A large portion of the river is open to the public for fishing, however, there are some sections that are private. Just be sure that you're aware of the land you're on and that it is okay for you to be there.

Neversink River

Located in the Catskills, the Neversink River is another stream that is not to be missed when you come for a fishing trip. This river can be found in New York's southeastern region. While this river may look quite stunning, as it is very narrow and long, anglers describe it as "volatile". You're in for a real challenge when you hit up the Neversink. Unfortunately, there is a large portion of the river that is private, but not to worry. There are some public areas that are well worth the visit.

Typically, you can find wild brown trout and wild brook trout. The fish tend to be about eight to 12 inches in length. This river tends to stay cold, even in the middle of summer, which means the trout are always around. It’s also known for some pretty good hatches, which helps the conditions in a big way. It should be noted that the Neversink's hatches tend to be a few weeks behind many of the other streams and rivers in this region.

​When to Go?

Picking the best season or time of year to fish can make a huge impact in the quality and quantity of fish you're catching. As a general rule in New York State, June through the end of September is really the best time for trout fishing. This coincides with the hatches that are taking place in great numbers at this time of year.

What some anglers find frustrating is the amount of bugs that are out during this time of year, such as mosquitoes. They can get quite annoying. If you'd rather avoid them, but still enjoy fishing during this season, opt for September since the temperatures will be starting to cool off. Now, if the mosquitoes and bugs don’t bother you, then summer is a great time for catching fish. Keep in mind that you’ll want to wear plenty of sun protection and dress for the weather, which can get quite hot and even muggy.

If you plan on fishing in the Adirondacks, Catskills, or other regions in the state, then it's important to note that during the months of April and May the water is still at a high level and quite cold, which means there isn't much in terms of hatches. The hatches really start up in mid to late May and then last until fall starts to set in along with the cold. This signals the end of the heavy hatches.

​What You Will Need When You Get There?

When it comes to the ideal equipment for fly fishing in the streams in New York, there isn't an exact science to it. Typically it's best to customize your equipment to match up with the size of the fish you plan to catch.

You don't want a fishing rod that is less than 4.5 feet in length, and probably no more than 8.5 feet in length. It is suggested that you look for lightweight rods that also offer light spinning. If the area you are fishing in has lots of low hanging trees and brushes, shorter rods are much easier to handle, so you won't be getting caught in them. At the same time, anglers tend to really enjoy being able to cast in long distances, which requires a longer fishing rod.

There are many opportunities for wading, so be sure to bring along your chest height waders.

When it comes to your flies, opt for dry flies such as light cahill, adams, and pale evening dun. You can also use streamers in sizes eight through 10, nymphs in sizes 10, 12, and 14, and even some wet flies if you like.

Anyone who is 16 years of age and older will need a fishing license in order to fish in the state. There are annual, seven, and one day licenses available for both residents and non-residents. Keep in mind that there are special license requirements for "border waters". These are waters that border other states or provinces in the country of Canada. For this reason, you’ll need to do a bit of planning ahead of time to ensure you have the right license. The license and permits are available through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Picking New York State as your fly fishing destination means you’ve got some wonderful and challenging regions to enjoy fishing in. Both the Catskills and Adirondack are known across the country as superb places for fly fishing. The conditions are just right for all kinds of different trout species to flourish. When planning your trip to either of these regions or other areas in the state, you may want to try to aim for spring or fall. You won’t have to contend with mosquitos and other pests, the temperatures aren’t quite as hot, and the fish will be active and ready for the taking.