Hook, Line and Sinker: August 7, 2013

The results are in from the July Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville. Three cash prizes were awarded for the largest trout entered in the contest, and the happy winners are as follows:

First prize went to Joe McGuire of Verplanck for his big brown trout that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Joe was fishing with sawbellies when he caught his prize, which measured 29 and-a-quarter inches.

Henry Straub from Chester managed to land in second place for his nice eight-pound, eight-ounce brown. Henry was also fishing sawbellies when he bagged his fish, which measured 26 and-a-half inches and bested the third place winner by just half an inch.

Third prize was taken by Grant McAdams of Roscoe for his eight-pound, eight-ounce brown. Prizes are awarded for length as well as weight and the second- and third-place winners were separated by only one-half inch. Grant’s fish measured 26 inches even. Grant was also drifting sawbellies when he caught his prize-winning fish.

Chuck O’Leary wound up having a great day fishing last Friday afternoon, after a slow start. He was fishing with Sonny Somelofski and not doing well, when Sonny suggested Chuck use his ultra-light rod that he’d fitted out with six-pound test monofilament. Chuck threw out a Krocodile lure and managed to catch a huge brown trout. After the excitement landing the fish and getting it under control in the boat, the pair returned and was happy to find that when they brought the fish in to be weighed, it tipped the scales at 10 pounds, one ounce and measured 29 inches.
Chris Secko from New Jersey was drifting sawbellies and managed a nice trout that weighed seven pounds, nine ounces.

Fishing has been productive in the afternoons, especially from 2 to 6 p.m. Stevie-O from Highmount has been fishing during this time of day with his nephew and brought in a couple of trout that weighed six pounds and five pounds respectively. And John Bock from Roscoe reports using flatfish with some success.

River fishing has been good heading into the month of August. The cooler night temperatures have improved the fishing, lowering water temperatures to a more favorable range. Typically this is the time of year for Trichos to hatch. Look for these small flies in the mornings. During the day, various sizes of caddis flies and small Blue-Winged Olives may be about, with Isonychias appearing later in the afternoons. Summer flies are lighter in color. Sulphurs and Light Cahills should prove productive toward evening.

Mid summer is also a favorite time of year to use terrestrials; ants, beetles, hoppers, and inchworms, especially below overhanging trees or logs along a stream.
The East and West branches of the Delaware have continued to provide favorable fishing conditions with consistent hatches of Sulphurs in the afternoons.