Went saturday with my 9yr old son. I didn't fish as I was helping him. He caught a nice rainbow and two browns on a dark caddis dry. The wind slowed down the risers.
Any new Esopus reports lately ?
Posted 23 September 2014 - 02:12 PM
I am going to Phoenicia either tonight or tomorrow morning, so will have something to say about the ostensible subject of this thread.
Any Ernie the Night Fisherman spottings lately? Often found suiting up at the end of the road in Boiceville, just as a regular person is clambering out.
Posted 25 September 2014 - 06:03 PM
Esopus report Thursday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m. (coming to you from Mama's Boy in Phoenicia)
Posted 26 September 2014 - 04:04 PM
Friday, Sept. 26, noon
Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:25 PM
This is the first season in my thirty plus driving to try my luck along Esopus creek in fall . I might visit it if my mode switches but so far i'm not interested even though it is a pretty place. Is that guy Bud still kicking with the hotdog stand by five arch bridge? I remember the days he had the rod and gun shop.. use to get my tackle/bait /lures there.. john's bait and tackle near west shokan provide sawbellies for the res.. and Harry up in shokan near the divider weir use to sell tied eggsacks.. all those places are long gone and i imagine the fish are not as plenty as those days long ago. Anybody taking pictures , i'd like to see some them little bows if they still exist. peace out jj
Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:21 PM
Last trip over, to close up the house and get a last couple of whacks in at the Esopus.
Thursday, Nov. 6 — Cold, drizzly, semi-miserable. Thinking in terms of chucking big streamers, I took out a gigantic rod, a 12.5 ft 8 weight Cabelas switch rod I bought primarily for chucking bass bugs around from a pontoon boat. And it worked fine for streamers, except the fish weren't terribly interested.
Around noon I noticed fish sipping at something. I figured small olives. So I wound up using this enormous rod with a long leader, 6X fluoro tippet, to drop a size 22 parachute olive in there. I had to stand about a quarter mile away, and landing the fish was another problem. This was along Plank Road, where the stuffed animal shrine has been modified. Does anybody have any idea what on earth this is about?
Friday was cold, drizzly, and very windy, making it completely miserable. Fished behind the Emerson in that deep pool, clambering around on the rip rap and catching brown after brown on the little olives again. Problem this time was the wind blowing the line around, creating the "Fleeing Olive" illusion so beloved of our forefathers. Damned if they didn't chase it though.
I wish I could have stayed today, which was sunny and calm, but I had urgent business at home. So that's it for the Catskills this year. It was a good one.
Friday, Nov. 7, above Portal, near Shandaken town hall
Thursday, Nov. 6, Plank Road
Stuffed animals. This is getting into "Blair Witch" territory
"FALL" stands for "False alarm - leaf (laughs)"
Posted 11 November 2014 - 05:49 PM
Fished the Esopus this past Saturday 11-8 in hopes of hooking up to some spawners. Alas, it was not to be. Hooked and landed 3 river fish, with the biggest being a guesstimate of 14" . Started off the day chucking a double nymph rig which got me one in the fast water and switched over to streamers tossed to the banks and stripped which landed me the final 2. Fished below Phoenicia and finished up in the Mt Tremper area.
Still, it was a beautiful day to be out on the river.
Took some pics and would love to share, but it seems this forum does not jive with my photobucket account anymore.
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