Beaver Kill River

Published Apr 18th 2014

The Beaver Kill River is one of the very famous US rivers and an important part of the history of US fly-fishing


The Beaver Kill River is part of the "hallowed" waters of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, New York, USA.

This famous trout fishing river was home to Theodore Gordon who used his famous "Quill Gordon" flies to catch trout. This area was made into a state park by New York State. It is totally free for use. A rarity these days where so many places are privately own and restrict fishing to the public.

The waters are so crystal clear that you can see the smallest nymph fly without any problem at all. Of course with the water being so clear, the trout will see you coming which makes catching them far more difficult.

Stealth is the answer to fishing in waters that are crystal clear. And if you can't catch them, you can always admire the scenery.

The darker green area in this photo is a deep pool, where the trout go to cool off in the heat of the day. Just beyond this area is a shallow rock ledge.

An angler can walk right up to the edge of the pool with hip waders or knee boots. It is a very tranquil area during the week, with very few people taking advantage of the park. One reason for the lack of use is its locality. This park is way outside the normal route of traffic, way out in the woods.

This picture shows the Covered Bridge Pool. The sign was erected by Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, and reads: "This stretch of the Beaverkill was a favorite of Theodore Gordon (1854-1915). Fly fisher, fly-tier and creator of the Quill Gordon, one of the first purely American dry flies."

This photo looks at the covered bridge to the left of the pool. The water under the bridge is an inviting cool area during the hot summer days. I'm sure these waters have seen their share of waders trying to cool off.

This photo is looking downstream into the riffles. The free stones are numerous and lend character to this famous place.

Junction Pool, the confluence of the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek, and one of the most important spots in the history of US dry-fly fishing. Seen from the NY17 overpass over the Willowemoc at Roscoe.

As we leave the park, we take one more look at the historic covered bridge built in 1865. I can hardly wait until the snow and ice melts away, so that I can revisit this beautiful scenic wonderland where the trout call home and the angler dreams of catching the next "big" one. I am so fortunate to live in an area rich in beauty and home to an abundance of fish.

User comments
From: Richard Katzman · Rikatzman·at·  Link
Submitted April 20th 2014

Rene, thank you. It is an amazing place. The photos were taken with my iPhone. I was able to watch my fly every step of the way. I didn't catch any fish that day but it was amazing to watch the trout following my fly.

Search my name on You Tube to see my videos and slideshows. Best regards and tight lines.


From: Rene V.  Link
Submitted April 19th 2014

Awesome pictures.That water is made for flyfishing.

Grtz.Rene V.

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