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 weather this week will be very fall like with daytime highs only in the middle sixties with lows at night dropping into the lower forties. There is a chance for some late week rain showers which we desperately need.