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    Looking For Suggestions

    Hi all, looking for some amateur advice. My dad and I have fished for years but we've always talked about learning to fly fish and have yet to do it. At this point, I live in Brooklyn and he's just outside Philadelphia. We're trying to map out a trip (camping and fly fishing) in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area (or anywhere within 2 hours or so from NYC). We're looking for both location and guide suggestions. Any information would be helpful.

    Also, what's our time frame? Are we getting to be too late for trout?

    Thanks a lot,

    Todd

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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    With all the negativity on this site lately, I am going to be a better person and say......Just go fishing, enjoy your father, enjoy your time together, catch some trout, who cares how you do, but let them go...just don't use treble hooks...

    I can't recommend a guide or a place to fish in NY, but if your In PA..the area around Carlisle is great!!!!

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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    lots of good trout in the lower neversink in cuddebackville and if you look at a map im sure you will be able to find roscoe ny and that will get you going for a good weekend.... famous waters up there



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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

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    The best way to learn how to fly-fish is to leave the spinning rod and bait at home. Just go out and fish, you will learn. Try not to get frustrated it takes time. Go to you local fly shop and they will tell you what flies will work and instructions on how to fish them. Most of the guys on the site will do the same just ask what flies you need for that time of the season. Another suggestion is practice casting the rod in a park or your yard.

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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by tomfly View Post
    Todd
    The best way to learn how to fly-fish is to leave the spinning rod and bait at home. Just go out and fish, you will learn. Try not to get frustrated it takes time. Go to you local fly shop and they will tell you what flies will work and instructions on how to fish them. Most of the guys on the site will do the same just ask what flies you need for that time of the season. Another suggestion is practice casting the rod in a park or your yard.

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    Tomfly, TF and lightenup got it right....Just do it!!!!...... Practice casting..... and if you have the cash, hire a guide. sounds like you have a great time planned, that is the important part.

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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by todddos View Post
    Hi all, looking for some amateur advice. My dad and I have fished for years but we've always talked about learning to fly fish and have yet to do it. At this point, I live in Brooklyn and he's just outside Philadelphia. We're trying to map out a trip (camping and fly fishing) in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area (or anywhere within 2 hours or so from NYC). We're looking for both location and guide suggestions. Any information would be helpful.

    Also, what's our time frame? Are we getting to be too late for trout?

    Thanks a lot,

    Todd

    You have until mid to late June for most rivers in this area before they warm too much to trout fish safely. Tailwaters and spring creeks are a different story and are often fishable throughout the summer depending upon how hot the weather is over an extended period.

    That said there are many guides within the NJ, NY, Eastern PA region that would be worthwhile for you and your dad. By amatuer I'm assuming that neither of you have done much fly fishing at all, if you even own fly gear. I think a booking a guide would be a great thing to help you both learn without the do it yourself frustration.

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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by todddos View Post
    Hi all, looking for some amateur advice. My dad and I have fished for years but we've always talked about learning to fly fish and have yet to do it. At this point, I live in Brooklyn and he's just outside Philadelphia. We're trying to map out a trip (camping and fly fishing) in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area (or anywhere within 2 hours or so from NYC). We're looking for both location and guide suggestions. Any information would be helpful.

    Also, what's our time frame? Are we getting to be too late for trout?

    Thanks a lot,

    Todd
    Welcome to the site and sport! There are two guides that I would recommend you contact. They both can set you up with whatever you need, and probably can also let you know where you could camp near places they would fish with you. First would be Jim Serio (aka Big Spinner on this board) up in the Catskills. If you wanted to do something in New Jersey you could contact James Capes (aka jcstikfish on this board).


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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Thanks so much for all your suggestions....the plans are in the works!


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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Two more guides on this site Joe D and Rusty Spinner.

    If you are hiring a guide be sure to tell them that you are new to the sport. Being honest with your guide will provide the best results. You don't want to start at a place where it takes a hero cast to eke out a few large trout.


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    Re: Looking For Suggestions

    Camping-

    If you are tent camping check the NYS DEC website. There are several state campgrounds right in the heart of the Catskills near all the major rivers. Mongaup Pond is close to the Willowwemoc and Beaverkill. The Beaverkill campground is right on the Beaverkill near Lew Beach. Bear Spring Mountain is a stones throw from the East Branch of the Delaware and pretty convenient to the whole Upper Delaware system. These are also RV friendly as long as its not a monster motot home.

    Fishing-

    All the Rivers are usually fishable until the end of june , the Willow and Beaverkill will warm up and the action switches to the Delaware system. Just grab some gear and have at it!. There is a quote " There's more bullshit in flyfishing than in a kansas feed lot" and it rings true. Local fly shops will be happy to help you out with whats working when you get there.

    As for guides Joe D. at Cross Current is my pick.

    Most Importantly have a good time with your dad. Pops and I used to camp and fish every fathers day for 40 years, good memories.

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