Programs & Events

  • Summerfest, Anglers Market & Jubilee  Weekend                 August 2 & 3, 2014

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.  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.  On Sunday after casting has been completed, all winners will be announced at 1 PM.

This year we will add a Women’s Bamboo Rod Casting Competition.  Women will compete and be judged on the same elements as the Hardy Cup. However, they will use one of two handcrafted bamboo flyrods made by MIKE (the rod, the man, the legend Canazon). The reels will be loaded with Cortland finesse fly lines, and there will be only four warmup practice casts. Trophies will be awarded to the top three casters. Winners will be recognized with prizes donated by the Hardy and Cortland Line Company’s and the name of the winner will be engraved on the Center Cup Trophy to be on display in the Wulff Gallery.

The Cortland Cup joins the casting competition at the Center. Very much like the Hardy Cup, Cortland will sponsor this event for graphite rods.  Competitors will be provided an 8-foot, 5-weight graphite fly rods provided by Mill River Fly Rods to use and measured as per the rules above. The top three winners will be recognized with awards from Cortland Line Company. The winner’s name will be engraved on a vintage cup to remain on display in the reception room inside the Paul Dahlie Education Center and Wulff Gallery.

This year casting competitors are allowed to cast in one event only: Hardy Cup, Women’s Bamboo Challenge or the Cortland Cup.

From 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday in the Wulff Gallery: Women, Water and Wine sponsored by TU Women’s Initiative. This event is open to the public and includes an afternoon talk on water conservation as well as a wine tasting mixer. Whether an angler or not, water conservation is an issue that affects all citizens. Join us for an afternoon discussion and social event. Lecture is free, wine tasting is $5.00.

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.  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 five (5).  If you have a birthday, anniversary, or other special day ending in a five we will provide the cake at 1 PM.  Although Agnes Van Put’s birthday does not end in a five, she will be 98 and although neither her birthday or birth year ends with a five, we celebrate it anyway because she simply enjoys a party. 

  •  Ralph Graves Invitational Golf Tournament

August 17, 2014 – 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 (clifford.albertson@verizon.net or 845-368-1381) or Ted Patlen (tedpat090@yahoo.com 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.  Bring your stories about Ralph or make up a few to share in a testimonial/memorial 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 $32.  You can reserve a spot for yourself and be assigned a team or register as a team.

  •      Catskill Rodmakers Gathering September 5th – 7th

The CFFCM will host the Catskill Rodmakers Gathering for the 20th year.   In that time, it has grown from the original dozen or so to over 150 rodmakers from all over the world.   This event requires pre-registration. 

  • Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner October 11th, 2014     

The following nominees will be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the CFFCM in the Museum:  Bob Popovic, Paul Schullery, R.B. Marston and Col. Joseph Bates, Jr..  Following the ceremony dinner will be in the Wulff Gallery.

  • Arts of the Angler Show November 15 & 16th
  • Holiday Open House December 6th