Hello. I am new here and am from upstate NY The Ashokan Reservoir is 1500 ft from my house and I can get to the upper Esopus in under 10 mins. Plus I have quite a few secret trout streams that have some monsters in them. I am used to catching these big guys with lures and live bait. I just started fly fishing last year because to be honest the rhythm of a fly fisher looks almost magical. It is way more of a challenge and is a lot more fun. I have 3 trout under my belt so far all of which where no bigger that 4-5 inches in length and tiny in size. But it is still fun to catch. I know the monsters are in the spots where I am its just I suck at fly fishing so they know its me and don't bite. But that's OK I have fun trying. Anyhow just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. If anyone else if from this area PM me maybe we can fish together.., Also does anyone know when to start fly fishing around here? Mid April? Or now?