Hook, Line and Sinker: May 14, 2008

May is such a special month – it brings the softest greens of early leaves and grass, the fragrant blooms of the fruit trees and showy flower blossoms, the warmth of the sun. May is also a month much-anticipated by turkey hunters and trout fishers – what great pleasure to be able to hunt in early morning and hear the songbirds awakening, then after work to finish off the day on your favorite stream or body of water with the prospect of colorful, lively trout!

We enjoyed several successful days of stream fishing, as there were numbers of caddises hatching, along with some Hendricksons and Light Cahills. In addition, flying ants were noted on the East Branch of the Delaware, along with Red Quills. By the weekend, however, things seemed to slow down a bit as there was a noticeable ‘fuzz’ from the tree blossoms on the water which always have a tendency to put down the fish.

Dave Budin of Del Sports in Margaretville said that the river fishing has been a little slow the past few days. Not many hatches near Margaretville were observed, but further upriver in the vicinity of Halcottsville and near the Batavia Kill area there were numbers of caddis flies hatching; A #14 East Branch Special, fished below the surface, along with a Pheasant Tail nymph seemed to do the trick.

Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store in Andes reported that he saw lots of husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and children out fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir to celebrate Mother’s Day. A nice trout was brought in by 14-year-old Tim Reiche of Arkville. Tim was out fishing all night with his father and managed to catch a 24-inch brown that weighed six pounds, five ounces. The big fish moves Tim into third place currently in the May Pool at the Tremperskill Store.

Trout are reportedly down between 20 and 22 feet of water. 

Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville had lots of fish to report, beginning with Dan Smith’s nine-and-one-half pound brown he caught on a Sutton Flutter Spoon that measured 26 inches. Dan hails form Walton.

A really nice 10-pound brown trout was taken that measured 27 inches in length with a big hooked jaw, and is now headed to the taxidermist. Bill Flood, from Binghamton, took the prize while drifting a sawbelly at about 25 feet.

Bill Wojnicz from Pennsylvania caught the largest trout of the week – it tipped the scales at 11 pounds, two ounces and measured 29 inches long. Bill caught his fish while drifting a sawbelly.

Brothers John and Charlie Mills of Downsville had a successful fishing trip while trolling sawbellies behind a Christmas Tree rig. They returned home with two nice browns weighing seven pounds and seven-and-one-half pounds.