Like fishing for compliments, fishing for fish requires the right bait, the right line, and a friend who is willing to exaggerate. Reel it in with today's Groupon: for $120, you get a half-day fishing trip for two from Slickwater Adventures in Cicero (a $245 value).
Slickwater Adventures’ New York State–licensed guides lead fly-fishers of all ages and experience levels down the banks of the scenic Salmon River in pursuit of salmon, steelhead, and brown trout. The school supplies flies and terminal tackle, though customers should plan on renting ($25/rod) or bringing their own rods and fish whistles. Expert instructors demonstrate fly-fishing techniques and tips, and can tailor lessons to accommodate requests for instruction on casting, presentation, or preening with newly caught prizes. The guides supply an abundance of cold drinks, coffee, and snacks, saving customers the trouble of hastily chopping up salmon for sashimi sustenance.
The ember of Nick Coppola's fervor for fishing began years ago. While Nick studied biology in college, this passion bloomed into a full-blown vocation as he spent summers scouring the rivers of Southwest Montana. Since those early moments wading in the tides, Nick has become a New York State–licensed guide, continuing to catch trophy salmon, steelhead trout, brown trout, and runaway goldfish as the head of Slickwater Adventures.
Throughout two seasons each year, Coppola and his staff lead anglers of all levels into some of the East Coast's most picturesque habitats, including the Ausable River during summer months and the eastern Lake Ontario tributaries during winter. No matter the location, Coppola encourages participants to customize each adventure to their specific goals, whether they are honing existing skills, learning basic techniques, or luring in trophy catches with tricks and well-timed eyewinks.