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Meet Carl Coleman - Shop Owner and Guide 

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Carl Coleman started fly-fishing in the 1940s, and he's been been guiding, recommending gear, teaching and providing life-long memories for hundreds of upstate NY anglers since 1964.  Passionate about the sport, Carl has worked for years to upgrade fly fishing regulations and improve the quality of the fresh water fisheries in the region.


After spending a day on the water with Carl, one satisfied customer said, "Carl is a walking fly fishing encyclopedia, who probably has forgotten more about fly fishing than I'll ever know."


Well known for his fly tying skills, Carl has developed a box full of custom  patterns for the area streams - nymphs, emergers, drys and spinners - Carl has patterns for all types of fishing and conditions. Spend a day on the water with Carl - at his honey holes, fishing his patterns and taking his advice, and you will catch fish.


Carl Coleman's Fly Shop has been in its present location since 1973 - at the center of some of the very best fishing in New York State: Lake Erie and Ontario tributaries - Finger Lakes crystal-clear spring creeks and cold free stone streams - - crystal clear free stone streams - and . There are a number of very good lake run fishing Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelheads occasionally Cohos in less than one-half hour of the shop. We have a number of Wild Brown trout areas in less than ½ hour. If you're new to the area, visiting for a few days, or a local resident who wants to up your game, stop by Carl Coleman's Fly Shop to tell a few lies, buy a few flies and book a trip with Carl.  


All of these fly patterns are available in “ Trout Flies of the East” by Jim Schollemeyer and Ted Leeson (available on Amazon). 



Carl has designed a number of very versatile fly patterns, one of which is: Coleman’s March brown Nymph and Coleman’s Hendrickson Nymph. He has a number of cut or burned wing patterns include the Sulfur dun, Hendrickson dun and Blue Wing Olive dun.    He has a number of spinner patterns Sulfur male and female also Hendrickson spinner pattern all of these are unique in that the design lets the body sit in the surface film giving the fly a better profile.  The Coleman’s Lt. early Caddis is a great cut wing pattern. For later season Coleman’s shucking midge pupa. All of these fly patterns are in “ Trout Flies of the East” by Jim Schollemeyer and Ted Leeson. Carl has a designed a great trico spinner pattern in the past two years and with the help of his son-in-law and guide Jay Peck, this pattern has up the catch ratio by two times. 


At Coleman's Flyshop we have Saltwater fly-fishing tackle, Spey fishing, Atlantic Salmon, Brown trout, Bass Pike most any fish you want to fly angle for. As we say at our fly shop "We do From Trout to Tarpon!"



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