Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line & Sinker: January 14, 2015

Ice Fishing Event!
I received a telephone call from Tom Phillips, of Pepacton Bait & Tackle, located at 43005 Route 28, Arkville. Tom was happy to report that this coming Saturday, Jan. 17, his store is sponsoring the third annual Ice Fishing Derby. The Derby will be held at Big Pond, which has lots of ice and lots of big trout! In recent years, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has stocked Big Pond with hundreds of large brown trout in sizes 16 to 21 inches. These were traditionally surplus breeders used at the Catskill hatchery in DeBruce.


Hook, Line & Sinker: January 7, 2015

A water report for the New Year from trout country starts with the encouraging news that on this date, January 5, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is recorded as flowing at 1,070 cubic feet per second (cfs), which is well above the average flow of 370 cfs for this date based on 99 years of record keeping. The water in the Beaverkill over the past week has been well above average, thankfully, as we recover from a drought in the beginning of winter.


Hook, Line & Sinker: Dec. 10, 2014

Presents for the Sportsman and Sportswoman in Your Life
I always remember watching the Thanksgiving Parade as a youngster, and anxiously awaiting the last and final float – featuring Santa Claus himself – and with him, the ‘official’ start of the Christmas (shopping) season. And now that Thanksgiving has passed and we’re already into December, it’s time to get your holiday shopping done!


Hook, Line & Sinker: August 27, 2014

The end of August seems to signal the end of summer, although the official date is almost a month away. The beautiful cool evenings and mornings, heavy dew on the grass and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a reminder of how fleeting these precious weeks of summer really are!


Hook, Line & Sinker: August 13, 2014

There’s still time to enter in the trout pool sponsored by Candy and Eddie Chin of the Tremperskill Country Store. It has been decided to run the July Pool into August to encourage more participants. There are two contests going on this month; a bass tournament and a trout pool. The largest trout so far is a six and-one-quarter-pound brown trout taken by Art Perry of Kingston. Art used a sawbelly with great success. In the bass tournament, there are only five people entered so far and Charlie McNeil of Verplanck leads the school with his three-pound bass. So don’t forget to sign up.


Hook, Line & Sinker: August 6, 2014

Week of July 29
Fishing in our area of the Catskills continues to be productive although more in the reservoirs than in our rivers and streams which remain higher than the average due to consistent rain and thunderstorms.
The Pepacton Reservoir has been producing lots of fish, although somewhat lighter in weight than in the past.
PULLING IT IN — This youngster recently hauled in this nice catch from the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Store, DownsvillePULLING IT IN — This youngster recently hauled in this nice catch from the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Store, Downsville


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 23, 2014

Our rivers and streams are still full from this rainy summer weather. Fortunately last weekend was dry, sunny and breezy – just about perfect weather. As streams began to recede to a more fishable level, the trout fishing began to pick up. In the late afternoon, some small flies on the water provided a few rises but good fishing on the upper Beaverkill; water temperatures have been excellent for the month of July.


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 16, 2014

This summer certainly seems like one for the record books. Not a week goes by that there hasn’t been a rain shower, thunderstorm or tornado warning somewhere in or near the Catskill Mountains!


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 9, 2014

This first week of July was a memorable one depending on where in the Catskills you happened to be. Some areas were deluged by thunderstorms, wind, hail and mud while others just got a healthy dose of rain to water their gardens, and keep area rivers and streams in good shape.
In reporting about the many opportunities that summer in the Catskills offer – we’ve had a number of fishing derbies in our area to report on: Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville reported on the winner of their June Trout Derby. Sponsored by Tom and Cheryl Phillips, the prize-winning fish was caught by Bill Milman, a local resident, who brought in a beautiful 10-pound, one-ounce brown trout.
NICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, DownsvilleNICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville


Hook, Line & Sinker: June 25, 2014

These days of the mid-to-end of June have been very productive, with rivers and streams at good levels and cool evenings keeping water temperatures favorable for trout. Isonychias have been making their appearance in the afternoons, resulting in rising trout and successful fishing. In addition, good hatches of caddis flies and Blue-Winged Olives are about in the mornings and during the day. In the evenings the slate-colored Isonychias and lighter colored Sulphurs have kept fly-fishers on the stream until dark.
Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.


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