Hook, Line and Sinker: June 6, 2012

Recent rains continue to keep our area rivers and streams at higher than normal levels for this time of year. However, trout fishing continues to be productive.

The East Branch of the Delaware River was flowing at 1,260 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday. This is above the average flow on this date of 554 cfs over 57 years of record keeping. The highest flow on the East Branch during this period was 2,890 cfs in 1968; the lowest recorded flow was 220 cfs in 1977.

The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 848 cubic feet per second at about 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. This is above the average flow of 311 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on this date was 2,650 in 1928. The lowest recorded flow was 112 cfs back in 1936.

A whole spate of mayflies, caddis flies and stone flies have been hatching on our area rivers and streams; still some Green Drakes on the upper reaches, along with Isonychias making their appearance, Sulphurs and Light Cahills in the evenings and Blue Winged Olives and various caddis flies all throughout the day have kept fly fishers happy.

Candy Chin announced the winners of the May Pool sponsored by the Tremperskill Country Store. Evidently the pool was split between two fishermen; Brian Temmings of Andes and Carl Sauer of Kingston as their trout tipped the scales at the same weight, and were only separated by one-quarter inch in length. Brian’s fish measured six and three-quarter pounds and measured 26 and-one-half inches in length. Carl’s fish also weighed six and three-quarter pounds and measured 26 and-one-quarter inches in length. Both men used sawbellies they had purchased from the Tremperskill Store to catch their prizes.

The skinny on Pepacton fishing
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir over the past two weeks has been fair; however many of the trout coming in are still skinny. He’s heard that the trout are more active in the Cannonsville than in Pepacton, where not many schools of baitfish are being seen, and many of the trout are still hanging near the bottom. However, Cannonsville fishermen are reporting that the trout are now starting to rise and feed off the surface.

The Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al’s Sports Store has begun. For a $10 entry fee, you can enter your trout during the month of June with cash prizes awarded on June 30 for the three largest trout caught. Leading the derby so far this month is Joe McGuire from Verplanck whose seven-pound, 11-ounce brown measured 27-and-three-quarter inches in length. Joe used a sawbelly to catch his trout.

Other trout taken out of Pepacton include a seven and-one-quarter-pound brown trout, caught on a sawbelly by John and Karen Sapcoe of Hudson Falls; and an eight-pound, 11-ounce brown that measured all of 30 inches taken by Robin Perry, who was visiting the area. Interestingly, the sawbelly that Robin caught the fish on was the only thing in the trout’s stomach. It is no wonder that the fish was so thin. Al remarked that it is unusual to go this far into the season without seeing a 10-pound trout, the first time he can ever recall.

The water temperature in Pepacton at 26 feet deep is now around 58 degrees. On the surface it reached 72 earlier this week.