Growing Up in a Tourist Town


Have you ever heard of Roscoe, New York? 


That’s a question I have to ask whenever someone asks me where I’m from. No, its not on Long Island, its not in the city, not the Adirondacks, and not western New York. Just a small town on the way from the city to basically anywhere else in the state. Not much more than an exit sign on the highway as you drive by. That is, at least for half of the year.


Roscoe is known as Trout Town USA, and it was named the Ultimate Fishing Town, USA by the World Fishing Network in 2011.

This means that for the time fishing season is open, Roscoe becomes a tourist town. Roscoe has a total population somewhere around 550 people, but on weekends during the summer, that number can almost double. The reason behind this is that the two major streams, the Beaverkill and the Willowemock, offer up some of the best trout fishing in the entire country. In addition to that there are many restaurants, craft breweries, hiking trails, golf courses, and coffee shops to visit.

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If you take a drive along these rivers you can see anglers chest deep in the rivers with nine feet long fly rods, casting their lines in synchronicity. It really is a sight to be seen, and I get to experience it on an almost daily basis. 

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With there being such an influx of people at this time of the year, the businesses that get the most attention are the restaurants and the fly shops. The World Famous Roscoe Diner is a perennial favorite with a lot of history. Walking through fly shops such as The Beaverkill Angleryou will see fishermen with their waders still on stocking up for the afternoon, and guides as well as locals hanging out and talking fishing.


As great as all of that is from April to September, there are still the locals who live their the other six months of the year. There comes a time when the weather turns cold, the leaves begin to fall, the rivers freeze up, and the tourists and weekenders are gone. Businesses run on shorter hours and some even close down until the next year. School and church still start at the same times, the familiar faces reappear and everything returns to normality. This is the side of these towns that no one sees. That is where I am from. 



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A simple small town that is one of the most beautiful places to reside. There are no big city lights, no fast food restaurants, and no Walmart. Everyone knows everyone and you are greeted with a smile no matter who you are. The fishing is great, but there are plenty of other things to do in this little town.


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