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Old 04-30-2012, 12:46 PM
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Hey everyone! I am new here from Wayne County, NY. New to fly fishing actually! I have a cheap kit to start, just a Martin Fly Fishing Kit... Once I have my cast down and catch fish, I will probably end up with a 2-4wt outfit since I mainly LOVE catching panfish...

I mostly fish Ultralite for panfish (bluegill mostly) and smallmouth (get a nice 14" smallie on a 4'8" ugly stick with 4lb test, its fun!) and my best rod right now is a 6' Cortland UL spinning set up with an UL Pflueger reel, and 4lb test trilene.

Hope to learn a lot here! I even have a pack of flies from...70's? its marked $0.97 for 10 dry flies! Something my dad had around, probably from my great grandfather... I might not use those. I bought a small black popper and ant for bluegill, hopefully they work!
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First, welcome to the forum! You are in a great fishing part of the state for almost every type of fishing known. Everything from canal carp to seasonal run steelhead.

For panfish, almost anything with either maraboo feather or rubber legs attarcts fish. Movement = food, for them.

I stopped at BPS in Auburn yesterday, while traveling from Albany to Buffalo, and they had a fairly decent selection of colorful panfish flies, and at fairly reasonable prices. I picked up some steelhead flies, as it looks like I'm going to get an opportunity to get out fishing for a while this evening, and I had no egg or leach flies in my boxes. They also had some good "starter kit" rod and reel sets there, as well. (And if you were willing to fill out a credit card app, you got an extra 10% off - even if you cut-up the credit card after it arrives in the mail!)

Enjoy, and some time maybe we will meet-up on some stretch of water!
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Welcome to the forum, we have a deep bench when it comes to Pan Fish aficionados so you'll be right at home here.

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.You'll find tons of infos here...looking forward to seeing your pics and reports
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Welcome to fly fishing and welcome to the forum! You'll like it here If you're ever in the Buffalo area, drop me a line and I'll be happy to take you out fly fishing!
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I surely look forward to learning to fly cast, as it has always intrigued me. Hope to grow and learn with this community
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welcome to the forum ny.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:01 AM
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Was out practicing today after finding some better videos on youtube. I can cast pretty easily with about 30 feet of line, but anything over that I don't think my cheap fiberglass rod is gonna be too good for. That is OK, though, because I am just getting into this, and that range is probably all I am casting 1/32oz jigheads with my 4'8" UL spinning set up anyway. Also either I can't figure it out, or my rod is too flexy to "shoot" line much more than maybe a foot or so at a time. 30' will get me over bluegills without spooking them, and is more than plenty for 90% of the creeks/streams near me anyway.

But I am sure getting the idea a nice 3/4wt graphite rod and machined reel are in my future... Nothing high end, but something decent. Maybe I will make friends with one of the home rod builders here

Next is to try fly casting from the kayak...That could be fun or disaster
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Welcome to the forum. I'm also in the CNY area, on the east side of SYR. If you're looking to kayak fish, try fishing in the Sterling river by Fair Haven State Park. I can guarantee you'll have tight lines. If you ever want to fish on the east side of Onondaga County, hit me up.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:36 PM
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Default Re: New from upstate/central NY

I have been down sterling creek QUITE some ways (girlfriend and I camped at fair haven two years ago) we kayaked as far as the renaissance festival! I KNOW there are lots of Bluegill/sunnies in there, as well as rock bass. Have seen some huge carp too. Anything else farther back in? Soon as I have a free weekend, sounds like the GF and I need to get out there
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