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Mike Farney
Mike grew up fishing in Western NY.  He has been fly fishing since the early nineties but has gained most of his knowledge from friends in Trout Unlimited chapter in the last several years.  Most of his fishing trips / posts come from Western NY, the Adirondacks, the West Branch of the Delaware, and Montana.

Mike hopes to share some of his knowledge and experiences with people who are new to the sport or just enjoy reading fellow fly fishermen’s stories.

In this blog Mike shares his opinions of places, equipment, and people and will be accepting paid advertising for some of the endorsements he makes.  his hope is that he will be able to help others learn from his good choices and bad, and that this web site will enable him to do more with fly fishing in the future so he can continue to share more of my experiences with you.

 

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Craig also grew up fishing Western New York.  He is a 3rd generation fly fisher, having fished with his father and grandfather.  He eagerly hopes that his sons carry on the family fly fishing tradition!  Mike graciously invited me to start blogging in April of 2009.  Since then, I’ve been posting reports of my various angling adventures. I love learning new waters, exploring familiar fisheries and am passionate about both fly fishing and fly tying.  There is so much to learn about our sport.  If you think that you’ve mastered it and know all, then you’ve stopped learning.  Proof of this is my commitment to Fly Fisher’s Workshop.

Over the past two decades I’ve enjoyed plenty of fly fishing travels to Montana, Maine, North Carolina and Southern Florida.  I used to work as a part time trout guide in the Mountains of North Carolina.  I’ve owned a bay boat and flats skiff, giving them plenty of use in New England, North Carolina, the Keys and SouthWest Florida.  These days, I’m often concentrating on fly tying and targeting trout or salmon.  Swinging streamers or dry fly – sight fishing are my favorites.  Vacation time in Coastal Maine and the Thousand Islands, combined w/ targeting local trout and salmon, also provide  ample angling time.  I’m glad to share my knowledge and hope that this blog keeps me learning.  Take a kid fishing, protect our waters and tight lines!

 

Jessie Hollenbeck
Jessie works and lives in Pittsford New York with his wife Stacy and their daughter Emma. After graduating from SUNY Brockport he moved from Northern NY and has called Western NY home for the past 10 years. Professionally he works as a Recreation Director for a community recreation department in his hometown.

It was a dream of Jessie’s to guide the waters of Western NY, and share it’s amazing fishery! Many of his early years fly fishing were spent on Oatka Creek and Spring Brook. Later — continuing his trout bum ways during the spring and summer — he focused his fishing during the fall and spring months on lake runs of steelhead and brown trout.  He finds spring creek fishing just as enjoyable as landing a 15 lb steelhead.

 

Scott Feltrinelli
Scott_PhotoI am a New York State licensed and insured fly fishing guide and a USCG licensed Captain and the Vice President of the Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited Chapter. I grew up as a young boy in Syracuse NY, went to SUNY College at Buffalo and now reside near the shores of Lake Ontario. I offer guided trips on the tributaries of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and all inland waters from Syracuse to Buffalo in New York State. My fly fishing experiences have taken me to many international fly fishing destinations chasing both fresh and saltwater species of fish. I am a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Guide, Fly Fishers Federation Member/Guide, and also an Orvis, Simms, LOOP, LL Bean and Filson Pro Member. I have been published in numerous print media and also have been a keynote speaker for a number of professional forums. Working alone; I recently finished three conservation projects within our fisheries. The first is a “catch and release” zone on 4 Mile Creek and also on Mill Creek (Lake Ontario). The second is a “fly fishing only” zone on 18 Mile Creek (Lake Erie). These projects and more highlight my passion for fly fishing, conservation and sharing the sport of fly fishing with others in every way I can. Catch em’ on the fly! www.ontariofly.com Visit me on Facebook at Ontario Fly Outfitters.

 

 

Liam Bethlendy

liam fish #2Unlike many contributing on this blog, I am rather new to the fly fishing scene. I have learned loads of information off of this site and now hope to help others by contributing as well. I live in the Rochester area and slowly but surely I am trying to find and fish spots less frequently targeted by more experienced anglers in the quest for The Fish, don’t get me wrong, I love catching big smallmouth and steelhead but I am just as happy catching small brookies in a wild stream with my 3 wt fly rod. I also tie my own flies, it is one of my favorite past times and it is what originally got me into fly fishing. I hope to keep learning and help the teaching process because as we all know we are all learning young and old. Tight lines… hope to see you on the water.

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Mike grew up fishing in Western NY. He has been fly fishing since the early nineties but has gained most of his knowledge from friends in Trout Unlimited chapter in the last several years. Most of his fishing trips / posts come from Western NY, the Adirondacks, the West Branch of the Delaware, and Montana. Mike Farney's Google Profile

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