Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker: January 9, 2013

Fishing is a pastime that is enjoyed by young and old – a lifetime sport that has no age limits – and one of the few outdoor sports that one can participate in all year long. Many are passionate about their favorite type of the sport, whether it is reservoir fishing, fly-fishing, salt-water fishing, bass fishing, trout fishing. There are some fishermen who only fish during the winter; and those whose passion enables them to walk on water (frozen water, to be sure!)


Hook, Line and Sinker: November 24, 2012

This Saturday is the opening day of the regular big game season here in the Catskills. It’s a day long anticipated by many who love to hunt, and venture out into the woods on a cold crisp morning, dressed warmly with a thermos of coffee in the backpack, and the prospect of a deer to provide the family with a freezer full of delicious and healthy meat for the long winter.


Hook, Line and Sinker: September 25, 2012

The second half of September can bring good fishing, given enough water in our rivers and streams. With the trees just beginning to preview the colorful fall foliage to come, and a cold snap in the air, it’s a great time to be out of doors. This year, however, has brought unusual weather conditions, in that we started with a drought, had some early summer rain, several days of thunderstorms and showers, and then receded back to a drought.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 1, 2012

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that trout fishermen on the Pepacton Reservoir have been seeing better numbers of fish, and that the fish are starting to look a little bit heavier; “fairly healthy, not fat, but a little bit better,” he said.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 25, 2012

The last week has brought us showers and thunderstorms, with some much-needed rain. Our vegetable garden shot up appreciatively and lawns looked somewhat less parched. However, even the three inches of rain that fell last Sunday and additional inch or two this past week didn’t seem to do much as far as bringing up the water level in the Beaverkill and other free-flowing streams.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 18, 2012

Weather extremes over this past week brought area rivers to dangerously low levels and then back to a more normal flow, thanks to heavy thunderstorms and driving rains on Sunday afternoon.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 195 cubic feet per second at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. This is above the average flow of 149 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on this date was 2,250 in 2000; the lowest recorded flow was just 43 cfs back in 1965.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 11, 2012

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the trout in Pepacton Reservoir are starting to ‘fatten up’ and that good numbers of trout are being caught, but many are still thin. The trout are starting to come up toward the surface but most fish are being seen at from 28- to 30-feet down.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2012

The first “official” weekend of summer dawned with beautiful sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s to low 80s with just enough of a breeze, the kind of weather you wish could be bottled up and taken out from time to time!

As of Monday evening, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 262 cubic feet per second (cfs.) This is just above the average flow of 210 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on June 25 was 2,810 in 2011; the lowest recorded flow was back in 1991 when just 69 cubic feet of water trickled past the gauging station.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 27, 2012

According to the NYC DEP website, our Catskill reservoirs are at about 96.4 percent of capacity. The average or “normal” capacity for late June is 97.3 percent. Our average rainfall for this past April was lower than the historical average – 2.83 inches as compared to 3.71; while May was higher. We received 4.89 inches of rain as compared to the historical average of 4.27. This June, however, we received significantly less – just 2.16 inches as compared to the historical average of 4.10 inches.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 20, 2012

Recently Catskill Mountain News Publisher Dick Sanford drove along the Esopus Creek and reported to me that it still looked terribly scoured from last summer’s flood. He also said that that there was almost no vegetation growing along major stretches of the stream, making it look like a dead river. He wondered if any trout had survived the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, and asked if I knew of anyone who fished the Esopus regularly and might be able to report on his findings.


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