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CLARYVILLE, NEW YORK

Fly-Fishing: The Catskill Tradition

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Program #2239RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The facility is at 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
We require participants in this program to bring their own fly fishing equipment. We would be happy to lend a fly rod and reel to any guest who contacts us before the start of the program.

Itinerary for May 11 — May 16, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 11 - Check In and enjoy an orientation to the program ...
Check In and enjoy an orientation to the program and facility Enjoy meeting the fellow anglers with whom you will be spending the week.

Note: The first night is designed to let guests relax from their travels and prepare for the week.

Arrive To: Check-In at East Valley Ranch will begin at 4:00pm and runs through the rest of the evening depending on each guests travel plans. We encourage that you arrive before 6:30pm so that you can enjoy time meeting your fellow Road Scholar participants for the week. Upon arrival you will receive your room assignment and will have the opportunity to settle in before dinner.

Dinner: Conclude the day’s travel with a warm and delicious first meal at East Valley Ranch. Our private chef will prepare a wholesome selection of entrees and sides for you to enjoy. Dinners may include items such as pork loin, roasted chicken, salmon steaks or many other tasteful choices. And for the vegetarian, items such as vegetable curry, Asian style tofu and many other healthy options. In addition to your entree we provide side dishes like rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sauteed fresh vegetables. Each dinner will also feature a tossed salad, assorted beverages, and delicious homemade dessert.

Evening: Relax in the living room around a beautiful fire for introductions and an orientation to East Valley Ranch and your Road Scholar program. This will give participants the opportunity to speak about themselves, their experience, and their goals for the week. In addition, the program coordinator will give an overview of the week’s schedule, provide important information, and answer any questions you might have. During the orientation your coordinator will also cover the weather for the week, and any changes to the schedule of fishing locations we will head to each day. After the orientation, many participants choose to prepare their rods and fishing equipment for the following day. We provide a room with rod holders and storage space specifically for this purpose.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 12 - Enjoy a day fishing on the Willowemoc River!
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast fireside in the East Valley Ranch dining room. We provide a variety of breakfast options to ensure everyone starts the day off on the right foot. Each morning we provide fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, toast and bagels. In addition to these continental items, our chef will prepare hot options as well which may include fresh eggs, omelets, blueberry pancakes or waffles.

Morning: We will load our fishing gear and take a drive to the Willowemoc creek to fish for the day. The Willowemoc has been a trout-fishing paradise since it opened up to fisherman by railroad in the mid 1970’s. This creek is 26.7 miles long, and it can be broken into three distinct sections. The upper portion of the Willow ranges from 10- to 15-feet wide, with small clear pools and silted bottoms, and is perfect for the small-stream angler. Its tributaries are slow and gentle and have many fish-able pools. This section of stream is loaded with insect life and has great numbers of wild brook trout. These fish average from 6 to 12 inches. The abundance of cold springs and shade keep this section of stream cool most of the year. The middle section of river begins to widen from 20 to 50 feet. The base of this portion is made up of small boulders and gravel, with some faster-moving water and larger pools. Brown trout begin to appear in this section of the creek. The ratio of fish caught here is about one brown to every brook trout. These fish still are average-sized in the 8- to 10-inch range. The lower section of the Willowemoc becomes even wider, opening up to 100 feet in spots. This section has a good mixture of riffles and large pools that resemble the larger Catskill rivers. Most people believe that this section offers the best fly fishing, mostly due to the 2.4-mile no-kill section of river. Stocked brown trout, 10 to 15 inches, dominate this section. The hatches on the Willowemoc are consistent with the other Catskill rivers. There are good numbers of Stoneflies and Mayflies; however, the most dominant hatches are Caddis. The Willowemoc is a special trout stream because it offers fishing for both novice and experienced fishermen. It has everything from small-stream pocket-nymph fishing to big-water dry-fly fishing.

Lunch: We allow you a bit of time to relax and let breakfast settle while our chef puts out a selection of items for you to make your own pack out lunch. By taking our lunch with us, we can spend a greater amount of time on the water to ensure the best fishing opportunities. Guests will be provided with everything they need to assemble a picnic meal including deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, granola, cookies, fresh breads, and fruits. Each fisherman can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.

Dinner: Once we return to the lodge we will enjoy a dinner in our dining room. Dinners may include items such as pork loin, roasted chicken, salmon steaks or many other tasteful choices. And for the vegetarian, items such as vegetable curry, Asian style tofu and many other healthy options. Side dishes may consist of rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sauteed fresh vegetables. Along with a tossed salad and delicious homemade dessert.

Evening: Spend the evening relaxing by one of our three fireplaces swapping stories from the afternoon. Our chef will put out a spread of fresh fruit, crackers, baked goods and a cheese board. Enjoy these snacks and the opportunity to unwind before heading off to get a good nights sleep.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 13 - Enjoy a day of fishing on the Beaverkill!
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast fireside in the East Valley Ranch dining room. We provide a variety of breakfast options to ensure everyone starts the day off on the right foot. Each morning we provide fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, toast and bagels. In addition to these continental items, our chef will prepare hot options as well which may include fresh eggs, omelets, blueberry pancakes or waffles.

Morning: We will load our fishing gear and take a drive to the Beaverkill River to fish for the day. The Beaverkill River is one of the most famous rivers in the Northeast, and flows almost 44 miles through the Catskill Mountains. The 11-mile stretch from Lew Beach to Junction Pool continues to grow in size, and this is where we will focus our fishing. The river widens from 50 to 75 feet, with the pools and riffles becoming longer and more pronounced. The Covered Bridge Pool, at the state campsite, is located in this section. The lower section of the Beaverkill begins at the famous Junction Pool, where the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc join. Here, the river almost doubles in size, which is why it is known as "Big River." This pool became famous because it unites two of the Northeast's most famous trout streams. The water in this section of the river is made up of beautiful riffles and pools that cater to the dry-fly fisherman. The Beaverkill's two-mile no-kill section, which begins at the Delaware County line, is also part of this section of the river. The beautiful water, numbers of trout, and excellent hatches have made the Beaverkill a legend that most fishermen have heard of, and that all fly fishermen should experience.

Lunch: We allow you a bit of time to relax and let breakfast settle while our chef puts out a selection of items for you to make your own pack out lunch. By taking our lunch with us, we can spend a greater amount of time on the water to ensure the best fishing opportunities. Guests will be provided with everything they need to assemble a picnic meal including deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, granola, cookies, fresh breads, and fruits. Each fisherman can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.

Dinner: Once we return to the lodge we will enjoy a dinner in our dining room. Dinners may include items such as pork loin, roasted chicken, salmon steaks or many other tasteful choices. And for the vegetarian, items such as vegetable curry, Asian style tofu and many other healthy options. Side dishes may consist of rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sauteed fresh vegetables. Along with a tossed salad and delicious homemade dessert.

Evening: Spend the evening relaxing by one of our three fireplaces swapping stories from the afternoon. Our chef will put out a spread of fresh fruit, crackers, baked goods and a cheese board. Enjoy these snacks and the opportunity to unwind before heading off to get a good nights sleep.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 14 - Enjoy a day of fishing on the Espous River!
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast fireside in the East Valley Ranch dining room. We provide a variety of breakfast options to ensure everyone starts the day off on the right foot. Each morning we provide fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, toast and bagels. In addition to these continental items, our chef will prepare hot options as well which may include fresh eggs, omelets, blueberry pancakes or waffles.

Morning: We will load our fishing gear and take a drive to the Esopus River to fish for the day. This is a freestone river known for its great wild trout population and the large browns and rainbows that migrate upstream from the Ashokan Reservoir during their spawning period. Some fisherman become discourages when fishing the Espous because it’s always cloudy and muddy. The river runs muddy from red clay deposits that lay in the Espous and its tributaries, and from silt that’s at the bottom of the Schoharie Reservoir. However, even when the water is off color, it is still possible to catch large quantities of fish. The river widens from 40-80 feet in most sections and consists of riffles and pockets, with an increasing number of pools. In addition to the large number of wild trout that populate the river, the state stocks the Esopus with hatchery browns with the average fish size being 9 to 12 inches long. The fast-moving pocket water makes this creek an excellent wet-fly stream. The Espous has good hatches of Mayflies and Caddis and very strong Stonefly hatches. The Isonychia hatch is one of the rivers best, lasting from June through September. The release of water from the reservoir does have an effect on the emergence ties of these hatches. This is a great destination for catching large numbers of wild trout!

Lunch: We allow you a bit of time to relax and let breakfast settle while our chef puts out a selection of items for you to make your own pack out lunch. By taking our lunch with us, we can spend a greater amount of time on the water to ensure the best fishing opportunities. Guests will be provided with everything they need to assemble a picnic meal including deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, granola, cookies, fresh breads, and fruits. Each fisherman can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.

Dinner: Once we return to the lodge we will enjoy a dinner in our dining room. Dinners may include items such as pork loin, roasted chicken, salmon steaks or many other tasteful choices. And for the vegetarian, items such as vegetable curry, Asian style tofu and many other healthy options. Side dishes may consist of rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sauteed fresh vegetables. Along with a tossed salad and delicious homemade dessert.

Evening: Spend the evening relaxing by one of our three fireplaces swapping stories from the afternoon. Our chef will put out a spread of fresh fruit, crackers, baked goods and a cheese board. Enjoy these snacks and the opportunity to unwind before heading off to get a good nights sleep.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 15 - Enjoy fishing sections of the Neversink River.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast fireside in the East Valley Ranch dining room. We provide a variety of breakfast options to ensure everyone starts the day off on the right foot. Each morning we provide fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, toast and bagels. In addition to these continental items, our chef will prepare hot options as well which may include fresh eggs, omelets, blueberry pancakes or waffles.

Morning: Take a brief shuttle ride to spend the day out fishing the Neversink River. This river runs a total of 19 miles, from its source to the reservoir. Most of the upper part of the river splits into the East and West branches which run parallel to one another, about two to three miles apart. They range from about 10 to 40 feet wide and from one to four feet deep. In the past, great storms and heavy rain continually transformed many of the river’s pools; however, this upper portion has remained more or less intact. You may find brown tour throughout both branches. Wild Brook Trout (about six to eight inches long), run up and down both branches, and a few wild brown can be found here as well. You will need to use a long, fine leader and a small fly. The river runs very clear therefore; careful casting and proper presentation of your fly are a must to get these fish. Although there are smaller numbers of tour compared to other Catskill rivers, fisherman benefit here because trout make up the highest percentage of fish in the river. With the combination of wild and stocked fish, you can still catch a good number of trout. The stream’s entomology is dominated by Caddis, but Mayflies and Stoneflies do appear on the river. These hatches tend to be a few weeks behind other rivers because of colder water temperatures. Fisherman should visit the Neversink, even if only to be part of the fly-fishing history that Theodore Gordon and George La Branche left behind.

Lunch: We allow you a bit of time to relax and let breakfast settle while our chef puts out a selection of items for you to make your own pack out lunch. By taking our lunch with us, we can spend a greater amount of time on the water to ensure the best fishing opportunities. Guests will be provided with everything they need to assemble a picnic meal including deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, granola, cookies, fresh breads, and fruits. Each fisherman can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.

Dinner: Once we return to the lodge we will enjoy a dinner in our dining room. Dinners may include items such as pork loin, roasted chicken, salmon steaks or many other tasteful choices. And for the vegetarian, items such as vegetable curry, Asian style tofu and many other healthy options. Side dishes may consist of rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sauteed fresh vegetables. Along with a tossed salad and delicious homemade dessert.

Evening: Spend the evening relaxing by one of our three fireplaces swapping stories from the afternoon. Our chef will put out a spread of fresh fruit, crackers, baked goods and a cheese board. Enjoy these snacks and the opportunity to unwind before heading off to get a good nights sleep.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 16 - Enjoy fishing some of Frost Valley's private wate...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast fireside in the East Valley Ranch dining room. We provide a variety of breakfast options to ensure everyone starts the day off on the right foot. Each morning we provide fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, toast and bagels. In addition to these continental items, our chef will prepare hot options as well which may include fresh eggs, omelets, blueberry pancakes or waffles.

Morning: Spend the morning fishing our private spring fed pond "White Pond" for trout, bass, perch, walleye and panfish. You can also fish some of the smaller tributaries of the Neversink including Biscuit Brook and Pigeon Creek.

Lunch: To provide guests with flexibility in making travel plans, we will pack our lunches before the day's fishing begins. Guests will be provided with everything they need to assemble a picnic meal including deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, granola, cookies, fresh breads, and fruits. Each fisherman can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Claryville, NY
Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit: www.catskillguide.com
East Valley RanchThere are a variety of self-guided activities at the East Valley Ranch itself.
For additional information, visit: www.frostvalley.org
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce(845) 292-8500
For additional information, visit: www.catskills.com

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