There’s a brief sweet spot for fly fishing in New York City. Between late April and mid-May, huge schools of Striped Bass flood the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Yes, that Jamaica Bay, just south of JFK airport. And urban anglers like Paris Fleezanis head to where the action is.
Paris is the founder and editor of This is Fly, a Brooklyn-based online magazine that merges fly fishing with art, design, and music. The formula works great, and they’ve published six issues a year since 2008. “It’s a diverse platform,” Paris says. “Our goal has always been to grow the sport, and change this stereotype of [fly fishing] being an old man’s sport.” To prove it, Paris documented Jamaica Bay’s Striped Bass season, where city life meets the federally protected great outdoors.
If you’re in the city and want to fish, but you have no rod and no clue, Paris suggests you stop by the Urban Angler Fly Shop in the Flatiron. They’ll take care of you. Just make sure you pack some good weatherproof gear.