Hook, Line and Sinker: August 6, 2008

The results of the Pepacton Trout Derby are in! Sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, the July Derby was a great success and brought in some nice entries. The winning fish was caught by Joe Lacomis, from Pennsylvania. Joe bagged a brown trout that weighed 13 pounds, nine ounces, and measured 29 inches in length. Second price was awarded to Al Lutkins from New Jersey for his 12-pound, six-ounce brown that measured 28 inches. Third place was won by Mike Fulton from New Jersey for his 11-pound, 14- ounce brown that measured 28 inches. All were caught on sawbellies. There were more than 100 entries in the July Derby.
Due to the flash floods and many road closures, the trout fishermen haven’t been out as much; however reports of good bass fishing in Pepacton have come in. A couple of bass anglers recently had very good luck using crayfish.

Super Sunday
Mark your calendar for this Sunday which is Super Sunday at the Catskill Fly-Fishing Center (CFFC) & Museum. This year, for the first time in the organization’s 27-year history, the center will host Jubilee Day in conjunction with its annual Anglers’ Market and Summerfest, traditionally held on the last Sunday in August, and will be the largest daylong celebration ever held at the site.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Anglers’ Market and Summerfest will offer more than 100 tables of angling paraphernalia and fishing treasures, books and fly tying materials. At 10:30, Jubilee Day will kick off, hosting many local community organizations, farmers’ market and craft items, a petting zoo and games for kids, and a celebration of birthday and anniversary milestones ending in 0 or 5.

Kids’ Fishing Derby
At 10:30, the Kids (12 and under) Fishing Derby will take place at the CFFC pond – bring your own tackle and favorite bait. Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Guys will offer a bamboo rod-casting clinic, and from noon to 1 p.m. a Fly-Fishing Antique Roadshow will help you in determining the value of attic finds and old treasures. Live music will begin at 12:30, courtesy of the Kurpil Family Fiddlers, as a backdrop to the chicken barbecue – followed by the Great Willowemoc 50/50 fish race at 1:30, and then birthday and anniversary cake and celebration. The CFFC is located on Old Route 17 between Roscoe and Livingston Manor. For more information, please call 439-4810 or visit the website at www.cffcm.net.
The CFFC has recently published a book titled Firsts: An Anthology of Angling Experiences. Edited by CFFCM members Rick Bannerot, Rob Longsworth and Bob Rock, the publication is the first collection of stories from the members of the Catskill Fly-Fishing Center and Museum ever to be published. With illustrations by Jim Bowman, the work contains dozens of stories submitted by members, including some familiar names in the literary world. Readers will find stories that are educational, heartwarming, entertaining and sometimes downright amusing. The publication is available to all members of the CFF&M free of charge; for those who are not members, it sells for $12.95.