Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 pm

Here is the Angler’s Club obit. He was one of the really good guys. Did great work with and for AMFF.
Gardner L. Grant of Purchase, NY and Jupiter, FL, a long-time member of the
Club, passed away on March 28, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He
was 85 years old. Born in Boston, MA, Gardner spent his early years in
Providence RI. He was a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business
School, and led a family-owned company in the invention and development of
equipment for the automatic collection of tolls on tunnels, bridges and
turnpikes. Following the sale of the company to a publicly held
corporation, he moved his family to Scarsdale, NY and continued to serve as
president for over a decade. Later, Gardner became active in real estate
development and management. A life-long, passionate fly fisherman, Gardner
was active in numerous environmental and angling related organizations. He
served as president of New York’s Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, the
Federation of Fly Fishers and the American Museum of Fly Fishing; and a
board member of Trout Unlimited, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Hudson
River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research and Yale’s Peabody
Museum of Natural History.
Gardner is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Ellen, his daughter
Laurie Zimmerman, son Gardner L. Grant, Jr, son-in-law Dr. Franklin
Zimmerman, daughter-in-law Sulu Hegde Grant, and grandchildren Stacey,
Ricky, Sean and Shakira.
The family requests that any donations in Gardner’s memory be made to the
American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.

The Anglers’ Club of New York
101 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004


Don’t Let the Governor Get Away with Taking the Fracking Health Impact Assessment Study Out of the State Budget


Last night New York State released a final draft of the section of the budget that should have included a Health Impact Assessment Study on fracking, but despite the study’s inclusion in the budget submitted by the Assembly, it was absent from the final version.

This flagrant omission prompts us to ask the question, “Does the Governor really care about our health?”

These actions are particularly egregious in light of the medical evidence that is coming out warning about the dangers of fracking.  Just last week researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health reported the results of a 3-year study that shows that air pollution caused by fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites.

Researchers found a number of potentially toxic petroleum hydrocarbons in the air near gas wells including benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene. The report calculated higher cancer risks for residents living nearer to wells as compared to those residing further away. Benzene has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a known carcinogen.

Lisa McKenzie, Ph.D., MPH, the lead author of the study and a research associate at the Colorado School of Public Health said, “Our data shows that it is important to include air pollution in the national dialogue on natural gas development that has focused largely on water exposures to hydraulic fracturing.” She cited the need for additional studies to also examine the toxicity of other hydrocarbons associated with natural gas development.

Catskill Mountainkeeper and our coalition partners have organized a call-in day on Wednesday, March 28th to tell the Governor that he needs to do his job to protect our health and the health of our communities.
Please call, have the members of your family, your friends and colleagues call and tell Governor Cuomo to reinstate the Health Impact Assessment Study of Gas Drilling into the State budget and call for a statewide BAN on fracking.
On Wednesday, please call 866-584-6799.

WNRCD ( is pleased to announce a Spring Trout Sale

For the first time in many years, WNRCD ( is pleased to announce a Spring Trout Sale! We are happy to provide landowners with the opportunity to purchase brook and rainbow trout directly through the District. And, because we order in bulk, we can provide these fish at very low cost.
This year’s sale will be on Sunday, May 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Rusty Parker Memorial Park in Waterbury, Vermont. Pre-orders will be accepted until Friday, April 20.
Orders of 6-8” trout must be picked up on Sunday, May 6, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Rusty Memorial Park in Waterbury. Trout will come pre-bagged with oxygen. If you do not pickup your order by 3:00 p.m. on the above date, the District reserves the right to sell or relocate your order, unless arrangements have been made with the District. No refunds will be issued for damaged of relocated fish.
Orders of 10-12” trout will be delivered by the trout farm any time on May 5 and May 6. Please provide very detailed, written directions to your pond with your order form and payment. Include in directions: your name, town, mileage from turn-offs and intersections, road names, landmarks, and description of property. Complications on the day of delivery due to poor directions or impassable road conditions will result in a forfeiture of your order. Your order will not be refunded because the fish cannot be returned to the hatchery.
Trout Sale
Please help spread the word!!!!
Lisa Coven
Project Manager
802-865-7895 x104
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays 8am -4pm
or by appointment

— Recreational Sporting Season Reminders —


Upcoming Seasons

The reminders listed below include open and final recreational season dates for the weeks of March 23 through April 9. For all season dates and to view more information about hunting, trapping and fishing in New York State, visit DEC’s Outdoor Activities( webpage.


· April 1 – Trout, lake trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon season opens.
To find size and catch limits, visit DEC’s Freshwater Fishing Regulations ( webpage. Also, review the Special Regulations by County ( webpage to find if different regulations apply to a waterbody near you.

· April 1 – Winter flounder season opens.
The size limit is 12 inches or greater and the daily catch limit is 2 fish for this season that runs through May 30. Visit DEC’s Saltwater Fishing Regulations ( for other season information.

Migratory Bird Hunting(

· March 31 – Final day for crow ( hunting statewide


· April 7 – Final day for the following:
(follow the links to view a season map for boundaries)

o Beaver ( trapping in northern and eastern areas of New York State

o Mink and muskrat ( in eastern areas of New York State

o River otter ( in northern areas of New York State

Furbearer Hunting (

· March 25 – Final day for coyote ( hunting statewide

Join Fracking Fridays!

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gas drilling well in PA - credit Jay Simpson

Gas drilling well in PA. Photo: Jay Simpson

This Friday, March 23, call Governor Cuomo– (518) 474-8390 – and tell him you support an independent health impact assessment on fracking in New York.

DEC chose not to do a health analysis for its fracking proposal, despite the growing body of evidence from across the country that people are getting sick from living near fracking operations.  To fill this gap, the NYS Assembly has proposed mandating and funding an independent health impact assessment on fracking in the NY State Budget for 2013.

Please call the Governor at 518-474-8390 today and leave the following message:

My name is ______ and I live in _____. I am concerned that no one has evaluated how fracking will affect the health of NYS residents, and strongly support the state mandating and funding an independent health impact assessment on fracking in the NY State Budget.

The NYS Assembly has included $100,000 in its budget resolution for a study by a school of public health within the state university system that would follow a model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to the study, the school would prepare a document outlining its plans and the public would have the opportunity to comment and suggest changes.

The Assembly’s action was in response to numerous warnings from the medical community that this analysis is needed.  In October 2011, 250 physicians and medical professionals wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo calling for a comprehensive public health impact assessment.  In December 2011, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Lois Gibbs and Fran Drescher echoed that call with nineteen NY-based cancer advocacy groups in a letter addressed to Governor Cuomo asking for the same assessment .  Most recently, Christopher Portier, the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia stated, “More research is needed for us to understand public health impacts from natural gas drilling and new gas drilling technologies.”

Please call the Governor today!

Black bears are on the move


Posted by Leo Roth • March 21, 2012 •

A black bear that was part of radio-collar study conducted by the DEC.

Trout aren’t the only wildlife on the run with the onset of our spring – make that summer – like weather. Black bears are emerging from their winter slumber and are on the move in Western New York in search of food and in the case of young males, new territory to inhabit. It is illegal in New York to feed bears and the DEC issues consistent guidelines about limiting bear-human encounters. If you see a bear, observe from afar. Remember the adage: “A fed bear is a dead bear.” That’s because invariably officials will be called to remove a nuisance bear by whatever means necessary.

Here’s a news release issued today:

NY Big Game,

With the onset of warmer weather, New York’s black bear population will be on the move. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued guidance on how to prevent nuisance bear encounters.

Black bears will take advantage of almost any readily available food source, including bird feeders and garbage. To prevent encounters between bears and humans, people should never intentionally feed bears and should take every precaution to discourage bears from seeking out food sources in neighborhoods and other residential areas.

Typically, black bears are timid and will avoid all contact with humans. However, bears will become a nuisance and can cause significant damage if they believe they can obtain an easy meal from bird feeders, garbage cans, dumpsters, barbeque grills, tents, vehicles, out-buildings or houses.

It is not only illegal to intentionally feed bears, it is also illegal to inadvertently feed them. Specifically, after written notice from DEC, the incidental or indirect feeding of bears through food attractants such as garbage, pet food or bird seed is illegal. DEC has the authority to require the removal of these and other food attractants when bears become problematic.

It is in the best interest of both bears and people for bears to get their food solely from wild sources. Once a bear learns to associate certain structures with food, it can become a serious nuisance to people and a threat to itself. Bears that lose their natural fear of humans are much more likely to be illegally shot, hit by an automobile or destroyed under a DEC nuisance permit. Some studies suggest that when a bear is fed (either directly or indirectly), its life expectancy is cut by as much as 50 percent.

Once a bear becomes a problem, DEC is often asked to relocate the bear. Contrary to popular belief, bear relocations are rarely effective at solving the problem. Bears are extremely mobile and have excellent homing abilities. Relocated bears often return to their original capture site or may continue their bad habits at a new location. If the circumstances that led to the original problem are not corrected, other bears will quickly be attracted to the site and the bear/human conflicts will persist.

In addition to being ineffective, bear relocations are extremely time consuming and often dangerous. The heavy door on the bear traps, although not dangerous to bears, presents a potential danger to curious humans and pets. The simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove all food sources. Removing the food source will remove the bear.


Get the Sleepy Hollow GM Cleanup Right—the First Time



GM Development Site

General Motors manufactured cars in Sleepy Hollow for 82 years, and it could leave much of the contamination that resulted from its operations in the ground and in the Hudson River, if a proposed Department of Environmental Conservation plan stands. The public has its best opportunity to demand a DEC Brownfield Cleanup plan worthy of the Hudson River and this community at an upcoming public hearing:

When: Thursday March 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Village of Sleepy Hollow Senior Center, 55 Elm Street

The GM site, which was occupied by a brick yard and other industries before GM’s tenure began in 1913, is nearly 100 acres of filled land that once was Pocantico Bay, a part of the Hudson River. Pollution, including toxic heavy metals, solvents and petroleum, now permeates the soil, soil vapor, groundwater and river sediments.

The DEC proposal to cap contaminated sediments and dredge a small area of river bottom would leave most of this contamination in place, and would neither prepare the site for redevelopment nor reclaim lost habitats in the Hudson River. Riverkeeper encourages the public to attend the public hearing and express its concerns, including the need to:

  • Dig up contaminated soil. Even if capped, contaminated soils could continue to leach pollution into groundwater, the Hudson River and the air. Leaving contaminated soil in place will only delay the cleanup that would be necessary before the site could be redeveloped.
  • Dredge contaminated sediments. The proposal calls for dredging contamination from only one small area of the Hudson, when sediments in a wider area around the site are contaminated. Leaving contaminants in the sediment would run counter to a key goal of the Clean Water Act – making fish safe for consumption.
  • Restore habitat. Most of the Hudson River’s wetlands, bays and shallows have been filled, and habitat loss is one reason 10 of 13 key species of Hudson fish are in decline. Any cleanup or redevelopment plans should incorporate meaningful habitat restoration.

To learn more, read the DEC’s plan for the GM site, and Riverkeeper’s background on the site.

From the Pamphlet "Notes to Fly Fishermen about Leaders"

From our friends at ORVIS

7-1/2-foot Tapered Trout Leaders

7-1-2 leader 1

7-1-2 leader 2

9-foot Tapered Trout Leaders

9-foot leader 1

9-foot leader 2

12-foot Tapered Trout Leaders

12-foot leader

9-foot Light-Butt Tapered Trout Leaders, for 3- & 4-weight lines

9-foot Light leader

12-foot Light-Butt Tapered Trout Leaders, for 3- & 4-weight lines

12-foot Light Leader

— Recreational Sporting Season Reminders —


Upcoming Seasons

The reminders listed below include open and final recreational season dates for the weeks of March 9 through March 23. For all season dates and to view more information about hunting and fishing in New York State, visit DEC’s Outdoor Activities( webpage.


· March 15 – Final day for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye fishing statewide, unless exceptions apply. Exceptions are listed by water body and county on DEC’s Freshwater Fishing Regulations ( web page.

· March 16 through November 30 – Open season for striped bass in the Hudson River. This includes all waters and tributaries of the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge. The minimum size limit is 18 inches, and the daily possession limit is 1. Fishing for striped bass in marine and coastal waters south of the George Washington Bridge will open on April 15.

Waterfowl Hunting(

For Snow Goose:

· March 1 through April 15 – Open season in the Southeastern Zone (

· March 9 – Final day in the Long Island Zone (

· March 11 through April 15 – Open Special Snow Goose Season ( in several waterfowl hunting zones

For Canada Goose:

· March 10 – Final day for both Western Long Island and South Canada Goose Hunting Area (


· March 15 – Final day for beaver ( trapping in remaining open areas of western New York State

Small Game Hunting (

· March 18 – Final day for varying hare ( and cottontail rabbit ( hunting in remaining open areas of New York State

Winter returns



Well looks like winter is returning, a couple days ago it was 68 degrees here in Victor now look at what is happening. They say next week temps will be back up in the 60’s, unbelievable.It is 1:00PM

Info from UFF:

A quick review of our March meeting for those who were unable to attend last nights meeting:

We had two 50/50 winners, Bill Catalano took home some cash and Norm Brust took home some nice flies tied by Craig Dennison.

Website of the month: – the UFF Blog maintained by John Dwyer – lots of good info posted by John daily. Send any info you would like to share to John at

The Anglers Workshop organized and run Craig Dennison was a great success. The UFF was a beneficiary of that success as we received a $400 check from Craig. Thanks Craig and we are looking forward to helping out with AW 2014.

This Saturday the 10th, we will be at the Joe Triolo Memorial Powder Mill Hatchery Fly Tying and Casting Clinic from 9 – noon. Having Joe’s name on this event is a little tribute to Joe who was instrumental in working with the hatchery folks to get this started. We are all set for tyers, but, could still use a body or two to help folks with casting. Bring a rod if you come to help. The office should be open to set up by 8:30.

L.L. Beans fishing days are the weekend of March 16th – 18th. If anyone would like to sit and tie flies for a couple of hours and talk fly fishing with customers let me know and I will pass your name along. As of now Saturday from 4 – 7 PM are open as is anytime on Sunday.

Dave Agness was our guest tyer. He tied up a tube fly and a shank fly. Both were big flies that he uses for steelhead fishing with the two handed rods. I received a note from Dave this afternoon and  he caught an 8 pound dime bright steelhead today on the Oak on the white and pink tube fly tied last night at the meeting. 

Dave and Agness then gave an excellent presentation on the use of two handed rods both spey and switch. Dave also shared some good information he picked up at the recent state of the lake meeting.

Info about April’s meeting will be coming shortly!