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 and Sinker: June 15, 2011

It seems like there have been an excessive number of cloudy days this spring with showers that seem to never end. My husband and I had planned a fishing outing for Friday evening; however it clouded up that afternoon and produced heavy rains and thunderstorms, so we decided to wait a day.

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 8, 2011

With rivers and streams receding to their normal levels and a huge assortment of flies on the table trout fishing has been great this past week. We’ve seen various caddis flies, Blue-Winged Olives, March Browns, Gray Foxes and Isonychias and there are reports of Green Drakes about.

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 1, 2011

Memorial Day weekend turned out to be what we had hoped for – warm and sunny, with no rain to speak of except for during the night. Local parades and barbecues went off well, trout fishers were able to get out on the reservoir as well as on their favorite rivers and streams without having to scurry for cover.

Dave Budin of Del Sports, Inc. in Margaretville reported that the East Branch Delaware River above the reservoir is up, high and clear. The river has been well stocked and with so much water, the trout will have good food and growth this summer.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 25, 2011

The rain seems unending – day after day – the ground is so soggy it’s almost impossible to mow the grass. The rivers are still high and full even after the trees have leafed out (which usually results in a drawdown of the water levels) but the good news is – the trout in our rivers and streams are doing very well with all the extra water and resulting food being washed in, and are having a great growth spurt.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 18, 2011

There’s no dispute that the spring of 2011 has been cool and wet with rain or showers almost every day. Water temperatures have remained cool as well, and mayfly activity has been behind schedule and fairly slow when hatches do occur. Although these conditions aren’t the best for trout fishers, the trout themselves will benefit and we should see good trout growth this year as a result.