May 5-7 at Ashokan Dreams, West Shokan

Billed as our couples weekend, accommodations at Ashokan Dreams are impeccable. Only three dual-occupancy slots are available for this romantic bed & breakfast perched on a mountain top overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir. Their expansive views usually compliment some of the most exquisite weddings in the Catskills, but one of the owners, Chet, is an old friend and fly-fishing guide, so we've been able to secure the location to offer a fully immersive weekend for three anglers and their partners. Be sure to check out their Instagram. This weekend boasts a 1:1 guide ratio - three guides, three anglers. Keep scrolling to meet the rest of your hosts, entertainment, and friends for the weekend.

The Perfect Catskills Weekend

Arrive in the Catskills on a Friday afternoon and settle in for a weekend of fishing & fun. Three days, two nights, everything included:

  • Lodging (2 nights)
  • Two full days of guided fly fishing (beginners welcome - all gear included)
  • Private chef for Friday & Saturday dinners + local breakfasts & stream-side lunches
  • Live music ‘round the campfire
  • Photographer
  • More... yes more!
Catskill Mountain side
Guided Fly Fishing in the Catskills

Catskill Mountain Angler

Led by one of my cherished mentors, Mark Loete, Catskill Mountain Angler is a highly respected fly fishing service on the Esopus Creek. Mark, Chet, and I will guide you through two full days of Catskills fly fishing. 1st timer? No worries. We'll take 1/2 of Saturday to crash course you on the basics of fly casting. Flies, waders, and gear provided.

Fly Fishing the Esopus Creek

Your NY State Licensed Fly Fishing Guides

Mark Loete

Mark Loete

Owner of Catskill Mountain Angler, Mark Loete, has has been fly fishing the Esopus Creek for over fifteen years. His deep knowledge of fly fishing, freestone streams, entomology, and local folklore make him a gracious and indispensable part of your Catskill Fly Fishing experience.

Chet Karwatowski

Chet Karwatowski

Apart from being the president of our local Trout Unlimited chapter, Chet has taught fly fishing for over ten years at Ulster County Community College. He's previously guided at the world famous Beaverkill Valley Inn as well as for noted Catskill fly fisherman Bert Darrow.

Todd Spire

Todd Spire

Lifelong fisherman and Esopus Creel owner, Todd Spire, has been fishing the Esopus for almost ten years. His photos have been seen in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, and his fly, The New American, is included alongside the traditional Catskill ties of the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection.

Chef Ethan Knechel

Ethan Knechel has cooked for Reynard and The Spotted Pig. He's also the master behind Brooklyn's Secret Restaurant. Nowadays he calls The Catskills his home. I call him neighbor. Together, we stumble through the waves of raising 4-year-old sons. We are both fly fisherman who grew up minutes apart and fished the same stream. We share a profound knowledge of New Jersey's best pizza and we both went to art school. Amazingly, we've met within the year and here we are.

Ethan Knechel's Secret Restaurant

Photographer Jenn Morse

Jennifer's work has been published in A-B Magazine and was selected by Sasha Wolf for the Center for Photography at Woodstock 2014 Fellowship Fund Award.

Catskills Photography Jenn Morse

The John Burroughs Memorial Locust & Wild Honey Mountain Orchestra

John Burroughs - renowned naturalist, writer, and champion of the Catskill Mountains. This band is an honor to his reverence for these blue hills. Their music is unique and beautiful, incorporating elements of Burroughs' prose spoken over hymnal melodies and lyrics. Songs and recitations to wind down a great day of fishing. Enjoy the clip below.

John Burroughs With Thomas Edison

What Trout Eat

Streamside Presentation by Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett was born in the Catskills and raised on the headwaters of the Esopus Creek. He is a founding member of the Catskill Mountain Club and has worked with just about every environmentally mined protector of the Catskill Mountains. We met at a local Trout Unlimited meeting years ago and became friends after a hike up the Tanbark Trail, a cherished perch in Phoenicia that he himself helped to restore. He'll join us for lunch on Saturday, then take us down to the river to net and identify the aquatic life that trout call food.

Aaron Bennet


Food for the weekend includes as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, drinks included. Maple syrup has been handmade by our lodging owners and chef. Our plan is to include open fire cooking for parts of our dinners. Due to the limited number of participants, chef is not planning separate meat-free entrées. Allergies will, of course, be accommodated.

Ethan Knechel

Friday Dinner - Chef

Esopus Creel guides practice catch-and-release fishing. All trout go back to the water. Therefore, we start all of our weekends with a trout dinner on Friday night. Locally sourced - totally delicious. Nearby breads & cheeses, perhaps a pate or terrine, first of the spring greens and herbs....


Saturday Breakfast - Host

Ashokan Dreams Owner, Anne-Marie Johansson will prepare Saturday morning breakfast. Enjoy a full Catskills breakfast while overlooking the reservoir. Maple syrup made from the trees on the property is sure to please.


Saturday Lunch - Goods Luncheonette

Co-owner Adam Kowalsky opened Goods with the goal of serving "the best of the world’s fast food," made to order. We think he nailed. Your belly will agree. Lunch will be served stream-side.

Ethan Knechel

Saturday Diner - Chef

Local grass fed lamb roasted over an open fire with wild leeks, braised beans, carrots with foraged sumac and herbs. Dessert: white pine panna cotta w/ wildflower honey and pine-nut brittle.


Sunday Breakfast - Host

Ashokan Dreams Owner, Anne-Marie Johansson will prepare Sunday morning breakfast. Enjoy a full Catskills meal while overlooking the reservoir. Maple syrup made from the trees on the property is sure to please.

Amy's Take Away

Sunday Lunch - Amy's Take Away

Amy's food is simple, local, and seasonal with an international flair. Chosen as one of the 10 Best Sustainable Green Restaurants by Green Tourism. Lunch served stream-side.

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Be sure to check out our weekend in June.


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