I guess all of us who have been around a while experience this:
A fellow you just met, or who you may have known for a while outside of fishing, asks if he can come fishing. Our response to those looking for an introduction to the sport is usually “yes, but.”
I have enjoyed giving a good many new fishers some time over the years and hope to in the future. However, even as a retired guy, there are only so many days I can get on a stream and they are precious to me. From April through June is prime Catskill season and only God knows how many more of them I will be blessed with. I have certain patterns as well as people who are a part of that fishing and I treasure the time with them, not to mention a trip or two on my own to enjoy the solitude fly fishing for trout offers.
So the “yes, but” is this – if you want to learn to fly fish I would love to help but if I have taken you before and /or you already have some experience and are just looking for someone to buddy up with – I may not be your guy.
So here are some alternatives:
The best way to increase your fishing buddies is to join some organizations and meet some other fishers. LI Trout Unlimited and the Long Island Flyrodders are two local groups that I highly recommend. Both offer fellowship and fishing, trips and more. Here are some examples:
March 3 – Casting clinic at Caleb Smith State Park – LITU
March 10 – Casting Clinic at Connetquot State Park – LITU
March 17 – LI Fly Fishing Expo
April 14 – Multi session fly fishing 101 instruction – Friends of Connectquot
May 4-6 Natchaug River camping trip – LIFR
May 19 – Housatonic canoe trip – LIFR
June 2 – Esopus River day trip – LIFR
June 4 – Peconic River canoe trip – LIFR
June 8-10 – Beaverkill Annual Outting – LITU
June 11-13 – Delaware River motel trip – LIFR
June 22-24 – Farmington River camping trip – LIFR
July 13-15 – Farmington River motel trip – LIFR
August 3-5 – Housatonic camping trip – LIFR
August 19 – Annual Picnic – LIFR
November 13-17 – Western NY Steelhead trip – LIFR
If you are not a “joiner” you can always call a fly shop and hire a guide.
You may also find these books helpful – click here.
Plenty of fishing and opportunities to meet folks to fish with.
With a little luck you may just meet some future life long friends to go fishing with every year – I know I have.