A Place Where Fly Fishing Snobbery is not only welcomed ... but encouraged
"Fly fishing is more than just a trip to the river; it’s a spiritual journey that can change a person’s life forever. It’s a place where self reflection occurs by the minute, friendships are forged, families are bonded, and life is less cluttered. My goal when guiding is to provide what the angler wants and at his or her own pace. My hope at the end of the day is my clients learned something new, discovered something about themselves and spent a day truly being in the moment."
Fly Fishing Addict ...Check
Rock-n-Roll Type Guy ...Check
Drift Boat Dude ... Check
Bigger is Better (fish that is) ...Check
Indiana Hoosier Fan ... Check
Catskill and Montana Junkie ... Check
NYS Licensed Guide ... Goes Without Saying
Overview of Our Guide Service
TroutSnobs offers guided fly fishing trips on all Western NY trout streams, as well as trophy trout hunting on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie Tributaries. We also specialize in guided fly fishing in the Catskills, which includes the West Branch, East Branch and Main Stem of the Upper Delaware River, as well as the Beaverkill, Esopus, Willowemoc and Neversink. We take great care in tailoring our trips to meet the needs, wants and experience levels of our customers.
A full day guide trip consists of either a float or wade fishing trip for one or two anglers. As a guide, my primary goal is to meet your needs as a customer, which can include instruction, gear selection recommendations, and putting you in a position to catch fish.
“He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.” ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories The name has its origins in my belief that there are far too many people who take themselves way too seriously in this world. By definition, a snob is someone who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people. What I have found is fly fishermen including myself tend to be snobby at times. Lets face it, everyone has called a Sulphur at one time in our life an Ephemerella invaria......really, as if we all took entomology in college. I find this type of behavior very amusing and even laugh at myself after acting this way. Lets face it, as fly fisherman we are snobs. Take the quote from above for instance and don’t get me started on “red coffee cans with worms.” Forget about our general opinion of spin casters even though most of us started out with an Ugly Stick, and center pinners, please don’t get me started, even though I have some quiet envy deep down in places I don’t talk about at cocktail parties about how many steelhead these guys really catch. We even have a caste system within our own little fly fishing circles. You know what I’m taking about, I know guys who wont nymph and will only swing flies. I know guys who will only dry fly fish and I even no guys who say hopper/dropper fishing is well above the etiquette of the nymph fisherman (even though its really the same). This sort of thing cracks me up. I love it. I love fish stories and all the things that come with it. TroutSnobs is not meant to put other types of angling down, its meant to laugh at how absurd our views of fishing can be at times. The point is angling is a way of life and as a guide and a customer I have seen and heard so many crazy theories on things, I find it funny. I encourage my clients to come full-boar snobbery and look forward to showing them a day of fun. Hopefully a day that was so legendary that I can make their snobbery list during the next streamside conversation they have with one of their buddies……I hope it goes something like this, “Dude, I fished with this legendary guide up in New York and he showed me the single greatest technique to catch trout on a fly called the hammer-cappy, which was tied with hair from a barbie doll, it was epic.” So go get your snob on.