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    I am not surprised either. My buddy Carmine is devastated. Like when skiing shut down in March.

    I've lived here for 17 years and took the creek on my property for granted for the most part. I have to admit being here and being able to fish as well is pretty special. I feel as if I'm intruding if I go even 25 minutes from home. Here I can just relax.


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    Between this, skiing ending early, and most Mtn bike / hiking trails being closed for the same reason, Iím running out of ways to recreate. Might do a push-up later. Idk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CastlerockMRV View Post
    Between this, skiing ending early, and most Mtn bike / hiking trails being closed for the same reason, Iím running out of ways to recreate. Might do a push-up later. Idk.


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    Where do you live? There are places to fish near me that are accessible and uncrowded so much easier to maintain physical distances. The west branch of the Delaware, Beaverkill/Willowemoc creeks and Esopus creeks are fisherperson magnets and too crowded to fish now.

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    Iím just outside of NYC in Hoboken. Have been able to hit the South Branch of the Raritan River a few times but thatís the nearest Trout water Iím aware of. (Apart from a few lakes but Iím a fly guy so those are a bit less interesting to me.)

    Silver lining is that the Stripers will arrive soon and Iíll be able to shift my efforts East! Although Iím still very committed to upping my Trout game this year as Iíve only recently made the jump from salt to fresh water.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CastlerockMRV View Post
    I’m just outside of NYC in Hoboken. Have been able to hit the South Branch of the Raritan River a few times but that’s the nearest Trout water I’m aware of. (Apart from a few lakes but I’m a fly guy so those are a bit less interesting to me.)

    Silver lining is that the Stripers will arrive soon and I’ll be able to shift my efforts East! Although I’m still very committed to upping my Trout game this year as I’ve only recently made the jump from salt to fresh water.


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    Got it. I'm not well versed in that area.

    My buddies and I have a few rowboats on the NYC reservoirs but right now that has to be a solo mission as well.

    Salt water fishing is also an issue in the sense that your boat will have to be big enough to physically distance or you will be solo. Unless you are a beach/shoreline guy. Those areas will be seeing high traffic too.

    You would enjoy the East branch of the Croton river between Sodom reservoir and Diverting reservoir. That's one of my local stomping grounds and perfect for fly fishing. Daily creel limit 1 fish 14" or bigger. Artificial baits only, no live bait. A special regulation area.
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    Went to the East Branch today. Brady's bend was filled with trout. Caught about a dozen 8-10" stocked trout in these pools:
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    That undercut bank produced 6 stockies and the fallen trees in the second shot produced another half dozen trout. Before heading out I threw another cast into that nice backwash on the right in the second shot and landed my nicest trout of the season so far:
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    Moved down to the pools near the Borden bridge in Brewster and caught another half dozen stocked fish before heading home.
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    Wanted to get another day at the East Branch but the great weather lead to crowds so I audibled to Fishkill creek today. I caught 3 6-8" stocked fish and this very fine brown trout that put up a spirited fight even when landed:

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    This may be my fish of a lifetime in this creek. I never expected to land something this nice in my backyard. A conservative estimate is 18-20" and 3.5 to 4 lbs.

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    After snapping that second shot I got the hook out of this fish and quickly got it back in the water. After 30 seconds of being cradled in the current it recovered and swam away in a big swirl.

    Fishkill creek continues to produce this season.

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    Great fish. I guess the efforts to clean it up are working. Nice to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 180 View Post
    Great fish. I guess the efforts to clean it up are working. Nice to see.
    The clean up efforts have been remarkable. In addition to the crystal clear water there is no longer any refuse (old lawn chairs, car parts and rims, etc.) left in the creek.

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    Fished the East Branch yesterday. It was a real day of fishing. Water was high at least 18" higher than my last trip. I realized immediately this was not going to be a small fish day, they were hiding from the current. This was going to be a you get a few chances at fish don't blow it day. The key would be getting my spinner down to the laminar flow in deep pools so I grabbed some slightly bigger than usual #1 and #2 Vibrax.
    Scored after about a half-hour of casting with a 13-14" brown at my regular spot. Fished the bend and moved downstream. I got to the area I usually move back upstream and fished carefully in the deep swirling pool. Bang, another nice brown bigger than the one I landed! And then I lost the fish. Time check and we are at 2.5 hours of fishing time. That seemed like my best last chance at a big fish. Pretty discouraging. Big dummy looking at the fish jump instead of setting the hook right away.
    Kept moving downstream past Brady's bend to about halfway to the 84 overpass. I have not fished down there for decades. But it looked great with the high water. It looked very fishy too:
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    I scoped out a backwash guarded by a big brush pile right next to the main channel with deep fast moving water just downstream from that wire. When I threw the cast I knew it would land me a fish:
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    The East Branch also has rainbow trout in it, maybe 10% of the trout population. This is the time of year to catch them and usually they are small, like 8-10". So I didn't expect a nice 18" specimen like this one. Nicest rainbow I've ever caught southeast of the Catskills. Fished for another hour or so and headed back to my car.
    2020 has been an excellent trout fishing year so far. Funny how it works, if there was skiing I wouldn't even be fishing!

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