2016-07-06 / Hook Line and Sinker

Hook, Line & Sinker

By Judy Van Put

As we head into the early days of July, our rivers and streams are low and warm, and we’ve been watering our gardens regularly. We’re badly in need of steady, soaking rain. A good evening’s fishing last week on the East Branch of the Delaware River produced a couple of 18-inch trout and an American Shad. However, on a return trip a few days ago, we found water temperatures were almost 76 degrees at about 6:30 p.n., and we never even strung up our rods. The warmer afternoon temperatures have put a damper on our fishing. Only the West Branch of the Delaware River has adequately cool water temperatures at this writing.

On Monday morning the Beaverkill was flowing at just 97 cubic feet per second (cfs). The average flow for this date over 102 years of record keeping is 191 cfs. The East Branch at Fishs Eddy was recorded at 250 cfs, as compared to the average flow of 428 cfs over 61 years of record keeping, with water temperatures reaching at least 75 degrees on five out of the past seven days.

In the flow

But the West Branch at Hale Eddy fared better, flowing at 560 cfs, which was above the 52-year average flow of 491 cfs on this date. Water temperatures were cool enough on this river, not having exceeded 57 degrees over the past seven days, thanks to the cold-water bottom releases from the Cannonsville Reservoir, but as can be imagined, the West Branch is accommodating great-numbers of fly fishers seeking out those favorable temperatures!

Some early morning fishing may be productive on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, in the cooler/shaded areas with a bit more flow. Flies you may see include various sizes of caddis flies along with small Blue-Winged Olives, Sulphurs and Isonychia. It’s probably best to be fishing with smaller flies during these low water conditions. Remembering to tie on a smaller tippet when doing so. We are coming into the time of year that many fly-fishers have success with terrestrials, such as ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and inchworm imitations. If the trout are not rising or feeding on the surface, try a nymph, as the fish will be feeding below the surface and won’t have to expend as much energy as they do when rising to the dry fly.

Fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir has been spotty. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sport Store in Downsville reported on his Pepacton Trout Derby for the month of June.

Currently holding first place is John Nichols of Kingston, with his nine-pound, six-ounce brown that measured just 26 and-a-quarter inches in length, one of the few fat fish to be brought in. In second place is Hank Straub of Chester with his eight-pound, 10-ounce brown. Holding on to third place is Justin Verplanc of Verlaan with his eight-pound, seven-ounce brown.

Art Perry of Kingston caught a 29 incher that was pretty skinny, measuring just eight pounds. Art’s brother had gone out on Sunday fishing with his brothers and they all caught trout between seven and eight pounds, but one was ‘a fat one’ that tipped the scales at seven pounds, three ounces, and measured just 22 inches in length.

Good night’s fishing

Danielle Audick of Walton enjoyed a good night’s fishing. She managed a nice seven and one-quarter-pound brown that measured 27 inches. And while fishing one day last week, Danielle also caught one of the first bass to be brought in (as bass season just opened on Saturday, June 18) that measured 17 inches.

Fishing has been productive in the afternoons for Tom D’Olivo. Fishing with his father, Tom said the fish hit well from 3 to 6:30 in the afternoon. The D’Olivos brought in a seven pound, three-ounce brown that was 26 inches.

Most of the trout that have been brought in were caught on sawbellies. Not too many reservoir fishermen have done much trolling. One of the few who had good luck fishing with lures is Bob Michalov, who bought in a six and-one-quarter pounder this morning, and another six- to-seven pounder last Monday morning. Reports are that the fish are about 32 to 39 feet down, and are found at about 25 to 30 feet at the dam.

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