Held each year traditionally on March 31, the 2016 Anglers' Reunion was very well received, with a huge crowd of enthusiastic anglers descending on the Rockland House in Roscoe, New York, for a delicious 5-course feast prepared by Tom Roseo and staff.
Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Ken Tutalo, of the Baxter House River Outfitters and guide service, third and fourth from left; and Donna and Phil Vallone, of Creekside Cabins, Cottages and Lodge, third and fourth from right.
First begun way back in the 1930s, sports writers such as the great Red Smith would gather at the Antrim Lodge, Roscoe, with noted and respected fly-fishermen on the Eve of the Opening Day of the trout fishing season - purpose being to swap stories and tell tales of big fish taken and lost in years past, and anticipation of those that might be caught the next day, giving colorful fodder for their sports columns. It was dubbed "The Two-Headed Trout and Other Fantastic Fish Stories Round Table" for the legendary trout that inhabited Junction Pool on the Beaverkill, which couldn't decide whether to migrate up the Willowemoc or upper Beaverkill, hence growing two heads during its quandary. Red Smith's last column for the New York Times from this location appeared in 1981; since his death in 1982, the dinner has been dedicated in his honor. And while the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce hosts a dinner on the first or second Saturday in April titled "The Two Headed Trout Town Dinner" the traditional dinner held the Eve of Opening Day (March 31) is hosted by the Catskill Fly Tiers Guild and dubbed the Anglers' Reunion.