Hook Line and Sinker

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 2, 2008



The first official week of summer has come and gone and it left wonderful memories, not only for the great fishing over the past week or so, but also for our family with the marriage of our son Lee to his beautiful bride, Natasha. The wedding took place on the grounds of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center on June 21. […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 11, 2008



Just as we had hoped, the first week in June was a great one for trout fishing. The East Branch of the Delaware below the dam, the lower Beaverkill, and the Esopus all produced hatches of Green Drakes and Coffin Fly spinners. Green Drake are much-beloved by fly-fishers, as these very large, size #10 light-colored mayflies with the greenish tinge […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 28, 2008



It was great to finally have a nice weekend, weather-wise, and even better that the warm temperatures coincided with Memorial Day. Despite the fact that gasoline hit $4 per gallon, we saw numbers of anglers fishing (and catching trout) and managed a few ourselves. This is also the last full week of turkey hunting season, and it has been a […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 4, 2008



Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir is starting to pick up again after the last cold front moved through. He said that most of the fish are scattered between 15 and 30 feet deep. He also said a lot of fish are “hanging in about 100 feet of water.” Al Booth […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 21, 2008



Weather conditions here in the Catskills this past week just confirmed what everyone who lives here has known all along – “typical spring weather” and “Catskill weather conditions” are two very different topics. We’ve experienced a range from warm sunny temperatures well into the 70s last Wednesday back down to 33 degrees and SNOW showers on Monday morning! And along […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 14, 2008



May is such a special month – it brings the softest greens of early leaves and grass, the fragrant blooms of the fruit trees and showy flower blossoms, the warmth of the sun. May is also a month much-anticipated by turkey hunters and trout fishers – what great pleasure to be able to hunt in early morning and hear the […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 7, 2008



Again this past week we had our wood stove fired up to take the chill out of the house, caused by those cold early May nights. On Thursday, May 1 (the opening of the turkey season) the thermometer registered a chilly 23 degrees! And mixed in with the rain showers were some snow flurries over the weekend…we’re about out of […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 30, 2008



Typical of our Catskill weather (which is that you can pretty much count on it to be atypical!) we went from a week of 70- to 80-degree temperatures, during which time we shut down our wood stove, back down to the 40s and 50s, with our furnace coming on at night. Earlier last week we noticed a number of pretty […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 16, 2008



¬† Spring has finally sprung. Last week I finally saw some daffodils blooming. And those beautiful days of temperatures in the 60s and 70s really do a lot to raise spirits As soon as the water warms up, we can anticipate good fishing again. There is good news for Delaware County trout fishers. A number of streams have already been […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 9, 2008



Al Carpenter of Al‚Äôs Sports Store in Downsville reported that the first week of the trout season was very busy. He saw a ‚Äúfair amount of fish‚Äù come through the store and said that both the East Branch of the Delaware River and Pepacton Reservoir had fished well. The largest trout to come out of Pepacton last week was a […]


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