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Dinner to Recognize Kris Lee, Ed Ostapczuk and Jack Yelle

LIVINGSTON MANOR – The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will recognize three fly fishing individuals from the area as “Catskill Legends” during a ceremony at The Arnold House in Shandelee on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  The 2018 “Catskill Legends” are Kris Lee, Ed Ostapczuk and Jack Yelle.

“Catskill Legends” are the fly fishing pioneers who discovered and appreciated the richness of the rivers and streams in the Catskills.  They receive a plaque stating: “In grateful appreciation for your contributions to the life and traditions of fly fishing in the Catskills, we recognize you as a Catskill Legend.”  Since 2014, only twelve individuals have been honored a “Catskill Legends”.

Kris Lee was born in Schenectady, NY and worked as an administrator at Elis Hospital in the hematology department. Kris had a love of the outdoors and had a photogenic eye to share the natural world with others. She was the principle person behind the lens for many angling articles written by her husband, Art. Together, they traveled the world and Kris documented their angling adventures. The beauty of the Catskills and other areas that were well documented in the many featured photographs in The Fly Fisherman magazine were photographed by Kris. She was one of the first incorporators of the Center. Her attention to detail and capturing many angling moments is what makes Kris Lee a Catskill Legend.

Ed Ostapczuk, or Esopus Ed, or Eddie O, has been fishing the fabled Catskill waters for over 40 years. His intuitive knowledge of the local area is resounding, his passion for angling and conservation are ingrained in his spirit and he can often be found writing and speaking on these topics. Ed is a N.Y. licensed guide, published author and conservation advocate. He has also received multiple awards including the Trout Unlimited National award in Conservation and the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Salmo Award. Ed continues to teach and enrich those around him through his written words on fly tying, fly fishing and cold water conservation and because of this, Ed is a Catskill Legend.

Jack Yelle was born in Brooklyn in 1934. He could find beauty anywhere and often said, “There is never a wrong sky.” Jack and his wife Pat discovered Roscoe, NY in the early 1980s as part of their lifelong enthusiasm for nature and camping. It was here he discovered the streams, meadows, waterfalls, canoes, trees and barns that would dominate his art for the rest of his life. Upon his retirement, Jack and Pat moved to Roscoe to make it their permanent home where they operated Morning Star Creations, an art studio and gallery. From here, he began a 30+ year, second career, as an artist, teacher and community volunteer. For this and his contributions to the preservation of the history, beauty and vibrancy of the Catskill spirit, we are honored to call him a Catskill Legend.

The previous Catskill Legends are:

  • 2014 – Phil Chase, Austin “Mac” Francis, Floyd Franke
  • 2015 – Francis Davis, A.E. Hendrickson and Sam Hendrickson, Frank Kuttne
  • 2016 – Stan Cooper, Jr., Tom Satterthwaite, Ray Smith
  • 2017 - Dave Brandt, Sue Post, Ralph Graves

The event reception and silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The recognition ceremony immediately follows dinner.  Cost is $50 for CFFCM members, $60 for non-members.  Reservations are required.  For reservations, a complete list of Season Opener activities, or more information about fly fishing, call CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or go to   

Catskill Legends 2018 Reservation Form

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