CATSKILLS: Trout Capital
The Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York are home to world-famous trout waters: Esopus and Willowemoc Creeks and the Neversink, Beaverkill, and Delaware Rivers. A few hours' drive from New York City, these freestone waters can be crowded in April and May, but from late June through October, you can fish in solitude. Catskill rivers produce healthy populations of wild brown and rainbow trout (supplemented in most streams by stocking). First-time visitors should focus on the Beaverkill-Willowemoc and Delaware systems.