Hook, Line & Sinker: July 8, 2009

by Judy Van Put
No doubt that the July 4th weekend was the absolute best so far this summer as far as weather is concerned. Finally, two days of glorious sun, blue skies and warm breezes! Families were able to set up and picnic out-of-doors without the fear of rain to dampen their spirits. We celebrated the Fourth on both weekend nights and spent a perfect Sunday evening with friends along the small stream that runs below their horse pasture, cooking hot dogs over an open fire, racing homemade stick-and-moss boats downstream and then finishing off the evening with S’mores!
Trout fishers were out as well, and the fishing over the past week was good. Some Isonychias are still around, along with Light Cahills and Sulphurs in the afternoons and evenings. Although there were not many flies apparent on the water, we managed to catch a number of trout one night last week as we raised them to our flies (Elk Hair Caddis in size #14 seemed to work especially well.)
Dave Budin of Del Sports in Margaretville agreed that on the Upper East Branch and tributaries, Light Cahills and Sulphurs are the flies that have been selling well in his shop. And down on the Esopus the fishing was very productive with favorite flies being size #16 Blue-Winged Olives and Isonychias. Our rivers and streams are full, and we should move further into July this year with a favorable fishing report.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the winner of his Pepacton Trout Derby for the month of June was Todd Curtin of Trout Creek who brought in a beautiful brown trout that weighed 11 pounds, three ounces, and measured 29 and 3/8 inches in length. Second prize was won by Sara Fulton of New Jersey for her big fish that weighed 10 pounds, nine ounces, and measured 28 inches. Third prize was won by Dan Evangelista from downstate for his 10-pound, eight-ounce brown that measured 29 inches. All of these trout were caught on sawbellies. Interestingly, all were caught during the last week of June.
Al is sponsoring another Pepacton Trout Derby for the month of July. Entries are taken at Al’s Sports Store in Downsville for a $5 entry fee. Al says that the best fishing this week has been from Huntley Hollow to the dam.
Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store in Andes saw some beautiful fish this weekend. Sonny’s out of sawbellies but has been selling big golden shiners for bait. He told a story of convincing his customers to try the shiners saying, “That’s what we used to use years ago!” and sold some on Sunday morning to Bob Mally of Greenville at about 8 or 8:30 in the morning. He asked Bob to return to the store with any big fish he caught. In just about an hour, Bob returned with a big cooler. In it was a whopper of a brown trout, a big female that tipped the scales at 14 pounds, three ounces, and measured all of 30 inches long! Another happy customer was Jim Botz of Glen Rock, NJ who came in the store just five minutes later with a couple of trout, the largest weighing five pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 22 inches in length, all caught on golden shiners.
Ken Williams from Halcott Center won Sonny’s June Pool with a 6-pound brown caught while trolling with a Thunderstick.
These fish were caught in the upper part of the reservoir, taken from a boat in the morning between 8 and 8:30.