Is it Really Time for Stream Fishing?
It’s hard to believe that trout season on the streams of New York and Vermont is now open. I’ve fished through freezing temperatures and the occasional snow storm in April before, but never in the middle of the month. I don’t doubt those going after lake run fish will do well, but resident trout populations typically aren’t very active in water this cold. The increased precipitation has also lead to high water (nothing to unusual about that for this time of year) and the strong, persistent wind has put debris into the water, making for potentially dangerous conditions.
If you’re going to get out, concentrate on deeper water. Fly rods might not be the most practical, but with weighted flies and sinking line you could do well. If nymphing, I’d use a long leader with plenty of split shot to get down. Live bait fished deep or heavy lures that can get down quickly should work well. And above all, be safe!