One of the beauties of the Catskills is how much wildlife and how few people reside here. How easy it is to find your own flyfishing path. And yet how close it is to both New York City and the major regional population centers of located in the heart of New York State…quite close enough for a fair number of weekend fly fishers. These facts make the Catskills a poor place for a traditional fly fishing club, but a great place for a club like ours…a club that meets on a weekend evening during the fly fishing season on the river, so members can get together around a fire, or hang out on a porch facing the river, trade a few stories, have some laughs, and when the bugs rise...go out and fish!
That’s our concept, and it works well for us. We have members who live near the near our rivers, guides who work on our rivers, weekend or second home owners who work during the week outside the Catskills, etc. So our members come from an area that includes but also stretches beyond the Catskills, from New York City, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Upstate New York. And while our FFF member e-mail list exceeds 200, our active member list is small, though growing. We look forward to seeing you at one of our outings.
And within 30 minutes of where we meet lie more than 100 miles of world class trout waters---the Main Stem of the Delaware River, the West Branch, the East Branch, the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc---where American Fly Fishing got its start.
Demetre Bove, Treasurer, is also a director of the North East Council, FFF. Demetre is an avid fly fisher for Trout, Steelhead, and Stripers, traveling from coast to coast almost every year. She frequents the Salmon River in the winter and also teams up with Glenn every year for FUDR's One Bug competition on the Delaware. Demetre lives in Cuddlebackville, NY.
Richard Ross, Board Member, has demonstrated fly tying at shows from Scandinavia to Alaska and specializes in practical flies for cold water species, particularly the large trout found in the Catskills. Although his current occupation as a specialist in the securities exchanges keeps him busy, he always finds time to teach fly tying and chase an occasional trout, grayling or salmon. Richard divides his time between work in Philadelphia and fishing from his cabin on the Lower East Branch.
Allan Johnson, Board Member, has won National Fly and All-Around casting championships as both an amateur and professional caster. He was a member of the Professional Casters All American Team and is an American Casting Association Certified Casting Instructor. He has a log cabin on the Upper Delaware River where he is a licensed fishing guide. He is a past TU National Director and Member, Executive Committee.
Glenn Erikson, President, is the Conservation Director for the FFF and a Director of the North East Council, FFF. A life member of FFF and Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, he's also a member of FUDR and the Dave Brandt Chapter of TU. He lives both in NYC and on the East Branch and spends several weeks each year on Lake Hebgen at his family's cabin.
Patricia “Sam” Decker, Vice President, is also a Director of the North East Council, FFF. Sam’s also a NPS licensed guide and an FFF certified casting instructor. Sam is the recipient of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum's Fly Fisher of Distinction award. She loves the two-hand Spey cast, lives in Cuddlebackville, NY and guides on all Upper Delaware rivers.
David Gilberg, Board Member, is a rod builder and is always interested in getting together for a class to learn how to put together great fly rods---and then trying them out on the water.
To promote the conservation of wild trout fisheries in New York's Catskills through:
Wild Trout Flyrodders
Federation of Fly Fishers and 1% for the Planet