April 1 dawned with overcast skies and temperatures in the 30s, and the prospect of rain during the day – pretty typical of an April morning and the Opening Day of the trout fishing season in New York State. Undaunted by the chilly wet weather Jennifer Grossman, of New York City and Livingston Manor, traveled to one of her favorite spots on the Willowemoc and accomplished a feat that may be duplicated but never topped – she caught a large brown trout on a dry fly on her very first cast of the new season! There were numbers of trout fishers out and about on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, but not many stories of trout fishing success.


The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 435 cubic feet per second as of 5:00 pm on Sunday; this was about half the average flow of 920 cfs over 96 years of record-keeping.