Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 9, 2012

The first week in May proved to be full of promise for both for turkey hunters and trout fishers. The showery weather we’ve had hasn’t compensated for the lack of April rains, but nonetheless has helped it to keep water levels near normal.
Fly hatches continue to be occurring ahead of schedule, with March Browns reportedly making their appearance – and other mayflies and caddises also seen in good numbers hatching and on the water.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 2, 2012

Fishing conditions over the past week have changed – thanks to the much-needed rains we’ve been receiving. River levels rebounded from less than one-quarter of the historical average flow to more normal levels for this time of year, and then started their descent again.

The East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy, as of May 1, is flowing at 767 cubic feet per second (CFS). This is below the average flow on this date of 1,230 cfs over 57 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on May 1 was 9,460 cfs in 1996; the lowest recorded flow was 510 cfs back in 1985.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 25, 2012

The rain we received over the weekend added some much-needed volume to area rivers and streams. The USGS website shows that on Tuesday morning, April 24, the East Branch of the Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing at 1,720 cubic feet per second. This is above the average flow on this date of 1,400 cfs. The highest flow recorded on April 24 of 6,730 cfs occurred in the year 1972. The lowest recorded flow was 429 cubic feet per second in 1926.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 18, 2012

Water levels continue to slump. We are looking at serious drought conditions with the lack of winter snow and substantial spring rains. At this writing, Monday morning, April 16, the USGS website posts that the East Branch of the Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing at a paltry 404 cubic feet per second. This is the lowest recorded flow on this date over 56 years of record keeping. The average flow on April 16 was 1770 cfs; the highest recorded flow was 14,800 cfs in 2007. The lowest recorded flow was 585 cfs in 1968; we are currently more than 25 percent below that level.

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.

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