Fishing column by Judy Van Put
THE ART OF FISHING — Art Perry Jr. with a nice brookie. //
— Photo courtesy Al's Sport Store, Downsville

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   It seemed like late winter had returned to the Catskills this past week, or at least the Ides of March, with several cold windy days and overcast skies. Full Story

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   It seems as though winter has returned and we are back in the Ides of March rather than the merry month of May! Sunday was windy, cold, and snowy with snow sticking on the ground and our deck. Full Story

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   The first week of May brought good fishing in our area’s rivers and streams, and with it, dozens of cars filled the fishermen’s parking areas. Great numbers of flies were hatching all during the day this past week despite the rainy weather. Full Story

BROOKIE — Jared Litwinenko, was visiting from Pennsylvania and fishing the Pepacton when he thought he'd snagged his lure on the bottom of the reservoir. After reeling in he found much to his delight that his lure hadn 't caught bottom, but rather a beautiful brook trout that weighed two pounds and was 15-inches long, a good size for a brookie!

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   Rain showers over the weekend and in the beginning of the week brought cooler temperatures and additional water to our rivers and streams. Full Story

PEPACTON BEAUTIES — Joe Solomon and Chris Wilcox, both of Binghamton, were fishing with Kastmasters from shore and managed three nice fish; a four-and-one-halfpound brown, a five-pound, 13-ounce brown and a fourpound, one-ounce brown.

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   April has brought such beautiful spring weather. The weekend was filled with bright sun and breezy temperatures in the lower 60s, just perfect for enjoying the out-of-doors. Full Story

LEADER OF THE PACK — William Golembiowski, fishing with his uncle Steve Oleksiw of Highmount, is the current eader in April Tout Derby. His trophy trout weigned 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 261/4 inches.

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   What a difference a week makes! Our rivers and streams, which had been quite low for the opening of the trout fishing season last week, have now risen to a more normal level thanks to the rain we had at the beginning of this week. Full Story

SPECIAL START — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum celebrated the fishing season on April 2. A ceremonial First Cast was held in the waters of the Willowemoc Creek flowing thru Wulff Run in front of the CFFC, followed by a gathering at the Center to enjoy some of Agnes Van Put's famous homemade soup and cookies. 99-year-young Agnes is pictured here with her grandson, Lee Van Put, and is eagerly awaiting her Centennial Birthday which will be celebrated at the CFFC's SummerFest on August 6. Also present April 2 at the CFFC&M was Ed Van Put, who signed copies of his new book, The Beaverkill: The History of a River and Its People second edition. Recently published by Stackpole, this updated new edition features new text, a chapter on Flies with Ties to the Beaverkill and extensive color photos throughout. Ed is seated at the table with Mary Dette opposite, and was visited by Joan Wulff and Sullivan County Historian John Conway later in the morning. //
— Photo courtesy of Anisha Arouza.

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Opening Weekend Report

   Held each year traditionally on the Eve of Opening Day, March 31, the 2016 Anglers’ Reunion was very well received, with a huge crowd of enthusiastic anglers descending on the Rockland House in Roscoe, for a delicious five-course feast prepared by To Full Story

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Opening Day Outlook

   The winter of 2015-’16 seems to have come and gone without much ado — compared to the previous winter of extreme cold and heavy snows that lasted well into the beginning of April. Full Story

ON THE STREAM — Fly fishing provides an extraordinary way to explore nature and test one's skills on the streams. //
— Catskill Mountain News file photo

‘Trout Tales’ sure to hook many on romance of fly fishing

Spillian will host March 26 program on special sport

   Trout Tales 2016, a Fly-Fishing Celebration, where stories of, “the one that got away” will be featured, kicks off the fishing season in the Catskills on Saturday, March 26 at Spillian in Fleischmanns. Full Story

BIG FISH — Ella Plain of New Jersey is holding second place in Al's Sports Store's August Trout Derbry with her six-pound, 14-ounce brown that measured 25 and-a-quarter inches. — Photos courtesy of Al's Sport Store, Downsville

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By Judy Van Put

   Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reports that the bass in Pepacton Reservoir are “biting really good” and that they are being taken at about 30-feet down. Full Story