LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY & CASTEL DI SANGRO, ITALY (July 18, 2012) – On June 23, 2012 at the 9th annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro, Italy, The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.
Over the past seven years, the CFFCM featured international fly fishing exhibits.
The 2011 Italian exhibit was coordinated by Italy’s Alberto Calzolari in cooperation with SIM and the Italian Fly Fishing Museum. This outstanding exhibit included a large variety of flies by some of Italy’s finest tyers, hand crafted fly tackle and fly tying tools, and antiquities including a Roman hook verified as being over 2,000 years old. As a result, CFFCM Executive Jim Krul and Mr. Calzolari determined that both museums should develop a sister relationship to share in each other’s fly fishing cultures. Calzolari emphasized "…fly fishing and fly tying is an international language and words are not required. It is also a rich and common friendship that we all share".
To make this partnership official, Krul and Giorgio Cavatorti, Italy’s director exchanged certificates recognizing this association and the mutual intent to foster goodwill within the international fly fishing community. Both museums will have permanent displays of one another and maintain a dialogue for the preservation and promotion of fly fishing. This sistership is the first of its kind of bonding between two international fly fishing museums.
The International Museum of the fly fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz, (Museo Internazionale della Pesca a Mosca Stanislao Kuckiewicz) is located in the ex Maddalena’s 15th century Convent of Castel di Sangro (Italy) on the Sangro River. It was founded in 2000 by the Italian School of Fly Fishing (S.I.M.) with the collaboration of Castel di Sangro’s municipality, Pesca Sportivi Sangro Association and the Italian ArcheoClub.
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is located on the banks of the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, NY. Founded by Elsie Darbee in 1981, it continues to grow and is now recognized world wide as a center for fly fishing. The CFFCM is expanding again with a 4,800 square-foot addition to the Paul Dahlie Education building to accommodate the Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Craft Center.