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Fly-Fishing: The Catskill Tradition

Program Number: 2239RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 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; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

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

9-7-2014, 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
Turn-of-the-century former estate.

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 Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
  Claryville, NY 5 nights
 East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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 allowed: No
  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
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA that night.
  End of Program:
Check Out by 1:00 p.m. You will be staying at East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Guests are required to purchase a New York State Fishing License (http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html) for the week.
  Parking availability:
Ample parking located within walking distance of the lodge.
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 Ranch Shuttle
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

   

Please contact us at least one week prior to your trip and we will be happy to schedule a staff member to pick you up at a scheduled time from the bus station.

 
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 10OA (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 Ranch 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 We recommend against using Googlemaps or Mapquest for directions. These websites and some GPS units use longer and more complicated routes to get guests to the East Valley Ranch.
Elevation Note: The facility is at 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring their own waders and boots. They are invited to bring any other fly fishing equipment that they own. Guests who do not have their own equipment will be welcome to use Frost Valley rods and reels for the duration of the week.
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 and enjoy an orientation to the program and the facility. Relax and meet the fellow anglers with whom you will be spending the week.
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 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 entrée we provide side dishes like rice pilaf, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or sautéed 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.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, September 8)
   
 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: Enjoy a full day of professional instruction including: History of Fly Fishing, Review of Necessary Equipment, Knots, and LOTS of casting instruction - roll, basic, and false casting. Individualized instruction, video critique of each participants casting technique, and review of skills.
 Lunch: Lunches include a fresh salad bar, homemade soup and dessert. Along with a warm entree, which may include items such as a pasta option, meat, poultry or fish. For those guests who do not eat meat we also provide a vegetarian entree.
 Afternoon: Professional fly fishing instruction continued.
 Dinner: 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: Fly tying demonstration and instruction. Gain first-hand insight into the art of tying your own trout flies. Our instructors will show participants the basic skills and materials need in tying artificial flies for fly fishing. See how the pros do it, and try your hand at creating your own classic fly patterns.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 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: This morning will include professional instruction, during which we will review all aspects of casting, and add shooting line and the art of the double haul.
 Lunch: Lunches include a fresh salad bar, homemade soup and dessert. Along with a warm entree, which may include items such as a pasta option, meat, poultry or fish. For those guests who do not eat meat we also provide a vegetarian entree.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we will continue our professional instruction on wading and fishing techniques, stream side entomology, and fly-fishing etiquette. Anglers will also learn proper fish handling procedures and how to "play" a trout on our private access to the Neversink River.
 Dinner: 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: Optional evening program outlining the History of the Catskills. Our local rivers have provided earlier generations with much more than native trout! See how the Catskill region grew and developed .
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Enjoy testing your skills on the Willowemoc!
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 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 spend the day fishing and working on casting skills. 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 fishable 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: Our chef will put our 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 angler can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.
 Dinner: 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: Our evening will be spent fishing from shore, or wading into a local river. The Neversink provides excellent fly fishing opportunities for diverse species including trout (brook, brown and rainbows), small mouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy testing your skills on the Beaverkill!
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 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. At dusk everyone we will head back to the lodge.
 Lunch: Our chef will put our 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 angler can take their lunch to the river and choose the time they would like to take a break from fishing to enjoy it.
 Afternoon: Travel into "Trout Town USA" aka Roscoe New York to visit and explore a variety of fly fishing stores.
 Dinner: 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: Our evening will be spent fishing from shore, or wading into a local river. The Neversink provides excellent fly fishing opportunities for diverse species including trout (brook, brown and rainbows), small mouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Enjoy fishing our private waters before you head home!
(Friday, September 12)
   
 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: Last chance to catch a big one! We will spend our final morning plying our own private waters encompassing the East and West branches of the Neversink River. We may also have the chance to try our own private pond "White Pond" a spring fed pond able to support trout.
 Lunch: Our chef will put our 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.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Claryville, NY Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit www.catskillguide.com
  East Valley Ranch
There 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
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.

Suggested Reading List


The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing


Author: Tom Rosenbauer


Description: This book, written with the support of America's oldest fishing tackle business, offers beginners a chance to learn the fundamentals of the great sport of fly fishing quickly and easily. The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing can be the start of a lifetime journey of discovery that will increase your intimacy with the natural world and allow you to gain skill and finesse in your fly fishing techniques. Proven teaching techniques and bright, helpful illustrations and photographs will enable new fly fishers to: * Select and assemble proper, balanced tackle * Cast a line with authority and accuracy * Chose the correct fly for any situation * Tie the two most useful fishing knots



Fly Fishing for Beginners


Author: Chris Hansen


Description: Many anglers who wish to get started in fly fishing are intimidated. With so many choices of expensive rods, reels, lines, leaders and flies, it's difficult to know where to begin. And it doesn't help that a few of the so-called "experts" in the field write articles implying the sport is difficult to master. The truth is, to be a successful fly angler you don't need to know everything about everything. That's what sets this book apart from the many other fly fishing books available today. In these pages, veteran fly-fishing instructor Chris Hansen concentrates on teaching you the basics. For example, if you aren't sure what level fly angler you are, check out Hansen's "10 Ways to Tell If You're a Beginner." Want to learn how to fly cast? Read "12 Tips to Making the Perfect Cast." And if you think you must carry everything but the kitchen sink with you every time you wade into a stream, look at Hansen's "8 Accessories for Every Trip." Hansen understands the best reason to try fly fishing is that in many situations you can catch more fish with flies than you can with spinning or baitcasting lures. In this book's final chapter, "Catching Fish on Flies," he details these situations for panfish, trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and even northern pike. In addition, he shows you his "Top 10 Fly Patterns" for each species and the best retrieves for getting finicky fish to strike.





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