Trout fishing outside of NJ
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I just came back from visiting my old home town in the Mohawk Valley upstate NY. I fished West Canada twice and had dry fly action both times. Water levels were low with fish in the deeper pools. These fish (browns) became active in the evening even though no significant hatch was going on. There are plenty of access points with public rights water in abundance. The river has a TCA C&R of about five miles and it is very scenic. If you are in the area it is a beautiful river to fish.
It flows into the Mohawk River at Herkimer NY in Herkimer County quite close to Utica. There are about 20 miles of trout river below the Hinkley Reservoir and Trenton Falls. The TCA is from the falls downstream for about 4 miles. It is heavily stocked with brown trout all the way down to Newport. Above the reservoir it is even longer but while they stock this stretch, the best fishing is below Hinckley Reservoir. There are multiple access points from the TCA down past Middleville along Route 28. The river is fairly big even though it is called a creek and is close in size to the West Branch. The dam releases water into so check the USGS stream flow and if the water starts to rise head for shore. You can also check www.safewaters.com Trenton Falls for the release schedule. I grew up in Gloversville and yes, the winters are down right brutal.
Just came back from fishing the West Canada this weekend. Good dry fly action from 4 until dusk with fish rising all around us for Light Cahills. The first day we saw 7 other people fly fishing which was concerning but the next day it was 1 and then he left. We had the river to ourselves which believe it or not is more the norm. If this river was in the Catskills it would be elbow to elbow but up there you are almost guaranteed to get the spot you want to fish.
If anyone is up by the West Canada this week, the White Fly hatch is on. Fished Thursday evening. At about 7 they started to come off with hundreds if not thousands in the air. A White Wulff worked well size 12-14. Light Cahill should also work. These Mayflies spend very little time if any on the water so don't look for sailboats. They will however take a dry fly. Had the whole stream to ourselves. This is a short hatch but should be good for the next week or so.