Nelson Cool temps sure to warm anglers’ lines

It doesn’t take much, a couple of cool days and chilly nights and before you know it, the ocean is teeming with fish. Well maybe not just yet, but wherever you wet a line, be it Raritan or Jamaica Bays, shorelines sites from Sea Bright to Sandy Hook, the Rockaways to Fire Island Inlet and all of Long Island Sound, the fishing has been decent.

Fluke, porgies, sea bass and cocktail blues have been providing much of the action, but come Monday, fluke will be off the hook as the season for summer flounder ends on Sunday.

Trout too are becoming more active. Water temperatures along the Beaverkill and Willowemoc in Roscoe are in the low-to-mid 50s. Dennis Skarka of Catskill Flies in Roscoe (607-498-6146) reports both rivers are clear and low, which makes for easy wading. “Caddis are starting to show up in larger numbers and fishing Caddis nymphs has been effective. Small Olives are present most days on all rivers,” he said.

And for those of you who have a craving for fresh salmon, fishing conditions along the Salmon River in Pulaski are starting to improve as both Chinook and Coho prepare to enter the river in greater numbers. While there hasn’t been any big push, anglers are finding a mixed bag of king, coho and steelhead. The Lower Fly Zone reopened on Monday, and early morning anglers have been having some success.

Reports from the estuary indicate there is a decent pod of fish boiling, and even pessimistic natives are predicting a banner run this year, so you may want to choose a date and make overnight reservations now.

You’d also be wise to pick up a copy of Spider Rybaak’s new tome “Fishing the Great Lakes of New York” (Burford Books, $16.95.) Covering a total of 63 rivers and streams, this 224-page, soft-cover book is by far the best written on this watershed, and its where-to, how-to information doesn’t end there.

The book provides detailed information on guides, captains, boat launches, bait shops, county tourism offices, state and county parks and agencies. The only thing it doesn’t do is put a fish on your hook.

Meanwhile, the DEC is encouraging deer hunters to apply for deer management permits ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline. The agency didn’t say why, but since this is the first time it has made such a request, I’m thinking it’s because of all the problems it’s been having with the new Accela licensing system.

In any event, DEC spokeswoman Wendy Rosenbach tells me that big game hunters have lugged 160 bruins from the newly created early bear season in Wildlife Management Units 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3R, 3P, 4R and 4P.

The season closes on Sunday. She also said 45 bruins have been dragged out of the Northern Zone where early bear hunters have until Oct. 17 to fill their tags.

Then there is the Orvis Game Fair and Country Sporting Weekend − a two-day free event held at the Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 70 upscale exhibitors will be displaying their wares and services as visitors experience shooting, fly fishing, game cooking and hunting dog training.

Gates open at 9 a.m. daily with the 8th annual Orvis Cup kicking off at 9:30 a.m. For details call 845-677-9701 or visit www.orvis.com/gamefair.

Dropping anchor till next time.

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