Summer School in Upstate New York

NYS Landlocked Salmon

During the months of July, August, and September, Spring Creek Anglers will be offering fly fishing school classes in Upstate NY. The location is just south of Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. This is the Finger Lakes Region of New York State which also has a wide variety of great wineries along both Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.

Fly Fishing School classes are conducted in a beautiful country setting at a private residence in Spencer, NY. On-water instruction allows fly fishing for both trout and bass in local waters. Spencer even has it's own public pond!

All instruction is scheduled by appointment only! Call or text to schedule your class.

Fly Fishing School classes are highly personalized, one-on-one instruction, designed even for beginners. If you have ever wanted to take up the sport of fly fishing but didn't know who to contact while in this area of Upstate NY, this is your opportunity. The small village of Spencer is located only 18 miles south of Ithaca (the southern end of Cayuga Lake).  From Spencer, you can easily travel in all directions whether going to Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Elmira (be sure to visit the grave site of Mark Twain), or Owego and Binghamton. All are 45 minutes or less from Spencer.

A variety of fishing opportunities exist in the immediate area primarily for Brown Trout in seldom fished waters; plus, Largemouth Bass in a number of local farm ponds. A little further away to the East, you will find the legendary trout waters of the Beaver Kill and the West Branch of the Delaware.

In September, there is a good run of both King and Coho Salmon in the Salmon River at Pulaski, NY (just north of Syracuse) where anglers use both single-hand and two-handed fly rods. A few Steelhead also start the same run along with the Salmon though they peak during the months of October and November.

This area of Upstate NY is really beautiful during the summer months! A wide variety of activities are available including NASCAR at Watkins Glen, winery tours galore, great restaurants along the Finger Lakes and in the Ithaca area; plus, local festivals and fairs throughout the summer. Mix it up a little, and you will have a great time enjoying the Finger Lakes region at it's finest!


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