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The rainiest season

October 13, 2011

Within a few days, Barb and I will be packing up to return to Texas. Our time in the Northeast has flown by. It is now time for us to be, as Willy Nelson sings, “on the road again.” For the two of us, this has been a most disappointing fishing season. It was often disrupted by a number of trips downstate for various doctor tests and appointments. Further difficulties were encountered due to frequent high and dirty water in the local streams. There was just too much water running downhill. From the last week in July, when I mentored at the Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp to the present, my fishing records show we were only able to make four short trips to Catskill streams. Even then the stream flows were higher than normal for this time of the year.

The Upper Delaware Chapter of TU was fortunate that it did not rain when it held its annual picnic at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center on October 1. Twenty members enjoyed a potluck lunch. Mr. Andrew Boyar will be our leader for the next two years. Mr. Craig English will be his vice president for this time. After the election, Ms. Karol Sundholm was given a round of applause for her two years of sterling leadership. The casting for accuracy contest generated a good deal of excitement this time. As the last contestant stepped to the line to cast, there were four casters tied for first place. The last caster was Ed Graham. He very calmly made his casts with precision accuracy. In a matter of moments, the possibility of an overtime casting session was ended. Mr. Graham won the contest for accuracy casting.

For weeks, I found myself frustrated by the fact that only once was I able to use that pretty new eight-foot bamboo rod that Dennis Menscer of Hancock, NY had built for me. As I write this, stream levels have been dropping, and perhaps I’ll be able to squeeze in one more fishing day before we leave for Texas.