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Favorable fishing for fathers

Judy Van Put
Posted 6/18/24

We are still in need of good, soaking rains to add some volume to our rivers and streams, especially with the predicted heat wave that is due to descend on our area at about the time this goes to …

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Favorable fishing for fathers


We are still in need of good, soaking rains to add some volume to our rivers and streams, especially with the predicted heat wave that is due to descend on our area at about the time this goes to print. The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls has been below the average level for this time of year all week; as of midday on Father’s Day, the river was flowing at 164 cubic feet per second, as compared to the Median average flow of 272 over 110 years of record-keeping.

Tom Mason reported on good fishing earlier in the week when it was cooler, with trout being caught on sizes #22 and #24 Blue-Winged Olives in the afternoon. He noticed that Light Cahills and Isonychia were hatching in the evenings, but did well with his tiny Blue-Winged Olives.

Water temperatures fluctuated over the past week from a low of 58 degrees Fahrenheit last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to a high of just about 72 degrees F late Saturday afternoon. Those cool nights we enjoyed last week were helpful in keeping water temperatures favorable, but after this week’s predicted heat wave, trout anglers should carry a water thermometer and be prepared to change their fishing times and destination. No doubt the tailwater streams will be a prime destination for trout fishing as the waters warm in our free-flowing streams.

Seth Cavaretta reported good fishing as of last week. Fishing with his friend, Mike, they arrived at one of their favorite spots on Wednesday around 6:00 pm. As soon as they arrived, they noticed large sulphurs coming off the water, which generated a few rises in the tail of the pool. Mike attempted to make a cast to a steady riser, but water conditions were low and clear, making a good presentation of the fly difficult. After a few attempts, that fish stopped rising. The fishing buddies decided to back off and let the trout settle a bit, and after a while the fish started coming up again, this time further up in the pool by a blown down tree. Mike and Seth made their way upstream - Mike made a cast and the fish took the fly. It was a beautifully colored hen (female trout) and she took him downstream. After a few good runs he was able to net her.

About ten minutes later there was a steady riser in the middle of the run, and it was Seth’s turn, this time with Mike looking from the high bank, giving his buddy a few directions on where to cast and where to station himself into the correct position to have the fly go right over the fish. Seth recalled, “The trout greedily took the fly (a Rusty Spinner in size#14) and immediately bolted for the downed tree. It made four or five runs toward the tree but I was able to steer him out of there, and walked him downstream to more open water, where Mike was waiting to net the fish for me. The big buck brown measured at 20.5 inches and was my best this season, and my best to date on my 8-foot, 5-weight cane rod from Anthony Pagley.”

Congratulations Seth!

For those looking for a fun afternoon for the children, it’s time for the Annual GET FISHY Youth Fly Fishing Clinic, on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Dette Flies, in Livingston Manor!

Event Coordinator Seth Cavarretta announced that this exciting event is in its 3rd year, and is designed to introduce young anglers to the joys of fly-fishing in a fun-filled, outdoor environment.

Whether they’re casting for the first time or looking to refine their skills, the clinic offers something for everyone. Here’s what participants can look forward to:

Basic casting instruction: Their expert instructors will teach fundamental casting techniques to help participants get started on the right foot.

Exploration of aquatic biology: Dive into the fascinating world of river insects and learn how to identify and mimic them to attract fish.

Fly-tying workshop: Discover the art of fly-tying and create your own flies under the guidance of experienced fly-tyers.

All materials provided: Dette Flies supplies all the necessary fishing and fly-tying materials, so participants can focus on learning and having fun.

Whether your child is a seasoned angler or brand new to the sport, the clinic offers a welcoming and supportive environment for all skill levels.

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024 Location: Dette Flies, 13 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY 12758 (For Camps or if your group is 5 or more please notify Dette Flies so they can accommodate you) To register or learn more about the clinic, call (845) 439-1166 or email: flyshop@detteflies.com.


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