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CFFCM Summerfest and Hardy Cup Jubilee Weekend Explodes with Activities for All, August 3-7


06/22/2012 - The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) annual Summerfest and Anglers Market weekend has just gotten bigger. Started as a one day event in 1985 as a fly fishing market and fly fishing activity day, it has grown to one of the largest summer fly fishing fairs anywhere.

Summerfest/Anglers Market/Jubilee Weekend now includes:

Friday, August 3: Michael Hackney's fly reel making class

Saturday, August 4, 8:30 AM-5 PM: Anglers Market - over 100 tables of fly fishing tackle, accessories, collectibles, etc, and outdoors sports related items, and introducing local community vendors of crafts, home products and services.

The Second Annual Hardy Cup Bamboo Rodcasting Competition. Last year's winner Maseke Takemoto will be on hand to defend his title. Rod casters and bamboo rodmakers from all over the world are expected to participate in this tournament that is now extended two days. Prizes awarded to top 3 finishers. Casting competition will begin at 9:30 AM and end at 5:00 PM on Saturday, and continue on Sunday. At 6:00 PM Hardy/Greys North America LTD will provide a pig roast for everyone at no charge.

Sunday, August 5, 8:30AM – 3:30 PM Anglers Market resumes, Hardy Cup Casting Competition 9:30 AM – Noon. Winners with standings and presentation of the Hardy Cup announced at 2 PM in coordination with Jubilee Day celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and life milestones will recognized at 2PM with cake for everyone. A 50/50 Fish Race will be held on the Willowemoc River at 1PM.

Monday and Tuesday, August 6 & 7, A Bamboo Rodmakers Seminar and Workshop . This two day workshop on the construction of bamboo fly rods will be presented by Tom Moran and Calum Gladstone, master rodmakers from Hardy in cooperation with the CFFCM. It is open to all levels of bamboo rodmakers and those interested in the craft. Fee and registration is required, space is limited.

Please contact the CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or via email at flyfish@catskill.net for more information on: vendor table space is still available for Summerfest/Anglers Market; rules and regulations for Hardy Cup Casting Competition; Registration for Reel Making Class or Rodmaker Workshop Seminar; Jubilee Day Recognition.

Plan for the Biggest Fly Fishing Weekend of the Summer … anywhere in the world of fly fishing August 3-7: Summerfest, Anglers Market, Jubilee Weekend, The Hardy Cup Bamboo Rod Casting Competition, and now two more, The Reelsmithing Workshop with Michael Hackney and Bamboo Rod Making Workshop with Hardy 'makers' Tom Moran and Calum Gladstone.

Friday August 4, from 10 AM –early afternoon. An opportunity to make your own fly reel in a Reelsmithing Workshop with The Eclectic Angler, Michael in the Paul Dahlie Education Center. No previous metalworking experience is required to take the workshop -- just a desire to make a fly reel and willingness to use a little elbow grease and get a little dirty. All necessary tools are provided. Participants will build one of Michael's newest, and attractive reels. The 3-inch diameter reel will feature a click drag system, hold 90 feet of 4-weight fly line, and handle 25 yards of backing. Participants will receive a "Ported Aluminum Reel" kit and walk out with a functioning reel. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity.

The fee for the reel-making workshop is $125. The program is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Center at 845-439-4810 or send an email to flyfish@catskill.net.

Monday and Tuesday- August 7 & 8: "Inside A Split Bamboo Machine Shop" A two day workshop designed for every level of interest in bamboo rodmakeing from Enthusiasts to expert. Join Hardy World Class English Rodmakers Tom Moran and Calum Gladstone and collaborating U.S. support team including CFFCM's Rodmaking Workshop Coordinator Mike Canazon and Trustee Tim Abbott with others to explore the inner workings of a Bamboo Rodmakers Machine Shop. Detailed demonstrations will accompany each component and following topic: 1. Cane selection: Traditional resources, Node matching (volumes and constancy) and proper storage. 2. Splitting the cane: tools and techniques 3. Filing and compressing nodes 4. Rough Milling 5. Taper Milling 6. Flame or blond? 7. Gluing 8. Finishing

A special presentation on the use of mills with detailed photos and video of the mills used at Hardy's and those of the USA, including a side seminar about taper control and setting up from graphs to actual taper cutting. Discussion on each of these topics will be paced by the questions and interests of the specific group of attendees. Highlights will include the history, comparison and casting of both the original CC de France and the Centenary Limited Edition released this year. Pre Registration Required, Limited to 20, two-day fee $225 includes family style meals Monday- Lunch & Dinner, Tuesday- continental Breakfast & Lunch.

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