The Incomplete Angler
Everything you read in fishing articles these days seems to suggest that “catch and release” is the way to go. After you get your trophy fish to the boat, you remove the hook after a bit of a struggle. Then you photograph it from every conceivable angle. The slippery fish is hard to control as it struggles and maybe you drop the fish in the boat. You retrieve it and slide the barely alive carcass into the water. The fish gives a desperation kick of the tail and disappears into the depth. You think you have done a perfect job releasing that fish. Not so. Read more
Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like getting an education, working, falling in love and having a family. You know, the type of things that can seriously distract you from having more of those great fishing experiences. Read more
So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both. Read more
Independence Day, our great Star Spangled Fourth of July tradition, is a fine time to take special notice of our blessings. Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley the beauty around us abounds throughout the year. The sights, scents and music of nature are our gifts—all we have to do is tune in and be aware. Read more
After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”
Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your next outing may humble you. And don’t think that having more than 60 years’ experience in your creel gives you any immunity. I sure found that out recently. Read more
Justin is a fine young fellow, soon to graduate from high school and thoughtful enough to visit his grandparents upon the event of “Pop-Pop’s” 95th birthday. The momentous occasion somehow left Justin with just enough time to wet a line on Highland Lake. He caught a good pickerel and wondered if it was a record, as it was the largest pickerel he ever saw. Read more
Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which it is based, is a must read.
Our own Delaware River fly-fishing culture is anchored on both sides of the river. Penn State was the first university to offer courses in fly fishing in the 1930s. A thank you to George Harvey for making that program a fly-fishing treasure. Read more
I recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of a “Too Close” event on the river. It was a nasty, wet day. Back then, it involved a fine trout on the Mongaup. The trout was rising steadily just beyond the reach of my longest cast.
I picked my way over slippery river rocks until I was waist deep in a swift water braid. The cold water was rapidly sapping my energy reserves. It did not take long until I was bobbing along and very lucky to somehow clamber back to the river bank and safety. It took me a long time to stop shivering and chattering. Read more
April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on. The brooks, streams and rivers of our watershed are all open. How terrific!
The fisher’s clock is now set to prime time. Caddis and early mayflies are hatching, and the trout are feeding on them greedily. Local chapters of Trout Unlimited have already scheduled events and meetings. River shoreline clean-ups are on the drawing board. Hope you will participate. Read more
Opening day of trout season is upon us. For many there is no day more anticipated. This year, however, there is an event coming up on April 5 that makes even opening day pale in comparison. Read more