Hook, Line & Sinker: May 28, 2014
This past weekend was a great kick-off to those precious days of summer – after Saturday’s showery (but warm) start, Sunday and Labor Day Monday’s weather was hard to beat! With temperatures in the 70s to 80 degrees, it looks as though we’ve finally shaken off the winter cold.
The trout fishing has picked up, with great fly hatches over the past two weeks, and our rivers and streams are still nicely full from the recent rains. Most of the great Hendrickson hatch has finished; however, there still may be some residual Hendrickson spinners about.
A terrific Shad Fly hatch followed the Hendricksons, all during the day and into evening. The Shad Fly is actually a caddis fly, and has a fluttery moth-like appearance. They are very prolific, and are so named for their appearance, that coincides with the date when the American Shad migrate up the Delaware River to spawn.
And the March Browns have begun to emerge this past week. March Browns are large mayflies, about size #10 and #12 and are providing good fishing in the afternoons.
Good flies to use include the Hendrickson nymph, the Shad Fly, the March Brown, Blue-Winged Olives in sizes #14 and #16, the Adams in sizes #12, #14, #16 as well as the Elk Hair Caddis in sizes # 12 and #14.
Tools of the trade
A nine-foot, 5X leader is commonly used this time of year. The leader is tapered, with the ‘tip’ of the leader sized - 4X, 5X, 6X, etc. The 5X tippet is most appropriate for flies in sizes #14 and #16 and possibly #18. With a smaller hook size (size #18, #20 etc.) use a finer leader. A larger hook size – such as size #12, #10 such as when fishing a March Brown requires a heavier leader, as 4X.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that Pepacton Reservoir anglers are catching numbers of trout that are mostly in the five pound, 17- to 18-inch size range.
Last Monday, Charlie Waxmonsky, from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was trolling with a Christmas Tree rig and sawbelly in the afternoon. He said that the trout were ‘hitting pretty good’ and he caught a huge brown trout that tipped the scales at 10 pounds, one ounce, and measured 27 inches in length!
Tim Quinn from downstate was fishing in his boat with no success. He decided to try his luck from shore, and while casting a Krocodlie lure, managed a nice seven-pound, 12-ounce brown trout.
Bill McDonough, who is visiting up from Virginia, was fishing with sawbellies and had good success, taking a five-pound, seven-ounce rainbow, along with a five-pound, three-ounce brown.
Andy Sliziewicz of New Jersey was fishing with bait near the dam and bagged a nice seven-pound, seven-ounce brown and Mike Kveragas of Pennsylvania was also fishing with sawbellies when he caught his seven pound, three ouncer.
Trout are being found some days in 10 to 12 feet of water; on other day, in 25 to 30 feet; some are still being caught near shore. Two fishing buddies staying in the Downsville Motel took their canoe out and reported that they caught “the biggest bass they’ve ever caught in their lives” while fishing close to shore. While casting, they would let their lure hit the rocks, and as soon as the lure popped off the rocks, the bass would hit.