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Catskill Museum to honor Van Put and Skarka

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum to honor Agnes Van Put and Dennis Skarka

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum / Livingston Manor, NY / March 7, 2019

The smiling face synonymous with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, and the man behind Catskill Flies will officially be named Catskill Legends April 13.

Photo courtesy of Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Agnes Van Put will celebrate her 100th birthday this year. She will be honored at the Legends Dinner held at Rockland House in Roscoe, NY on Saturday, April 13. See link below for all information.

Agnes Van Put, who continues to be a presence at the CFFCM gift shop, and the late Dennis Skarka will be inducted into a group that continues the fly angling legacy so woven into the history and culture of the Catskills.

The Legends Dinner will be held at Rockland House in Roscoe on Saturday, April 13. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Tickets are $50 for CFFCM members and family of the honorees, $60 for non-members and $100 for patrons. Tables can be purchased for $500. There will be raffles and auctions.

Since the inception of the museum, Agnes has been part of it. She’s still making her jam which can still be purchased at the gift shop, and her soups warm those who brave the early spring cold for the CFFCM’s first cast each April.

“Every special event we have is greeted by the question, ‘Will Agnes be there?’ when people RSVP,” CFFCM Managing Director John Kovach said.

Dennis Skarka, from his downtown Roscoe store Catskill Flies, was a go-to source for information on where the big trout were and what they were eating. He died Feb. 3, 2019 but the Catskill Flies will live on.

Tickets to the 2019 CFFCM Legends Dinner can be purchased HERE . . .

Featured Image by Aticha Gabulon, a local guide – Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum.

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