Relief for the Adirondacks

At last some rain and cooling temps are starting to break the heat wave and dangerous conditions that have been enveloping the Adirondacks and country in general. After a heavy rain this 22inch Leviathan moved out from his spring cooled lair and posed for a brief photo session. Rich up from Texas found the weather invigorating and this trout most satisfying. I was sweating like Obama at a Klan rally and he was cool LOL. The weather now will start coming back to reality and fall fishing up here can be nothing short of amazing as the big browns move up from their summer spots to start staging for the November spawn. They also become even more colorful than they already are with the males becoming exceedingly vibrant. These hook jawed males are the realization of what fills a fly fisherman’s dreams. This one inhaled one of Rich Garfields (flyfishtheadirondacks.com) signature patterns, The Sirloin. He has this fly available on his site and highly recommend having this and his other patterns in your arsenal when visiting our region. Well it was nice to have something positive to report in what has been a scary hot summer. River temps reached numbers I have never seen here and I had shutdown the fishing here till now.

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Summer on the Susquehanna

Hello outdoors fans. Sorry I have not posted in awhile. Click on any picture to enlarge it as with this first one and you will notice the balloons rising in the background. This is the kick off for a local event here in the Binghamton region known as the Spiedie Festival. The spiedie is a local specialty of marinated meat on a skewer and then char grilled. Usually I am in the Adirondacks all summer trout fishing but even they have been suffering from the incredibly hot summer that the nation has been experiencing and the trout fishing has been slow at best. I have been fishing the river a lot for carp and cats training the punks for Salmon fishing in the fall. I fished in a small derby this weekend and it was a nice start to see the balloon launch while preparing for an evenings fishing. I have been testing a bunch of prototypes of inventions for river fishing and I have to admit they are working perfectly. Under a full moon and with a bucket of sucker minnows and creek chubs, confidence was high. I began a chum line from a bucket of fermenting shad that had attracted flies from 50 miles away as they festered in the sun and heat for several days. Sheriff Brody( Jaws 1 ) would  have been proud of the fervor with which I ladled that rotten mess into the water and I figured every cat sown to Harrisburg was getting a whiff. The 10,000 flies which had drowned trying to get to center of this fly heaven were like raisins in the mix. I bet my neighbors were wondering what the hell evil I had over at the house that was wafting over to them, its not easy being my neighbor. Now with the attractant flowing downstream and the poles in the water it was time for some well deserved ice clod beverages. The balloons continued to launch, the weather remained humid hot and hazy, consumption rates were high and right near dark the cats responded to my olfactory offer to party. I have to admit it was a great night of fishing with continuous action and being by myself there were times with two poles going at once that it resembled the proverbial Chinese fire drill. I fished hard until around 2 in the morning and napped till first light. Upon waking all 3 rods had cats on and was a good way to wake up and the bite continued until I had to leave and weigh in for the contest. All told I landed 17 cats and had many bites I did not get. It was a great night with all the fish being caught on live bait. The livers and cut bait caught nothing. Speaking of which I save all my deer livers for cat bait. They are tougher than chicken livers, staying on the hook better, and I marinate them in garlic before I freeze them in the fall. I also save the rib cages from the Walleye when I fillet them to use as cut bait with the ribs helping to keep them on the hook. I also save the carcasses from the walleyes to make chum blocks and for the chum buckets thus using all parts of the fish as the Indians did. Another trick I have been working on is the use of rechargeable solar lights in my outings. They work great because they give a nice low light and unlike a lantern they do not attract swarms of bugs. I carry backup batteries so that when the rechargeable ones give up I insert regular ones and they stay lit till dawn. I am really impressed with how these are working out and will be adding them into all my night time fishing outings. Notice in my pictures how I use a piece of 1/2 inch schedule 80 pipe in the ground and then a section of those swim noodles that the kids use in the pool slid down on the pipe, then I insert the base of  the light into the swim noodle. This way you can break the rig down when transporting. It was a great nights fishing and the only thing I didn’t get was a big cat thus my only prize was for smallest which was better than nothing. I can’t complain with the nice stringer I ended up with and all the action I had.

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Fishing Poor-Golfing Good

The trout fishing is starting to reach a critical stress level for the fish and now is the time to go enjoy the numerous summer time venues that the Adirondacks are also famous for. The sightseeing and hiking around the high peaks region is in full swing right now. The stretch of the West Branch of the Ausable River in front of White Face Mountain offers breath taking scenery and a chance to catch a decent fish if you must wet a line. The Lake Placid area is filled with outdoor excitement and a nice place to take the family. Now is the time to take the family on a trip and do some scouting of streams on your bucket list at the same time. Now is when you can see them low and where the good lies will be when the water is right again. This is shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record again and even here in one of the coolest, greenest parts of the country, I am suggesting go so something else besides trout fishing. If golf is one of your passions then I suggest a trip to the Malone Country Club in Malone NY. Out here in the suburbs of no where is one beast of a golf course that will humble even the most avid golfer. In conjunction with this there is a full service casino not far from the course and makes Malone a nice escape this summer. That’s all for now but my report from NYS guide Rich Garfield,flyfishtheadirondacks.com, summed it up as fishing sucks right now and he is fishing small cool mountain streams with his clients. Keep your elbow straight and your eye on the ball. Papa Beer!!!!

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Adirondack Trout Fishing Update 7/4

Hotter than my ex-wife after a couple of Margaritas, is how conditions are up here. As I said in an earlier post this is already a way out of whack season. Even though the heat is on up here as it is in most of the nation, we are actually still experiencing quality trout fishing. The little rain we have had has come at critical times and kept the water heights at decent levels. While not many huge ones have been caught as of late there have been a few 20 inch and several 16-18. Many small fish have been caught so all in all it could be worse. The outlook is not good for the next few weeks and with water temps in the 70+ range today I would advise seeking the rivers that course through the steepest cliffs you can find. Better still now would be a great time to rest them and go bother the Muskies or Smallmouth’s. If you have to go trout fishing then I would think that the West Branch of the Ausable might be a good spot. Decent to good fishing at the base of White Face Mountain and amazing scenery. Even if the fishing is tough there is a lot to do in the region.

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