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A few weeks back, a large hemlock on our hill was struck by lightning during a particularly violent afternoon storm. It exploded from within, raining large tree shards across and down the hill and … more
As many of you will know—either by reading this column or through the community grapevine—my wife and I are always working in agriculture, be it with vegetables or livestock. Very … more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — It all started in 1928 when Walt and Winnie Dette founded Dette Trout Flies. Ninty-three years later, it holds the distinction of being the oldest family-owned fly shop … more
As a longtime angler, I’ve had trouble finding rising trout during almost every mayfly hatch that occurs each year along rivers in the Catskills. All species, it seems, provide their own set of … more
When walking through a forest during this time of year, there are usually quite a few things to see and hear. From the hermit thrush calling near the higher trails to the wood frog trying to … more
In early 2005, River Reporter (RR) writer and passionate naturalist Ed Wesely asked me if I’d be interested in writing this “River Talk” column in weekly rotation with him. Ed … more
I’m someone who loves his job, truly. But I’ve also been described as a jack of all trades, which makes me anxious sometimes when I spend too much time doing just one thing—i.e. my … more
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — You’ve come to the river to have a great time. But whether it is fishing, boating, swimming, or floating. being on or near the river has its risks, and everyone … more
Around the middle of June, I took a trip to New York to monitor a peregrine nest. It was just about time for the young to fledge—a good time to get a count of the number of young. On arrival, I … more
June 21, the summer solstice, is the longest day of this year. It provides about 17 hours of daylight and is the official beginning of summer. This means that anglers can be on the water until at … more
Two of the blooming beauties we are blessed with here in the Upper Delaware River region that have recently launched their showy displays are the northern catalpa tree and the mountain laurel shrub. … more
For the record, I was right. But then I was wrong. Returning to the right, I’m going to chalk up my confusion to a well-balanced case of aging. As someone who prides himself on being organized … more
Some of us are lucky enough to see white-colored deer on occasion. You may have heard someone say, “I saw an albino deer in my backyard today!” The question to ask in response could have … more
The other day when I met Galen for an evening of fishing, he handed me a book containing a note that outlined a serious decline in brown trout populations within some Montana rivers. This is what … more
With a title like the one atop this column, who could resist the temptation to know more? That’s pretty much how I felt when stumbling upon the beaver-addled, slime-covered stumps depicted … more
On the subject of planting season, I have more to do than I can say. Since I’m about to spend a page of the paper talking about it, you can assume just how much I really have to do. Farming … more
Albany, NY – Senator Mike Martucci (R,C,I–Hudson Valley and Catskills) and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,WF,I–Forestburgh)  announced the two-house passage of … more
May and June are the time of the fawns. You may have seen them already in your yard or nearby fields or forests. It is when they are seen on or near a road that they are of most concern. When … more
The first six weeks or so of the 2021 trout season have been a mixed bag of weather and streamflow. When the season began on April 1, flows were down due to early snowmelt, with the release from … more
“I was walkin’ through the woods one day, in the merry merry month of May....” Yes, I’ve slightly adapted the song to suit my purpose here—to wake readers to … more
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