CFFCM “Spring Clean Up” Work Days

Dear All,

The Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor will be having its first “spring cleanup” work day on Saturday, April 29.

We’re looking for volunteers who will help for a couple of hours in the morning – and then be free to spend the afternoon (and/or evening) fishing.  This initial cleanup will include raking, trimming and general yard work (it’s too early to plant).  We’ll start at 9:30 a.m. and knock off around 12:00 noon.

As we all know, there are endless projects around our “house” that can always use attention.  If there are a few more ambitious individuals (or a group) we have some tasks (like fixing the porch) that really need attention.

This year our cleanup and planting efforts come as part of a $2500 grant through Sullivan Renaissance that is also a beautification competition.  If we do a miraculous job of raising the appearance at the center we could win several thousand dollars more in August.

So we will also need help on May 13, when we will be planting shrubs and trees – both along our path and at the stream bank.  The third date (not firm yet) will be either June 17 or 24.  A fourth date will be scheduled in July.

Any help on any of these days would be greatly appreciated.  Please save at least one date and spread the word to other members, like-minded organizations and your friends.

Call the center at: (845) 845-439-4810 if you can come – so we know how many pairs of work gloves to buy.  And bring a rake or clippers or other equipment.  Or contact Jean Gobillot at if you have other questions or suggestions in regards to volunteers.

Thanks everyone.

-Glenn Pontier


CFFCM will host a program about the “History of Japanese Fly Fishing Rods” on Saturday, May 20 at the center.

In the morning, Miyoshi Shiozawa, who is the chair of Tenryu Company, LTD and the director of NPO Waterside Basis Society, will speak about the history and design of fly rods and tenkara rods.  He has been involved in making rods for lure fishing, fly fishing and tenkara for nearly 70 years and still designs the rods for the company.  His latest designed tenkara rod is the most modern, and has gained attention from the fishing industry around the world.

Mr. Shiozawa will discuss the rod making history in Japan, showing bamboo, glass and carbon rods.  The company’s website is  Its products website in English is located at http://fishing.tenryu-magna. com/?Lang=En.  Mr. Shiozawa’s tenkara rods are featured at tenryu-furaibo.html.

His 90-minute talk will be translated by Misako Ishimura, who is well-known to many members of CFFCM.  She is co-author of “Tenkara: Radically Simple Ultra Light Fly Fishing,” the first English language book on tenkara.  Her profile is at misakoishimura/.

In the afternoon, Ms. Ishimura will give a tenkara casting demonstration and workshop that is appropriate for beginners.  Following the workshop, she and Chris Stewart will demonstrate the tying of tenkara flies.  Mr. Stewart’s website is

A number of vendors selling tenkara products will also be present.

2017 Season Opener: Fly Fishing is for Everyone

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.


07:00 a.m. – Celebrate Opening Day First Cast at Junction Pool in Roscoe. Everyone is welcome – including first-timers and beginners.

09:00 a.m. – “Come and Meet Your Maker” at a Catskill Cane Revival Demonstration at the Roscoe Central School in Roscoe. Cast a classic cane or modern bamboo rod. Join with Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Guys who will provide rods and skilled advice. Ends at 12:00 noon.

10:00 a.m. – 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 this 100-year-old tradition. Till the soup runs out.

10:00 a.m. – “Fly Fishing in the Catskills” display at the CFFCM Museum. First look at a new traveling exhibit on fly fishing that will tour six libraries in Sullivan County. Made possible in part through a decentralization grant administered by DVAA.

01:00 p.m. – Fly Tying by the Legendary Dave Brandt at the Museum. Join with Dave Brandt, President of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, who will be inducted as a Catskill Legend at a dinner in the evening. Runs till 3:00 p.m.

02:00 p.m. – How to Make Your Own Bamboo Rod at the Heritage Rod Workshop at CFFCM. Mike Canazon and Rick Miller will demonstrate how to saw and mill materials for a bamboo rod. Learn about upcoming classes and workshops. Till 3:00 p.m.

05:30 p.m. – Catskill Legends Dinner Sponsored by Roscoe Beer at the Wulff Gallery. This year CFFCM recognizes: Dave Brandt, Ralph Graves and Sue Post. Reception begins at 5:30p.m. (Roscoe Beer and wine, cash bar); silent auction till 7:00 p.m. Recognition ceremony immediately follows dinner. $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

The Museum, Gallery and Heritage Craft Workshop are open for Self-Guided Tours during the day. For reservations and more information, call CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or go to

2017 Catskill Legends

Founded in 2014, the CFFCM Catskill Legends honors four individuals who have contributed their expertise to impact, educate and share the history and knowledge of the Catskills. They continue the tradition of Catskill fly fishing community started long ago when anglers began to wet a line in the local waters. It is these individuals who have kept the Catskill spirit to protect the area as a premier fishery of interest to all who visit the local streams and surroundings. The Legends are fly fishing pioneers who discovered and appreciated the richness of the rivers and stream in the Catskills. They are conservation stewards, authors, historians, and anglers who have shared their Catskill experience and allowed others to follow in their footsteps to create their own experience. Their heritage is the cornerstone for future generations of legends.

This year on April 1st, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will recognize: Dave Brandt, Ralph Graves and Sue Post as Catskill Legends.




Ceremony and Recognition Dinner
April 1, 2017 in the Wulff Gallery
Reception at 5:30 PM
(Beer and Wine, cash bar available)
Silent Auction 5:30 — 7:00 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM

Catskill Legends are the fly fishing pioneers who discovered and appreciated the richness of the rivers and streams in the Catskills; the champions of these waters who protected every inch that flowed; the authors and historians who shared the romance of the Catskill experience. These are the individuals who have kept the Catskills alive for future generations to enjoy. Each year three Catskill Legends have been recognized:

2014 – Phil Chase, Austin “Mac” Francis, Floyd Franke

2015 – Francis Davis, A.E. Hendrickson and Sam Hendrickson, Frank Kuttner

2016 – Stan Cooper, Jr., Tom Satterthwaite, Ray Smith

Dave Brandt has been tying flies, casting and fly fishing for more than 45 years. In addition to his skills in tying and casting, he is an educator at heart. He has taught for over 30 years at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and enjoys teaching others the basics of casting and entomology, as well as cultivating an appreciation for the beautiful places found on angling adventures. Currently, Dave is President of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and continues carrying on the Catskill tradition of fine tyers. A retired tool designer and manufacturer, he lives in Oneonta.

Ralph Graves was a staple of the area and a treasured friend to many anglers. He owned Old Glory Fly Shop, located next to the Rockland House in Roscoe. A US Navy veteran, he was widely known as the inventor of the Old Glory fly, which showcased his distinct and detailed tying skills, along with his creative and artistic eye. Ralph was known for his wry sense of humor. The annual CFFCM golf tournament in August is named in his honor. He passed away in July 2014, and this recognition is being done posthumously.

Sue Post is connected to many of the anglers who first stepped into her business – Fur, Fin and Feathers – to gather information on local river conditions and purchase supplies from the shop. They also learned a lot from her about the basics of fly tying and outdoor skills. Sue continues to greet visitors and customers with her husband Rich at their store located on DeBruce Road in Livingston Manor.

February Castabout


We are pleased to publish the February edition of our newsletter, the Castabout. Please feel free to share this link with others interested in angling, conservation and fly fishing adventures.

Fly Fest on February 4!



12th Annual Event Celebrates the Middle of Winter

LIVINGSTON MANOR – The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host the 12th annual Fly Fest in the Wulff Gallery at the center in Livingston Manor on Saturday, February 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Over 40 tyers are expected to participate from inside and outside of the area.  Individuals who want to learn how to tie are also invited.  The event is sponsored by Catskill Flies of Roscoe.

Fly Fest marks the middle of winter and is the first CFFCM event of the new year.  It is a great opportunity to tie flies with a group.  The day is not formal, but offers a chance to tie, socialize and have a look at the exhibits.

“For those needing an outing after being cooped up in the house, this is a sure cure for the winter doldrums,” said Rick Fischer, who organizes the event.  “It’s also a reminder that whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow two days earlier, there are less than two months before a new trout season begins in New York.”

Participants are asked to make a $5.00 donation to CFFCM.  Tyers should bring a lunch or make arrangements to go out to get it.  If the weather looks too unsafe for travel, Catskill Flies will post on in the stream conditions section that Fly Fest has been cancelled.

For Fly Fest information, contact coordinator Rick Fischer at; or Catskill Flies at or 607-498-6146.

For more about CFFCM, call 845-439-4810, email or go

CFFCM on Ebay


Most members and friends of CFFCM are familiar with the many silent and live auctions held at events, as well as the numerous items sold in the Museum Gift Shop.

These opportunities offer individuals a chance to purchase both new and used equipment, tackle, books, art and other items at good prices, while supporting CFFCM. Much of the material sold has been donated by members to help support the center. These generous gifts are always appreciated, as the staff tries its best to acknowledge them, both individually and in this newsletter.

CFFCM will begin to auction off many of these same items on eBay on a regular basis. Actually the center has already sold articles on eBay over the years, but now will
expand and coordinate the offerings. This is the first step to an online store, which will come down the road.

CFFCM will sell as a non-profit organization to avoid the 10% seller fee usually charged by eBay. That will allow the center to recoup 100% of the value of donated articles. Items will be listed either as auctions with a starting bid price (with an option to “buy it now” at a higher price) or with a fixed price. After the listing ends and payment is received via PayPal, the article will be promptly shipped. Tracking info will be updated to the site, so buyers can follow the delivery and ensure they receive the item.

The CFFCM store link can be found at:



‘What’s podCASTING Got to Do With It?’
Filmmakers Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling will talk about “story telling through podcasting” on December 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Livingston Manor. The presentation is sponsored by Morgan Outdoors, a unique outdoor store on the edge of the Catskill Park, in Livingston Manor.Stuart-Pontier is a Sullivan County native and the son of CFFCM Executive Director Glenn Pontier. Smerling is a fly fisherman. They created the Emmy Award winning HBO series “The Jinx” and are now collaborating on a podcast series “Crimetown” from Gimlet Media.

Stuart-Pontier’s new film “Bleed for This” (actor Miles Teller, director Ben Younger) opened at theaters around the country on November 18. “Crimetown” will debut on Sunday, November 20. For more information and to hear the trailer, go to

This season the series investigates the culture of crime in Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters – a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Podcasts are digital audio files available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player.

The conversation between Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling – and the audience – is free, but the numbers are limited. Light refreshments will be served. Call CFFCM at 845-439-4810 for reservations.


givingtuesdayCatskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

You donation will help support the next generation of fly anglers by joining CFFCM in #GivingTuesday.
The CFFCM is the world’s largest facility dedicated to the preservation of fly fishing and the promotion of its future.  And it is the only one that celebrates the uniqueness of the Catskills – the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. Taking part in #GivingTuesday will assist CFFCM in providing numerous programs throughout the 2017 year.  Each year the Center hosts educational programs, events and activities linked to the fly fishing community.

As the center grows, we need your support to make it all happen.  Members are the heart of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  We look forward to seeing you in 2017 across the bridge.

To participate in the #givingtuesday movement, go to our website and click on the donate button.”

To learn more about #GivingTuesday visit:

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2016 Arts of the Angler Show Info and Schedule



November 5 and November 6, 2016

Danbury Ethan Allen Hotel

Exit 4, Lake Avenue, Route I-84, Danbury, CT


Daily Admission  $12/ $20 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free. Hours: Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am- 3:00pm.

The Arts of the Angler is a full feature fly fishing show in an elegant atmosphere. Here one will find the finest contemporary and collectible fly fishing tackle and accessories, fly tying materials and display flies, books, gifts, destinations, instruction, guiding and services for the fly fishing community. Saturday features a silent auction with items sure to be of interest to the discerning collector and aficionado. Environmental attorney, cinematographer and fly fisherman Ted Rogowski is the featured speaker at the 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Show Highlights

  • Vendors will be exhibiting all sorts of items for every kind of angler. Be sure to visit each one to see what is available. Your next favorite rod or tackle item is waiting to go home with you.
  • The intimate setting and show floor provide a chance to meet rod builders, fly tyers and other artisans in the fly fishing community. Peruse the aisles and discuss the process of crafting a bamboo rod, ask questions of rodmakers and learn about the art of cane rods.
  • Watch over 30 tyers in action from across the table. Demonstrations will be going on all day. Learn new patterns as well as methods and techniques to refine your favorite pattern. Interested in fly tying? Stop by the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and learn the basics of fly tying.
  • Trout Unlimited, the largest cold water conservation organization, will discuss the importance of protecting water while providing educational information about conservation and ethical angling.
  • Have something of value but not sure how much? Bob Selb of Classic FlyFisherman will identify and appraise items for you. Have you wondered what a certain book, print, accessory or equipment was worth? Here’s a chance to speak with someone who knows.
  • CFFCM book sale provides ample resources to build and maintain your angling library. Books range from soft to hard cover, new to used condition and are priced to take home. Every book purchased supports CFFCM programs.
  • Yankee Fisherman host John Kovatch will broadcast live on Sunday. Stop by and say hi to John and share your best fish tale.


Room 1

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Dave Van Burgel  Basics of Bamboo Rodmaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.      John Shaner  Soft Hackles

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.        Steve Culton  Wet Flies 101

Room 2

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Peggy Brenner  Tying Successful Traditional Streamers

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.       Joan Wulff  The Art of Fly Casting

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.        Tony Ritter  Upper Delaware River: Flyfishing, History & Politics



Room 1

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.   Kathy Scott  Writing about The Letters to Everett Garrison

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Terry Shultz Fishing in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and Oman

Room 2

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.   Joan Wulff  The Art of Fly Casting

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Nick Rubicco  Montauk on the Fly


Arts of the Angler is produced and owned by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For information, email or call 845-439-4810. Visit us at Like us on Facebook/cffcm. Follow us on Twitter @cffcmofficial and Instragram @cffcm