Hook, Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker is a (seasonal) weekly column by Judy Van Put that provides information on local fishing conditions and activities, primarily focusing on the trout fisheries of Pepacton Reservoir and nearby streams and rivers./p>

Hook, Line & Sinker: May 28, 2014

This past weekend was a great kick-off to those precious days of summer – after Saturday’s showery (but warm) start, Sunday and Labor Day Monday’s weather was hard to beat! With temperatures in the 70s to 80 degrees, it looks as though we’ve finally shaken off the winter cold.
The trout fishing has picked up, with great fly hatches over the past two weeks, and our rivers and streams are still nicely full from the recent rains. Most of the great Hendrickson hatch has finished; however, there still may be some residual Hendrickson spinners about.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May, 14, 2014

We just experienced the best weekend of the year so far – with temperatures finally reaching well into the 70s, plenty of sunshine and not too much wind. There was a terrific hatch of Hendricksons Saturday on the Beaverkill, so heavy that the windshield was plastered with the flies and their distinguishing yellow egg sacs. It’s interesting to make note of nature signs that coincide with each other – generally when the forsythia bush on the west side of our house is blooming, we can count on the Hendricksons to hatch.


Hook, Line & Sinker: May 7, 2014

Area rivers and streams are at good, fishable levels heading into the weekend, Both the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls and the East Branch of the Delaware River are just above the average flow over 159 years of recordkeeping, respectively. However, air and water temperatures are still stubbornly cool with windy conditions, and we’ve just barely gotten into 50-degree water temperatures on the East Branch. Fifty degrees F is that ‘magic number’ that dry fly-fishers anticipate in spring; as once water temperatures warm into the 50s, consistent fly hatches begin.


Hook, Line & Sinker: April 30, 2014

Last Saturday’s benefit auction of the fly-fishing and outdoors collection of Cheryl Stelter was a great success; scores of outdoors enthusiasts turned out to bid on many wonderful items, and to support the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville for which the auction was held.


Hook, Line & Sinker: April 23, 2014

Easter weekend brought beautiful sunny weather to the Catskills. Streams and rivers are still high and cold, due to continuing snow runoff from the higher elevations. However, the reservoirs are now open to boat fishing, as the ice has finally melted.
Candy Cho of the Tremperskill Country Store in Andes was happy to report on the fishing success of some of her customers. On opening day of the trout season, Alex Wilson of Delh caught two nice trout that measured 15 inches and 13 inches while fishing the West Branch of the Delaware in his town.