Trout Season Ahead: Celebrity Cast for First Cast


LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Join a cast:  Joan Wulff; Trustee Don Trump Jr and son; actors Rip Torn and Olek Krupa; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and hosts the CFFCM Phelan family for a season opener for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

The 2013 Trout Season Opener will be held on the heralded Willowemoc Creek of historic Catskill river charmed circle, just upstream from the CFFCM bridge at 9:30 a.m.

Following the ceremony, everyone will then return to the Museum for a hot cup of Agnes Van Put’s famous soups and socialize in the museum and view the fresh exhibits for 2013.  This year’s new exhibits will include Canada as the featured international country, NW Pacific Steelhead and their impact on the Great Lakes Fisheries, and Vest Accessories over the years. 

At 11 a.m. the first tours of the new Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop will commence until 12:30 PM.  At the same time Bamboo Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Crew will host a bamboo rod casting clinic and opportunity to cast out the winter cobwebs.

At 1 p.m. an intimate Fundraising Luncheon will be held in the new building with the morning’s Season Opener Casting Crew.  Reservations are required.

  • Due to scheduling, don’t be surprised to see some additional members of our casting crew on April 6.

For more information contact:  The CFFCM 845-439-4810 and via email:

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame to Induct Eight

Stu Apte, right, is among those to be inducted to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame October 6 in Livingston Manor.

Induction Ceremonies October 6 at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum

See thumbnail biographies of the inductees here

Livingston Manor, NY  — The 17th Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Saturday October 6th  at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.

The following individuals have been selected for the 2012 installation:

LIVING: Stu Apte – Saltwater Fly Fishing Pioneer, Innovator, Conservationist & Author; Thomas McGuane – An author who has loved angling always; Ed Shenk Author, Angler, Fly Tyer, Instructor; Larry Solomon – Innovator, Fly Fisher, Author, Conservationist.

DECEASED: Joe Brooks – Dean & Mentor of Outdoors’ Writing, Conservationist, and 20th Century Ambassodor to Fly Fishing Around the World; Carrie Frost – Founder of the Fly Tackle Capital of the World, Stevens Point, WI; Dr. George Parker Holden – Historian and First Mentor to Modern Angling, Rodmaking and Streamcraft; Paul Young Rodmaker, Fly Tackle & Fly Fishing Innovator.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Day Schedule  Saturday October 6:
All activities will be held in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and are open to the public.

  • pm  –  “Paul H Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” a special presentation by Historian Robert Golder; “Paul H. Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” will be held in the museum.  Paul H. Young, rodmaker Bob Summers will bring in several examples of Young rods for display.
  • pm  – Pre Induction Reception.
  • 3 pm  – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, officiated by MC Tom Woodbury. Immediately following the ceremony,  both new and past inductees will be available for photos, book signings.  All 2012 living inductees will be on hand in addition to family members and representatives of the deceased.  Past Hall of Fame inductees will include: Joan Wulff, Art Lee, Mary Dette, Al Cauuci and others.
  • 5:30 pm  – The 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner will be catered on the Catskill Fly Fishing Center property.  Reservations are required to attend the dinner; ($50 CFFCM members and guests, non-members $65; call 845-439-4810 to make a reservation.)

For Sister Fly Fishing Centers, Una Cosa Bella

Jim Krul of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, left, and Giorgio Cavatorti of the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz in Italy as the meet to make official the sister relationship between the two institutions.

Italian Center and Catskill Center Make Official Their Bond of Sport and History

Castel di Sangro, Italy  — On June 23, 2012, at the 9th annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro, Italy, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.

Over the past seven years, the CFFCM featured international fly fishing exhibits. The 2011 Italian exhibit was coordinated by Italy’s Alberto Calzolari in cooperation with SIM and the Italian Fly Fishing Museum. This outstanding exhibit included a large variety of flies by some of Italy’s finest tyers, hand crafted fly tackle and fly tying tools, and antiquities including a Roman hook verified as being over 2,000 years old. As a result, CFFCM Executive Jim Krul and Mr. Calzolari determined that both museums should develop a sister relationship to share in each other’s fly fishing cultures. Calzolari emphasized “… fly fishing and fly tying is an international language and words are not required. It is also a rich and common friendship that we all share”.

To make this partnership official, Krul and Giorgio Cavatorti, Italy’s director exchanged certificates recognizing this association and the mutual intent to foster goodwill within the international fly fishing community. Both museums will have permanent displays of one another and maintain a dialogue for the preservation and promotion of fly fishing.    This sistership is the first of its kind of  bonding between two international fly fishing museums.

The International Museum of the fly fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz, (Museo Internazionale della Pesca a Mosca Stanislao Kuckiewicz) is located in the ex Maddalena’s 15th century Convent of Castel di Sangro (Italy)  on the Sangro River. It was founded in 2000 by the Italian School of Fly Fishing (S.I.M.) with the collaboration of Castel di Sangro’s municipality, Pesca Sportivi Sangro Association and the Italian ArcheoClub.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is located on the banks of the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, NY. Founded by Elsie Darbee in 1981, it continues to grow and  is now recognized world wide as a center for fly fishing.  The CFFCM is expanding again with a 4,800 square-foot addition to the Paul Dahlie Education building to accommodate the Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Craft Center. 

Major Expansion in the Works for Fly Fishing Center

Catskill Rodmakers, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum To Build Major Fly Fishing Complex

Livingston Manor, NY — In September 2011, plans began to build a two story 5,000 sf  addition to the CFFCM  Paul Dahlie Education Building.  This major addition will house the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center on the lower level and on the upper, the Wulff Gallery. A ground breaking ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center will be held on April 1, 2012, to coincide with opening of the NYS Trout Season at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther will be joined by rodmakers and fly fishermen including celebrities Olek Krupa, Mark Ruffalo, and Laurence Hobgood for the ribbon cutting of the Agnes Van Put Kitchen and a shovel in the ground ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center construction. 

The Catskill Rodmakers’ Workshop and Heritage Craft Center will be a fully operational bamboo rodmaking shop and  include an area for historical rodmaking equipment  and artifacts.  Also planned will be a  dedicated area for the ‘arts of the angler’ with weekly scheduled  programs to include:  reel making, fly tying, net making, photography, carving, painting, writers workshops, etc.  The Workshop will be a living and active component to the CFFCM campus with regular demonstrations of work in progress on and appreciation of bamboo fly rods.

The Wulff Gallery will be on the upper level of this major addition dedicated to exhibits of Lee and Joan Wulff,  featuring both  permanent and temporary exhibits.  Included in this area will be a library in a  multi purpose meeting room  for seminars, film festivals, classes, programs and lectures relating to fly fishing.

This major addition to the CFFCM campus is a joint project under the stewardship of the members of the Catskill Rodmakers Gathering and Southern Rod Gathering, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

Like no other place in the world, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is the center of the fly fishing community.  It’s all about fly fishing.