The Catskills are a place of deep story…of legends, of mysteries, of tales of great anglers and even greater fish. Catskills Trout Tales is proud to share a variety of stories from contemporary and historic writers and submissions from visitors, all capturing the magic of these extraordinary mountains. Enjoy!
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We’ve created a passport to adventure with Catskills Trout Tales, an invitation to muse on what has caught you about your experience in the Catskills this spring. In the tradition of story telling that enfolds fly fishing, we’d like to invite you to share your stories and discoveries. Your submitted story will appear here on this page. Want to play?
Tales of the Forest, Tales of the Fish
TROUT FEVER It was always suspicioned That he had contracted the ailment from his grandfather, Who had suffered from its chronic form his entire life, And was therefore contagious. They had played together In cold mountain brooks And caught native brookies With their hands and rudimentary fishing tackle. As he [...]
Fishing enthusiasts will say their sport is an art. It’s also a fine art, or at least the subject of it. Given the popularity of fishing throughout Catskills history, it should come as little surprise that fishing scenes crept into local landscape paintings. Let’s start with perhaps the most famous [...]
A local legend has it that if you stand at the brink of Kaaterskill Falls when the light of the moon is just right and gaze down at a particular flat-topped boulder in the middle of the creek, you can see her sitting there still, a pale blue luminescence. How [...]
Over the years that I have been writing about my fishing experiences, our esteemed native charr has appeared regularly. From the first trout I remember – the little brookie inadvertently crushed to death as the La Rocca brothers (ages 5 through 7) built a “stream improvement dam” on Tiorati Brook [...]
This might be a fish story—you know, about the one that got away. Or it might be a tale of buried treasure. Either way, because it happened in the old air of the Catskill Mountains, it’s probably an example of both. Or neither. The spot where the events took place [...]
The map, they say, is not the territory, but a map does come in handy when trying to find your way around the territory. The region of the highest peaks in the Catskills had to wait much longer for a proper geographic reckoning than most places in the contiguous United [...]
Strange things can sometimes happen in and around a trout stream; the more time you spend on the water, the more likely it is that you’ll experience one of them….or so it seems. Beaver have paddled between an angler’s legs; bats are hooked on dry flies; sunbathers in less than [...]
The most prominent landmark in the Catskills is not a mountain but a character by the name of Rip Van Winkle. It’s surprising how many take him to be an historical figure as opposed to the fictional creation of Washington Irving that he actually is. Or perhaps it’s not surprising, [...]
During the bitter winter of 1843, the artist Thomas Cole made an arduous day trip by sleigh from his home in the village of Catskill to the precipice of Kaaterskill Falls. He and his traveling companions were “in search of the wintry picturesque.” They certainly found it that day. A [...]
By way of Will Soter, co-owner of Catskills Trout Tales Founding Partner Upstate Adventure Guides... A story, from an article written in 1918 by Charles Campbell, of the Beaverkill Trout Fishing Club. “To the Indians, the Beaverkill marked a boundary frontier between warring tribes. To the white man, it is a geographic [...]