|A life-time resident of the Fingerlakes area, Dave is an avid "catch and release" fly-fisherman and
fly-tyer. He is passionate about sharing his love for fly fishing as well as the outdoors
and his patient yet enthusiastic approach has gotten many people "hooked" on the sport!
He has been fly fishing for over 25 years and began guiding as sole-proprietor of Fingerlakes Fly Fishing
Guide Service in the spring of 1999. In July of 2012, Dave survived a sudden and devastating stroke from
a basketball injury that affected his carotid artery. After many weeks of hospitalization and returning
home wheelchair-bound along with an uncertain prognosis as to whether or not he would regain the use
of his left arm or leg, through hard work and perseverance he reclaimed his ability to walk again. The
pictures below are a testament of his determination to be back in the water since then and doing what
he loves! Additionally with the help of Dean Childs "Evergreen Hand", Dave is also able to continue to
tie his own flies. After a hiatus from guiding and with the encouragement of previous clients, family and
friends, Dave is eager to once again share his knowledge and passion for fly fishing.
Dave is a seasoned fly fishing guide who has spent a lot of time on the stream.
Dave is very skilled at nymph fishing, He has done presentations at Trout Unlimited,
and the Federation of Fly Fisherman. Dave is also well versed and skilled at dry fly fishing and fishing
|Cosmo was born into fly-fishing and the outdoors. His late father,
Phil Genova, was a nationally recognized fly fisherman and youth aquatics
educator. This exposure from a young age instilled Cosmo with a love of
teaching and helping anglers of all skill levels to achieve their goals. Guiding
has been the perfect outlet, and a natural fit. Cosmo has dabbled in a variety of
professions and hobbies such as farmer, chef, and amateur writer that have
given him a well rounded skill set. He is also an avid hunter and is an
unapologetic advocate for conservation and the field to table lifestyle. Cosmo
looks forward to guiding you and sharing his passion for our natural resources.