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Conditions improving daily

The fishing options around the Upper Delaware Region are improving. Over the last few days, our guides have been able to head out with guests and fish streamers, dry flies and nymphs. Based on the current week’s weather forecast, this trend should continue.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

A monarch butterfly is feeding on the nectar of a clover flower. Monarchs visit a variety of species of flowers in order to feed. Late in the summer is when the late-spring migrants are joined by newly emerged butterflies from eggs laid in mid to late July.

Monarch status for 2018

For most of the summer, people have been seen seeing monarch butterflies in almost every favorable habitat, whether it be a field, on public land, or your own garden. Also, many eggs have been observed being laid by female monarchs, as well as larvae, with their distinctive banding, as they feed on milkweed plants.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron

Inroads on the farm

Most of the former fields and pastures of our old farm here in French Woods, NY, haven’t been cut for about 20 years. The fields are overgrown and wild. Willow, and aspen and pine trees have sprung up. Hedges of hard hack and berry and rose bushes prevail.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Art Peck’s  passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in his creation displayed at Wooden Boatstock, held on Kauneonga Lake last week.

Is that all there is?

Rumor has it that Labor Day is just around the corner, but I’m having a hard time accepting that as anything other than “fake news.” Last I looked, there were fireworks lighting up the sky and the lazy, hazy days of summer stretched out in front of us, beckoning with promises of fireflies and barbeques, tubing on the river and sultry afternoons


TRR photo by Krista Gromalski

The lumpy and velvety Inonotus dryadeus is a parasitic mushroom that causes root rot in oak trees in our region. It is often semi-circular or kidney-shaped, buff to yellowish in color and exudes drops of amber liquid from its margin when young.

Mad about mushrooms?

If you answered affirmatively to the question posed in the title of this column, you are not alone. Frankly, fungi are fascinating, not only for their ecological, medicinal and culinary properties, but also for the multitude of interesting forms in which they appear.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour delivered New Orleans to the Catskills last weekend at Bethel Woods.

Hippies and bagels and bears—oh my!

There are scads of reasons to love my job. Among them are the incredible opportunities I have to attend a wide variety of fantastic events being held at any given moment, scattered throughout the Upper Delaware River region.


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Looking Back 8/16/18

This early photo of the Delaware & Hudson Canal near Tryon Street in Honesdale demonstrates why it took seven to 10 days for a boat to travel to Rondout (Kingston) on the Hudson River after being loaded with anthracite coal from Northeastern Pennsylvania to market in New York City.

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