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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

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This popular Catskill stream was a bit crowded on one of the prime days of the Hendrickson hatch. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
This popular Catskill stream was a bit crowded on one of the prime days of the Hendrickson hatch.
Date TakenMay 6, 2007
Date AddedJun 5, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Beaverkill River in New York.
Date TakenMay 6, 2007
Date AddedJun 5, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
A swift tributary of a Catskill trout stream slides down its own high delta of boulders and cobble. From the Beaverkill River, Horton Bridge Pool in New York.
A swift tributary of a Catskill trout stream slides down its own high delta of boulders and cobble.
Date TakenMay 7, 2005
Date AddedFeb 2, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
Oops.

I let my little light cahill spinner dangle in the air a bit too long while looking for rises.  There were at least 30 bats flying around the pool, and this one hooked itself on my fly.  I just let it fly around my rod tip and, while trying to figure out what to do, I took some pictures.  (When in doubt...)  Eventually it managed to unhook itself and fly away. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
Oops.

I let my little light cahill spinner dangle in the air a bit too long while looking for rises. There were at least 30 bats flying around the pool, and this one hooked itself on my fly. I just let it fly around my rod tip and, while trying to figure out what to do, I took some pictures. (When in doubt...) Eventually it managed to unhook itself and fly away.
Date TakenSep 8, 2006
Date AddedOct 4, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
This is a really deep hole on a famous Catskill river. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
This is a really deep hole on a famous Catskill river.
Date TakenSep 2, 2004
Date AddedJan 18, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Beaverkill River, Chiloway Pool in New York.
Date TakenSep 2, 2005
Date AddedFeb 9, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
I missed one strike in this pool after taking the picture. It was a good fish that first showed itself with a telltale bulge and eddies below my fly, the sign of a nice trout refusing without quite breaking the surface. Five or ten drifts later it took convincingly, but I missed the hookset. That was the story that day -- missed hooksets. I didn't stay to fish this pool very long, because I tried to cross to fish it from the side that's on the right in the picture, obviously the best angle, and I found that what looked like an easy crossing near the tail was a swift, bouldery flat of very deceptive depth in the clear water. I found myself half-way across, past what had originally looked like the deepest water, only to find that the water that looked easiest was even swifter and deeper. I thought surely I was in for a swim, but somehow I made it back to the near bank dry and jumped in the car to head for less treacherous wading. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
I missed one strike in this pool after taking the picture. It was a good fish that first showed itself with a telltale bulge and eddies below my fly, the sign of a nice trout refusing without quite breaking the surface. Five or ten drifts later it took convincingly, but I missed the hookset. That was the story that day -- missed hooksets. I didn't stay to fish this pool very long, because I tried to cross to fish it from the side that's on the right in the picture, obviously the best angle, and I found that what looked like an easy crossing near the tail was a swift, bouldery flat of very deceptive depth in the clear water. I found myself half-way across, past what had originally looked like the deepest water, only to find that the water that looked easiest was even swifter and deeper. I thought surely I was in for a swim, but somehow I made it back to the near bank dry and jumped in the car to head for less treacherous wading.
Date TakenSep 2, 2004
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Beaverkill River in New York.
Date TakenAug 22, 2004
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
Here's the most famous pool in the world. I was shocked that the fishing was so good--I had expected such a legendary place to be overfished. While it certainly sees a lot of pressure, it's still possible to have the whole 300-yard pool to yourself once in a while, and in the fall it doesn't get anywhere close to the combat fishing it sees during the major hatch seasons. It supports a terrific population of the most picky free-rising trout I've ever seen. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
Here's the most famous pool in the world. I was shocked that the fishing was so good--I had expected such a legendary place to be overfished. While it certainly sees a lot of pressure, it's still possible to have the whole 300-yard pool to yourself once in a while, and in the fall it doesn't get anywhere close to the combat fishing it sees during the major hatch seasons. It supports a terrific population of the most picky free-rising trout I've ever seen.
Date TakenAug 24, 2004
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Beaverkill River in New York.
Date TakenAug 24, 2004
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
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