Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We’re a full year into the age of didymo now, and the most popular trout streams in eastern New York and New England have, at least so far, been spared devastation by the indestructible invasive algae.
What the future holds, time will tell.
Scientists in Vermont, New York and other states in the region reported the alarming news last summer:
Didymosphenia geminata had been confirmed present in the Battenkill, the White and Connecticut rivers in Vermont and the East Branch of the Delaware.
Because we anglers love to hop from river to river, gas prices be damned, no one was surprised when didymo was reported this summer in the West Branch of the Delaware, probably the best trout stream in the eastern United States. I for one will be surprised if it doesn’t show up in the rest of our big-name rivers in the months to come, despite efforts by state agencies and groups like Trout Unlimited get us to thoroughly clean and dry our waders before moving from one river to another.
Didymo has the potential to grow into long, thick, streambed-smothering mats that have been compared to brown fiberglass insulation. It loves cold, clean water, and once it’s in a stream, there’s no known way to get rid of it.
Didymo does not directly threaten fish, but it can wreak havoc on their habitat. The worst kind of bloom buries the substrate where aquatic insects live, and those insects are what keep trout alive.
It’s thought to have contributed to a marked decline in the fishing on Rapid Creek in South Dakota. And yet, didymo has been around in the Colorado Rockies for decades, and people still visit the mile-high state in large numbers to fish for trout. In a couple of spots in the Pacific northwest, it went away on its own.
In New Zealand, where huge trout challenge skilled anglers in gin-clear water, felt-soled wading shoes have been banned as of Oct. 1. Damp felt is considered the number one way didymo spores get transported from one river to another.
Norm McBride of the Department of Environmental Conservation has spotted didymo in the Downsville Covered Bridge and Airport pools on the East Branch of the Delaware and in the the West Branch, above and below Deposit. His office has posted signs at access points along the rivers in hopes that awareness of the precautions will slow the algae’s spread. And he’s alarmed at how quickly it has grown.
“The didymo growth seen in the East Branch this year above Corbett was far worse than anything I saw last year,” he said. As for its long-term impact, “we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Nonetheless, over the summer he said his office had received no complaints about the impact of didymo on the fish or the fishing.
Nor had Dale Robinson of Saratoga Springs, who crosses the Battenkill eight times on his way to work as the fishing manager at the Orvis Co. flagship store in Manchester, Vt.
“I saw a stretch last year below Route 22 in Salem where the water was low and there were areas where the slime was exposed to the air,” he said. “But I have not seen any floating dead fish. I have not heard one person tell me that ‘Hey, my favorite run that used to have lots of fish has no fish now and it’s full of rock snot.’ ”
Still, he added, “I can’t imagine it does any good.”
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Portly Angler 315-298-4773
The Drift Boat Inn 315-298-4104
Double Eagle Lodge 315-298-3326
Steelhead Lodge 315-298-4371
Trapper's Place 315-298-6655
Malinda's Fly Shop & Lodge 315-298-2993
Angler's Roost B & B 315-387-5690
Fox Hollow Salmon River Lodge 315-298-2876
Golden Fish Cabins & Lodge 315-345-0463 / 315-963-7613
Salmon Heaven Lodge 315-298-5695
Douglaston Salmon Run 315-298-6672
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Beaverkill Bridge: Watercolor on paper, ca. 1952. The reverse of this work is inscribed, "Scene near Rockland, Sullivan County, NY." The Beaverkill, flows 44 miles through the Catskill mountains before meeting the Delaware River near East Branch, NY, is one of the most hallowed and historic fly fishing streams in the east.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Location found: northern North America (particularly Canada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana)
Fur-Bearing Trout (also known as Beaver Trout) possess thick coats of fur that help to keep them warm in the cold northern waters where they live.According to legend, the fur-bearing trout was first encountered by Europeans when Scottish settlers emigrated to Canada during the seventeenth century. One settler wrote home remarking about the abundance of "furried animals and fish" in the new land. Asked to provide more information about the furried fish, he duly sent home a specimen. Fur-Bearing trouts mounted as trophies can be found hanging on walls throughout the Great Lakes region of North America. Other fur-bearing aquatic animals besides trout are sometimes encountered.
Something to keep Curli warm at night...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Super Sunday at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center
Summerfest-Anglers’ Market-Jubilee Day
Sunday, August 10 2008, 8:30 AM-4PM
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum has combined it’s Annual Summerfest, Angler’s Market, and Jubilee Day to create the largest single day event in it’s 27 year history. Traditionally held on the last Saturday of August, The Anglers Market and Summerfest, now moved up to August 10. This single event brings out the best in fishing treasures discovered over the past year from the closets, attics, and basements. Every year attendees search over 100 tables in the quest to find that unique outdoorsy thing, hard to find fly tying material, fly fishing collectible, gadget or obscure book. Combined with the highly successful Jubilee Day it will be a Super Sunday in the Catskills.
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center will come alive at 8:30AM with the opening of the Anglers Market, Summerfest and Jubilee Day that will include many local civic organizations, health centers, farmers produce market, crafts and games for kids. The CFFCM will once again celebrate birthday and anniversary milestones ending in a 0 or 5. Everyone is welcome and cake will be provided. . Share your celebration with your family and community. It’s a great day for families and friends to gather. Call the CFFCM and be included, the more the merrier.
The days activities will include a ‘kids only (12 and under) fishing derby’ will be held at 11:30AM at the CFFCM pond with prizes for first fish, most fish, largest fish and smallest fish. Kids are to bring their own tackle and favorite baits.