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 and Sinker: July 2, 2008

The first official week of summer has come and gone and it left wonderful memories, not only for the great fishing over the past week or so, but also for our family with the marriage of our son Lee to his beautiful bride, Natasha. The wedding took place on the grounds of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center on June 21. It was a perfect evening, the longest of the year, and was a great way to celebrate!

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 11, 2008

Just as we had hoped, the first week in June was a great one for trout fishing. The East Branch of the Delaware below the dam, the lower Beaverkill, and the Esopus all produced hatches of Green Drakes and Coffin Fly spinners. Green Drake are much-beloved by fly-fishers, as these very large, size #10 light-colored mayflies with the greenish tinge tend to bring up the biggest fish to feed off the surface; the Coffin Fly is the spinner phase of the Green Drake. In addition to these hatches, Sulphurs, Caddis and Gray Foxes were still around, along with the beginnings of the Isonychia hatch.

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 4, 2008

Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir is starting to pick up again after the last cold front moved through. He said that most of the fish are scattered between 15 and 30 feet deep. He also said a lot of fish are “hanging in about 100 feet of water.”
Al Booth from Pennsylvania brought in a nice brown trout that weighed eight pounds, four ounces. The fish measured 25 inches in length. Al was fishing sawbellies when he caught his fish.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 28, 2008

It was great to finally have a nice weekend, weather-wise, and even better that the warm temperatures coincided with Memorial Day. Despite the fact that gasoline hit $4 per gallon, we saw numbers of anglers fishing (and catching trout) and managed a few ourselves. This is also the last full week of turkey hunting season, and it has been a productive one, judging by the numbers of photos published in local newspapers.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 21, 2008

Weather conditions here in the Catskills this past week just confirmed what everyone who lives here has known all along – “typical spring weather” and “Catskill weather conditions” are two very different topics. We’ve experienced a range from warm sunny temperatures well into the 70s last Wednesday back down to 33 degrees and SNOW showers on Monday morning! And along with the cold front that blew in with windy, rainy and chilly conditions all weekend, came a lull in the trout fishing.