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The Incomplete Angler

A tale of two lakes

Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather patterns this year have not been kind. We have had one weather event after another. Almost all of my regular haunts are “blown out” and the rivers have been running the color of coffee, two creams.  Read more

In search of Goliath

My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a two-footer.  Read more

About guides

I spend a hefty amount of time trout fishing. I will be on or in trout water any day the water temperature is in the 60s or less. Despite all this experience, I won’t pass up an opportunity to fish with a guide. No matter how much you think you know, you can dependably learn something every outing with an experienced guide.  Read more

How many, how big?

There are many renditions of the stages in a fishing life. Usually they go something like this: I want to catch my first fish. I want to catch a lot of fish. This is followed by: I want to catch the most fish and the biggest fish. Next, I want to catch the “hard” fish (the most challenging). Then some tempering comes in, often with age: I just like to have a lovely day on the stream and maybe catch a few fish. By the time the angler starts using words like lovely, we are probably talking about a grey-haired person.  Read more

Safety first

When you think of dangerous sports, you might think of mountain climbing or skydiving, maybe even hunting, but fishing is not likely to come to mind. In reality, all the above activities are very safe, statistically and practically, when properly practiced. Each sport has its own protocols, customs, precautions, established rules and guidelines; ignore any of them at your peril. You can get in trouble fishing just as easily as in any other outdoor activity.  Read more

Mothers and other river champions

Our Upper Delaware fishery has a rich and fascinating history. We have an abundance of fishing opportunities in our backyard that are all too easy to take for granted. Threats to our fisheries are never far around the bend. Yet there always seems to be a “river champion” who rises to the occasion, or goes quietly about her everyday efforts to improve the river or angling opportunities. I use the word “her” advisedly, for our fishery has had an abundant share of woman protectors and activists. This column is far too short to mention more than just a sampling.  Read more

What fly?

The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of trial and error. OR you can pick the brain of a seasoned veteran, already tempered by years in the school of hard knocks, and you will fast-track your learning.  Read more

The gift of opening day

If you’re a trout fisher, you don’t have to be reminded that Opening Day is close at hand. Oddly, New York waters open on April 1, as they have for more than a century, but Pennsylvania doesn’t open until 8 a.m. on April 12, the second Saturday.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

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