Outdoors


TRR photo by Tony Bonavist
Quill Gordon, tied by Tony 
 

A history of fly fishing

Depending on what one tends to believe, the literature indicates that Marcus Valerius Martialis (41 to 104 A.D.) or Claudius Aelianus (170 to 230 A.D.), both who lived in or around Rome, were the first to reference the use of artificial lures as baits for trout.


TRR photos by Scott Rando
Fawns begin to appear this time of year. It takes several hours after they are born for them to be able to walk. If you find them alone and lying down, as this one is, leave it be. The mother might be nearby waiting for you to leave so she can attend to her fawn.

Babes in the woods

With spring in full bloom, fields and forests are alive with life. Plants are flowering and bees, butterflies and other pollinators are gathering nectar. Birds have started their breeding, and, in many locales, courtship calls fill the air; this is a good time to listen and learn bird calls.


TRR photos by Hunter Hill

This little guy was a pleasure to meet, and we helped him on his way to water by bypassing a pesky fence.

Turtles, trout, bears—oh my!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you seem to run into more wildlife than you normally do, particularly wildlife that you rarely ever see? I had one of those weeks and, as usual, I count myself blessed for the rare opportunities that have been afforded me.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

A grandmother and her grandchildren explore the lowland area and its wetland, where we spotted amphibians, insects and a host of spring ephemeral wildflowers and ferns.

Capturing the confluence

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy hosted an educational walk last weekend focused on native plants at the Milford Experimental Forest, a 1,191-acre property in Milford, PA. Amanda Subjin of the Conservancy and Garrett


TRR photos by Tony Bonavist

An evening with Cinnamon Caddis and other adventures

I almost didn’t go fishing today. First, there was a luncheon in Rhinebeck; then I had to walk the dog, load the car and get gas. My negative side complains, “It’s a long drive, the water’s been high, the hatches are off, I’ll get home late and be by myself.” It is not good to be alone, late at night, in the boonies of Delaware County...


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This immature red-spotted newt is commonly called a “red eft.” A few appear on shaded forest floors in late April, but many more come out during the first part of May. This species spends a few years in their immature stage on land before changing to a green color, growing a keel on their tails and returning to a pond as adults.

Spring’s clock is ticking

Now that May is here, the weather promises to be milder. By now, it is usually safe to put the more tender plants out without danger of frost. In fact, over the last week of April at lower elevations, trees have started to bud.


TRR photos by Hunter Hill

Fish, eagles and such

With spring and Easter comes the opening of trout season for local outdoorsman. For some, the hype is only for that opening day—a day to take their children to a local pond or stream and harvest some of the newly stocked trout.

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