Bob Lindquist: Seasons on the Delaware
(This meeting is in-person only. No Zoom)
Seasons on the Delaware
(This meeting is in-person only. No Zoom)
Date: Thursday, September 21, 8, 2023
Time: Doors open at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:00.
Place: Emanuel Lutheran Church
197 Manville Road
"Everything else is checkers. The Delaware is chess,” said Mike Bachkosy, a Delaware River flyfishing sage. The Delaware River has more secrets hidden in its languid flows than imaginable. Join Bob Lindquist on a tour of the seasons on the Delaware that reveals some of the subtle secrets that the Delaware offers the dedicated flyrodder. We will explore Spring trout and legendary hatches like the Hendricksons, Caddis, Golden Stones and Drakes. Next up is the shift into summer, dominated by sulfurs. Late Summer sees warmwater action explode and then caddis, Isos and olives are the centers of Autumn dry fly attention. Woven
throughout the presentation is the history of the system, the character of the river and
essential and proven techniques and flies for one of the greatest freshwater fisheries in the lower 48 states.
About Bob . . .
A self-confessed fly fishing fool, Bob Lindquist lives in Callicoon, NY. Before retirement, he waded the waters of Long Island with feathered frauds in search of finned friends for over forty years. His favorite targets were false albacore, striped bass and weakfish. Bob also fished the Catskills, particularly the Delaware River System, since 1983. His passion for this magnificent river system inspired Bob to build his retirement home on the banks of the Delaware River. Bob uses the skills learned fishing Delaware River system to guide on the river. In addition, Bob has a blossoming passion for both Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead. Bob has worked with numerous fly fishing industry companies including Whiting Farms, Solarez, Ahrex and others.
Trained in mathematics, physics, philosophy and education, Bob takes an analytic approach to fly fishing. His work has lead to articles in Fly Tyer, Salt Water Fly Fishing, Fly Fisherman, American Fly Fishing and Japanese Fly Fisherman magazines. He is a recognized fly tyer who has appeared at
many shows including those held in Edison, Lancaster, Marlborough, Virginia, Connecticut and Long Island. Recently, Bob has added a passion for photography to his fly fishing and tying addictions. As a retired teacher and coach, Bob uses his public speaking skills to give presentations to clubs
throughout the Mid Atlantic and North East regions.
DEC Announces Delay in Water Tunnel Project
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a schedule change for planned work on the Delaware Aqueduct, the world’s longest tunnel, with the major work completing the project now scheduled to start in October of 2024.
The project, which calls for shutting down a portion of the aqueduct in order to attach a bypass tunnel under the Hudson River, was scheduled to begin in October of this year and last up to eight months. The shift in schedule was necessary to allow for additional pumps, as well as related drainage infrastructure and electrical support, to be installed to keep the construction zone dry and ensure worker safety during this complex repair of decades-old leaks.
“This is the largest-ever capital repair project in history of the City’s water supply and worker safety is paramount for DEP,” said DEP Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala. “This schedule change is being done to ensure that the men and women working 700-feet underground will be safe as they help us protect New York City’s high-quality drinking water for generations to come. This schedule change will in no way impact the safety or supply of New York City’s drinking water.”
The 85-mile-long Delaware Aqueduct delivers about half of New York City’s water supply—typically about 600 million gallons a day—using only gravity to carry the water from four Catskill Mountain region reservoirs. The complimentary Catskill Aqueduct provides water to the City from two reservoirs in the eastern Catskills which will be more heavily relied upon during the Delaware Aqueduct shutdowns.
The Delaware Aqueduct was put into service in 1944 when New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia opened a set of emergency gates to channel the Rondout Creek directly into the new aqueduct.
In 2010, New York City announced a $1 billion plan to repair the aqueduct by connecting a 2.5-mile-long bypass tunnel around known leaks discovered in the 1990s—one in the town of Newburgh, the other in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing. The new bypass, being connected 700 feet beneath the Hudson River, is the first tunnel built under the Hudson River since 1957, when the south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel was completed.
Since 1992, DEP has continuously tested and monitored the leaks, which can release upwards of 35 million gallons per day. Nearly all of the water escaping the leaks happens near the Hudson River in Newburgh.
DEP has been working closely with Hudson Valley municipalities that rely on the Delaware Aqueduct for their water supplies to activate backup plans during the temporary shutdown as well as working with the U.S. Geological Survey to continually monitor groundwater levels in communities where the Delaware Aqueduct leaks are located.
In March, the aqueduct was temporarily shut down and partially drained for two weeks as part of a planned test—the first such shutdown and draining of the aqueduct in 70 years. Data collected during that shutdown showed that groundwater was infiltrating the aqueduct faster than originally projected when the tunnel was not at full capacity. To account for this additional infiltration, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of workers, DEP will be securing and installing additional equipment which will push back the start of the full shutdown by one year.
While operations of the water supply system as a whole have been adjusted in anticipation of an eight-month shutdown this October, DEP will now resume normal operations, including routine downstream releases from reservoirs, this week.
1800 Students Release Trout with our Trout in the Classroom Program!
The Trout in the Classroom releases were back in full swing at Ward Pound Reservation, following a pause during Covid. This year, 30 schools and over 1800 students came up to release their trout fingerlings. We had 23 volunteers from the Croton Watershed and NYC TU chapters, including a few members from Joanna’s Anglers. Congratulations and thanks to our new TIC program coordinator, Nicki Alexander, on making this year such a memorable one. Thanks also to Miranda Velarde, our TIC seasonal Field Educator, who assisted Nicki from January to June. Thanks also to Tyler van Fleet and her staff from the Westchester Agricultural Council, Robin Sanchez from the NYC DEP, and Jeff Main and his crew from Ward Pound Reservation, for all their help in enhancing the TIC experiences for students. We appreciate all who volunteered, and we look forward to next season.
42nd Annual Dinner A Big Success
CWCTU's 42nd annual dinner was held March 24 at the Pleasantville Country Club. It was a very enjoyable evening and many went home as winners of the many raffles and "buckets." We also welcomed 17 first time attendees.
We also honored Mike McGovern, who received the Member of the Year award and teacher Sarah Geronimo, who received the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Teacher of the Year award. Pictured next to TIC coordinator Ihor Szkolar is Sarah and her former student Ted Wesolowski who presented the award. Chapter President Greg Golinski presented the award to Mike McGovern
The dinner was a wonderful, financial success. We raised over $6,200! In particular we want to thank four very special contributors: Tim Flagler who donated a full-day guided trip for two anglers valued at $1,000; Scott Bennett from Compleat Angler who donated a T&T 8'6" 4wt rod with matched Galvan reel valued at $800; Steve Morrison, owner of Sterling Cellars in Mahopac who donated a basket of cheer valued at more than $600; and Grady Allen, owner of Upcountry Sportfishing for his generosity in helping us assemble the raffle buckets.
We have four trips scheduled for 2023. We have been sponsoring two trips a year to Connetquot for a few years now. These are always great trips. It is an easy drive, easy access, and you will catch fish. We rent the entire facility for the day, so it is just CWCTU there. It's a great time to see other anglers on the water and share tips and techniques.
Friday October 13, 2023, Connetquot