Midtown East, New York, New York, United States

Angler's Roost

I'm getting ready for a fishing trip and I was looking at one of my prized fly fishing rods that was purchased by my friend Kenny, at Angler's Roost in New York City. The small store was in an office building at 141 E 44th St, New York, NY, just off Lexington Ave. It was a one man shop owned and run by Jim Deren.

Angler's Roost was one of those places where the merchandise was scattered all over the place, packed to the walls, in seemingly disarray. Jim Deren probably knew where everything was. I always thought that if you moved something a foot away, he'd never be able to find it.

Once I asked him about a fluorescent orange fly line I'd read about and I received a very stern lecture about the trout's color vision and colors in nature.

Jim Deren died in 1983 and the shop closed. I was lucky enough to buy some fishing gear at the store's liquidation.

If you have a subscription, there's a profile of Jim Deren in the April 19, 1982 issue of The New Yorker.

Photograph of Jim Deren by picketpin52

Angler's Roost