The Catskill Fly Fishing
Center and Museum

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2012 Arts of the Angler Info (PDF) (Oct 12, 2012)

2012 Arts of the Angler Flyer (PDF) (Nov 1, 2012)

2012 Arts of the Angler Show Live Auction
2012 Arts of the Angler Fact Sheet (PDF) (Oct 12, 2012)
2012 Catskill Rodmakers Gathering Info - Updated / Special Notice (Aug 20, 2012)

ATTENTION. The 2012 Catskill Rodmakers Gathering registration is officially closed. Due to an overwhelming response,early registration, the event will be closed to walk-ins and late registrants, and limited access due to new construction. This event is sponsored by the Catskill Rodmakers and hosted in a partnership with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Those arriving and attending without official badges will be asked to leave.

No solicitation by outside vendors or promoters will be allowed.

As always, The Museum and Gift Shop will be open to members and their guests this weekend. The Education Building, pavilion and the lower field adjacent to the pond will be closed event areas that have been rented accordingly.

If your organization would like to hold an event or activity on the CFFCM properties, please contact the CFFCM.

We apologize for those who have made plans to attend this years event.

Annual Ralph Graves Open Golf Tournament Info (PDF) (May 5, 2012)
Press Release - Willowmoc and Beaverkill Clean-up Day (PDF) (April 4, 2012)

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, trout club The Long Island Fly Rodders (LIFR), Theodore Gordon Flyfishers (TGF) , and 3 boy scout troops from Long Island will meet at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at 8:30 AM to clean the banks of the Willowemoc Creek and Beaverkill River.
Plan for the Biggest Fly Fishing Weekend of the Summer…anywhere. August 4-8 (June 1, 2012)

Plan for the Biggest Fly Fishing Weekend of the Summer…anywhere. August 4-8. Summerfest, Anglers Market, Jubilee Weekend, The Hardy Cup Bamboo Rod Casting Competition as well as two more 1.) The Reelsmithing Workshop with Michael Hackney and 2.) The Bamboo Rod Making Workshop with Hardy ‘makers’ Tom Moran and Calum Gladstone.

  • Friday August 3, from 10 AM to early afternoon. -- An opportunity to make your own fly reel in a Reelsmithing Workshop with The Eclectic Angler, Michael, in the Paul Dahlie Education Center. No previous metalworking experience is required to take the workshop -- just a desire to make a fly reel and willingness to use a little elbow grease and get a little dirty. All necessary tools are provided. Participants will build one of Michael’s newest, and attractive reels. The 3-inch diameter reel will feature a click drag system, hold 90 feet of 4-weight fly line, and handle 25 yards of backing. Participants will receive a “Ported Aluminum Reel” kit and walk out with a functioning reel. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. The fee for the reel-making workshop is $125. The program is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Center at 845-439-4810 or send an email to flyfish@catskill.net .

    You can also Register at: Eclectic Anger


  • Monday and Tuesday- August 6 & 7 “Inside A Split Bamboo Machine Shop” A two day workshop designed for every level of interest in bamboo rod making from Enthusiasts to Expert. Join Hardy World Class English Rodmakers, Tom Moran and Calum Gladstone with collaborating US support team including CFFCM’s Rodmaking Workshop Coordinator Mike Canazon and Trustee Tim Abbott and others to explore the inner workings of a Bamboo Rodmakers Machine Shop. Detailed demonstrations will accompany each component. The following topics will be discussed: 1.) Cane selection; traditional resources, node matching (volumes and constancy) and proper storage. 2.) Splitting the cane: tools and techniques 3.) Filing and compressing nodes 4.) Rough Milling 5.) Taper milling 6. ) Flame or blond ? 7.) Gluing 8.) Finishing

    A special presentation on the use of mills with detailed photos and video of the mills used at Hardy’s and those of the USA, will include a side seminar about taper control and setting up from graphs to actual taper cutting.
    Discussion on each of these topics will be paced by the questions and interests of the specific group of attendees.

    Highlights will include the history, comparison and casting of both the original CC de France and the Centenary Limited Edition released this year.

    Pre Registration Required, Limited to 20, 2 day fee $225 includes family style meals Monday Lunch & Dinner, Tuesday continental Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Press Release - Hardy Cup 2012 (PDF) (Apr 14, 2012)
    Press Release - Hardy Cup Details / Registration (PDF) (April 14, 2012)

    The Hardy Bros. Cup (June 25, 2012)

    On August 4 & 5, 2012 Hardy USA, in cooperation with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, will take pride in hosting the premier bamboo fly casting competition, The Hardy Bros. Cup.
    This event will take place annually on the official Hardy Bros. Casting Field located at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. This competition* is open to everyone with a single handed bamboo fly rod 9’ or less with reel, line and 7.5’ leader. An official sight fly will be provided.

    The winning caster’s name will be emblazoned on the Hardy Bros Cup, a custom designed cup by Tiffany. It will remain on display at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. In addition to being recognized as the Hardy Cup champion bamboo rod caster, the winner will receive his/her choice of a Hardy bamboo fly rod. Second and third place finishers will be rewarded with Hardy fly reels.

    This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2012 beginning at 10 AM. This second annual event will coincide with The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s 29th annual Summerfest and Angler’s Market.

    * Competitors will accumulate points for two distance casts and an accuracy target. Qualifying distance will be based on 8’ and over rods at 50’, with handicaps for rods under 8’.

    Casting Field

    Casting platforms will be provided for each rod length positioned at handicap marks on the field. Platforms will be half sheets of plywood.

    At casting time, casters will relinquish registration forms to the Judges. Judges will take completed registration/score forms and attach them to clipboards, record distance and accuracy scores, total and sign. Completed forms will be turned in at the registration table. A tabulation committee will keep records in confidence with results to be announced that evening.
    Press Release - Wingless Wet Flies (PDF) (May 31, 2012)

    Wingless Wetflies
    Come to
    Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
    Saturday, June 9, 2012 10 AM – 3 PM
    CFFC&M Annual Dinner Invite (PDF) May 5. 2012

    CFFCM Annual Dinner - May 26th, 2012
    Auction Catalog - Absentee Bids Accepted
    For reservations and information; call 845-439-4810

    To provide an absentee bid, please email (flyfish@catskill.net) or fax (845-439-3387) the completed form to the CFFCM to arrive by 4:00 PM, Friday, May 25, 2012 by 12PM. For reserved phone bids, live phone bids, reservations or other information, please call 845-439-4810.

  • 2012 Annual Day Auction Catalog (PDF) (Updated May 21, 2012)
  • Last Casts: Eileen Demarest(April 24, 2012)

    Eileen Demarest, 86, wife of the late Harold Demarest, importer of fine bamboo for the construction of cane fly rods, left us on April 12. Eileen was known and respected by all as the Grand Dame of the worldwide bamboo rodmaking community. She was always present alongside life partner, Harold, at rodmaking gatherings all over the USA. As a member of the rodmaking family, Eileen continued attending gatherings and managing the bamboo importing business after Harold's death retiring just two years ago due to health issues. It was Eileen's passion to do whatever she could do to support the bamboo rodmakers and preserve this art and craft of angling. In Harold's name she initiated the Harold Demarest Rod makers challenge held at the CFFCM annually. Always with a smile, Eileen remembered everyone she met and they her. The CFFCM is proud to be the home of the Demarest Rodmakers Gallery recognizing the excellence of those contributing to the rodmaking community.

    Donations in Eileen's memory can be sent to The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum , 845-439-4810 or via paypal account flyfish@catskill.net . Donations will provide a brass plaque to be mounted on the entrance of the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center.

    Press Release - CFFCM Book Signing with Joe Perrone Jr. author of Twice Bitten and Opening Day (PDF) (April 4, 2012)
    April 14, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm in the Museum.
    Bamboo Rod Refinishing Class with Mike Longuil (PDF)(Febuary 1, 2012)
    Press Release - First Cast April 1, 2012 (PDF) (March 26, 2012)
    Press Release - Opening Day and New Building (PDF) (March 9, 2012)
    Fly Fest Febuary 11, 2012 Press Release (PDF)(Febuary 1, 2012)
    It is Official - Press Release - Roscoe Wins Ultimate Fishing Town USA Title (June 11, 2011)

    It is Official! Roscoe which was everyone’s favorite fishing town in now America's Ultimate Fishing Town! Thank you for your support of Roscoe and for your votes at the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town website.
    Atlantic Salmon Fly Tyer...A Memoir, by Keith Fulsher (Jan 14, 2009)

    Atlantic Salmon Fly Tyer… A Memoir, By Keith Fulsher is currently in production. CFFCM Member and world class fly tyer, Keith Fulsher, shares his most memorable Atlantic Salmon fishing experiences and the evolution of hair wing salmon flies. Keith provides his personal tying tips and techniques with clear and concise step-by-step instructions. Included are over 40 of his favorite hair wing salmon flies in full color with patterns, 20 never seen before. This 8x10 hard cover edition will contain 140 total pages with 109 in full color. First Printing will be limited to 250 copies. Of the 250 copies, 40 individual special editions will be available and each to include one of the flies from the production of this book. Special Editions are $75 each, the remaining 210 will be $34.95; postage included. Please contact the CFFCM office for a copy at your earliest convenience. All proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
    2011 Environmental Programs now Posted (Apr 6, 2011)
    Arts of Angler Show (Oct 14, 2011)

    November 12 & 13, The CFFCM will host the 5th annual Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury, CT.
    Arts of the Angler Auctions

    Items will be auctioned on Saturday November 12, 2011 at the Arts of the Angler Show at the Ethan Allen Inn, Exit 4, Route I-84, Danbury CT.
    Please Note: Some items will be sold via Silent Auction 10AM to 4PM Saturday November 12, 2011. Live Auction will begin at 7:30 PM
    In addition to the items below are previously posted items on this website with photos and descriptions see the auction entire item list.
    • Both auctions have a 10% buyers premium (10% will be added to the winning bid)
    • Absentee bids or live bids are welcome
    • Bidders for both Silent and Live Auctions must be registered.
    • Please see the Absentee Bid Registration Form for rules on the placing absentee bids
    2011 Arts of Angler Show Info (PDF)
    2011 Arts of Angler Schedule of Events (PDF)
    2011 Arts of Angler Auction - Rods
    2011 Arts of Angler Live Auction Items - Updated (PDF)
    2011 Arts of Angler Live Auction Absentee Bid (PDF)
    2011 Hall of Fame Invite (PDF) (September 29, 2011)

    Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Class of 2011

    The bronze plaque mounted to the exterior wall of the museum states:

    Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.

    To recognize and honor those individuals and groups
    who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.

    This year's inductees are

    Barry & Cathy Beck; Carl Richards & Doug Swisher; Roderick Haig-Brown and John Alden Knight

    Hall of Fame Biographies (PDF)
    Summerfest Event Schedule (PDF) (July 1, 2011)
    Press Release - CFFC&M and Hardy Announce the Hardy Bros. Cup (PDF) (Apr 8, 2011)
    Press Release - Hardy Cup Update (PDF) (Apr 14, 2011)
    Press Release - Hardy Cup Update (PDF) (Jul 1, 2011)

    Hardy Cup Competition August 6th Casting and Scoring Details (PDF) (Jul 13, 2011)
    Press Release - Woodstick 2011 (PDF) (Apr 14, 2011)
    Press Release - Angler's Best Summer Pick - Hardy Cup (PDF) (June 7, 2011)
    Click here for Hardy USA Website and Hardy Cup Info/Video Link (June 10, 2011)
    CFFCM Cane Rod School – June 24 – 29th, 2011 (March 4, 2011)
    Instructors Kathy Scott, David Van Burgel and Art Port

    • 2001 Cane Rod School Brochure (PDF)
    • In 2001, CFFCM trustee, Dr. Steven Cohen identified a need in the angling community for a museum-based school for cane rod making. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum took on that initiative in June 2003 in partnership with the East Coast Cane and Rod Makers, to form the Catskill Rod Makers. This group has revived the fine art of cane rod making and the CFFCM serves as the steward of this noble cause by hosting their annual gathering held the second weekend in September. Join the museum in 2011 for the return of the CFFCM Cane Rod Makers School. Space is limited and the class is sure to sell out!
      Roscoe Trout Town USA Campaign (PDF) (April 13, 2011)

      Roscoe is everyone’s favorite fishing town! Show your support of Roscoe and add to the votes at the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town. Roscoe NY has made it through the first round of voting in the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town Contest. Now we need to keep our votes coming in strong so we can advance to the next phase.

      Please go to http://www.wfnfishingtown.com./town/roscoe-ny to vote.

      You will be asked your name and email address. The first time you vote, and only the first time, you will need to check your email and verify your address. Once that is complete, you can vote four times a day! If you have more then one email address you can register those as well! Voting times are 12AM to 6AM; 6AM to 12PM; 12PM; to 6PM and then 6PM to 12AM.

      Please vote as often as you can and tell your friends to vote as well!
      Press Release - 30th Anniversary Celebration (PDF) (May 24, 2011)
      Annual Dinner Info and Invite (PDF) (Apr 21, 2011)

      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
      Invites you to our Annual Meeting, Banquet and Auction
      Saturday, May 28, 2011
      Annual Day Auction Items (PDF) (May 13, 2011)

      The 2011 CFFCM Annual Fund Raising Auction to be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8:30 PM at Kings Catering, Livingston Manor, NY
      For absentee bids and/or dinner reservations Call 845-439-4810
      Press Release CFFC&M May Mayhem Activities (PDF)(May 3, 2011)
      Last Casts - Stan Bogdan (Mar 29, 2011)

      It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Fly Fishing Hall of Fame member and World Recognized Reel Maker, Stan Bogdan. We extend our sympathies and condolences to his family.

      Forbes Article on Stan Bogdan
      Opening Day 2011 Press Release (PDF)(March 1, 2011)

      First Cast Press Release Update (PDF) (March 21, 2011)

      Update March 29, 2011 -

      RUFFALO'S BACK AND JAZZ GREAT HOBGOOD TOO!


      Roscoe, NY. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum are changing up once again. In a crazy change of events, Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo was to be guest caster for the annual Season Opener on April 2. Jazz great, Pianist Laurence Hobgood jumped in to save the day. Now there are two celebrities casting in the new season: Laurence Hobgood and Mark Ruffalo who's scheduled was changed. This celebrity duo will share the water with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther , CFFCM's Phelan Family, and young Johannes Mason for the biggest and most important First Cast on April 2 at Roscoe NY's famous Junction Pool.

      Following First Cast, scheduled to drop at 7:30AM attendees will be invited to a meet and greet our guests for pictures and chats. After, approx 8 - 8:15 you are invited to another fly fishing celebrity's home for a surprise birthday party with cake and coffee provided by the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce. This will be a great day in the history of fly fishing. Fly Fishing is for everyone and from every walk of life.

      Stay after for great activities all day long...Ted Patlen will be tying flies in the Museum where America's greatest wet fly tyer and historian, Don Bastian will display his magnificent collection of Bergman Wet Flies for the last time and Jack Yelle will avail his limited edition First Cast Print with all of our guests autographs. Stay a while or visit Mike Canazon and the bamboo boys at the Livingston Manor Gym for a spring tune up and casting clinic. At 11:00 AM return to the Museum and get a hot cup of Agnes Van Put's traditional soup. Stay around and socialize. It is a full day of fun.

      At 6PM The annual Roscoe Chamber of Commerce Two Headed Trout Dinner will take place at the Rockland House. Meet up again with Laurence Hobgood and Mark Ruffalo and wrap up a great day in the Catskills.

      Dinner reservations can be made at 607-498-4139 Space is limited.
      Last Cast – Dick Talleur, 1931-2011 (Mar 1, 2011)

      Dick Talleur died February 18, 2011, after a brief illness, at the age of 79. Dick suffered an infection as far back as last November, that eventually spread to the heart muscle, and he died of congestive heart failure. His last days were comfortable, his wife Vera and step-son Yury. A memorial will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on Saturday, March 26, at 1PM.
      Last Casts - Rick Eck, 1952-2011 (Feb 4, 2011)

      With great sadness we inform you of the unexpected death of CFFCM member and treasurer, Rick Eck. Rick has been one of the longest standing Executive Board members in the history of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

      Rick passed away on Tuesday Morning, February 2 as a result of a brain aneurysm.

      A CPA, Rick also owned and operated Northeast Fly Fishers on the Delaware River in PA , is a recognized classic salmon fly tyer, and a champion for the protection of Catskill Waters and in particular, The Delaware. (More to follow in the March CFFCM Castabout)

      Fredrick N. "Rick" Eck, 59 of Honesdale, PA died On Feb. 2, 2011 at C.M.C. Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, the former Patricia S. "Patti" Seymour. The couple married Jan. 14, 2006.

      Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 at Central United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Jean Blackie.

      Friends may visit at the Hessling Funeral Home on Monday Feb. 7, 2011 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

      Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, 428 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa.

      Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the CFFCM in Rick's memory.

      If you would like to extend you sympathies to the family, please mail them to:
      Patti Eck, 922 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431
      Press Release - Fly Fest and IceCapades Feb 12th (PDF)(Jan 13, 2011)
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2011, Volume 7 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2011, Volume 7 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2011, Volume 7 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2011, Volume 7 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2011, Volume 7 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2011, Volume 7 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout July Insert
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2011, Volume 7 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2011, Volume 7 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout May Insert
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2011, Volume 7 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout April Insert
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2011, Volume 7 Issue 3)
      CFFCM Castabout (Febuary 2011, Volume 7 Issue 2)
      CFFCM Castabout (January 2011, Volume 7 Issue 1)
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2010, Volume 6 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2010, Volume 6 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2010, Volume 6 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2010, Volume 6 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2010, Volume 6 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2010, Volume 6 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2010, Volume 6 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2010, Volume 6 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2010, Volume 6 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2010, Volume 6 Issue 3)
      CFFCM Castabout (February 2010, Volume 6 Issue 2)
      CFFCM Castabout (January 2010, Volume 6 Issue 1)
      Fly Fishers of Distinction Invitation (PDF) (Nov 10, 2010)

      Here is your invitation for a special night.

      2010 Arts of the Angler Show will be Nov 6 & 7, 2010 (Nov 21, 2009)

      Check out the 2009 Arts of the Angler Pictures on the CFFC&M Facebook page and become a fan while you are there.

      • Press Release: Mike Valla’s "The Classic Fly Box" to be available at the Arts of the Angler Show (PDF)


      • Arts of Angler Show Fact Sheet (PDF)


      • Arts of Angling Auction Items (PDF) (Updated Oct 25)


      • Latest and Final List of Auction Items - no pictures (PDF) (Nov 4)


      • New Featured Auctions Items: (Updated Nov 2) More updates to follow this week.

        New Bob Taylor Custom Bamboo Rod - Bob Taylor custom 8’ 5/6 weight, 4 piece, two tip Written on an ink label on the rod tube is the following: "R.D. Taylor Rod / Model 46-5/6-377 / 8' 4 pc. #5/6 WF 4 1/2 oz." Bob’s rods are one of the most highly desired hand crafted fly rods in the world today. He is recognized as one of the finest makers ever to come out of the Leonard rod shop and has over 30 years of fine tuning and maintaining his high standards in the craft. They don’t get much better than this rod. It is super sweet and unique in every way. You might never see another Taylor rod like this ever come your way.

        Bobby Taylor Fly Rod


        New Per Brandin Custom Bamboo Rod - Per Brandin 834-2 DF HB, 3.25 oz. marked 2/10. This rod is an 8'3" dry fly taper for #4 line in two pieces and six strip semi-hollow construction. This is a brand new rod just out of the shop from Per's current production of this model. It has flamed cane, translucent cinnamon wraps, a low bridge agate stripper, matte 'quiet' finish (rubbed varnish) and a n/s cap & band over mahogany reelseat. Comes with ferrule plug, original bag and labeled tube as well as outer tube bag.

        Per Brandin Fly Rod


      • Arts of Angler Schedule (PDF)


      • Vendors at the 2010 Arts of the Angler Show

        Come and visit your favorite vendor at the 2010 Arts of the Angler Show, November 6 & 7 at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT.

        Above & Below H2O, Acampora Taxidermy, Badger Creek Flies, Baker Bamboo Rods, Belvoirdale, Carlson Rod Co., Casting for Recovery, Chesapeake Rods & Reels, Classic Fly Fisherman, Compleat Angler, Dave Foley, David Van Burgel, Dette Trout Flies, Dirks Outdoors, Drop Point Hunter, George Guba, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co., Fly Fishing CT, Hardy's North America, Healing Waters, Housatonic Fly Fishermen's Assoc, Housatonic River Outfitters, James Philbrook, Jerry Girard, J.W. Gallas Rod Co., Jordon Mills Rod Co., Kathy Scott, Lakewoods Camps, L.J. Downes Rod Co., Masatoshi Okui, Mill River Rods, One Pfoot, Pentalux Bamboo Rods, Phil Horowitz, Per Brandin, Rick Eck, Scott Cesari Fly Tying, Sporting Collectibles, Spinoza Rod Company, Swede Ahrstrom, Takemoto Bamboo Rod Laboratory, The Eclectic Angler, The F.D. Kretchman Rod Co., The Perfection Fly Reel Co., Todd Alving, United Fly Tyers, Wayne Grauer's Fine Tackle and Wetfly Guides


      • Who's Tying at the Arts of the Angler Show

        Come and visit your favorite tyer at the 2010 Arts of the Angler Show, November 6 & 7 at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT.

        Aaron Jasper, Allen Landheer, Anthony Giaquinto Jr, Bill Hrinko, Bill Newcomb, Bill Simpson, Bob Lindquist, Bob Mead, Bruce Corwin, Bruce Marino, Catskill Fly Tyers Guild (Lenny Cowles, Ed McQuat, Bob Osburn, Mark Romero, Hank Rope and Pete Peterson), Dave Benoit, Dave Brandt, Eric Peterson, George Cherundolo, Greg Belcamino, Jay "Fishy" Fullum, John Bonasera, John Klem Jr, John Collins, Leslie Wrixon, Mike Stewart, Paul Rossman, Peggy Brenner, Ralph Graves, Richard Ross, Roger Plourde, Stan Fadula, Ted Patlen and Thomas Farmer
      2010 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees (PDF) (August 19, 2010)

      Fly Fishing Hall of Fame 2010
      at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
      October 9, 2010.


      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) is proud to present the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Class of 2010 to be honored in a ceremony and dinner at the CFFCM at 3 PM on October 9, 2010 followed by dinner at Kings Catering at 6PM. New inductees will be: Louis Rhead, Jack Gartside, John Randolph, and Art Lee.

      The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to fly fishing. Over the past 20 years, sixty-six (66) notables in the history of fly fishing have received this honor including: Theodore Gordon, Joan and Lee Wulff, Keith Fulsher, Harry and Elsie Darbee, Ernest Schwiebert, Everett Garrison, Frederick Halford, Nick Lyons, and Art Flick.

      Following the installation ceremony, a dinner will be held at Kings Catering that evening, recognizing both new and old Hall of Fame Members. After dinner, Ted Patlen will be presented with the Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award for his excellence in promoting fly tying world wide. This will be a memorable night in the history of fly fishing.

      2010 Hall of Fame Dinner Invitation (PDF)

      For dinner reservations, please call the CFFCM 845-439-4810.
      Popovics is to give Patlen the Hook! (Sep 21, 2010)

      Press Release: Popovics is to give Patlen the Hook at 2010 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Dinner (PDF)

      Press Release - Ted Palten to receive Golden Hook Award (PDF)
      Guest Fly Tyer Program (Oct 16, 2010)

      The Catskill Fly Fishing and Center and Museum are proud to host the Guest Fly Tying Program on Saturdays through out the season. From the smallest of trout flies to the largest Bass fly, and everything in between, the CFFCM Guest Pro Staff will freely share with visitors. Tying programs are from 1 PM-4 PM. You will see the finest in fly tying from all over the world.

    • Oct 23 - John Bonesara
    • Oct 30 - David Nelson
    • CFFCM Online Art Gallery
      Once you click on the link for "CFFCM Online Art Gallery" then you would be brought to "CFFC&M 2008 Art Exhibit Featuring Kim Mellema's Artwork This is our featured Art Exhibit for 2008. Visit our on-line art gallery, view her artwork and download the brochure:

      CFFC&M Online Gallery
      Demarest Rodmaker's Challenge Medalion Selected for International Exhibit (PDF) (November 6, 2009)
      Summer Fest 2010 Information (July 12, 2010)

      Summerfest/Angler’s Market and Jubilee Weekend: the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum has combined its Annual Summerfest, Angler’s Market, and Jubilee Festival for an entire weekend. In 2010 It will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 7 & 8.
      • Summer Fest 2010 Information (PDF)


      • Summerfest/Anglers Market. Two full days of fishing and sporting collectibles, treasures and tackle on over 100 tables will be found just this side of the bridge. This single event brings out the best in fishing treasures discovered over the past year from closets, attics, and basements. You never know what you will find or what you will buy. Just imagine all the stuff you never really needed but just had to have. We will be open each day from 8:30 AM until 4 PM. Come down and visit your favorite vendors including: Chesapeake Rods & Reels, Dette Trout Flies, Hank Sporting Collectibles, George Guba, One Pfoot and many more.


      • Jubilee Weekend. Make it a family weekend and bring them along. You can explore and support the local and regional businesses and organizations that will fill our grounds. Gathered here will be craft artisans, local and civic organizations, health centers, farmers produce markets and home goods vendors.


      • Summerfest/Jubilee Weekend Activities:


        • Saturday, August 7:
          - 8:30 AM to 4 PM Collectibles
          - 10 AM to 4 PM Community, craft, exhibits and organization vendors
          - 2 PM to 3PM Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Boys Casting Clinic
          - 8:30 AM to 4 PM Trash or Treasure Identification. Bob Selb of the Classic Fly Fisherman will help you identify that ‘fishing thing’ you have always wondered about. Better yet, he will give you an honest appraisal of what it is worth.


        • Sunday, August 8:
          - 8:30 AM to 4 PM Collectibles
          - 10 AM to 4 PM Community, craft, exhibits and organization vendors
          - 11:30 AM “Students Only’ (16 and under) Fishing derby’ at the Pond. Prizes will be awarded for first fish, most fish, largest fish and smallest fish. Kids are to bring their own tackle and favorite baits.
          - Noon to 3 PM Enjoy the Kurpil Family Fiddlers under the tent
          - 1:30 PM The Great Willowemoc Fish Race (50/50) Split for the winning fish
          - 2 PM Jubilee Day Cake (immediately after the fish race) The CFFCM will once again celebrate birthday and anniversary milestones ending in a 0 or 5. Everyone is welcome and cake will be provided at no charge.


      • Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 3PM Agnes and Tony will be serving grilled treats and one of the best sausage and pepper sandwiches you ever had. You'll want to bring some home because they won’t be available again until next year. They are simply delicious.


      • Summerfest/Angler’ Market CFFCM Book Exchange We will again have a table open at our CFFCM booth for another CFFCM Member Book Exchange. Here is the deal…If you have any books you would like to sell, bring ‘em and we will sell ‘em! Simply print your initials and the price (AB/$9.00) in pencil on the top right corner of the first page. You can leave them at our table while you enjoy the event yourself and at the end of the day pick up any unsold books and any money you received (less 10% commission/donation to the Center). If you want to participate, but cannot attend yourself, simply bring your books (in cartons packed with spine up) to the Gift shop before August 6. After the event, you can simply follow up with us at a later date. (Can’t do it now? Simply put them aside and we will do this again at the Arts of the Angler Show in November) Non-members are welcome to participate for a 25% commission to the CFFCM.


      • If you are interested in being a vendor for either Summerfest or Jubilee Festival, please call the office, 845-439-4810.
      Fore!!! 8-15. (August 15) (July 12, 2010)

      The Fourth Annual Ralph Graves Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament.

      No, Ralph has not passed on. This golf outing started by a few hackers and was named to memorialize Ralph while he is living. It was simply a day out for golf and to have a good time no matter the golfer's skill. It has become a full blown golf outing and is sponsored by: Redwood Creek Wine; Stone Realty; Catskill Flies; Live Bait; Roscoe Liquors; and, Scientific Anglers.

      Chairmen Cliff Albertson (clifford.albertson@verizon.net or 845-368-1381) and Ted Patlen ( tedpat090@yahoo.com or 210-772-1312) have a great 5-man scramble planned with tee off at 1 PM at Roscoe’s Twin Villages Golf Course. This unique 9 hole course will challenge even the most discriminating and polished golfer. You might not see Tiger here this year, but, next year who knows? Prizes will be awarded for: Low Score; Longest Drive; Straightest Drive; and Closest to the Pin. The winning team will have their names added to the ‘Ralphie’ trophy that hangs in the back of the museum. Join in and take the honor away from reigning champions Andy Boyar, Bob Reinert and Leonard Tobler. This might be one of the most enjoyable tournaments you’ll ever participate in. Following the golf game you return to the Center for a full pound steak dinner with Ralph and his lovely wife Theresa. There will be prizes for all. Registration: CFFCM members $65; Non Members $75 and non golfers for dinner $30. All proceeds benefit the CFFCM. A limited number of spaces remain so make your reservation soon. Call the Center 845-439-4810 (or email the chairmen)
      Challenging Times requires ASF Challenging Efforts (Mar 15, 2010)

      Challenging Times requires ASF Challenging Efforts. The Maine Council of the ASF is holding a special auction to continue their project on the Penobscot. For more details, visit http://www.mainecouncilasf.org/
      Last Casts - Tom Toomey (Mar 15, 2010)

      It is with sadness we inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of member Tom Toomey on March 1. Although Tom was only 57 years old, it seems he has been around forever protecting and promoting fly fishing. Tom was an active member of the Salmon River Anglers Association, volunteer here at the CFFCM and and sitting Vice President of the Housatonic Fly Fisherman Association. Most recently Tom invented the No-Float Stix wading staff after reading Lee Wulff's wading staff formula.

      Tom retired in 1991 after serving 20 years in the US Army. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Dawn and son Odin, and their spouses


    • Sept 25 - Mike Stewart
    • Oct 2 – Dave Brandt
    • Oct 16 - Elmer Hopper & Ron Gherardi
    • Aug 21– Andrew Gennaro
    • Aug 28 - George Cherundolo
    • Sept 4 - John Klemm
    • Sept 11 - Ed Burgholzer
    • Sept 18 - Lee Weil
    • Sept 25 - Mike Stewart
    • May 8- Ralph Schloss


    • I started fly tying around 15 years ago. As a biology major flyfishing and tying just seemed to be the natural thing to do. Kind of like putting the text book learning to work, but I held off actually doing it for many years. I was on my home from my father’s funeral on Long Island when I saw the sign for the museum and decided to stop in and check it out. The museum inspired me to finally get started and my life has not been the same ever since.

      I took a class on tying and started to spend a lot of time tying and building up my supply of flies.

      While working for the NY Army National Guard at the NY State Fair I by chance stopped by the Wool Center, looking for a quiet, shady spot to eat my lunch. The ladies were spinning, dying and carding wool. The loose wool looked like it might be good for tying so asked for a pinch of the stuff. They couldn't understand what I could possibly do with a pinch of loose wool so I explained about fly tying. They gave me a bunch and asked in return that I bring in a sample fly. The next day I did and the Center Supervisor invited me to come back the next year and demonstrate fly tying with wool at the Wool Center. I have been tying at the Fair every year since then with the exception of 2006 when I was in Iraq.

      Thanks to the museum I have had the great pleasure to meet and learn from many of the best tyers in the world. This has given me a well rounded education and therefore I like to tie all kinds of flies. But because of tying at the State Fair and the Museum, I guess I'm best known for tying with wool. However I like experimenting with different materials, as well as incorporating wool into flies that may not usually require it.

      I enjoy sharing what I have learned and try to do so as often as possible. I really like working with kids and have worked with 4-H clubs, local fly shops and any local events that will have me.
    • April 10 - Ted Patlen


    • CFFCM member Ted Patlen is recognized as The International Ambassador of Fly Tying. Ted has participated in more international fly tying events than any other and freely shares his tying techniques and patterns. An unorthodox tyer, known to pick the lint from a viewers sweater and create a buggy fly. For those who take fly tying too serious, he reminds them that fly tying and fly fishing is supposed to be fun. We are proud to have Ted be our international contact and host here at the center and share in guest tyer programs. You won't want to miss him...there is always something new.

    • April 17- No Guest Fly Tyer


    • The Catskill Fly Tying Guild's Fly Tying Rendezvous will be held at Rockland House in Roscoe from 10 AM until 4 PM. Take a trip down and check it out.

    • April 24- Bruce Corwin


    • Bruce is another exceptional artist behind the camera and behind a tying vise. His realistic patterns are carefully constructed after close examination of his photo work. Bruce has been very involved in tying at the many seminars, shows, and clinics held in the Northeast and immediately recognized and respected. Visit his website at: http://www.brucecorwin.com/
    • May 1- Harold Williams


    • Harold Williams has been fly fishing and fly tying for over 55 years. He has taken classes with many classic fly tyers and is a life long student of fly tying. He has fly fished in North and South America for many species of fish in fresh and salt waters. Harold is primarily a Catskill tyer. His two signature flies are the Beaverkill and the Delaware Adams, in memory of the Dettes and the Darbees. Rube Cross was his all time favorite tyer. Harold resides in the Southern Catskills--New Jersey!

      • May 22- Lou Kasamis
      • May 29- Dave McNeese


      Members Only Book Sale List will be in the March Castabout (Feb 23, 2010)

      Be sure to check out the great deals available for CFFC&M members.
      Annual Day Dinner and Auction May 29, 2010(April 14, 2010)

      Check here for latest info on the Annual Day Events and the fantastic Live Auction items offered this year:

      • Annual Members Meeting and Fund Raising Dinner - Letter (PDF)
      • Annual Day Dinner - Live Aucttion Items (PDF) Updated May 20th

        If you can’t make it, consider making an absentee bid on one or more of our most unique items including: Fishing with American Economist Mr. Paul Volcker, for a half day fishing on the exclusive Balsam Lake Club water, spend a half day fishing with Keith Fulsher on the trout rich waters of the Pootatuck Club in CT. Keith will even provide lunch, two fishermen can spend a day fishing with Don Trump Jr. at either Tamarack Club or on one of his favorite spots on the Delaware, pending fishing conditions and Don’s suggestion. We have two incredible rods for rod shoppers, A Bob Taylor custom model 46-5/6W-377, 4 ½ ounce 4 Piece, 2 tip Bamboo Fly Rod and a L.J. Downes Bamboo Fly Rod. 2 piece 2 tip 7’3” 4 Weight rod. Also, to be auctioned off is a trip to Alaska’s Kodiak Island Saltery Lake Lodge for a most incredible fly fishing trip either the week of September 12-18, 2010. Antrim Lodge Dinner Serviceware for Four. Here is your big chance to bring a little piece of Catskill fly fishing history home or a private dinner for 8 in the Museum on Antrim Lodge seviceware.

        To make an absentee bid, please call the office at 845-439-4810 before 4:00 PM on Friday, May 28. You have the choice or setting a limit on your bid for an item or given a phone number to call bids in on Saturday evening during the auction.

      • Silent Auction Items (PDF) Updated May 20th
      Season Opener, Saturday April 10 (Mar 24, 2010)

      At 7:30 AM at Roscoe’s Junction Pool the CFFCM First Family of Fishing, the Phelan’s (Jeff, Erin, Alicia, and Allie) and Roscoe Chamber of Commerce will host and welcome special guest fly fishers Sally Jesse Raphael*, her husband Karl Soderlund as well as Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and maybe a few other surprise guests. They will continue the tradition of the ceremonial first cast of the season. Come early, take part in the festivities (if not the fishing) and have a hot beverage and breakfast snack provided by the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce. Arrive early and get a good spot to watch the group. This is a day to reacquaint yourself with friends, businesses and neighbors. Stay after with us to fish or talk to Sally, Karl and Aileen and snap a few pictures. It is a full day of fly fishing fun.

      Following First Cast you can make a full day of it:

      JB Martin and Jack Ganz will again visit the grave of Pop Robbins for the annual presentation of the memorial wreath immediately after first cast.

      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will open immediately following the streamside activity to officially show off the new exhibits and the recent over-winter remodeling. Agnes and Tony will have the coffee on, and Agnes’ world famous cookies and soup will be on the table. Ted Patlen will once again launch the Saturday Guest Fly Tyers Program and share his center fold in the February issue of the Italian fly tying magazine. Sally, Karl and Aileen will be there to warm up and meet and greet visitors. Roscoe’s premier wildlife artist, Jack Yelle, will be signing and selling his limited edition “2010 First Cast” print until noon.

      Mike Canazon and the bamboo boys, sponsored by the Livingston Manor Lions Club, will once again be at the Livingston Manor Gym from 10AM to 1PM to cast off some of the winter dust. They'll feature some classic rods, new creations, and old favorites to cast. They'll familiarize non-cane members with the beauty of natural bamboo rods. They encourage everyone to give it a try and will offer some casting tips and techniques for the new season ahead. All children and students are welcome to give it a try.

      At 6:00 PM the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce will once again hosts the traditional “Two-Headed Trout” dinner at The Rockland House. Reservations can be made directly with The Rockland House (607-498-5765), Annie’s Place (607-498-4139), or Catskill Flies (607-498-6146).

      In between the scheduled festivities is the perfect time to visit some of your favorite fly shops such as: Catskill Flies; Frank Kuttner’s; Dette’s; Fur, Fin & Feather; the Baxter House and, the Beaverkill Anlger. You'll be sure to run into someone you know. Take a moment and check out your favorite spots on the rivers, look for hatching Gordons and rising fish, or join us in the museum for a chat with friends.

      *Sally was the celebrity fly fishing guest back in 2000 and continues to enjoy casting a fly. History repeats itself.
      Opening Day 2010 Press Release (PDF)(March 22, 2010)
      Fly Fest and the first Ice Capades February 13; 9 AM- 4 PM (Jan 5, 2010)

      Fly Fest and IceCapades Press Release (PDF) (Jan 24, 2010)

      This is the cure for Cabin Fever. Put it on your calendar right now and don't miss it. JB Martin and Jack Ganz, with some assistance from Catskill John, are busy preparing another Catskill Flies endorsed Fly Fest. Over the past couple of years FlyFest has grown into a CFFCM tradition. This event draws over 50 experienced fly tyers who get together in the museum and tie flies, swap lies, share techniques, and unravel some new patterns. This is a great day in the museum and it is open to everyone.

      Details, as they progress, can be found at www.catskillflies.com on the message board, you won't miss the chatter moderated by JB. But there is more. Joining Fly Fest will be the first CFFCM IceCapades. IceCapades will be a full fledged fishing derby on the pond...including ice fly fishing. Perch beware! All fishermen are invited to attend maybe the first ice fly fishing derby ever held. Although we prefer and suggest that fly fishermen test their skills with jigging flies, traditional tip ups will be allowed. Keeping with cold country traditions, catchers will be allowed to keep a perch to bring home or cook right there on the ice. Entrance fee will be $5 per rod or tip up. Big Prizes (and we all know how to measure Big) will be awarded. There will also be contests including a casting accuracy contest to get your fly in the hole, first fish, most fish, biggest fish, etc. Committee Chairmen Jan Weido, Skip Alford, and Mike Canazon will be in charge.

      Agnes will be cooking up some of her favorite soups to take the chill off and have a hot pot of coffee on too. Registration is recommended. All money gathered will be for a spring pond stocking of pan fish for our youth programs, on pond demonstrations, and those physically challenged. Of course, weather and thickness of the ice will dictate the day. Watch our website (www.cffcm.net) for cancellation.
      Last Casts - Dr. Jerry Greenholz and Donald Sperling (December 3, 2009)

      It is with great sadness to inform you of the loss of two fellow members of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

      Dr. Jerry Greenholz of Huntington, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 2 after a bout with cancer. Dr. Greenholz was a dedicated 'Catskill' fly fisherman who started fishing The Beaverkill, in 1952. A CFFCM charter and a regular contributing member, Dr. Greenholz' last visit to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum was at last fall's Hall of Fame Dinner. He will be missed by the fly fishing community and his all time favorite stream, The Beaverkill.

      As per his family's request, donations may be made in his name to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

      Donald Spearling of Mamaroneck, NY passed away on November 24. Don was a longtime member of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum who loved fly fishing and upland bird hunting. He was an active member who belonged to the Anglers Club of NY, Trout Unlimited, Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club, the DeBruce Fly Fishing Club and the Big Bend Club. He was a frequent visitor of the Center and the area.

      Donations in Donald's name can be made to the Burke Medical Research Institute, Donald A. Sperling Stroke Research Fund, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 or Trout Unlimited.
      CFFCM Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 5th (Dec 11, 2009)

      Please join us for snacks and spirits of the Holiday Season from 4 PM – 7PM in the museum. This festive get together includes staff, local friends and members, and CFFCM volunteers. It is not formal but simply a good time to share the season with friends.
      2010 Arts of the Angler Show will be Nov 6 & 7, 2010 (Nov 21, 2009)

      Check out the 2009 Arts of the Angler Pictures on the CFFC&M Facebook page and become a fan while you are there.
      The Third Annual CFFC&M Arts of the Angler Show (PDF) (Updated Nov 12, 2009)

      November 14th and 15th at the Ethan Allen Inn, at Exit 4 on I-84 in Danbury CT
      It’s all about fly fishing

      The Show: Not your ordinary fly show! Featuring seminars, clinics, classes and vendors all related to fly fishing. It is simply all about fly fishing and all proceeds benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. You will find everything related to fly fishing; it’s all here in an intimate and elegant setting.

      Saturday: Show hours 9AM-5 PM, A special price fixe dinner at 5:30 and a live auction at 7:00 PM

      Sunday: Show hours 9AM-4PM, Blind tying contest at high noon

      Click here for details (PDF)

      Click here for Arts Of Angling Live Auction Items - updated (PDF)

      Log onto the CFFCM Facebook page and view the auction items in the "Arts of the Angler Auction" photo album. Become a fan while you are there!

      Absentee bids can be made on live auction items listed at www.bobanddavesauctions.com starting on Monday, November 8, 2009. Any bids received will be brought and bid live by bobanddavesauctions.com. Winners will be announced on Sunday.
      Last Casts - Ron Pidgeon (October 23, 2009)

      Ron was one of the charter members of the CFFCM. Since our inception, Ron always seemed to be around. He was at every event, on Saturdays for every guest fly tyer session, at the Catskill Fly Tying Guild meetings, and on the Catskill Streams. Ron and his best friend, constant companion and wife Teddy, celebrated their 60th wedding Anniversary with us last year on Jubilee Day. Mike Canazon said he was one of the greatest Catskill fly fishermen he ever met. Every time they fished together Mike would always pick up something new and fishing with Ron was a great pleasure. Ron will be missed by Mike and all of us in the fly fishing community. He was a special man
      Last Casts - Brian Flahive (September 30, 2009)

      It is with sadness to inform you of the passing of Brian Flahive. Brian was a past member of the CFFCM Board of Directors and a long time supporter of the CFFCM efforts, goals, and mission. Brian will be greatly missed by his friends and on the Catskill Streams. Brian is survived by his loving wife, Karen.

      A memorial gathering to remember Brian for family and friends at his sisters house on Long Island on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:00. Her address is: Gloria and David Kruse 962 Sea View Drive Oyster Bay, NY 11771. They have asked that donations, in lieu of flowers, would go to Westie Med, Inc www.westiemed.org/donate/ or the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum PO Box 1295 Livingston Manor, NY 12758, www.cffcm.net.
      Hall of Fame Silent Auction Item Bids Welcome (October 7, 2009)

      Through a unique relationship with supporting members Bob Mead and David Martin, we have listed our silent auction items on there live auction site. Please visit www.bobanddavesauctions.com and view the Hall of Fame Silent Auction items...and maybe make a bid.
      Last Casts - Francis Betters (September 9, 2009)

      After a long illness, Fran Betters left us peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, September 6, 2009. Despite his frail condition, Fran joined us last October to attend his induction into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. When accepting his award, Fran said "it was a great highlight in his life and a great honor to be considered a fly fishing hall of fame member". Fran took great delight in seeing so many of his old and new friends in attendance.

      Fran will be greatly missed by the fly fishing community and the Adirondack streams where his footprint will always remain.

      Condolences can be sent to:
      Mrs. Fran (Jan) Betters
      Adirondack Sport Shop
      P.O. Box 125
      Wilmington, NY 12997
      (518) 946-2605
      info@adirondackflyfishing.com

      Class of 2009 Hall of Fame. (PDF) (July 1, 2009)

      The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame is located in Livingston Manor, NY, at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, hub of the fly fishing community. The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the world of fly fishing. Induction Ceremonies will be October 17, 2009

      will be in the Museum 1 PM - 4PM
      Horton Brook Project Info (PDF) (September 30, 2009)
      3rd Annual CFFCM Ralph Grave's Golf Tournament (PDF) (June 4, 2009)

      3rd Annual CFFCM Ralph Grave's Open Golf Tournament Sunday August 16th
      9 Holes of Golf at Twin Villages Golf Course, Fly Rod Casting and Prizes BBQ Steak Dinner under the pavilion at the CFFCM

      Click for more details
      Summerfest & Angler's Market August 8th and 9th (PDF) (July 27, 2009)

      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) most popular and well-attended event for 27 years has been the Summerfest and Anglers Market. If it is fly fishing related you will find it on the pond field of the CFFCM on August 8 & 9, 2009.

      New, New, New last minute additions to Summerfest features:

      • We will have a table open at our CFFCM booth for another CFFCM Member Book Exchange. Here is the deal…If you have any books you would like to sell, bring ‘em and we will sell ‘em! Simply print your initials and the price (AB/$9.00) in pencil on the top right corner of the first page. You can leave them at our table while you enjoy the event yourself and at the end of the day pick up any unsold books and any money you received (less 10% commission/donation to the Center. Non-members are welcome to participate for a 25% commission.


      • Silent Discovery Auctions.

        At Summerfest we often get visitors that bring in fishing items for appraisal or identification. To accommodate a quick sale for these individuals and get them the highest price, we will try something new, Silent Discovery Auction. Here is how it will work: Bob Selb of The Classic Fly Fisherman, has been our recognized appraiser for many years and has always been stationed as the first vendor at the entrance of our Anglers Market. As always, Bob will provide the identification and both an insurance value and a ‘sell value’ (sell values are those that the current average market may bring). Bob provides this service at no charge and does not approach the owner to sell. To assist those who wish to sell, Bob will complete a silent auction sheet to accompany the item and will then take it down to the CFFCM booth. It will state the minimum bid (price the owner will accept) and bidding increments. When received, the CFFCM staff will blow an air horn twice (2 times) alerting attendees that there is a new silent auction item. Attendees/bidders will have exactly one hour to view and bid on this item before it closes. When bidding is closed, the seller can pick up unsold item(s) or high bid less 10% commission to Center. It is fair, takes an hour and makes everyone happy. It‘s worth a try. (Both seller and bidder must stay until bidding closes. Payment will be made to CFFCM)


      • Guest Fly Tyer Bob Lindquist
      • will be in the Museum 1 PM - 4PM

      • Book Signing by Mike Valla at Summerest - Tying Catskill Style Dry Flies (PDF) 1 PM-2 PM on Saturday and 2 PM - 3 PM on Sunday
      Jubilee Day August 9th (PDF) (July 1, 2009)

      Sunday will also bring in another large crowd at the CFFCM for the fourth annual Jubilee Day. A party for everyone celebrating milestones, on the museum field, just opposite of the Anglers Market. Jubilee Day recognizes those having birthdays and anniversaries that end in 0’s and 5’s, and any one else who wishes to celebrate a special occasion. This year’s celebration will coincide with The Town of Rockland’s and Sullivan County’s Bicentennial and Elmer Hopper’s 75th birthday with cake for everyone at 2:30 PM.
      Last Casts - “Pat” (Pasquale) Salimeno (July 1, 2009)

      Long time supporter and friend to everyone at The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Pat Salimeno left us peacefully on June 23, 2009. Pat took great pleasure in collecting flies, lures, books, and everything else related to fishing. Living just a half hour away in Masten Lake, for years he made regular bi-weekly visits to the Center and shared his knowledge and bright personality with everyone. Over the past couple of years both his health and visits declined, but never his enthusiasm or cheery attitude. Pat will be greatly missed by the local community and his many friends here at the Center.
      Catskill Alternative Fishing Opportunities Clinic, June 27, Noon. (June 24, 2009)

      Find out what summer fishing you are missing in the Catskills. Hidden spots, secret techniques, and flies that work will be exposed. Don’t miss this 2 hour session in the Ed. Building. Donation $10.
      Press Release - Trout by Alberto Rey Exhibit (PDF) (April 6, 2009)
      Press Release - Tenkara Demonstration at CFFC&M (PDF) (May 5. 2009)
      Annual Dinner Auction list (May 5, 2009)

      2009 Annual Day Auction Items (PDF) (May 19, 2009)

      If you can’t make it, consider making an absentee bid on one or more of our most unique items including: Fishing with Hoagy Carmichael on Brooklyn Club water, Fishing with Ed and Judy Van Put on their secret and favorite Catskill spots, Fishing the Pootatuck Club with Keith Fulsher, A private tying lesson with Mary Dette, fishing the Salmon River area with Fran Verdoliva, a NYC lunch with Don Trump Jr., fishing Hewitt’s Big Bend with David Willmott and Jim Krul with lunch and stories included, and a private casting lesson with Joan Wulff. We have two incredible rods for rod shoppers, a lovely bamboo rod made by Europe’s premier rod maker and author, Rolf Baginski and a new 4 piece, 8’ 4W graphite Hardy/Greys from England. Also, to be auctioned off is a trip to Alaska’s Kodiak Island Saltery Lake Lodge for a most incredible fly fishing trip either the week of August 23rd—29th, 2009 or make a reservation now for 2010. Our own Erin Phelan went last year with her family and she continues to talk about this quality fishery and the people at Saltery Lake Lodge. If you have always wanted to go to Alaska, may we suggest you purchase this trip from our auction, we will all benefit from it. Please check out the website for a link to Saltery Lake Lodge and personal photos by Erin.

      The live auction will begin immediately following dinner with auctioneer, Hoagy Carmichael.

      To make an absentee bid, please call the office at 845-439-4810 before 4:00 PM on Friday, May 22. You have the choice or setting a limit on your bid for an item or given a phone number to call bids in on Saturday evening during the auction.
      Last Casts - Howard ‘Buddy’ Christian, Jr. (Apr 1, 2009)

      It is with sadness we lose another member of the fly fishing community. ‘Buddy’ Christian left us on March 29 surrounded by his family at the rich age of 91. Nephew of Ray Bergman (who he fished with regularly), Buddy shared a lifelong interest in fly fishing. Surviving Buddy is Norma his wife and companion of 65 years, daughters Bonnie Christian of South Nyack and Donna Lavill of Nyack; two grandchildren Jill Schwarz and Lynette Marks; and four great-grandchildren.

      Buddy was long time member and supporter of the Ray Bergman Chapter of Trout Unlimited. On April 1, 2006 Buddy and Norma, granddaughter Jill and her husband Mark Schwarz were present at the opening of our Ray Bergman Exhibit just three years ago. Buddy will be remembered for his enthusiasm, energy and jokes as he greeted and mingled with all visitors that day. It was with their assistance the Bergman Exhibit was a great success Most recently, Buddy ordered several books from the 2009 CFFCM member book sale earlier this month.

      Buddy had a 72 year career as a drummer touring the world, making movies and playing with the finest musicians and big band leaders including: Red Norvo, Teddy Powell, Joe Marsala, Ina Ray Hutton, and Big ‘Chief’ Russell Moore. His biography can be found in John Chilton’s book, Who’s Who of Jazz; Storyville to Swing Street.

      We are sure more people knew him as a great drummer, however he will be missed just as much in the fly fishing community as a great supporter of fishing connecting the Bergman legacy.

      A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 4 at Hanneman Funeral Home in Nyack as we open a new trout season in the Catskills. We will tip our hats in memory of Buddy before we make that First Cast.

      In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in memory of Buddy.
      Press Release - Sullivan County Proposes to Operate Beaverkill Campground (PDF) (March 12. 2009)
      CFFCM Cane Rod Makers Makers School, June 19 - 24th, 2009 (PDF)

      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will be conducting it's rod building school at our facilities in Livingston Manor, NY commencing 9:00 AM on June 20th and end Wednesday afternoon 6/24. Students are encouraged to arrive on Friday night for an informal class presentation. Noting the expanding interest in fishing cane rods, the CFFC&M took the initiative to build off the East Coast Cane Rod Makers Gathering held at the Center each September. This group has revived the art of cane rod building and CFFC&M will be the steward of this noble cause. Come join the Museum with master rod builders David Van Burgel, Kathy Scott and Art Port in a life time experience. The instructors will provide all materials and tools.

      Tuition for the school is $1,350.00 which includes all materials and tools, sleeping accommodations in our Education Dormitory, breakfast and lunch, and written material on the rods to be worked on. Students are encouraged to stay the weekend after the class at our facilities to fish the many Catskill rivers at our doorstep. Students will also have time to fish in the evenings and hatches are at their peak during the class weeks.

      If you are interested in the program, please fill out the attached application and reserve your place with a $400.00 deposit. The balance will be due on June 3, 2009. For additional information, call CFFC&M at (845) 439-4810 or email: flyfish@catskill.net

      StreamXtremes Art Exhibit
      World recognized fish sculptor, painter and carver, Paul Theising will open his multi media and multi dimensional art exhibit on May 3. A reception, provided by Paul and hosted by the CFFCM is open to all. Paul has continually placed in the top three in the world wildlife carving competition for many years, designed and carved large fish sculptures for many international fishing related companies for exhibits and displays including G. Loomis, and and a NYC DEP educator.

      This exhibit will be a major component to the 2008 CFFCM Museum displays.

      Paul will also be providing a fish-carving seminar later this summer. Watch for more details.

      Paul Thiesing Brochure (PDF)
      Opening Day 2009 Press Release (PDF) (March 11, 2009)
      Save the Beaverkill Campground Meeting (Mar 5, 2009)

      Community Groups and Business Leaders Unite to Save the Beaverkill Campground
      CAS Arts Center
      Saturday March 7, 2009
      6:30 pm
      48 Main Street
      Livingston Manor, NY 12758
      March 3, 2009 Sullivan County, NY: Catskill Mountainkeeper along with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Beaverkill are co-hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 pm on Saturday March 7, 2009 to urge the State not to close the Beaverkill Campground in Sullivan County. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the Beaverkill Campground will be one of six campgrounds in the state that will be shuttered because of the state fiscal crisis. However, available financial data indicate that closing the campground will only save the state a few thousand dollars while dramatically impacting the tourism economies of Roscoe and Livingston Manor.

      Co-sponsors plan to announce the formation of a "Coalition to Save the Campground" and to launch a campaign to take the Beaverkill Campground off the list. Catskill Mountainkeeper has filed a "Freedom of Information" request with the Department of Environmental Conservation for all information on the Beaverkill Campsite as it relates to occupancy rates, maintenance costs, staffing and capital expenditures over the last 10 years.

      News reports indicate that occupancy rates at the Beaverkill Campground fell to around 12% in 2007 but then nearly doubled to 20% in 2008.. Yet during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 camping seasons the site was hit with three different "100 year floods", the main road leading to the campsite (Route 209) was closed or allowed only local traffic and for much of that period the Beaverkill Covered Bridge was closed for repair, severely limiting access to the campsites and effectively slicing the campground in half. Low occupancy rates seem to directly reflect these "natural" events and are not indicative of the use and value of the campsite. In tough economic times more people use campsites, not less. Closing the campsite does not make economic sense.

      The campground also had major improvements done in 2008 including repairing the bridge and placing it on the National Historic Register.

      Livingston Manor and Roscoe are vital to the economic health of Sullivan County and rely on tourism to keep their main streets vibrant. The Beaverkill Campground, 2 miles northeast of Roscoe, includes one of the only public fishing spots along the Beaverkill River, famed as the birthplace of fly-fishing in North America and has been an important part of marketing this region as "Trout Town, USA".

      Please join in our efforts to Save the Beaverkill Campsite

      The event is free and open to the public.

      There will be a brief presentation and a question and answer period. Informational material will be available.

      For more information please contact Catskill Mountainkeeper at (845) 482-5400 or info@catskillmountainkeeper.org
      Last Casts - Martin J. Keane (Feb 1, 2009)

      It is with great sadness to inform you of the peaceful passing of Martin J. Keane, in his home this past Friday, January 30. He was born on March 6, 1937.

      Marty was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in 2007. He was recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on fly fishing collectibles and hand crafted bamboo rods. His 1976 book, " Classic Rods and Rod Makers", stimulated the appreciation of rod makers and the history of the craft. Marty truly enjoyed every element of the gentle art of fly fishing and the community.

      He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lillian, and daughter Kathryn 'Kate', brothers Richard and John, and sister Sarah, and several nieces and nephews.

      A celebration of his life will be held at the home of Mrs. Keane in Ashley Falls, MA on Saturday, February 7 between 1 and 5PM.

      Donations may be made to the following two organizations very close to Mr. Keane, the New Milford Community Culinary School or The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
      Fly Fest 2009 (Jan 14, 2009)

      In cooperation with Catskill Flies and coordinated by JB Martin, the CFFCM will host Fly Fest 2009 in the Museum on Saturday, February 7th, from 10 AM - 4 PM. This informal gathering of winterized fly tyers will assemble in the museum to share stories, lies, flies, techniques and other related information. It has been said if they come out of their homes on this day and see their shadow; it will be another 8 weeks of fly tying before the season opener. Novice or seasoned fly tyers, you are all welcome to sit in and tie with others. Visit the message board at www.catskillflies.com and sign up.

      Coffee and donuts are served, and not a better way to spend a February day. Flies tied at this year's event will be donated to 'Reel Recovery'.
      Last Ties - Paul Ptalis (Nov 17, 2008)

      It is with great sadness to inform you that after a tough battle with cancer, a great friend to all and a magnificent fly tyer, Paul Ptalis passed away on Monday afternoon, November 17.

      Paul expounded on the creative thought process involved in the construction of classic Atlantic Salmon Flies and included his striking portfolio of favorite patterns in his book 'Century End'. His signature pattern, the Roy G. Biv will remain as a mandatory 'contemporary classic' pattern for present and future salmon fly tyers. Paul was a major contributor to the art of classic Atlantic Salmon fly tying renaissance we continue to experience today. He was a member of the Anglers Club of NY, a Trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and a very visible tyer and instructor at fly fishing shows and exhibitions.

      Paul will always be remembered for his exquisite and 'unbelievable' creations at the vise, his warmth to everyone he met, and his unique ability to tell a story like no other. He will be greatly missed in the world of fly tying.

      Paul is survived by his wife Marilyn and two children, Evan and Sara. Funeral and memorial services will soon follow.
      Photos: Japanesse Guests - Nov 2007
      2007 Arts of Angler Show - Photos by Misako Ishimura - Slideshow
      Photos: Hall of Fame Induction 2007
      Photos: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Visits CFFC&M 2007
      Photos: Women of 2007 Bamboo Rodmakers Gathering
      Photos: 2007 Bamboo Rodrodmakers Gathering
      SummerFest 2007 Photos
      Jubilee Day 2007 Photos (PDF)
      Record Newspaper Report of Jubilee Day
      Photos: Opening Day 2007
      Photos: February Fly Fest 2007
      2008 Fly Tying Contest Entrants (PDF) (Nov 20, 2008)
      2008 Fly Tying Contest Results (PDF) (Dec 11, 2008)
      Arts of the Angler Show
      November 15th & 16th 2008 - Danbury, CT
      (January 14, 2009)
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2009, Volume 5 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2009, Volume 5 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2009, Volume 5 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2009, Volume 5 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2009, Volume 5 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2009, Volume 5 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2009, Volume 5 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2009, Volume 5 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2009, Volume 5 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2009, Volume 5 Issue 3)
      CFFCM Castabout (Feburary 2009, Volume 5 Issue 2)
      CFFCM Castabout (January 2009, Volume 5 Issue 1)
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2008, Volume 4 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2008, Volume 4 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2008, Volume 4 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2008, Volume 4 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2008, Volume 4 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2008, Volume 4 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2008, Volume 4 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2008, Volume 4 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2008, Volume 4 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2008, Volume 4 Issue 3)
      CFFCM Castabout (Febuary 2008, Volume 4 Issue 2)
      CFFCM Castabout (January 2008, Volume 4 Issue 1)
      2008 Environmental Programs Press Release (PDF) (Feb 7, 2008)
      2008 Hall of Fame Member Press Release (PDF) (July 15, 2008)
      2008 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Silent Auction Items (PDF) (Oct 10, 2008)
      Fly Tyer Magazine and CFFCM join forces for the BIGGEST Fly Tying Contest in the WORLD (Feb 27, 2008)

      Click on the link below to Fly Typer Magazine for contest rules and entry form.

      Fly Tyer Magazine
      2008 Bamboo Rodmakers Gathering Information Page (Updated - Aug 28, 2008)
      Trout in The Classroom Art Contest (June 3, 2008)
      The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, in cooperation of Mid Hudson Trout Unlimited and Neversink Trout Unlimited are pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Trout in the Classroom Art Contest. This contest was developed to encourage students to further their TIC experience by submitting an image to share with others. This very successful contest drew many entries from several participating schools and classes including Vail Farm Elementary, Livingston Manor, Rosendale, Kerhonkson, PS363, and others. Winners in age categories: 10 and under, 11-13, and over 14 were to be awarded a $100 US Savings Bond provided by Trout Unlimited Chapters. All artwork received is on display in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and will remain on display until January 1, 2009.

      Winners are as follows:
      10 and Under: Willy Hoffstatter
      School: Kerhonkson, Mrs. Currey

      11 - 13: Ryan Thomas Finley
      School: Vail Farm Elementary, Mr. Adams

      14 and over: No Entries were received.

      Honorable Mentions: Two entrants have been selected to receive a $50 US Savings Bond in lieu of the bond reserved for the 14 and over category.

      Erika Feigenbaum from Rosendale Elementary, Mrs. Simmons
      Alison Hart from Vail Farm Elementary, Mr. Adams

      View Photos of Winning Artwork Here in Kodak Gallery

      On behalf of Trout Unlimited and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, we thank all entrants for their submissions. We look forward to the Second Annual Art Contest in 2009.
      Cane Rod Makers School Brochure (PDF) (Feb 19, 2008)
      First Cast 2008 Press Release (PDF) (Feb 19, 2008)
      Annual Day 2008 Information (May 8, 2008)

      Latest Information about the CFFC&M Annual Day 2008 Activities:

      2008 Summerfest Press Release (PDF) (July 1, 2008)
      2008 CFFC&M Jubilee Day Information (July 1, 2008)
      Last Casts: George W. Barnes - Rodmaker (Apr 30, 2008)

      November 14th, 1927 - April 25th, 2008

      Obituary:

      Harpswell, Maine. George William Barnes, age 80, died Friday, April 25, 2008 at a local hospital. He was born November 14, 1927 in Lynn, MA the son of Henry Willis and Ferne L. Britt Barnes. He was a graduate of Brunswick High School and University of Maine, Orono. He married Jane Dick. Mr. Barnes lived in this area all of his life. His direct family tree dates back to the 1731 as one of the early settlers in Harpswell, Maine. >He was a civil engineer and President of Wright-Pierce, Topsham. However, a civil engineer by trade, he also had worked as a boat builder and lobsterman. He was a member of The Grange, Harpswell Neck. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and catch and release fly-fishing. He had become a master rod builder and gave many of his bamboo rods to friends and f amily. To a special few, he had also shared the secrets of his delicate craft of building bamboo rods. To the rod making community, he provided his book of knowledge that will live on and keep the spirit alive. To many, he will always be considered the Godfather of Rod Makers.

      He is survived by his wife Jane of Harpswell; two sons, Robin Blair Barnes of Brunswick, Henry Walter Barnes and his wife Darlene of Harpswell; a daughter Wendy Jane Barnes of Harpswell; a sister, Patricia Barnes Moody of Harpswell; four grandchildren; a niece and two nephews
      Last Casts: George Harvey (Mar 26, 2008)

      George Harvey, the Dean of Pennsylvania fly fishing, left us on Monday, March 24 at the age of 97. George was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame here at the CFFCM in 2000 for his outstanding work as America's premier educator in fly fishing. Over 35,000 students have completed the fly fishing course at Penn State which was initiated by George and continues today. His books on fly fishing and fly tying techniques and instruction hold respected space on book shelves throughout the world. George was an outstanding fly fisher who freely shared his knowledge and adventures with everyone he met.
      April 5, 2008 Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum First Cast Ceremony (Feb 26, 2008)

      NYS DEC Commissioner, Pete Grannis to Officially Cast In 2008 NYS Trout Season at Junction Pool, Roscoe NY, April 5, 2008 with Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum First Cast Ceremony.

      Junction Pool, Roscoe NY The ceremonial first cast opening the 2008 trout season will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 7:30AM at Junction Pool, Roscoe NY. Hosts Ed and Judy Van Put will share the stream with NYS DEC Commissioner, Pete Grannis. Pending his movie-shooting schedule, Poland native, Olek Krupa, active television and movie actor will join Commissioner Grannis and the Van Puts for this years First Cast.

      For decades First Cast has been very much a part of Catskill fly fishing traditions to provide a meeting place for anglers to officially recognize the opening of another trout season. The fly fishing community and local businesses gather at Junction Pool for this ceremony and reconnect with fellow anglers after a long winter. Like in past years, celebrity and political fly anglers have participated in honor of this very special event. Flies are ceremoniously cast into the cold waters at Junction Pool, the confluence of the hallowed Willowemoc Creek and Beaverkill River that are joined and create the Big Beaverkill River, considered the birthplace of American Fly Fishing.

      As always, a large crowd is expected including Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, local businesses providing hot drinks and breakfast snacks, and many ardent anglers. The First Cast is scheduled for 7:30AM on Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY. Stay a bit after, have a cup of coffee with the Commissioner, Assemblywoman Gunther, and mingle with other sportsmen and special guests before visiting the local fly shops, favorite fishing spots, and diners. Immediately following First Cast, Guest fly tyer, Ted Patlen will provide fly tying at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum where a new season of exhibits will be on display. 10:00 AM to Noon, Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Guys will host a Cane Casting clinic at the Livingston Manor High School Gym and everyone is welcome to cast some classic and contemporary bamboo fly rods. 91-year-old Agnes Van Put will start serving her famous soups in the Museum Gift Shop at 11:00 AM. On Saturday evening, the annual Two Headed Trout Dinner will be at Rockland House starting at 6:00 PM.

      For more information on First Cast Activities, contact the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at 845-439-4810, email: flyfish@catskill.net and at website www.cffcm.net

      Last Casts: R. Palmer Baker (Mar 10, 2008)

      On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, long time friend of all and of fly fishing, R. Palmer Baker left us. Palmer was an avid trout and salmon fly fisherman who enjoyed the beauty of our sport and everyone he came in contact with. Through out his lifetime his smile would brighten a room and with the mention of a fish, it would cast a warm glow. His 1965 book, The Sweet of the Year, one man's enjoyment in fly fishing will remain a classic for us all.

      "In the recollection of the trout fisherman it is always spring". R. Palmer Baker, from his book.
      Last Casts: Ed Eckel (Feb 7, 2008)

      Edward E. Eckel of Roscoe, NY, a retired iron worker with Local #417 International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Newburgh, NY and longtime area resident, died Monday, February 4, 2008 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 71.

      The son of the late Ernest and Anne Jadick Eckel, he was born June 15, 1936 in Queens, NY.He is survived by two daughters, Sally Quinn and her husband, Michael of Walkill, NY and Elizabeth Eckel of Connecticut, a son-in-law, William George Butterly III, and five grandchildren: Liam, Brendan, Ciaran, Katie, and Sarah. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen and a daughter, Patricia.

      Ed was an avid fly fisherman and great steward to the fly fishing waters. A long time member and supporter of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum who provided assistance and participation in many events and activities. He will be greatly missed in the area, on local waters, and the fly fishing community.

      Memorial services and a celebration of his life will be Saturday, February 9, at 12 noon in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave, Roscoe, NY

      Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, PO Box 1295, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
      Annual Fly Fest, February 9, 2008 (Jan 30, 2008)

      Only a week after the ground hog surfaces, forty or so fly tyers will gather in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum for Fly Fest from 10AM to 4PM, February 9. Fly Fest is a mid winter break for an informal gathering of a forty plus fly tyers from all over the Northeast. This meeting is designed to share fly tying tips, techniques, and new patterns developed over the past few non fishing months in a very social atmosphere.

      Visitors are welcome. Tyers are encouraged to bring or tie flies to benefit Reel Recovery, the national non profit organization that conducts retreats for men recovering from life-threatening cancer. For more information on Reel Recovery visit their website at www.reelrecovery.org

      Should these intrepid fly tyers see their shadow, there will be six more weeks left to tie flies before the April 5, Trout Season Opening Ceremony in Roscoe, NY.
      Attention New York City Area Members (Jan 10, 2008)
      Catskill Historian and CFFCM member Ed Van Put will meet, greet and sign books at Orvis, New York City on January 31, 2008 from Noon until 3PM. Stop in and get an update on the area and chat with Ed.
      Stop in and see us at the Marlboro Fly Fishing Show and the Somerset Fly Fishing Show (Jan 11, 2008)
      'Doc' Steve Cohen, Larry Downey, and Phil Sousa will be manning our booth at the Marlboro (MA) Fly Fishing Show, January 18-20. The Somerset, (NJ) Fly Fishing Show will be the following weekend, January 25-27. Richard and Barbara Bradley and Andy Sutton will be hosting our booth there. We hope you will stop by and say hi. There will be special offers at both shows for new members and for 'current members'.
      Holiday Open House December 1, 2008

      This is a wonderful day to visit the Center before the hustle and bustle of the upcoming Holidays. You get to do some early shopping at our Gift Shop and partake in hors d'ouvres with fellow members and the CFFCM staff. This year we have the pleasure of having Renaissance Fly Fisher, Harley Reno here in the museum from 1PM to 4PM to share his fly tying techniques, unique patterns, and great stories of his many years as a guide. A noted author and Zoology Professor, Harley lives on the main stem of the Snake River in Rigby, Idaho. You will not want to miss this end of the year program before having a taste of Sue's punch at the 4PM Holiday Party.

      For your Holiday shopping be sure to click our gift shop link for the latest in books, apparel and home decor.
      Evening to Remember with Joan Wulff Information (PDF) (Oct 18, 2007)
      Arts of the Angler Live Auction Items - Updated! (PDF) (Nov 9, 2007)
      Arts of the Angler Show Information Update (PDF) (Nov 8, 2007)
      Arts of the Angler Show 2007 Press Release (PDF) (Oct 30, 2007)
      Arts of the Angler Show Information (PDF) (Oct 5, 2007)
      2007 CFFCM Environmental Education Programs
      2007 CFFCM Emergence Chart (Updated May 15th 2007)
      2007 Guest Fly Tyer Dates - Note: Subject to Change (PDF) (May 10, 2007)
      2007 Environmental Programs Press Release (PDF)
      2007 Environmental Program Brochure (PDF)
      Arts of the Angler Show 2007 Press Release (PDF) (July 11, 2007)
      2007 Hall of Fame Invitation & Registration Form (PDF) (Oct 10, 2007)
      2007 Hall of Fame Member Invitation Letter (PDF) (Oct 10, 2007)
      2007 Hall of Fame Member Press Release (PDF) (Oct 10, 2007)
      2007 Catskill Bamboo Rodmakers Gathering Information (Sep 12, 2007)
      The 2007 Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum's Annual It's all about fly fishing Calendar featuring Poul Jorgensen are still available for collectors and the 2008 calendars are in the works featuring Lee Wulff. These have been developed to provide the fly fishing community with a wall calendar containing never seen before fly fishing photos. Each calendar promises to be a unique series of photos sure to provide enjoyment throughout the year. The 2008 calendar will feature never seen before photos of the Lee Wulff collection and the 2009 calendar with ill be comprised of a selection of original artwork by Ernest Schweibert.
      In Memory of Harold Demarest
      Summerfest and Angler's Market 2007 Press Release (PDF) (July 27, 2007)
      Summerfest and Angler's Market 2007 Vendor Registration Form (PDF) (July 21, 2007)
      Jubilee Day 2007 Press Release (PDF) (July 11, 2007)
      Family Fly Fishing Adventure Information (PDF)
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2007, Volume 3 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2007, Volume 3 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2007, Volume 3 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2007, Volume 3 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2007, Volume 3 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2007, Volume 3 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2007, Volume 3 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2007, Volume 3 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2007, Volume 3 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2007, Volume 3 Issue 3)
      CFFCM Castabout (February 2007, Volume 3 Issue 2)
      CFFCM Castabout (January 2007, Volume 3 Issue 1)
      Note - Castabouts Crossword puzzle - missing clue!
      36 Down - Tying's noted synthetic fan.
      CFFCM Castabout (December 2006, Volume 2 Issue 12)
      CFFCM Castabout (November 2006, Volume 2 Issue 11)
      CFFCM Castabout (October 2006, Volume 2 Issue 10)
      CFFCM Castabout (September 2006, Volume 2 Issue 9)
      CFFCM Castabout (August 2006, Volume 2 Issue 8)
      CFFCM Castabout (July 2006, Volume 2 Issue 7)
      CFFCM Castabout (June 2006, Volume 2 Issue 6)
      CFFCM Castabout (May 2006, Volume 2 Issue 5)
      CFFCM Castabout (April 2006, Volume 2 Issue 4)
      CFFCM Castabout (March 2006, Volume 2 Issue 3)
      Cane Rod Makers School Brochure (PDF)
      2007 Bamboo Rodmaking Class Press Release (PDF)
      Family Fly Fishing Adventure Information (PDF)
      26th Annual Fund Raising Auction Items (PDF) (updated May 21st)
      2006 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
      Jubilee Day Flier (PDF)
      25th Annual Dinner Live Auction Items
      Manor Flood Photos
      3rd Annual Rod Maker's School Brochure

      April 1  SPECIAL Opening Day Update
      Rip Torn to join Joan Wulff at Junction Pool On Opening Day.
      Taking a break from current film schedule; actor, director, and fly fisherman, Rip Torn will join Joan Wulff  and deliver the first cast to officially open NYS Trout Season on Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY.

      First Cast at Junction Pool – Annual NYS Trout Season Opener
      The Art of the Atlantic Salmon Fly (2006)
      A look back from the Victorian start and the art rekindled by Col. Joseph Bates, Jr.  The exhibit is reflection and renaissance from the fancy featherwings of the United Kingdom to the hairwing conversions of Canada, both an art in themselves.
      The CFFCM - 25 years in the making (2006)
      A photographic journey from its start through today.
      The Tools of the Trade (2006)
      Refreshed and updated collection of fly tying tools. A collection of antiquities and inventions from those behind the vise. 
      Ray Bergman - Every Fisherman's Fisherman (2006)
      Member Fly of the Month (2006)
      Photos: Nicks At Night In New York
      Agnes Van Put Wins Local Award
      Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award
      Photos: A Night in NY with Charlie DeFeo Friends - Nov 2006
      Photos: 2006 HOF Inductees
      Photos: Reunion Dinner - 2006
      Photos: Opening Day - 2006
      2006 Is Our 25th Anniversary
      Holiday Open House at the CFFCM (December 3, 4:00 - 7:00PM)
      Season's Greetings
      Earnest Schwiebert Obituary (PDF)
      A Night in New York with Nick on Hemingways (November 29, 6:00 - 8:30PM)
      Arts of the Angler Show Auction
      2005 Inductees for The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame
      2005 Lee Wulff Conservation Award Given to Stephen Sloan
      2005-2006 Board of Trustees Elected
      And the Winner is...
      Pictures From the 2005 Lee Wulff Conservation Award Presentation
      Students Visit CFFCM (Pictures)
      Series IV Cane Rod Raffle to benefit CFFCM
      October 2005 Calendar of Events
      September 2005 Calendar of Events
      August 2005 Calendar of Events
      Angling Appraisals a Feature of this Year's Summerfest
      Vendors Announced for Summerfest & Anglers' Market
      Catskill Cane Rodmakers Gathering: September 10-11
      Vendor Spaces Available for Anglers' Market
      Annual Summerfest and Anglers' Market (9/3/2005, in Livingston Manor)
      July 2005 Calendar of Events
      Summer Classes & Workshops
      June 2005 Calendar of Events
      May 2005 Calendar of Events
      23rd Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction for CFFCM (May 28th, 2005)
        Auction Items
      Poul Jorgensen - A Celebration of His Life (April 2, 2005)
      Schedule for Opening Weekend of NYS Trout Season
      April 2005 Calendar of Events (Details)
      James Prosek to Deliver Opening Day Cast in Roscoe, New York (April 1, 2005)
      Opening Day and a Tribute to Poul Jorgensen (April 1-2, 2005)
      Save the Date! Opening Day Weekend 2005
      2nd Annual Cane Rod School (June 20-24, 2005)
      Traditional Willow Creel Class (July 29-31, 2005)
      Children's Program - Fish Camp (July 2005)
      Eastern Rodmakers 2004 Gathering Major Success

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