Monday, July 14, 2014

Exploring the Mountain Streams and Fishing the West Branch of the Delaware in the Catskills ( II )

Last Saturday I visited Trout Brook for the first time for tenkara fishing. It is a tributary of the lower Beaver Kill  in the Catskills.
In the evening, I went to fish the West Branch of  the Delaware.



I caught several small browns and a brookie in the public easement area in the lower part of Trout Brook.
It was only a short stretch of water.
Afterward, I drove further up the road. But there was no more area opened to the public.
Fishing in such a small stream, I wanted to try a 5-foot PolyLeader with my tenkara rod, rather than a nylon one. I figured a PolyLeader's good turn ability was better for casting in a narrow stream.
As I expected, the casting was good, but the line's heavy weight made natural drift difficult.  

Just like the week before, I fished the West Branch of the Delaware in the evening.
I caught only one small brown which was even smaller than the one the week before.

In the late evening, a decent number of bugs drifted on the water, and some good size fish started rising in front of me.
I could see their heads and tails when they rose.
They did rise to my flies a couple of times in the beginning, but I failed to hook them. Then they completely ignored my flies.
I tried many different flies until dark without any success.
It seems since I spend much time tenkara fishing lately, I lose some of my flyfishing skills and brain to deal with the difficult situation.  Maybe I am just tired in the evening after I have fished whole day, or the fish are very picky eaters.