Last Saturday’s Benefit auction of the fly-fishing and outdoors collection of Cheryl Stelter was a great success; scores of outdoors enthusiasts turned out to bid on many wonderful items, and to support the Fairview Public Library, Margaretville, for which the auction was held. For those who may have missed the event, there will be more items sold this Saturday, including two nice prints and the original Forest and Stream article from 1906 about the Beaverkill written by Theodore Gordon, plus Cheryl's pearl inlaid pool cue, sets of golf clubs and cross country skis. The Auction will be conducted by McIntosh Auction Service, held at the Market on State Highway 28/State Route 30 at the corner of Fair Street at the edge of the Village of Margaretville.
It’s hard to believe we are entering the last days of April, as we are experiencing below-freezing temperatures in the mornings, and despite the abundant sunshine, it still feels pretty chilly outside! But despite the weather, the fishing on Pepacton this past weekend has been good for those who went out to fish. A couple of fishermen out in their boat on Saturday noticed that every time the wind started chopping the water and it began to drizzle, the trout hit; but when the sun came out the action stopped – and as soon as the clouds came back with the wind, they started hitting again. Reservoir anglers are doing well at about 20 feet, jigging on the bottom and casting close to shore.
And although the cold temperatures seem to have put a damper on the numbers of trout fishers and especially fly-fishers who usually frequent our rivers and streams, all our area rivers and streams have now been stocked and a few regulars were seen fishing through the village over the weekend.
On the East Branch of the Delaware at Fishs Eddy, the flow on April 28 was recorded at 1240 cubic feet per second based on 59 years of record-keeping. This is a bit lower than the average flow on this date was 1440 cfs. The highest flow recorded over that time period was 11,000 cfs in 2011; lowest flow recorded was in 1990 when the gauge registered 556 cubic feet per second.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls has been dropping to a very fishable level – and was recorded as flowing at 535 cubic feet per second on April 28. This is below the the average flow for this date of 674 cfs based on 100 years of record-keeping. The lowest flow recorded on April 28 was 299 cfs in 1946; the highest recorded flow over the century was 3520 cfs in 2011.
On a trip downriver below Roscoe Monday afternoon I noticed a good number of caddis flies in the air – and the air temperature had risen to 63 degrees…shouldn’t be too long before the good hatches begin!