An Eastern Summer

Hello again! It has been quite some time since I have signed on to deliver a post, so I figured it was time to do so again. My last two months have been filled with working, spending time with family, and a few adventures. The pictures can explain the rest. Enjoy!

the sunset
I got to spend some time with my friends from EMU in Archbold, Ohio. It was great to reconnect and explore the surrounding area.
Plant focus
Since my return east, I have made a few fishing trips to the famed Neversink River.
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A scarlet tanager found along the banks of the Neversink.

The entire Baer family made a trip to Camp Deer park to surprise my brother Kenton; he was very surprised. We had a great time hanging out and exploring the new cabins that he built.

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Its hard to call them a cabin when they look this nice.
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Kenton with his beautiful creation.
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Some of the boys took a lovely hike in the woods between rain showers.
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All the pine used to build these cabins came from the surrounding woods and were milled onsite.
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The Baer family.
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A curious whitetail that let me get way to close to it.
Gavin Brown
Gavin caught this trophy of a brown during some high water fishing on the Neversink.

 

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I also got into a few nice ones.

Part of the Baer family also got to join the Dimmigs for a weekend in the Adirondacks. It was a lovely extended weekend, with plenty of delicious food, hikes, and fishing.

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Sunset over the lake.
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The jokes and stories were never lacking with this group of people. Thank you Pete and Marian, for the wonderful weekend.
gavins pike
He was very pleased with the fishing that the lake offered up.
29 inch pike
I could not find much to complain about as well.
stars
Even though the nights were not totally clear, there were plenty of stars to enjoy.

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tying flies
What a great place to master streamer patterns for the large fish lurking in the lake.
blue hour
The famous blue hour or “dusk”.

It has been a lovely summer so far, but I am ready to return west and continue my exploration. Nevertheless, I will always love these places and will forever dream about them.

A New York Spring

The last couple weeks have come and gone quickly, with little time to spare. Between working and fishing I have kept myself very busy. New York is a wild and wonderful area and does not disappoint the outdoorsman. Last weekend I decided to do a little exploring. So I hopped in my car and started driving. There was no destination just exploration that lead me forward. Occasionally I would stop and take a picture or cast a line into a roadside stream. I was surprised to catch trout at almost every place I stopped at. There are so many fabulous miles of trout streams that people drive over without a second thought. These little excursions are why I love fishing, because it takes me to places that I would otherwise not see.

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Some beautiful roadside flowers that caught my eye.

Over the last month I have also found myself making many return trips to the famous Neversink River where the trout and scenery never seem to disappoint. I have taken several people there including my brother Kenton. Now even though he does not fly fish I still allow him to come cast a rod with me. We usually make it a competition (as is the Baer way) to see who can catch the most fish (He has not beat me yet).

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A fatty that he managed on a Rapala, he was proud that it was bigger then any fish I caught that day.
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Like I said, no fly rod.

 The Neversink also supports a load of wildlife, I have been lucky enough to see rattle snakes, garter snakes, turtles, loads of birds, turkey, deer, and multiple black bear.

black bear
I spotted this bear while approaching a long pool, as soon as I saw him I stopped and watched him walk down to the water and take a long drink. Then he looked up and saw me and walked up the further up the bank. He did not seem too alarmed that I was there. He then proceeded to swim across the river and climb up the other bank. It was incredible to watch him swim with ease against that current.
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One of the many water snakes sunning themselves on the rocks. We watched each other for about 15 min, while I ate a snack.
brown trout
Still my favorite form of wildlife!

This creature here is probably the most exotic one that I have seen for a while. It is an eel that has made its spawning run all the way from the Delaware river to the cool headwaters of a small trout stream. They average from about 2 to 3 feet long and spawn in the shallows where there are lots of pebbles to hold the eggs. It was really a sight to watch them makes there reds (spawning beds or nests).

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They look like some pre-historic creature with those holes along their head.

Besides all the wonderful adventures, I have also been lucky enough to work with my brother building cabins for Camp Deer Park (CDP). It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn many new skills and to put in many long days of hard work. The cabins are made out of wood that was grown and harvested on CDP land. These cabins are built to last forever and they are nicer than most places I have lived in or will for that matter. Kenton has put in countless hours on these cabins and it really shows. He is a real genius when it comes to building anything. Hopefully some of his skills rub off on me.

cabin
They are almost too nice to call “cabins”.

I will end the post with a few more pictures and some final words. I would like to say thank you to our faithful readers who persistently visit our blog even though Gordon and I have kind of slacked off over the last few months. We hope to continue the blog into the next couple of years and would love to see it grow with some more readers. So make sure to tell friends and family about it! Thanks again!

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The perfect setting!
old blue
This picture goes out to Pete Dimmig for the contribution of “Old Blue” to CDP. This truck still gets used almost every week and just past inspection today. It is a real beauty!

New Stomping Grounds

I recently moved to New York to help my brother build cabins at a children’s camp. One of the positive qualities about this camp is that it is set in the Catskill mountains where there are many fabulous trout streams less than a half hour away. Famous streams such as the Beaver kill, the Neversink, and the Esopus are only a short drive away.  Unfortunately, I can not spend all my time fishing, but I do get the weekends which leaves me two days a week to explore the surrounding waters. On my first weekend I decided to fish the famous Neversink Gorge area. I fished the Gorge area  on both Saturday and Sunday and still did not even cover half of it. It is a beautiful place away from civilization and is chock full of wild brown trout. Words cannot do this place justice, so I will let the pictures do the rest of the telling.

the river
The wild and wonderful Neversink River.
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My first wild brown trout of the day.
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A fellow fly fisherman that made the journey from NYC to fish.
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I have to keep coming up with new ways to take pictures of my fish, so I am becoming creative!
NY big brown
My largest wild brown trout to date. He measured 19 inches and took me a solid twenty minutes to get in.
new york work station
My lovely new work bench that Kenton dug out of storage for me to use. He keeps laughing at me for using a hard chair, but it is difficult to sit in an easy chair and tie flies.
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It took me 4 tries to get a focused picture of myself, but I finally managed.

It has been about a week and a half since I arrived here in New York, but the place already feels like home. It is great to spend some quality time with my older brother and work with him as well. I hope that I do not annoy him and that I actual help him get some work done. Enjoy the pictures, they’re a glimpse of how great this place is.