Freestone Expeditions

NY, New York

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Escape the city with us to explore the Catskills and beyond.

We are two guides based out of Brooklyn, NY who take folks fly fishing, foraging, backpacking and hiking in the Catskills. Our approach follows what Enos Mills once described, "The essence of nature guiding is to travel gracefully rather than arrive."

We are devoted to instruction and education, not just guiding. We believe in customizing each trip to our clients' desires and level of experience. Our trips will never have more than 4 clients to each guide. This ensures the personal attention that everyone needs to maximize their outdoor learning experience. We believe in customizing each trip to our clients' desires and level of experience.

For each trip option, you'll find a sampling of what we offer, but feel free to contact us if you're interested in a trip and want to know more. You can also scroll down to the bottom of our page to see what we provide on trips and a general description of the itinerary for our "Classic" trip, which consists of two days and one night of backpacking, camping, and fly fishing.

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Starting at $400.00 The Classic

Wading, Fly Fishing, Fresh Water
Full Day
1–4 People
Lunch Provided / Drinks Provided
Transportation Provided

The philosophy that started it all. From the city to serenity and back. This overnight trip focuses as much on early morning starts, crisp mountain streams, woodland solitude, chasing native brook trout and practicing bushcraft skills as it does on relaxing around an evening campfire catered with a three-course dinner. You will have a weekend of fish tales, fireside memories and restful sleep for a much-needed retreat from the city. Our base rate is $400/person.

Starting at $400.00 Spring Foraging Trip

Wading, Fly Fishing, Fresh Water
Full Day
1–2 People
Lunch Provided / Drinks Provided
Transportation Provided

Get out of the city and free yourself from winter by spending a weekend in the woods stalking wild edibles. Wild edibles are the most seasonal and local plants you can acquire, and there is no better way to build plant identification skills than by getting outdoors and having a trail nibble. This is a weekend focused on building knowledge of local plant life, natural navigation, and wood fire cooking skills. Varietals and abundance will be determined by nature, but with any luck we'll have some tasty greens to top off a fireside dinner. Rate is $400/person. **Foraging is an integral component of all Freestone trips, but spring wild edibles are generally most prevalent March through May.**

Starting at $400.00 The Roaming Gourmand for Four

Wading, Fly Fishing
Full Day
1–4 People
Lunch Provided / Drinks Provided
Transportation Provided

At Freestone we take pride in our fresh cooked backcountry meals. That being said, there are not enough hours in the day for us to prep beet cured salmon, Moroccan root vegetable stew, embers for a rescoldo frittata and fresh baked flat breads… Unless of course, we bring along a professional wood fire chef. For this trip, we suggest planning for more time recovering in a hammock than putting in trail miles. *This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants, though booking can be done individually*.

$400.00 Catskill Day Trip - Fly Fishing

Wading, Fly Fishing, Fresh Water
Full Day
1–2 People
Lunch Provided / Drinks Provided
Transportation Provided

Full day guided fly fishing trip for one or two anglers includes pickup and dropoff in the New York City area. Early morning pickup followed by a 2.5 hour drive to the Catskills, where we fish the world famous Upper Delaware watershed, including the legendary Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, East Branch and Main Stem of the Delaware River. Flies, rods, reels, lunch, drinks, and snacks included. Waders and boots are not provided, but we can arrange for rentals. For beginners, local fly casting instruction is available and a one hour local lesson is included in the cost of your trip.

Starting at $400.00 Abao Wilderness Survival

Fresh Water
Full Day
1–4 People
Lunch Provided / Drinks Provided
Transportation Provided

Freestone has always placed a strong focus on camp amenities, fresh fireside cuisine and creature comforts… We tossed all that aside with this one. On this trip, we focus on Northeast wilderness survival training, as you leave the security of the trail to hone your bushcraft skills. Get ready for natural navigation, bare bones fire skills, knot tying, water acquisition methods, loft theory, edge tool debates, foraging, trapping, effecting rescue, and of course building your own primitive shelter to spend the night. $400/person.

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As mentioned above, we believe in customizing each trip to our clients' desires and level of experience.  

Here are the specific details of the personal gear that we provide for you and what we bring for the group. But seriously, all you really need is a pack and a sleeping bag!

Personal Gear We Provide To You

Headlamp; Sleeping Pad; Camp Chair; Tent; Eating Utensils; Cup; Plate/Bowl.

Group Gear We Provide

Food; Navigation Systems; Fire Starter; First Aid Kit; Cooking Equipment; Water Filtration; Fly Rods and Reels; Flies, Leaders and Fishing Accessories.

General Itinerary for the "Classic" Trip

We will pick you up in NYC early in the morning and make the 2.5-3 hour drive to the trailhead, where you can catch up on sleep if you were out the night before, read the newspaper, or pepper the guides with questions about where we’re going and what we’ll be doing. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided in the vehicle. When we arrive at the trailhead, we’ll conduct a quick gear, map, and safety review, distributing gear to those who need it. From there we will make the 2.5-5 mile hike to our campsite where we make camp. Once everything is setup, Owen rigs up the fly rods, and Greg cooks lunch for all of us.  

After lunch, half the group will receive fishing instruction for 2.5-3 hours while the other half can relax, take a side hike, or learn camp skills. Then we trade places. At the end of the day, we’ll build a fire, make dinner, and swap stories before we repair to our beds. We provide 3 person tents for each pair of guests. Each tent has a double entry system, so you won’t have to worry about climbing over your bunkmate in case you need a night time bathroom break.

The following morning you’ll awake to fresh brewed coffee (or tea if it’s your preference) followed by breakfast (or brunch if you’re a late sleeper). Once we break camp, more fishing, hiking, or other side activities are available.  When we’re done for the day, we’ll hike back to the vehicle and bring you home to NYC. We provide a late lunch and snacks in the car, but we find that many folks like to stop in at roadside rest stop for some extra fuel on the way home.

1 Review

  1. Alysson Cwyk

    Alysson Cwyk

    I had the pleasure of fishing with Owen of Freestone Expeditions in May 2018. After a pretty crummy fishing week up in the Catskills (the weather was extremely hot and sunny), Owen finally put me and my friend on some fish! Owen led us to a stretch of the Beaverkill that I had never fished before; really beautiful, fishy water, away from the post-Memorial Day "Bug Week" crowds. He really knows the area and is super knowledgeable about the bug life on the Beaverkill. We had a memorable afternoon with lots of laughs and tight lines! Already looking forward to fishing with Owen the next time I'm up in the area.