Hello everyone... my name is Amanda, I'm new to,the site and fly fishing altogether. Is there anyone in the c.n.y area that could give me lessons on the basics? I'd love to learn and I am willing to pay if needed.
Welcome Amanda !
You should check to see if there's a fly fishing club in your area.
Our club has beginner lessons annually which run from late winter to early spring and is also developing a long term mentor program.
Clubs actively recruit and welcome new members and fly fishers in general are always willing to lend a hand.
Also, if there's an Orvis retailer close by, they have free beginner introductions as well
There's no Orvis shop up there. Whitaker's up in Pulaski is an Orvis endorsed shop. The Trout fitter fly shop in Syracuse may steer you right. Try those 2x. It's slim pickin's for guides but there's more trout water than anywhere.
Welcome to the forum, Amanda.
As previously stated, a fly fishing club or a fly shop near you would be your best bet. I saw someone already said there is not an Orvis store near you. It's not ideal, but Orvis has an entire library of fly fishing videos on their website. But, again, nothing beats personal instruction, which is what you're asking for.
Amanda, can you tell us what equipment you have, if you've purchased it yet? I have no idea where CNY is, but is a guess of central New York correct? The fish you can target in your locale will determine your first setup, so that will make a difference.
I heartily add my recommendation to others about finding a fly fishing club. I got a huge benefit from joining one, even when I was a competent fly fisher - there are so many that are light years better than me. I learned a lot from them; they all will likely be happy to have you come along on one of their trips.
Welcome to the forum, and please keep us updated about your progress.
Welcome Amanda! It's always nice to see more ladies getting into this sport.
Find a local fly shop that will teach you how. Some will, and some won't. If you do find a shop that will, tell them exactly where you are with the sport so they know where to begin with you. If you want to fish with dries, let them know. Nymphs, let them know and so on. I have heard from some people that some shops will just throw on a few nymphs and show you how to do just that. Yes, it's a good way to start, but there's so much more to it than that. So if a local shop is where you go, I hope you find a good one that braches out with the knowledge of different technique.
You can get on the Orvis site and watch some great videos, but....videos are not like doing it for real, but they are helpful, and Orvis is top notch.
Ask at the fly fishing department at Bass Pro in Auburn. They guy who set up and ran the department for them (he may still be there, I'm not sure) used to run his own fly shop in Skaneateles and knows every inch of CNY. If he's not there any more they should still at least be able to refer you to some local guides or angler's groups who can teach you.