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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fishing the Pepacton Reservoir(Catskills)

Got out for a day of fishing in the Catskills with my dad on a mostly cloudy, dreary Tuesday morning.  We visited the Pepacton Reservoir, which was formed by impounding the East Branch of the Delaware River to expand the New York City waters supply system.  The dam, located in Downsville, was completed in 1954.   It is a narrow reservoir that is 15 miles long and .7 of a mile at its widest.
 A panoramic view over the Pepacaton to the south and east.
 Great views abound from the shoreline.  Here is a view southeast towards some of the western Catskill rolling peaks.
 A view to the west from the shoreline.  By volume, this is the largest of NYC's reservoir system.  Nearby Ashokan Reservoir is the largest by size.
A very strong thunderstorm moved in chasing us back to the truck.
 
We ate lunch and took a drive trying to wait out the storm.  The rain was substantial and lasted for about 45 minutes before finally clearing.  As we arrived at our next access point on the north shore, blue skies greeted us.
 We enjoyed some quiet fishing from the shoreline for a while as more storm clouds began rolling in.  Just before the second strong thunderstorm arrived, my dad reeled in a nice small mouth bass.  We threw it back in and cast a couple more lines but the water was real choppy as the winds blew in another round of rain.  This time we decided that we had had enough and headed back home.

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