Photos by Ted Waddell

John Losapio, Jr. of Daytona Beach, FL

Lords and ladies of the flies

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly Fest 2017 really reeled ‘em in, as it attracted fly tyers from as far away as the sunny climes of Daytona Beach, FL to snow-laden Callicoon, NY.

The 12th annual event was sponsored by Catskill Flies of Roscoe. It was hosted on Saturday, February 4, by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM).

“Tying flies starts out as a sport, and becomes a life-long pursuit,” said Rick Fischer, organizer of the event, which he noted is “less than two months before a new trout season begins in New York.”

Peter Kolesar of Eldred, NY, said he’s more of a fisherman than a tyer.

“It’s ruined my life,” he said of learning fly fishing and then taking up the art of tying in the wake of wetting a line.

“I got involved in fly fishing, and then it kind of took over… few things have grabbed me like this,” added Kolesar.

[Author Waddell was not aware of it when he interviewed Kolesar, but the latter will be this year’s editor of our annual FISH magazine, to hit the stands with our March 30 issue.]


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