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Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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Well, finally got some well needed time away from home and got up to the Catskills this weekend. Fished with my buddies Ben Turpin and our friend Mark. Started off on the WB around 10 on Saturday, with some caddis hatching right from the start. Tossed streamers from Indian Country down to where the PA border waters start. Only had one fish then, when i tossed the streamer to the bank he came up and hit it as soon as it hit the water. Gigged him. Around 1-2 pm a ton of olives started hatching, and since it was warm, the fish were finally looking up. We found rising fish down on the West Branch Anglers pool, and caught one small one right away on the first cast with a Wonderbug. Then the downpoors came, and heavy heavy gusts. But after they passed, we still had some fish rising. Down in the Upper Ganelands along the banks we found a pod of fish, and had another one grab my wonderbug but snapped me off right at the boat. While passing through the mudflats we saw a Bald Eagle fly right into the nest with a trout in the tallons. Cool sight. As we kept rowing down river, bug activity tapered off and you could feel the temps dropping. Down at the end of Methodist Pool we found a few fish rising to sub surface or spinners, but couldnt dredge any out. Besides me yackin' from a sever migraine all day, Fishing was still good. Managed to land 3 that day and lost 3.

The next day, we started at Hale Eddy around 11. Windy and cold. Not a good sign for bug life. Started rowing down river and managed to hookup with about a 16 maybe 17 inch brown around the lease property. He eventually spit the hook. That was the only fish i could hookup with until we got to just below the wall at balls eddy, where i hooked a nice 16 inch brown on a 16 PT. Mark eventually hooked up with a nice bow a little down river in Methodist Pool. Wasnt much activity on the surface due to the cold water, cold air temps and the wind. Mark also hooked another bow on the other side of the 191 bridge that spit the hook too. Tough day of fishing but it was better than none when your with good friends.

Hatches present that we saw:
Early stones
Blue Wing Olives
The occasional Hendrickson and a few Quill Gordons
Typical Tan and Black Caddis

Weird that we keep hearing of all these reports of Blue Quills on the WB and we didnt see one in 2 days.

Left East Branch Outfitters around 10 on Monday for the ride home, but stopped in Cook Falls to fish the Beaverkill. Dredged a couple fish up on nymphs. Hooked up with 2 nice bows(wild i think). Hooked them in the riffles and they really took off like delaware fish. Very pretty fish all colored up and big fins. They had lots of energy and were jumping in the air during the fight. The guy next to me caught an honest 22 inch Beaverkill wild brown. Beautiful fish. Does anyone know where the bows come from in the Beaverkill? They looked wild to me.

Also, nice meeting you Kray. Glad you decided to hit the WB Sunday instead of no bugs on the EB. Thought for sure we'd meet on the river and not Little Italy in Hancock. Glad to hear you caught a few fish as well.

The guy i fished with Ben Turpin has a guide service around the Poconos. Hes a great guide and a really good friend. He also used to guide for The Delaware River Club but now guides on his own. Kray will agree about everything i say about him. If you need a guide for the Upper D or even around PA, hes the guy

Check out his site at Benturpin.com


-Kev

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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Someone want to start an over/under?

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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What?

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48
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Nice!...FB3. Almost never easy, but a great river to fish.

Glad you had a good time.

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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Yeah even though the fishing was prime, we still got a few. Gonna get back up there in July.

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Shame,

I'll take the under.

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Re: Catskills, Delaware/Sullivan Counties 4/26-48

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I have not named an under. I would put it at 2 probably.

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