I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tom McCoy along with a good friend of mine, Michael Barger who was a co-host on this episode.  Tom and Michael go back and fourth on fishing Long Island, what makes it special and the history behind a unique part of the country.

We get a unique perspective from two people who share their passion for this unique area of the US.  Click the link below and press play to hear what it’s all about!


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Show Notes with Tom McCoy

33:20 – Sweet Grass Fly Rods is owned by Jerry Kustich, a huge guru of fly fishing in the Northeast.

33:40 – Rob Snowhite was on the podcast in Episode 12 and we dug into the Salmon River.  Rob is the host of the Fly Fishing Consultant Podcast.

34:20 – Phil Monohan was on the podcast in episode 259 here and covered his role as the editor of the Orvis Blog.

35:20 – Nimblewill Nomad hiked the Appalachian trail at 83 years old.

40:00 – Tom’s presentation with the Art Flick Trout Unlimited Chapter:  Connetquot River State Park – A Fly Fishing Tour:

40:40 – Gil Bergen was a key player in the area and influenced many in the country.



You can find Tom on Facebook here:   facebook.com/tom.mccoy.583


Top Flies for Fly Fishing Long Island

  1. Black Nosed Dace
  2. Hares Ear
  3. Blue-Winged Olive
  4. Adams Parachute
  5. Joe Stack
  6. Green and white


The Joe Stack -photo via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo-EvKnMriU

Resources on Fishing Long Island

Letters to Mac by Tom McCoy

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Preston Jennings fly fishing book

Preston Jennings



Videos Noted in the Show

Connetquot River State Park – A Fly Fishing Tour:


Gil Bergen and the South Side Sportsman Club:


Read the Full Podcast Transcript Below:

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Fishing Long Island Conclusion with Tom McCoy

Tom McCoy shared his experience on fishing Long Island and a number of books he has written in the area.  We also dig into a few of the big names in the NE including the great Art Flick who influenced many around the country.