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The fishing dog

February 10, 2011

Years ago I used to fish a beautiful little trout stream, the West Branch of the Croton, where it flows between West Branch Reservoir and Croton Falls Reservoir. Being self employed, I was able to steal away at times for a long lunch hour and do a little fishing. I would park my car up at the property of the Putnam County Fish & Game Association. From there it was a short walk down a steep ridge to the brook and some of my favorite pools. The club caretaker owned two dogs. One was a large brown mutt, the other a spaniel type breed. The dogs usually followed me down to the stream in hopes of sharing my lunch. They seemed to be able to recognize a soft touch when they saw one. Once the food was gone, the brown dog would head back up the ridge. The spaniel was more sociable, tagging along the bank while I waded and cast, once in a while catching one of the wild brown trout that were born and bred in the river. Imagine, wild trout within 45 miles of New York City. This section of the West Branch has not been stocked in 40 years.