It would be an understatement to say that my great-grandmother Agnes Van Put is a well-known individual in the fly-fishing world. As a 35-year employee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFC&M) and active member of the Sullivan County community, she has rightfully earned her title as the “famous” Agnes Van Put.
If you have fished in the region, either on a lake, river, or stream, you will see and hear other wildlife.Muskrats and otters can be found in many lakes and along rivers. Birds of all kinds are abundant as well, on and near waterways. Flying creatures make their presence known by the sense of touch (and bite).
About three years ago, angling friends that fish Catskill rivers reported a decline in some traditional mayfly hatches. Of particular concern was the purported absence of sulphur mayflies, an eagerly awaited though somewhat-frustrating little fly.
The Upper Delaware River flows between Hancock, where river’s Main Stem begins, and Sparrow Bush, NY. It also forms the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania. This distance is just over 70 river miles, and within this area, the fishing opportunities are close to endless.
Fishing is a wonderful and timeless way to pass time, feed yourself and enjoy the outdoors. It has been described with such humorous sayings as, “Fishing, the most expensive free meal you will ever get,” and “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
It was Sunday, July 24, 1972, hot and sunny at my home in the foothills of the Catskills. I was attending to chores when the phone rang. Ed Van Put was on the line.
Why it matters
The Delaware River is home to one of the largest American shad sea-to-river spawning rituals. These fish are considered anadromous; this means they live primarily in salt water and spawn in fresh water.
So, you always thought, “Fly fishing looks like fun. I’d like to try it, but it sounds like it’s too hard,” or “Fly fishing sounds great, but I can’t afford it.” We are here to tell you that these are fly fishing myths.
Myth number one: Fly fishing is hard to do.
Fishermen frequently need to find food at times when many places aren’t open. Whether you’re looking to be out for the dawn hatch, want to take a lunch out on the river or are coming off the river after dark, this list will help you stay well fed on your fishing days. Venues are listed in order from the tailwaters southward.