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The pioneers of trout fishing took to Sullivan County's waterways in the 1800s and, with a flick of the wrist and knot on a fly, a tradition was born.
Roscoe's Junction Pool, where the Beaverkill and Willowemoc creeks meet, is hallowed ground for anglers who wade into these waters—the supposed birthplace of dry-fly fishing. From the April 1 opening of trout season, folks are after the approximately 2.27 million catchable-size trout the state stocks each year.
At Beaverkill Angler, the official Orvis dealer in Trout Town, U.S.A., offers wade and float guide services and instruction. You also get the option to "test before buying" with a rental, and the fisherman-cashier can fill you in on the water temperature and fishing prospects before you climb into your waders. Stewart Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607/498–5194. www.beaverkillangler.com.
Catskill Flies has everything a fly-fisherman could ask for, from Columbia sportswear and hiking boots to waders and casting lessons. And you can arrange for a licensed guide to accompany you for a day of fishing. Stewart Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607/498–6146. www.catskillflies.com.
A member of fly-fishing royalty, Joan Wulff breaks down the secret of the perfect cast into simple mechanics at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, the school she runs on the banks of the fabled Beaverkill. 7 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY. 845/439–4060 or 800/328–3638. www.royalwulff.com.