Learning the Neversink

Had a chance to visit the Neversink River with members of both the Hacklebarney and Ridge and Valley TU chapters. I’d heard good things about the Neversink, but never fished it. My guess is that its relative proximity to the Beaverkill and Delaware places it down on the list of popular fishing options.  So when the opportunity came up for a day trip, I happily agreed.

Neversink River, flyfishing, catskills fishing, dry fly fishing, #finfollower

One thing that contributes to its relative obscurity is that this is not an easy river to find, or more accurately, find access. I drove through a series of rural neighborhoods to reach the entry point. Luckily other members of our party arrived before me or I would’ve driven right past. No real markings or parking area.

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The next consideration is that this is not a park and fish destination. It was a 30-minute downhill hike over a washed out rocky trail, and it was twice as hard to climb on the return.  I heard huffing and puffing on the way back, with some of our party opting for quick rest stops.

That said, the gain was well worth the pain. This is a beautiful river that offers, riffles, runs, pockets and glassy water, much of it waist deep or less. Wading difficulty ranges from flat sandy bottom to fast water over car-sized slippery rocks, so a wading stick is recommended.

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We were into fish almost immediately, and continued to catch until the early afternoon. Most of what we hooked was wild browns in the 10-12″ range.  My friend Fredy caught the fish of the day, a healthy 20″ brown. Bacon!

The pic below is of the 12″ that I caught on a standard elk hair caddis.  It was one of three I caught on a dry fly.

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These were really aggressive fish.  Here’s a comparison of how my elk hair caddis looked after catching 3 wild browns of 12″ or less.

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If you’re willing to make the trek, this is truly a hidden gem. We saw no other anglers, and the stream was not littered with bait cups and other refuse. One word of advice: Bring your hiking shoes and save your wading boots for the water. Enjoy!






Working on a Second On The Fly Show

Frank DeGrazio, Lake Kenoshia, On The Fly, warmwater flyfishing, bass, bream, poppers, kayak fishing, #finfollower

The FCC did not  ban us from the airwaves after the first broadcast of On The Fly, so Saturday we met at Lake Kenoshia in Danbury CT and began filming our next show. Once again, Frank DeGrazio from the Angler's Den came out and gave some great … [Continue reading]

Product Review: Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack

Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack

Had a chance to review Fishpond's Black Canyon Creek backpack on a small stream hiking and fishing trip.  I don't often need the capacity this pack offers, but I took full advantage and loaded it up. Because we were hiking in and along the … [Continue reading]

A Weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware

Beaverkill River

Had a chance to join some of the members of Ridge and Valley TU  from northwestern NJ for a long weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware River. I had not seen some of them in quite some time, so it was good to catch up and spend some time on the … [Continue reading]

Owl’s Poppers

Owl Jones Popper

The request for the Owl was simple:  Three bass poppers with a camo theme. What I got instead was 6 really nice bass bugs; three with camo paint jobs, and another three that look equally as fishy. Actually they look too good to fish - … [Continue reading]

FinFollower Enters Wayne’s World

Clipboard, first show On The Fly

For the past few years I've considered hosting a fly fishing show. I'm not exactly sure why, given the saturation of high quality, commercially-backed fishing programs readily available on most major networks.  I am completely sure that I don't have … [Continue reading]

Casting For Recovery, 2014

Casting For Recovery

Last year I guided for a Casting for Recovery event in northern CT.  It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed introducing a cancer survivor to fly fishing while supporting this great organization. This year's event was just as special. The weather … [Continue reading]

First Trip of Summer

bluegill, fly fishing, pond fishing, river report, kayak fishing, fiberglass rod, poppers, summer, bream

Took the kayak and one-piece fiberglass rod out for some mill pond action. At midday, the thermometer rested comfortably the mid-70's with low humidity. The bluegills were large, aggressive and generally resisted the reel. Caught quite a few that … [Continue reading]

Product Review: Eddie Bauer Guide Long Sleeve Shirt – His and Hers!

EddieBauer Fly Fishing Shirt

Late last year I learned that Eddie Bauer is getting into the world of fly fishing apparel and gear. I was really surprised, given the increasingly crowded market.  Through their site, I found out that they are introducing shirts, pants, jackets and … [Continue reading]

Camping & Fishing

Bunks in Cabin at American Legion State Forest, May 2014

I was finally able to get away for a weekend of camping & fishing on the Farmington River. I used to live close enough to the Farmy to fish it almost daily during the season, but now it requires a day trip or overnight to really enjoy the … [Continue reading]

A Grand Slam On The Still River

Still River Rainbow

As part of the weekend's camping and fishing program, I decided to explore some new water. Originally the plan was to fish the Farmington, but the prior night's storm caused the wind and water to be a little too high to be enjoyable, so I thought the … [Continue reading]