Epic Floods Hit Delaware River Valley (again)

Epic Floods Hit Delaware River Valley (again)

In June, for the third time in two years the Delaware River Valley was hit with a "200-year" flood event that turned normally docile Catskill streams into

In June, for the third time in two years the Delaware River Valley was hit with a "200-year" flood event that turned normally docile Catskill streams into raging torrents. Although the flood waters have now receded and people are beginning to put their lives and businesses back together, it will be a while before things return to "normal."

With the long period of high, muddy water (and extensive damage to infrastructure) most of the region's fly-fishing related business have felt a pinch this season. Particularly hard hit were lodges and motels: the campground at Al Caucci's Delaware River Club was totaled, although his resort buildings, which sit on higher ground, remained untouched. The West Branch Angler&Resort lost several of its smaller log cabins, but the shop and restaurant were unscathed. West Branch Angler hopes to be back at full capacity by spring 2007. The Roscoe Motel near the Junction Pool of the Willowemoc and Beaverkill rivers suffered extensive flooding. Even as far up the Beaverkill as Lew Beach, where the Wulff School of Fly Fishing is located, saw damaging floods.

Although rivers such as the Willowemoc, Beaverkill and Neversink were low and clear enough for limited fishing a week after the floods, some of the river contours have changed, and even regular anglers should exercise caution the next time they wade these streams.