Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Delaware River - Callicoon - 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

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon (warmer temps) 20-26 Zebra Midges
Winter Stoneflies Afternoon 16-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Midday 20-26 Griffith’s Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Midday - Afternoon 16-20 Black Stonefly Nymph
March Midges Midday 20-26 Griffith’s Gnat
Blue Winged Olives Midday - Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Parachute
April Hendricksons Midday - Afternoon 12-14 Dark Hendrickson
Caddisflies Late Afternoon - Dusk 16-20 Elk Hair Caddis
May Gray Fox Midday - Dusk 12-16 Grey Fox Dry
March Browns Midday - Dusk 12-14 March Brown Dry
June Sulphurs Evenings 16-18 Sulphur Dry
Green Drakes Dusk 8-12 Green Drake Dun
July Sulphurs Evenings 16-18 Light Cahill
Terrestrials Daytime 12-16 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
August Terrestrials Daytime 12-16 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon - Dusk 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Parachute
September Blue Winged Olives Afternoon - Dusk 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Parachute
Terrestrials Daytime 12-16 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon - Dusk 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Parachute
White Flies Afternoon - Dusk 12-16 White Wulff
November Blue Winged Olives Afternoon - Dusk 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Parachute
Midges Midday 20-26 Griffith’s Gnat
December Midges Midday 20-26 Griffith’s Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Afternoon 16-18 Black Stonefly Nymph

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 Delaware River offers some remarkable spots for fly fishing, particularly in the area around Callicoon. These spots are famed for their abundance of diverse aquatic species.

  • Callicoon Pool: Renowned for its great trout population, it’s an excellent spot for fly fishing, especially in spring and fall.
  • Equinunk: Located upstream of Callicoon, it is revered with anglers due to the good population of both brown and rainbow trout.
  • Buckingham Access: This spot is particularly famous for its smallmouth bass. It’s best to visit during the summertime.
  • Skinners Falls: Known for its walleye and shad. Fly fishing here is challenging due to water rapids, but the rewards are worth it.
  • Long Eddy: An excellent spot for trout, but it also harbors walleye and smallmouth bass.

Best Access Points

The Delaware River at Callicoon offers some of the best access points for fly fishing. Here are the notable spots:

  • Callicoon Creek Park: Located right in the heart of Callicoon and provides plenty of fishing space
  • Callicoon Access: An easily accessible public park with a boat launch set on the river’s edge
  • Shehawken Launch: A public boat launch on the Pennsylvania side with easy shoreline access
  • Long Eddy: An access point situated on the river’s west branch with good fishing spots
  • Callicoon Dam: While fishing near dams presents some challenges, the waters around Callicoon Dam host a great array of fish

Please note, regardless of where you choose to fish, you should always check local regulations to ensure you are fishing legally and preserving the ecosystem.

Local Fish

  • American Shad: The spring migration of the American Shad is a popular time for fly fishing. These fish are known for their strong fight and are a favorite among many anglers.
  • Smallmouth Bass: A fun fish to catch on a fly rod. They reside in large numbers in the Delaware River and take advantage of the rich insect life.
  • Walleye: Although more challenging on the fly, Walleye are a sought after fish in this area. They are typically found in deeper, slower water.
  • Northern Pike: Known for their aggressive behavior and sharp teeth, Northern Pike are a thrilling catch for any fly angler.
  • Musky: A large, predatory fish that offers a challenging and rewarding catch. They are the largest fresh water fish in the area.
  • Brown Trout: The Brown Trout population in the Delaware River is thriving. Fly fishing is a popular method for catching these fish due to the abundant insect life in the river.
  • Rainbow Trout: Like the Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout are often caught using fly fishing techniques. They are known for their acrobatic leaps and stunning colors.
  • Striped Bass: This ocean-going species ventures into the Delaware River in spring to spawn. They put up a good battle, making them a sought after sportfish.

About The River

The beautiful Delaware RiverCallicoon is steeped in rich history and abundant natural beauty. First populated by the Lenape Native Americans before European settlers made it their home. Here, one can take a dip in the pristine river, reputed for its fantastic fly fishing and thrilling white-water rafting spots.

  • Back in the 18th century, Callicoon served as an important timber and rafting post. Its strategic location along the river was key to its prosperity.
  • In the 19th century, accessibility improved with the arrival of the Erie Railroad. This brought a multitude of vacationers seeking the health benefits of the region’s pure air and water, marking the start of Callicoon’s fame as a resort town.

Today, Callicoon remains a vibrant town with a mix of nature, history, and modern entertainment. It’s a perfect testament to man’s harmonious coexistence with nature.

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