Esopus Creel Featured in the New York Times

We’re thrilled to be a part of the New York Times article titled Fly Fishing: Old Hobby, New Cast, by writer Alexandra Marvar. The piece identifies the emerging trend towards fly fishing as an activity younger generations are connecting with in their search for authenticity. Esopus Creel founder, Todd Spire, says:

“You have millennials who are drawn to experiences, looking for authentic ways to experience this place, and you have this activity which is such a big part of both this area’s history and its conservation,” Mr. Spire said. And, he noted, the area is of historic importance to the sport. “Almost every aspect of fly fishing was refined, changed, evolved in the Catskills.”

A special thank you to Alexandra and the various fly fishing entities highlighted in the piece. Especially our neighbors here in the Catskills.

>> Read the article

How To Prepare for Your Fly Fishing Trip

Esopus Creek Mount Tremper Catskill Mountains

How To Prepare For Your Fly Fishing Trip

Licensing and Permits for Fishing in New York State

Fishing License

You will need to procure a NY State fishing license. Day licenses are $5 for New York residents, $10 for out-of-state. Yearly licenses are $25 for New York residents, $50 for non-residents.

Licenses may be purchased online here

DEP Access Permit

If you’re asked by your guide to obtain a free access permit to DEP recreational lands , please click here.

How to Dress for Your Fly Fishing Trip

A few important items to have and rules to follow:

    • Polarized Sunglasses
    • Brimmed Hat
    • No bright colors
    • Dress in layers
    • Socks


Guides provide water and snacks to all guests. You are welcome to bring additional food. Half-day trips do not stop for lunch unless the client wants to do so. Contact us directly if you’d like Esopus Creel to arrange stream side lunch for your full or half-day trip.

Orvis Photo Contest

Last summer I spent a day on the water with Brad Lail, owner of local ceramics design studio LAIL Design. Clouds aligned and I got one of those pictures that you just know is special. In the moment I fired off a dozen or so shots. At the end of the year I came across a photo contest for Orvis. The rest is history. Check out their article about the contest.

Esopus Creel wins Orvis Photo Contest
Photo by Todd Spire, Esopus Creel