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A fish tail

Notes from the North Woods

Several hours later, my wife finally woke me from the overstuffed chair, and sent me off to bed. She claimed I was mumbling some nonsense about taking ‘one more cast’, and figured it was time to sleep it off.

I awoke the following morning, well rested and to discover a NYSDEC press release in my email box. The release offered detailed information concerning a variety of new places to fish that were recently added to the DEC website. My dreams were answered.

The new waters include ponds and lakes as well as rivers and streams throughout New York State that have recently been added to DEC's website. They include numerous ponds and lakes, as well as rivers and streams in the Adirondacks and Champlain basin.

Websites with information on the waters are available at Adirondacks and Lake Champlain: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28244.html (DEC Region 5); North Central New York: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/47504.html) (DEC Region 6) and West Central New York: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/47509.html

Currently, there are many web based search engines, which make it easy and convenient to search and locate any of the new waters on a map.

You simply type in the name of a pond or a river, and with the punch of a button, a pile of potential fishing waters will appear before your eyes.

I use a search engine located at http://newyork.hometownlocator.com.

It provides instant information on the waters I seek, as well as a detailed map on how to get there.

However, I do miss the old days, when I poured through piles of musty old maps, which bore the scars and carried the scent of wood smoke after numerous trips into the backcountry.

I regret that the month of March has increasingly become the season of anticipation and preparation for upcoming my piscatorial pursuits. Traditionally, March had always been a period of maple sugaring and a time for late season forays on ski trails that retained the crust and dust in winter’s wake.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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