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Esopus

It was quite an afternoon on the lower Esopus Creek in the Catskills today. I used my light spinning rod with quarter ounce Al’s goldfish lures and had a bit of luck. In the first hour, I pulled out these two beauties. One trout was an 18-inch rainbow and put up a good fight, and the other was a much larger brown that came right to the net. After I caught the brown, I noticed fish spawning all around me, some only 6 feet away. I decided that it was not a good idea to disturb them, and moved further upriver. The water was not that cold. It had to be in the mid-’50s, and the air temperature was about 65 or 70. It was a cloudless and warm fall day. Crazy weather because just a few days ago, we had 6 inches of snow up here in Roxbury.

On my next visit to the Esopus a few days later I carried my Robert Meiser trout/steelhead spey rod with an OPST Commando intermediate sinking Skagit line, 10′ T8 Leader and 3′ floro tippet. I had very good luck and caught a couple of large browns on the streamer and big nymph, sorry no pictures of the fish.

I am trying to get the hang of the Skandi line but its taking a lot of time and I tend to prefer the OPST Skagit head because it is easier to cast out there. Next year I will put more effort into Skandi. The lines I have that were made by Steve Godshall.

Ashokan Trout

Today, November 30th, was the last day of trout season on the Esopus Creek. Yesterday I made it over to the river just above the Ashokan Reservoir. The weather was spectacular, with temperatures in the high 50’s and sunny skies, it was one of the better days this fall.

Ted came along, and we fished small Al’s Goldfish spoons on a light spinner rod and reel setup. I am sorry to say we both got skunked, totally skunked, but some young kid pulled out a giant, 27″ monster. He had to show us all through walking up and down the shore several times, carrying the fish. It was a nice walk in the woods and a great day to end the season.

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West Branch Of The Delaware

I have been taking lessons in trout Spey casting with Wayne at River Of Life in Deposit, New York. My rod is an 11’3″ trout rod built by Robert Meisner that I am finding very difficult to learn how to cast but progress, not perfection. I was out with Wayne on the last day of the fishing season. The river was running around 900, higher than at any time I had been there before, and it was cold. I managed to hook into two large browns Wayne took these pictures. It was a good day, and my casting improved slightly.

Do Not Squeeze The Trout!

River of Life Outdoor Adventures
Wayne Aldridge
19 Latham Rd.
Deposit, NY 13754

Ph:607-743-5696
email: riveroflifeoutdoors@gmail.com

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Trout Stocking on the East Branch of the Delaware April 14, 2018

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Saturday, I met up with Lenny Millen, guide and fly fishing casting guru, to help stock the East Branch of the Delaware River with hatchery-raised brown trout. The larger and older trout were electronically tagged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Fish and Wildlife Tech department personnel. The fish were tagged so that the trout's movement in the river could be tracked.Saturday, I met up with Lenny Millen, guide and fly fishing casting guru, to help stock the East Branch of the Delaware River with hatchery-raised brown trout. The larger and older trout were electronically tagged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Fish and Wildlife Tech department personnel. The fish were tagged so that the trout’s movement in the river could be tracked.

It was a great day and exciting watching the fish being released into the river. Later in the afternoon, I went back to the junction of the East Branch and the Bataviakill to fish in the pool below the bridge where we had released much fish. With a small de-barbed wooly bugger, I had good fun catching and releasing little trout, no big ones, sorry.

Measuring the 2-year-old tagged brown trout.

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The paddle in his hand records the tag ID embedded in the fish.

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This is what an electronic tag looks like.

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Junction of the East Branch and the Bataviakill.

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Halcottsville bridge.

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Trout Stocking on the East Branch of the Delaware April 14, 2018

The process of measuring and recording length and tag ID before releasing the trout.

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Fishing In New York State Reservoir’s

www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/fishing-brochure.pdf

I think it’s a good idea to say something!

I have my license, my NYC DEP permit, and it’s April 1st, I can fish.

The weather is rainy, temperatures are in the ’40s, there is no sun, it’s not too windy, and the barometer is rising.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The reservoir canoe season has not begun but here are a couple of beautiful pictures.The reservoir canoe season has not begun but here are a couple of beautiful pictures.

My summer of 2017

Yesterday the sun came out, and it was a beautiful day. Guru Len caught three bass verses my none. When I thought about it last night the two of us fished the same stretch of river and at the head of the Pepacton reservoir. I didn’t do anything wrong as we were using stick bait but there were differences.

  • My Rapala was longer and had rattles.
  • I used monofilament, which I like, Len used braided line.
  • We might have used different retrieve patterns, but I did vary mine.

I thought of going fishing again today, but it’s snowing, about 4″, fell this morning. Is it really April?