Come Experience the “Birthplace of American Fly Fishing” in the Catskills Region

BETHEL, NY, MAY 8, 2007 – The teeming rivers and streams of the Catskills region in New York have long been considered the “Birthplace of American Fly Fishing,” with fly fishing roots dating back to the late 19th century. It was in the gentle waters of the Catskills where such pioneers as George LaBranche and “Uncle Thad” Norris developed the distinctive American-style of fly fishing, testing out their rod making, river keeping and fly tying ideas in such pristine waters as those of the Willowemoc Creek, Wulff Run, and Junction Pool. Today, as the popularity of fly fishing continues to grow—with some 28 million freshwater anglers in the U.S. alone—the Catskills region remains a touchstone for expert and beginning fishermen alike.

For those who love the sport and are looking for a custom estate with private fly fishing streams and fishing lakes, an exceptional opportunity exists at The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of new custom designed north western and Adirondack inspired homes in Bethel in Sullivan County. The developer, The Woodstone Group, is offering a select number of premier properties on the lake as well as multi-acre wooded properties.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, “While at the end of a serene morning on the lake nothing need be sacrificed in terms of personal comfort and style in the many custom designed lodges and luxury cabins adjoining 13,000+ acres of “forever wild” forest and the sparkling waters here at The Chapin Estate. The best part – this piece of paradise is only two hours from Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey. And what better time of year to see the glory of this location than now and into the summer, when fly fishing season is in full swing?”

The Chapin Estate offers miles and miles of untouched beauty, streams and lakes perfect for angling. Samuelson notes, “Our wooded views, picturesque untouched waters and miles of preserved trails rival the north west. In particular, our residents enjoy fishing our streams, fishing and boating on our lakes, with many more great fishing spots within easy reach. Our on-site Nature Trail Guide also guides visitors as they discover our region’s natural treasures.”

For both dedicated and curious anglers, Sullivan County hosts the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, located in Livingston Manor. “The Center offers many programs and workshops for anglers,” notes Samuelson. “These range from lessons on stream ecology to demonstrations on how to make an old-fashioned cane rod. What’s more, the Center offers some excellent catch-and-release fishing of its own, right on the banks of its runs and streams, all set on a beautiful 50-plus acre parcel.”

Writer and fisherman Austin Frances, in his most recent Catskills fishing book, Land of Little Rivers, describes the Catskills as a Mecca for American fly fishers. “Like the humble mountains whence it flows, the typical Catskill trout stream has been created on a personal scale that intensifies the feelings of privacy and intimacy with nature so prized among anglers,” he writes. Frances’ claims are backed by the many fly fishers who arrive in the Catskills every spring and summer to enjoy the lakes and rivers where prize-winning bass, trout, shad, walleye and many other freshwater fish abound.

Named a “Sportsman’s Paradise” by Field and Stream Magazine, Sullivan County’s fishing season has begun with state game managers describing the current bass population as “outrageous.”

Samuelson concludes, “I invite prospective luxury second home purchasers to come up and enjoy a personal tour of our community, our acclaimed home designs and our natural wonders from century’s old forests to more than 2,000 acres of glistening lakes.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s idyllic setting is perfectly embodied in the available properties upon which purchasers create their “dream estate home,” “country lodge,” or “cabin in the woods.” Steve Dubrovsky, principal of The Woodstone Group and the acclaimed custom home designer for The Chapin Estate, explains, “The Chapin Estate is unique in that we offer purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular property.”

Once a property is chosen, purchasers work with Steve and award winning professionals renowned for handcrafted homes that have been showcased in national magazines including Home Magazine, to create a truly custom designed and finely crafted home. Staffed by their own in-house artisans, Woodstone delivers homes specifically designed and built to reflect each purchaser’s unique lifestyle and personal desires, while always accentuating the collection’s natural beauty and balance with its natural setting. Dubrovsky points out that the community’s architectural and construction guidelines and covenants protect the environment of The Chapin Estate, and all of the homes incorporate indigenous materials in their designs.
Those who wish to enjoy summers of fly fishing and outdoor fun in a spectacular untouched, wooded setting, all just a short drive from Manhattan and northern New Jersey, should take a tour and learn about owning a custom home at The Chapin Estate. To set up an appointment, please contact The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900. For more information, please visit

To take a tour and learn more about purchasing a lot and building your dream home in one of the most beautiful areas of Sullivan County, call our sales office at 845-583-4900, or visit our Website, As Mr. Samuelson sums it up: “There’s something special in every season here at the Chapin Estate.”

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