Hook, Line and Sinker: April 25, 2012

The rain we received over the weekend added some much-needed volume to area rivers and streams. The USGS website shows that on Tuesday morning, April 24, the East Branch of the Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing at 1,720 cubic feet per second. This is above the average flow on this date of 1,400 cfs. The highest flow recorded on April 24 of 6,730 cfs occurred in the year 1972. The lowest recorded flow was 429 cubic feet per second in 1926.

Hatches continue to be good, with some Hendricksons still being seen, as well as Shad Flies (which are caddis flies with the green egg sacs that are so visible on your windshield when driving along the river.)

Reports are in that the Esopus received four inches of much-needed rain over the weekend, and was stocked with about 10,000 brown trout on Monday, including some 2,000 larger two-year olds.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that once the rain came this weekend he didn’t see many fish coming out of Pepacton Reservoir. Reports were that locally we’ve gotten about two inches of rain over the two-day period. However, Charlie Mills of Downsville was out trolling sawbellies on Friday and said that he “couldn’t keep the rod in the water,” but then on Saturday and Sunday he had “hardly a bump.”

Friday’s fishing saw the trout scattered “all over” and he brought two nice brown trout into the store; the first weighed nine pounds, three ounces; the second weighed eight pounds, six ounces. Al mentioned that he’s been carrying sawbellies in his store for the past two weeks; they’ve been in early this year.

Shore fishing is still pretty good, with Pepacton anglers being successful casting bait and lures from shore.

I received a call from Tom Phillips of Fleischmanns who informed me that he and his wife, Cheryl Myers have opened up a new establishment on Route 28, near Brookside Veterinary, called Pepacton Bait & Tackle and Second-Hand store. Once the sawbellies come in later this week, the store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tom caught a three-pound brown trout on Sunday afternoon using an Orange Mepps Cyclops. And while fishing with his 14-yr-old son, TJ, caught and released quite a few smallmouth bass using “really slow retrieves” including a five-to-six-pound smallmouth caught (and released) by TJ on a white spinner bait.

And up on the Tremperskill, Candy Chin, who with her husband Eddie operates the Tremperskill Country Store, reported good fishing by their customer Rob Anderson. Rob was in to buy bait at 7 a.m. and returned at 11 a.m. with two three-and-one-half-pound brown caught on sawbellies.
And while fishing in the reservoir some time back, Dan Cela managed a nice 24 -inch brown that weighed six pounds, an 18-inch brown that weighed four pounds, and another brown that weighed six pounds. The Tremperskill Country Store will be open every day from 7 a.m. to at least 6 p.m.