AWSMP learned about Fisheries and Fly Fishing at the Catskills Visitors Center

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Scott George USGS

Scott George, fish­eries biol­o­gist with USGS, talks about fish of the upper Eso­pus Creek.

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) learned about the state of Eso­pus Creek fish­eries and the his­tory of fly fish­ing in the Catskills at the “Eso­pus Creek Fish and Fly Fish­ing Demon­stra­tion” held at the Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20. This event was part of AWSMP’s Ashokan Water­shed Month series of programs.

Scott George of the United States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) started off with a pre­sen­ta­tion on the research that USGS has done on the Eso­pus. He explained that after events like Trop­i­cal Storm Irene, which dev­as­tated the area in 2011, they expected the fish­ery to be in decline in the years that fol­lowed. Quite to the con­trary they found that the fish­ery rebounded quickly after the flood and actu­ally did bet­ter than in some years imme­di­ately prior to the flood. While there is no defin­i­tive answer on why this is, George sus­pects the move­ment of sed­i­ment dur­ing the flood may have cov­ered over or cleaned away some fine deposits, which pro­vided a bet­ter sub­strate for spawning.

Fly Fishing Instruction 9-2019

Mark Loete, owner of Catskill Moun­tain Fly Fish­ing Guid­ing and Instruc­tion and Trout Unlim­ited mem­ber, demon­strates how to cast with a fly rod.

 

Fol­low­ing this Mark Loete of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­ited gave a talk about the his­tory of fly fish­ing around the world and more specif­i­cally about fly fish­ing the Eso­pus Creek. He explained that the Eso­pus Creek is the birth­place of Amer­i­can fly fish­ing, made pop­u­lar by anglers like Theodore Gor­don and depicted by artists of the Hud­son River School like Asher Durand. At the end of the pro­gram he gave par­tic­i­pants a short les­son on how to prop­erly cast a fly rod.

There are still a few pro­grams left for Ashokan Water­shed Month. Be sure to check them out by vis­it­ing our web­site.

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