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LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — As Opening Day of New York State’s trout fishing season officially kicked off on Monday, April 1, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM) geared up for … more
My uncle Elery was born October 16, 1936 as one of what would eventually be 11 children. He grew up in a different time in far northern Maine, a place so remote it almost seems like another world. He … more
Soon after the ice broke on the area lakes, I spotted signs of the coming of spring. Tiny black-and-white ducks were present on the lakes in Shohola, PA. At first, it was only a couple of ducks … more
As a long-time angler/fly fisher and columnist for this newspaper, I’m compelled to write a few words about the upcoming trout season. That is, if there is such a thing given the implementation … more
Myths and misunderstandings abound in the natural world and can lead to undesirable outcomes.  Such is the case when it comes to the quill-pig, more commonly known as the porcupine (they … more
Spring has sprung! And then it sort of fell on its face, rolled over, laughed and got up again before tripping over its shoelaces and jovially zig-zagging into a wall.  It was at this point … more
As I write this (11 March), the temperature is in the 30s with a brisk NW wind that is gusting over 40 miles per hour—but I am thinking of spring. Someone who lives near Stroudsburg, PA told me … more
To see the writing on the wall is to predict some potentially unpleasant outcome on the near horizon. But following a light snow that dusted my walkway recently,  I was treated to an artful … more
I do. That was the contract that resulted in a thousand “do’s” since. Careful, young fellas: you want to be mighty sure of the lady to whom you give the power of the … more
We are about a month from spring, or the vernal equinox; it occurs this year on March 19. Some people might have thought that we would have an early spring. Our winter has been somewhat of a mild … more
A few years ago, I vented my frustration in the River Reporter over not being able to find a pair of bootfoot waders in my size. In that column, I explained that no manufacturer of premium chest … more
While walking around my yard the other day, I came upon evidence that some unseen guest had been snacking on bark and defecating on the lawn. It didn’t take long to figure out who the culprit … more
[Editor’s note: This column originally ran on February 4, 2021.] As the snow continues to fall and freeze and swirl around outside, I can’t help but feel as though I’m inside a … more
My diary tells me the last time I fished the Madison River, near West Yellowstone, MT, was in late August. As with the Catskills, Montana rivers have their own sequence of hatches—when they … more
Most of us at one time or another in our lives banged on a toy drum, tambourine, or some sort of percussion instrument in the high school band—or even played a full-fledged set of drums for a … more
A find in the forest Walking our dogs the other day, allowing a wander to settle the way, when what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a papery orb on the forest floor near. The sun cast … more
You can have sanity or children, but you can’t have both. One can argue I gave up on sanity long before my children but nevertheless, they’ve cemented that decision every day since. … more
Rainbow trout were first stocked in tributaries of the Esopus Creek in 1883, taken from California stocks.  As those fish matured and reproduced, offspring spread throughout the watershed. … more
This January has been a mild one. There has been some moderately cold weather and some snow, including a storm that dumped about a foot of snow in many areas during the second week. But overall, … more
The season for mittens—and for middens—is upon us. A good way to ward off the winter blues is to dress for the weather and opt outside to see which animals are out and about as they … more
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