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Priceless A Special Section of the Sullivan County Democrat
• Rainbow Renaissance: Where did they come from? • Catskill-Delaware wildlife: What’s all the buzz? • Did Shad end the Civil War?
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Rainbow Renaissance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 By Ed Van Put Dating back more than 130 years, the mighty Rainbow trout was first brought to New York from California. The trout have found their home in the fresh waters of the Beaverkill and Delaware rivers and their tributaries. Learn more about their remarkable heritage.
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How a Shad bake ended the Civil War . . . . . . . .30 By John Punola It was nearing the end of the Civil War and General George Pickett and his weary men needed some invigorating. What better way than a Shad bake and some whiskey. Unfortunately, they forgot they were needed on the front lines.
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A Beaverkill spawning tributary. Rainbow trout spawn in the spring when flows are higher, enabling them to enter and utilize a greater portion of the stream. 8 â€¢ CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018
A fisherman releases a large rainbow in the East Branch. The rainbow’s history in the region is storied. The first was introduced into the Delaware watershed in May of 1881.
Delaware rainbows: where they came from and where they are going BY ED VAN PUT
ainbow trout are exciting fish; they leap more than other game fish, and make spectacular runs that can’t be matched. If you hook a rainbow in a river like the Delaware, chances are good that on the first run your reel will sing as the fish peels line at a rapid rate and takes you deep into your backing. A Delaware rainbow’s strength is matchless; it can leap higher than other fish and repeatedly leap again and again, in the blink of an eye. There are times when the first jump is so far away it’s hard to believe the fish is on your line. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018 • 9
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Many who fish the upper Delaware River have a keen interest in learning about these exceptional fish, and wonder about their origin. In recent years the subject of which strain of rainbow trout inhabits the river has been speculated by many, including fly fishers, fishing guides and angling authors. How the Rainbow came to be Delaware rainbows are wild fish born in the smaller tributaries; their legacy can be traced as far back as 1881, the year they were first released
into the watershed. Even though their survival has been tenuous at times, rainbow trout seem to be expanding their range into a major tributary – the Beaverkill. Conceivably, Delaware rainbows might be returning to the very stream where their odyssey began. Research of Pennsylvania and New York State Fish Commission annual reports disclose that rainbow trout eggs were initially sent to Seth Green, superintendent of the state hatchery at Caledonia, New York. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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Green received 1,800 rainbow trout eggs on March 31, 1875, from Dr. William A. Newell, president of the Acclimatizing Society of California. The Society maintained ponds, spawning beds and a hatching house along San Pedro Creek, a small spring-fed stream that contained resident steelhead/rainbow trout and flowed directly into the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Society took eggs from rainbows that inhabited San Pedro Creek and, at times, from other nearby coastal tributaries that contained both resident and migratory rainbow trout. Unfortunately, most of the 1,800 eggs received by Green were in poor condition due to their exposure to high temperatures, but of those that arrived safely 300 were hatched; and a year later they measured about three inches in length. When these survivors reached three years of age they began to spawn, producing 64,000 eggs; after the eggs hatched 17,000 rainbow fry were kept for breeders, and the rest were distributed throughout the state. No shipments were sent to the Delaware watershed.
The Delaware is stocked, 1881 The first rainbow trout introduced into the Delaware watershed occurred in May of 1881, when 15,000 fry were stocked at the headwaters of the West Branch at Stamford. In June, 25,000 fry were placed in the East Branch; and W. C. McNally of Hancock placed 15,000 fry in Read and Cadosia Creeks, tributaries of the East Branch. The largest number of rainbow fry, 45,000, was distributed in the Beaverkill by the 4th of July. All of the rainbow trout were directly descended from the first shipment received by Seth Green from the Acclimatizing Society of California. These initial rainbows grew quickly, and a year after being stocked, reports began to appear in local newspapers and outdoor publications. The Hancock Herald reported that I. W. Finch, of Roscoe, caught a seven-inch rainbow in Cadosia Creek, and the following spring a youngster fishing in Hancock took a rainbow in the East Branch that measured between eight and nine inches. When the stocked rainbows reached three CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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years of age, more interesting accounts began to surface. The U. S. Fish Commission reported that rainbow trout were making their appearance in the Delaware River, and that a boy fishing at Narrowsburg caught one weighing more than two pounds. The article went on to say that many fine specimens have been taken in the upper waters of the Delaware, though this one was the furthest downriver that a rainbow trout had been caught. This account was followed by another in The American Angler, submitted by Seth Green. He claimed that the rainbow trout stocked in the Beaverkill a few years earlier were never caught near where they had been placed, but were being taken and were quite plentiful in the deep pools and large eddies of the Delaware River. Why New York? Seth Green had been anxious to introduce rainbow trout into the waters of New York State, and his decision was not made in haste. Green was a well-known fisherman and fly-casting A happy angler with a 20-inch rainbow.
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Fish Commission, and placed them in the upper Sacramento River. The following year he visited California again, and not surprisingly, found time to do some trout fishing. It was reported in a San Francisco newspaper at the time that he fished for rainbows with great success in the streams of Marin County, north of the San Francisco Bay area. Green recognized that the streams he fished could vary greatly, changing from roaring torrents during part of the year, to nothing more than a series of half-dried-up pools with fluctuCONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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ating water temperatures at other times. He reasoned that California rainbow trout were capable of withstanding greater hardships and could endure higher water temperatures than Eastern brook trout. Regrettably, shortly after their introduction, there was a general complaint that rainbow trout disappeared from the waters in which they were placed, and that they were rarely caught in the numbers that were expected. Doubts arose about the decision to introduce them into New York waters, and letters to Seth Green and reports in sporting journals indicated that rainbow trout were not being found the year after they were placed in a stream. Some claimed that rainbows were a migratory fish, and at two years of age they would disappear from where they were planted, and travel downstream, never to return. Rainbow numbers plummet The number of rainbow trout stocked in rivers and streams throughout the state plummeted, and by 1890 the New York and Pennsylvania Fish Commissions were recommending that rainbow trout should be stocked in lakes “where they could be confined.”
As rainbows were falling out of favor, brown trout from Europe were making their way to the United States, to the Caledonia hatchery and into the waters of New York State. Brown trout could also inhabit those waters too warm for brook trout, and it was learned they did not leave the streams where they were planted. They quickly became the favorite of the angling public and of those ordering trout from the Caledonia hatchery. Brown trout were introduced into the Beaverkill in 1887. They grew more rapidly, lived longer, and reached lengths and weights never achieved by native brook trout. By the 1900s browns weighing two and three pounds were not uncommon, and even larger fish of six and eight pounds were caught. Stocking policies were established favoring brown trout, and the Beaverkill’s reputation as an excellent trout fishery continued. In the 1930s the Conservation Department began placing greater emphasis on the “scientific planting” of hatchery-reared trout, and in 1935, field surveys of the Delaware watershed were conducted to gather information to evaluate and improve stocking policies. Data was collected on water chemistry, pollution, temperature, food studies, and habitat;
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brown and brook trout; they spawn in the spring when flows are higher, enabling them to enter and utilize a greater portion of the stream. Even small intermittent tributaries are important to spawning rainbows; the low flows of summer force the fry to travel downstream as they increase in size. Those that do not migrate are at times trapped above a dry stream bed; investigations often reveal countless numbers of rainbow fry living in diminutive pools and modest amounts of flowing water. When flows return from autumn rains, these fry, too, will migrate down to streams like Hankins, Basket and Callicoon Creeks, and eventually into the Delaware River. I believe rainbow trout are all that Seth Green thought them to be when he decided to introduce them into the waters of New York State. They have exhibited great resilience and determination to survive and thrive in the upper Delaware and its tributaries. They had to compete with other game fish, such as smallmouth bass and brown trout; endure pollution, stream channelization, and the inconsistent water releases from New York City reservoirs.
Reservoir releases a challenge Water releases from the bottom of Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs have not always been kind to fish populations; for years they have been inconsistent, ranging from beneficially cold flows to low releases resulting in unnatural warming of the rivers. Following the construction of Cannonsville reservoir in 1964, flows and water temperatures below the dam fluctuated dramatically, stressing fish and causing mortality. Water temperatures could rise from 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit into the 80s, then recede back to the 50s or 60s a few days later. In summer, it was not unusual to find dead fish floating down the river, along with an increased flow from Cannonsville. Delaware water temperatures at times reached as high as 86 degrees Fahrenheit above Callicoon, and trout would be stressed for days. In spite of these conditions, rainbow trout survived and slowly expanded their range into the East Branch and its tributaries. My first experience with Delaware rainbows occurred in the lower East Branch in the early 1960s; they were the largest trout I had caught after several years of fishing the Beaverkill.
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I also learned that rainbows were inhabiting the smaller East Branch tributaries of Cadosia, Fish, and Read Creeks. At this time rainbow trout were rarely caught in the Beaverkill, which flowed into the East Branch, but they were found in Trout Brook, the first accessible Beaverkill tributary two miles upstream of the East Branch. Trout Brook was a toehold for rainbows in the Beaverkill; as the population grew they increased their range, and over time returned to the stream they had abandoned so many years before. Rainbow trout continue to move up the Beaverkill, and are spawning in an increasing number of streams. This renaissance continues as they are now found as far upstream as Berry Brook at the Beaverkill Campground, adding significant numbers of “wild” trout to the Beaverkill fishery. The next time you catch a Delaware rainbow trout you might want to think about the rainbow’s resiliency and incredible journey; it is an exceptional fish, worthy of being released.
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ll winter long, the bees at Larry Knack’s hive cluster together in a tight circle the size of a soccer ball. There are 10,000 of them, shimmying
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their wings to keep themselves warm and to warm the all-important queen bee, who lies somewhere at the center. The ball of bees moves slowly here and there
in the hive as the creatures feed on the honey they have stored. Now, as spring approaches, says Knack of Callicoon, it’s time for the queen bee to begin laying eggs in earnest. A new population of bees must be ready to greet the growing season. “In March and April, the pollen comes out and the nectar starts,” Knack said. “Honeybees will head for crocuses, dandelions, pussy willows, tree pollen.” With wild honeybees on the wane, beekeepers play an important role in ensuring the future for these amazing creatures, whose architectural and engineering prowess is unequaled and whose complex communal life is only matched by the lowly ant. It all starts with the tiny white egg planted by the queen bee in one of the waxy “cells” of the bee-built honeycomb.
emerged and then starts in on other empty cells, cleaning and polishing. At three to four days old, she takes on a new job. She starts feeding royal jelly and pollen to larvae, then moves on to feeding older grubs. She graduates, at age 12 to 20 days old, to producing wax in her body, which is used to build the honeycomb. “Honeybees have wax cells on the abdomen,” said Bertholf of North Branch. “Another bee picks the wax scales off and builds.” These builders chew the wax flakes until they become soft and moldable and then add the wax to the honeycomb construction. The cells are six-sided, so as to hold the most honey with the least amount of wax. Young bees do other hive duties, such as carrying out dead bees and disposing of the bodies far away from the pristine inside of the honeycomb. After that, said Bertholf, “workers basically work themselves to death” in feeding the whole colony. Now called foragers, they fly back and forth from flower to hive, often visiting 2,000 flowers per day.
BORN TO WORK Honeybees construct a comb for raising larvae; for storing nectar that they turn into honey; and for storing pollen, which also feeds the bees. “What’s amazing about honeybees is that SIPPING THE SWEET STUFF they don't have to be told what to do,” said From inside sweet clover, thistle and dandeDon Bertholf, president of the Sullivan County Beekeepers Association. “And they can change lion, from black-eyed susans, sunflowers and purple coneflowers, foragers sip the sugary their ‘jobs’ based upon the need of the hive.” After three days in the egg, a honeybee grub nectar, storing it in part of their stomach. hatches and is fed continuously by CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 “nurse” worker bees. When the grub is big enough to fill the cell, the nurses cap the cell with a mixture of wax and pollen; inside, the larva begins to weave a silken cocoon, where it continues to grow. Finally a fully formed honeybee gnaws through both cocoon and cell cap and emerges. Most honeybees are workers, as compared to the queen, whose sole job is to lay eggs, or the drones, which exist to fertilize queens-to-be on special mating flights. Worker bees have larger brains than queen or drones and are especially equipped to perform labor in and outside the hive. A newly hatched bee starts to CONTRIBUTED PHOTO work right away, points out Don Bertholf of North Branch serves as president of the Sullivan County Beekeepers Association. An expert on bee science, he tends Bertholf – the bee begins to clean honeybees in 60 to 70 hives in various parts of western Sullivan. out the cell from which she CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018 • 21
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Back at the hive, they pass it on through their mouths to other worker bees, diminishing the water content until it turns into honey. To deal with the rich, powdery pollen of plants, worker bees possess combs on their hairy back legs that collect the pollen into leg “baskets.” A worker's tiny wings must flap about 12,000 times per minute just to keep its pollen-laden body aloft for the flight home. At the hive, pollen is mixed with mouth secretions to create bee bread, particularly important for new bees. “Nurse” bees consume bee bread as a stimulus to their producing royal jelly for very young bees and for the queen. Workers also carry water back to the hive to dilute honey for the larva. And when the hive is in danger of overheating on a summer day, bees bring back water to spread on the backs of other bees who are fanning their wings to cool down the hive.
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the only honeybee with longevity. She can last up to two years, using the sperm she gained on her nuptial flight to fertilize eggs throughout her entire life. The queen can lay 1,500 eggs per day and depends on her attendant workers to take care of her grooming (they stroke and lick her) and her feeding. Throughout her life, she eats royal jelly, a white secretion made of pollen and chemicals from the glands of workers. Royal jelly, containing dietary supplements, fertility stimulants and B vitamins, is how the queen began; workers fed her as a larva with the rich substance in a large cell. The queen plays another key role in the hive: her chemical scents, or pheromones, let the bee colony know that she is alive and well. This stimulates the worker bees in all their activities. On their part, workers also produce pheromones. For instance, workers at the hive entrance emit scents that guide foragers back home. In the event of an intruder, such as a wasp, alarm pheromones trigger aggressive action on the part of the colony. The honeybee uses the most complex symCONTINUED ON PAGE 28
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SAVING THE BEES All the intricacies of honeybee life has entranced beekeeper Sis Paparella of Beach Lake, Pa. for 18 years. “I got a box of bees as a present in the year 2000 and that was it. I basically fell in love with them,” she said.
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Her business, Bee Goodys, sells medicinals and other products from bee honey, propolis and pollen. But Paparella is worried about the future of the honeybee, she said. The bee has suffered since the 1990s from various stressors, in particular, the varroa mite, which is a parasite that sucks blood from adult bees and from the developing young. Pesticides and herbicides are taking their toll as well. “I’m seeing suppression of the bee’s immune system from all the chemicals on the plants they land on, the chemicals we ourselves wind up eating,” Paparella said. Organizations like the non-profit Honeybee Conservancy, founded in response to the bee crisis, urges wild bee habitat restoration efforts, improved methods for keeping honeybees, reducing the use of harmful pesticides, and spreading knowledge about the importance of bees to the world. As major pollinators of our food sources, honeybees and their plight should act as a warning to humankind and the planet. “I feel,” Paparella said, “that they’re the canary in the coal mine.”
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The spring had been a wet one and the Potomac and other Southern rivers were badly flooded, making it impossible for the Union army to make any headway. The little known location named Five Forks was a place where five good roads intersected and the Confederates were in a strong defensive position, but badly outnumbered by a large force commanded by Phil
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George Pickett and his staff officers and reserve forces were many miles behind the battle front at Five Forks, with his headquarters located on the banks of Hatcher Run. The stream was filled with American Shad, that arrived every April to do their annual spawn. Pickett’s chef mentioned that Shad were a delicious dish, and if the soldiers could find a way to remove some from Hatcher Run, he had some good French recipes. Despite hearing the rumble of cannon fire from Five Forks, General Pickett paid no attention, since it was late afternoon and Union forces never opened a serious assault that late in the day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018 • 31
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Pickett opted to have the Shad meal and told the Chef to get the kitchen ready for the Shad bake. Mounted troopers managed to herd Shad to the shallow water and were retrieved by staff workers, and delivered to the chef. The Shad were soon in the process of being baked when a courier from Robert E. Lee arrived with orders for General Pickett to immediately move all available troops in haste to Five Forks since the volume of cannon fire indicated a major battle and the area around Five Forks were lightly defended. Pickett told the courier to tell General Robert E. Lee he would do so. The timing of the Shad arrival in Hatcher Run was not an accidental incident. Shad had been spawning in the stream for many centuries, and this 1865 run was a big one. Shad were important to the economy and well-being of Virginia. Confederate General George Pickett, most wellknown for his famous Pickett Charge at
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Gettysburg, PA, July 3, 1863. George had served under Robert E. Leeâ€™s Army of Northern Virginia with distinction and honor. Pickett was well aware of the taste of fresh Shad and might have looked upon their arrival as a good omen for that day. The arrival of Shad every spring in the Southern Rivers was an occasion of excitement since its arrival signals the end of winter. We do not look at Shad as a delicious food fish but down South the species of Shad is the smaller and more delectable Hickory Shad, and people of the South had special methods for salting and smoking Shad to preserve the meat for later consumption. Wherever possible Confederate military units would stop to harvest fresh Shad to supplement military rations. Pickett decided the Shad should be eaten and the Kentucky whiskey consumed before moving forward. It must have been like being back home for Pickettâ€™s staff. Good Shad recipe by the
chef, comfortable weather, Kentucky bourbon and cigars and an escape from the front. Pickett saw no urgency to return to his embattled troops holding at Five Forks, but he was making a major battlefield blunder. Contrary to previous battle plans, although it was close to 4 p.m., Union General Sheridan saw an opportunity to exploit a weak sector of the defenses and launched a major assault. An hour later, the courier appeared again with the same message from General Lee, at which point Pickett and staff mounted and started toward the sounds of battle. As they approached the defensive line they were met by retreating Confederates, who informed Pickett the Confederate defenders were completely out of
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Confederacy negotiated surrender terms. Men of the Union and Confederate armies started the slow, long march to their hometowns. Combined figures listed 620,000 dead during the war. Obviously at this late date of the Civil War the outcome was clearly in favor of a Union victory, and had General Pickett been able to repulse the Union army attacks it might have extended the war a little longer, but the results would have been the same. What history remembers about Five Forks on April 1, 1865, is that General George Pickett disobeyed direct orders in favor of a Shad bake with his staff. Apparently he felt the matter of a Shad bake was important enough to delay his involvement in the famous battle at Five Forks, VA. Pickett’s countrymen would never forgive him for his conduct that fateful day at Five Forks, VA.
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hroughout the many years that I have operated a fishing guide service on this magnificent river, the Scenic and Recreational Upper Delaware, I have had the opportunity to write about other freshwater sport fish such as the wild rainbow trout and the American shad for this publication. Both are hard fighting fish that are best sought by anglers in the spring when the water temperatures range in the 50’s to mid 60’s. Anglers from all over the world travel to our region to target these great sportfish. I leave you to enjoy the writings of my colleagues in this jam-packed fishing issue by John Punola, a knowledgeable shad fisherman and Ed Van Put, who has a wealth of information on the wild rainbows to complement my essay on yet another sought after freshwater gamefish which is the Upper Delaware smallmouth bass. The fish, that Dr. James Henshall in his book entitled, “Book of Black Bass,” written in 1881, wrote “that inch for inch and pound for pound the gamest fish that swims.” Throughout the years, it has been the smallmouth bass that has become the mainstay of consistent freshwater action throughout most of the open water season on the river, whether it be fly or light action spin. This fact is due to their propensity to feed, the amount of fish per mile, summer and fall water temperatures in the 70’s which the smallies prefer and the fact that the majority of anglers now release the fish they catch. Smallmouth CONTINUED ON PAGE 50
There are several extraordinary fish in the Delaware River. So get out there! Just remember to practice catch and release fishing. CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018 • 49
Catskill/Delaware country. The bass were bass are abundant from originally planted here Port Jervis north to Long by the Erie Railroad in Eddy, New York. the 1880’s and were When I began guiding transplants from the in 1994, the average Ohio River drainage. smallmouth was only 9 The bass, over the years, inches but due to the found the river to their fact that most fisherliking. Plenty of food in men now practice catch the way of baitfish, and release the average such as dace, chubs, Big smiles for Brendan Cavanagh with a nice scraplength has increased to shadling, lampreys, py Upper Delaware River smallmouth bass. almost legal size which stonecats and various is 12 inches. aquatic insects such as Throughout the season, we have caught many hellgrammites and stoneflies along with outriver bronzebacks in excess of 17 inches all the standing structure of dropoffs and submerged way to 20 inches which, in any book, is consid- boulders and very clean oxygenated water. ered a trophy bass. And when you combine the In fact, during my river excursions and semifact that these fish live in moving water with fast nars throughout the years, I stress this point to currents, and must use every muscle and sense folks: Fishing the river smallmouth bass is more to capture food as well as be on guard against akin to fishing for trout as opposed to fishing for predators they more than make up for in their bass in lakes and ponds. Reading the moving strength compared to those fish that live in still water will serve you well in becoming a successwater. CONTINUED ON PAGE 52 Smallmouth bass are not native to our river in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 49
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ful river angler since both species inhabit the same lies â€“ drop offs, submerged boulders to ambush prey, riffles where insects hatch â€“ the only difference is that trout feed voraciously when the water is cooler and the smallmouth are most aggressive when the water is in the 70s. If youâ€™re introducing youngsters to big river fishing, the smallmouth bass will not disappoint. I have found that most kids donâ€™t care what species theyâ€™re fishing for â€“ as long as theyâ€™re catching! The smallmouth bass is a great fish to wet a youngsterâ€™s appetite for more. In fact, your children might be hooked on fishing for life after a successful Upper Delaware River adventure. On many full day river charters, two anglers in my driftboat will usually catch over 60 fish in seven hours. Thatâ€™s right â€“ 60 fish! And on
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will also work if you choose to fish subsurface in the riffles and pockets using large Clousers, Wooly Buggers or large Kelly Galloup articulated streamers to represent minnows. Just make sure you throw a pattern which is on the large size since smallmouth bass aren’t bashful about what they eat. Size 2 through 4 will do the trick. Lastly if you find the river up and the current a tad fast, switch to a fast sink tip line to get your fly down into the strike zone. To wrap up, it’s no wonder that the magazine, “Field and Stream”, has named the Upper Delaware River as one of the top five smallmouth rivers in the United States. The beauty of this is that great recreational and angling opportunities are only two hours from the New York –
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BY MATT SHORTALL t’s almost that time of year again. Turkey season in upstate New York starts on May 1, and if you plan on winning the Sullivan County Democrat’s Spring Turkey Contest this year, you’d better take some advice from longtime hunter and former Turkey Contest winner, Ian Blumenthal. That year, Blumenthal bagged the top turkey, weighing in at 22.79-lbs. What does it take? “Dress in full camouflage and make as little 62 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018
movement as possible,” Blumenthal said. If you didn’t already know, turkeys have incredible eyesight. They can spot even the smallest movement from far away. According to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the wild turkey can see as well as a hawk, or a human with 8x binoculars. Bob Eriksen, a retired regional biologist for CONTINUED ON PAGE 64
Ian Blumenthal and his son Max with the 22.79-lb gobbler that won him the 2016 Sullivan County Democrat Spring Turkey Contest. CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018 â€¢ 63
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NWTF has spent years studying these magnificent birds. Having eyes on the sides of their head allows for greater peripheral vision, and they can see color in some degree. “They have the ability to detect movement and assimilate detail very quickly,” Eriksen explains. “Their excellent daylight vision is often relied on when hearing is impaired by wind and rain.” Their eyesight serves them well, considering the turkey has a poorly developed sense of smell. So, if you want to bag a bird this spring, you’ll have to blend in and sit tight. Blumenthal says he enjoys spring turkey season especially, when the woods are coming back to life after a long and cold winter.
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isfaction that comes from bringing home your own dinner. There’s a sense of pride that comes from being the predator and not just a consumer. “One of the reasons why it’s important to hunt morally and ethically is to preserve what’s out there and what, in my eyes at least, is there for us to harvest,” Blumenthal said. “And it’s actually better for you.” Although technically the same species, wild and domestic turkeys are certainly birds of a different feather. Wild turkey has a distinct taste compared with the frozen turkey you might buy for Thanksgiving dinner. “The meat is typically pretty tough.” Blumenthal said. “There’s different ways of seasoning and marinating the meat to make it good. My son can be a picky eater, but we make turkey shish kabobs and he loves them.” “No preservatives either,” he added.
During the Spring season, hunters may harvest two gobblers – or male turkeys. Most hunters use either a mouth (diaphragm) or box call to imitate the sound of a hen to attract the male, who have a beard. The longer the beard, the more prized the gobbler.
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iking is an activity that is enjoyed year-round in the Catskills. You can find hikers on the trails throughout Sullivan County any time of the year. Hiking can be a great way to get in shape as an exercise. You can increase your strength, stamina and cardiovascular health, according to Sullivan TrailKeeper, an organization that offers information and routes on hiking trails in Sullivan County. CONTINUED ON PAGE 70
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Additionally, it has been known to improve your mood, relieve your stress and might help with sleeping better at night. It’s a hobby that the whole family can enjoy, while getting to know the outdoors. You can learn more about Sullivan County with the plants and animals you encounter on your hiking trips. Seeing all the plants and animals during the hiking trips might inspire you to take a picture or sketch a drawing. TrailKeeper.org, which is funded by the Upper Delaware Council and Sullivan Renaissance, listed about 84 sites that are hiking trails in Sullivan County. Some examples include the O and W Trail, which is a rail bed of the former O and W Railroad. It is broken into sections, the seven and half mile trail and runs Woodridge to Mountaindale to Hurleyville and ends in South Fallsburg. The Basha Kill Area has many trails that go through the wetlands and offers the D and H
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
2Squared with Andrew Ranaudo and Nicol Brancato - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance located at 37 Main Street in Narrowsburg. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available at delawarevalleyartsalliance.org. Fireside Performance - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Western located at 22 Upper Main Street in Callicoon. Free admission, just buy food and drinks.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Family Winter Weekend at East Valley Ranch - 8 a.m. until March 4 at 5 p.m. East Valley Ranch is a glistening landscape of snow and splendor in the wintertime. Try cross-country skiing or a half-day snowshoe hike and explore the true beauty of winter*. Our staff will also teach you survival skills for the cold, including shelter building, how to start a fire in winter, and campfire cooking techniques. Learn to track animals in the snow and how they adapt and thrive in this unique environment. Join us for our family winter weekend and spend time exploring the Catskills. *Weather permitting. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are provided. For more information, please contact the Frost Valley YMCA at (845) 282-6180. Bring Back the ‘90s Party - 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Oscar Browns located at 2514 State Route 52 in Liberty. Dig up those JNCO’s, get out that choker necklace, we’re going back to the 90’s! An entire 90’s themed night with DJ Nick playing everything from the 90’s all night! Wear the best 90’s outfit and win a totally sweet prize. Drink Specials and Happy Hour pricing all night! $5 cover, 21 and over only.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Family Winter Weekend at East Valley Ranch - 8 a.m. until March 4 at 5 p.m. East Valley Ranch is a glistening landscape of snow and splendor in the wintertime. Try cross-country skiing or a half-day snowshoe hike and explore the true beauty of winter*. Our staff will also teach you survival skills for the cold, including shelter building, how to start a fire in winter, and campfire cooking techniques. Learn to track animals in the snow and how they adapt and thrive in 74 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2018
Andrew Ranaudo and Nicol Brancato will be performing Saturday, February 24 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg. this unique environment. Join us for our family winter weekend and spend time exploring the Catskills. *Weather permitting. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are provided. For more information, please contact the Frost Valley YMCA at (845) 282-6180. March Iced Tea Dance - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m Free admission with beverages for purchase. Music by the always fantastic Greg Johnson. Located at the Catskill Distilling Company on 2037 State Route 17B in Bethel.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Family Winter Weekend at East Valley Ranch - 8 a.m. until March 4 at 5 p.m. East Valley Ranch is a glistening landscape of snow and splendor in the wintertime. Try cross-country skiing or a half-day snowshoe hike and explore the true beauty of winter*. Our staff will also teach you survival skills for the cold, including shelter building, how to start a fire in winter, and campfire cooking techniques. Learn to track animals in the snow and how they adapt and thrive in this unique environment. Join us for our family winter weekend and spend time exploring the Catskills. *Weather permitting. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are provided. For more information, please contact the Frost Valley YMCA at (845) 282-6180. Return of the Eagle - 2 p.m. at the
Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - A PowerPoint presentation by local historian Tom Riley which traces the history of the American Eagle and other raptors from their near extinction in the 1960s as a result of the effects of DDT and other chemicals, to today, when eagles can be found in almost every state. Light refreshments are included. Members get in free, nonmember $3. For more information, please call (845) 985-7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. Songs and Stories of the Sixties - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sullivan County Historical Society located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville. The event will take place on the 1st Sunday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Guest musicians will perform songs from the sixties and the famous Woodstock concert. Guest speakers will, talk about their experience of the changing culture, the Woodstock Festival and the music. Little Sparrow will host the event in the Time Line /Woodstock Theater room at the Sullivan County Museum. For more information please call (845) 434-8044. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 People, Planet, Politics artist talk and panel discussion - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance located at 37 Main Street in Narrowsburg. Moderated by DVAA Gallery Director Rocky Pinciotti. Stay tuned for the announcement of guest panelists. Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - This year’s parade will feature bagpipers, a Pipe and Drum Band and Marching Band, local fire departments, community marchers, antique cars, horses, veterans and more! For more information on marching or to become a Rock Hill Business and Community Association member visit online at https://rockhillny.org/rock-hill-st-patricks-dayparade/or contact Gary Budnik at email@example.com or call (845) 866-3783.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Folie À Deux - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Catskill Art Society located at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor - Join Weekend of Chamber Music for the great Sonate en quatre parties for violin and cello of Ravel; the Duo of Erwin Schulhoff, inspired by Ravel; and a new duo by Andrew Waggoner, composed especially for the occasion. Featuring performing artists Nurit Pacht, violin and Caroline Stinson, cello.
are included. Members get in free, non-member $3. For more information, please call (845) 985-7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Food for Thought: A Gourmet Meditation 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Rd in Glen Spey. Join us at the World Peace Temple for a special night out that includes a relaxing guided meditation followed by a delicious gourmet home-style vegetarian meal. Cost is $20-35. For more information, please visit www.kadampanewyork.org, call (845) 856-9000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 NYC’s Water Supply - 2 p.m. - at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - A discussion about the operation, protection and maintenance of New York City’s water supply - the largest municipal drinking water supply in the U.S. by DEP Director of Public Affairs, Adam Bosch. He will also share information and photos from the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel, a project to repair the longest tunnel in the world, along with a preview of the upcoming Ashokan Century Program. Light refreshments are included. Members get in free, non-member $3. For more information, please call (845) 985-7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Callicoon Kiwanis Palm Sunday Breakfast 7 a.m. until noon. The Callicoon Kiwanis Club will be hosting its allyou-can eat breakfast at the Delaware Community Center in Callicoon to benefit the youth of our area. Enjoy homemade pancakes, real Maple Syrup, eggs any style and great sausage. All for a worthy cause! From Garden Plot to Kitchen Pot - 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - Herbs have been with us forever - from their mention in Genesis, through the centuries to today, where they are distilled and sold on the internet daily. The reason is clear, they are good for our health and tasty too! Spend a winter afternoon with Diana K. Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Program Manager, learning about the history, cultivation, propagation and the many culinary uses of herbs. Just in time for the start of the 2018 gardening season! Light refreshments
Frost Valley Hiking Weekend - 8 a.m. until April 15 at 5 p.m. The perfect time to hike Frost Valley’s over 5,000 acres or be shuttled to some of our local trailheads to visit a Fire Tower, crest Slide Mountain, or visit Giant Ledge. Make new friends from a network of hiking clubs. All meals are provided, as well as activities on camp when you are not enjoying the trail. Non-hiking family and friends can enjoy Frost Valley’s fun and exciting regular programs, too! For more information, visit http://frostvalley.org/group-andfamily-retreats/family-weekends/hiking-weekends/ or call (845) 282-6180.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan - 8 p.m. - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel. - On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Honey and the Bee - 2 p.m. - at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - Join Son of a Bee from Grahamsville to learn about bee keeping, honey and the benefits of adding honey to your diet. Light refreshments are included. Members get in free, non-member $3. For more information, please call (845) 985-7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. Young People’s Chorus of New York City - 3 p.m. - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel. For more information, please visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Free public talk on modern Buddhism - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Rd in Glen Spey. Learn how Kadampa Buddhism offers practical tools for modern busy life. Enjoy a guided meditation and experience peace of mind. After the talk, explore the nature trails & gardens, stay for a community lunch or relax in the World Peace Cafe. For more information, visit http://kadampanewyork.org/events/fr ee-public-talk or call (845) 856-9000. Benefit Concert at Bethel Woods - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - $25 advance, $30 at the door - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel. Featuring performances by Slam Allen, Caty Paty and friends. Proceeds will benefit the Sullivan County SPCA. Tickets available at Bethel Woods Box Office, Fitness Factory in Monticello and the Sullivan County SPCA. For more information, please visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Breakfast - 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Rd in Glen Spey. Celebrate Mothers’ Day with a delicious vegetarian breakfast with family and friends in our World Peace Café. Sit back, relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal served by our kind and warmhearted volunteers. Cost is $20-35. For more information, please visit
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FRIDAY, MAY 18 Finding Peace Weekend Retreat: Letting Go of the Past - 9 a.m. to May 20 at 9 p.m. at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Rd in Glen Spey. This weekend meditation retreat provides a chance to step away from the busyness of everyday life and refresh your mind. Enjoy guided meditations and a meditative approach to let go of the past. In the breaks, enjoy meaningful conversation and relax amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Temple and its natural surroundings. Cost to attend is $60. For more information, please visit www.kadampanewyork.org or call (845) 856-9000.
SUNDAY, MAY 20 New Volunteer Day - 1 p.m. - at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - Free - Interested in helping at the Museum, but want to know more? Join us for an information session and tour of the Museum to learn how you can help and all the benefits of volunteering. Light refreshments are included. For more information, please call (845) 985-
7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. The History of Ellenville - 2 p.m. - at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville - Henry “Bucky” Green, Town of Wawarsing Historian and member of the museum advisory board of the Ellenville Public Library & Museum will speak on his “Images of America” book on Ellenville. Books will be available for sale and light refreshments are included. Members get in free, non-member $3. For more information, please call (845) 985-7700 or visit online at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.
Temple - 11 a.m. until May 28 at 5 p.m. at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Rd in Glen Spey. Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in the peaceful environment of Kadampa Meditation Center New York. Hourly temple tours, guided meditations, coffee and treats from our World Peace Café, bookstore and gift shop, nature trails and peaceful gardens. For more information, please visit www.kadampanewyork.org, call (845) 856-9000 or e-mail email@example.com.
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10th Annual Fun Fair - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free - Kadampa Meditation Center New York located at 47 Sweeney Road in Glen Spey. Over 30 local artisans and vendors, Temple tours, guided meditations, delicious food, live music, kids carnival including Bubbles the Clown, fair games, face painting, bounce tent and arts & crafts. For more information, please visit www.kadampanewyork.org/fun-fair.
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