Summer Classes & Workshops
at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – APRIL 19, 2005 – Looking for an educational experience this summer? The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum located in Livingston Manor, NY is offering an assortment of classes and workshops for all ages throughout June, July, and August.
First up is the 5-day Cane Rod Makers School on June 20-24. This is an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind traditional cane fly fishing rod from bamboo to finished product. Registration is limited to eight participants and tuition includes instruction and materials, meals, and lodging at the Center. Tuition for the week is $1,200/CFFCM members and $1,300/non-members.
July is the month reserved for CFFCM’s annual Environmental Education Weekends for young people ages 8-17. Three weekends are scheduled at this time: July 9-10 [ages 8-11], July 16-17 [ages 12-14], and July 23-24 [mixed age group for children with some fly fishing experience]. The weekends feature two days of hands-on learning about the Catskill river environment and skills related to fly fishing. Tuition is $75/child and includes meals and overnight accommodations in the CFFCM bunkhouses.
New to CFFCM’s summer schedule is a Willow Creel Making Workshop on July 29-31. Here’s a chance to create a classic fishing item that is rarely seen is this age of “catch-and-release.” Master willow basket weaver Bonnie Gale is the instructor for the weekend and no previous basket making experience is required. Tuition includes instruction and materials, meals, and lodging at the Center. The cost is $350/CFFCM members and $375/non-members.
Fishing traditionally slows down in August but at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center it means the opportunity to learn Spey Casting Techniques from instructor Philip Krista, a world-class instructor from Ellicott City, Maryland. During this one-day clinic on August 6 and 20, students will learn how to carry and hold a traditional long rod, basic movements for casting, important knots for fishing, and the historical overview of the art of spey casting. The cost of the clinic is $225/CFFCM members and $250/non-members and includes instruction and use of spey rods, as well as meals and an overnight stay at the Center.
Also in August is the first annual Family Fishing Weekend to be held on August 13-14. Modeled after the children’s environmental education weekends, this unique opportunity provides parents and children ages 8-17 the chance the skills of fly fishing together. The cost is $75/child and $125/adult and includes meals and overnight accommodations at the Center.
For additional information or to register for one of these summer programs, contact the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum at 845-439-4810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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