I was invited to fish the Catskills with Eric, and Tony the week after Mother's Day. (More on this later)
I decided to leave a little early and stopped a couple places in PA to add the state to my states birded list.
I also planned on visiting the hometown of Mark Libertone with the intentions of fishing his home water the Genesee.
After hiking the Erie National Wildlife Refuge I headed towards Mark's town of Wellsville.
A note for those new to this site. Mark was a favorite contributor to this blog and was a huge fan of the wingless wet, or softhackle flies. He and I sent many messages to each other over the few years I knew him and I own a couple pieces of his art work.
I drove through the Allegheny mountains and the scenic route I took led me over hills, and around curves, and basically it took me a great deal longer than I had hoped to get to Wellsville.
I slept over night in Wellsville and decided that I would visit access sites along the river and if I could I'd fish. Mark had written a short piece about fishing between the PA/NY border and a town called Belmont north of Wellsville.
I also decided that I may be pressed for time and unless I saw fish rising I wasn't going to fish, but recorded all the birds I saw along the way. 23 species in all.
I only saw a few anglers and they were fishing hardware. An old-timer in Belmont was putting on waders and told me he had caught an 8lb Brown near the access site where I had seen him a couple years back.
This then is a pictorial tribute to an old friend.
For those interested there is a link to Mark's flies on this site that Jason was so kind to provide for us.