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Fly-Fishing: The Catskill Tradition

Program Number: 2239RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2013 - 9/27/2013; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/24/2015 - 5/29/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Claryville, New York
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

The rivers of the Catskills are among the most famous trout streams in the world. Experience the best fly-fishing as you join experts at the Frost Valley Fly Fishing School for hands-on instruction in breathtaking natural classrooms. Never fished? No problem! We have a date just for novices, who will learn all they need to get started during daily instruction on tackle, roll, casting and etiquette — all while enjoying the beauty of local streams and rivers. Anglers with advanced experience should enroll in the date made for them — “Five Rivers in Five Days” — where they’ll enjoy access to areas along the Neversink, Esopus, Willowemoc, Beaverkill and other Catskill Mountain rivers.




Highlights

• Try your hand at tying trout flies as pros show you the “Muddler Minnow, “Stimulator” and “Woolly Bugger.”
• Fish for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
• Benefit from expert tips on wading, fishing techniques, streamside entomology, fly-fishing etiquette and more.



Activity Particulars

Substantial walking and standing in or near rocky streams.




Date Specific Information

9-22-2013

“Five Rivers in Five Days” - This date is for experienced fishers. Experience fly-fishing in the Catskills Charmed Circle, as you test your abilities in private-access areas along five different rivers over five days.



5-10-2015, 8-30-2015

This date is for beginner to intermediate fishers. Enjoy an introduction or refresher course to fly fishing, with hands on support with everything from learning to read the water and scouting spots to fish to tying on flies and unhooking fish.



5-24-2015, 9-27-2015

“Five Rivers in Five Days” - This date is for experienced fishers. Experience fly-fishing in the Catskills Charmed Circle, as you test your abilities in areas along five different rivers over five days.



Coordinated by Frost Valley YMCA/East Valley Lodge.




Claryville

The region surrounding Claryville is part of the New York City watershed, and as such, the natural beauty of the area’s forests and waterways is preserved in order to maintain the purity of the water that eventually reaches more than half of the state’s population.



Accommodations
Modern, restored, turn-of-the-century former estate, steps from the Neversink River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tony Bonavist

Tony Bonavist has been teaching at fly fishing schools for more than 30 years, sharing his knowledge of trout entomology and fisheries. He holds a degree in fisheries biology from the University of Montana, and was employed as a biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 25 years. Tony has published articles in Trout Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine and Gray’s Sporting Journal, and is certified as a Fisheries Scientist by the American Fisheries Society.
 
Stan Marciniak

Stan Marciniak’s experience with the rivers and streams in the Southern Catskills dates back more than 30 years. His passion and skill for fishing means he knows all the active spots and has no hesitation in directing guests to the best locations. He is also an adept fly tier, teaching others when not out leading fishing excursions.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
  Claryville, NY 5 nights
 East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 7,000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Lodge 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 Lodge 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 Lodge 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: 9 of our 11 rooms have a private bathroom. The remaining two share a bathroom.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 2:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at 4 PM, program begins in the dining room You will be staying at East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA that night.
  End of Program:
2 PM check out, program ends in dining room You will be staying at East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement Medical Form - kept strictly confidential, used only to expedite emergency medical care
  Parking availability:
Ample on site parking for participants
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Claryville, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Liberty, NY is 30 minutes away.
  Nearest highway: State Hwy 17
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International, Newburgh, NY
  From End of Program
  Location: Claryville, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Monticello

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA East Valley Lodge Centre
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Mins 

   

It is important that you make contact with our East Valley Lodge Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the East Valley Lodge Center at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

From New York City, NY

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Shortline Bus Company
phone: 800-631-8405
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

To be determined when booked
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

   

Click on www.coachusa.com/shortline/ss.tickets.asp to view schedules and prices of buses leaving from New York City, NY to Monticello, NY. It is important that you make contact with our East Valley Lodge Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the East Valley Lodge Center at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

To East Valley Lodge

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
YMCA East Valley Lodge
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

To be determined when booked
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours plus connection times 

 

Distance:

 

76 Miles

   

Take the complimentary shuttle from the airport to the Shortline Bus Station. Take a bus to Monticello Bus Station, then follow the 'From Bus Terminal' directions. Click on www.coachusa.com/shortline/ss.tickets.asp to view schedules and prices. Please remember we will need at least a week's warning to be ready to pick you up from Monticello.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany and Points North Keeping track of mileage will be very helpful! From NY Thruway Exit 19 (Kingston), go 30 miles West on Route 28. Look for signs on left side of road marked "Big Indian" Turn left onto County Road 47 and go 21 miles (note: at 14 miles you will pass through Frost Valley and pass by the Frost Valley YMCA) to County Road 19 in Claryville. Turn left and follow County Road 19 for seven miles (past the "Dead End" sign). Turn right at the East Valley Ranch sign and follow the driveway.
  From Binghamton and Points West Take Route 17 East to Exit 100 (Liberty). Make a right at end of ramp, go through town on Rt. 52. Turn right on to Rt. 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Connecticut and Points East Take 1-84 West to Route 17 (Middletown, NY). Go West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Liberty, NY Take Route 55 East 10 miles to Curry. Look for sign on the right side of the road marked "Claryville." Turn left onto County Road 19 and go 4 miles toward Claryville. See white Church on right. Do NOT turn left at the Frost Valley sign!!! Continue straight ahead on County Road 19 (which is called Denning Road in Claryville) through Claryville for 7+ miles. Drive past the "Dead End" signs. The East Valley Lodge driveway will be on your right. Turn right at the East Valley Ranch sign and follow the driveway all the way around keeping left.
  From New Jersey and Points South From the New York Thruway Exit 16 (Harriman) go 55 miles West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). Note that exit 100A will be AFTER exit 100. At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  Just a reminder A set of directions will also be sent out with the information packets that will arrive approximately a month before the program starts.
Elevation Note: Facility is at 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Please contact us before the program starts if you need us to lend you a fly rod. Guests are expected to supply all other equipment. An equipment list will be provided.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in/Orientation
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Afternoon: Checkin begins at 4:00 PM in the East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Dinner: Conclude the day's travel with warm welcome to the East Valley Lodge and a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini, or sautéed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of our three fireplaces.
 Evening: Introductions and an orientation to the East Valley Lodge and Road Scholar program in our cozy and comfortable living room.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fishing on some of the most famous fly-fishing rivers in the United States
(Monday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and oven omelets.
 Morning: In the morning we will fish a branch of the Neversink river. The Neversink has a great variety of waters, and a lot of different spots to attract and challenge angels of any level.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the East Valley Lodge. Options could include Tilipia, Roast Turkey, Sweet Potatoes or Salmon Salad, as well as fresh greens, fresh vegetables and warm bread. After lunch we will pack our dinner and head for a river further afield.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head for one of the many famous rivers that nestle in the Catskills, including the Willowemoc, Beaverkill, and Esopus. By taking our dinners, we can stay through to the evening hatch, ensuring the best fishing opportunities.
 Dinner: We will sit on the riverbank and enjoy the meals we packed at lunch while we watch the river. Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic meal. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also offered.
 Evening: As night falls we will return to the East Valley Lodge. Spend the evening swapping stories about the day, and snack on the fresh fruit and cheese board provided.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fishing on some of the most famous fly-fishing rivers in the United States
(Tuesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and oven omelets.
 Morning: In the morning we will fish a branch of the Neversink river. The Neversink has a great variety of waters, and a lot of different spots to attract and challenge angels of any level. For those who chose not to fish, fly-tying equipment is available to those who practice this art.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the East Valley Lodge. Options could include Tilipia, Roast Turkey, Sweet Potatoes or Salmon Salad, as well as fresh greens, fresh vegetables and warm bread. After lunch we will pack our dinner and head for a river further afield.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head for one of the many famous rivers that nestle in the Catskills, including the Willowemoc, Beaverkill, and Esopus. By taking our dinners, we can stay through to the evening hatch, ensuring the best fishing opportunities.
 Dinner: We will sit on the riverbank and enjoy the meals we packed at lunch while we watch the river. Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic meal. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also offered.
 Evening: As night falls we will return to the East Valley Lodge. Spend the evening swapping stories about the day, and snack on the fresh fruit and cheese board provided.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fishing on some of the most famous fly-fishing rivers in the United States
(Wednesday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and oven omelets.
 Morning: In the morning we will fish a branch of the Neversink river. The Neversink has a great variety of waters, and a lot of different spots to attract and challenge angels of any level. For those who chose not to fish, fly-tying equipment is available to those who practice this art.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the East Valley Lodge. Options could include Tilipia, Roast Turkey, Sweet Potatoes or Salmon Salad, as well as fresh greens, fresh vegetables and warm bread. After lunch we will pack our dinner and head for a river further afield.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head for one of the many famous rivers that nestle in the Catskills, including the Willowemoc, Beaverkill, and Esopus. By taking our dinners, we can stay through to the evening hatch, ensuring the best fishing opportunities.
 Dinner: We will sit on the riverbank and enjoy the meals we packed at lunch while we watch the river. Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic meal. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also offered.
 Evening: As night falls we will return to the East Valley Lodge. Spend the evening swapping stories about the day, and snack on the fresh fruit and cheese board provided.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fishing on some of the most famous fly-fishing rivers in the United States
(Thursday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and oven omelets.
 Morning: In the morning we will fish a branch of the Neversink river. The Neversink has a great variety of waters, and a lot of different spots to attract and challenge angels of any level. For those who chose not to fish, fly-tying equipment is available to those who practice this art.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the East Valley Lodge. Options could include Tilipia, Roast Turkey, Sweet Potatoes or Salmon Salad, as well as fresh greens, fresh vegetables and warm bread. After lunch we will pack our dinner and head for a river further afield.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head for one of the many famous rivers that nestle in the Catskills, including the Willowemoc, Beaverkill, and Esopus. By taking our dinners, we can stay through to the evening hatch, ensuring the best fishing opportunities.
 Dinner: We will sit on the riverbank and enjoy the meals we packed at lunch while we watch the river. Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic meal. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also offered.
 Evening: As night falls we will return to the East Valley Lodge. Spend the evening swapping stories about the day, and snack on the fresh fruit and cheese board provided.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fishing
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and oven omelets.
 Morning: Last chance to catch the big one! We will spend our final morning plying our own private waters encompassing the East and West Branches of the famed Neversink River which flows beneath the Straus Center back deck. We may also have a chance to fish our private impoundment, White Pond for trout, bass, perch, walleye and panfish. If desired we will also fly fish the smaller tributaries of the region including Biscuit Brook, Pigeon Creek for wild and native brook trout.
 Lunch: Return to the East Valley Lodge for final lunch together around noon. To provide guests the ultimate flexibility in making travel planes, we will pack our lunches before the day's fishing begins. Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also offered. Lunch will be followed by "goodbyes" and check-out for departure by 2PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Claryville, NY Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit www.catskillguide.com
  Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
(845) 292-8500 For additional information, visit www.catskills.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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