Despite continued rain showers we are in the midst of a whole host of fly hatches and resulting great trout fishing. Since last Tuesday, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls has been slowly decreasing in flow, from a high last week of about 2700 cubic feet per second, to a low of 766 cfs on Sunday evening. The average flow for this date of May 19 is 529 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures this week ranged between 45- and 60-degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s prime time for all the things we love about the spring that heighten the senses – the lush greenery and bright blossoms, the cacophony of sounds from the early morning bird songs, the fragrance of the wild plum blossoms that stopped me in my tracks on the sunrise walk with our beagle, not to mention the wild turkeys gobbling and the abundance of fly hatches and rising trout. Hatches include Shad Flies (caddis with green egg sacs) and other caddis, Hendricksons and Blue Quills and Blue-Winged Olives.