The Catskill Fly Fishing
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Opening Day and a Tribute to Poul Jorgensen
April 1 - 2, 2005

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — MARCH 1, 2005 — The first weekend of April 2005 not only marks the opening of New York State trout season, but is the date of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum's [CFFCM] tribute to the "World's Greatest Fly Tyer," Poul Jorgensen.

On Friday, April 1st, CFFCM welcomes fishermen and visitors to make their first ceremonial cast on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc and then return to the museum at 10:00 a.m. to view new exhibits including: Flies From New Zealand, Roland Harriman: Banker & Fisherman, The Art of the Angler, and a new permanent installation celebrating the life of Poul Jorgensen. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., take the chill off the day with a cup of Agnes Van Put's famous "Opening Day Soup." Starting at 1:00 p.m., world renowned fly tyer and author, Floyd Franke, will take center stage as the first CFFCM's first guest fly tyer of the year and demonstrate his latest creations until the museum's closing at 4:00 p.m.

Opening Day Weekend continues on Saturday, April 2nd with CFFCM's tribute to Poul Jorgensen. At 11:30 a.m., CFFCM members, visitors, and guests will gather in the museum to celebrate Jorgensen's life. Poul gently passed away in his sleep this past November and is missed throughout the world of fly fishing. A multimedia presentation by award-winning videographer, Jimmy Ienner, Jr. will be previewed, followed by guest speakers. The program will culminate in a moment of silence and the casting of feathers into the wind from the museum's balcony. A memory book will be available for visitors to sign and to document their stories or anecdotes experienced with Poul and later be presented to his family. At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, before CFFCM closes for the day, join the fly fishing community in a new event: the first annual Opening Day Blind Fly Tying contest featuring CFFCM members.
Throughout the weekend, the CFFCM gift shop will have many new items, including some of Poul Jorgensen's fly tying tools and materials. So mark your calendars to be in Livingston Manor on April 1st and 2nd as you join fellow anglers and friends to kick off a new fishing season and pay tribute to Poul Jorgensen, who gave the fly fishing community a life of giving.

For more information on CCFCM's plans for Opening Day Weekend 2005 and its tribute to Poul Jorgensen, call 845-439-4810 or email

About the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum: The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum ["CFFCM"], founded in 1981 and located in Livingston Manor, NY, offers visitors a relaxing destination where they can enjoy nature and history combined, a base from which to explore the Catskill region. This is the place where Theodore Gordon and his followers perfected the art of American dry fly fishing. As we enter the 21st century, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum serves as a hub for the fly fishing community by offering programs, demonstrations, & workshops; and the opportunity to fish the Willowemoc where generations have cast a fly. Open year round, CFFCM truly is a museum for all seasons and all people.

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