AN ESSAY IN ATTITUDES
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Admiral, I used to love fly fishing lessons at school in England. Not so many Brown Trout in the Hudson, alas.
AEF ~ Fly fishing lessons? Lucky you. If only we were so lucky. A friend and I started a Fly-Fishing Society at school and organised fly-fishing trips around the Home Counties. When I visited the school about 12 years later, 10years ago, one of the masters recognised me as (I paraphrase) 'that tall chap who wore battered brogues and talked about fishing all the time.' I used to go fly-fishing on the East Coast quite frequently and now, after several years' absence, am just starting to get back into it.
LBT - Yes, a beautiful fish. As a current resident of Bozeman, Montana, I welcome you to visit the home of "A River Runs Through It", the Three Forks (Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson)that form the Missouri, and other meccas of fly-fishing. A few good taverns, Montana-distilled whiskies, local brew-pubs, and a few good steaks, and a hike up to Mount Baldy round out the experience. Bring your insulated waders, as we're already dipping into the 20s at night. As a former long-time resident of Newport Beach, I can assure you that it's a different world up here (although I do miss the Quiet Woman, Malarky's and 21 Oceanfront).
LBT - Posted idea on UP. Positive response from UP. Contact me if interested - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fly-fishing in England would be awesome, but give me a beautiful hike beyond the Mammoth Lakes and a Sierra Grand Slam any day.
Admiral - Were you lucky enough to fish the Itchen and Test in your battered brogues? We had an overstocked trout lake positively bubbling with rainbows when at the beginning of the season any fool with a length of string a safety pin could have netted a handful of fingerlings. I bought my Hardy fishing rod in the field sports shop in Guildford (now no more) by Thorpe's rambling second hand book shop (sadly also closed). One of the enticements to return to England was that I could take up fly fishing again but as you know, I didn't stay long enough. Would love to know where there's good fishing on the East Coast - and a store that carries Hardy's.
AEF ~ No afraid we never made it over there, most of our haunts as I remember it were in Berks and Oxon. It was a long time ago. I got my gear at Farlow's ;). I see there is a fly fishing shop, Granger's, just around the corner from my old place, which would have been convenient. There are plenty of good places for trout on the East Coast. If you're near the Hudson (outside of the city), then you're right in the middle of it.
AEF - there is plenty of ly fishing opportunities very near to you. While not trout, there is stripped bass in the Hudson. A great fish to pursue, but you will need a none weight rod or more for those. But to pursue trout, there is almost no better place than the birthplace of American fly fishing, the Catskills. Pennsylvania has many excellent spring fed limestone streams too.For a fly shop check out the Urban Angler @ 206 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor. An excellent shop that I am sure can point you in the right direction to find wonderful angling opportunities.Best of luck, Dave
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