I joined Kelly (CFFCM president) at her table which included my fishing buddy Jessie and the Fox/Dette family. I had the pleasure of sitting next to CFFCM Hall of Fame fly tier, Mary Dette, and talking to her daughter, Linda Fox, who will be attending the Juliana's Anglers' Fly Fishing school next week with her daughter. It was a fun evening honoring Catskill legends: Tom Satterthwaite, Ray Smith, and Stan Cooper Jr.
|A fun evening at the Catskill Legends dinner with CFFCM Hall of Fame fly tier, Mary Dette and Jessie, along with Kelly Buchta, Joe and Linda Fox.|
|A pretty rainbow from home pool, Delaware River, NY|
Linda and Mary were still there. They warmly welcomed us into their "home" and we shared a piece of Mary's delicious birthday cake. She will be turning 85! and she still loves to tie flies! We ended up staying there for well over an hour, talking, and being entertained by Indy, the new Dette fly shop mascot, a real cutie patootie (as Kelly calls him :).
It's not till well after 4 pm that Jessie and I finally hit the river. We drove to a spot on the Beaver Kill that I hadn't fished in years. As we geared up at the car, it started to hail LOL. Still we both put on blue quills, hoping we'd see some on the water. But we're a little too late for the afternoon hatch, so I change back to my lucky streamer. Several casts later, a very hungry brown trout found itself at the end of my line. We fished for about an hour before deciding to head back towards Hancock and the Delaware.
|A very hungry brown trout from the Beaver Kill. Photo courtesy of J. Lettich.|
We tied some flies after dinner and woke up the next morning to snow.