Catskill Rivers: Birthplace of American Fly Fishing

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Catskill Rivers is the story of the “birthplace of the American fly fishing.” Readers will discover this birthplace in such hallowed trout streams as the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, the Neversink, the Delaware, the Esopus, and the Schoharie. While originally published in 1983, Catskill Rivers remains the definitive study of these fabled waters and the remarkable people who created the American fly-fishing tradition.

Painstakingly researched and imaginatively told, readers will ...

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Overview

Catskill Rivers is the story of the “birthplace of the American fly fishing.” Readers will discover this birthplace in such hallowed trout streams as the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, the Neversink, the Delaware, the Esopus, and the Schoharie. While originally published in 1983, Catskill Rivers remains the definitive study of these fabled waters and the remarkable people who created the American fly-fishing tradition.

Painstakingly researched and imaginatively told, readers will also get an unforgettable survey of the early river industries, including rafting, sawmills, tanneries, and wood-acid factories, as well as at the early days on these classic trout waters, where George LaBranche, in Sparse Gray Hackle’s words, “adapted the dry fly to fast water and started an angling revolution.” Along with numerous historical glimpses into the many sociological forces surrounding the Catskill Rivers, readers will see many early, famous flyfishers take to these waters, including “Uncle Thad” Norris, Seth Green, Theodore Gordon, Herman Christian, Roy Steenrod, Sparse Gray Hackle, and many more.

This historically accurate and beautifully written glance back into the early days of the Catskill Rivers will have both fishermen and nonfishermen wanting even more.

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"Here is a book that any serious trout man will find both useful and pleasurable. Well written and thoroughly researched, it belongs in the library of every American angler." —Geoffrey Norman

"More than a scholarly history, Catskill Rivers left me wading in nostalgia. I could smell the rhododendron blossoming on Dry Brook and even caught a whiff of the hairy armpits of Keener's Pool. Austin Francis has spawned a classic." —A. J. McClane

"Except in dreams, I've never fished these streams and I've always felt I never knew enough about them. Finally I do. This book is a jewel." —Charles E. Brooks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628736786
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 606,156
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Austin M. Francis is a noted angling historian and biographer as well as an acknowledged authority on the history of Catskill fly fishing. He has a home in the Catskill Mountains, where he has fished there for more than forty-five years. He is also the author of Land of Little Rivers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART ONE: Catskill Angling Heritage
1. THe Catskill Angling Mystique
2. Early River Industries
3. Birthplace of American Fly Fishing
4. Catskill Professionals
5. Women Anglers of the Catskills
6. Managing the Fishing
PART TWO: Portraits of the Rivers
7. Catskill Rivers
8. Beverkill River
9. Willowmoc Creek
10. Neversink River
11. Esopus Creek
12. Schoharie Creek
13. Delaware River
14. Catskill Rivers Today
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
IMPORTANT DATES IN CATSKILL ANGLING
INDEX
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