Tie one on at Fly Fest


The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, located in Livingston Manor, N.Y, will play host to the Fourth annual Fly Fest and the second IceCapades on Feb. 12.

Fly Fest is a gathering of more than 50 fly tyers who get together every year in the CFFCM to tie flies and minimize cabin fever and mid winter blues.

Both professional and amateur tyers from all over the Northeast come to share their latest patterns, swap stories and tie flies for the upcoming season. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the warmth of the day inside and pick up some pointers from the group.

For those who enjoy the cold and the excitement of ice fishing, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will play host to the second IceCapades. IceCapades is an open day to all to fish on the museum’s pond. Last year a number of large yellow perch and brown trout were caught.

Participants will be encouraged to donate $5 to fund the spring pond stocking for children’s fishing educational programs, on pond demonstrations and for those physically challenged. A member will be on hand to drill holes and those wishing to make their own can take advantage of a hand ice auger that will be available.

For more information, call the Center at (845) 439-4810 or e-mail flyfish@catskill.net.



Felt-Soled Waders and Wading Shoes Are On the Way Out – Effective March 21 | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service News


Felt-Soled Waders and Wading Shoes Are On the Way Out – Effective March 21

Didymo, also known as Rock Snot, is an invasive, non-native alga of cold flowing waters.

Individual didymo organisms are microscopic, but infestations include enormous numbers. Each individual produces a long stalk from the stream bottom resulting in a yellow-brown slime layer, which can dominate a once beautiful cold water stream.

Didymo is gross, and it can obstruct fishing to the point of being insufferable.

Didymo has also caused destructive changes in stream biology in some of the finest cold fishing waters on the planet.

Resource managers in North America and New Zealand suspected early on that the felt-soled waders and boots of traveling fly fishermen were the pathway for its spread. Subsequent field and laboratory research has confirmed that the felt used for waders is an ideal medium for collecting and transporting microscopic organisms.

DNR scientists and anglers have found seasonal infestations of Didymo in the Gunpowder River and traces of the organism in the Savage River.

Other diseases and injurious species such as Whirling Disease, which is fatal to trout, may be carried on felt soles.

Felt has been banned from New Zealand streams since 2008.

Alaska and Vermont have moved to prohibit felt soles.

Maryland is doing the same.

Maryland’s proposed regulation to prohibit felt soles in all waters is scheduled to become effective in March 2011. DNR welcomes public comment until February 28 via email, fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us or mail, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service, ATTN: Felt-Soled Wader Ban Regulation, 580 Taylor Ave., B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Felt-Soled Waders and Wading Shoes Are On the Way Out – Effective March 21 | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service News