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How to decide if it’s too hot for trout

A respectable brown trout from the Esopus river. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Acouple weeks ago I trickled over to the ancestral homestead in Phoenicia, N.Y., for a couple of days.

The river there is the mighty Esopus, a river built along the same general lines as the Housatonic, but a little smaller and a lot cooler.

That’s because for the 11 miles between the Shandaken tunnel (known locally as The Portal) and the Ashokan reservoir, the Esopus is a tailwater, and thus resembles not the Housatonic but the Farmington.

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