April 5, 2019
At this writing it is snowing – we were totally surprised, as the forecast for today was in the 50s with a good chance of rain – at 1:00 pm it is only 32 degrees outside and we’ve already gotten an inch of new snow!
It was a slow week for trout fishing – with water temperatures in the 30s and 40s all week. We haven’t noticed any flies hatching this week – and not many except the most hardy souls out on the river.
On Friday afternoon, April 5, the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 865 cubic feet per second, about half the flow of Opening Day, just 4 days ago. This is below the average flow for this date of 1160 cfs based on 104 years of record-keeping. . The minimum flow recorded was 208 cfs in 1915, and the maximum was 8050 cubic feet per second in 1987. Hopefully the rain predicted for tomorrow will raise water levels to a more average flow.
Any hope of productive fishing will still be fishing below the surface - mainly via use of nymphs with weight or a nymph and a wet fly with weight. You want to fish “slow an low” preferably right on the bottom when the stream is high, discolored, or temperatures are around or below 40 degrees.