Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 18, 2011

There’s no dispute that the spring of 2011 has been cool and wet with rain or showers almost every day. Water temperatures have remained cool as well, and mayfly activity has been behind schedule and fairly slow when hatches do occur. Although these conditions aren’t the best for trout fishers, the trout themselves will benefit and we should see good trout growth this year as a result.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 11, 2011

Mother’s Day weekend turned out to be the best fishing weekend yet, and trout fishers rejoiced at a couple of days without rain, mostly sunny skies and air temperatures in the 60s. There were lots of fishermen around, because of the good weather and also due to the fact that the reservoir, which had been spilling until Saturday (and was three feet higher than normal) has now dropped about two feet – making the East Branch of the Delaware wadeable again.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 3, 2011

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that fishing in Pepacton Reservoir has still been slow and that the trout are ‘scattered all over’ as can be attested to by the father and son team of Tim McAleese Sr. and Jr. They took two brown trout, one weighed six-and-one-half pounds, the other a four-pounder. One was caught on the surface, the other at 40 feet. Two Binghamton fishermen, Dick and Dave Langstaff also caught a couple of trout while fishing from shore. Both parties used sawbellies to catch their fish.


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 20, 2011

The ice is finally off the Pepacton and boats are now allowed on the reservoir as of last Tuesday. Fishing is slow, as it’s been cold and rainy. However, a few good catches this past week are worth mentioning, courtesy of Al Carpenter, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville.


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 6, 2011

The trout season got off to a frosty start Friday. A combination of cold temperatures and rain mixed with snow, which really isn’t that unusual for April 1, made for tough fishing conditions. Surprisingly, after the winter that seems to never end, and snowpack still evident on the north slopes of the mountains, river levels are fairly low for this time of year (probably due to the cold temperatures that are still hanging on) and provided easier wading conditions than on opening days in years past.


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 30, 2011

Opening Day Outlook


Hook, Line and Sinker: Jan. 19, 2011

It’s mid-January, a time when many folks are stoking up their wood stoves, and counting down the days until spring. But for others, it’s a time that is much-anticipated, no matter what the weather – it’s time for ice fishing!


Hook, Line and Sinker: Dec. 8, 2010

’Tis the Season!
Last Sunday morning as I was putting out hay for the horses, I heard a far-off sound that gave me pause – a haunting sound that slowly increased in magnitude and caused my pulse to quicken as well. It stopped me in my tracks and carried me back, momentarily, to the days of my childhood as


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 6 2010

I’m feeling very lucky
The other day, I was rummaging through my old e-mail records looking for some information. I found what I was searching for, but I also stumbled across a lot of stuff I wasn’t seeking. Too bad I found it.


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.


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