( Image: A freshly hatched Sulphur dun that crawled up on my waders on the West Branch of the Delaware in the Catskills as it was shedding its nymphal shuck that looks like a Pheasant Tail nymph - thus the case for a Sulphur dry with a brown Z-lon tail shuck and a PT dropper during this hatch- … [Read more...] about The Enigmatic Masking Hatch
Catskill fly fishing
By official decree of the Trout Gods the Plecopteran spring has officially sprung! Hence the EBS meniscus emergency rescue service has arrived. As another sunless dreary winter seems to be a thing of the past I never knew what a soul and sanity rescuing service the hatch of Early Black Stoneflies … [Read more...] about COLD STONED
( Though many of us love to fish dries and swinging wets, Midges and micro crustaceans are a trout's bread and butter in the benthic bio drift in winter as pictured above. Thus entailing nymphing either traditional or Euro style. Though we tend to confuse midge larvae color with adults' coloration … [Read more...] about MICROMANAGING MINUTIAE-OVERCOMING TINY FLY PHOBIA
"Small brooks make great rivers" (French Proverbs) Everything in the universe has a beginning and end. From a Nova, to Supernova to a Black Hole abyss, there is a transition. Except for the Almighty, if one chooses to believe; this is the one eternal spirit of the Alpha and Omega who's being … [Read more...] about The Season’s Closing-Blessed by Wild Trout Gems in Veiled Hallows
"When the German brown trout made its first Catskill debut, needless to say it was scorned for its shyness, stubborn demeanor and inability to "fill basket creels to the brim". The thinking theoretical angler was ready to make its debut in the new world across the pond. Thus the time was ripe with … [Read more...] about A FAREWELL TO THE CATSKILLS-YOUR WATERS ARE HALLOWED AND BLESSED!
If you are a summertime trout stream fly fisher you will know the scenario about to be described all too well. You get to the stream armed with your favorite hopper or ant pattern. Or maybe a Sulphur/ BWO emerger on a big icy cold tailwater. And as you walk the banks you see little white clouds of … [Read more...] about Dances with Tricos-The White Curse Demystified