Release Your Inner Artist at our first Paint & Sip on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00pm. Celebrate Spring with a painting for your home or office. Event ticket price is $45.00 and includes paint instruction, supplies, light refreshments, one drink ticket and your very own painting. Bring a friend or come solo- no art skills required! A portion of the proceeds benefits Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. This event is limited to 25 spots, please reserve you seat ahead of time by calling the office or visiting our Facebook page event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1571136743203356/
Season Opener Saturday April 2, 2016! Be our guest as we kick off the 2016 Fishing Season by gearing up for the First Cast. You are invited to join other CFFCM members at 9AM at the DEC pull off just upstream of the museum bridge as we unite in fellowship to Celebrate Members and launch our 35th season. Later on, come across the bridge and continue the festivities with warming refreshments care of Agnes Van Put and the Center staff. Walk the grounds and take part in the exciting events planned for the day. This day we celebrate our members and look forward to seeing you!
Our full schedule of events in located at http://www.catskillflyfishing.org/programs-events/season-opener/
Founded in 2014, the CFFCM Catskill Legends honors individuals who have contributed their expertise to impact, educate and share the history and knowledge of the Catskills. They continue the tradition of the 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, the CFFCM is proud to announce the 2016 Catskill Legends: Stan Cooper Jr., Tom Satterthwaite, Ray Smith. A Ceremony and Recognition Dinner will be held on April 1, 2016 in the Wulff Gallery. Reception at 5:30 PM and Dinner to follow. To order tickets, visit http://
Volunteer Nina Daley has been working on our library system for the past year. She has created the ultimate list in fishing book titles that we have seen to date. As always, the list goes out via mail to
all our members. Since bulk mail can be a bit slow, we wait until March 15th to take orders. As the mail comes in, the first one opened is # 1 and it goes from there. It really is the luck of the draw how the mail gets opened and where your order falls in the pile. Some books we have duplicate copies of, maybe an unsigned or a later printing so even if the one on the list is sold, all is not lost. We fill the books on the orders that come first in the mail, then we move to phones, emails and faxes. Phone orders cannot be placed until the morning of the 15th, and will again be, first come, first served. It is the best way we have been able to make it work and be fair to everyone. It is a good idea to have an A list and a B list in case some of your “must haves” are someone else’s “must haves” as well. In the event you send in a check for books that have already sold you, have the choice of making a donation to the Center or receiving a refund. This year’s list is one you will want to check and check again for those titles you have been looking for.
Executive Director Position Available
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will have general strategic, operational and creative responsibility for CFFCM programs, events, membership expansion, and implementation of mission. The ED will work with the Board and Board Committees to establish policies, strategic focus, priorities, and general range of programs the center will deliver. He or she will maintain organizational structure and effective personnel. He or she will provide leadership, direction and guidance of the Organization’s activities and analyze the effectiveness of all organization operations. The ED will represent the CFFCM to the community and other organizations, donors, members and the general public.
A full job description can be found here: CFFCM ED Job Position
Digital Days are here. Starting with the February issue, the Castabout will now be emailed to members as a digital PDF along with a paper version mailed to your home address. This is a new addition to staying connected with the CFFCM. Plan ahead for upcoming activities and other items related to the Center through our website www.cffcm.com , like and share our Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/cffcm, follow us via Twitter @cffcmofficial and Instagram CFFCM.
February 6, 2016, Fly Fest will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Livingston Manor, NY. Sponsored by Catskill Flies, this event is free and begins at 10:00am. In it’s 1th year, Fly Fest is a fine gathering for fly tyers, both near and far, to share some stories, techniques and new fly patterns. Everyone is welcome to come see this group in the warmth of the Museum in a very casual setting. Shop or swap some flies, chat the tyers up or look over their shoulders. This is a good excuse to get out of the house and shake off the mid winter blues.
It was a gorgeous day in the Catskills on October 10, 2015 when the CFFCM celebrated the Clas of 2015 Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was Emceed by Outdoor writer Morgan Lyle, who provided insightful commentary on inductees Bill Elliott and John Gierach, as well as Charles Ritz and Curt Gowdy. Past Hall of Fame members Al Cauuci, John Randolph, Larry Solomon, and Joan Wulff were on hand for the festivities. The dinner that followed the induction including the presentation of the Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award to fly tyer Jay “Fishy” Fullum by Executive Director Jim Krul.
Wulff Run and Willowemoc Remediation conservation project began today. This project, sanctioned by TU National will restore the natural flow of the Willowemoc Creek is currently in stage 1. This will include the bank restoration that breached the Catskill Fly Fishing Center pond caused by frequent flooding since 2003. For more information, visit our Facebook Page