Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Beaverkill - Cook's Falls - New York

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning/Afternoon #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges Morning/Afternoon #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
March Midges Morning/Afternoon #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #16-#20 BWO Comparadun, BWO Sparkle Dun
April Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #16-#20 BWO Comparadun, BWO Sparkle Dun
Hendricksons Afternoon #12-#14 Hendrickson, Red Quill
Grannom Caddis Afternoon #14-#16 Olive Elk Hair Caddis, Pea Cock Caddis
May Sulphurs Afternoon/Evening #14-#18 Sulphur, Light Cahill
March Brown Afternoon #10-#12 March Brown, Grey Fox
Green Drake Evening #8-#10 Green Drake, Coffin Fly
June Sulphurs Afternoon/Evening #14-#18 Sulphur, Light Cahill
Isonychia Evening #10-#12 Isonychia Bicolor, White-gloved Howdy
July Terrestrials Afternoon #8-#14 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
August Terrestrials Afternoon #8-#14 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
September Terrestrials Afternoon #8-#14 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #16-#20 BWO Comparadun, BWO Sparkle Dun
Isonychia Evening #10-#12 Isonychia Bicolor, White-gloved Howdy
November Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #16-#20 BWO Comparadun, BWO Sparkle Dun
December Midges Morning/Afternoon #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Beaverkill – Cook’s Falls is renowned among fly fishing enthusiasts for its marvellous fishing spots which provide a memorable experience. These sites include:

  • Beaverkill’s Upper Sector: Known for its swift rapids and deeper pools, it is perfect for catching larger trout.
  • Hand Hollow: Ideal for those seeking a calm and serene fishing location. It offers ample space and an abundance of fish.
  • Beaverkill Covered Bridge: A popular area for its challenge and variety of fish species that inhabit the waters.
  • Coeymans Hole: Nestled near the Cook’s Falls hamlet, this spot is optimal for experienced fly fishers due to its deeper, fast-flowing water.

Each of these spots on the Beaverkill – Cook’s Falls offers something unique for fly fishermen, promising a wonderful fishing experience amidst nature’s beauty.

Best Access Points

As one of the famed fly fishing spots in the US, the Beaverkill is known for its abundant trout population. Major access points include:

  • Cook’s Falls: Highly recommended for its ease of access and quality trout. It is accessible via Cooks Falls Road (County Road 171).
  • Junction Pool: The meeting point of Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers. Astonishingly beautiful and rich in fish.
  • Horse Brook Run: A public parking area is available where Beaverkill Road crosses the river.

However, you should respect ‘No Trespassing’ signs and stick to public areas. It’s better to purchase a map for detailed guidance. Keep in mind, observing catch and release might help preserving the fish population.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout
    This fish is targeted because it makes up the majority of the fish population in Beaverkill river.
  • Brook Trout
    Fishing for Brook Trout requires patience and a keen eye as they often hide under rocks and other parts of the riverbed.
  • Rainbow Trout
    Rainbow Trout are loved by many anglers because of their strong fight when hooked. They are also known to take surface flies easily.
  • American Shad
    American Shad is a major target during the early part of the fishing season. They are famous for their spunky fight when caught on a fly rod.
  • Smallmouth Bass
    Smallmouth Bass are very popular especially during summer. They tend to bite readily and are often found in the lower part of the river.
  • Striped Bass
    The size and power of Striped Bass make them a favorite among fly fishers. They usually go for larger flies.
  • American Eel
    American Eels are not usually the first choice for fly fishers, but they provide a unique challenge because of their slippery nature.
  • Atlantic Salmon
    Although less common in the Beaverkill, Atlantic Salmon can be occasionally caught. They are pursued because of their size and beauty.

About The River

Roaring past the old gristmills of Cook’s Falls, the mighty Beaverkill River embodies history and charm. This area has been captivating hearts since the early 1700s, initially drawing settlers for its premium timber. These pioneers soon discovered the river’s potential for mill development, turning Cook’s Falls into an industrious settlement.

Moreover, Beaverkill also owns a legendary reputation among angling enthusiasts. With its idyllic and serene waters, it’s no wonder the Beaverkill River holds:

  • An abundant population of trout, lured by insects from the rich riverbed
  • A notable fly-fishing history, dating back to the 19th century
  • Fame as one of the birthplaces of American dry fly fishing

Whether it’s the rushing emerald waves, the kaleidoscopic sunset, or the gentle whisper of history, the Beaverkill – Cook’s Falls promises a profound connection to nature and our past.

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