Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

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.


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.


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.


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!


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