Hook, Line and Sinker: July 9, 2008

Dave Budin of Del Sports in Margaretville said it was a great weekend, capped off by the wonderful fireworks display at the Margaretville Fire Department’s annual Field Days. Del Sports was also very busy on Independence Day, with standing room only in the store.
Fishing in the East Branch Delaware and its tributaries continues to be productive right at the end of the day, from about 8:30 until 9 p.m. Most flies that are seen at that time are lighter colored, such as Sulphurs and a few Light Cahills. Successful fly-fishers have been using Sulphurs and Sulphur Parachutes (which are easier to see in the dark) as well as that old favorite caddis imitation, the East Branch Special and even a Royal Wulff. The best places to find rising fish are near shaded, undercut banks, with a bit more coolness and oxygen. Don’t forget to try a few terrestrial imitations especially under trees and logs – beetles, ants, hoppers and inchworms are popular flies to use in midsummer.
Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported that the weekend was very busy. Bob Kergis of Staten Island brought in a trout that weighed nine-and-one-half pounds and measured just 25 inches in length. Bob’s wife lost four fish, some really large ones. After losing the fourth big one, she deduced what the problem was – she uses lotion on her hands, and when she would tie the hook on her line, some of the lotion must have gotten on the knot when she tightened it up every time. When a big fish took, the pressure exerted on that slippery knot made it come undone! I’ll bet that she will be sure NOT to use hand lotion the next time she fishes Pepacton!
The Kergises were fishing early in the morning, which tends to be the best time of day to fish the reservoir, from about 6 till 8 or 9 a.m. Most fish are being caught in from 20 to 30 feet of water.
Steve Haenel of Delhi, the sage of the Pepacton, was successful while fishing sawbellies to bag a beauty of a brown that weighed 10 pounds, five ounces.
Young Miss Savannah Tillans of Downsville was fishing with her boyfriend, David Reed, when she caught her very first trout. It weighed four pounds, six and one half ounces.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sport Store in Downsville reported that fishing in the reservoir the past week has been good, with some nice entries in July’s Pepacton Trout Derby, sponsored by his store.
Currently in first place is Joe Lacomis of Pennsylvania with a nice 13-pound, nine-ounce brown that measured 29 inches in length.
Holding second place is Al Lutkins from New Jersey with his 12-pound, six-ounce trout that measured just 28 inches, a fine fat fish.
And in third place so far is John Rutkowsk of New Jersey, with an 11-pound, eight-ouncer that measured 28 inches in length. All three entries were caught on sawbellies, at a depth of from 18 – 30 feet.
A few other successful trout fishers include Steve Olienski, “Stevie-O,” from Pine Hill, who caught a ten-pounder, and Keith Grimm, from New Jersey, with an 11-pound, 13-ounce brown trout. Jerry Usher, from Pennsylvania, brought in a 12-pounder. Al remarked that the trout are all fat this year!