The Center grounds are host to many other organizations including Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Trout Unlimited (national, regional and local TU chapters), The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, Healing Waters, The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, Joan Wulff Fly Fisherss and others. Once the venue for the Annual Rod Makers Gathering, it is now the official home of the renamed group, the Catskill RodMakers. The ‘gathering’ has grown to be the largest gathering of the finest amateur and professional bamboo rod makers in the world. TU Chapters and Healing Waters groups take advantage of bunkhouses for mid week & weekend retreats during prime fishing times. Schools as far away as New York City use the Center as a field trip destination where they can participate in programs including stream life, fly tying, fly casting, fishing derbies, and nature walks. In addition, schools participating in TU’s successful Trout in the Classroom program use the Center property to release their trout. Utilizing Center programs, Trout in the Classroom does not end with the release, but continues with further lessons about the fish and their environment.
The 53-acre grounds encompass the Museum, the Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center, gift shop and administrative offices, education building with kitchen and bath facilities, two bunkhouses, a covered pavilion and covered barbeque pit, casting field, pond, interpretive nature trails and river access.
We have expanded with a major addition to house the Catskill Rodmakers’ Workshop and Heritage Craft Center, and the Wulff Gallery. The Workshop is a fully operational bamboo rodmaking shop and include an area for historical rodmaking equipment and artifacts. Also planned is a dedicated area for the ‘arts of the angler’ with weekly scheduled programs such as reel making, fly tying, net making, photography, carving, painting, and writers workshops. The Workshop will be a living, active component of the CFFCM campus with regular demonstrations of work in progress on, and appreciation of, bamboo fly rods.
The Wulff Gallery, dedicated to both temporary and permanent exhibits of Lee and Joan Wulff, will be on the upper level of the new building. This area will also include a multi-purpose room for a library, seminars, film festivals, classes, and lectures relating to fly fishing.
As Ernie Schweibert said when inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame a few years back, “…this museum and center is alive. There are some museums that are a repository for dead things. The Catskill museum is a repository of fishing things that continue to breathe life into the sport.”
Come share in the beauty of our surroundings and enjoy the rich history celebrated in our museum: there is something here for everyone.