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Fly Fishing the Catskills

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  CURATED CONTENT VIA BEST MADE The origins of this adventure are on the East and West Branches of the Delaware River, the main stem of the Delaware, the Willowemoc, the Beaverkill, the Schoharie, the Esopus, and the Neversink. These are the rivers of the Catskill Mountains, and the birthplace of American fly-fishing. Since the 19th century, these rivers have been popular because of their proximity to New York City and famous for their majesty, fertile waters, and clever trout - and the great men and women who have fished for them. It's easy to be a dedicated fly fisherman in these parts, but it's hard to be a great one. Craig Buckbee has made a life out of his uncanny grasp of the most nuanced pastime in the most fabled waters. Craig travels the country to compete in casting tournaments, and he is a master casting instructor. Since the age of eleven, he has tied all his own flies, and has used them to effectively fool trout. Craig is a great fly fisherman. Craig guides the Catskill rivers, and if you are fortunate enough to have him as your guide, you'll be reluctant to part ways with him at the end of a long day. Aside from being a charming and optimistic sort, he is decidedly generous with his knowledge and undaunted by the pain I can only assume he must endure having to teach someone like me to fly-fish. - Peter Buchanan-Smith Thanks to Robert Cohen, David McIlvaney, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Dette's Trout Flies. Photographs by Christina Holmes

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