What 14,000 Fish Can Tell Us About the Health of Our Rivers?

The Neversink River, commonly referred to as the birthplace of American dry fly fishing, used to boast legendary numbers of trout, but how do these numbers stack up today? Does Rondout Creek contain a healthy population of fish? Will future restoration efforts lead to better fishing in these watersheds? Join us as we discuss these questions with Barry Baldigo and Scott George, Research Biologists at the United States Geological Survey’s New York Water Science Center, Troy, NY. Barry and Scott will be our keynote speakers at the 4th Annual Rondout Neversink Anglers Symposium on Friday, November 3, at the Blue Hill Lodge's Claryville Event Center at 1:00 p.m. The venue is located at 1471 Denning Road, Claryville.  

The USGS staff will give us an overview of their study, as well as a look at the data collected this past summer from 22 locations across the Rondout and Neversink Rivers. Many of these locations were previously surveyed by Balidgo in the late 80s and early 90s, giving us a unique glimpse into how the fish populations have changed from then to now.

Also presenting is Ed Ostapczuk, who will talk about Ed Sens the forgotten Catskills fly tyer. Ed is a familiar face in the Catskills where he can often be found fly fishing his favorite streams and rivers. He is a retiredmiddle school teacher, active Trout Unlimited member, writer, and licensed NYS fishing guide.  

Our third speaker is Keiko Sono whose talk, Bamboo Rod and Catskill Flies, recalls her father’s dream of emigrating from Japan to fish the famous Catskill waters. Keiko is a visual and social practice artist based in Bearsville, NY and is creating a film called Catskill Waters in a recent project with funding from Rondout Neversink Stream Program.

Our fourth and final speaker will be Cathy Pedler, Adirondack Mountain Club’s Director of Government Relations and Conservation. Cathy has been a board member and employee for a variety of environmental organizations throughout her career. As the Director of Government Relations and Conservation, she has had a large role in recent efforts to cleanup and educate users at the Blue Hole. She will discuss potential tools and strategies for communities in fragile natural areas, such as the Adirondacks and here at home in the Catskills, that face intensive and improper use and degradation. The Adirondack Mountain Club was formed in 1922 to protect and advocate for New York State’s wild lands and waters while also promoting the enjoyment of natural places responsibly.  

The 4th Annual Anglers Symposium will be recorded by Silver Hollow Audio and released as a podcast after the event. No-fee registration for this special event is encouraged by emailing info@rondoutneversink.org. There is no cost, as the event is sponsored by Rondout Neversink Stream Program, a project of Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with Denning and Neversink and funded by NYC DEP.  
 

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