2017 Rose Holland

The 57th annual Rose Holland Trout Derby is planned for Oct. 2-4 at Montauk State Park. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

In 2019 the Derby raised over $14,370, and sold over 870 tags.

A cruise-in car show is planned for 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at the parking lot across from the lodge. The Current River Cruisers Club organizes the well-attended event each year.

Friday evening, park naturalist Steve Bost will host trout bingo at 6 p.m. at the campground amphitheater.

On Saturday a full slate of activities is planned, including a Hike and Bike on Pine Ridge Trail. Live entertainment by SugaRose will be in the front of the lodge, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. A campfire gathering will take place from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on the field between the lodge and the old mill.

Awards will be given out at noon, including attendance prizes.

Derby fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Registration for the derby will be held 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday and costs $2.

This annual event is sponsored by the anglers and friends of Montauk State Park and coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources

All activities will be outside, weather permitting. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing and CDC guidelines.

Roosevelt “Rose” Holland started his career at Montauk State Park in 1938, a quarter of a century before the first trout derby was held in his honor Oct. 3, 1964. Now, 56 years after the first derby, anglers still flock to Montauk for fishing and fun in Holland’s name.

Holland was born in the vicinity of Montauk Sept. 10, 1903. Holland was the second independent trout hatchery manager at Montauk, staying for 24 years. He died of a heart attack in his home across the road from the hatchery Jan. 29, 1963.

Holland became an integral part of Montauk, according to park officials. His knowledge of rainbow trout and his stories about the history of Montauk were a frequent draw for anglers. Holland recalled some of the cold, early season weekends, when only 20 anglers could be seen, and almost no women anglers attended.