Free 101 Clinic @ Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

Join us at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge for an intro to fly fishing class (9-10) and fly casting demo (10:15-11:30).

Join host Todd Spire, of Esopus Creel, for a crash course: history of fly fishing in the Catskills, trout behavior, why Catskills streams are perfect for trout, gear basics and how to line up your rod, plus a casting demo. We’ll have extra rods on-hand so guests can give it a shot.

Coffee served – breakfast and lunch available from Prospect.

Free to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP to

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.

Headwaters Hike – Willowemoc Creek

Join me and Will Soter from Upstate Adventure Guides as we bring you on a guided tour of one of America’s legendary trout streams, the Willowemoc. This back-country hike calls on Will’s intimate knowledge of the land to provide a safe and efficient route to the place where a trickle turns to the flow that we know as the Willowemoc – tributary to the famed Beaverkill and headwaters of the Delaware River. Will’s knowledge of the history and lore of this region will help paint a picture of why these waters are so revered. We’ll discuss how history connects us to the water (and the role that trout play in that history) in a manner that puts our love and respect for these treasures in much a greater context. The aim is to inspire a profound understanding and connection to the preciousness of mountain headwaters in the very valley considered to be a cornerstone of American fly fishing.

Post hike we will retire to The Club Room at The Debruce for Esopus Creel’s Angler’s Night: food, trout fare, drinks, and more tales of fly fishing the legendary waters of the Catskills.

The hike is approximately 2 miles of off trail hiking, with roughly 300′ of elevation change, on moderate terrain. With late winter conditions lingering in the Catskills, hikers should prepare for both mud, and snow. Participants will be sent a detailed prep list upon registration. For specific questions about the trip, contact Will Soter: (845)-399-9948, or