Water levels on the Esopus are now back to more normal levels.The water is still a little off color, but fishing is still very good for this time of the year. With the water conditions slightly stained the use of stimulator flies will greatly increase your chances of hooking up. My favorite combination this time of the year is a size #10 Yellow Stimulator fly on top with a size #16 Flashback Hares Ear tied about a foot behind as the dropper fly. Due to the higher water levels along with the high angle of the sun many fish will seek more comfortable locations. Undercut banks and grassy shorelines are my favorite targets with these conditions. Look for the shadiest sections of these areas and drift your fly from the bright area into the shaded area. Be ready because the take can be explosive.
The heavy rain predicted for area a few days ago did not happen so the streams continue to be somewhat low. The nice weather we have been experiencing for sometime now will continue for most of the upcoming week. Daytime highs will be in the lower eighties with lows at night in the upper fifties. There will a slight chance of rain by the middle of the week, but it looks to be very light. A cool front will move in by the end of the week with high temperatures in the low seventies.