Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

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.


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.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 19, 2010

Area rivers and streams are a bit low for this time of year, but have been fishing well. According to the United States Geological Survey website, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). The average flow on this date is 519 cfs.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 12, 2010

The first weekend of May had many local residents shaking their heads in disbelief, especially those of us who awoke on Saturday morning with the wood stove still relieving the chilly temperatures of the night before, and then feeling a midsummer-like wave of heat the very next morning and watching the thermometer reach 90 degrees before noon!


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 28, 2010

Fishing conditions these past two weeks have been more like mid-May than mid-April. The trees and flowers have also followed suit. We’ve seen several flowering cherry trees along Route 17 on our way to Binghamton. Also out are the tiny but perky Coltsfoot, whose cheery yellow flowers are open around the same time that the Hendricksons hatch.


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