Hook, Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker is a (seasonal) weekly column by Judy Van Put that provides information on local fishing conditions and activities, primarily focusing on the trout fisheries of Pepacton Reservoir and nearby streams and rivers./p>

Hook, Line & Sinker: July 16, 2014

This summer certainly seems like one for the record books. Not a week goes by that there hasn’t been a rain shower, thunderstorm or tornado warning somewhere in or near the Catskill Mountains!

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Hook, Line & Sinker: July 9, 2014

This first week of July was a memorable one depending on where in the Catskills you happened to be. Some areas were deluged by thunderstorms, wind, hail and mud while others just got a healthy dose of rain to water their gardens, and keep area rivers and streams in good shape.
In reporting about the many opportunities that summer in the Catskills offer – we’ve had a number of fishing derbies in our area to report on: Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville reported on the winner of their June Trout Derby. Sponsored by Tom and Cheryl Phillips, the prize-winning fish was caught by Bill Milman, a local resident, who brought in a beautiful 10-pound, one-ounce brown trout.
NICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, DownsvilleNICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville

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Hook, Line & Sinker: June 25, 2014

These days of the mid-to-end of June have been very productive, with rivers and streams at good levels and cool evenings keeping water temperatures favorable for trout. Isonychias have been making their appearance in the afternoons, resulting in rising trout and successful fishing. In addition, good hatches of caddis flies and Blue-Winged Olives are about in the mornings and during the day. In the evenings the slate-colored Isonychias and lighter colored Sulphurs have kept fly-fishers on the stream until dark.
Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.


Hook, Line & Sinker: June 4, 2014

Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.Columnist Judy Van Put with a beautiful catch.


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.