Hook, Line and Sinker: June 30, 2010

I recently bought a pair of Ono’s polarized sunglasses with built-in readers. For the past two years I’ve needed magnifiers in order to tie on a fly or change a tippet, and the last pair I had were so uncomfortable and heavy that they kept pulling the brim of my hat further down over my eyes. I switched to using a pair of magnifying glasses around my neck, but on a sunny day with lots of glare, had to switch from sunglasses to magnifying glasses and – well, you get the picture. I learned about this new product, the first of its kind of bifocal polarized sunglasses, and I was anxious to try them out.
A few weeks ago my club had a “two bug” contest for the very first time (patterned on the One Fly contest, but over the course of two days we decided to give an extra fly for the duration). I had about four and-a-half hours to fish on the second morning (I’d missed the first day) and in the interest of time, I thought it would be the perfect venue to try out my new polarized magnifiers. It took just a little while to get used to bifocals, but once the fishing picked up, I was delighted to have them. We were measuring ‘inches of fish caught’ for part of the contest and I figured I could use all the extra time I could find – and the magnifiers were perfect. I was able to unhook, measure, release and continue fishing in record time. …and wound up winning the prize for most inches of fish caught that morning! I can’t promise that Ono’s polarized magnifiers will win a contest for everyone, but they are surely worth a try, for ease of use and comfort while fishing. The sunglasses are available in a number of styles and sizes (mine are the smaller size – they fit just right). Visit www.onostradingcompany.com for ordering or more information.
Dave Budin reported fishing in the Bushkill, and catching lots of young fish, fingerlings, of about three to four inches in length. These yearling fish are obviously doing well, as is the stream, to be in such good numbers – a very good sign, as they are an important indicator of the health of the stream and its fishery for the future. Dave also noted that most fish were taking small flies, size #18 and smaller – and using larger flies, such as one of his favorites, size #14 March Brown, put down some of the fish. Stream fishing remains productive; again, fishing small flies and using size 6X tippet makes the difference. Remember that when waters warm, the tailwater sections of the East and West branches of the Delaware will be much cooler, thanks to the coldwater reservoir releases.
Last call to enter the Pepacton Trout Derby, sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville. For just a $5 entry fee, reservoir fishermen have a chance to vie for great money prizes – awarded to the top three largest brown trout caught in Pepacton. The June contest ends at 6 p.m. on June 30.
Reservoir fishermen are catching large numbers of trout but not many fish have gone over five pounds. Most fish are reported to be at 25 or 30 feet, with some a little deeper. A nice 11-pound, 11-ounce brown was taken last week by Steve Sugarman of Shinhopple who was fishing with a medium-sized shiner.