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  1. Tie more often. Fish new waters. Pike, tiger muskie, and pickerel would be nice to catch. Spend some more quality time with family. All of the above not necessarily in that order.
  2. The only problem with NY is not having enough time to choose from all of it's options. Over near Buffalo and Rochester is Oak Orchard and Oatka. Utica is near West Canada Creek. Then there is the Ausable. And parts of the upper Hudson River. Obviously, these are just a few of ones choices. It can boggle the mind how many lakes, ponds, creeks, and streams there are here. I think it will depend on your route and how much time you want to take. And what kind of fish you'd like to chase. Do not forget that the Delaware, Willowemoc, and Beaverkill are also here but sound like they maybe a bit far south for you.
  3. I know for sure of one. When my wife took her beginners class last Jan/Feb we had one class we could not make. So the instructor told me to teach her the Mickey Finn and A PT nymph. She did both very well on the first try. She's a quick learner.
  4. I have to admit, I have thought about using my own hair (brown) to work up a few nymphs. I just never seem to remember to bring along a baggie with me at cutting time. I say nymphs sound like the best bet also. A twist on a golden stone fly maybe? Good luck and let us know how you do.
  5. Couple of gift certificates to my favorite flyshop, leaders, tippet gauge, Klausmeyer's Tying Classic Streamers, and Buffett's Salty Piece of Land. A very nice Christmas indeed.
  6. Victoria Houston's Loon Lake series of mysteries is pretty good. I have only seen them in paperback. I have not read Patrick McManus in awhile but always enjoyed his stories. Gierach is good also.
  7. If you have not been to the website yet then here is the address. Risingtrout outfitter Flyshop It's not only for the rod company but the flyshop as well Jordan is a really nice guy and will take time to help you with any questions you might have. Drop him an email. I have known him for a few years now and have even taken some tying classes from him. I do not own one of his rods yet but am looking at one this spring. He likes to flyfish for anything but seems to have a special passion for some smaller stream brookies. I know a few guys who have his rods and are very happy with them.
  8. There is an article in FAOL from someone who devised and installed a 2 anchor system to be used on his canoe while he's by himself. I believe the author is Joe Hyde. Sounded like a pretty good system to me. I don't see why it would not work on a johnboat.
  9. A couple of years ago I read A Life Worth Living: The Adventures of a Passionate Sportsman by John Hemingway. It's a compilation of events in his life that center around fishing. From childhood through a flyfishing adventure in occupied France during WW2 to his death many years later. You might try Victoria Houston and her Loon Lake series of murder mystery series. Set in Wisconson and centers around a small semi rural community with not only flyfishing settings but everything else. The wife just finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. She said there's quite a bit of supernatural stuff in it. There's a book called Every Spy a Prince. Sorry I cannot recall the authors name but it's about the Isreali Mossad from the early days to the '90s. Pretty interesting read. I haven't had a lot of chance to do much reading lately with work being so busy. When there is some time I do like some John Gierach and his prose.
  10. I chose the Korkers last year for my new boots. I like the versatility of being able to switch my soles quickly and the available variety. Spent a morning wet wading with felt soles and switched over to the regular rubber soles for walking around the campground for the afternoon. Almost like they were not even there, they were that comfortable.
  11. There are a few books and they mention some of the flyfishing opportunities available to Long Islanders. There is The flyfishers guide to NY by eric Newman. wilderness adventuers press There is also Fishing Eastern NY by Spider Rybaak. Afalconguide for the publisher. And also Good fishing close to New York City. Sorry cannot remember who is the author or publisher. Hope these help and best of luck! Let us know how you make out.
  12. I think it's great that your son wants to learn to tie. In the beginners classes I have seen lately they almost always seem to include a foam beetle. I think this might be a pretty simple thing for him to work on. Especially since they come in a variety of sizes and color. Maybe even a chernobyl ant or hopper would be good to work on. A mohair leech is pretty simple also. Looking at all the patterns and figuring out what works on your local waters are the best thoughts that everyone here has had. I like to tie the patterns that will cross over from trout to bluegills and other panfish and even the other larger fish on occasion. It seems to me that alot of these are pretty simple and work well. Good luck!
  13. and a Diamondglass 6' 6" 3 wt. Who am I kidding! She'd outfish me with both hands tied behind her back and the wife'd laugh while she did it!
  14. I caved in about 2 years ago and bought a small stereo unit to keep on the desk. This is so the one in the living room does not blast out the neighbors or wife. I usually drop Jimmy Buffet in the cd player or if in a very relaxed frame of mind will listen to some classical music. Every once in awhile the a local NPR station does old radio shows later in the evening. I know one guy who listens to nothing but the oldies channel on a small radio he seems to take everywhere with him.
  15. A cup of coffee if it's early in the morning. If it's later in the day or evening, then plain iced tea or iced water.
  16. Teioneon

    Hook Management

    Very good ideas from everyone! I have the one of the small oasis tying benches and it came with a small magnetic strip attached, I have been thinking of adding another 1 or 2 to help out for some of the larger hooks for bass bugs and the like. It's come in handy while I am at work and have to put the bench down so I can drive and not have hooks going all over the van.
  17. Teioneon

    What do you pay ?

    I know fishing for NY was already posted but it was for resident and at the annual rate($19). 7 day fishing resident is $12 and a Senior (65+) is only $5. For The out of towners they get the privilige of $40 a year or $25 for 7 days. There is also a 1 day fee of $15 for anyone if that is all they will fish. NY also has a $5 habitat stamp (completly optional) which goes to land purchases and maintenance of such. These rates have gone up to these levels a couple of years ago after more than 10 years at old rates. I heard alot of people complaining until they heard about other states fees and realized that maybe it wasn't so bad afterall.
  18. A few more ideas to look at are from Skip Morris. There is one on tying dries,one for nymphs, and a general one. They are available in a softcover spiral bound as well as paperback. They have a pretty good variety in each book as well as alot more recipes in the back. He also has one for bass bugs if you like to go for warmwater fare as well. All are well done with quite a few photos for each fly and how to fish suggestions as well. Good luck and may your bookcase be strong for all your acquisitions to come.
  19. I managed 19 on my own, the wife answered the seven dwarfs for me. Missed the canadian stuff, matches(never smoked), no smoking, and never thought about what side a womans blouse buttons were on. Just what was under it.
  20. First fish on a fly was a bluegill about 8 1/2" inches long on a modified wooly worm type of creation. Size 8 or 10 about 3x long, black chenille body, grizzly hackle with a gold tinsel rib and 4 white rubber legs for a tail. They would hit it so fast and hard, forceps were needed to remove them. Lots of fun that day!
  21. I have a bunch of different ones. I finally managed to sort some of them out. Most of the trout stuff is in a couple of C&F boxes while the warm water stuff is in bug luggage/fox box type including the trout streamers. Larger flies are in a large fox box and a double nubby tack. I do like the C&F stuff for being able to switch out inserts, I will probably stick with them. I doubt that the others will get retired, to sentimental since some of them were gifts.
  22. Liverpool. Right outside of Syracuse. Most people I meet have not heard of L'pool so it is just easier to say Syracuse.
  23. The shop I deal with in/near Utica is RisingTroutOutfitter. It used to be on the 3rd floor of an old textile mill. NOw it is on 2nd floor and even bigger. The owner is Jordan Ross. NOt only does he have a flyshop but manufactures a series of flyrods. http://www.risingtroutoutfitter.com/ I am not sure how long he's been in business but I am sure it's been more than 4 years. Definitely one of the friendliest places I have had the pleasure of dealing with. I know there used to be a couple of other shops around the area but it seems they have departed for various reasons. Stop in if you are in the area and make sure you have a treat for Montana (his black lab) and you will have a friend for life.
  24. My favorite shops are the one here in Syracuse where I learned to tie and cast. The other is in NY Mills near Utica. All the staff and customers are friendly and helpful. I am also fortunate that work takes me out of town from time to time so I get to check out a new place and occassionally find a few things the others don't have. I have ordered from Cabelas, Feathercraft, The Flyshop(California), and a few other places. I have had very good service from them all. For now I have to wait until after Christmas to get any new materials since the wife needed a wish list. I have to admit she's pretty cool in that she'll go to the shops with no qualms to pick stuff up. I am glad she does not suffer from this addiction also because we'd be "living in a van down by the river!"
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