Scenic USA - New York
|Photos by Ben Prepelka
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Modest in size compared to its 6 million acre northern neighbor (the Adirondacks State Park), the Catskills Region was once the center for sprawling resorts, vaudeville entertainment and some of the best trout fishing in the world. Today, riverside towns along the Beaverkill River continue the 200 year old Catskill tradition as being the mountain-wilderness getaway for east-coast city dwellers.
Here in the Catskills, thick forests, hidden waterfalls and cold mountain streams turn on the charm for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And anglers continue to test their fly fishing skills at Junction Pool.
Formed by the waters of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, Junction Pool is thought to possess strange and mystifying currents, causing migrating trout to linger for days while they try to decide which stream to follow. It's this indecisiveness that leads to the extraordinary catches of trout taken from Junction Pool. The narrow Upper Beaverkill River, fed by cold mountain springs, is marked with tumbling cascades and deep pools. Beginning at the famous Junction Pool, the Beaverkill grows to double its size with the waters of the Willowemoc. This lower section is made to order for the dry-fly fisherman, consisting of beautiful riffles, deep pools and marvelous scenery.
Those enticed by the stories of dramatic trout catches may hone their skills at the famous Wulff Fly Fishing School, or the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum found just east of Roscoe.
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