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I’m a big John Denver fan. Have been for quite a while. more
During the winter, the resident bald eagles have been enjoying their time off from breeding activities for the most part. Some banded eagles, documented as part of territorial pairs in the … more
I believe the summer deluge began sometime in July of 2021. Part of that phenomenon had to do with the inordinate amount of rain that we had in the western Catskills during that period. At the … more
The world of nature is full of surprises, and they are not always pleasant. Walking on the road where I live in Pike County, PA, I came upon an Eastern garter snake curled on the macadam. Bending … more
While spring is most certainly sprung and the most recent snowstorm officially melted away into the land of blissful ignorance, I can’t help but feel like I’m still playing a lot of … more
During a mid-month hike a week or so ago, there were a fair number of things to see and hear. Pileated woodpeckers calling and drumming, bald eagles and vultures soaring above the mountain tops, and … more
In those days, the teenage years, trout fishing was strictly a weekend affair. Except during summer, when on occasion my friend Tony and I had the rare opportunity for a weekday adventure. At the … more
What do you know about North America’s largest rodents, and in particular their unusual teeth? Castor canadensis is an aquatic fur-bearing mammal that was eliminated in Pennsylvania and most … more
Confidence. Founded or unfounded, confidence is what turns a mere attempt into an experience. It doesn’t even have to be real; sometimes faking it will get you just as far as the real thing … more
EVERYWHERE — Cedarwood oil smells great to a lot of people. It can be found in many consumer products—perfumes, soaps and deodorants, for example. But cedarwood oil also is prized … more
About mid-March, when a couple of mild days arrived, I started hearing one of the first sounds that tell of the impending arrival of spring and warmer days ahead. I visited some vernal ponds, and on … more
In the last three or four years, the years I’ve written about fly fishing for the River Reporter, there have been columns about most of the important mayfly species that hatch from Catskill … more
ROSCOE, NY — On February 26, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM) held Fly Fest 2022, its annual rite of passage as the frigid grasp of winter starts to thaw, bringing forth … more
Although by the time this magazine is printed, ice-fishing season will be either over or close to it, it’s been on my mind for a few years now to talk about the particulars of this chilly … more
On several occasions, anglers have asked what I thought was the single most important issue facing the future of trout fishing in the Catskills. Without hesitation, I replied, “Continued and … more
In the still-stark days of early spring, it’s easy to see evidence of woodpecker activity in the Upper Delaware River region.  Swatches of light-colored wood catch the eye as one passes by … more
I love new things, new old tractors being the most recent for me to experience. As most old-timers will be quick to tell you, tractors are like children: they each come with their own set of … more
NEW YORK STATE — For the seasoned fisher and beginners among us, Catskill streams are a springtime worldwide fishing destination. For decades, April 1 was the traditional opening day of … more
From mid-December or so until now, we have been able to fill bird feeders and not have them pulled down or otherwise damaged by our big bruin friends. The bears seek their wintering places around … more
It’s difficult for me as a writer of fly-fishing stories and as a columnist for the River Reporter , not to have a few words about the opening day of trout season on April 1. I’ve had a … more
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