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Fly-fishing is said to have gotten its start in the Catskills—more specifically, at Roscoe's Junction Pool, where the Willowemoc River runs into the Beaverkill. Serious anglers make it a point, at least once in their lives, to fish the fabled waters around Roscoe, which is often called Trout Town, U.S.A. The state stocks brown trout to supplement the wild trout you can catch here. The Delaware River, another option, is less heavily fished. Esopus Creek, which runs along part of Route 28 in and around Phoenicia, is one of the most productive wild-trout streams in the Northeast. Although the number of fish—mostly wild rainbow and brown trout, but also brook trout—in the Esopus is impressive, most fish are less than 12 inches in length.
For fishing regulations, license fees, seasons, and other specific information, contact the regional headquarters of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation before heading off to the water. 866/933–2257 fishing licenses; 845/256–3000 general information. www.dec.ny.gov.