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Art Flick Discussion at Phoenicia Library April 16, 2016

  • Pheonicia Library 48 Main Street Phoenicia, NY, 12464 United States (map)

The library, located at 48 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464. is fully accessible.

Event is free.

Contact: Bethia Waterman 845-254-4116;

The Phoenicia Library presents a panel discussion devoted to Art Flick, “Sage of the Schoharie,” on Saturday, April 16 from 12.30 – 2.30. This is the second in its series of four “Fishing Fever Forums” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection.

Panelists sharing stories and remembrances about Art Flick include local anglers, guides and authors: Judd Weissberg, John Hoeko, Bert Darrow, Wendy Neefus, Dave Brandt and moderator, Tony Bonavist. Included is an instructional slide show of a day fishing with Art photographed by Wendy Neefus in 1974 and “show and tell” of Art’s Dickerson rods and flies.

Art Flick (1904-1985 ) was a true Catskill legend. He arrived in Westkill with his parents in 1919, spent his youth on the stream and in the woods, while helping his father run the Westkill Inn. Despite the attention and praise of some of his famous guests at the Inn, he was a humble and shy man who, when confronted with threats to his beloved Schoharie Creek from human or natural causes became an outspoken advocate for regulations, “no kill” fishing, and conservation strategies. 

Art was best known as the author of The Streamside Guide to Naturals and Their Imitations, a vest-pocket-sizedbook.  First published in 1947, this book combined Art’s knowledge of entomology with his expertise as a fly tyer to create a simple and timeless guide to catching trout on a fly that went on to sell 250,000 copies.

The Fishing Fever Forums continue with two more panels in coming months.

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.