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October 2015

Fishing NYC Style: Yes, It’s Actually Decent

fishing-nycEach of the NYC boroughs has its own anglers’ stories to tell–of piers, bulkheads and beaches. In turn, we’ll visit five areas known for their shore fishing opportunities. Discovering a bit about these areas can be a great adventure in itself.

Pelham Bay Park

New York’s largest city park, Pelham Bay’s 2,764 acres offer abundant areas for shore fishing. Located on the eastern side of the Bronx and bordering New Rochelle, anglers are welcomed here by the waters of the Long Island Sound. A great spot for fly fishing, Turtle Cove offers a secluded fishing spot with a marshy field ringed by abundant trees. For those anglers who prefer beaches, the bridge to City Island makes for a wonderful spot to cast a line. Here, blackfish, sea robins, stripers and blues are caught in abundance. The rocky beach is great for enjoying the warm days of summer; however, there are …

Fishing On The Fly

fishing-on-the-flyFly-fishing is a lot cheaper than bass fishing (no depth sounder, no fiberglass boat, no country-music CD collection); it just takes a little more practice.

Gear up: You can buy all the gear you need (rod, reel, fly line, tapered leader, flies) for less than $250 at L.L.Bean. The equipment you require roughly depends on which side of the Mississippi you’re on. The smaller creeks and closer quarters on the east side of the country call for a shorter, lighter rod–about 8 feet; the bigger streams of the West call for a 9-foot rod, which will help you cast for greater distance. Buy a good-quality 5-weight line and a pair of polarized sunglasses (for spotting rising trout) and you’re set. Before your trip, log on to www.sageflyfish.com. The site has a finder that will locate a fly shop just about anywhere you’re headed. The shop can give you the 411 …

Alzheimer’s Affects So Many Of Us

alzheimer-disorderIn 2000 the state of Florida declared February 6 “Alzheimer’s Day,” in honor of former President Ronald Reagan. In 1994 President Reagan shared with the American people the fact that he had Alzheimer’s disease. It is difficult to imagine someone who was once a world leader being stricken with a disease that makes you forget even the names of your closest family and friends.

President Reagan is not alone in his suffering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 4.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease. More than 19 million family members are affected, many of them teenagers; it can be emotionally traumatic for all of them.

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder that causes the gradual loss of brain cells, mostly in older adults. People with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with memory, thinking skills, and communication. You may notice someone with Alzheimer’s asking the same …

Team-Players Come Out On Top

team-playersEleventh-grader Bryan plays percussion in the school band. For years, he has been competing with Sam, another percussionist in the band. Both of the boys want to outperform the other, which could create a problem if they let their personal struggle interfere with the band’s mission. Bryan, however, sees it as a positive for all the members of the band. “The competition actually makes us better because we are continually motivated by the thought of the other person gaining an edge,” says Bryan. By playing to their highest potential, the boys help the band reach its goals while motivating other band members to excel.

“Teamwork is the ability to work with others in a group,” explains Sharon Williams, teen specialty consultant for the YMCA of the USA. “It is not simply one person leading and others following, but it is truly a group working together, using the variety of skills …

Ah, My Dad And The Old Times

old-times“A seven-inch bluegill on a worm and bobber. You were four, fishing off the dock at Laurel Lake. It was a hot Saturday. You were wearing a pink bathing suit with a picture of Big Bird on the front that Grandma had given you for your birthday. You were so excited that you almost fell off the dock.”

As he continued fishing, I tried to remember the event. The only part of the story that I could validate was the pink bathing suit, apparel I remember seeing in a picture in a family scrapbook.

Later that day, as we paddled through some unproductive fiat water, I asked my father when I had caught my first trout on a fly rod. Without blinking an eye he answered my question.

“You were seven, it was near dusk on a no-kill section. I had just tied a #10 Dave’s Hopper on your tippet. …