2016-08-03 / Hook Line and Sinker

Hook, Line & Sinker

By Judy Van Put

The rain we experienced over the weekend and at the beginning of the week have added some much-needed water to our rivers and streams, in addition to providing a good soaking to water the gardens.

On Tuesday morning, the East Branch of the Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was recorded as flowing at 457 cubic feet per second (cfs). This is above the average flow of 382 cfs over 61 years of record keeping. The Beaverkill was recorded as flowing at 230 cfs. This was above the average flow of 138 cfs over 103 years of record keeping.

Cooler evening temperatures, coupled with the rain showers, resulted in some good fishing on the Beaverkill over the weekend. Flies were hatching and trout were rising on Saturday morning. Small Blue-winged Olives and caddis flies can be seen; watch for the Trichos in the mornings as they are typically around in the month August and look for Sulphurs later on in the day. Terrestrials continue to be productive, especially under overhanging tree branches and logs along the stream bank.

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported on the winners of his July Trout Derby on Pepacton Reservoir.

Prize winners

First prize was awarded to young Ella Ackerman (see photo on page 1A) from New Jersey who, while fishing with her grandpa (John Rutkowski) managed to reel in a beauty of a brown that tipped the scales at 12 pounds, 15 ounces! The big fish measured 28 and three-quarters inches. Ackerman was fishing with a sawbelly when she caught her prize-winning fish.

Second prize was won by Vinny Perry of Kingston with his 10-pound, 10-ounce brown that measured 29 and-a-quarter inches. Vinny was fishing with bait and was sure happy he’d entered the contest, as he caught his prizewinner on the last day of the contest, July 31.

Third prize was taken by Dan Smith of Walton for his big brown trout that weighed nine pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 28 and-a-half inches. Dan was trolling with a Michigan Stinger when he caught his prize.

Al mentioned that although this past weekend was a bit slow, due to the weather, he is starting to see some nice fat fish. “They’re starting to fatten up” he said and added that, “fishermen are finding the trout down about 35 feet.” The water temperature had dropped to about 58 degrees at the 35-foot depth.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is sponsoring a Family Fishing Day at the Pepacton Reservoir from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experts from DEP, and co-sponsor DEC, will teach children how to fish. Bait and fishing rods will be provided, but please bring your own rod if you have one. The location will be at the BWS Road 4 just off Route 30 north of the Shavertown Bridge over the Pepacton Reservoir.

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