Trout fishing season opens in New York State on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Livingston Manor is hosting several opening day activities. This year’s theme is “Fly Fishing is for Everyone” with an effort to welcome new-comers to the sport. Activities kickoff at 7:00 a.m. with the Opening Day First Cast Celebration at Junction Pool in Roscoe. CFFCM partners with the Roscoe Rockland Chamber of Commerce for this celebration at the center’s Junction Pool property. First-timers and beginners are particularly welcomed. From then on it’s one activity after another: a bamboo rod casting demonstration, Agnes Van Put’s traditional soup, a new “Fly Fishing in the Catskills” traveling exhibit, fly tying and rod making demonstrations, and the annual Catskill Legends Dinner Sponsored by Roscoe Beer.
Opening Day Events Schedule:
07:00 AM – Celebrate Opening Day First Cast at Junction Pool in Roscoe. Join with the Roscoe Rockland Chamber of Commerce and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for the Official First Cast of the 2017 NYS Trout Fishing Season. Everyone is welcome – including first-timers and beginners.
09:00 AM – “Come and Meet Your Maker” at a Catskill Cane Revival Demonstration at the Roscoe Central School in Roscoe. Try casting a classic cane rod or a new modern bamboo rod. Bring your own or join with Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Guys who will provide rods and offer skilled advice. Runs until 12:00 noon.
10:00 AM – Soups On! Enjoy warm soup and tasty treats made by Agnes Van Put in the Gift Shop at CFFCM. Take a pause from opening day casting and join in 100-year-old tradition. Till the soup runs out.
10:00 AM – “Fly Fishing in the Catskills” display at the Museum. Be the first to see the new traveling exhibit on fly fishing that will tour six libraries in Sullivan County. One day only, then it’s on the road. Made possible in part through a NYSCA Decentralization Grant Administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
01:00 PM – Fly Tying by the Legendary Dave Brandt at the Museum. Join with Dave Brandt, President of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, as he carries on the Catskill tradition of fine tyers. He will be inducted as a Catskill Legend at a dinner in the evening. Runs till 3:00 PM.
02:00 PM – How to Make Your Own Bamboo Rod at the Heritage Rod Workshop at CFFCM. Mike Canazon and Rick Miller will be demonstrating how to saw and mill materials for a bamboo rod. Learn about upcoming classes and workshops. Till 3:00 PM.
05:30 PM – Catskill Legends Dinner and Silent Auction at the Wulff Gallery. This year CFFCM will recognize: Dave Brandt, Ralph Graves and Sue Post. Reception begins at 5:30 PM (beer and wine, cash bar); Silent Auction from 5:30 to 7:00 PM; buffet dinner 6:30 PM. The recognition ceremony is immediately following dinner. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for non-members.