Fly Fishing The Butternut Creek

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Butternut Creek village of Garrattsville, NY Spring of 2014

There are at least two trout streams in New York named the #ButternutCreek. The Butternut Creek #TeamFieldNWater fly fish's is located in Otsego County. Its head waters begin in in the town of Burlington just north of State Highway 80.

Growing up around this creek most of our life and catching our share of #trout we're still on the fence about this creek. It was one of our favorite creeks until the New York DEC pulled the plug on restocking it, but for good reason. We believe 2011 was the last year the creek was stocked with brown trout. That was the year the #NYDEC discovered that native brook trout were thriving in a low land creek that shouldn’t support the species. They learned this by doing four samples along the creek in 2011. Along with some browns, brookies filled their nets. At that time it was decided by the state to pull the plug on #restocking brown trout which would be a competing factor against the native brook trout.

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One of many springs feeding into the Butternut Creek

During the 2014 fly fishing season we spent a great deal of time on the Butternut Creek during the months of April and May. Many native brook trout were caught while Czech Nymphing. The waters were quick, swift and cold. The size of the brookies averaged around eight inches. Catching any #brooktrout over twelve inches would be considered a trophy trout for this creek.

One reason the Butternut Creek holds an abundance of native brook trout is the many cold feeder springs that run into it. The abundance of cool temperature ground water keeps the Butternut cool enough to sustain native brook trout during most of the warm weather months. July and August would be the most dry and warmest months the Butternut would struggle with. There are many deep pools now for the brook trout to take refuge in now. These deep pools didn’t exist ten years ago. Major flooding from storms and tropical storms within the last six years has changed the Butternut forever.

The second reason we believe the Butternut Creek is host to a good population of native brook trout, is the food source. During Memorial Day weekend of 2014 we went did some kick sampling along the Butternut. To our surprise the Butternut is home to many aquatic insects. There is no shortage of food for the brook trout. The creek is loaded with #stonefly. Some stonefly’s as big as my pinkie.


One of the stonefly's we found along the Butternut Creek

If your interested in fishing the Butternut Creek start fishing south from Morris State Highway 23 and head north. There are special public access points along the creek.

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