Hook, Line & Sinker: April 30, 2014

Last Saturday’s benefit auction of the fly-fishing and outdoors collection of Cheryl Stelter was a great success; scores of outdoors enthusiasts turned out to bid on many wonderful items, and to support the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville for which the auction was held.
For those who may have missed the event, there will be more items sold this Saturday, including two nice prints and the original Forest and Stream article from 1906 about the Beaverkill written by Theodore Gordon, plus Cheryl’s pearl inlaid pool cue, sets of golf clubs and cross- country skis. The auction will be conducted by McIntosh Auction Service, held at the Market on State Highway 28/State Route 30 at the corner of Fair Street at the edge of the Village of Margaretville.

Still chilly!
It’s hard to believe we are entering the last days of April, as we are experiencing below-freezing temperatures in the mornings, and despite the abundant sunshine, it still feels pretty chilly outside!
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reports that despite the weather, the fishing on the Pepacton this past weekend was good. A couple of fishermen out in their boat on Saturday noticed that every time the wind started chopping the water and it began to drizzle, the trout hit; but when the sun came out the action stopped and as soon as the clouds came back with the wind, they started hitting again.
Most successful fishermen found the trout just off the shoreline. Fishing from out in their boat, one fishing duo managed a six-pound and a four-pound trout respectively. The fish ‘hit well but we had to fish the shoreline. The fish are hugging the shore right on the bottom, and they’re biting really good on spoons!”
On Friday Jack Macdowalt from Hancock was out on the reservoir in the morning and caught several fish. He said that the fishing was so good he hated to have to go to work that day. He obviously decided in favor of fishing and against work, as he returned to Al’s with a beautiful nine-pounder that he’d caught while fishing with Kastmasters!

Reeling them in
Al said that reservoir anglers are doing well at about 20 feet, jigging on the bottom and casting close to shore. He noted that yesterday “a little kid got a four-pounder while casting into a little feeder stream.”
Dave Budin of Del Sports in Margaretville agreed with Al on the weather forecast, saying that the cold temperatures seem to have put a damper on the numbers of fishermen and especially fly-fishermen who usually frequent our rivers and streams. However all our area rivers and streams have now been stocked and a few regulars were seen fishing through the village over the weekend.
On a trip downriver below Roscoe Monday afternoon I noticed a good number of caddis flies in the air and the air temperature had risen to 63 degrees. It shouldn’t be too long before the good hatches begin!