Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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Hudson River - Newcomb - 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 Midday 16-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 8-14 Golden Stone, Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Midday 16-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 8-14 Golden Stone, Black Stonefly Nymph
March Midges Midday 16-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 8-14 Golden Stone, Black Stonefly Nymph
April Hendricksons, Stoneflies Afternoon 12-16 Hendrickson Dry, March Brown Nymph
May Caddis Afternoon, Dusk 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Mayflies, Stoneflies Afternoon 8-12 March Brown Dry, Golden Stone
Sulphurs Dusk 14-18 Sulphur Dun, Sulphur Emerger
June Caddis, Sulphurs, Mayflies Afternoon, Dusk 10-20 Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahill, Sparkle Dun
July Terrestrials, Caddis Midday, Afternoon 12-18 Ants, Beetles, Elk Hair Caddis
Sulphurs, Mayflies Dusk 14-18 Sulphur Dun, Light Cahill
August Terrestrials, Caddis, Tricos Midday, Morning 12-20 Ants, Beetles, X-Caddis, Trico Spinner
September Terrestrials, Caddis, Tricos Midday, Morning 12-20 Ants, Beetles, X-Caddis, Trico Spinner
October BWOs, Midges, Caddis Midday, Afternoon 14-20 BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge, Elk Hair Caddis
November Midges Midday 16-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 8-14 Golden Stone, Black Stonefly Nymph
December Midges Midday 16-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 8-14 Golden Stone, 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

Fly-fishing in the Hudson River – Newcomb region provides a fantastic opportunity for anglers, thanks to its many ideal spots. Here are some of the top locations:

  • Norris Mountain State Park: This park’s peaceful surroundings and clean waters make it a fantastic place for relaxing and capturing the area’s abundant trout.
  • Billings Park: This park harbors various fish species and offers a superb fishing experience right from the riverbank.
  • Gore Mountain: Famous for winter sports, the surrounding streams of this mountain display a high level of activity especially during spring and fall, perfect for fly fishing.
  • Hudson River Recreation Area: It offers excellent fly-fishing opportunities, with numerous fish species in its wide stretches.
  • Blue Ridge Wilderness Area: This remote location’s sparkling streams are a fly-fishing treasure, teeming with trout.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing is a popular pastime in the Hudson River – Newcomb area due to its diverse aquatic life and scenic beauty. Here are the best access points for fly fishing:

  • Upper Hudson River Fishing Access: Located near Newcomb, this access offers a large area for fishing and a boat launch site.
  • Lower Hudson River Access: Located south of Newcomb, this site presents a quieter setting for fly fishing with smaller fish species.
  • Riverbank Park: This park, located in Newcomb, provides access to a deep pool area perfect for fly fishing.
  • Tahawus Area: Located north of Newcomb, Tahawus is a premier spot for accessing the Hudson River with its wide and shallow areas.
  • MacIntyre East and West: These facilities offer easy access to the river with several great fishing spots.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: One of the most popular species in Hudson River known for its beautiful patterns and fun fighting nature.
  • Brown Trout: This is another trout species targeted by fly fishers. These fish can grow to larger sizes and put up a great fight.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their colorful appearance, fly fishers may find this species mainly in the deep, clear waters of the Hudson River.
  • Atlantic Salmon: Fly fishing for these species can be quite challenging due to their stealthy and elusive nature.
  • American Shad: These fish are often targeted for their size and strength, resulting in an entertaining fight when hooked.
  • Striped Bass: Although more common in saltwater, Striped Bass can also be found in parts of the Hudson River. Fly fishing for these species offers a unique experience.
  • Northern Pike: Being a predatory fish, fly fishers target Northern Pike using larger and more dynamic fly patterns. These fish offers an explosive strike and strong fight.
  • Walleye: Newcomb’s Hudson River is home to many walleye, making them a prominent target for fly fishing, especially during the early spring months.

About The River

The Hudson River is steeped in rich history, showcasing the beauty and diversity of New York State. The settlement of Newcomb, nestled on the river’s shores, boasts a vibrant past, dating back to the late 1700s.

Earning its name from the entrepreneur Thomas Newcomb, this tranquil spot became a hub for logging and mining in the mid-19th century. Fascinatingly, Newcomb was the site of one of the first commercial logging operations in the Adirondacks. Amidst the bustling activity, Newcomb sustained a deep connection to nature, with the Hudson offering marvelous scenic views and adventure-filled kayaking experiences.

  • The first Explorer Henry Hudson sailed the river in 1609.
  • Early Indigenous tribes revered the river for its bountiful resources and spiritual significance.
  • It was a significant corridor for trade and transportation during the colonial period.
  • The river played an important role during the Revolutionary War, as both sides endeavored to control it.

By remembering its past, the Hudson River and Newcomb together continue to inspire and capture the heart of both locals and visitors alike.

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