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Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish (Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish to bite his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Fishing season for salmon, trout begins in Hudson Valley

Fishermen throughout the Hudson Valley pulled on their hip boots and waders in a rite of spring that involves a winter of preparation. In the past month, the state Department of Conservation began releasing fish raised in its dozen hatcheries to more than 1,200 public streams, smaller rivers, lakes and ponds. The process helps to restore native species and "increase fishing opportunities," said DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino. Fishing season begins today. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, waits for a fish to bite his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, cuts the line
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, cuts the line to free the fish he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

An egg sack is hooked for use as
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

An egg sack is hooked for use as bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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A man catches a fish in Croton Falls
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the "flies" he uses to catch fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, counts the fish he
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, counts the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A man prepares his bait in Croton Falls
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

A man prepares his bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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Phil Holly, of Carmel, hooks a worm as
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Phil Holly, of Carmel, hooks a worm as bait in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

A car displays a fishing bumper sticker in
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

A car displays a fishing bumper sticker in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, uses a variety of "flies" in his fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow trout from his hook in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, shows the fish he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

A man catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows off the
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows off the rainbow trout he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches to grab and
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches to grab and unhook the rainbow trout that is on his line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the rainbow
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, shows the rainbow trout he just caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, catches a fish
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, catches a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches for a fish
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, reaches for a fish that he caught in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, reaches for the
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Kevin Bleakley, of Cold Spring, reaches for the fish that is on his line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

People come out to enjoy the first day
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

People come out to enjoy the first day of fishing in Croton Falls. (April 1, 2013)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, Waits to catch a
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Phil Holly, of Carmel, Waits to catch a fish in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, unhooks a rainbow trout from his fishing line in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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A fly reel, one of a few types
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

A fly reel, one of a few types of reels for fishing, will be used by Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, prepares his fishing
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Peter Kelly, of Putnam Valley, prepares his fishing pole and bait for fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

Danny Ujkaj, of Yorktown wades in the water
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Danny Ujkaj, of Yorktown wades in the water while fishing in Croton Falls for the first day of fishing this year. (April 1, 2013)

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