April first launches more than the beginning of trout season, it kicks off events, films, classes and even a parade, all an homage to our finned friend the trout.
With the official opening of trout season on most of the waters throughout the Catskills, comes the traditions, fanfare and an increasing focus on this revered past-time through themed events and film, camaraderie and, of course, fishing.
There are two “traditional first casts” around opening day, both of which will be held on Saturday, April 6 this year. The ceremonial early morning first cast at Junction Pool, where the Willowemoc Creek meets the Beaverkill River in Roscoe, has been a staple for locals, devotees, and NYC journos looking to capture this rural annual tradition.
Near the bridge by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, Congressman Antonio Delgado will be wetting a line in “Wulff Run” for the crowd and photogs at 9.30am.
The Catskill Cane Revival (sponsored by CFFCM) will be held from 9am-noon at the Roscoe High School Gym. Bamboo rod aficionados will loosen their arms and practice story-telling just up the bend from Keener’s Pool.
CFFCM will continue the festivities by hosting a series of events on their grounds throughout the day, including airing a couple of films in the afternoon, and adding an exciting new option for kids. The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild is starting a Catskill Kids on the Fly chapter that will meet at the museum at 10am. All tying equipment and tying materials will be supplied for the sessions. All sessions are open to kids of all ages, including parents regardless of tying experience.
FLY FISHING IN FILM
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival hits the Phoenicia Playhouse on May 25, with its showing of nine short films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. Event benefits The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is hosted by Esopus Creel.
The annual Trout Parade in Livingston Manor has got to be one of the most smile-inducing parades around. Livingston Manor residents and businesses have gone hog wild for their river-dwelling neighbors. It’s refreshingly small-town, yet with the Catskill Art Society behind this annual event, awash in creativity as the mighty trout is honored with homemade floats and an ever-increasing festive, trout-bead-wearing crowd. This year’s theme is PEACE, LOVE & TROUT in honor of Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary. Mark June 8 on your calendar and bring the family.