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After a week of watching too much of the national news, I had the strongest need to use my own media soapbox to talk to you, my readers, about something far more edifying. Babies. I … more
Spotted lanternflies have been in the news of late. They have been slowly but surely expanding their way northward and are now appearing in southern areas of the region. According to the New York … more
I’ve taken considerable pride in my ability to make fishing rods. By “make,” I don’t mean actually making the rod blank itself, but making the cork grips, installing reel … more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – As with a lot of life forms on this planet, it all starts, from humans to trout, with an egg and a sperm. On Tuesday, August 24, the fisheries folks at the New York … more
Trees are wonderful for many reasons, ranging from aesthetic to functional to mysterious. One of the more tantalizing trees is the hawthorn, valued for its unusual attributes and the folklore … more
August is a month for making memories. School starts back up and parents document the first days with admittedly more glee than their young academicians. The final days of summer are celebrated … more
Since May of this year, some states, including NJ and PA in our region, have experienced a bird mortality event affecting young songbirds (nestlings and fledglings). A recent press release by the New … more
As most of you know, if you have followed this column since its inception, I’ve a been a big fan of the Rusty Spinner dry fly. In fact, I wrote a column about the fly for the June 15 edition … more
Do you know how to tell a frog from a toad? Many of us mistake one for the other. While both are amphibians, once you have the details on how to distinguish these compelling critters, as well as … more
One of the most underrated resources I have, as both a parent and as a farmer, is the assistance of family. In particular, as I try to accomplish a fraction of the items on my unending to-do list, … more
This summer, there have been some monarch butterflies, but not as many as in years past. Often, they can be spotted on various flowers, feeding on nectar. Gardens with brightly colored flowers draw … more
When I was in high school, my friend Tony and his father had a routine when it came to outdoor sports. Fortunately, they included me in that routine. When trout season opened, we fished for trout … more
We sold the homestead. Yes, you read that right, my wife and I finally closed on selling our home of four years on the two acres of homesteading heaven we’ve been cultivating throughout that … more
“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” That quote, attributed to the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi, came to mind when I learned that my editor at the River Reporter, Veronica Daub, … more
My notes reveal that there had been no fishing since June 30, so it was time to go to the river. Since my friend, Rod, left for Montana on July 6 to chase trout around the “Big Sky,” … more
In these parts, observing a turtle in the wild is not too uncommon. We can usually spot species such as painted turtles or snapping turtles in lakes and ponds; we also find them trying to cross the … more
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
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