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Regional Fishing Forecast

April 10, 2009

 

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Spring is slowly emerging in the Big Apple and New York anglers are seeing more opportunities to shake off cabin fever and wet a line. Karl Anderson at Urban Angler on 5th Avenue reported water temperatures fluctuating between 40 degrees and 48 degrees. “Fishing early in the season is super hard because release flows are not announced,” he explained, “you could show up to the river and find the trip blown cold or high water.”  So, Karl has been fishing New York reservoirs and creeks on eastern Long Island for brown and rainbow trout. He’s using streamers like white Zonkers or small black wooly buggers. “Streamers can imitate anything from a bait fish to a hellgrammite,” Karl says. Nymphs patters such as the gold ribbed hare, small black stones, pheasant tails, and copper Johns in size 4 to 12 have also been effective. “Fishing is tough,” he said, “you’re lucky if you catch just one fish.”  

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