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Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak 449 Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

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A Free Introduction to Fly Casting

Rural Intelligence Road Tripsby Betsy Miller

“What I try to teach is this,” says Fred Moran, fly caster extraordinaire. “You have to set up a motion of the line that pulls the rod back over your shoulder.  Then, when you feel the line tug on the rod, you start the forward motion.  The wrist shouldn’t move.  The shoulder shouldn’t move.  It’s only the elbow.  It’s like a machine,” he continues, “the most efficient is the one with the fewest moving parts.”

So begins a lesson in Moran’s introduction to Fly Casting scheduled for Sunday, June 26th at Bascom Lodge in Adams, MA.  The fisherman (he calls himself and others like him fisherpersons) has been an angler since he was 7.  Now retired from a career as a teacher and school principal, he’s gotten plenty of practice recently.  He knows how to catch a trout.

“The total object is to get the fly to land on the water,” he instructs.  “What fisherpersons are trying to do is imitate the size, shape and color of the flies that are hatching on the water that particular day.  It’s important that you ‘match the hatch.’”

Rural Intelligence Road TripsAll those flies sold through L.L. Bean, Cabella’s, and Eddie Bauer simulate different insects that trout (mostly) are watching for.  “In every sport there are different things you have to learn before you can be successful,” says Moran.  “To catch trout, you have to learn the differences among all of the flies.  Most people who are successful have the flies that are hatching that day hooked into their vest.”  And then, of course, the fly has to land on the water’s surface –just like the real thing. “You have to trick the trout into believing it’s a live insect,” Moran adds.  That’s where the art of fly casting comes in.

“Basically,” says the angler,” to locate trout you need to know how they seek comfort, safety, and food.”  Water, 52 degrees in temperature, fills the first criterion.  Safety includes plenty of bubbly water for oxygen and a few overhanging rock ledges that offer hiding spots.  And then there’s lunch—those flies landing on the water’s surface.

The class is held in a field outside the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock.  Participants may bring their own rod, reel, and line, if they have them; otherwise, Moran will supply them.  No flies required.  “Unless you’re on the water”, says the instructor, “all you’ll catch is grass and dandelions.”

Rural Intelligence Road TripsMoran considers fly casting an art form. Once beginners get hooked (so to speak), getting properly equipped will take only a couple of hundred dollars. “You can get away cheaper,” the master flycaster adds, “but the equipment won’t be as responsive.”

Moran concludes, “I’ve taught hundreds of people over the past years.  With most, they end up with an average understanding of fly casting.  Occasionally, someone will catch on really quickly.”  But, no matter the level of expertise, fly casting is the opposite of stressful, unless the caster feels strongly about catching a trout. 

Moran has a solution for that, too.  Start in a warm water pond—one with no trout in it. Fish for blue gills, punkin’ seeds, or perch.  “They’ll bite at anything,” he says.  “You’re sure to catch a fish”

Bascom Lodge
Sunday, June 26 at 3.p.m. (class lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours)

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