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Fishy Tales

The Phoenicia Library presents “Fishy Tales”, Catskills Fisheries Stories from Retired DEC Folks, on  Saturday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30. This is the third in its series of four “Fishing Fever Forums” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection. 

Jack Isaacs, Walt Keller, Mike Gann and Ed Van Put will share stories and remembrances from their careers in the Bureau of Fisheries of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. They will discuss their professional accomplishments, political battles and relate some crazy exploits, as well as personal stories about their colleagues, Wayne Elliot and “Catskill Bill” Kelly.  Judy Van Put, outdoor writer, will moderate the panel.

The event is dedicated to the memory of Wayne Elliot (1942-2015). Wayne’s colorful stories from his career in Catskills fisheries inspired the idea for this panel. You can learn the difference between “Albany Beef” and “Delaware Beef,” how salmon got in the Neversink Reservoir, and maybe hear a few surprising secrets.

The Fishing Fever Forums conclude with the final panel discussion on July 23, “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. The event is FREE.