Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

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.

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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!

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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

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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.


Hook, Line & Sinker: June 4, 2014

Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.


Hook, Line & Sinker: May 28, 2014

This past weekend was a great kick-off to those precious days of summer – after Saturday’s showery (but warm) start, Sunday and Labor Day Monday’s weather was hard to beat! With temperatures in the 70s to 80 degrees, it looks as though we’ve finally shaken off the winter cold.
The trout fishing has picked up, with great fly hatches over the past two weeks, and our rivers and streams are still nicely full from the recent rains. Most of the great Hendrickson hatch has finished; however, there still may be some residual Hendrickson spinners about.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May, 14, 2014

We just experienced the best weekend of the year so far – with temperatures finally reaching well into the 70s, plenty of sunshine and not too much wind. There was a terrific hatch of Hendricksons Saturday on the Beaverkill, so heavy that the windshield was plastered with the flies and their distinguishing yellow egg sacs. It’s interesting to make note of nature signs that coincide with each other – generally when the forsythia bush on the west side of our house is blooming, we can count on the Hendricksons to hatch.


Hook, Line & Sinker: May 7, 2014

Area rivers and streams are at good, fishable levels heading into the weekend, Both the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls and the East Branch of the Delaware River are just above the average flow over 159 years of recordkeeping, respectively. However, air and water temperatures are still stubbornly cool with windy conditions, and we’ve just barely gotten into 50-degree water temperatures on the East Branch. Fifty degrees F is that ‘magic number’ that dry fly-fishers anticipate in spring; as once water temperatures warm into the 50s, consistent fly hatches begin.


Hook, Line & Sinker: April 30, 2014

Last Saturday’s benefit auction of the fly-fishing and outdoors collection of Cheryl Stelter was a great success; scores of outdoors enthusiasts turned out to bid on many wonderful items, and to support the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville for which the auction was held.


Hook, Line & Sinker: April 23, 2014

Easter weekend brought beautiful sunny weather to the Catskills. Streams and rivers are still high and cold, due to continuing snow runoff from the higher elevations. However, the reservoirs are now open to boat fishing, as the ice has finally melted.
Candy Cho of the Tremperskill Country Store in Andes was happy to report on the fishing success of some of her customers. On opening day of the trout season, Alex Wilson of Delh caught two nice trout that measured 15 inches and 13 inches while fishing the West Branch of the Delaware in his town.


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