Friday, February 26, 2016

Frank Mele To Be Honored

For the many fisherman here in WV here is a press release from Library Director Liz Potter for an upcoming event at the Phoenicia Library. Check it out!

Frank Mele to be Honored at Phoenicia Library
Phoenicia Library, 48 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY  845.688.7811  Program is free.
Saturday, March 19th, 12:30 - 2:30

Bethia Waterman,    845-254-4116

The Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection kicks off its 20th birthday celebration with a “Fishing Fever Forum” panel discussion devoted to legendary fly fisherman Frank Mele on March 19, from 12.30 to 2.30 at the Phoenicia Library. Panelists sharing stories about Frank Mele on March 19 include Frank’s son Andy Mele;  DEC biologist Tony Bonavist; John Hoeko, owner of Fur, Feathers and Steel in Fleishmanns; and author/angler Roger Menard.

An accomplished violinist, author, conservationist and fly fisherman, Frank made his home in Woodstock close to the Catskill streams he loved. Outraged at the fish kills downstream from New York City reservoirs during hot summers, in 1973 he formed Catskill Waters, a coalition of local anglers that worked tirelessly to increase downstream reservoir releases. His efforts resulted in passage of the water release legislation in 1975.

Frank’s novel, Polpetto, was published in 1973 and his last complete work, Small in the Eye of the River, was released in 1985. This little book of short stories examines the philosophical aspects of fly fishing and is already a classic in angling literature.
The Fishing Fever Forums continue with three more panels in coming months.
April 16, 2016 – Art Flick, Author, Fly Tyer and Conservationist
May 14, 2016 – DEC Catskill Fisheries Tales from Active and Retired DEC Folks
July 23, 2016 – On the River with Authors, Guides and Catskill Characters
For more information, see or This event is made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City DEP.  The library, located at 48 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464. is fully accessible. 
Attached is a color image of the program 

Elizabeth Potter
Director, Phoenicia Library
(845) 688-7811