Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

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: July 20, 2011

Fishing in the West Branch of the Delaware River has been great this past week. My husband, Ed, had fished it once or twice last week and reported so many flies and fish rising from midafternoon till early evening that I couldn’t wait to try it myself.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 13, 2011

Fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir continues to be productive. A call to the Tremperskill Country Store gave an insight into the fishing this past week.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 6, 2011

The winners of the June Pepacton Trout Derby are official, according to Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville who sponsors the Derby in June and July each year.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 29, 2011

After this past very rainy week, area rivers and streams are still high. On Monday morning, the East Branch of the Delaware at Fishs Eddy was flowing at 1,690 cubic feet per second; the average flow on June 27 is 421 cfs, based on 56 years of record keeping. Over on the West Branch, at Hale Eddy, the flow was 575 cfs, with an average flow of 474 on June 27 over 47 years of keeping records at that station. And on the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, the gauge was up to 1,040 cubic feet per second, as compared to the 97-year average flow of just 185 cfs!


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 15, 2011

It seems like there have been an excessive number of cloudy days this spring with showers that seem to never end. My husband and I had planned a fishing outing for Friday evening; however it clouded up that afternoon and produced heavy rains and thunderstorms, so we decided to wait a day.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 8, 2011

With rivers and streams receding to their normal levels and a huge assortment of flies on the table trout fishing has been great this past week. We’ve seen various caddis flies, Blue-Winged Olives, March Browns, Gray Foxes and Isonychias and there are reports of Green Drakes about.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 1, 2011

Memorial Day weekend turned out to be what we had hoped for – warm and sunny, with no rain to speak of except for during the night. Local parades and barbecues went off well, trout fishers were able to get out on the reservoir as well as on their favorite rivers and streams without having to scurry for cover.

Dave Budin of Del Sports, Inc. in Margaretville reported that the East Branch Delaware River above the reservoir is up, high and clear. The river has been well stocked and with so much water, the trout will have good food and growth this summer.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 25, 2011

The rain seems unending – day after day – the ground is so soggy it’s almost impossible to mow the grass. The rivers are still high and full even after the trees have leafed out (which usually results in a drawdown of the water levels) but the good news is – the trout in our rivers and streams are doing very well with all the extra water and resulting food being washed in, and are having a great growth spurt.


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