The Beaverkill is perhaps the most famous fly fishing stream in America, largely because of its history, and it can still be a good one if you don't let its history spoil your expectations.
Almost every pool has a name and a story or three in the great works of fly fishing literature.
Landscape & scenery photos from the Beaverkill River
This is Cairn's Pool on the Beaverkill, possibly the most famous pool in all of trout fishing.
This 15" brown trout took a small emergent sparkle pupa on a large Catskill river.
Here's an underwater post-release picture of a 15" brown trout I caught in a clear Catskill river.
Here's my first trout of 2005, a 17-inch brown, photographed underwater after release.
On-stream insect photos from the Beaverkill River
Caddis on Catskill cobble.
An ant struggles to escape the surface of a Catskill stream. The black dot on the right is the ant's shadow on a rock on the bottom. I can see how this would appeal to a trout. Even I kind of want to eat the thing.
I'm not sure what the caddisflies in this tight cluster are doing, but I'd guess it has something to do with mating. They scooted all around the rock, with some flies leaving the cluster and new ones coming all the time.
I found this little Paraleptophlebia
dun along a Catskill stream, but not enough of her brethren were emerging to get the early-season trout to rise.
Closeup insects from the Beaverkill River
Isonychia bicolor (Mahogany Dun) Mayfly Nymph
View 7 PicturesThis Isonychia bicolor nymph from the Catskills displays the prominent white stripe sometimes characteristic of its species. This is the first such specimen I've photographed, because members of the same species in the Upper Midwest have a more subdued stripe (and were once thought to be a different species, Isonychia sadleri). The striking coloration on this eastern nymph is more appealing.
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