Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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Rob Potter | Democrat

On Wednesday afternoon, the famous Junction Pool in Roscoe where the waters of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc meet was very calm and serene. Tomorrow morning, however, dozens of anglers will be at Junction Pool for the ceremonial First Cast Ceremony of the 2011 New York State Trout Season.

Change up again for First Cast Ceremony:
Ruffalo’s back and jazz great Hobgood, too

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ROSCOE — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) is changing things up once again.
In a crazy change of events, Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo was to be guest caster for the annual Season Opener tomorrow, Saturday, April 2. Due to the shooting schedule for his next movie, Ruffalo thought he would be unavailable for the First Cast ceremony at Junction Pool. Well, he is back on board and will be in the water.
Accompanying him will be jazz great, pianist and Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood, who jumped in to save the day.
Now there are two celebrities casting in the new season: Laurence Hobgood and Mark Ruffalo. This celebrity duo will share the water with New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, CFFCM’s Phelan Family, and young Johannes Mason for the biggest and most important First Cast ceremony ever.
Following First Cast, scheduled to drop at 7:30 a.m., attendees will be invited to a meet and greet our guests for pictures and chats.
After the cast, from approximately 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., everyone is invited to another fly fishing celebrity’s home for a surprise birthday party with cake and coffee provided by the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce.
This will be a great day in the history of fly fishing. Fly fishing is for everyone and from every walk of life. Enjoy great activities all day long.
Ted Patlen will be tying flies in the CFFCM, where America’s greatest wet fly tyer and historian, Don Bastian, will display his magnificent collection of Bergman Wet Flies for the last time and Jack Yelle will avail his limited edition First Cast Print with all of our guests’ autographs.
Stay a while or visit Mike Canazon and the bamboo boys at the Livingston Manor Central School gymnasium for a spring tuneup and casting clinic. At 11 a.m., return to the museum and get a hot cup of Agnes Van Put’s traditional soup and then stay around and socialize. It is a full day of fun.
At 6 p.m., the annual Roscoe Chamber of Commerce Two-Headed Trout Dinner will take place at the Rockland House. Meet up again with Laurence Hobgood and Mark Ruffalo and wrap up a great day in the Catskills.
Dinner reservations can be made by calling (607) 498-4139. Space is limited, however.

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