Hook, Line and Sinker: June 11, 2008

Just as we had hoped, the first week in June was a great one for trout fishing. The East Branch of the Delaware below the dam, the lower Beaverkill, and the Esopus all produced hatches of Green Drakes and Coffin Fly spinners. Green Drake are much-beloved by fly-fishers, as these very large, size #10 light-colored mayflies with the greenish tinge tend to bring up the biggest fish to feed off the surface; the Coffin Fly is the spinner phase of the Green Drake. In addition to these hatches, Sulphurs, Caddis and Gray Foxes were still around, along with the beginnings of the Isonychia hatch.
Dave Budin of Del-Sports, Inc., in Margaretville said the fishing has been best from about 8 to 8:30 p.m. up until dark. Dave has had good luck fishing his “East Branch Special” under the surface, with a wet fly. He reported Esopus anglers using big (size #10 and #12) Gray Fox Variants with big hackles during the Green Drake hatches and doing well.

Bring a thermometer
If we do not get some serious soaking rain, water temperatures will rise quickly; unless you’re fishing a tailwater stream, such as the lower East and West Branches of the Delaware, carry a thermometer with you and check water temperatures before fishing. Most all streams are low, due to the dry April we had, and water temperatures much above 70 degrees will put trout in distress. Fishing during early morning or late at night until dark will help, as the water is a bit cooler during those times of the day.
Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported that fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir this past week has been pretty exciting. A number of good-sized trout have been brought in to the store; most all the fish were caught early in the morning, at about 5 to 7 a.m. The water temperature on the surface has been 65 degrees, and he stated that the fish are being found anywhere from 15 to 30 feet. Trout fishers are still fishing at night. He believes that everything was put behind by about a month because of the cold, wet weather in May.
Leading the June pool at the Tremperskill Country store is Charlie McNeil from Hopewell Junction, with his seven-pound, 10-ounce brown trout that measured 26 inches long.
Rob Weaver from Andes was trolling a Flatfish when he caught a beautiful 10-pound brown trout.
Donnie Liddle Jr. and his daughter McKenzie came into the store on Saturday with two nice fish, a seven-pound, 12-ounce brown, and another that weighed four pounds, 12 ounces. And the very next day, fishing alone, Donnie bagged a beauty of a brown that weighed 12 pounds, 15 ounces while trolling. He caught the big fish at 40 feet.
Bob Cole, from Andes, was trolling when he hooked his prize, a ten-pound, 11-ounce brown.
And Mark LeBrun, who has a weekend home in Millbrook, netted a nice trout that weighed six pounds, six ounces.
Mike Cornwell, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville, said that fishing at the dam end of the reservoir has been great –with lots of fish being caught from right on the surface down to about 21 feet.
There are three people leading the Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al’s. The leaders so far include: Dan Smith, from Walton, with his 11-pound, six-ounce brown that measured just 27 inches in length. In second place is Nelson McCutcheon, from Florida, who caught an 11-pound, three-ounce trout that was 29 inches in length. In third place is Tom Perry from New Jersey with his 10-pound, 11-ounce brown, that measured 27 inches in length.