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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
When you pray for weather of any kind, it’s always important to understand you aren’t the only one praying for what might come from the sky.  I might need rain for my crops, but … more
A significant birding event is coming up next month, and it is one in which anyone can participate, whether you are a beginning birder or a seasoned expert.  The 2024 Great Backyard Bird … more
Almost all of the fly fishing stories that I have written for the River Reporter have been about the famous rivers of the Catskill Mountains. While that region is steeped in history and tradition and … more
The difference between the words—wander and wonder—is one letter. This thought pebble is rolling around in my mind as we embark on a new year and the opportunities it presents—most … more
Sometimes it’s hard to try to push back against everything that seems to be going on in life with work and other obligations, in order to enjoy the holidays.  Taking time for one … more
ONLINE — The spotted lanternfly has come to stay, and its numbers are likely to increase in the upcoming spring and summer months of 2024. To help community members stop the spread of this and … more
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