Outdoor Writers Land at The Fly Shack and other Fulton County gems

Three times in the last five years, the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association has chosen Fulton County, NY as its retreat destination.

“If there was an underlying theme to this year’s Spring Safari, it is that we were in a place that has a multitude of offerings, both in and away from the waters, forests and fields,” wrote Dan Ladd, who writes the Hunting and Fishing Report for the Plattsburgh Press Republican, is the outdoors editor of the Glens Falls Chronicle and the author of “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks.”

The NYSOWA, made up of outdoor media folk, visited a number of local retailers specializing in outdoor sporting, putting a spotlight on Fulton County’s small businesses and how they contribute to the county’s identity as a unique recreational hotspot. Among these retailers was The Fly Shack, a fly fishing shop in downtown Gloversville.the fly shack

The Fly Shack carries a vast selection of flies for trout, bass, salmon, and saltwater fish; fly tying accessories and boxes; waders, boots, vests and other gear; accessories; rods, books and DVDs. With a busy online shop, it brings a diverse inventory to fishing enthusiasts in the region and beyond.

The writers fished for walleye, trout and pike on the Great Sacandaga Reservoir; bass and rainbow trout on Pecks Lake, and also visited the state campground at Caroga Lake and a private resort on Pine Lake.

They rolled out of bed one morning at 2:30 a.m. to hunt wild turkey in farm country. They also attended the unveiling of a NYSOWA display at the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills, just outside Broadalbin and toured the museum’s collection of replica record-breaking whitetail bucks.WildlifeSportsMuseum

Frank’s Gun  and Tackle Shop. a family-run retailer in Mayfield, sprang for a pizza party for the writers, before they continued to Taylor Made in Gloversville, a factory that employs more than 200 people making accessories for boating and other industries.