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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
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the bounty that is ours, it’s a GREAT time to reflect on gratitude and its many gifts.  In practicing gratitude, we find ourselves enriched to be … more
I’m very fortunate to know that a lot of the doors that have been closed in my life have been for my own good. The Good Lord has gracefully saved me from myself more times than I know. … more
The first Friday in November turned out to be a sunny and mild day, and I took the opportunity during the afternoon to go to the Zane Gray boat launch. Though resident eagles were likely to be … more
It was October 15, the last day of trout season in the Catskills. That was a few years before the implementation of the new trout stream regulations, which went into effect in 2021, and now allow … more
As the leaves fall in the final days of autumn, so too fall the giants that bore them.  Not everywhere, of course. But on the site of the future Hill family farm, the first signs of our … more
SOMERSET, NJ — More than 100 fly tiers, demonstrators, instructors and celebrities will show their best fish-catching creations at the 32nd annual International Fly Tying Symposium on November … more
SHOHOLA, PA — The Twin and Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy (TWCWC) welcomed the winners of the 2023 photo contest recently and reminded all that photos are being accepted for 2024. For … more
As fly fishers, we spend a great deal of time discussing aquatic insect activity. Most of our dialogue has to do with the various mayfly and caddis fly hatches—or the lack thereof—that we … more
It is close to the end of October as I write this column, and the days are getting colder and shorter. Flocks of migrating Canada geese will be in the sky; if they are not seen, they are heard by … more
Looking for a late fall hike to catch the final color while exploring an unusual structure and the 5,700-acre lake and wetlands associated with it? Head to Hawley, PA to traipse the Wallenpaupack … more
There are two kinds of men: those who just buy the new thing their wife wants, and those who volunteer and overpromise a masterfully crafted and cheaper alternative to the product at hand.  … more
On the 8th of October, I was up on a ladder, checking a faulty floodlight on the side of a building. I happened to look down at a bush in a nearby garden and saw something unusual.  I … more
Although the name Frank Mele has appeared in this column on more than one occasion, his renown has been associated with the water releases legislation and bamboo fly rods.  That being said, … more
A barred owl entered my life in late August when it was struck by a vehicle near my home. The raptor’s body was mostly intact, but its life force had passed. I retrieved its rain-soaked remains … more
What for some might be wallet, keys, spectacles and watch, for a farmer is wallet, keys, watch and pocketknife.  Growing up, I lost a couple to the public school because everywhere but … more
We don’t think about reptiles and amphibians in September and October, because the animals are less visible. You won’t hear frog and toad calls—that only happens at various … more
Of all the topics that I’ve written about for the River Reporter, none has received more attention than those about the little sulphur mayfly, Ephemerella dorothea. From a fly … more
What do you see when you look at the images in this column? Do the dainty circles appear like bowls filled with tiny pebbles, nests cradling eggs, eyes peering back or something else altogether? … more
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