Programs & Events

  •  Ralph Graves Invitational Golf Tournament

August 11, 2013 – Join us for a 1PM Tee-Off at Twin Villages Golf Course in Roscoe.   Whether you golf or not, this is an enjoyable event to participate in.  This began with a few hackers and was named to recognize Ralph Graves who want not involved whatsoever.  Chairmen Cliff Albertson ( or 845-368-1381) or Ted Patlen ( or 973-985-7083) have a great 4-man scramble planned.  This unique 9 hole course will challenge event he most discriminating and polished golfer.  Prizes awarded fro Low Score, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and Closest to the Pin.  The winning team will have their names added to the “Ralphie” Trophy that hangs in the back of the museum.  Join us as this will most likely be one of the most enjoyable tournaments you’ll ever participate in.  Following the golf game you return the the Center for a steak dinner with Ralph and Theresa.  Bring your stories about Ralph or make up a few to share in a testimonial to one of the Catskill most recognized individuals.  There will prizes for all.  Registration $65 for members; $75 for non-members and non-golfer dinners $30.  You can reserve a spot for yourself and be assigned a team or register as a team.


  • Off the Planing Form, a MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP      August 5 &  6th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you make bamboo rods and are interested in taking your work to a whole new level, the CFFCM is pleased to offer a 2-day Master Class and Workshop with Master Rod Maker Tim Abbott. Day one will be spent on taper design and modification. You will explore how to optimize existing tapers and create new ones with simple, effective techniques. The second day will explore innovative tools and techniques that improve the process and give better results.  You will be taken outside of the books and into a more progressive look at modern bamboo rodmaking.  This program has been designed for every level of rodmaker.

    The workshop will be held on August 5 & 6, the Monday and Tuesday following Summerfest. For more information, contact the Center for a detailed fact sheet. Meals are included, and the Bunk houses are available. The fee is $200.  Advance registration is required, and space is limited. 

  • Summerfest, Anglers Market & Jubilee  Weekend                                  August 3 & 4, 2013

Plan now for a fly fishing related weekend you won’t forget, the 30th Annual Summerfest.   This is the longest running event the Center has and the show continues to go on.  Every year it gets bigger and better.

The Anglers Market features over 100 tables of fly fishing and outdoors sports related equipment, collectibles, fly tying materials, old rods, reels, and everything else you cannot find anywhere else in a flea market setting on the lower field.  Vendors set up their tents and tables early in the morning and are ready to go by 8:30 AM. If you see it, buy it, as it is mostly one of a kind and if you turn your back, it will be gone. The Anglers Market runs Saturday from 8:30AM until  5:00PM   and Sunday from 9:00AM until 3:30PM.

Once again, we will host The Hardy Cup, a bamboo rod casting contest bringing in casters from our back yard to as far away as Japan. This exciting event consists of 3 competitive casts; two for distance and one for accuracy. You don’t have to be the best to enter. You’ll have a chance to win a  Hardy  flyreel. Don’t be intimidated, even the finest casters have lost many points on the cast…wind, collapsed lines, lost momentum and anything you can imagine on the stream. All it takes is a try and you have a chance to win.  For more details, visit the Hardy North America site at   On Saturday after casting is done, Hardy provides a Pig Roast barbeque, at no charge  for all present even those who did not compete. On Sunday after casting has been completed, all winners will be announced at 1 PM.

       Paint Out: New this year will be an arts crafts show and an art show. For those of you who need a family day out, bring the whole family. Those not interested in fishing can roam the field at their leisure and visit with some local crafters. You, on the other hand, will have the time to see all of the fishing items. We are also happy to announce the first outdoor art show in cooperation with Canvas, a monthly arts, culture and entertainment newspaper distributed in the greater Orange county area. Canvas has invited artists from all over for an open Paint Out and art show. Artists will be on site and have their art for sale. In addition, they will also do a Paint Out,  each artist creates a themed piece over the weekend. All paintings will be featured in an art show in the Wulff Gallery running from August 15 through October 18.  This will allow ample time for all Center visitors to have a look.

            Sunday, August 4, will be The Annual Jubilee Day to celebrate events and special occasions that end in three (3).  If you have a birthday, anniversary, or other special day ending in a three we will provide the cake at 1 PM.  Although Agnes Van Put’s birthday does not end in a three, she will be 97 and although neither her birthday or birth year ends with a three, we celebrate it anyway because she simply enjoys a party. 

            At 3 PM, in the Wulff Gallery, we will assemble to celebrate the life of ‘Doc’ Allan Fried.  Doc was very important to everyone’s life, community, and our organization. Join us for a farewell and celebration. 

            This weekend continues to grow. If you have never attended a Summerfest, start now and see what you have been missing.

  • The CFFCM Annual Day – May 25th, 2013

9:30 AM – Annual Members Meeting to be held in the Paul Dahlie Education Center.  A review of the CFFCM year, future plans and the election of trustees.  (Members only).  Immediately following is the Annual Trustees Meeting.

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Flymph Forum Fly Tying in the Museum

11:00 AM – Theme Painting on the Museum Deck

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Silent Auction in the Museum continued at the Annual Dinner.  You can place an absentee bid on an auction item.

2:00 PM – Grand Openign of the Wulff Gallery/Catskill Heritage Rodmakers Workshop

5:30 PM – Fund Raising Dinner and Auction at Wolf’s 1910 at Tennanah Lake  Dinner Reservations – $50 for members – $75 for non members.

  •  Audubon Art Exhibit – May 3rd – June 16th

This will be our first art program in the new Wulff Gallery beginning with a reception on May 3rd and open to the public on May 4th.   The artshow will include 28 audubon and wildlife artists and continue through June 16th.  During the lenght of the show special weekends will be set aside for Audobon Bird Walks on the CFFCM property.

  • First International Glass Rod Festival May 17 – 19

Come to the Catskills for a weekend with Glass Rods featuring presentations by Mike McFarland, Dr. Todd Larson, Victor Johnson and others.  Therew will be presentations, seminars and a by and sell expo area.  Dr. Todd will be bringing 30 or so vintage glass rods to cast and see the magic in glass.  Registration is $15 per day / $25 for the weekend.  Vendor space is either inside, $60 or outside $40.  For details or to make your reservation, call 845-439-4810 or email

  • Macro Fly Photography With Martin Jorgensen

Come join us for an exciting class and seminar with Martin Morgensen of founder of the Global Fly Flisher web site.  Martin is from Copenhagen Denmark and is a seasoned photographer.  His photos have appeared in books, magazines as well as his web site, The Global Fly Fisher.  For the first time, Martin will be offering a unique seminar showing his techniques to photograph flies.  Martin will demonstrate how to set up lights, set the camera and how to get fantastic pictures every time.

As a bonus, students can bring their own fly, have a photograph taken and published on The Global Fly Fisher Web Site.  Martin’s unique abilities will show people of any skill how to set up lights, photograph and edit fly photos.  Fee for this class is $50 with a limit of 20 students.  A portion of the fees will be contributed to the Center’s Wulff addition building fund.  The class will be at the CFFCM Saturday May 18th from 10AM to 12PM.  Contact the CFFCM by phone 845-439-4810 or email to make your reservation.  Students should bring a fly they would like photographed and a digital camera.

  • Global Get Together

Join the CFFCM for our first ever Global Get Together!  The Founding Members of the Global Fly Fisher web site and friends, are coming to visit the Center for a fly tying demonstration.  Global Fly Fisher Site founders, Martin Jorgensen, Bob Petti and Steve Schweitzer, will be joining Mike Hogue and Richard Ross.  Martin will be showing many of his favorite Danish sea trout flies, while Steve will be demonstrating Colorado’s flyfishing guide favorite flies and Bob will by tying many classic Northeastern Flies.  Richard will be showing how to tie many on his Pennsylvania snowshoe favorites and Mike will be showing some of his latest flies for fishing New York Finger Lakes and Catskill Streams.  This is a special event May 18th from 1PM to 4PM.

  • The Second Annual Flymph Forum

THE SECOND ANNUAL FLYMPH FORUM will take place on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the new Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, in Livingston Manor, New York.

The purpose of the Flymph Forum is to unite an international community of fly-tiers who share an interest in the wingless wet fly. At they exchange not only photographs and tying instructions, but a broad range of historical and practical information. They are sponsored by The International Brotherhood of the Flymph, whose website honors the fly tying of James E. Leisenring, Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy, and related tiers. It was Pete Hidy who coined the word Flymph in 1962 for wingless wet flies representing the swimming nymph and emerger stages of various mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies.

The Flymph Forum tiers expected this year include:

Ray Tucker (letumgo) – William Anderson – Bill Shuck (tie2fish) – Tim Didas (tjd) – Bob Dietz (rdietz) – John Shaner (Greenwell) – Lance Hidy (Gingerdun) – Tom Park (Izaak) – Carl Sanders (Old Hat) - Rodger Phillips (chase creek) – Jason Hilbourne (jaydawg) – Ruard Janssen (Ruard) – Art Friedlander – Chris Stewart (Tenkarabum)  – Bob Kern (narcodog)

William Anderson will be demonstrating the Clark spinning blocks that he has hand-crafted out  of hardwoods; John Shaner will be there too with his North Country Spiders; Chris Stewart is bringing his Tenkara gear; and Lance Hidy will show photographs of flies tied by his father and Jim Leisenring, along with other memorabilia.

Please log on to to learn more about this congenial community of flytiers from countries as far-ranging as Serbia, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, and Scotland. Then please visit Livingston Manor on May 25th to participate in this lively exchange of fly-tying craft and lore.

Note: The Flymph Forum website and logo were designed by Mark Libertone.

  • Painting on the Deck – May 25th

Welcoming all artists of all skill levels to join us on the deck of the museum for our first Art Gathering.  Based on a theme, concept vision or idea found in our Museum, artists are to interpret the same on canvas or paper.  Participating artists will be welcome to hang and offer one piece of their art for sale on the  exterior of the Museum behind their painting station.

All painting will be on display in the Wulff Gallery from June 20th to August 6th.  Although no prizes will be involved, visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite painting.  The artist receiving the most votes will be awarded the Visitors Choice Award and be recognized on a plaque that will hang in our new Wulff Gallery.  All compositions will be professionally photographed before being returned to the artists.

For your reservation, call 845-439-4810 or email

  • Audobun Craft Show – June 15th

To conclude our Audobon Art Show, the Sullivan County Audobon Society will host a craft festival here on June 16th.  If you enjoy crafts and artisen works with an outdoor, bird or butterfly theme come and enjoy the festival, see the last day of the Art Show and enjoy the CFFCM grounds.

  • Fish the Flint Rainbow Club June 24-27

Join CFFCM hosts Erin & Jeff Phelan and Pat Hughes on a four day three night fishing adventure on the Pere Marquette River MI while staying at the historic Flint Rainbow Club.  The club, which was started by the generation the formed General Motors and other corporations in Flint, now owns about three-quarters of a mile of P.M. frontage, now part of the rivers’ flies only, catch-and-release section.  “Since there are no dams on the river, the trout fishing here is great, and it is possible here to catch rainbows, browns salmon and steelhead.  For fly-fishing, this river is paradise, at least in Michigan.”  Your stay includes all meals, tips and lodging; $500.  You do need to purchase a MI State fishing license.  Email or call the Center for more information.