Wild or stocked?
On Saturday, April 27 the Upper Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was shown a PowerPoint presentation put together by Ed and Judy van Put. This program gave a fisher all the information needed to ascertain whether a trout was a wild fish, or a stocked fish. Ed’s beautiful pictures were sharp and showed how to examine and determine the origin of a trout. Judy van Put’s narration of the program reinforced what was shown in Ed’s photos. The van Puts are ready to put this program on for other TU chapters or conservation organizations. This program so clearly shows how to differentiate a stocked fish from a wild one that even the Tangler and his lady believe they can do it. Of course, first we have to catch a trout. That may take some time. If your chapter or organization would like to see this program, the van Puts can be reached at 845/439-4169. The time consumed watching this program will be well spent.
That Saturday, the Tangler had to hand over two “poorly tied flies” to Frank Salt, who is a member of the Upper Delaware chapter. He had correctly answered eight out of 10 questions from Clem’s annual spring quiz. Bob Moase of Swiftwater, PA narrowly missed winning flies by answering six out of 10 questions correctly. That is no great loss for Moase. He ties the most beautiful flies I have ever seen and has no need for any “poorly tied flies.” The next meeting of the Upper Delaware chapter will be May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Long Eddy firehouse. I hope to see you there.
On May 10, the youngsters from the Jeffersonville school will be holding their trout day. The trout that these young folks have been tenderly raising all winter long will be released into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. The program will begin at 10 a.m. The trout-in-the-classroom program is maintained by the Upper Delaware chapter. Jeff Bank is a strong supporter of this classroom program. Pam and Val Reinhardt from the chapter work hand in glove with the teachers at the Jeff school on this project. When a program is successful, there are always hard working people doing good work behind the scenes. The Reinhardts are the ones from the chapter that are the most involved with the trout in the classroom program.
I have yet to wet a line, however, my buddy Jim Graham from White Plains hooked and landed an 18-inch brown trout from the East Branch of the Delaware last Friday. The fish thought it was dining on a Hendrickson mayfly until it felt the point of the hook in its jaw. Jim was so excited about catching this fish he forgot to look to see if it was a wild fish.
Tom Brown, my upstream neighbor, has been taking a great number of trout from the Main Stem of the Delaware practically off of his front porch. I need to get going before all the Delaware trout have sore mouths.