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After penning my last column about porcupines and the problems that present themselves when our canine companions attempt to make a snack of the passive quill pig, I got to thinking about other ways … more
It’s been a grueling couple of years trying to figure out what’s going on with the economy and real estate, finding land, financing, making building plans, securing subcontractors, and … more
LACKAWAXEN RIVER, PA — The merchants of the Lackawaxen River Watershed have announced the return of the Monster Trout Derby.  The merchants in the watershed sponsored 100 brown, brook … more
MILFORD, PA ― The Pike County Board of Commissioners will host the annual Commissioners Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. It will be held on Lily Pond, Schocopee Road. … more
LIVINGSTON MANOR., NY — Back on May 23, 2023, three notables in the world of fly fishing were inducted into the honor rolls of Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum’s (CFFCM) Catskill … more
NATIONWIDE — For those of us who regularly fish the fabled rivers of New York’s western Catskills, the issue began early in the summer of 2016. That’s when anglers started reporting … more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — As Opening Day of New York State’s trout fishing season officially kicked off on Monday, April 1, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM) geared up for … more
My uncle Elery was born October 16, 1936 as one of what would eventually be 11 children. He grew up in a different time in far northern Maine, a place so remote it almost seems like another world. He … more
Soon after the ice broke on the area lakes, I spotted signs of the coming of spring. Tiny black-and-white ducks were present on the lakes in Shohola, PA. At first, it was only a couple of ducks … more
As a long-time angler/fly fisher and columnist for this newspaper, I’m compelled to write a few words about the upcoming trout season. That is, if there is such a thing given the implementation … more
Myths and misunderstandings abound in the natural world and can lead to undesirable outcomes.  Such is the case when it comes to the quill-pig, more commonly known as the porcupine (they … more
Spring has sprung! And then it sort of fell on its face, rolled over, laughed and got up again before tripping over its shoelaces and jovially zig-zagging into a wall.  It was at this point … more
As I write this (11 March), the temperature is in the 30s with a brisk NW wind that is gusting over 40 miles per hour—but I am thinking of spring. Someone who lives near Stroudsburg, PA told me … more
To see the writing on the wall is to predict some potentially unpleasant outcome on the near horizon. But following a light snow that dusted my walkway recently,  I was treated to an artful … more
I do. That was the contract that resulted in a thousand “do’s” since. Careful, young fellas: you want to be mighty sure of the lady to whom you give the power of the … more
We are about a month from spring, or the vernal equinox; it occurs this year on March 19. Some people might have thought that we would have an early spring. Our winter has been somewhat of a mild … more
A few years ago, I vented my frustration in the River Reporter over not being able to find a pair of bootfoot waders in my size. In that column, I explained that no manufacturer of premium chest … more
While walking around my yard the other day, I came upon evidence that some unseen guest had been snacking on bark and defecating on the lawn. It didn’t take long to figure out who the culprit … more
[Editor’s note: This column originally ran on February 4, 2021.] As the snow continues to fall and freeze and swirl around outside, I can’t help but feel as though I’m inside a … more
My diary tells me the last time I fished the Madison River, near West Yellowstone, MT, was in late August. As with the Catskills, Montana rivers have their own sequence of hatches—when they … more
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