The month of May is more than half over, and the river conditions on the Big “D” (Delaware) are just getting good. The cold wet weather this spring has had the Delaware running high and cold throughout the early portion of the trout season.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Once again it is time to think about stocking your pond with fish. The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is having its annual bass and minnow fish-stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation you may also want to consider grass carp.
LAKE ARIEL, PA — On May 8, there was a reptile and amphibian workshop and survey at Lacawac Sanctuary in Wayne County. Led by Larry Laubach, Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS), it started in the morning and went into the early afternoon. There was a good crowd, from kids to older adults.
Soon, the word will go out that Green Drakes are on the water. Like all species of Catskill mayflies, this one hatches religiously and on time right around Memorial Day. Like Hendrickson, it is eagerly awaited by fly fishers, because on some rivers, it causes large trout to feed.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The “History of Japanese Fly Fishing Rods” will be presented as part of “Tenkara Day” on Saturday, May 20 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM).
On Mother’s Day, while our backyard American robin was foraging nearby for food, I checked on the progress of the four beautiful turquoise eggs laid in the recently restored nest near our wood shed. To my delight, four nearly featherless hatchlings were huddled together in the sturdy cup of woven grass and twigs.
On a hot summer day, I was enjoying a few quiet moments next to a stream in Sullivan County, NY. I saw some ebony jewelwings flutter near the stream in courtship flight, and in the stream, there was the occasional brook trout.
The 2017 trout-fishing has been open for just over a month now. So far, Mother Nature has not been cooperating with us fly fishermen. For much of this time, the Delaware River and its tributaries have been too high for good wading access, and the weather has been caught somewhere between winter and spring.
MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a free workshop on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site.
WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will again offer its Lend-a-Rod program this year.