Roscoe celebrates start of fishing season
It's time to go fishing. The season has officially kicked off and there's was a little celebration in the placed dubbed the "Ultimate Fishing Town."Our Elaina Athans takes us to the gathering in Roscoe.
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ROSCOE, N.Y. -- “We look forward to a great season," said Manny Zanger from the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.
It's not exactly like opening day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, but there was a celebration in Roscoe to mark the start of the fishing season.
Roscoe is considered the best when it comes to fishing.It's was named "Trout Town USA" and then over the summer, the hamlet won the title of "Utlimate Fishing Town USA." The kick off event brought anglers tall and small breaking out their fishing poles.
“I want to get some fish so I can eat it," said 7-year-old Ila David-Colon from Roscoe.
Some people did well, while other were not so lucky.
"(It went) very good," said Woodbourne Resident Steve Milisaukas.
“I got all the equipment. I can’t catch a darn fish," said Town of Newburgh resident John Zabo.
Zabo made an hour-and-half voyage to Roscoe to then just to come home empty handed. But he says the trip was still worth it.
“It’s just being outside. If you don’t catch anything, I just like being outside," said Zabo.
Roscoe is a tiny hamlet that Only a few hundred people live in. Yet, the start of the season is the start of season of a economic boost for the area. People from all over the country come here to fish.
"When are conditions are perfect, we’re packed every weekend," said Zanger.
Locals those are a tad worried though about the upcoming season because of the lack of snow this winter.
"We have to keep our fingers crossed that we have water, rain during the summer months to keep the river healthy,” said Zanger.
The season typically runs until November. After that folks can still fish, but only in no kills area. But for now some people are just happy there's reason to head to the water.