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Arts of the Angler Feature Presentations


Celebrated fly caster Joan Wulff will present “The Art of Fly Casting” during the two-day “Arts of the Angler” show on November 5 and 6 at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, Connecticut. The 9th annual event is sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY.

The show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6. Cost is $12 per day or $20 for the weekend. Children are free.

World-renowned caster Joan Wulff will teach the mechanics of fly casting during two sessions on Saturday. Each program will be limited to 10 people on a first come, first served basis. “The rooms aren’t big enough for actual full casts, but this will explain what individuals can expect from the tackle they use – and what they can expect from themselves,” Wulff said.

Joan Salvato Wulff has been casting since she was a school girl in 1937.  She was a National Casting Champion from 1943-1960.  She won a national distance casting championship against all-male competition in 1951 and made a record cast of 161 feet in 1960.  With Lee Wulff, Joan started the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in 1979, which is still running strong.  Joan has written four books on fly casting and fishing, the best known being Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Techniques.

“Arts of the Angler” features the finest contemporary and collectible fly fishing tackle and accessories, fly tying materials, books, art, destinations, instruction guides and services for the fly fishing community. Over 35 tables of fly tyers will provide nonstop tying demonstrations of the latest, as well as proven patterns. Fishing tackle expert Bob Selb of the Classic Fly Fisherman will identify and value items brought to the show.

Environmental attorney, cinematographer and fly fisherman Ted Rogowski is the featured speaker at the center’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations are suggested for this event which has limited space.

Programs and seminars throughout the weekend feature the “how to,” “where to” and “what to” in fly fishing. In addition to Joan Wulff, programs include: “Writing about The Letters to Everett Garrison” by Kathy Scott; “Basics of Bamboo Rodmaking” by Dave VanBurgel; “Fishing in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and Oman” by Terry Shultz; “Wet Flies 101” by Steve Culton and “The Upper Delaware River – Fly Fishing, History and Politics” with Tony Ritter.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will have a table of fly fishing books, both new and slightly used, as well as a table from the center’s gift shop. Private books from individuals will not be accepted for sale at the center’s table this year.

The Ethan Allen Inn is located at Interstate 84 Exit 4, Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, CT.

For a program schedule and more information, call CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or go to

Samantha Mango