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November 30, 2015
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The Incomplete Angler

Proof of the pudding

If you are thought of as being a good fisher, or as an authority on a fishery, or even a person who writes about such things, there comes a time when you simply have to come up with some proof that you know what you are talking about.  Read more

Fall: A time for other options

Typically, trout season means an early April start, even if it’s only the ceremonial first cast of the season followed by an enhanced “hot chocolate.” Early-season trout fishing can be challenging, but as water temperatures move into the mid to upper 60s, everyone is in the game. For some, a couple of weeks is enough, while the more seriously addicted trout fishers look forward to a series of mayfly hatches through mid to late June. When the water temperatures warm into the 70s, responsible cold water fishers set their rods aside until the water temperatures drop back down.  Read more

First fish

I like to think that everyone remembers the first fish they ever caught. I am referring to a person’s first fish in a very personal way and not in a generic way, like the first fish that Mark Kurlansky wrote about in “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Kurlansky detailed how the early railroads used codfish from our East Coast waters to sustain their workers and the people from the towns and villages that sprung up along the railroad. (Today, the stocks of codfish are dangerously diminished from overharvesting).  Read more

Dog Days over; stand by for fall action

In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or when the snow starts to fly. The obvious exception is, of course, “hard water” fishing, aka ice fishing.

August can be a tough month particularly for trout fishers. Responsible fishers will not wet a line, even on a catch-and-release basis, once the streams or rivers hit a water temperature of 70° or higher.  Read more

Beginners’ luck, honed skill and tuned-in instincts: personal musings

Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”  Read more

Strange weather we’re having

When it comes to fishing, fly-fishing in particular, flexibility and adaptability are pretty good traits. Right from Opening Day this year, it has been quite the challenge for the fly-fisher interested in catching (and releasing) wild trout. We have seen just about everything go wrong that can go wrong this year.  Read more

Getting started

We are blessed to be in the heart of the finest trout fishing east of the Mississippi. It is likely that the subscribers and regular readers of The River Reporter are within an hour’s drive of the most outstanding cold-water fishing opportunities imaginable. Besides the countless streams and tributaries, we are blessed with being in the heart of the Land of Little Rivers (see the splendid book of that title by Austin McK. Francis, The Beaverkill Press).  Read more

Testament of a fisherman revisited*

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from my own real world every day. I am tired of “BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!” And I am weary of being worked up, jerked around and riled-up in a media-driven alter-world fraught with exaggeration and distortion. These unceasing stimuli raise our blood pressure, heart rates and overall feeling of dis-ease.  Read more

The American eel

As near as I can tell, fishing is not central to world peace or the next big discovery, medical or otherwise. Fishing may or may not lead to bliss or to enlightenment, but at a minimum fishing is just plain fun. Certainly, any form of fishing can be fun, and it doesn’t have to involve leaping Atlantic salmon, bruiser bass or elusive permit, tarpon or bonefish. Even the “lowly” eel can be fun.  Read more

Being there

One factor in being a successful angler is being in the right place at the right time. We have all heard the old saw, “You should have been here yesterday,” once or twice too often. These are not comforting words.  Read more