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James Prosek to Deliver Opening Day Cast in Roscoe, New York
April 1, 2005

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — MARCH 4, 2005 — World-renowned author and fisherman, James Prosek, will make the first cast at Junction Pool in Roscoe, New York on Opening Day of Trout Season, April 1, 2005. Junction Pool, where the Beaverkill and Willowemoc meet is a legendary place in New York's fishing heritage. Each year on opening day, fishermen gather from around the country to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of fishing season. This traditional event, hosted by The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum [CFFCM], begins around 7:00 a.m. with the serving of coffee and breakfast snacks followed by the celebrated "first cast" by an angler recognized for his or her commitment to fly fishing. By 7:30 a.m., Junction Pool is open to all anglers and the season is officially started.

After making their ceremonial first cast, CFFCM welcomes fishermen and visitors to then visit 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. For more information on CCFCM's plans for Opening Day, call 845-439-4810 or email

About James Prosek: James Prosek has been a successful author and artist since publishing his first book, Trout: An Illustrated History [Harper Collins Publishers, 1996], when he was only 19 during his junior year at Yale University. The first of its kind book featured 70 paintings by Prosek of the trout of North America and led the New York Times to dub him "the Audubon of the fishing world." Before graduating Yale, Prosek would publish his second book, Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship [Perennial Currents, 1997], which won him acclaim as a serious author. The success of the first two books lead to high demand for Prosek's original artwork which continues to be sought after by collectors around the world. Popular response to the first two books continued interest from Harper Collins, who also published his third book, A Complete Angler: A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton [1999], and fourth, Fly Fishing the 41st [2003]. In between those publications, Prosek published a slim memoir called Early Love and Brook Trout [Lyons Press 2000] and Trout of the World [Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2003]. Most recently he completed his first children's book, A Good Day's Fishing [2004].

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. For more information, see our website

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