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Mike Bennet.....

I've been a spin fisherman my entire life, but have always been interested in learning to fly fish.  A few years ago I finally decided to purchase a few books on the art and teach myself the basics.  The casting became easy, but I was still having trouble with reading the waters and fly selection/presentation.  After several attempts with no results, I decided to look up fly fishing guides. My uncle used to fly fish but fell out of the sport years ago; he was excited to get back into it but admitted he was rusty and needed some practice.  After researching guides on the Internet, we located Rich Garfield's website and booked a trip with him.  After my first conversation with Rich on the phone I felt like I already knew him.  We met Rich at 6:15am on May 7th.  As soon as we stepped out of the truck I felt like I was already learning.  The fishing conditions were extremely tough as it had been 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for several days.  The trout were bedded down and not feeding.  Rich warned us of this but we wanted to fish anyway.  We got in the river and began our day quickly.  Rich's method of instruction was extremely effective, and I was able to pick up on everything with great ease.  Within a few hours, my confidence level went through the roof and I felt like I had been fly fishing for years.  After moving several fish and missing a few, I landed a beautiful 19" native brown trout.  My uncle had an even larger one on for several seconds but unfortunately it was able to free itself.  After one day on the water with Rich, I have a much better understanding on fly fishing as a whole.    Two weeks later I was back in the Adirondacks and fished a section of the Hudson that I had never been to.  After reading the water with ease and using my first choice of fly, I landed a nice smallmouth bass in one three casts.  Rich Garfield is a wealth of knowledge when it come to fly fishing, and I would recommend his services to anyone.  I'll probably be booking another trip soon with my brother who is now eager to learn after hearing about our experience. 

Thank's Rich, your the man!

George Robinson...

Not bad for a first timer with FFTA!!!
Being an avid fly fisherman for 12 years and always eager to learn more, a friend of mine recommended a guided trip with Rich Garfield of  After checking availibility dates, I was lucky enough to find two consecutive days at the end of May when Rich was available.  Still early in the winter of 2012 at the time of booking, I spoke with Rich over the phone who seemed as eager as I was to get out on the river and do some fishing the next day.  The communication process throughout the winter was great all the way up to the very day of my trip.  I met Rich on the river at 5:30 a.m. on 29 May.  Just like he advised me the night before, "George, we're gonna get out on the river early, I'm gonna greet you with a handshake at the meeting area, and then we're gonna go take care of business".  First impressions are huge, I have to tell you that Rich seemed just as excited (if not more) to get on the water.  Let me tell you, we took care of business over the next two days!  I soon found out that I wished I knew half the things Rich has forgot about fly fishing.  I cannot express how much I learned in the two days of my guided trip.  It was everything from reading water, proper fly selection for specific situations, casting, mending, playing fish, and even proper wading.  Yes folk's, im not too proud to say it, there was definately some WUMBLING going on.  On your trip, Rich will tell you what WUMBLING is all about!  There were many NATIVE fish caught, rested, photographed, and released, several 18" and up, the biggest being close to 21".  Once I had "fish on" it almost seemed like Rich himself had the fish on the line!  His enthusiasm was amazing and he took time to make sure the photos of your trophy's will be remembered forever.  I took the values that I learned on my trip back to my home waters and have experienced great success (ALONG WITH A #6 SIRLOIN!!!!!!!).  Why look anywhere else, if you want the experience of a lifetime right here in New York State, check availibility and schedule a trip!  I cannot wait for my next trip!

Rich, once again, THANK YOU!!!!!!
George Robinson 

Jim and Barb Sanford......

Three years ago, my wife and I visited friends in Wyoming. During the trip, I was reintroduced to fly fishing.  Something I had tried a few times and really enjoyed back in the late 60’s.
Returning back to Upstate New York, I made up my mind that I wanted to give it another go and started looking for someone to teach me how to properly fly fish.
Looking for help, I stumbled across Rich’s website and booked a teaching trip for both myself and my wife the summer of 2012.  During that basic training of fly fishing we were both
impressed with Rich’s ability  to break fly fishing down to simple thoughts and actions. That first trip I even learned how to WUMBLE.  For those that have fished with Rich you know what
I mean. He has the patience to work with the beginner and also someone just trying to step up their game and get better.  His knowledge of fly fishing techniques and of the local rivers is
outstanding and he works very hard to put you on fish.   I would highly recommend Rich Garfield to anyone!----Jim Sanford
I also starting fly fishing three years ago and learned in a hurry that fly fishing is definitely not as easy as it looks.  With the intuitive teaching techniques and expertise of Rich Garfield, I am
learning to catch fish and enjoying my time on the various rivers. Learning from Rich is NOT just about fishing.............he is a treasure of information and a compassionate advocate of all nature,it’s habits and habitats. It is not just the quantity of fish caught (he might argue this), BUT the quality of time spent and with Rich you are getting top quality in both respects.
Thank you Rich for opening my eyes to a whole new world----Barb Sanford

Patrick Molinari......

"Part poet, part explorer, Richard is much more than just a guide for hire. He is simply that fishing partner we all want to explore rivers with. Fuelled by a passion to teach and learn from others, his appetite for understanding what makes fish tick is second to none. He lives in symbiosis with nature and respects all that is living. Yes Richard transfers tactics, getting that mend correct and choosing that special fly, but he also transmits to us the importance of how to read water and deciphering weather patterns, fundamentals needed before we can apply our skills. And...a great story teller.

Sign me on please". - Patrick Molinari 

Mike Politis....

On a recent Adirondack fishing trip I had the pleasure to use the guide service of Fly Fish The Adirondacks.  Rich Garfield  provides a total fishing experience. I say experience because Rich throughly explains all aspects which go into making time on the water a success.  From stream and fly selection to casting tips to reading the water and weather to equipment plus a lot more. Rich clearly makes his point.  He is on top of his game.  In addition, he worked very hard to always put me on fish.  The fishing was fantastic.  Being on clear Adirondack streams, not encountering another angler and catching trophy trout. It doesn't get any better.  Actually, it does.  Rich carries professional quality photography equipment and knows how to use it.  I received high quality photographs, via E-mail, of my catch. All at no extra charge.  Throughout the country I have used the services of many guides for various types of fishing.  I can say without a doubt that Rich  provides a far superior trip.  He is the total package.  I will continue to use his services and highly reccomend him to good people. 

Kudos to Rich Garfield!!! 

Andrew Schonbek.....

Rich Garfield – Legendary Adirondack Fly Fishing Guide

If you book an outing with Rich you better be prepared.

You won’t be taking sedentary shots at foolish hatchery trout from a heavily travelled roadside location while chomping on a stogie.

Far from it.

Instead, you’ll be in for an adventure.

Rich guides on otherwise undisclosed locations way off the beaten path. His instinct is to get as far from the hordes on the West Branch of the Ausable as possible, and in so doing, he’ll expose you to the amazing and largely under the radar fishery of the Northern Adirondacks.

You’ll need to be reasonably fit – a day with Rich starts early and usually involves a bit of hiking. You’ll be working your way upstream, always on the move, and learning every step of the way. Your guide will be sharing knowledge freely; reading the water, the behavior of trout, the local lay of the land, life cycles of insects, casting technique, line management, nature lore, and on and on and on…

Garfield has a unique, pragmatic, and very effective angling methodology, based on the attributes of two of his original flies; the Ausable Ugly (a nymph) and the Sirloin (a streamer). As your proficiency in making presentations of these flies grows, you’ll find yourself catching more fish that you would have thought possible. But when conditions warrant, Rich will tie on a dry fly too, or whatever else it takes to nab that wily brown trout lurking under the bank.

Your guide carries a heavy pack; fifty pounds or so of gear to handle every eventuality that might be encountered in the woods. He’s performed repairs to my favorite rod mid trip (though he carries an extra just in case), cooked a brookie that didn’t make it as a result of my over exuberant hook set, and has done whatever else it takes to ensure an excellent outing. Also in the pack – professional grade photographic equipment. Garfield is an accomplished and creative photographer, and will provide framing quality documentation of your latest lunker.

This guy is also good company. I’ve settled in to a routine of six guided trips per season, which over a number of years translates into a lot of time on the water. But even so, there’s never a moment when the whole thing gets repetitive or old.



This is a testimonial of my recent trip with Rich Garfield.....

The day started at 5:00am in the morning by 5:45am we were already catching fish.

On this trip, I decided to bring a friend Dave Saitkowski along because I knew that Dave would learn a lot about fly-fishing from Rich. I had previously done a trip with Rich the year before which was also an excellent trip. We started catching some smaller fish first thing in the morning on dry flies then we went to fishing down deep with nymphs.

Throughout the morning, we caught and released over 20 browns and rainbows.

Several fish measuring in length of 15 to 18 inches. Dave had a slammer on early but did not land him. About 11:00am Rich said to me Tom I would like to try one more hole up river before we take a break for the afternoon, I said ok lets do it. Rich removed my tippet and changed it to a 6 lb tippet before the walk upstream. When we arrived at the hole Rich says run the nymph through the tail end of the hole first. I did with no strikes, he said ok now move to the center of the hole. On my first cast in the center of the hole a monster brown took my nymph and the fight was on for about 10 minutes, Rich finally netted this fish and at the same time he went down into the water up to his neck and came up with the fish which was a 22 inch brown. I said to myself this guy is a "real north country guide." The second part of the day which started at 5:00pm went just as well as the morning, hooking up with several brown and rainbow trout ranging from 12 inches to 17 inches. I have been on many guided fishing trips in my life, but none can match the trips I had with Rich Garfield (THE GAR) from Fly Fish The Adirondacks guide service. I will continue to use your guiding services for years to come and thank you for a great time every time.

 Thomas Compoli



I wanted to thank you personally.....

Dr. Rich,

I wanted to thank you personally for the 2 wonderful days my kids and I spent with you. I have been lucky enough to fish around the world and there is one constant to the outing and that is the guide's enthusiasm for the sport and the client. Your enthusiasm is fantastic, you had two novice kids over fish and catching trout within the first hour, thus increasing thier excitement and appreciation for the sport, job extremely well done.

It is because of my experience with guides that made me want to write this and thank you. I cant describe the pleasure of hearing my kids ask excitedly about going fishing with Rich. I whole heartily urge anyone who loves to fish, who wants to share that with their kids to book Rich and let the experience begin. If you are an expert all the more reason to share the passion with a like minded guide who loves his profession, thanks again Rich.


Hunter Hallowell


Most catch and release fly-fishers.....
Most catch and release fly-fishers have two continual problems: where to fish, and when you get there, how to catch trout. Both of these challenges loom large for me: where to fish in the Adirondacks, and how to catch a fish or two in these hard-pummeled public waters. With time always in short supply and the Adirondacks so vast, one practical solution to these twin problems is to use the services of a guide who both knows the area and who can show you how to catch fish. Rich Garfield is such a guide. I have had some memorable days under his friendly tutelage. He has taken me away from my usual crowded haunts and shown me other places, has pointed out where the fish hang out and how to have a chance at catching them. Often this means nymphing, and Rich showed me how to do this efficiently without all that messy strike indicator stuff. I’m still not good at it, missing far more than I land, but I do know what to shoot for, and it’s fun to miss some solid hits. Rich Garfield sized me up, suggested some fishing options, and then put his talents to work to make me feel good on the stream. On my last day with him in mid-September 2004, despite the high water levels from hurricane Frances, he found me fish able water and fish. By 4pm, despite the prospect of an evening of rising fish, I had had my fill. Any more would have been just greed, so I headed happily home, a contented angler. Rich Garfield solved both my fly-fishing problems on that splendid day, and I look forward to more such days in the seasons ahead.

Howard Bussey


…And He Ages Like Wine.

Please, allow me tell you of the best guide I have ever known.

I have known Rich “Gar” Garfield for the better part of 15 years and have fished with him from the beginning. The one thing I can say about him is that he is the most accomplished and personable guide I have ever fished with and I have fished with many guides in many different areas of the country. If it swims and has fins, he’ll catch it!

Each spring has been approached with a renewed enthusiasm and heightened confidence in my fishing skills and abilities, ready to meet the challenges an Adirondack trout stream has to offer along with the added challenge of out fishing my guide and friend, Gar. While the fish that inhabit the rivers and streams of this famed region have, over time, succumbed to my improved dexterity and proficiency with a fly rod, I am happy to say that I have never had the good fortune to out perform my companion. Every year I leave the stream a more educated angler, having been bettered by his experience with the most knowledgeable of teachers.

Every year we reunite to apply old lessons, revisit stories of trips past, and to create new ones for ourselves. The myriad of information Gar freely shares with me and with his other clients is absolutely invaluable. Each time we meet, the present trip becomes more memorable than the last for many reasons. Be it new techniques in casting and presentation, instruction on reading a new body of water, landing more and larger fish than the year before, or a warm belly full of laughter, I know two truths to be certain: I will always fish with this man and along with his skills, he ages like wine. 

                                    Michael Tamialis

Fly fishing always seemed more than dropping.....

Fly fishing always seemed more than dropping a line & hook in the water, it's so much more and who better to guide a beginner than "Gar." I received a Father's Day present to fly fish and what a great day. We set out early, walked deep into the woods destination known only to Rich. The instruction and conversation are unmatched. Many "UBU's" were quenched leading up to this day, so I knew it was going to be great.  I've known Rich several years before this day occurred so personally it was so much more. I visit Lake Placid a couple times a year and make it my business to pay him a visit.

Steve in NJ

Steven L. Chait, BA,MICP,CCEMTP
The University Hospital - EMS
Critical Care Transport Team

I just wanted to thank you for the Adirondack fly-fishing experience of a lifetime!!!!.......

Dear Mr. Rich “Gar” Garfield,

I just wanted to thank you for the Adirondack fly-fishing experience of a lifetime! Your knowledge of the vast and varying river systems of the region was astounding, as evidenced by the 25+ browns and brookies taken on two days most fishermen would have stayed in bed. Few guides have the confidence and the knowledge to venture off of the “name” rivers the day after a 2” downpour that literally washed-out every pool, run and riffle for thirty miles, but to produce the quantity and quality of fish you did after back-to-back sky-opening evening storms was simply unthinkable.

Not only did you find the fish, you tactfully extended my casting and fishing skills to match the challenges presented by the waters and bank vegetation I would have previously thought un-fishable! Thanks for the wall-hanger brown (replica of course).

I’ve traveled North America, Asia and Europe extensively over the past twenty years and have had the pleasure of dropping a “dry” or two (along with several nymphs, streamers and terrestrials) in several of the better-known rivers, streams and alpine lakes throughout those continents. Suffice it to say that your skills as guide, a teacher and a wilderness expert are more formidable than any I’ve experienced.

Thank you and until next spring- tight lines!

Mark Lehn



As I look forward to a new season.....


I hope the winter has treated you and yours well. As I look forward to
the beginning of a new season I wanted to write and let you know about
an exciting 3 day Fall fishing trip I and two friends had last year with 
you as our guide. We spent our time on the Salmon
and Chateaugay rivers, where exactly I can't disclose under the threat
of physical violence. The fishing was excellent, both in quantity and
quality, even though we were fighting low water conditions. I cannot
overstate the value of a good guide who has done their homework and
knows what will work in all conditions. Rich fits that
description perfectly. Blend in his ability to communicate, good
nature and love of flyfishing and you have the makings of a perfect day.
We had three days just like that. During this seemingly unending
winter I catch myself drifting back to those days on the river, the
fish, the colors and it made getting through almost bearable. I have
fished with Rich in the past but this is the first time I have taken the
time to write. I look forward to the upcoming 2007 season and I am
excited about a return trip and enlisting Rich again. See you
on the river!

Your Very Satisfied Customer,
Randy Schott



I have been a spin fisherman exclusively for as long as I can remember.......

I have been a spin fisherman exclusively for as long as I can remember, but eventually agreed to attempt fly fishing after about two years of prodding from a friend of mine.  When I finally decided to throw my hat in the fly fishing ring,  my friend began to tell me about a guide that he uses in the Wilmington area. I have used guides during my angling history and have not had the most pleasant experiences. They have ranged from pretentious and condescending to disinterested to hung over from being obviously over served the previous evening. With that being said, I agreed to trust and was scheduled for a day of tutorial fly fishing with Rich Garfield. I met Rich at about three O’ Clock in the morning and was introduced to an individual who appeared energetic to a fault and was genuinely excited to get me on the water catching fish as soon as humanly possible. Once on the water, his instruction of a student, (who had only cast a fly rod in the back yard for twenty minutes), was patient and thorough and his knowledge of the waters as well as the art of fly fishing was truly remarkable. When the day was done, I had caught three Rainbows and six Brown Trout including a 21 inch slammer. I’m told this is not too bad for a “first timer”.  My experience being on the water with Rich was one of the most rewarding angling experiences of my life. When I look back, I don’t remember the fish as much as I remember the fishing and the laughs. And that’s saying something,,,for a first timer.
Would I go back? ………………………………………….It’s already been booked.

                                                           Chris Foster
                                                            Rotterdam NY


I have been a client for 6 yrs..... 

I have been a client of Rich’s for 6 years. His fishing skills and knowledge of the area waters are exceptional. Each year he takes me to new, better, and unpressurised water (rarely do we see another angler). Rich knows where the fish are biting, what fly to use, which boulder to stand behind to cast, and which seam in the river the fish are holding. Fishing with Rich is the perfect escape: The water is pristine, the scenery is breathtaking, and the fishing great…time flies by unnoticed. And most importantly, Rich is the ideal fishing companion – part friend, teacher, nature guide, and comedian. By all means, go fishing with Rich
                                            Jerry Kalmus


I have been fishing with Rich for the last 13 yrs. We have spent over 35 days on the water over the years. Over that time I can honestly say that most of my practical knowledge of this wonderful sport was taught to me by Rich Garfield. I can also say that each and every trip we have made was met with success that exceeded my expectations. We have seen halcyon days of over 60 fish and we have also seen days that we didn’t catch many. But that is fishing. I can also say that there is no other person on this earth that I would rather fish with as on each and every trip I had at least a chance to catch a trophy trout. Rich and I have many memories to share and he has become a close friend of mine. Each year I look forward to fishing with him.
Speaking of memories… I want to tell you of our most memorable trip. That one was last season on the Monday after Fathers day.
My Son Rob had shown an interest in learning how to fly fish and had come with me on a few trips. I was having great difficulty transferring the knowledge that Rich had given to me to my son Rob. So rather then continue down a frustrating path I decided to take Rob to the master. And boy I am glad I did. Rich had Rob casting and mending line in no time.  Rob caught 15 trout that day some of which were nice sized.
Rob made a few trips to the Catskills with me after our trip to the Adirondacks last season and each one was met with success. Rob can now catch fish on his own as well as tie his own flies. In short through Rich’s fine tutelage we have created a fly-fishing monster.
 Which by the way was the goal all along but there was no way I could have done it with out Rich.
Rob and I have subsequently made a pact to fish with Rich every year on or around Fathers day. We are greatly looking forward to our next trip with Rich on June 17th.

Tony Haskell



 If you are looking to truly fly fish the Adirondacks and experience what the Adirondacks have to offer, Rich is the guide you're looking for....If you are looking to be a harvester of the stream, Rich is the guide you are looking for...I began fishing with Rich years ago when I was a rookie fly fisherman.  I still have a lot to learn, but I can honesty say that fishing with Rich has expedited my learning process significantly.  If you have an idea on what fly to use or what stream to fish, I would recommend throwing your ideas out the window and listen to Rich.  He knows the Adirondack streams and hatches like no other.  I can't tell you how many times I hit a "hole" with no luck without his advice, then after listening to his advice landing a great fish.   Rich has created his own flies too.  I highly recommend buying a bunch of his Ausable Uglies.  I have had great luck across New York State with this fly, no matter what time of year and what kind of fish.  Fish On!!!
Ben Katchenfish
Rochester, NY


After a lapse of more than 40yrs..... 

After a lapse of more than 40 years, I took up fly fishing again one late August day in 1996. I'd never had a professional guide before, but, being a little rusty, I felt one day's guiding would be helpful. Well, that one day turned into a guiding experience that I have renewed every season. Moreover, I suspect there are few guides in the Adirondacks that can match Rich for his teaching skill and affection for trout and their habitats.
Now that I've turned 70, I look forward to many more years of fishing with Rich as my mentor and friend. 
                                                                                                          Sam Smith
                                                                                                          Caretaker Farm
                                                                                                          Williamstown, Massachusetts


Best Fishing Guide..... 

Let me tell you about the best fishing guide in the Adirondacks - his name is Rich Garfield.   Rich guided me on two trips over the past year and all I can say is that he is absolutely awesome.    My fishing buddy and I, after our last trip with Rich, were amazed at his ability to put you right on fish, and not just average fish, but trophy fish.   He is reliable, hard-working, conscientious and best of all a great fishing buddy.  His guiding skills are the best you will find.  In addition to bringing you to the best fishing spots in the Adirondacks, he lands the fish for you, mends leaders, helps you wade, provides any equipment you may need, teaches you new techniques - he's absolutely the best.   Our last trip with Rich was absolutely the best fishing day I ever had !  I personally landed over 20 nice fish and my friend landed about 30 over the course of a day.  And we are talking nice trophy fish in the 15-20 inch range.  What a blast!  I whole heartedly recommend Rich for your next fishing expedition.
Paul Grappone


By far the best.... 
Rich Garfield is, by far, the best fly-fishing guide in the Adirondacks (or anywhere else for that matter.) I have been going out with Rich every year for the past four years and each trip is better than the last. Not only does Rich bring you to the fish, he constantly challenges you and teaches you to become a better (and smarter) angler. Last year, for example, I wanted to try the famed "Miracle Mile" on the Ausable River. The weather wasn’t the greatest; it was rainy and cool. At first, I was afraid that the weather might have put the fish down, as the "Big River" didn’t produce. We tried everything…dries, nymphs, streamers…nothing seemed to work. In spite of the fish (or lack of), I was enjoying some great instruction from Rich, on things like how to read the water and the proper presentation for each of the different flies we were using. I learned so much, that the instruction alone would have been worth the day. Rich, however, wanted me to see the results of the techniques he was showing me. He took me to a few of his "secret spots" on some of the smaller streams in the area where he said that, while we probably won’t catch trophy size trout, we’ll catch fish. WOW, did we ever! During the rest of the day, I hooked well over 30 fish (Browns and Brookies) of varying size and each was a thrill. I used the techniques he showed me with both dries and nymphs and each produced fish. It was the best fly-fishing day I’ve ever had. I can’t wait for Spring to see what Rich has in store for me this year.
I love fishing in northeastern New York, and nobody knows the area waters better than Rich Garfield. I like what he does and how he does it.  Besides enjoying a day on the water, I really benefit from the instruction I get from Rich.  Everything I do right when fly fishing, I learned from him: the right fly, the right presentation, casting and reading the water; all the things that make the difference between catching fish or just talking about the "one that got away."  When I go fishing with Rich, I feel like I’m fishing with a friend, not just a hired guide.
Joe Cain

I love being on the river with Rich..... 

I love being on the river with Rich Garfield. His intensity and focus on my angling experience is absolutely incredible. When it comes to trout – and I mean big trout- he is a hound. Rich does not let up on our trout quest and I always benefit. Rich is single-minded, enthusiastic, helpful, knowledgeable and full of river savvy. Savvy that was born fishing and traipsing North Country rivers his entire life.
Even though I am a life-long fly fisher and I’m dedicated to the nymph and streamer, Rich has taught me so much. I like that a lot! The results of course are more and larger trout. I can remember one gorgeous June morning we were fishing a sweeper and Rich did not quite like the way I was fishing the fallen tree. Rich wanted me to "contour" the log with my #12 La Fontaine cased caddis larva imitation. After "contouring" the sweeper with 3 or 4 more casts, Rich gently suggested stripping out one more foot of my fly line. I complied and on the very next cast under that old gnarled angled sweeper, the "fish of the trip" took with a rod-jarring jolt. After the tense and exciting battle was completed and digital pictures carefully taken, Gar gently, even reverently, released my gorgeous 22 inch red-spotted German brown to swim free until the next angler could fool him.
Rich has guided me many times over the past 8 years to many 25, 50 and even 75 trout days. As I write this testimonial to Rich’s extraordinary guiding skill, I can vividly remember countless angling moments that deeply satisfy my angling spirit. These are deeply cherished fly fishing memories that I can replay in my minds-eye in an Adirondack nanosecond.
If you too, desire fabulous angling experiences and fond memories, hire Rich Garfield, the Master of the Adirondack Fly Fishing Guides.
And remember Rich, always save a few trips for me!!!!
                                                                      Tom D.


After 25 yrs of fly fishing.... 









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