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Although it might not have happened in March, in the sudden stillness of the snowed-in season, I find myself reflecting on a few fond memories in hopes to keep their stories alive. As I was … more
The last Sunday in February was a mild, sunny day that started out calm. But as the afternoon wore on, a southwest breeze filled in and created little dust devils near the ground. It was a nice … more
When I begin tying flies, the folks who mentored me followed the Catskill School. By that, I mean that they subscribed to the techniques used by the Darbees and Dettes, by Rube Cross and Art Flick, … more
When you’re as involved in hunting and fishing and outdoors as we are as a family, you’re bound to be exposed to a few of the side businesses that go along with the larger ones. My … more
Behind my home rises a great mother tree, a towering and majestic Eastern hemlock, whose home this was long before I joined her here. Her mass rises from where it enters the earth, the place … more
Winter is a good time to go birding, even if you would think it’s not. more
As an angler more than a student while at the University of Montana, I was always looking for a new adventure. So when my friend Ed told me that steelheads were in the Salmon River, my ears perked up. more
Looking for a good day trip to ditch those winter doldrums? Pack a picnic and your favorite hiking pals—people or pups—into your vehicle of choice and head to nearby Ulster County, NY, where you can access the terrific Ashokan Rail Trail (ART) and take in sweeping views of the Ashokan Reservoir. Get a decent dose of revitalizing fresh air, stretch and strengthen your winter-weary body, all while experiencing breathtaking scenes of water, sky and forested landscapes. more
I’m not terribly sure how to view the pastime of photography anymore. more
From what I’m reading, hearing and observing in the field, there is consensus that mayflies worldwide are in decline.  more
Pennsylvania was once home to a small animal that resembled a mink or a weasel. When settlers arrived in the 1600s, they observed these mammals in the forests of PA.  more
Writing is a lot like skinning a beaver. It takes some preparation, some time invested, and diligent follow-up to make it all worthwhile.  more
In my first River Talk column of the new year, I set a goal to loosen my grip on what I perceive to be “reality,” based on sensory experiences. more
I once had an old friend, not so recently deceased, who had a thirst for whiskey, a passion for the best bamboo fly rods, fly fishing and—not the least—women. more
When January rolls around, people think about watching eagles at favorite viewing spots along ice-free water. more
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” wrote the poet John Keats. “Some shape of beauty moves away the pall/From our dark spirits,” he continues in Book I of “Endymion.” The revered poet cites “The sun, the moon/Trees old and young,” along with other restorative elements of nature.  more
“Grandpa Adam, I want to catch a ginormous beaver, as big as me,” declared my son Rorick, while speaking on the phone with my father. We had been telling many bedtime stories lately about the beavers that his Grandpa Adam and I had caught in the past. Even the less colorful stories were eagerly absorbed by my son’s ears as he began to catch the fever for going trapping for beavers. more
The area has experienced some cold temperatures and snowfall, though we have had a bit of a thaw around the New Year holiday. Those of us who watch wildlife have likely seen bird species during the winter months that are not seen at other times of the year. more
Not so many years ago, Montana was still the wild west. A rural state with lots of cowhands, where it was legal to purchase a sidearm, wear it in a holster, and walk down Main Street. Real estate was reasonably priced, and there was a lot of open space. more
While on a winter walk recently, I was focused on the icy ground when I found a face peering back. “Pay attention!” it seemed to say as I made my way safely home. Several days later, another “face” appeared when I took the dogs for their first outing of the morning. It cast a smile on a gloomy day, offering a change of heart and a fresh start. more
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