Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
SONS ANYMORE: At right, Greg Feeney of
Roscoe give some pointers to his daughter Angel,
7, a second-grader at Roscoe Central School. At
left is Bruce Huggins Jr. of Roscoe.
Where Else But Roscoe?
By Ted Waddell
ROSCOE April 4, 2000 -- Saturday, the first of April wasnt a
day for millennium fools, as folks gathered from all over
at Junction Pool to celebrate the traditional start of
New York States 2000 trout fishing season.
As trout touters from the American Fly Fishing Trade
Association and various media types milled around in
search of stories, fly casters of all levels waited
eagerly for the official 7 a.m. cast off.
The annual outing at Junction Pool attracted fly fishing
legend Poul Jorgensen, as well James Prosek, a relative
newcomer to the international brotherhood of fly fishers.
Jorgensen, a noted author of eight books on the art of
fly tying and the sport of fly fishing, was born in Odense, Denmark the birthplace of Hans Christian
I started fishing with my father when I was a
little boy, he recalled.
After emigrating to America in 1955, he got hooked by fly
fishing. For the past 20 years, Jorgensen has called
Roscoe Trout Town U.S.A. home, a place to let
his lines dry out a bit before heading off on worldwide
jaunts in search of trout.
As his glasses reflected the sparkling waters of Junction
Pool, Jorgensen reflected on the traditional opening day
of trout season.
This is the day when you come out of hiding and get
rid of your cabin fever, he said. You meet
your old buddies and talk fishing.
This is Gods own country, added
Jorgensen, watching the waters of the Beaverkill and
Willowemoc converge. They are the lifelines to the
Standing alongside the grizzled fly fishing legend for
most of the morning was James Prosek of Easton, CT. Since
taking the lure of fly fishing seriously at the age of
ten, when he started tying flies, the young man has
written and illustrated a book on the trout of North
Prosek is currently entwined in writing and illustrating
another book about wily trout. This time, hes
taking several years to travel around the globe along the
41st parallel, starting from his hometown and circling
the world to record how people fish for trout. So far,
hes visited such far flung places as Portugal,
Spain, Italy and the Balkans.
Talking with Prosek is a bit like conversing with a Zen
Master of Fly Fishing, or a Lord of the
Fly fishing is getting outside and leaving the
world behind for another world, he said. When
you step into the water, you go through a transformation.
The running waters of a river have an immortal quality as
they head to the oceans.
Youre sort of a terminal being, a mortal
walking into this stream, he added. You see
yourself reflected, and you lose yourself in this
Charles Victor Albano Jr. gave up a career in U.S. Naval
Intelligence (1965-72) a few years ago and moved to
Roscoe. Albano said hes fished Junction Pool for
the past 17 years.
I wait for this day, he said as he kissed his
latest catch of the day on the lips before tossing it
Lisa Shaver-Ratner of Turnwood, was on hand to help
unveil Cornell Cooperative Extensions newest 4-H
SAREP program, The River of Dreams,
Adopt-a-Trout. The Sportfishing Aquatic Resource
Education Program (SAREP) teaches kids about aquatic
ecology, stream biology, fishing ethics, art/literature
of fishing and river stewardship.
Earlier in the season, several local kids participated in
the 4-H SAREP program. On April 1, they
graduated by wetting their lines in Junction
Seven-year-old Angel Feeney, a second-grader at Roscoe
Central School, got some help from her dad Greg as she
tried to convince a wily trout to take the hint, and take
her hand-tied dry fly.
Fly fishing is kind of fun, but its kind of
hard because youve got to know where your line is
and youve got to pay attention, said Angel.
Standing a few feet downstream of the father daughter
team of the Feeneys, Nicole Bishop offered a bit of
streamside advice to her daughter Alexandra, 7, who tried
her hand at fly fishing.
Its great to see all the youngsters out
here, noted Poul Jorgensen.