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Catskill Legend

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 …

The forgotten fish

Smallmouth bass, also called the “bronzeback,” “brown bass” or “smallie” are among the feistiest and most acrobatic of all the freshwater game fish, and lucky for …

She’s come a long way, baby

What is it that gets people so excited about fly fishing? Why would anyone want to stand in the river waving a big stick? Well, it’s challenging, rewarding and fun—and how many other …

One Bug: It’s all in the fly

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 …

Season opener highlight: Agnes Van Put’s soup

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 …

Exit smiling

Anyone who ever subscribed to Field & Stream Magazine in the past is familiar with the name Ed Zern (1910-1994). Zern wrote a score of books including “To Hell with Fishing” (1945), …

Upper Delaware riverscapes

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 …

There’s no place like home (waters)

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 …