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Willowemoc Creek - Livingston Manor - New York

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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.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Al's Rat
Winter Stoneflies Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Al's Rat
Winter Stoneflies Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
Blue Winged Olive Mid-day 18-20 Blue Winged Olive, Comparadun
March Blue Winged Olive Mid-day 18-20 Blue Winged Olive, Comparadun
Quill Gordon Morning 12-14 Quill Gordon Dry Fly
Black Caddis Afternoon 14-18 EHC Black, Caddis Pupa
April Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 14-18 BWO Parachute, Olive Scud
Hendricksons Mid-day 14-16 Dark Hendrickson, Red Quill
March Browns Mid-day 12-14 March Brown, Hair Wing
Grannom Caddis All Day 14-18 Grannom, Elk Hair Caddis
May Sulphurs Evening 14-16 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill
March Browns Mid-day 10-12 March Brown, Hair Wing
Gray Fox Evening 14-16 Gray Fox Variant, Usual
Green Drakes Morning 8-10 Coffin Fly, Green Drake Dun
Brown Drakes Evening 10-12 Brown Drake Parachute, Brown Drake Spinner
Ants and Beetles All Day 16-18 Ant, Beetle
June Sulphurs Evening 14-16 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill
Isos Evening 10-12 ISO Parachute, Dark Stonefly Nymph
Ants and Beetles All Day 16-18 Ant, Beetle
Damsel flies Morning 12-14 Damsel Nymph, Damsel Dry
Light Cahill Evening 12-14 Usual, Light Cahill
July Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
Slate Drakes Evening 10-12 Slate Drake Parachute, Slate Drake nymph
Ants and Beetles All Day 16-18 Black Ant, Beetle
Blue Quills Afternoon 16-18 Blue Quill, Adams
August Slate Drakes Evening 10-12 Slate Drake Parachute, Slate Drake nymph
Ants and Beetles All Day 16-18 Black Ant, Beetle
Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
Terrestrials All Day 12-16 Hopper, Cricket
September Slate Drakes Evening 10-12 Slate Drake Parachute, Slate Drake nymph
White Flies Evening 12-14 White Wulff, Light Cahill
Terrestrials All Day 12-16 Hopper, Cricket
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-22 BWO Parachute, Olive Scud
October Caddis All Day 8-10 October Caddis Pupa, Elkhair Caddis
Terrestrials All Day 12-16 Hopper, Cricket
November Blue Winged Olive Mid-day 18-22 BWO Parachute, Olive Scud
Winter Stoneflies Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
December Winter Stoneflies Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Al's Rat

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

Livingston Manor-based Willowemoc Creek offers premier fly fishing destinations:

  • Willowemoc Wild Forest: Perfect for catch-and-release fishing. It’s known for the abundant brown trout.
  • Junction Pool: Where Willie Creek joins the Beaverkill River, this spot is renowned for its high fish populations.
  • Long Flat: Stretching over a mile, this area offers numerous spots perfect for both wading and shoreline fishing.

The best spots for fly fishing in Livingston Manor also include:

  1. Monguap Creek: Tributary of the Willowemoc, it offers excellent fishing experience due to its rocky nature.
  2. Beaverkill River: Known for its trophy-sized fish, it joins with the Willowemoc, offering more fishing spots.

Best Access Points

If you’re an avid fly fisherman planning a trip to Livingston Manor, consider these access points on the Willowemoc Creek:

  • Menges Mills: At this access point, fishing enthusiasts will find different species of trout amidst the rocky structures and deep pools. It’s found off De Bruce Road.
  • Willowemoc Covered Bridge: Providing easy parking and convenient access to the creek, this spot is located near the junction of Beaverkill Road and Covered Bridge Road.
  • Iron Bridge in Livingston Manor: This access point provides anglers with a lengthy stretch to cast a line. It can be reached from Old Route 17.
  • Junction Pool: Where Willowemoc Creek meets the Beaverkill River, anglers find a variety of fish species. It’s near the convergence of Beaverkill and Willowemoc Roads.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: Known for their colorful markings and preference for clear, cold water, Brook trout are a highly sought fly fish in Willowemoc Creek.
  • Brown Trout: These fish are popular because of their large size and aggressive feeding habits. They are found throughout Willowemoc Creek.
  • Rainbow Trout: Named for their vibrant coloration, rainbow Trout are a favorite among fly fishers with their reputation for spectacular leaps when hooked.
  • American Shad: This saltwater species can occasionally be found in the Creek as they make their run to spawn upstream.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Although not a traditional target for fly fishing, Smallmouth bass are plentiful in the lower portions of the creek.
  • Atlantic Salmon: A prized catch for any fly fisher due to their size and challenging fight.
  • Northern Pike: This predatory fish is a challenge to catch and thus preferred by many experienced fly fishers.
  • Chain Pickerel: These shallow water hunters are a popular fly fishing target, known for their explosive strikes.

About The River

The charming Willowemoc Creek serves as the heart of Livingston Manor, New York. Flowing into the historic Beaverkill River, the creek’s rich history dates back to the late 1800s and it is loved for its crystal clear waters and exceptional trout fishing.

Quick Facts:

  • It’s a popular spot amongst fly fishers because of its reputation for challenging and rewarding trout fishing.
  • The banks of Willowemoc are part of the birthplace of American fly fishing.
  • It’s home to one of the only dedicated fly fishing museums in the United States.

Over the years, the creek has seen various conservation efforts to protect its biodiversity. The combination of rich history, stunning natural beauty and a strong fishing culture make Willowemoc Creek and Livingston Manor a unique and treasured location that continues to enchant visitors and locals alike.

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