Mother's Pool, Esopus Creek moments - February 26th

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Mother's Pool, Esopus Creek moments - February 26th

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I was up in Shandaken today for a NYC DEP meeting on their SPDES permit for the Shandaken Tunnel, aka Portal...

Well afterwards it's hard for me to drive back home without looking over the Esopus Creek... I don't have blood in my veins, trout waters flow through them... I have to look at, smell, stand-in, and touch trout waters...

Thus I paused along Old 28, Plank Road, at one of my favorite late winter stops--- Mother's Pool, on the Esopus Creek...

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I have fond memories of trout caught here... not so much Larry Decker's 30 3/4 inch, 9 1/2 pound brown caught on a Payne fly rod, while using a minnow, back on April 29th, 1955....

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... back rather my good buddy, Sweetpea's wild brown, all of at least 5" long, taken on a dry fly back on Aug. 17th, 2007...

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In his day, Sweetpea was a world class high jumper, an Olympic contender for U.S. of A...

Thank goodness none of this had anything to do with flyfishing for trout...


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Re: Mother's Pool, Esopus Creek moments - February 26th

Post by bearbutt »

I love these pictures, Ed--thanks for sharing them. Especially the picture of Decker & Ole Bess. It's a picture of so many contradictions--a Payne rod with an automatic reel; a huge fish and a dinky creel. It's a reminder that when fishing things can go anywhichway, and they often do.


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Re: Mother's Pool, Esopus Creek moments - February 26th

Post by DurangoNY »

GREAT photos! Thanks for posting!

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