We’ve been blessed with late April showers….which will bring May flowers. Good news is that there is plenty of water in the streams – all were recharged, and are now receding to a more fishable level.
Happy to report that our forsythia is blooming – a sure sign that the Hendricksons are coming (although bit late this year.) This early-season hatch is beloved by Beaverkill regulars, and usually coincides with the blooming of the forsythia. In some years the Hendrickson hatch is so prolific it is almost like being in a snowstorm. There have been various caddis hatches on the lower Beaverkill and Willowemoc in the mornings, and Blue Quills/Quill Gordons starting mid-afternoon. Some anglers have reported seeing Hendricksons, as well.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 1300 cubic feet per second and receding quickly as of 5:00 Friday morning; this was above the average flow of 758 cfs on this date over 100 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on May 2 was 3020 cfs in 1989; the lowest recorded flow during this period was 260 cubic feet per second in 1922.
Fly fishers will want to keep a supply of nymphs on hand, as is traditional during these opening weeks of the trout season; however, with the beginnings of the fly activity reported downstream, it’s also a good idea to have some Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Caddis flies in sizes #16 and #18, as well as Hendricksons which are surely soon to follow.