Fishing in New York

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New York State has a rich history in fly fishing and offers anglers countless opportunities to experience what many argue to be the very best trout streams on the East Coast. While brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout are the primary quarry of inland fly fishers, New York State has some excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing, along with pike, walleye, and abundant panfish. New York also has a wealth of saltwater fly fishing opportunities within the Long Island Sound, the Hamptons, and New York Harbor. No matter where you are in the state, you?re likely very close to some fantastic fly fishing water.

Upstate New York is home to the vast and wild Adirondacks, a favorite wilderness getaway among city dwellers since the early 1800?s, and where anglers still continue to flock to fish such famous waters as the Ausable River. Just outside Wilmington, the fly fishing capital of the Adirondacks, the West Branch of the Ausable offers anglers incredible brown trout fishing in everything from fast-flowing pocket water to slower deeper sections with undercut banks. There are also hundreds of ponds throughout the Adirondacks swimming with native Eastern brook trout. For warmwater enthusiasts, the lakes within Adirondack Park have healthy populations of bass, pike, and walleye. Another legendary fly fishing region within New York State is the Catskill Mountains, home to historic rivers like the Beaverkill, Esopus, Willowemoc, and the Neversink. While brook trout were the first inhabitants of Catskill streams, and there are still many miles of small streams where the brookies abound, it?s the browns and rainbows that get anglers most excited, especially during one of the region?s epic hatches of Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, and March Browns ? when dry fly fishing is at it?s best.

The abundance of fishable water just minutes outside of the Big Apple gives New York one of the largest, most productive urban fisheries in the world. Striped bass are king in the coastal waters surrounding New York City and Long Island, but bluefish, weakfish (speckled trout), and seasonal migrations of false albacore keep anglers busy all throughout the year.


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Albany, NY 12233-4500
P: 518-402-8013

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