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.

  • #1 Esopus River

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    Kingston, NY

    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 ...
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    A challenging stream, with lots of trout and a glowing future. Heavy stocking and heavy discharges from the Shandaken Tunnel, ...

  • #2 Beaver Kill

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    Roscoe, NY

    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 ...
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    Excellent fishery, though apt to be crowded. Home water of American dry-fly fishing. Best fished spring and fall. Lower sections ...

  • #3 Neversink River

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    Woodbourne, NY

    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 ...
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    Still the hallowed waters of American dry-fly fishing. There are anglers who come to the Neversink today just for the fishing. ...

  • #4 Ausable River, West Branch

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    Wilmington, NY

    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 ...
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    Big stocked trout and stunning scenery. Rising in the shadow of the ski jump for the 1980 Olympics, just to the east of the ...

  • #5 Delaware River

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    Hancock, NY

    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 ...
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    The easternmost “western” river in the United States. You’ll find them all here. Every major species and many of the subspecies ...

  • #6 Willowemoc Creek

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    Roscoe, NY

    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 ...
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    Sibling of the Beaver Kill, more public water. When it comes to Catskill streams, the Beaver Kill gets most of the glory. ...

  • #7 Beaver Kill

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    Roscoe, NY

    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 ...
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    Mentioned in every book ever written about fly fishing in the Catskills, and in just about every study ever done on fly fishing, ...

  • #8 Chenango Canal and Oriskany Creek

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    Bouckville, NY

    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, ...
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    Built in the 1830s to connect the Erie Canal with Binghamton, Chenango Canal went out of service in 1877. Much of it has ...

  • #9 Kinderhook Creek

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    West Lebanon, NY

    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 ...
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    Running for 45 miles before feeding the east side of the Hudson River south of Albany, only the upper half of Kinderhook ...

  • #10 Willowemoc Creek

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    Parkston, NY

    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 ...
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    Starting at the confluence of a couple of small mountain brooks just south of the Ulster and Sullivan County line, this creek ...