Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line & Sinker: April 16, 2014

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 26. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., there will be an auction of a fine consignment of fly-fishing and related items from the estate of Cheryl Stelter to benefit Margaretville’s Fairview Public Library. The auction will be conducted by McIntosh Auction Service, held at the Market on State Highway 28 at the corner of Fair Street at the edge of the Village of Margaretville. Preview is one hour before the auction. Absentee and phone bids are welcome.

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Hook, Line & Sinker: April 9, 2014

Opening Day of the trout-fishing season in New York State came and went last Tuesday without a lot of fanfare.

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Hook, Line & Sinker: January 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe that January is upon us, the beginning of the New Year of 2014! Perhaps because of the later date of Thanksgiving this year, resulting in one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the holidays seemed to have rushed upon us and raced on by. And so far, with the exception of one unusually warm December weekend, it appears that we can enjoy a good winter and all the great sports that go along with snow, ice and cold weather.


Holiday shopping for the sportsman

As December settles in, preparations are in full swing for the holiday season. It’s hard to believe how quickly the month is going already – and many of us haven’t yet finished making up our gift lists, much less completing our holiday shopping. For those who are shopping for gift ideas for friends and loved ones who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, here are a few suggestions on what that special gal or guy might appreciate.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 7, 2013

The results are in from the July Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville. Three cash prizes were awarded for the largest trout entered in the contest, and the happy winners are as follows:

First prize went to Joe McGuire of Verplanck for his big brown trout that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Joe was fishing with sawbellies when he caught his prize, which measured 29 and-a-quarter inches.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2013

Despite the rainy weather and warmer temperatures we’ve had over the past weekend, the Pepacton Reservoir has been fishing terrifically well. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, reported on a party of three, Dave and Darren D’Olivo and their cousin Paul from New Jersey, who had the best fishing in a four day trip that they’ve ever had. The D’Olivos have fished the Pepacton for years, and wound up staying over an extra day after the weekend. They reported that in two days of fishing, they caught and released 70 brown trout!


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 26, 2013

Free fishing this weekend! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservations announces that the last weekend in June, (June 29 – 30) will be a “free fishing weekend” – meaning that anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State with no fishing license required! This is a great opportunity for those who have never fished before, whether youngsters or adults, or those who haven’t fished in a while. It’s a great opportunity to take along a friend, spouse or ‘significant other’ who might like to try their hand at fishing.


Hook, line and sinker: June 5, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced that Mike Ford of Arkville brought in the winning fish in the store’s May Trout Derby. Mike’s winning brown tipped the scales at seven pounds, five ounces and was caught on May 7 using a sawbelly.
Second prize was won by Dave Zellner who hooked a brown trout that weighed in at almost six pounds and was also caught on a sawbelly.


Hook, line and sinker: May 8, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced the winner of their April Trout Derby. Jack Jordan of Pine Hill caught the prize-winning fish, a beauty of a brown trout that weighed 10 pounds, three and-one-half ounces. Jack caught his fish while fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir using a shiner for bail.

Cheryl and Tom are hosting a Trout Derby in May as well. For a $10 entry fee, anglers have a chance at a cash prize (and other prizes) to be awarded for the biggest trout brought in this month. Stop by Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville, or call 845 750-5061.


Hook, line and sinker: April 23, 2013

Recent rains have brought some much-needed water to our rivers and streams; as there was a lack of significant snow in the woods and mountaintops that would normally have provided runoff in the early spring. Winter seems to be hanging on, as evidenced by the continued chilly temperatures we’ve had, especially at night. Many of us are still burning wood and reluctant to put our woolens away for the season.


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