Christmas Eve for NY Trout Fishermen!!

“Twas the night before trout season and all through the state, the children were nervous and not a night walker safe”. I used to look forward to this day like a kid at Christmas, now my 13 year old son is picking up the torch. Streams across the state are at perfect heights and it appears that the weather will be pretty good. I would avoid the feeders off the Finger Lakes such as the Mecca, Catherines Creek, due to the early spring. I have a feeling that these trout have already spawned for the most part but I have no concrete reports to back this up. I think this is going to be a great year for trout fishing because of last years high waters and late spring. This meant late stockings and great summer conditions allowing for many fish to holdover. Add in the fact that many early season warriors give up once turkey season starts or the wardens yelling about the yard projects being neglected becomes to much for them and thus you have many happy trout making it through the season. I also love the new reduced bag limits that the state has imposed on most streams. Attitudes are changing for the good on keeping fish and with the brilliant leaps in photography and video technology we now film and release instead of gut, freeze and forget. This picture shows a great 17 inch brook trout that my deceased friend Jim caught in a feeder off of the upper west branch of the Delaware River years ago. He may have moved on but his memory lives on in all the pics and videos I shot all those years ago. Good luck all!!!!

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Brown Trout action on Lake Ontario is smoking

One of my friends and NYS guide sent me a few pics of the browns they are getting from shore along the Lake Ontario shoreline right now. He said the action is nothing short of brutal with fish being hooked on almost every cast at times. Today is 3/29/12 and it has been hot for weeks. I love this one with the double hooks on its jaw. I don’t know how long they will stay this close in but even with a small boat you can get at them at this time of year. Opening day of the regular season is close at hand and the conditions are looking perfect, a heck of a  lot better than many I have opened on.

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Let’s Go Trout Fishing

Papa Bear here and I want to put you in one of these pictures. I have this really great trout fishing place here in the Adirondack Mountains and I am starting to bring trout fishing fanatics in for incredible fishing. I have fished as many of the renowned rivers of the NY and PA as I can and this is the very best I have ever found. I believe this to be your best chance at catching, photographing and releasing a 20+ inch WILD BROWN TROUT from a freestone river. These are not tail water fish but rather stream bred survivors of hard winters and high waters and are the culmination of what fills a trout fisherman’s dreams. They put up incredible battles that lead to epic tales told back at camp. We do out best to film and photograph you as you experience the best the mountains have to offer. In an age of rapidly vanishing wild fisheries, this one is getting better. Flip any rock and they are clustered with insects. The  hatches here often take on biblical proportions. All the contact info is here on the site and I suggest you give me a call soon!!!

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Fishing report: Sculpin pattern lights up Western Virginia

Late last week I had the opportunity to do some fly fishing out in the wilderness of beautiful Western Virginia with some guys that hold an annual week long trip this time of year – and being from the foothills of the Adirondacks in Upstate NY and fishing these trout waters for the first time In a foreign land, was excited to make my debut.

It’s no secret that the Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Jackson River systems are heavily trafficked this time of year, and those were the streams of focus for the group I was with. Due to a work commitment, I could only fish for one day… But it was productive and a great introduction for me to the trout streams of the George Washington National Forest.

All told, 6 brown, brook, and rainbow trout between 11-13 inches were caught on my 5 weight fly rod for a good day’s fishing. One larger brown inhaled a perfectly placed sculpin pattern but after 5 minutes of playing on heavy current he threw the hook unfortunately. Would have loved a picture of that one.

Here is what I have to share in any case:

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