The Catskill Fly Fishing
Center and Museum

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June 16, 2006 5:32 PM

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River Types
  The Freestone River
  Feeder Streams
  The Spring Hole
  Limestone Rivers
  Tailwater Fisheries
Energy Considerations: The Flow Of Life Through The River
  Stream-side Foliage And Its Role In Stream Ecology
  Wild Flowers
  Macro Invertebrates
Glossary Of Terms  
References And Suggested Readings
  General References
  Background Readings (for the sheer fun of it)
  Topic-specific References
Journals of Interest  
Books of Interest  
Appendix: Genera And Species Of Salmonids And Their Geographic Distributions  
Essay: Trout Light, Trout Shadow by Dickson Despommier  
1999-2004 Willowemoc Creek Temperature Profiles (April - June)

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Without an intact river ecosystem, trout cannot exist on their own. Without an intact river ecosystem, the sport of fly fishing will rapidly regress to the virtual web pages of the internet. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center fully acknowledges the inter-connectedness of all life on earth, particularly as it pertains to trout habitat, and is committed to helping maintain the health of all cold water ecosystems. Stream ecology lectures, demonstrations and stream walks are a regular feature of the Education Center and are given throughout the fishing season. Topics covered include geology, hydrology, physical attributes of river types, biodiversity (flora and fauna of the local region), energy flow (e.g., the fate of leaves and downed trees, algae and other sources of detritus), food webs, productivity, and stream management practices (e.g., Project Lorax, restoration of Darbee Brook, Project Access, Trout in the Classroom). All who have participated in these educational experiences have expressed an interest in knowing more about how they can help preserve and extend valuable cold water fisheries, such as those found in the Willowemoc Creek, Beaver Kill River, Delaware River system and other smaller tributaries of those highly productive ecosystems. These programs will undoubtedly grow considerably in both scope and extent of knowledge in each new presentation over the next few years when our educational facilities improve to accommodate modern audio-visual equipment and information storage.

Nothing is more crucial to the survival of fly fishing than preserving the very environment in which it takes place. We can all help by volunteering for programs designed to improve stream banks, monitor water quality, educate the fishing public regarding river ecology and lend expertise to programs wherever applicable. In this fashion, we all become strong advocates for our cold water fisheries.

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Written and illustrated by Dickson Despommier, Ph.D.
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