Ed Van Put begins this important new book with the history of native brook trout and he offers little-known details about their sizes, abundance, and demise from over-fishing; the growth of streamside industries; and the introduction of competitive species. He records the attempts to restore the depleted fishery by restocking streams with hatchery-bred trout, and then the introduction of rainbow trout from California and brown trout from Europe, and their impact upon Catskill trout fishing. Throughout, this is a history of people and methods as well as rivers, and there are profiles of Theodore Gordon, Art Flick, Harry and Elsie Darbee, Sparse Grey Hackle, and more. No serious trout fisherman, in any part of the country, will want to miss this pioneering portrait of a seminal region in American angling history.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
“No one knows trout fishing in the Catskills as well as Ed Van Put – both its present day angling possibilities and its fascinating history.” —Nick Lyons
An in-depth history of one of America's best-known trout streams. An engrossing exploration of the river's history, offering portraits of the men & women who affected its life & its development as a fishery. Discover what the fishing was like prior to the intro of hatchery trout, about human disturbances to the watershed from habitat degradation & exploitation of the native brook trout, & what the intro of brown trout has meant to the river & its evolution.