Pulling into Roscoe, New York off Highway 17 West might seem like any old pit stop to most folks. There’s a Mobil gas station and a diner at the end of the exit ramp. On further inspection, after taking a left and driving 2 blocks to the center of town, one quickly realizes that this is more than a sleepy, dusty old neighborhood. It’s actually Trout Town USA.
To the left you’ll see an Orvis guide shop called Beaverkill Angler, on the corner, easy to find. Across the street is a fly tying shop called Catskill Flies where the owner sat at his tying desk near the door. Busy tying, he barely looked up and made eye contact. I heard him ask “you boys fishing today?” as he remained focused on the task at hand.
Down the street, near Casey’s coffee shop we found another haven for fishermen – Baxter House Outfitters – where the sign says closed but the door is open. We found a nice blend of friendly chatter and high tech fly fishing gear on hand for the needy visitor short on leaders, flies, or advice. It might be a dusty old town, perhaps, but what a treat to find 3 vibrant fly shops full of anticipation for the afternoons mayfly hatch. That’s a joy for this American fisherman.