Book Shares an Author’s Amazing Journey Back to the Catskills

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Ed Ostapczuk covers an exciting expedition of the great trout streams and the life along the Catskill Mountains

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Much has been recorded about the Catskills region and its mountains. Indeed, its America’s first wilderness. It is known for its rich history, woody summits, chaste rivers, cherished forests, outdoor recreation, and treasured art; the region’s geological character is often studied and much written about. Native Americans referred to it as Onteora, Land in the Sky, while the first white settlers knew it as the Blue Mountains.

In 1969, author Ed Ostapczuk read a two-part article written by Cecil E. Heacox that appeared in the March and April issues of Outdoor Life titled “Charmed Circle of The Catskills.” These poetic, yet simple, set of articles about the Catskills had a profound effect upon his life. Heacox skillfully took a neophyte like him on an enchanted piscatorial journey—one that he will never forget nor venture too far from all these years later.

Thus, in his new book titled Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher, Ostapczuk takes readers on a journey back through the Catskills’ Charmed Circle which he has been exploring and fishing for decades now. When it comes to fly fishing for trout, Ostapczuk have been very fortunate in many ways. For one, he lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York which is considered to be the mecca for all serious flyfishers and a paradise still overflowing with wild trout streams. Aside from this, he resides less than five miles from the Esopus Creek—one of the better wild trout streams in the region and northeastern United States.

While Ostapczuk’s journey is inspired by Cecil Heacox, readers will catch a glimpse of the great streams and the life along the Catskill as he witnessed it through his own eyes. He records everything throughout the pages of this book. Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher will bring readers to an exciting expedition that will also cover bits and pieces of information about Catskill Bill Kelly’s big brown trout, the history of White Pond, the Peekamoose, and other perhaps seemingly insignificant fly-fishing events of the 21st century that might otherwise be lost with the passing of an angling generation.

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About the Author
Ed Ostapczuk lives in the Catskills with his wife, Lois where they have resided since 1973. They have four children and six grandchildren; he is retired from both public education and a career in corporate America. He has also worked as a licensed New York State fishing guide and former fly-fishing instructor. Ed has been fishing since he was 8 years old and fly fishing for trout in the Catskills since 1969. He authored a chapter in the book Trophy Trout Streams of the Northeast, edited by Jim Capossela and has appeared in Trout magazine. Additionally, the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education has published some of his work. He is also the recipient of several local and regional conservation awards for his efforts to preserve and protect the wild trout streams of the Catskills. In 1981, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers bestowed their prestigious Salmo Award on Ed and the following year, Trout Unlimited presented Ed with their 1982 Trout Conservation Award. In 1999, the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited conferred the author their Chapter Newsletter Award.
Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher * by Ed Ostapczuk
Publication Date: May 21, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 185 pages; 978-1-4771-1200-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 185 pages; 978-1-4771-1201-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-1202-1
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