Hook, Line and Sinker: August 26, 2009

With a week of hot summer weather under our belts, fishing has held up well, due to the rains that have kept area rivers and streams and reservoirs filled. Trout fishers are finding good numbers of hungry trout, and smallmouth bass have been hitting “really well.” Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported bass anglers have had success using jointed Rapalas.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir has been better than normal for the month of August. Although fishermen are not catching any huge trout of note, they are filling their creels and releasing numbers of trout in the five- to seven-pound range. Most successful fishermen are finding the trout down at about 40 to 45 feet, and even catching a few on the surface once in a while. Successful anglers of late included one young lady who landed a three-pound channel cat and a New Jersey angler, Helmut Remmele, who was doing well while fishing with sawbellies around 40 feet and was getting quite a few browns around 5-7-pounds.
Larry Kennedy, also from New Jersey, did well catching a number of browns on sawbellies, as did fellow New Jersey fisherman John Rutkowski, who caught 10 fish one morning.
Andy Slieziwicz and his brother, visiting from New Jersey, reported that while the trout they caught by the dam were smaller fish, they had better luck catching bigger browns near the tunnel intake.
Al mentioned that the trollers haven’t been doing as well, since the trout have been out in 100 feet of water, further out from shore, and it’s “hard to get down to 40 feet” under those conditions.
River fishing has been excellent in August. One guide reported fishing the East Branch between Corbett and Shinhopple last evening and landing eight fish. There are reports of lots of little Sulphurs and size #12 Isonychias hatching now, and fish rising on parts of the East Branch during the day.
The constant spate of rain and high water means no thermal stress for the trout – a welcome relief from years past when trout fishing in August was just a mere memory. A friend was fishing the lower Beaverkill in Delaware County below Cooks Falls one night last week and landed a beautiful 18-inch brown. The evenings have seen hatches of Sulphurs, some Isonychias, and small Blue Winged Olives as well as various sizes of Caddis flies.
Dave Budin of Del Sports, Inc. in Margaretville has had reports of good fishing in the Esopus Creek with good numbers of trout reported and the great Isonychia hatch in full swing. Most fly-fishers coming into Dave’s shop are picking up size #12 Isonychias as well as Leadwing Coachman wet flies in sizes #12 and larger. Dave reminds us that when you see nymph casings or shucks from “the swimming nymphs” on the rocks and in the backwater sections, it’s a good time to use the Leadwing Coachman or the Isonychia fly.
River fishing has been good in the evenings, with trout taking “most any fly,” even the attractor Royal Wulff. With water levels as they are, we can expect good stream fishing to hold up at least through the end of the month.