Hook, Line and Sinker: May 28, 2008

It was great to finally have a nice weekend, weather-wise, and even better that the warm temperatures coincided with Memorial Day. Despite the fact that gasoline hit $4 per gallon, we saw numbers of anglers fishing (and catching trout) and managed a few ourselves. This is also the last full week of turkey hunting season, and it has been a productive one, judging by the numbers of photos published in local newspapers.
On Sunday afternoon, while driving a dirt road in the Town of Hardenburgh I came across a half-dozen hens admiring two tom turkeys in full display on the side of the road – which indicates that this last week of hunting should still be productive. For those who might be interested, Wrangler ProGear makes a great line of camouflage pants and shirts – I got a pair of their camo jeans in “Realtree Hardwoods Grey HD” and wore them the day I bagged a 21-pound tom (they don’t promise a 21-pounder every time you wear them, however) they are 100 percent cotton denim and are very comfortable – large, deep pockets that are not bulky, boot-cut pant legs. ProGear also offers upland pants “Realtree AP” with the same great fit and snag-proof 1000 Denier Cordura leg facings with water repellent Teflon finish. This is especially helpful when walking through old blackberry canes such as are prolific on our property.
Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville, reported that fishing in Pepacton Reservoir has picked up this weekend, possibly due to the warmer and drier weather. Howie Messler Jr. and Howie Messler III, up from New Jersey, brought in two nice brown trout that weighed eight pounds and five pounds respectively. The father and son team were fishing sawbellies at about 25 feet. Dave Bowlby and friends had good fishing over the weekend; they brought in three browns – which weighed six pounds 13 ounces; five pounds 15 ounces, and five pounds, three ounces. The group was also fishing with sawbellies. On Monday morning Dave brought in another trout that weighed six pounds.
Sonny Somelofski, of the Tremperskill Country Store, Andes, reported that fishing on the upper end of the reservoir was a bit slow. Jerry Sauer Jr., from Kingston, caught a brown trout that weighed five pounds, 11 ounces. Tim Reichie, of Arkville is still leading the May Pool with his nine-pound, two-ounce brown that measured 27 1/8 inches long.
Dave Budin, of Del-Sports, Margaretville, reported fishing the past couple of days has been very productive above Margaretville in the East Branch Delaware, for several miles up into and above the Halcottsville area.
March Browns are now hatching – these are the very large (size #10) tannish, lighter brown colored mayflies that hatch here in mid-May. They spend a relatively long time on the water’s surface exiting their nymphal shucks and then attempting to take flight – sometimes for more than 30 seconds – and give the trout a large “target” and good feeding opportunity. The West Branch near Delhi has had productive fly-fishing this past week using March Browns and the AuSable Wulff. The AuSable Wulff is similar to a March Brown but with white hair wings – making it easier to see, and more buoyant in fast water. There has been more fishing action in the middle of the day, as water temperatures are still in the low 50s; as soon as the water warms into the 60s we should see an increase in trout activity in through the evenings as well.