Best Fly-Fishing in New York

This list represents the most popular fly-fishing in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York fly-fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Esopus River


A challenging stream, with lots of trout and a glowing future. Heavy stocking and heavy discharges from the Shandaken Tunnel, which carries water from the Schoharie into the Esopus and eventually into…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Kingston, NY - Fly-Fishing BestFly-Fishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Beaver Kill


Excellent fishery, though apt to be crowded. Home water of American dry-fly fishing. Best fished spring and fall. Lower sections below Roscoe are often too warm to fish in August. The Beaver Kill has…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Roscoe, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#3. Ausable River, West Branch


Big stocked trout and stunning scenery. Rising in the shadow of the ski jump for the 1980 Olympics, just to the east of the town of Lake Placid, the West Branch of the Ausable flows some 30 miles to i…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Wilmington, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#4. Neversink River


Still the hallowed waters of American dry-fly fishing. There are anglers who come to the Neversink today just for the fishing. They come for furtive, brightly colored brook trout high up in the headwa…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Woodbourne, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#5. Delaware River


The easternmost “western” river in the United States. You’ll find them all here. Every major species and many of the subspecies of caddis, mayfly, and stonefly found in the East hatch on this river. S…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Hancock, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#6. Willowemoc Creek


Sibling of the Beaver Kill, more public water. When it comes to Catskill streams, the Beaver Kill gets most of the glory. But its primary tributary, the Willowemoc, has a larger share of public water…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Roscoe, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#7. Beaver Kill


Mentioned in every book ever written about fly fishing in the Catskills, and in just about every study ever done on fly fishing, this legendary river is arguably the most popular trout stream in the w…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Roscoe, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#8. Chenango Canal and Oriskany Creek


Built in the 1830s to connect the Erie Canal with Binghamton, Chenango Canal went out of service in 1877. Much of it has been filled in, but numerous short stretches, fed by springs and brooks, slice…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Bouckville, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#9. Kinderhook Creek


Running for 45 miles before feeding the east side of the Hudson River south of Albany, only the upper half of Kinderhook Creek remains cool enough year-round to support trout. Key species: Brown trout…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
West Lebanon, NY - Fly-Fishing
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#10. Willowemoc Creek


Starting at the confluence of a couple of small mountain brooks just south of the Ulster and Sullivan County line, this creek flows for about 24 of the most exciting fly-fishing miles imaginable and f…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Parkston, NY - Fly-Fishing
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