Hook, Line & Sinker: April 16, 2014

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 26. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., there will be an auction of a fine consignment of fly-fishing and related items from the estate of Cheryl Stelter to benefit Margaretville’s Fairview Public Library. The auction will be conducted by McIntosh Auction Service, held at the Market on State Highway 28 at the corner of Fair Street at the edge of the Village of Margaretville. Preview is one hour before the auction. Absentee and phone bids are welcome.
Cheryl was an avid fly-fisher, gardener, and lover of the out-of-doors, known to many in the area. She was a family services worker for the Delaware Opportunities Head Start program, serving Arkville, Hobart and Grand Gorge centers for more than 10 years.

On the block
Included in the items to be auctioned are many Orvis, Loomis and LL Bean rods and reels; flies, vests, waders and tackle; decoys, artwork and books (including “A River Runs Through It” book and CD; shad darts, carved and painted decoy lures, old early wooden plugs; wall hangings, fish-related gifts and many other miscellaneous fishing-related items. In addition, there are hunting boots/jackets and powder measure and de-primer for shotgun shells; guitars; Spalding, Wilson and Stan Thompson golf clubs and equipment; cameras and miscellaneous items. For more information, please call 607 832-4829, 607 832-4241, or the Market phone 586-1088.
After a spate of beautifully warm and sunny spring-like weather over the weekend, more fishermen were out and having some success. However, Tuesday’s storms have reminded us that we are still not out of reach of chilly weather!
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that over the weekend the trout fishing in Pepacton Reservoir was fairly busy. A patron traveling down from Margaretville reported that the reservoir was ice-free as far as he could see; hopefully the NYC DEP will open the reservoir to boating by this weekend.
Most successful anglers this week have been catching their fish on Krocodile and Kastmaster lures although a few were reporting good success with small shiners. One reservoir fisherman mentioned that the trout are gorging themselves on very small, one-to-two inch shiners. Fishing has been most productive in the afternoons after the sun had warmed the water. Waters temps were still just 41 degrees over the weekend.

Krocodile rocks
Jack MacDowalt from Hancock managed a couple of nice trout while fishing a Krocodile from shore – two brown trout weighing four and one-half and a three and three-quarter pounds.
Jeremy Mousseau from Downsville had a nice five-pound, two-ounce brown that took his Kastmaster while Sam Borgna from Pennsylvania also caught a five-pound, two-ouncer using a Krocodile.
Dewey Ribustello of Downsville was fishing with a shiner when he reeled in a nice four-pound brown that measured 20 inches.
And Downsville native Don Finkle caught two beauties out of Big Pond – his brown trout measured 23 and 24 inches in length.