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About Roscoe, NY 

Roscoe, NY "Trout Town, USA"


Legend has it that Irving Berlin wrote “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” in his streamside farmhouse near the Beaverkill. Legend also has it that a trout swam up stream to Roscoe and reached the pool at the junction of the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc –not able to decide which stream to take, he grew two-heads. The tale of the two-headed trout was told for years and years at anglers reunions held in the Antrim Lodge or Keeners Pool as the famous Tap room was known. This community is steeped in legend and fishing folklore. Nestled in the southwestern foothills of the Catskill Mountains with a population way under 1000, a one block long business district that features three fishing shops, it has garnered quite a reputation in the fishing world. Winning the designation “The Ultimate Fishing Town” in 2011 was only the most recent honor. Long known as “Trout Town, USA”, a name bestowed upon the community by the Theodore Gordon Fly Fishermen, this town on the banks of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc Creeks has been considered the birthplace of Dry Fly Fishing in the United States.
The location is perfect, mountains, dense forests, crystal clear mountain streams just two hours from the New York City metropolitan area. The birth of the railroad made the trip easy, the automobile made it even easier and famous trout clubs sprang up along long stretches of riffles and pools… The Quill Gordon Club, the Brooklyn Fly-fishers Club, the Beaverkill Fly Fishers Club, the Debruce club, Clear Lake club. Many are still in existence today along with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, a world class facility dedicated to preserving and cultivating the history and the future of the sport beautifully situated on the banks of the Willowemoc.
The oldest fly shop in NY is still open, in a simple wood frame farm house within walking distance to the river. Run by the 3th generation of the famous Dette Family, they still take the rivers temperature everyday during the season and let you know (if you call in) how the fishing is and what the fish are biting.
Presidents have fished here, most recently Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter in the 1980s, the rich and famous, the regular Joe’s, grandparents and kids…it runs the gamut. You can buy a fancy rod for thousands of dollars in town or a starter set for 10 bucks. You can sleep in a high end Inn for hundreds of dollars a night with a piece of river to call your own or pitch a tent in a campground along the river. It’s a place for everyone…everyone who loves fishing that is. The fishery and its anglers have quality and diversity.


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