Slow start to the season

Slow start to the fishing season in both the salt and the sweet  

I was hoping to be on the Beaverkill this week and hit the Willow as well. The high water and continuing rains (flood!) made me change plans.  Looks like I will miss the Hendricksons this year.

Hendricksons on the Neversink

With 3 or 4 fluke trips so far, all we have to show is this nice keeper Dennis landed.  We both have been using bucktail jigs and Gulp! instead of the traditional spearing and squid but I don’t think that is the problem. 

I know they are out there, we just need to spend more time working for them

Dennis Over with first keeper fluke of the season

The good news is that the Schoolies (and graduate) stripers are around and interested in that chartreuse and white Clouser that I put on every May and take off in November.  I have a new fly line that I won in a Stripers Forever auction, SA Sonar Titan sinking line (Int/Sink 3/Sink 5) and it shoots like a rocket,  however I wasn’t used to the running line which is small and hurts my hand when striping.  Need to wear some gloves which is not a bad trade off for the distance. 

Water temperature in the harbor was 59 degrees but the bay is still mid 50’s. 

Things should get better soon.