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Panoramas: Middle Valley
Fishing the Esopus Creek

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Fishermen enjoying their sport on a bend of the Esopus just east of Mt. Tremper. The Esopus is renowned across the world to fishermen and women for its feisty trout and other species of sport fish.

Access to the Esopus is extremely easy as it closely follows Route 28 with numerous state access points and off road parking areas. To find the Esopus, head west out of Kingston (Ulster County), following the signs for "Pine Hill." The Esopus is the major supplier of water to New York City's Ashokan Reservoir, so you must drive past the reservoir to reach the Esopus. Once past the reservoir, and armed with a fishing license and gear, just pull off the road at any of the many spots, stroll down to the banks and toss the lure in.

Different sections of the Esopus have very different characteristics and fish populations owing from the Esopus being directly fed by an underground tunnel of water from further north in the Catskills, at Shokan. Below the tunnel, the waters are much colder, above the tunnel, the waters are warmer and less turbulent.

HV/Net suggests you contact any of the many fishing operators, tackle shops and bait shops in the area for more details.

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