March 29, 2012 —
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will officially launch the 2012 season with an “All-Star Cast” at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. This year’s ceremony will be held in front of the CFFCM on the Willowemoc Creek (located at 1031 Old Rte. 17 between Roscoe and Livingston Manor). This year, actor Olek Krupa, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood and several others will be on hand for the first cast. The event is hosted by the CFFCM’s First Family of Fly Fishing: Jeff, Erin, Alicia and Allie Phelan, along with Sullivan County Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. All are encouraged to bring their own rod and waders.
Following first cast, visitors can cast the bugs out after a long winter with some fine bamboo fly rods (no experience necessary) with Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Boys, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Livingston Manor High School gym. The annual event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Rotary Club. Bring your own bamboo rods or try what is there.
In the museum, Ted Patlen will welcome in the new season with a fly tying demonstration and session thoughout the day, and Agnes Van Put will ladle out her famous soups in the gift shop.
At 1:30 p.m., everyone will gather downstairs to officially cut the ribbon to the new Agnes Van Put Kitchen, followed by a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center. This construction will add 5,000 square feet to the Paul Dahlie Education Building and house The Wulff Gallery on the upper level.
First cast ceremonies have usually been the weekend after April 1. This year, it was determined to make it official on April 1, the actual opening day, considering it falls on a weekend and will not do so again for five years.