North American fly fishing began right here in the Catskill Mountains. To fish the brook trout of the Neversink River, Beaverkill River and Willowemoc Creek, the father of the American school of dry fly fishing, Theodore Gordan, modified and created flies to mimic the area’s native insects. From this humble beginning, the sport has spread and flourished across the country.
Fishing Season begins April 1 in the Great Western Catskills with close to 900 miles of trout streams and the Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs. So whether you are looking for brook, brown or rainbow trout, get your license, grab your gear and come enjoy the waters of Delaware County.
To buy a license, you can purchase online, or visit one of the many local fishing supply stores or town clerks’ offices in Delaware County. To utilize the Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs, a Watershed Recreation Access Permit is required. This permit can also be acquired online. Plan your fishing excursion with maps of the Public Fishing Rights of the Beaver Kill, Bush Kill, Charlotte Creek, East Brook, Little Delaware and the East and West Branches of the Delaware River.
The Great Western Catskills offer an array of support services to get you outfitted for your fishing adventure. Visit the Great Western Catskills website for information on the sporting good supply stores, boat cleaning services and guide services that are available to make your trip easy and enjoyable.
Fishing is a passion shared by many and the world-class waterways of the Great Western Catskills are bound to satisfy even the most discerning of enthusiasts. Easy access to licenses, gear, maps and some of the best fishing in the Eastern United States makes planning a fishing trip here fun and enjoyable. Explore the waters of Delaware County!