Mother Nature gone crazy

We are SLOWLY starting to recover from our latest flood disaster which eclipsed the flood of the 2006 disaster. That was supposed to be the 500 year flood and I guess this must be the 1000 year flood. It is now that the water has receded and that you are able to get into all areas that you begin to appreciate the scope of the damage. Almost anywhere you go peoples entire life’s possessions are heaped at the curb. Dazed home and business owners try to heap more onto these already head high heaps of all they have worked for. It is hard to think about hunting and fishing when so many here are devastated. That said I think my usual concentrated and relentless pursuit of the wily whitetail will be some what abbreviated this year. The last week has been a blur of rescue and now recovery as our entire community is coming together to help those that are WIPED OUT! I now know what the folks after Katrina faced and why it is taking so long for them to recover. Many here are going to walk away from the areas that were pounded twice in 5 years.

The salmon at Pulaski are running like crazy and the deer hunting should be great this year with the biblical apple crop and the amazing mast crop. I have managed a few hours out in the woods but I feel guilty to spend any time on pleasure when so many around me are really suffering. Okay I am off to Conklin now to help my sister in law who is just now getting back into her home. I see no end to how many people that need help but I have had many rewards heaped on me already and now its time to pay it forward and back. We live in the greatest country in the history of the planet don’t ever take it for granted!!!!

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Glad I built that Ark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi gang, Papa Bear reporting here from where my shop used to be. We have been a little busy here in the Binghamton area. WOW we got pounded to put it mildly. These are just a few glimpses of what our and neighboring counties for a 100 miles look like. I live in Vestal NY and we received over a foot of rain here. These photos are almost a 1/4 mile from the Susquehanna River. The flood stage here is 18 feet and we reached 37 feet. The last few says have been surreal and like and episode of the Twilight Zone. At least 20,000 residents here have been displaced and hunting and fishing have taken a back seat to helping your neighbors in a biblical effort to return their lives to some sort of reality. The river is receding but the mud left is like a slippery glue. There is no power and no water so you can’t even clean it and now the mold is starting to take hold. As I toured the region last night on the way home from 5 straight days of rescues and now clean up, it was heartbreaking to see peoples entire lives mounting at the curb. That’s it for now and at least we had only one death as a result of this reminder from Mother Nature as to who the boss is. I will get back to our regular programming as soon as possible.

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Circle the wagons!!

The report from yesterday was that the mouth of the Salmon River is stuffed with big Kings. My reporter said that their arms hurt from catching them in the 15-25 # range. Thus with the first good rain the pod is going to move up the river and you will get run over if you are in their way. I fondly remember those early days when we didn’t know blank from sheinola and was glad to have survived the snatching period. For a while thereĀ  it was like Vietnam, you needed a helmet and flak jacket. God though did we see some funny things happen and I only wish they had the camcorders out back then.

Tip: If you have never fished the area before a pair of studded wading shoes such as Korkers can be a limb or life saver. This place can be slipperier than the greased pig at the County Fair. Take at least two back up rods and reels and extra everything. These fish are brutal on sub standard equipment or inept fishermen and take no prisoners. Sound waders are essential.

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Salmon season starting

I am getting fair reports of salmon in the Salmon River at Pulaski. The word has been most of the fish areĀ  in the 10-15# range which is a little on the small size for Kings. Traditionally these first runs are when the biggest ones are caught but so far that is not the case. If you have never made a trip up here for the fall salmon fishing then you should put it on your bucket list. When they are running hard it can get absolutely insane here. Hooking one of these silver monsters is the equivalent of hooking a pickup truck and they will test the drag on your reel to its limit. If you have never done this I HIGHLY recommend contracting the services of one of the many guides in the region. They will save you much time and frustration fishing for these silver submarines. This is Alaska type fishing right here in NY and a reasonable drive from most of the East coast. The runs tend to peak in mid-September-October. Right after that the steelhead commence their runs which go all winter but the best fishing is in November-December. Add in the big browns, some of which take on Frankenstein like dimensions and appearance, coming up to feast on salmon eggs and you have one amazing fall fishery. Go onto you-tube and there are some great videos of this fishing. Needless to say this fishing also attracts a lot of fishermen so be prepared for crowds. Take lots of pictures and if you have one take a camcorder, the videos from here can be priceless. If you want action on fish that you can’t stop then you will love this. That is why I take my kids carp fishing all summer so that they will know how to deal with angry fish.

On the trout fishing scene the word is fish the western part of the state in that Adirondack streams are HIGH still but the north central potion along the border was somewhat spared. Once again use the link I have to the USGS site for water levels on your favorite flows. This link and other helpful information is found in my resources section.

Tip: Hire a guide!!!!!

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