Day after Thanksgiving…

December 9, 2008

The alarm clock went off at 5:30am. I got out of bed, turned it off, then went and checked the current weather conditions and the forecast for the day. Current temp of 33, and 37 degrees for a high, snow showers later in the afternoon, and only a light wind. Time to go! I made it to the water in Scottsville right around 7am. The next hour or so was spent fishing my usual spots…huh…looks like I was just practicing my casting technique. So I jumped back in the car and went to the next hot spot several miles upstream. Nothing. After another hour or so I decided to get in the car and go find new places further upstream than I had ever been. I am so happy I decided to do that! There were numerous new runs and holes in this new place! It looked so good! It didn’t take much time for me to find a run that I really liked the looks of…it was extremely fast in the middle, and quickly died at both sides where a couple of shallow, slower pools had formed. I could see into the water very well, and quickly spotted a nice brown laying just outside the fast part of the run on side closest to me. I started casting my nymph upstream and let it drift through the run, hoping the current would drop it into that pool. Around 15-20 casts later…it did! The brown took the nymph was soon landed. What a beautiful little brown! Right around 12-13 inches, well proportioned, and very vibrant in color! (The picture doesn’t do the fish justice…that camera was awful…I have since then upgraded!) That was my only fish for the day. One strike, one fish! What a great day on the water! It was a nice, calm, relaxing day…I found new places to fish…and I caught a nice little brown! A very successful day all the way around! See you on the water!

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Greetings All!

November 27, 2008

Hey there! My name is Rand, and I have lived in the Western New York area all of my life. Fishing, shooting, hunting, and playing/working with motor vehicles have all been main hobbies of mine since I could walk. Well maybe not since I could walk, but you get the idea. I work in a music store…play guitar and sing…and I am very active at my church. I have met some of my best friends and fishing buddies at church. They are pretty awesome people! Well that’s enough about me in a general overview. Let’s get into what my site is about…

FLY FISHING!!! I started fly fishing when I was about 8 years old. My father bought me a real basic Pflueger fly outfit for my birthday after I showed some interest in the sport. My father is an awesome person, and has definitely been the greatest influence in my life. He took me fishing when I was about 4 years old and I have been hooked ever since! He also taught me respect for the environment; we are strong supporters of catch and release. All of the fish in the photos shown on this site were carefully caught, handled, and released. So my fly fishing journey started at a young age, fishing at the local ponds and such for bluegills and bass. It didn’t take me long to start to get the itch to learn how to tie my own flies. That being said, I was tying my own flies by the time I was 9. No patterns were followed, so there were some pretty crazy “creatures” that came out of that time of experimentation. Soon after I bought some different tying manuals and started tying flies that would work for trout. You can get a bluegill or a bass to hit anything…but trout are a finicky pain in the rump! Hahaha! Fast forwarding a few years…RIT. I went to school at RIT for manufacturing engineering. That came with its ups and downs…more downs than ups…but I did find a very important kick-start in my fly fishing while attending RIT. Scottsville, NY. All I can say is…whoa. Everywhere I looked, I saw a brown trout. No exaggeration. The first time I walked down to the stream, no rod in hand, I spooked 6-8 browns that had been basking in the sun next to shore. I was instantly hooked on fly fishing for trout…and I didn’t even have a rod in my hand! The journey had officially started…

Now it’s 4 years later. I have met some great fishing buddies, and found numerous new places to fish. Follow me on my journey as I take you to different streams, fishing for various species of trout, year round, with only my fly rod(s), boxes, a camera, and life-long friends. Let us begin our journey…