Adirondacks Trout Fishing update 5/4

The report from the northern region is that the big rivers are steaming and at full pool. They will be tough to fish and the best bet is to concentrate on medium to small flows which are at nice levels right now. My friend and registered NYS guide, Rich Garfield (flyfishtheadirondacks.com) said that on an excursion to such a flow yesterday he landed over 30 trout in the 12-16 inch range. He also stated that he did little on nymphs but had incredible action on dry flies which is highly unusual for this time of year. As with my posting on the Delaware, he said that a #12 elk hair caddis, dry, was the fly of the day. Rich is an absolute master nymph fishermen and if you want one of the best fly fishermen in the northern Adirondacks at your side, then he is your man. Just look at his availability calender and you will see how popular he is so call early! He also sells his signature flies on his website and I would not recommend a trip up here without some of these in your box. A massive line of strong thunderstorms has been rolling through the state in the past 48 hours so now is when my recourse links can help you fine tune the rivers to be on and not waste time and gas going to a stream that is roiled and unfishable. We got pounded here in CNY last night and the streams are high and muddy but should be very nice by Sunday without additional downpours. It is going to be nice, warm weekend so get out there.

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West Branch Delaware Report

I now have input and current info coming in from my friends and guides fishing the WB on a regular basis. The word is flows are a little low for this time of the year. Prince nymphs had been real hot but the word for yesterday, 5/2, was elk caddis. Now this may have been due to the very strong winds that were gusting up to 35mph. Soft hackle seems to be the rage down there this year and it is worth investigating. I am adding a real nice link on my resource page that will instantly link you to water flows across NYS. The more I explore the USGS site the more valuable info I find there that will aid you in your quest for quality fishing. It allows you to anticipate the water conditions you will face on the streams you plan to visit. This in conjunction with the weather link I have posted will help you maximize your time afield and not support the struggling oil companies. I also am becoming involved in a property offering on the WB for a limited number of lots right on the river and just below the village of Deposit. I am constructing a page for it and will have it posted on the site shortly. Other than that most streams in the central NY region seem a little clear but with spotty strong thunderstorms in the next few says forecast, things can rapidly change, so use my resources links.

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Adirondack Trout Fishing update 5/2/12

Okay folks, we are now into May on what is an early year for everything. The cold weather of last week slowed things down considerably but now the forecast is for warm to hot temperatures for this week. We had some good rains this week across the northern part of the state and the streams are full, my favorite conditions. The big fish feel safer and will feed more aggressively during day light hours. In the center and southern regions we had less rain but the streams are warming again and the fishing is really good. I will be starting to post updates from the West Branch of the Delaware soon with the info being current and from guides I know whom fish here daily. This will give you fly suggestions and current reliable info to aid in your pursuit of these large but educated tail water trout. Last year at this time we were still an ice age in the Adirondacks and it was not until June that things became fish-able. This year is the flip side of the coin with us enjoying great fishing right out  of the gate. The trout will be getting more aggressive each day with the warming temps and minnows are now migrating into the streams from their winter haunts, don’t be bashful about throwing a big streamer under the current conditions.

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June in the Adirondacks

Now were starting to cook up here. There is an absolute explosion of life and activity up here. The insects are going crazy as they commence their brief life cycles, the eggs of the birds are now hatching coinciding perfectly with the hatches. Meals ready to eat are flying around at a steady pace and the fledglings are gorging on them.With the water temps now holding in the 60 degree range the trout are putting the feedbag on something fierce. This is magic time for a fly fisherman and being up here on one of our picturesque mountain streams will make up for all those crazy hours you put in or the insane commutes you endure each day. You can feel the stress evaporating away as you are enveloped by the positive ions emitted by the rushing waters. They claim on TV that a bracelet can do this also but I’m not buying it, like the song says ” ain’t nothing like the real thing baby”. These water temps combined with manageable water conditions in conjunction with golden yellow wild trout are the fantasies of a trout fisherman brought to life. New York is blessed with an incredible amount of recreational opportunities and in June they are all coming into play. Many of us avid fishermen fancy ourselves as pretty good golfers also to help further boost our overinflated egos. Well then I highly recommend a round at the Malone Country Club to let the air out of your balloon and serve you up a good sized slice of humble pie. Here we are in the middle of cow country, surrounded by venues that involve snow most of the year, trout streams stuffed with fish, biting insects the size of hummingbirds and here sits this 36 hole gem of a gold course. This is a Trent Jones/ Donald Ross design, built in 1909, that is a brute and will challenge even the most skilled golfer. How nice, trout fishing in the morning, 18 holes midday and back to the evening hatch. Life is good here in the mountains, come join us for a while.

 

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