June 2012

Summer is upon the ADKs

Doggy finds summer life in along the river extremely taxing. Sorry I have not posted in awhile but with a daughter graduating from school and preparing for college… well things have not been what I have been accustomed to. God I have become spoiled. While I have not spent much time in the hills my guides and friends have been putting a whuppin on the fish. Even though much of the nation has been scorched it has set up a ridge along the northern United States that has kept it cooler and wetter recently. The result has been quality trout fishing and fishing in general, along the northern mountains in particular. Here I am stuck at the home office in mid state NY. Grrrrr but I have been taking the punks down to the Susquehanna River for some carp fishing which is great training for when I take them to Pulaski and Lake Ontario this fall. Nothing like a day of landing carp to teach them how those monster browns and steelhead are going to be like. I fondly laugh about a guy telling me how he caught 50 salmon in one day. Yeah right I remember days landing 5 and feeling like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. He may have hooked 50 but he didn’t land no 50. Any way I am loving life as usual and the punks are starting to get some forearms on them from fighting carp. The beauty of the mountains are that on most years are that most years good fishing continues all summer and fall most years and if you love ice fishing then you will like it here. Fish Hard!!

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The nature angle and 6/10 update from the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PIC TO ENLARGE IT. Hello fellow nature enthusiasts. Water conditions are at great heights all across the mountains but water temps are on the rise again. I am finding that temps are rising much quicker this year than usual and I think that very little snow melt this spring is the culprit. Usually this melt off would be trapped in the ground water and still leaching into the rivers but that is not the case this year. Thus the rivers are not getting that injection of cooler water and are holding their temps at night plus warming faster during the day. I feel we are already in a late July situation and I hope for a cool July and August or the fish might get really stressed this year. The fishing was outstanding in the early week and one client in on Monday hooked and lost two monster trout in addition to the numerous 16-20 inch fish he landed. Today’s report was a lot of small fish but not many nice ones but then again any trout is a nice one up here, we are just a little spoiled. I wanted also to talk a little about the nature aspect of our spot. Due to the incredible insect activity in our river and the nutrient rich material in the water and soil here the migratory birds find the meadows and banks of our home river the ultimate spot to raise a family. That along with a cornucopia of fauna makes the bird watching and native plant observation almost as good as the fishing. This part of New York was one of the earliest settled regions in the country and you can find amazing old homesteads woven into the woods. The architecture of the region shows the evolution of building back to the 1700s and who knows what treasure may lay in these old sites and what tales they might tell. Seldom used country roads beckon for hikes and bike rides. This is a great place to bring the spouse and children and they can investigate the nature aspect while you investigate the fish.

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The Boys Weekend

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. Photos courtesy of master ADK guide Rich Garfield, flyfishtheadirondacks.com. The father had fished here several times and wanted to break in his sons on some of our monster trout and the fish delivered. The first pic is of one of our German Vohn Behr strain and the second of the Scottish Loch Laven strain which feature less spots. Both strains trace their lineage back to 1895 stockings from Americas first hatchery at Caledonia NY and I am just proud/lucky/blessed to have them right in front of my outpost. Rich said that the young lad had all he could do to land the second one and he had to yell at him to grow some testicles. LOL. He said that they had quite a few really big ones on but could not handle them, but I have grown men here that have the same problem. These are real trout here and not some hatchery punks. I love it, what a way to keep them coming back and get them off the video games and facebook. I have this really special spot here and the more I think about this the more I like the aspect of the youth angle. Nothing spurs them on like success and having tasted it here it will make them a little less bored when they fish other more heavily pounded rivers where the fish are less aggressive and of inferior bloodlines. If you are looking for a place to introduce your son or daughter to the great world of trout fishing and Adirondack camping then I think I have one of the most amazing venues for this in the lower 48. As I state in my homepage this is like an old fashioned camping trip with some upgrades and no hassles of tents. Food cooked over an open fire stream side takes on a flavor unlike any other. All this with liberal doses of hunting and fishing knowledge and bull@$%& will leave them with a taste of what many of us grew up with. It will also instill in them with an appreciation of wild things as they watch the nature literally surrounds and lands on them. Thanks to the tech wizardry of our time the images of these trips will be immortalized on the internet, with your consent, for family, friends and the world to enjoy also. They also will be getting a one on one education in fly fishing from some of the best guides in the Adirondacks with the emphasis on the challenging art of nymphing but which is the meat and potatoes of fly fishing. Orvis states that 90% of a trouts diet is nymphs and up here it almost 100% so they and you will be learning a skill that will serve you a lifetime. I suggest that you not put it off to long because s@&t happens. Your friend Papa Bear.

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We Love Kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. This is what is all about. This 12 year old girls father is a friend of my head guide, David Versendy, and they brought her in for her first trout fishing trip this weekend. What a way to break her into fly fishing as she smoked them under Dad and Davids careful instruction. From her first fish to the last the smile is bigger than the camera lens. The first trout was 12 inches and the last was 19 with a lot of in between landed and missed. It was an amazing introduction to trout fishing and the smile on my face is as big as hers, even though I wasn’t there, as I am typing this post. I am lucky to have an amazing trout fishery and this is the cherry on top of it to see a young lady enjoy a memory that she will carry to the grave. I was praying that she would have a couple of days like this and she can’t wait to come back. At the same time she was here I had a father and two sons here also and they smoked them also. They were with another guide, Rich Garfield and I don’t have the pictures yet but he said they had some 20 inch fish on in addition to the 16-18 inch fish that they landed and numerous up and coming combatants. He also said that the dad had one on that looked to be over 24 inches. This is what my venue is all about not only is it world class trout fishing in a pristine setting but also a great place to bring a son or daughter on a unique adventure. I had to laugh when her dad called me as I was preparing this post and he told me how she was so excited to go that it was midnight before she went to bed and when he got up at 4 she was sitting in the dark dressed and ready to go. I think we all can fondly remember those days. My home river is an extremely technical situation with a high priority on nymphing and this exemplifies the skills of my guides to be able to put novice fishermen into high quality trout action. I love having adult fishermen in but this weekend in my mind was about as good as it gets and makes all the work I have done here carving this little spot out of the wilderness oh so worth while. I preach hunting, fishing, conservation and preservation and this is the culmination of this philosophy. We are here for you and would love to put your kids into a picture.

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