Hook Line and Sinker

Hook, Line & Sinker

The Beaverkill remains high for this time of year – at the beginning of the week almost up to 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). At this writing, Friday morning, the river is flowing at 1,080 cubic feet per second, which is well above the average flow for this date of October 5 of 146 cfs over 104 years of […]

Hook, Line & Sinker

Labor Day – and the end of summer vacation. It’s been a hectic up and down summer weather-wise and fishing condition wise – starting with low water and drought conditions, then rain – heavy rain along with showers – day after day after day. We experienced heat index temperatures last week of up to 100 degrees F on Tuesday and […]

Delaware & Ulster County Fairs showcase agricultural traditions

The Delaware and Ulster County fairs have been a staple of life in their counties for 132 years and 149 years, respectively, and have become eagerly awaited small town traditions. Fun for kids and adults includes small vendors, animal, vegetable, and art shows and competitions and 4-H exhibits, coupled with midway rides, games and entertainment. There is likely to be […]

Hook, Line & Sinker

After strong rain showers this past mid-week, area rivers and streams received a welcomed respite, and as a result, water levels rose to a more normal flow. Fishing last night was productive using a Black Leech and a Conehead Leech under the surface. The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 359 cubic feet per second on Friday afternoon, June […]

Perfect summer fishing weather

The first day of summer (and Bealtaine if you celebrate Irish holidays) brought perfect weather to start the season; warm sun, blue skies and a pleasant breeze. On a morning horseback ride along the Willowemoc, Ed and I saw a trout rising across the river near the left bank. Other sights included a fawn scampering ahead of us, a Baltimore […]

Dropping water levels

It’s surprising how quickly the water level in our rivers and streams can drop after missing just a few days of rain, especially after all the rain we had in May. We first noticed the low water conditions over the past weekend – although on the Willowemoc the trout were rising just before dark “like crazy” and provided good fishing […]

Hook, Line & Sinker

The rains of May have helped leaf out all the greenery, trees and shrubs here in the Catskills, and on a sunrise walk along the river with our beagle this morning we were treated to the sweetest fragrance of the honeysuckle blossoms, that lit up the foggy morning with their bright pink, cream, and white spiky flowers. It seems as […]

Hook, Line & Sinker

We are heading toward the end of May, with Memorial Day Weekend coming up, and still our spring has not been typical. After the huge storm last week that pelted Livingston Manor with tennis ball-sized hail and left many in the county without power, we received days of rain. As a result, rivers and streams have been high and fly […]

Season gets rolling

We are now fully into the much-anticipated Merry Month of May – Spring has come to the Catskills in all its glory – the delicate light-green early leaves just pushing out, brightly colored wildflowers and flowering shrubs and trees lighting up the landscape. We have enjoyed harvesting foraging, bringing home ramps, fiddlehead ferns, watercress and, on special occasions, trout (and […]

Hook, Line & Sinker

Another week of wildly changing weather – from accumulating snow last Monday to temperatures in the 70s just two days later! A check with the USGS website on Monday morning showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 842 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for May 7 of 499 cfs over 104 years […]

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