Film Screening of IF4 – International Fly Fishing Film Festival

Hosted by Esopus Creel

Benefiting The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival® consists of nine short and films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world. IF4™ contains exclusive content and is a must see experience for fly anglers!

Sponsored by:

West Kill Brewing
Phoenicia Business Association
Ulster Savings
The Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library

Gear Raffle

Raffle List Coming soon

Last year’s donors:

Smith Optics
Esopus Creel


Angler’s Night – The Pines

Angler’s Night is an excuse to congregate. Anglers and friends of rivers are equally welcome. Eavesdrop on tall tales or cast a few of your own. Enjoy local trout from Beaverkill Trout Hatchery. Drink and be merry.

So excited that The Pines is hosting our next Angler’s Night on Thursday, February 21st. The Pines is our home away from home. Great food, great music. Night starts at 5pm. Just minutes East of downtown Phoenicia.

Angler’s Night is hosted at various locations throughout The Catskills about every month. Sign-up for info.

How To Prepare for Your Fly Fishing Trip

Esopus Creek Mount Tremper Catskill Mountains

How To Prepare For Your Fly Fishing Trip

Licensing and Permits for Fishing in New York State

Fishing License

You will need to procure a NY State fishing license. Day licenses are $5 for New York residents, $10 for out-of-state. Yearly licenses are $25 for New York residents, $50 for non-residents.

Licenses may be purchased online here

DEP Access Permit

If you’re asked by your guide to obtain a free access permit to DEP recreational lands , please click here.

How to Dress for Your Fly Fishing Trip

A few important items to have and rules to follow:

    • Polarized Sunglasses
    • Brimmed Hat
    • No bright colors
    • Dress in layers
    • Socks


Guides provide water and snacks to all guests. You are welcome to bring additional food. Half-day trips do not stop for lunch unless the client wants to do so. Contact us directly if you’d like Esopus Creel to arrange stream side lunch for your full or half-day trip.

Catskills Trout Tales

Esopus Creel at Catskill Trout Tales

Trout Tales at Spillian: A Fish Fest & Feast
An Expo, Feast, and Story-Telling Contest

Saturday, April 7, 2018
1 PM – 5 PM Demos and Expo with Licensed Guides, World-Class Anglers, Biologists, Gear Specialists, and More, featuring the experts of Trout Unlimited
5 PM – 6 PM Happy Hour Featuring the Trout Tail, A Catskills Cocktail
6 PM – Dinner & Fish Tale Story Telling Contest

Try, test, taste, experience, explore…

Trout Tales at Spillian is a hands-on day celebrating all things trout. Try, test, taste, experience, explore…and it all culminates in a fishing feast of old, around the grand table, where we’ll swap fishing tales. Some of the Catskills’ greatest fly fishermen will be sharing the secrets of casting, fly-tying, reading streams, where to hike into legendary waters and secret fishing spots, cooking trout, the right gear, and more, culminated with a superb trout feast in the evening, around the grand table, swapping fish tales. (Of course. There must be fish stories. Some may even be true…)

For those who have always wanted to explore trout fishing but didn’t know where to start, lovers on all things trout who want to get a jump on newest cool gear and tell your tales.