Thursday, August 19, 2004
Bill Cochran's Mailbag: He asked the question
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BILL: Sometimes the best finds in life are discovered by asking a simple question of the right person, and you don’t know who that right person is until you’ve asked the question!
I’ve been in Western New York the past 10 days, camping and fishing. All I can say is what a beautiful, peaceful and friendly place -- yes, I said friendly -- it is.
Some relatives invited my family to say at a campground in Letchworth State Park. It is located just west of the westernmost Finger Lake, Conesus Lake.
We stayed in a nice cabin at Letchworth, which is a very long and narrow property, like the Finger Lakes. The Genesee River flows through a series of massive gorges along the entire length of the park, then travels about 35-river miles to the northest, flowing through Rochester and emptying into Lake Ontario.
There is geat fishing throughout the region, really too much to tell about, so I’m going to just leave you with a story of an angling adventure.
After fishing one of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua Lake, with mild success -- loads of yellow perch and huge sunfish -- I decided to inquire about closer fishing opportunities. The first guy I talked with, a park ranger named Jay, said he didn’t know much about fishing and couldn’t recall any place in particular, but told me of a stream he used to fish when he was a kid.
The insignificant stream Jay spoke of turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I didn’t find out its name, Wiscoy Creek, until a few days after I fished it. Wiscoy had a good population of brown trout, which hit spinners and worms. We landed a dozen or so.
There were three sets of cascading falls that were so incredibly beautiful we just fished that area, so taken by them we never made it downstream. Who knows what we would have found there?
If you ever are heading up to Western New York and would like directions to Wiscoy Creek, let me know. It is a definite find, all because I asked the right guy, Jay, who really didn’t know much about fishing.
James River Fishing School
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BILL: Just read your article (last week’s column on improved turkey hatch). Now that is some good news. I do not need to be humbled this coming year like I was last year.