A safer fishin' hole

He also said the spot is ideal because it shelters fishers from the rain.

"The space was underutilized," Prittel said.

According to Prittel, there are similar fishing accesses in the Catskills.

"You could say it is a warm and fuzzy feeling," Prittel said of the feeling he received when he found out the project was actually coming into fruition.

Prittel along with the Capital District Fly Fishers initially brought plans to the Halfmoon Town Board for approval, and with their support was able to take the project from concept to construction.

Prittel attributes the success of the project not only to the town and its officials, but the help of local companies who offered a helping hand. Prittel said Myers Engineering of Clifton Park completed design work for the pier and Bast Hatfield provided cost estimates based on the design at no cost to the group.

"Those people stepping forward early on helped get the project off the ground," Prittel said. The town requires a site design and cost estimate when evaluating a project for town approval.

The Capital District Fly Fishers meet monthly throughout the fall, spring and winter at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 1019 in Colonie. For information on the Capital District Fly Fishers, contact Prittel at 664-3509.""

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