The guide jumps into the icy Delaware and fights upstream, following the fly line. Reaching the bank, he slips and slides on the rocks and finally reaches a small tree. Shinnying up the tree, he works his way out on the smallest branches he trusts will hold him. Reaching out as far as he can, he picks a leaf off the end of the branch.
If you’ve ever been to the season opener celebrations held by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM), you’ll know that one of the main attractions is the delectable soup (three different kinds of soup, actually) that Agnes Van Put serves up every year to warm the crowds of eager anglers at the frequently chilly “First Cast” opening
Anyone who ever subscribed to Field & Stream Magazine in the past is familiar with the name Ed Zern (1910-1994).
Peter Kolesar is professor emeritus of Columbia University. His mathematical research, often in partnership with Jim Serio of Hancock, NY, led to the Upper Delaware River’s original 2007 Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) and to several improvements since.
My home waters are the Delaware River, as well as the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill, but the Delaware is my main focus. I love fishing the Delaware’s West Branch and Main Stem down to Buckingham for trout.
I grew up on Long Island, surrounded by water, and those waters held lots of fish. My dad, an aeronautical engineer, loved to fish. He fished to relax and unwind. As a teenager, I accompanied him many a day on our 23-foot cruiser. We used blood worms for flounder and squid strips and killies for fluke on the Great South Bay.
(Reprinted from a 1942 article by permission of the family)