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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
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.