Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jerry Bartlett Collection Festivities

Here is a message from Beth Waterman regarding the re-dedication of the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library. Check out what Beth has to say. 

I hope you will be able to attend the Bartlett Collection festivities at the Phoenicia Library on Saturday, March 28 from noon to 2.30. The event honors the rededication of the Collection and the beginning of our 20th year in existence. There is much to celebrate - the beginning of fishing season, the newly refurbished Angler's Parlor, and the enthusiasm we all share for Catskill flyfishing. 

We plan to honor Jerry Bartlett and his contributions to the conservation of the cold-water fishery in the Catskills by sharing reminiscences about him as an angler, teacher and guide. We encourage all who knew him to bring stories and memories about their experiences with Jerry to share. Doris Bartlett and Beth Waterman will talk about the history of  this celebrated special collection which now includes more than 600 books, a lend-a-rod program, fly tying classes, historical artifacts, as well as special events and activities about Catskill flyfishing.

The Ashokan Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will present two framed shadow boxes of flies tied by Master Catskill Fly Tyers.  These flies imitate the insects that fish eat in the Esopus and other Catskill streams and are featured in a digital ‘match the hatch’ display on the web site: Volunteers revised, updated and digitized information from Bartlett’s earlier panels which were destroyed in the library fire in 2011, to create the new web-based display.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ashokan Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Bartlett Collection at the Phoenicia Library located at 48 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464. For more information, or to send your recollections of Jerry, contact Beth Waterman, 845-254-4116,