Think Trout!!!!!!

Hi again fishing fans. Walleye season has ended and with a whimper Considering the fairy tale like weather and river conditions here in central NY. I fished my A off the last few days and came up with very little personally but some of my friends did quite well with a 27″ fish being the biggest one. I did have another muskie in the 45 inch range on. Had it to the boat twice and then the hook pulled out. Putting the walleye stuff away and getting ready for the trout. With the incredible weather we are experiencing this year it looks to be an early season. Here are some memorable opening day fish caught in the Syracuse area. A good looking young bear in these pictures. The one picture of my friend Brian was a test of endurance that day with footage of snow and colder than a well diggers rear end in Yukon. Those two 14 inch brookies on opening days were the equivalent of catching 24 inch browns. All these trout were caught from a stream about 10 feet across or less. This year it may be some of the bigger rivers that get our attention with things so far ahead. Then off to the Adirondacks in early April and some of the best wild trout fishing in the country. I am this year starting to try and gather a small group of outdoors minded people to a place in the north east mountains. I have a blurb about it on you-tube (adirondakwayne) or on this site. I think this is a great chance for people looking for amazing nature, outstanding hunting and world class wild trout fishing to not only enjoy but to help preserve and enhance something special. I have checked out a lot of this state and this is as real and good as it gets. Check out my videos on you-tube and judge for yourself.

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Views from the Vice – Wool Headed Sculpin


Here’s another version of that articulated streamer pattern I’ve been tying to imitate sculpins.

I like the olive coloring with red or orange beads behind the head.

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Views from the Vice – Slinging Meat


Replenishing some of my favorite search patterns is the first thing I like to do during the fishing off season – but once that routine is over, what then?

This year I’m paying special attention to large streamers that have a hefty profile. While I’ve already shown some articulated streamers I’ve been tying up that will work for both Adirondack trout and bass… I’ve been trying to get more creative at the vice and have some fun tying up ‘meat’ that will get the express attention of one of PBO’s many 24″ wild browns.

Conventional wisdom from many meat slingers that I’ve noticed utilizes the color orange… Not just in the Adirondacks as the late Fran Betters suggested but all around the world. Following suit, I’ve incorporated some nice browns and oranges into the profile of this streamer shown above tied on a number 2 hook. I will come up with some variations on this theme, but I have high hopes for this pattern.

Tight lines!

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New York State DEC Public Fishing Rights, Parking Areas, and Interactive Maps

The NY Department of Environmental Conservation has a relatively new feature on their website that allows you to access pre-made Google Maps and Google Earth files for public fishing Rights and public fishing parking areas. But they can be hard to find…. so in an effort to make things easier for our readers, here they are:


We’ve also updated our resources page here.

Tight Lines!

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