You can’t miss the river, it’s necessary to cross it on arrival. Deep, cool pools call the trout fisherman. A quick 5 minute walk up the road to start, wade in and strip some line. We started with an over/under set up, nymph below stonefly. After several minutes of getting used to Guide Nick Rubicco’s bamboo rod, casting to the opposite bank became achievable. Then, 5 minutes later, comfortable with the pace of the Upper Beaverkill and an appropriate mend, the tap of a trout peppered my line, not a take but a simple clue that things were working. Another 5 minutes and a few more soft hits, then a take, my first trout was on. There’s a deep cut just under the bridge on the Inn side of the river. Casting from the opposite bank, just upriver from the buttress gave my nymph enough time to float down into the trouts lair. A beautiful brown male twisted and turned in the current, Nick’s handmade bamboo rod balanced the action, after an exciting encounter my first Upper Beaverkill trout was on camera, his familiar hook shaped lower lip admired and then the fish was calmly released.
Moving down river, passing the BVI we had encounters with several more trout adding action to bamboo. Only one more brown made it to the net, a heavy, round nosed female took a “mayfly” on the surface, no kype on the jaw this time, we grabbed an underwater look with the camera (see video) – colorful and classic.
Arriving at the final pool well below the BVI, Nick suggested a third approach, swinging a white woolly bugger down the fast moving ledge on the road side and stripping the fly through the top edge of the next set of rapids. Again, touch, touch like salt and pepper on almost every cast, I just couldn’t set the hook. Finally, after switching to a smaller black fly of the same design I managed to set the barbless tip in the jaw of a small native brook trout.