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Are the Hendricksons petering out?

Posted on May 12 2017

With rumors that March Browns were hatching, I tried a pool on the lower Beaverkill.  Never saw a MB or a rise.

At about two I started my journey up the UEB.  From the Sunoco station at East Branch to the pool above Thayer Hollow,  there were multiple cars at every pull off and parking area.  It was not until I got above Corbett that I found a pool with no cars.  Saw a few Hendricksons on the water and  a rising fish.  Caught the fish and with no other fish rising, left for more productive water.

I felt I was above the hatch so I headed downstream.  Found rising fish in a pool above Shinhopple but the bugs were not hatching in anywhere near the numbers that they did earlier in the week.

Last stop was at a pool where the bugs were as thick as maggots on a road kill just two days ago. There were fewer bugs and more boats and wade fishermen.  Again I was unable to locate any big fish. Most of the fish I did catch were between 10 and 14 inches.  I don't know if its because there are so many two year olds or because there so few older fish.  All I know is that I'm on pace to set a record low for percent of fish caught in May that are over 17 inches.

With apple caddis marching their way up both branches the Hendrickson hatch has probably passed its peak, at least in the lower half of both rivers.  If you are looking for Hendricksons on Saturday, check out the water near Deposit on the WB and Corbett on the UEB.  


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