Ray Smith: Fly Tier, Guide and Dean of the Esopus Terry Finger The Esopus … the most cantankerous and egalitarian of all the Catskill streams … had as its central figure during the classic era of Catskill fly-fishing, a man well-suited to its personality. Ray Smith of Phoenicia, New York, was a woodsman, dairy farmer, baseball player, town justice, road construction grade foreman, bear hunter, guide, and, most notably, a superb angler and fly-tier. He personified the Esopus ...



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