The Cohocton River is a tributary of the Chemung River, approximately 55 miles, in western New York in the United States. t rises in southeastern Livingston County, approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Dansville. In the north of Steuben County, the river flows through the Town of Cohocton and the Village of Cohocton. It flows generally southeast through rural Steuben County, in a winding course through a valley the Allegheny Plateau, past Bath. At Painted Post, just west of Corning, it is joined by the Tioga River from the southwest to form the Chemung, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. New York State Route 17 follows the valley of the river along much of its route through Steuben County. The river is a popular destination for fly fishing. To ensure good access to the Cohocton the State has purchased over 20 miles of public fishing rights along the river. It has also developed several parking areas and footpath right-of-ways. Although portions of the Cohocton contain brook trout and some rainbows, the section from the Village of Cohocton to Bath contains primarily brown trout. Each year the State stocks over 10,000 browns in the river, to include a large number of two-year-old fish, which add to the substantial holdover population and natural reproduction. Brown trout over 20 inches long can be caught in the Cohocton. In most places the river has a firm bottom of course gravel and small river-stones that is only moderately slippery; therefore, it is generally easy to wade.
The Cohocton River (sometimes "Conhocton River") is a tributary of the Chemung River, approximately 55†miles (89†km), in western New York in the United States. The name is a native term ("Ga-ha-to"), reportedly meaning "log floating in the water." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohocton River
The riverís bottom structure is ideally suited for a wide variety of aquatic insects to include mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and midges. There are also a lot of shrimp, scuds, and other crustaceans in the river. During the summer, grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, and ants that fall in from the side of the river substantially add to the types of insects that are available to the trout. The trout also feed on worms, minnows, and crayfish. Many dry, emerger, and nymph fly patterns work very well on the Cohocton. For the fly fisherman the main secret to success is matching the size, form, and color of the naturals the trout are feeding upon as closely as possible. Taking the time to look under a few rocks, observe what insects are in the air, and watch how the trout are feeding can substantially add to your level of success. During the summer when the water is very clear and relatively shallow it is very important to use a long leader, light tippet (6X or 7X), and careful approach. It also helps to use a thermometer to find the colder water where springs come into the river since trout often favor these locations.
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