Opening Week of the trout fishing season 2013

April 1 – the opening day of the trout fishing season in New York - dawned somewhat sunny but very chilly. Area rivers and streams experienced a slight raise in water levels over the readings of the week prior, thanks to a late-day Easter Sunday rainstorm, and many of our favorite fishing spots were muddy and discolored from the roily waters. Later in the day the sun disappeared and we received a mix of rain, hail and snow. Water temperatures were very chilly and resulted in a light turnout of Opening Day trout fishers.

On Wednesday we awoke to an inch of snow blanketing the ground, with air temperatures back in the teens. The winds were strong all day, despite abundant sunshine, and it felt more like early March than early April – certainly different from the balmy days of last year’s April opener.

At this writing, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at 444 cubic feet per second, which is less than half the average flow on this date of 1160 cfs based on 99 years of record-keeping. The highest flow of 8360 cubic feet was recorded occurred in 1960; the lowest recorded flow on April 4 occurred way back in 1915, with a level of just 222 cfs.

There were many small dark caddis flies observed hatching on the upper Willowemoc in the late morning, with a few rising trout as well. A sunny and warmer afternoon should provide early-season trout fishers with some satisfaction!