2016 Arts of the Angler

arts-of-the-anglers-poster-portraitFULL FEATURE FLY FISHING SHOW

‘Arts of the Angler’ on November 5 and 6 in Danbury, CT


DANBURY, CT – Every aspect of fly fishing will be featured during the two-day “Arts of the Angler” show on November 5 and 6 at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, Connecticut. The 9th annual event is sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY.

The show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6. Cost is $12 per day or $20 for the weekend. Children are free.

Environmental attorney, cinematographer and fly fisherman Ted Rogowski will be the guest speaker at the center’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the show. He and Terry Shultz will hold a conversation about fly fishing and its relationship to clean water and important life time events. The presentation will include “The Tale of the $100,000 Green Grasshopper.” Cost is $40 per person. Reservations are suggested for this event which has limited space.

The event features the finest contemporary and collectible fly fishing tackle and accessories, fly tying materials, books, art, destinations, instruction guides and services for the fly fishing community. Programs and seminars throughout the weekend will feature the “how to,” “where to” and “what to” in fly fishing.

Over 35 tables of fly tyers will provide nonstop tying demonstrations of the latest, as well as proven patterns. Fishing tackle expert Bob Selb of the Classic Fly Fisherman will identify and value items brought to the show.

Programs will include: “The Art of Fly Casting” by Joan Wulff, “Fishing in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and Oman” by Terry Shultz, “Wet Flies 101” by Steve Culton and “The Upper Delaware River – Fly Fishing, History and Politics” with Tony Ritter.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will have a table of fly fishing books, both new and slightly used, as well as a table from the center’s gift shop.

The Ethan Allen Inn is located at Interstate 84 Exit 4, Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, CT.

For a program schedule and more information, call CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or go to www.cffcm.com.

Summerfest 2016 Casting Competition Results

2016 Summerfest Casting Competition Results

Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s casting competitions as well as the line judges, scorers, registration staff and additional volunteer assistants that made this two day competition a success! Your continued support and interest in casting competitions is vital to the growth of the sport.



1st: Mike McFarland, combined casts 223.3 plus 30 feet rod handicap for total of 253.3

2nd: George McCabe, combined casts 193.11 plus 30 feet rod handicap for total of 223.11

3rd: Leonard Tobler, combined casts 193.10 plus 30 feet rod handicap for total of 223.10

1st: Diane McCabe, combined casts 144.0 plus 30 feet rod handicap for total of 174.0

2nd: Ruth Moase, combined casts 111.0 plus 30 feet rod handicap for total of 141.0

3rd: Nina Daley, combined casts 119 plus 10 feet rod handicap for total of 129.10



1st: Leonard Tobler, combined casts 211.0
2nd: Mike McFarland, combined casts 202.9
3rd: Bryn Bode, combined casts 191.11

1st: Hyun Konne, combined casts 152.1
2nd: Nina Daley, combined casts 127.3
3rd: Nicole Seymour, combined casts 125.1

Erik Barton, combined casts 143.9


1st: Bryn Bode, combined casts 212.0
2nd: Mike McFarland, combined casts 211.4
3rd: Leonard Tobler, combined casts 211.2

1st: Nina Daley, combined casts 133.7
2nd: Diane McCabe, combined casts 132.11
3rd: Nicole Seymour, combined casts 128.11

Dette Youth Competition
Isabella Polansky. combined casts 68.7

Ralph Graves Memorial Golf Tournament


11058327_10154130169119972_477673717000837272_nThe Ralph Graves Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 14th at the Twin Villages Golf Course in Roscoe, NY. Drop your fly rod for the day and come swing a club. Tournament Chairman Ted Patlen has organized the 10th annual tournament to benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center. Arrival time is 12:30pm. After playing 9 holes, golfers will return to the Center for a steak dinner and awards ceremony. If you cannot create a team, we can help make one for you. Come and have a great time and benefit the Center. Price is $55 for golf/dinner and $30 for dinner only. Register directly at the Center by calling 845-439-4810 or email office@cffcm.com

Summerfest is almost here!

Summerfest 2016 Celebrates the Center! Join members and friends on August 6th and 7th as we continue our 35th celebration with our longest running program in Center history. Come across the bridge to enjoy all that Summerfest has to offer. The festivities begin at 8:30am and include: Angler’s Market where one can find items of all kinds of fantastic items: angling, lifestyle, arts, crafts and so much more. Casting Competitions where one can come out and challenge their casting skills with a variety of events: The Hardy Bamboo Cup, Hardy/Royal Wulff Graphite Classic, Fenwick Fiberglass Challenge and the newest event Dette Youth (11 & under) Contest. Casting Demos will be held on the newly restored pond, Kid’s arts and crafts; Pig Roast for all attendees; Presentations and lectures in the Wulff Gallery. Jubilee on Sunday we will celebrate Agnes Van Put’s 100th birthday, the Center’s 35th incorporation and other member milestones. Be sure to check the CFFCM website, www.cffcm.com for more up-to-date information as well as the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cffcm as programs are subject to change. We are thankful to our sponsors, staff and volunteers that work to make this weekend a successful event for the Center. If you are interested in a vendor table or available to assist, please contact the office at 845-439- 4810 or email us at office@cffcm.com

Jubilee Day Celebration! Join us on Sunday, August 7 at 2:00pm for a day of celebration. We will all sing Happy Birthday to Agnes Van Put and offer a champagne toast. There will be cakes galore! We will honor the 35th incorporation of the Center along with other special occasions of members. If you have a birthday or anniversary to celebrate that ends in a 0 or 5, let us know. Call or email office@cffcm.com so we can include you in our celebratory list.

CFFCM Welcomes new Executive Director Glenn Pontier

Meet Glenn Pontier at Annual Summerfest on August 6 and 7

July 13, 2016

[LIVINGSTON MANOR] – The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) has hired Glenn Pontier as its new Executive Director.  He will be introduced to members and the public at the 2016 Summerfest and Anglers Market on August 6 and 7 at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor.  A resident of Barryville, NY, Pontier was the long-time former director of Sullivan Renaissance.

CFFCM is dedicated to preserving the heritage of fly fishing, while enhancing the present experience and protecting its future.  The center maintains a museum, gallery and workshops on its 53 acre property on the banks of Willowemoc Creek, the birthplace of American dry fly fishing.  Located between Livingston Manor and Roscoe, facilities also include a gift shop, library, picnic area, nature trails and pond.

“The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and its members, along with sister organizations around the country, do way more than ‘go fishing.’  These are the people who have taken the lead in protecting our streams and woodland environments, even while they are boosting our economy through tourism. I’m proud to be working with this great group of people,” said Pontier. “Plus, my hope is to learn fly fishing from the most skilled anglers in the world.”

Reporting to the board of trustees, Pontier will have general strategic, operational and creative responsibility for programs, membership expansion and implementation of the mission.  He will help establish policies and priorities, oversee staff and volunteers, and represent the organization in the community.
“We are impressed by Glenn’s talents to lead our organization and his dedication to Sullivan County and the people who live here,” said CFFCM board President Kelly Buchta, “We look forward to him keeping our existing programs on track and organized, while taking our professionalism to a new level and helping us develop new ideas.”

Pontier replaces long time director Jim Krul, who retired in January.

While at Sullivan Renaissance Pontier oversaw the organization as it evolved to fund multiple community development initiatives in every town and village throughout Sullivan County.  He is recognized as a community organizer, writer and journalist experienced in collaborating with organizations that have various and diverse missions – from government and non-profits to small businesses and corporations.  He began work with the Gerry Foundation in 2000 as Director of Communications, helping to plan and create the music pavilion and museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and handling press communications.  Prior to that he was Director of Communications for the County of Sullivan; News Director for WVOS Radio in Liberty; and Editor of The River Reporter in Narrowsburg, where he established, built, managed and edited the award-winning weekly newspaper.  He and his wife, Araceli, live along the Delaware River in Barryville.
For more information about Summerfest, museum hours and other programs, call 845-439-4810 or visit www.cffcm.com

Welcome Glenn!

Bill Elliott Salmon Plate & Bamboo Rod Raffle

This is Bill Elliott’s most recent hand colored lithograph. It’s a portrait of a female Atlantic
Salmon with classic tackle. The lithograph is number 1/55 and also has 2 color original
remarques. It is a shadowbox framed with 4 mattes float mounted. The frame has 11 full
dressed Salmon flies tied by some of Canada’s greatest talents and signed by each of
them, featured in the center is a 5/0 Jock Scott tied by Bob MacDonald who’s work
appeared on the cover of the Atlantic Salmon Journal. Bill Elliott, the artist, did the entire
work on this project. It is a one of a kind and will never be duplicated. This special raffle
is offered to raise money to benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. Ticket
sales are limited to 600! Included in the raffle are unique bamboo rods and a winner will
be drawn every other month. (Winners of the Rods are still eligible for the Salmon
Frame.) The drawings will take place on the 3rd of each month, ending in December at
our Holiday Party.To purchase your tickets, call the office at 845-439- 4810. Ticket Cost: $50.00
Schedule of Drawings
  • May 3rd – Steve Claar 7.6 4W 2/1PC Bamboo Rod—Winner Lee Meadow
  • July 3rd – Bob Colson light salmon 8.10 7W 3/2 Bamboo Rod
  • September 3rd – Al Baldauski “The Winner” 7.8 5W 2PC this rod won the Demarest Challenge 2010
  • November 3rd – Masaki Takemoto – Hollow built T construction 8.6 8/9W 3/2PC
  • December 3rd – Bill Elliott Salmon Frame with 11 Salmon Flies
Below is the list of salmon fly tiers involved in the project. Their names are a who’s who of contemporary fly tying talent. Each of the flies would be collectible on it’s own. The grouping and the lithograph will be a centerpiece in any angler’s collection.
Bob MacDonald, Bryant Freeman, Bill Carpin, Damian Welch, Dwayne Miller, Nic Clory, Jacques Haroux, Jerome Molloy, Lloyd Lutes, Luc Carrier, Marc LeBLanc

The following rod builders donated rods to this project. Their craftsmanship is remarkable and will certainly be an addition to any collection.

  • Steve Claar is one of our newer builders. He is a long time fly tier that took up rod building, first working with graphite, then becoming interested in restoring bamboo rods. In 2010 he built his first bamboo rod from scratch, and has made quick progress since. Winning the Demarest competition is impressive for such a new builder.
  • Bob Colson is a long time rodmaker, having begun working with bamboo in the late 1970’s, at the very beginning of the bamboo revival. He has specialized in salmon rods, with a particular emphasis on true spey rods. The rod in the raffle is a fine example of a single hand grilse rod.
  • Al Baldauski is an electrical engineer with a strong manufacturing background. He has been building rods for some time now, becoming interested very quickly in the properties of bamboo and the design of rod tapers. The rod in the raffle is as good an example as can be found of an all around bamboo trout rod.
  • Masaki Takemoto is an extraordinarily innovative rodmaker. He was the first winner of the Hardy Cup competition, and has been a strong competitor every year since. His rods are extremely light, but engineered to withstand the rigors of both competition and fishing. They are quite lovely to look at as well. He has become a great friend of the Catskill Center.

CFFCM Paint & Sip 4/16/16

Release Your Inner Artist at 12671970_10154733476214972_8369534308960960430_oour 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-Celebrate Members!

100_1454Season 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/


Catskill Legends

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://www.catskillflyfishing.org/programs-events/catskill-legends/

March Madness Book Sale


Eric-Leiser-Placeholder_250Volunteer 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.