At this writing, it is a glorious spring day, with the warm sun melting the last of the snow and ice in the shadows of the woods. A few perennials have pushed their shoots up out of the soil and the temperature is predicted to head up into the 60s The rivers are in great shape, a bit lower than average for this time of year, especially with snow still on the ground in the higher elevations adding its runoff to the headwaters and tributary streams.
A check with the US Geological Service website (USGS) shows that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 978 cubic feet per second on Sunday afternoon, April 7. This is a bit below the average flow of 1210 cubic feet per second based on 104 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures for this past week ranged from a low of 34 to a high of 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
Opening Day of the Trout Season dawned with inches of new snow and, as a result, it was a fairly slow week for trout fishing, with only a few taken at Junction Pool that day on the Beaverkill, and with the cold, windy weather we didn’t see many anglers except for the hardiest souls out on the river. Any hope of productive fishing will still be achieved by fishing below the surface - mainly via use of weighted nymphs or a weighted nymph and wet fly combination. You’ll want to fish “slow and low,” preferably right on the bottom, when the stream is high and discolored, and water temperatures are at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Most streams in Sullivan County have not yet been stocked; any trout caught in area streams would be “holdovers” or wild fish, meaning born in the stream. Once the waters warm to about 50 degrees, flies will start to hatch in greater numbers – hopefully by this coming week.