Fishing column by Judy Van Put

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   Fishing has been somewhat slow on the free-stone streams this past week as temperatures rise and water levels decrease. Full Story

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   A check of the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing above the average level, recorded at 297 cubic feet per second (cfs) Monday afternoon, as compared to the average flow of 206 cfs, based on 103 years of record keeping. Full Story

HANDING LANDING — Betty Berghammer of Andes is shown with her 10-and-a-quarter pound brown trout she caught on Wednesday night while trolling in the Pepacton Reservoir. Betty is leading the Pepacton Trout Derby with a brown trout she caught that weighed 11 pounds.

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   What a month it’s been so far! This past Monday brought another deluge of rain, causing high and discolored water and disrupting the fly hatches and stream fishing. Full Story

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   A check of the USGS website showed that the East Branch of the Delaware River was flowing above the average level on Monday at 1,420 cubic feet per second (cfs) this afternoon, as compared to the average flow of 663 cfs, based on 62 years of record k Full Story

HOW IT’S DONE — Hook, Line & Sinker author Judy Van Put shows off a nice rainbow trout on the West Branch of the Delaware River. //
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   It’s amazing how in just the past week, our world here in the Catskills has suddenly become so green and lush, with trees in full leaf, grasses and shrubs filled out, the Bouncing Bet (pink and white phlox) and other wildflowers adding their splashes Full Story


REEL NICE — Navy Lt. Commander Todd Kutkiewicz, home for Mothers Day visiting his parents Sandy and Ron Kutkiewicz, caught a nice, 19-inch Brown Trout in the East Branch near Roxbury. — //
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   The first most-anticipated weekend of the summer ended with a fizzle on Memorial Day. Disappointingly, many local parades were cancelled due to cold and rainy conditions. Full Story


EARLY THANKSGIVING — Troy Kopec, 13, shot this nice gobbler on May 20 while hunting with his grandfather, Ken Henderson of Andes. Photo courtesy of Candy Chin, Tremperskill Country Store

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   It is such a special and beautiful time of year here in the Catskills. The sweet scents, sights, and sounds of nature fill the senses. Full Story

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   Fishing has picked up, despite the rainy conditions of the past week. There have been some good hatches of Blue-Winged Olives, especially on the West Branch, and fly fishers have been buying Gray Foxes for the East Branch. Full Story


BIG HAUL — Lenny Amberg with a nice brown trout he took recently from the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville

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   Al Carpenter of Al’s Sport Store in Downsville reported that fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir this past week has been slow. The weather was cold and not conducive for fishing. Full Story

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   It’s May! It’s May! That wonderful time of year we so look forward to - turkey hunting in the morning, fishing in the afternoon, great fly hatches, rising fish, and beautiful spring blooms. Full Story