April 30, 2015
As daytime temperatures creep slowly upward into the 60s, and stay above freezing at night, water temperatures also are starting to work their way toward that ‘magic number’ of 50 degrees Fahrenheit - the temperature which seems to spur on fly hatches and the resultantly good fly-fishing.
When the sun is on the water, chances are better that you may see some rising trout and a hatch of flies. Due to the long, cold winter and cooler than normal temperatures, our major fly hatches are a couple of weeks behind schedule - however, yesterday afternoon some rising fish were seen while fishing a pool in a small tributary of the Beaverkill; the earliest hatches of Quill Gordons and Blue Quills, along with various Caddis flies are starting to appear, which coincide with the blooming of the daffodils, forsythia and red maple buds. Although this end-of-April season traditionally brings the great hatches of Hendricksons that the Beaverkill is so well-known for, we are still awaiting their arrival; signs that the Hendricksons are about to hatch include the blooming of violets, colts foot, and the budding of wild cherry trees.
We have not had much rain at all so far this spring; and a check with the USGS website shows that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at 519 cubic feet per second, which is below the average flow on this date of 635 cfs.
by Judy Van Put