Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Schohaire Creek - Lexington - 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 Warmest part of day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Winter Stoneflies Morning 14-18 Little Black Stonefly
February Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 Thorax Dun
Midges Warmest Part of Day 18-24 Griffith's Gnat
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 14-22 BWO Emerger
Little Black Caddis Morning 18-22 Elk Hair Caddis
April Hendricksons Early Afternoon 12-16 Red Quill
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail
May Sulphurs Afternoon 14-18 Sparkle Dun
Green Drakes Afternoon 6-12 Coffin Fly
June Light Cahills Evening 12-16 Cahill Parachute
Isonychia Afternoon 10-12 BiVisible
July Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail
August Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico CDC Spinner
Terrestrials All Day 8-16 Ant and Beetle Patterns
September Terrestrials All Day 8-16 Hopper Patterns
Isonychia Afternoon 10-12 White Fly
October October Caddis Evening 8-10 Caddis Pupa
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail
November Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Emerger Patterns
Winter Stoneflies Morning 14-18 Black Stonefly
December Midges All Day 18-24 Zebra Midge

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

Renowned for its bountiful trout populations, Schohaire Creek – Lexington offers some of the best spots to indulge in fly fishing.

  • Hubbell Corners: This spot is celebrated for its brook trout, especially during the spring season.
  • Manorkill Falls: Various species of fish congregate here, making it an ideal spot for fly fishing. Beware of the rushing water and slippery rocks.
  • West Kill: This tributary of Schoharie is conspicuously serene and is appreciated for its brown and rainbow trout.
  • Headwaters: Fly-fishing in the creek’s upper reaches is an adventurous delight. This location is more challenging, reserved for experienced fly fishermen.
  • Prattsville: With public access to the river, anglers can test out their fly fishing skills on the brown trout that habitually spawn here.

Best Access Points

Schohaire Creek – Lexington is highly regarded in the fly fishing community. Here are some of the best access points for your fishing expedition:

  • West Kill Road: Accessible by Route 42, this spot offers a generous stretch of the creek for fly fishing.
  • Lexington Municipal Park: This easy-to-access location provides an excellent starting point for new anglers.
  • Route 23A Bridge: This point offers a variety of fishing spots suitable for different skill levels.

However, always remember to respect property rights and seek permission if required:

  1. Private Land: Be sure to gain landowner approval before moving through private land.
  2. Public Land: When on public land, always follow posted explanations, such as ‘no trespassing’ or ‘permit required’ signs.

Local Fish

The top 8 local fish targeted for fly fishing on the Schohaire Creek – Lexington are:

  1. Brown Trout: This species is the most sought-after by anglers due to their size and fight.
  2. Rainbow Trout: This species is also favored due to its striking colors and fight.
  3. Brook Trout: This is a native species in the region, offering a unique fishing experience.
  4. American Shad: These are challenging to catch and therefore intriguing to many anglers.
  5. Smallmouth Bass: Known for their strength and agility, they are a favorite among fly fishers.
  6. Largemouth Bass: They are larger than smallmouth bass and put up a great fight making them interesting to catch.
  7. Bluegill: These are small but are particularly fun to catch on a fly rod due to their quick, jolting runs.
  8. Northern Pike: These are aggressive feeders and provide a lot of excitement for anglers.

About The River

Trickling through the heart of the Catskills, the Schoharie Creek holds a captivating history inked in the halls of time. Born from the Lexington culmination, this picturesque waterway spans a magical 93 miles, fostering vibrant wildlife along its path.

Its story starts millions of years ago during the Ice Age, sculpted by ancient glaciers. Throughout the centuries, this magnificent creek served the land, its people, and was even a crucial battlefield during the American Revolutionary War.

  • First Inhabitants: Long before European settlers arrived, it was the indigenous Mohican tribe who respectfully occupied these lands, utilizing the creek for sustenance and travel.
  • Strategic Role: In later years, the Schoharie Creek played an important strategic role during the War of Independence, serving as a natural defense line.
  • Benevolent Provider: Since then, the creek is cherished for its beauty, recreation, and as a primary source for clean drinking water.

Today, the noble Schoharie Creek, tracing lifelines from Lexington, continues to flow with stories untold, quietly whispering tales of its timeless past to those who would listen.


Recent Articles

Hip Waders vs. Chest Waders: The Pros & Cons

Hip Waders vs. Chest Waders: The Pros & Cons

Hip Waders or Chest Waders? Choosing the right gear for fly fishing can make all the difference in…

Tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph: Step-by-Step Fly Tying Instructions

Tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph: Step-by-Step Fly Tying Instructions

Welcome to fly tying: How to tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph! If you’re new here or a seasoned…