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Fly-fishing season starts on April 1st and runs through June. Sullivan County is home to some of the best fly-fishing spots on the Northeast, and it’s just a couple hours drive from NYC. In Roscoe, also known as Trout Town USA, the Main Street is lined with fly-fishing shops. And neighboring Livingston Manor has an annual Trout Parade every June and houses the Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

The Basics
If you’ve never been fly fishing, sign up for a lesson through Catskill Flies. This Roscoe fly-fishing shop offers half day classes for beginners, and other levels of expertise. For $120 a person (with a 4 person maximum), which includes equipment rental—rod, reel, boots and waders, you’ll be schooled in the basics.

Where to Fish
The fish in the streams and creeks in this area are abundant. You can’t drive down Old Route 17 without passing a creek with a pullover for parking or seeing a fisherman wading in the water. A popular place to fish is from 26.7-mile long Willowemoc Creek [pdf]. It runs alongside Livingston Manor to Roscoe and has many fishing locations.

Where to Eat
Roscoe Diner. Also known as the “famous Roscoe diner.” After a day wading in the water, reward yourself with some comfort food.

Where to Stay
Creekside Cabins. The seasonal Creekside Cabins open for the season on April 1st. Rent a cottage for $180 or a waterfront lodge for $275, both sleep six. Smaller cabins are available for $115 and open in late April.

Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News,, etc. When she isn’t planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her at twitter @cityweekendsnyc.