The first week in May proved to be a full of promise for both for turkey hunters and trout fishers. The showery weather we’ve had hasn’t compensated for the lack of April rains, but nonetheless has helped it to keep water levels near normal.
Fly hatches continue to be occurring ahead of schedule, with March Browns reportedly making their appearance – and other mayflies and caddises also seen in good numbers hatching and on the water.
We fished on Sunday evening; arrived at our destination on the lower Beaverkill at about 6:45. The water was “right” – at a good level with a water temperature of 60 degrees. There were a few sporadic rises here and there, and we found that as long as we moved around, we could find a fish to cast to. By about 7:00 pm, a number of small caddises and medium-dun-colored mayflies, in sizes #14s and #16s, began to hatch. And although there were at times waves of flies in the air and a good number on the water, there were not many rises nor steady rises, but we were generally able to find a feeding fish to cast to. We were successful in catching a number of feisty wild rainbow trout that shot like rockets out of the water and provided fun fishing. Interesting, because the Beaverkill has always been a brown trout fishery, but in recent years, has seen more and more rainbow trout – to the extent that one could say that the Beaverkill is slowly becoming more of a wild rainbow trout fishery.