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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
Those of you who read this column know that most of the articles I write are dedicated to fly fishing. However, once in a while, I come across some notes or recall a fishing event that might appeal … more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The public is invited to join Morgan Outdoors for a First Day Hike on Monday, January 1 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mongaup State Park.  All are invited to celebrate … more
One animal we have largely put out of our minds during the cold winter months is the black bear. People are putting seed in their bird feeders and not worrying quite so much about putting the garbage … more
For my final column of 2023, I decided to go light on informative educational content about the natural world and heavy on matters of the heart.  Very few of us have time during the holiday … more
Another year has all but passed us by, and with it the close of another whitetail season.  There is of course late-season archery and flintlock still open, but by now, most hunters have … more
Many of us have heard owls in the woods as they call; many times, the call may be far off and faint, and we might not realize at the time that it is even an owl.  The most common species of … more
Every angler I know who fishes with a fly has a library. Some are extensive with hundreds of volumes, covering complete walls. Others, like mine, are relatively small with just a few shelves … more
Not everyone knows what a lichen looks like, and many of us have little knowledge of what they are, how they live or why they are so beneficial to our lives. Here’s a primer to notch up your … more
For anyone concerned about the welfare of my chickens, I will start this piece with the disclaimer that NO CHICKENS WERE HARMED in the writing of this content.  As my regular readers will … more
With the weather getting colder, there is a different variety of animals that can be seen during outdoor ventures.  A variety of migrating birds can still be seen as they move through the … more
For some, fly tying is an art form, demonstrated by the significant beauty of the elaborate patterns developed in England and Scotland for Atlantic salmon fishing.  Based on their cost, an … more
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