Posted April 25, 2006
While many New Yorkers’ version of fishing is a stop at Citarella on the way home, there is an increasingly large group that partakes in the actual activity—whether it’s for bass in the East River or sport fishing in the Catskills. To the latter group, Dick Talleur is a deity. He’s considered the leading American expert on fly fishing and fly-tying, and this weekend he’s making a rare appearance at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, teaching two fly-tying workshops. Bass fishermen, stay home. These day-long workshops focus on flies for catching trout—brook, brown and rainbow—that are native to the Catskills and Adirondacks. The flies Talleur will be making have been used for a century, have specific names and often-illustrious histories, and, appropriately, mimic the insect life that lives on the lakes and rivers upstate. While Talleur acknowledges it’s a lot to ask for a fisherman to spend a day during prime fishing season indoors and hunched over a table, the flies students will make should deliver what, ultimately, they all want: a prized catch.
$70 for members, $80 for non-members; April 29 and 30; 212-849-8380 to register.