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t the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum we have used the past year to renovate, restore, and reset. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and supporters for their generosity over the last year and beyond. While following NYS restrictions and guidelines to keep our community safe, we have

planned for a year of youth and adult education programs (online and limited in-person) and some limited events. Join us this Spring, Summer and Fall, in person or online, as we support the traditions and the future of the sport. Visit www.cffcm.com for our program calendar, updates or to become a member!

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rivers and streams. He was head guide at Catskill Flies when owner and fly-tying legend Dennis Skarka passed away in 2019. Rist bought the shop and turned it into Trout Town Flies, which he runs with his wife Jeannie and the help of their two daughters. “I love teaching people how to fly fish,” Rist said, “My whole philosophy is to educate people. I want everyone to come to this area and

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he American essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Nature says, ‘he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.’” Few people know more about the joys that fly fishing can bring than Joe Rist of Trout Town Flies in Roscoe. Rist has worked for many years as a fly fishing guide, teaching others the skills and secrets he’s developed after countless hours in the Catskills’ 6 TROUT

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have a great time.” Rist has been a guide for international clients from the Philippines, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom, just to name a few. But some of the most rewarding experiences, he says, are teaching parents and kids. “Those bonding times remind me of when I was on the water with my dad, and now when I take my daughters out,” he said. “I’ve seen what the power of fly fishing can do for one’s soul.” Rist has been a guide for numerous charitable causes, including helping wounded veterans learn how to fly fish. He’s also participated in “Casting for Recovery,” which provides free fly fishing retreats for women battling breast cancer.

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“Some people get lost in music, some get lost in books and for some it’s fishing,” he said. “The sound of moving water, the sight of the changing seasons, there’s nothing else quite like it.” Fishing is more than just a hobby and a passion for Rist, it runs in his blood. A third generation angler himself, Rist’s grandfather was a commercial fisherman on the Hudson River around the Tomkins Cove and Haverstraw areas. Rist’s father was an avid fly fisherman and brought his son fishing throughout the United States. “When I was born I was never given a pacifier. I was given a red and white bobber,” he joked. Rist has served as past president of Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited and is still involved in the organization. He’s also a member of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in 8 TROUT

Livingston Manor and a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. When March, 2020 came around it brought with it a global pandemic and Rist was expecting the worst. “It turned out to be the opposite,” he said. When people were told to physically distance and not to congregate in large groups, many turned their gaze toward the rivers and streams. “COVID made people do more outdoor activities, from fishing to hiking and biking,” he said. “Last year, inventory was an issue. I was selling stuff like crazy.” With opening day for trout fishing fast approaching on April 1, Rist says they're looking forward to a busy season. They'll continue to offer fly fishing clinics, seminars, workshops and classes throughout the year. For more information about lessons or other services, visit trouttownflies.com. Spring 2021


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Sac Fry take 2 weeks to absorb yolk sac and then begin feeding a high-quality granular fish food. This photo shows Michelle Poprawski sampling fingerling fish. Sampling all fish must be conducted monthly. Over 300,000 fish are stocked in the lower 12 counties by Catskill Hatchery staff. This photo shows a volunteer bucketing trout into the Willowemoc Creek.

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rout fishing has brought visitors to the Catskills for generations. One place locally which makes sure our streams are filled with quality trout is the Catskill State Fish Hatchery. This year this facility is stocking 250,000 9” Brown Trout, 3,300 Brook Trout, 23,000 2-year-old Brown Trout, and 45,000 Rainbow Trout in the main spring stocking season. They will also stock Walleye, Lake Trout and Tiger Musky later in the year. It’s story begins in 1946 when the NYS Conservation Department (now DEC) purchased the “Ward Robertson Hatchery” in DeBruce, NY. Shortly after the acquisition, the hatchery was relocated a half mile up the road to its current location. DEC’s Camp DeBruce, an environmental education camp for kids, now sits on the former hatchery site. The hatchery was constructed to be a broodstock facility, producing trout eggs to aid the demand on the Randolph Hatchery as well as to make it quicker and cheaper to get trout to Catskill region streams. Conservation Department engineers designed the facility and it was constructed using local labor.

In the early years of the hatchery, several species of trout were reared solely outside. Improvements to the facility in the 1950s allowed fish to also be raised indoors. At that time, Catskill State Fish Hatchery was capable of producing 30,000 fry annually, a fraction of current production, 800,000 fry. In the 1980s, the hatchery infrastructure underwent some major changes. The hexagonal ponds were replaced with rectangular ponds and wells were drilled to provide additional cold, clean water. Today the Catskill State Fish Hatchery focuses on producing high-quality brown trout, stocking 350,000 throughout 12 southeastern counties. Hatchery staff travel on roadways to stocking locations through New York City and Long Island. The remainder of the fish raised at Catskill State Fish Hatchery, approximately 400,000 brown trout, are transferred to other DEC fish hatcheries for stocking throughout the state. The hatchery receives transfers of rainbow and brook trout from other State hatcheries for stocking throughout the CONTINUED TO PAGE 12

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Sac Fry take 2 weeks to absorb yolk sac and then begin feeding a high-quality granular fish food. This photo shows Michelle Poprawski sampling fingerling fish. Sampling all fish must be conducted monthly. Over 300,000 fish are stocked in the lower 12 counties by Catskill Hatchery staff. This photo shows a volunteer bucketing trout into the Willowemoc Creek.

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rout fishing has brought visitors to the Catskills for generations. One place locally which makes sure our streams are filled with quality trout is the Catskill State Fish Hatchery. This year this facility is stocking 250,000 9” Brown Trout, 3,300 Brook Trout, 23,000 2-year-old Brown Trout, and 45,000 Rainbow Trout in the main spring stocking season. They will also stock Walleye, Lake Trout and Tiger Musky later in the year. It’s story begins in 1946 when the NYS Conservation Department (now DEC) purchased the “Ward Robertson Hatchery” in DeBruce, NY. Shortly after the acquisition, the hatchery was relocated a half mile up the road to its current location. DEC’s Camp DeBruce, an environmental education camp for kids, now sits on the former hatchery site. The hatchery was constructed to be a broodstock facility, producing trout eggs to aid the demand on the Randolph Hatchery as well as to make it quicker and cheaper to get trout to Catskill region streams. Conservation Department engineers designed the facility and it was constructed using local labor.

In the early years of the hatchery, several species of trout were reared solely outside. Improvements to the facility in the 1950s allowed fish to also be raised indoors. At that time, Catskill State Fish Hatchery was capable of producing 30,000 fry annually, a fraction of current production, 800,000 fry. In the 1980s, the hatchery infrastructure underwent some major changes. The hexagonal ponds were replaced with rectangular ponds and wells were drilled to provide additional cold, clean water. Today the Catskill State Fish Hatchery focuses on producing high-quality brown trout, stocking 350,000 throughout 12 southeastern counties. Hatchery staff travel on roadways to stocking locations through New York City and Long Island. The remainder of the fish raised at Catskill State Fish Hatchery, approximately 400,000 brown trout, are transferred to other DEC fish hatcheries for stocking throughout the state. The hatchery receives transfers of rainbow and brook trout from other State hatcheries for stocking throughout the CONTINUED TO PAGE 12

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lower 12 counties. The Catskill Hatchery water system is a complex one, fed by Toad Spring, Henry Brook, Mongaup Creek, and drilled wells. The disease free and consistent water temperatures provided by drilled wells allow for over 700,000 fry to be raised inside the hatchery building during the winter months. A combination of cool pristine water from Toad Spring and warm Mongaup Creek water allows for optimal growth of the yearling brown trout in the summer. Consequently, in winter, Toad Spring water is used to increase the creek water temperature that is being used in the hatchery, which prevents the outdoor ponds from freezing. Adjusting water sources at critical times is crucial for this facility to maintain the health and wellbeing of our trout. Starting in late winter, hatchery staff will alter the daylight length for the brown trout broodstock held at the hatchery by adjusting the amount of light they are subjected to each day. This allows the hatchery trout to spawn two months earlier than in their native setting. 12 TROUT

Giving our Brown Trout additional time to grow allows the fish to grow to the target length for spring stocking. The staff at Catskill State Fish Hatchery also get an added benefit of spawning fish in warmer weather than nature would normally allow. At the hatchery, the spawning process begins in late August. Each week 4-year-old females are sorted for ripeness (their willingness to release eggs). Ripe females and 3-year-old males are then put in an anesthetic bath to help reduce handling stress. Gentle, but firm pressure is applied to the belly of the trout so the females will release eggs and the males will release milt (sperm). Water is added to the egg/milt mixture and fertilization begins. The eggs are disinfected and placed in incubator trays for 30 days where they receive treatments to prevent fungal growth. Each female releases about 5,000 eggs. Collectively the hatchery produces 1.2- 2 million brown trout eggs. Keeping 800,000 eggs, the hatchery will ship any additional eggs to other DEC fish hatcheries. After eyes have developed in fertilized eggs (a Spring 2021


MEET THE STAFF Joseph Gennarino, Fish Culturist 2 Joseph studied Fisheries & Wildlife Technology at SUNY Cobleskill and Environmental Studies at SUNY Oneonta. He enjoys the outdoors and some of his hobbies include gardening, hiking and foraging for wild edibles.

Freshly hatched Brown Trout termed sac fry.

James Judson, Fish Culturist 1 James obtained a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Technology at SUNY Cobleskill in 1996. He has worked at the Catskill State Fish Hatchery since 1998 and enjoys all aspects of fishing, especially striper fishing on the canal in the Cape. Timothy Anstey, Fish Culturist 1 Timothy received his degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Technology at SUNY Cobleskill in 1996. He has worked at the Catskill State Fish Hatchery since 1998. Timothy participates in all aspects of Hatchery care. He is very skilled in equipment maintenance and repair and is integral in the hatchery system design and equipment fabrication. Katherine Piscitello, Fish Culturist 1 Katherine received a Bachelors in Fisheries and Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill and has been with DEC just shy of two years. She has always loved the outdoors, which is what prompted her to follow this career path.

In the summertime, rearing ponds are outfitted with predation netting to prevent Great Blue Heron, Grackles, Kingfisher and other avian species from decimating populations.

Logan Grishaber, Fish Culturist 1 Logan got his degree from SUNY Brockport. Before working at the Catskill Hatchery, Logan worked at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Maine and the Chateauguay State Fish Hatchery.

developmental milestone called “eye-up”), they are rigorously picked both with an automated egg picker and manually by hatchery staff, removing dead or infertile eggs. Live eggs are then placed on trays in troughs where they remain until they hatch in mid-October. Hatched trout (termed sac fry), live off nutrients they absorb from their own yolk sac for 2 weeks and then are weaned onto a dry high-protein diet. Fry remain in troughs throughout Winter and then are moved outside into ponds at the facility in early spring to grow; it takes 18 months to get the trout to the 9” stocking size requirement. Stocking season kicks off in March and continues through May. Check the DEC website to see the list of counties stocked by all 12 DEC fish hatcheries or contact your local sportsmen federation to participate in stocking. For more fish stocking information, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7739.html

Michelle Poprwaski, Fish Culturist 2, Appointed Hatchery Manager Michelle obtained a bachelor’s in Marine Science from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at Stony Brook University in Southampton, NY. She has extensive experience in researching harmful algal blooms on Long Island which led her to an internship at MOTE Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. There she began working in a recirculating aquaculture system raising Snook, Florida Pompano, and Red Drum. Michelle also spent time working in a similar system raising Siberian Sturgeon for caviar production. These experiences ignited her passion for rearing fish in an aquaculture setting. She decided to move closer to home and was hired for a fish culturist job at the Catskill Hatchery, where she has worked for the past 6 years. Michelle loves the job, the people she works with and the challenges she faces each day. In her spare time, she hikes the Catskills with her husband and daughter, fishes for crappie, walleye or anything that’s biting, as well as enjoying gardening.

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It’s not just trout that benefit from Conservation People have long flocked to the Delaware River, where recreational opportunities abound. BY JEFF SKELDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRIENDS OF THE UPPER DELAWARE RIVER

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riends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) is a non-profit communitybased watershed protection organization based in Hancock, NY. FUDR is widely recognized as the “voice of the river” and the only professionally staffed organization working every day to protect and restore one of New York’s crown jewel natural resources – the Upper Delaware River watershed. FUDR was originally conceived as a “fishing group” but has since expanded its advocacy work to include broad watershed conservation concerns including the welfare of people, communities, and local economies. Protecting and restoring the world class wild trout fishery of the Upper Delaware River Watershed continues to be a top priority for FUDR. However, in order to accomplish that objective, our work must go far beyond a “just fish” focus. It must include community engagement and collaboration, coalition building, political action, and generating resources 14 TROUT

to protect and restore a natural resource that is woven into the DNA of the people who rely on a healthy river for their livelihoods and spiritual enjoyment. Speaking of fishing, opening day of the New York State trout season is April 1 when the tourism economy of the Upper Delaware River watershed goes into overdrive. Trout season on the Delaware and West Branch doesn’t open until Saturday, April 17. Many Delaware tributaries have similar seasons. Please check DEC regulations. The Upper Delaware River “tailwaters” (a term that describes a river below a dam) was created by the construction of three large reservoirs in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the western Catskills (Pepacton, Cannonsville, Neversink) that generate more than half of New York City’s daily water supply. Cold, clean water is released from the bottom of the dams into the tailwaters of the Upper Delaware River resulting in a wild trout fishery that is one of the best in the country. Anglers come from across the globe every year to match their skills against wary, strong, stream bred trout, and they help boost the economies of local communities at the same Spring 2021


time. Multiple watershed interests (anglers, businesses, elected officials, landowners, second homeowners) have a stake in ensuring the future protection and restoration of the river, the lands that surround it, the fishery, and the economic revitalization of the region. For the first time ever, due to the organizing efforts of FUDR and our diverse watershed conservation partners, the Upper Delaware River is receiving the political attention it has always deserved at the state and federal level, bringing meaningful funding to the watershed. This funding is used for on-the-ground projects that protect and restore the river and the trout fishery.

Projects include streambank stabilization and erosion control, protection of aquatic habitat and the fishery, culvert replacements and infrastructure protection, recreational enhancements, flood mitigation, and community-based watershed planning. FUDR’s most recent campaign is to secure meaningful funding through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund for on the ground stream projects that heal the watershed and boost local economies. One exciting and popular FUDR project in 2021 is our work to control the proliferation of Japanese knotweed, an invasive species that is

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fter a day of fly-fishing nothing sounds better than sitting down and enjoying a cold beer. New York State, and especially this region, has recently become a hot spot for microbreweries and distilleries. So here are some options for a tall glass of something in and around Trout Town USA:

BY ISABEL BRAVERMAN

Upward Brewing Company Located on the top of a hill you will be looking onward and upward at Upward Brewing with stunning 360-degree views from its perch. With large windows, and indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. In addition to their variety of highly-drinkable beers they also have food with updated classics like a kimchi hot dog, trout nuggets, shrimp po’boy and of course a good old burger and fries. 171 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY • 845-439-1382 www.upwardbrewing.com

Catskill Brewery Catskill Brewery knows how to make a well-crafted beer that’s served all over the country but you can go straight to the source at their taproom in Livingston Manor. From IPAs to Imperial Stouts you’ll find something you’ll like at the sustainable LEED certified building. Taproom hours change seasonally so make sure to check the website for current hours and in the summer they have a taco truck outside. 672 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, NY • 845-439-1232 www.catskillbrewery.square.site CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Roscoe Beer Co.

With a taproom and beer garden Roscoe Beer Co. fully encompasses a fun day of fishing with some good friends. On tap they have their very first brew—Trout Town American Amber Ale—and everything from IPAs to pilsners. They also have a delicious food menu with wings, fries, specialty grilled cheeses and much more. 145 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY • 607-290-5002 www.roscoebeercompany.com

Forthright Cyder New York State has some of the best apples and honey in the world and this “nano-cydery” uses both of these locally sourced ingredients to create their specialty drink Cyser, a hybrid of hard cider and mead (honey wine). With honey cyser, cherry cyser, dry sour apple cyder, and mulled cyder you’ll find unique and delicious options on tap. Outdoor seating opens this spring. 4052 State Route 52, Youngsville, NY • 845-747-5057 www.forthrightcyder.com

Do Good Spirits With a number of awards under their belt, Do Good Spirits is sure to offer the best, highestquality spirits. They started out with trying to create New York’s best vodka, and now offer gin, bourbon whiskey and bourbon cream. Located in the old Roscoe Firehouse, the large tasting room makes for a great day trip. 10 Union Street, Roscoe, NY • 607-498-4511 www.dogoodspirits.com Spring 2021

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Trout 2021  

Anglers rejoice! It's almost time to get back in the water and we've got you covered in this annual journal.

Trout 2021  

Anglers rejoice! It's almost time to get back in the water and we've got you covered in this annual journal.

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