Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 4, 2012

April 1 dawned with overcast skies and temperatures in the 30s, and the prospect of rain during the day – pretty typical of an April morning and the opening day of the trout fishing season. Undaunted by the chilly wet weather, Jennifer Grossman of New York City and Livingston Manor traveled to one of her favorite spots on the Willowemoc and accomplished a feat that may be duplicated but never topped – she caught a large brown trout on a dry fly on her very first cast of the new season!


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 28, 2012

The surprisingly warm and sunny weather we’ve enjoyed so far this year has brought eager fishermen out in the Special Regulations Catch and Release sections of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc since mid- March. In addition to early sightings of fishermen in the streams, we have seen good numbers of midges and stoneflies hatching and fish rising, even in the mornings. Water temperatures of at least as high as 49 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded.


Hook, Line and Sinker: December 14, 2011

Last-minute gifts for the sportsmen sportswomen on your list

Are you one of those who waits till the 11th hour to do your holiday shopping? Take heart, there is still time to find just the right present for those on your list who love to spend time afield – whether fishing, hunting, hiking, biking or bird watching.


Hook, Line and Sinker: Nov. 16, 2011

November’s Bounty
After the surprise snowstorm on October 29, the weather has evened out and brought a number of welcoming warm days, added time to do more autumn activities usually relegated for earlier in the season, such as last-minute garden chores and….fishing!


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 24, 2011

August fishing has proven to be quite productive this year. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, reports better-than-average fishing for the month of August, especially for anglers who are trolling. Most successful Pepacton Reservoir trout fishers have been using plugs, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with Sutton Spoons and Stingers and are doing a bit better with those lures than with bait. The catch rate is “better than average,” according to Al, with most fish being located at about 35 feet.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 10, 2011

Fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir after the first week in August was pretty productive. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Shop in Downsville reported that sawbellies still seem to be the bait of choice and that trout are being caught pretty much all during the day, with most fish being found at about 35-40 feet.

A few nice trout were brought into the store, the largest of which was a beautiful 11-pound, 13-ounce brown taken by John Zielinski, who was up from Pennsylvania. John used a sawbelly to catch the big fish.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 3, 2011

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Shop in Downsville reported on the winners of the July Pepacton Trout Derby. Capturing the first prize was Ed Brown of Walton for his winning fish that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, five ounces, and measured 28 inches. Ed was trolling with a Michigan Stinger to catch his trout. Winning second prize was Al Lutkins from New Jersey for his 10-pound, 12-ounce brown trout that measured all of 29 and-one-quarter inches in length.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 27, 2011

This Thursday, July 28 is a very special day. Don Tracy of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania sent out a notice that it’s the 4th Annual “Fishing With the Blind” day. Each year a group of about 25 blind/partially blind folks from the NYC area gather to spend a week in July at “The Land of the Vikings,” a local resort located about two miles from the Hale Eddy bridge.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 30, 2010

I recently bought a pair of Ono’s polarized sunglasses with built-in readers. For the past two years I’ve needed magnifiers in order to tie on a fly or change a tippet, and the last pair I had were so uncomfortable and heavy that they kept pulling the brim of my hat further down over my eyes.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 26, 2010

Fishing conditions on the Pepacton Reservoir have been pretty good according to Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store. Up at the source end of Pepacton, fishermen have been finding the trout down about 20 to 23 feet, and have had success using sawbellies, shiners, and Krocodile lures. Another popular lure is the large Mepps Squirrel Tail spinner.


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