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.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville says that with the reservoir practically full, anglers fishing the lower (dam) end have been finding fish from about 35 feet down, on up to the surface. Al said that this past Saturday night’s fishing was spectacular. One group reported that they “couldn’t keep their fishing rods in the water,” and caught a beautiful brown trout that weighed all of 12 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 28 inches in length. Another party of brought in a 10 pounder, with a ‘bunch of five to six-pound browns also taken.”
Most successful dam-end fishermen are catching their fish on sawbellies, and some are also trolling Stingers and Sutton Spoons. Fishing in the Pepacton has been good in the evening, during the night and early morning, as early as 5:00 a.m. If you are near the dam, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles. They have been hanging around the spillway in great numbers lately. What a sight to see!
The East Branch of the Delaware has slowed down in its hatches this week, and the river is low. One fishing guide noticed that since the invasive species Didymo has been around, there seem to be a lot more of the tiny midges on the water; and successful trout fishers in those areas of the river have had to tippet down to 7x and use tiny flies.
Sulphurs have been hatching in the late afternoons and evenings, and on the lower Beaverkill and the main Delaware River, a few early Green Drakes have been seen! With the earliness of spring signs this year, the Green Drake, usually highly anticipated over Memorial Day and on into June, is making an early appearance. There have been Caddis flies hatching during the afternoons and Sulphurs in the evenings. Some Gray Foxes have been seen in the afternoons and evenings as well. All during the day, small Blue-Winged Olives may be seen.
Some Beaverkill anglers have reported success fishing during a March Brown and Gray Fox hatch with a Hare’s Ear nymph, fished just below the surface during those hatches. In addition, when Caddis flies are about, an Elk Hair caddis is a great imitation – and its light-colored and hollow Elk hair makes for a buoyant fly that is easily seen, especially in faster water.