Hook, Line & Sinker: June 4, 2014

Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.
We experienced another wonderful spring weekend in the Catskills last Saturday and Sunday. Our mornings are still quite chilly, hovering around the low 40s, but with air temperatures reaching into the upper 70s to 80s in the afternoon and sunny conditions, it bodes well for water temperatures to warm slowly. At the end of last week we fished the Beaverkill in the evening, the water was 57 degrees. We found sporadic rises and some flies but not really a major hatch, and managed to have great fishing using an Adams in sizes #12 and #14.
March Browns have been consistent in the afternoons, beginning about 2:00 p.m., and over the weekend were mixed with the smaller but similar Gray Foxes, various caddis flies and small Blue-Winged Olives. It’s time for the Green Drakes to make their appearance, but as of this writing (Monday morning) we have not yet seen these much-anticipated flies.

Not a bad weekend
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the fishing in Pepacton Reservoir continues to be productive and it was a pretty good weekend. The prime time for reservoir catching has been in the afternoons toward evening. Not many large fish have been taken but good numbers of fish were satisfying reservoir anglers.
One Pepacton regular noticed that the trout “seem to be wanting warmer water. A lot of the fish have been right on the top, usually hanging out on the surface. The bait was on the surface over the weekend when the water warmed up from 59 degrees to 61 degrees. A Pennsylvanian fisherman managed to catch a nice six-pound, six-ounce brown fishing with a rod rigged up with a Christmas tree rig. His friend, Joann Tyburski, was casting a Glow-In-The-Dark Stinger as far as she could get from the boat, and noticed that the trout were coming up and hitting the lure, actually thrashing it with their tail at times, over and over again while they were rowing.
Phil Golembiowski, also from Pennsylvania, was fishing sawbellies over the weekend and bagged a nice six-pound, 12-ounce brown.
And Justin Cirigliano of Bainbridge managed to catch a six-and-one-quarter pound brown on bait. Justin was trolling with a minnow rig that had a diving walleye spinner just behind it.
The rains that were promised late last week seem to have eluded us, and water levels are down. On the East Branch of the Delaware, fly-fishers have seen some March Browns and Gray Foxes and have had luck using those flies.