Thanks. To pnc, what I mean by purist, is that I’ve been known to break some of the “rules” and have threaded a worm on a hook at the end of my tippet; I don’t use waders and don’t own some of the “essential” gear, having grown up improvising instead of spending my lunch money.
Welcome to the site! You'll find a lot of fine and experienced fishers/tyers, teachers and all around fine people on this site. I'm a born and bred central NYer. Been tying for 50 years and hosting fly swaps for the past 10+ years. I'm mostly a warm water (hence the WW in my handle) fisher but there are a lot of "box of chocolates" flat water around here - lakes/ponds/gravel pits with a stream/river running through them. You cast and are never quite sure what may hit your offering! I like fishing these because on a slow day a stick can give me a rush!
I look forward to crossing paths with you on the site and until then,
The Hill Country is good Fly Fishing Country. My folks used to live in Castroville which was a short drive to several clear running streams/rivers with loads of fish that will rise to a fly. I guess it is ok to put a worm on your tippet. When I was about 7 or 8 I went Muskie fishing with my uncles fly rod trolling a big creek chub jointed balsa lure. For big fish, I thought I needed that thick(strong) fishing line and a really long rod. My dad is not a fisherman and my uncle wasn't around. I didn't catch anything.