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Trout Streams of Western New York


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J. Michael Kelly was the outdoors columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard for sixteen years and has contributed thousands of articles for a wide variety of outdoors publications. He is also the author of FISHING THE FINGER LAKES and TROUT STREAMS OF CENTRAL NEW YORK and is a 23-time first-place winner of awards from the NY State Outdoor Writers Association. He lives in Marcellus, NY.


"Maybe Mike Kelly is a writer who fishes; maybe he's a angler who writes. Regardless, his latest book "Trout Streams of Western New York" offers up a ton of great information you can take to the bank - the streambank. His exhaustive research will lead you to great days on the water, and the book's user-friendly format will accelerate your learning curve for these fine waters. I'll have a copy in my truck."--Steve Piatt, Editor, New York Outdoor News

Mike Kelly has done it again with another of his fact-filled books about trout fishing in New York State. This time he covers the western part of the state with "Trout Streams of Western New York." When fishermen think of fishing the western part of the state, their thoughts usually go to the big fish-rich waters of lakes Erie and Ontario. Erie is noted for lunker black bass, walleye and perch while in Ontario, the Chinook salmon is king along with lakers and brown trout. With this offering, Mike has placed the spotlight on some truly fine stream angling for inland trout. Largely ignored, there are numerous prime waterways scattered all across the region. Mike doesn't just write about them, but he also fished them so he can speak with authority about these hidden and largely forgotten gems. This award winning writer visits each county and breaks down the fishing holes in each and a most helpful map is also provided. The back part of the book provides a wealth of knowledge about trout covering a variety of subject, such as "Wild Trout vs. Hatchery Trout" and "Becoming a Nymphing Ninja" to mention a few. My favorite chapter is "The Aging Angler"! This book belongs on every anglers bookshelf and contains a wealth of information for anyone wishing to broaden their trout fishing horizons.--William R. Hilts, former President, Outdoor Writers Assn of America

J. Michael Kelly's review of Western New York's inland trout streams is a well-researched, must-read for all types and levels of anglers. He wet his line on most of these waterways, in addition to getting the inside scoop from state Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries experts and local anglers. The best time of year to fish them? What to use? Kelly tells all.--David Figura, Outdoors writer for NYup.com/Syracuse Post-Standard

Mike Kelly has opened the pages of his voluminous fishing diaries, and his many interviews with fishery biologists to write this new book, TROUT STREAMS OF WESTERN NEW YORK. Precise instructions, photographs and maps provide a "field guide" to fishing the outstanding trout streams of western counties, including the locations of public fishing stretches. The hot topics of trout management, how to locate trophy trout, and nymphing tips, complete a book that takes you trout fishing any season.--Rod Cochran, Outdoor writer

As most of my readers know, I generally do not recommend books that I receive from various publishers. But there are exceptions, and here is one of them. "Trout Streams Of Western New York," written by J. Michael Kelly, is an absolutely essential reference for anyone who enjoys trout fishing in any notable stream in DEC's Region 9 area to our west. What I like most about this tome is the clear and specific directions the author gives to more than 50 stream locations in six counties and Allegany State Park. I have fished six of those streams with fly rod in hand, and I can attest that this author knows his stuff. That he has been able to detail all of the notable streams is, to me, mind boggling. But this book is not only for fly fishermen. People using the right spinning gear (I happen to also like ultra-light spinning rods, light lines, and tiny reels for stream fishing) can take their share of fish, too. Every area limited to fly fishing only (there are only a few of them) are clearly located in his stream descriptions. This is a really good book for visitors and locals alike. Kelly has done a great job that any angler can take advantage of.--Len Lisenbee "Canandaigua Daily Messenger "

"Kelly has done it again--Trout Streams of Western New York is a comprehensive look at the subject from a professional, award-winning writer-angler."--Dave Henderson, Outdoors Columnist "Ithaca Journal "

Timing is everything and there isn't a better time to pick up "Trout Streams of Western New York." Author J. Michael Kelly is a trout fanatic. He grew up fishing for them while living in the Syracuse area and he has chased them for over 50-plus years around the Empire State. His previous book, "Trout Streams of Central New York," went into detail on how, when and where to fish his favorite trout waters in his part of the state. This encore performance is a natural progression as he continues to share his intimate and personal trout knowledge as only an avid trout-angler can. Kelly will make you a better fisherman.--Bill Hilts, Jr. "Buffalo News, March 28 2018 "

"If you are travelling to western New York or just looking for some new trout waters to explore and enjoy, this book should go along with your trout tackle. Beginners and experts alike will benefit from this book. Half of the book is devoted to a chapter on each county giving specific streams, seasonal tactics and tips, best methods to use, and specific hotspots. The other half of the book is devoted to topics such as personal reflections, becoming a nymphing ninja, the aging angler and other interesting ideas. This is not a "dictionary" or compilation of facts gleaned from a phone call to the DEC but a book full of first-hand information spiced with anecdotes gained from personal experience."--Oneida Daily Dispatch

A veteran angler, J. Michael Kelly was the outdoors columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard for sixteen years and has contributed thousands of articles for a wide variety of outdoors publications. Western New York State is home to some of the finest trout fishing in the United States, from major rivers with massive brown trout to the most intimate streams home to wild brookies. In "Trout Streams Of Western New York: Locations, Strategies and Techniques for All Anglers" Kelly draws upon his years of experience, research and expertise about angling for trout in the Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Southern Tier regions to provide beginners and local experts alike with the essential ingredients for great fishing, including dear directions to more than 50 top-notch streams in six counties and Allegany State Park. Kelly brings his angling mastery to large trout waters like the serpentine Ischua Creek north of Olean, the upper Genesee River and its no-kill area near Wellsville and the scenic, wild-fish-only Wiscoy Creek in southern Wyoming County, and many more, with precise instructions on where, when and how to catch fish with both fly and spinning tackle. The most effective techniques and equipment are covered in full, along with go-to flies for the fly fishennan. Of special note is Kelly's promotion of a conservation crusade on behalf of natural resources which need, above all else, some well-motivated friends. Simply stated, "Trout Streams Of Western New York: Locations, Strategies and Techniques for All Anglers" is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly' planning guide for anyone wanting to fish the waters of Western New York.--Midwest Book Review, January 2018

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