With its main lodge built during the era of the Founding Fathers, Orvis Sandanona serves as one of the oldest permitted shotgun-shooting clubs in the country. Given its history, it's no surprise that the diverse 20-stand sporting-clays course has been chosen to host many prestigious competitions. Lush greenery and wooden fences also extend to both the modern skeet and five-stand courses, where onsite specialists teach the English Churchill method of shotgun hunting. In addition, fly fishing instruction comes in handy during guided fishing trips arranged by the staff. The clubhouse's dining room?whose ceiling beams and wooden accents give it the vibe of a colonial tavern?serves as a cozy spot for lunch or dinner.
In 1927, The Sedgewood Club was established as a sanctuary where Manhattanites could escape from the rushing grind of the city. The club's spot between two large ponds?named China and Barrett?and amid 1,200 acres of protected woodlands provided a quiet respite for its visitors, who came to enjoy diversions such as golf, tennis, and enjoying time away from the city's hourly air-raid sirens.
Today, visitors cross into this enchanted expanse via a rustic wooden bridge. On the other side await a 9-hole golf course, red clay tennis courts, and a beach for sunbathing and swimming along China Pond. The club's timber boathouse rests beside the pond as well, where it hosts programs such as jazz performances and yoga.
Internal Network Group’s Fly Fishing Adventures introduces anglers to the Farmington River. On half- and full-day fly-fishing trips, guides and their charges wade through its tree-lined waters, casting for trout, which run rampant in the river. The guides boast intimate knowledge of the fish’s favorite gathering spots and help their fishing adventurers capture them with ease. Fly Fishing Adventures also serves the community at large by donating a portion of its profits to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
His breath puffing visibly in the freezing air, Paul Tawczynski ventures out onto the ice with fishing gear in tow. He leads groups of all ages and fishing experience out onto frozen bodies of water during ice-fishing expeditions. He teaches fishing teams how to drill holes through the up to 30 inches of ice supporting them and how to set up lines to catch the slow-drifting winter fish. Paul will also lead groups on bass-fishing trips during warmer weather.
A father-son operation helmed by Harry and Jon Huff, Streams of Dreams equips anglers with the necessary gear and knowhow for tracking down finned foes. The shop carries the industry's latest rods, reels, lines, and more. To put that equipment to the test, the Huffs offer personalized lessons that focus on vital skills, such as fly-tying and fly-casting. They also organize trips to exotic locations, including bonefishing adventures around Andros Island in the Bahamas.
If Captains Bill Griswold and Bobby Tambascio didn't have Hoox It Charters, they'd still be out on the water trying to hook the big one. Fortunately for fishermen and hungry grizzly bears, the duo does have a spiffy 46-foot Super Sport yacht for chartering fishing trips. They can search for striped bass, bluefish, and fluke inshore, or venture to the Atlantic for shark, marlin, and swordfish.