Father’s Day weekend has come and gone - Saturday was a picture-perfect day, great for family gatherings and, coming right in the middle of prime-time fishing, a perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters and newcomers to the sport. Fishing has been great this past week –on Saturday afternoon four members of our family headed to the Willowemoc and were gone about an hour and a half (maybe an hour actually in the stream). There were not too many flies to be seen and flows were a bit above the average flow but not too high to wade – and sporadic rises made it a fun and interesting time to be on the water. Happy to report that each one of us managed to catch trout, including our daughter-in-law, Tiffani, who caught her very first trout – a lovely 13 ½-inch brown - and all our fish were caught on an Elk Hair Caddis, size #14.
On Tuesday June 18, steady rains returned, and rivers are starting to rise again. The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 625 cubic feet per second, which is above the average flow of 253 cfs on this date over 105 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on June 18 was 2260 cfs in 2009; the lowest recorded flow was back in 1959, when just 84 cfs trickled past the gauging station.