Adirondack Hunting and Fishing Resources

Papa Bear here. The Adirondacks are an amazing cornucopia of hunting and fishing opportunities but they also can be daunting to navigate and find info on. That is why I have been adding links on my resource page(on the tool bar) that will help aid you in planning outings into the mountains and state in general. My idea is to make this part of my web site a one stop area that will quickly link you to sites that I use all the time to provide me with instant and accurate information. We live in an amazing age of technology and communication which can be oh so useful to plan trips to places you may or may not be familiar with. With the price of gas, the increasingly constricted time restraints that we all seem to have on our precious free time or lack of technology skills many of us experience, I felt this part of my home page would be great to assist you in addition to my blog reports to maximize your time afield. I have assembled these on this page and then you can click on them and explore further, fine tuning them to your specific destinations. A non electronic tool that every outdoors men should have is a Delorme Gazeteer which is an atlas of each state in the country, is incredibly detailed, uses no batteries and is always in service. I will continue to add links as I find them and if you have one that you think is great please drop me an e-mail. Information is what drives the Internet and lets all benefit from the vast knowledge that is available there. I love seeing people being successful and will continue to keep you as informed as possible.

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May in the Adirondacks

May is that pivotal month when the snow on an ordinary year is slowly but surely disappearing and there is an explosion of new life. Migratory birds are filtering in on a daily basis and there songs fill the air as they search for mates and twitterpate. It is a great time to observe them as they rush about building nests and they are highly visible before the trees become fully encased in foliage. Once they lay the eggs they become less active as they make themselves and the nest locations less visible to predators. With not many biting insects yet in full attack mode and the now mostly nice days I think it is the best month of the year for birdwatching up here. The insect hatches in the river accelerate with each passing day as the ground water begins to reach that magic 55-65 mark. The sun is still at a more direct angle and it heats the cobble rock in the rivers all day long and the trout love to move out of their shadowy lairs and feast on the insects which are migrating from under the rocks to begin their brief lives as winged adults. In the late afternoon as the sun reaches its zenith it quite often becomes very intense and I have experienced amazing, savage action during this witching hour. As the sun makes you feel good so it does for the trout. I read an article in fly fisherman magazine years ago that was about why trout feed and the gist of piece was that in the spring, the faster water temps rise from cooler to 65 the more oxygen that the water can hold and can even become super saturated with oxygen. This drives the trout into an absolute feeding frenzy where they will throw caution to the wind. It sure explains some of the amazing days I have experienced up here. Twice in my life I have had days where I caught over 30 browns in the 17-21 inch range in a single day. I looked up to the sky and asked what did I do right to deserve it!!! I only wish I had had someone along to film it, that is why my son is in training. May can also be a tough month when cold fronts drop down from Canada making the area resemble coastal Alaska. In May I recommend avoiding the deeper valley streams in the heart of the mountains that stay cool into June and July and prowl the foothills for warmer waters. Pretty much you can count on great action from the middle of May on up here. This is also turkey season and there are an amazing amount of them here, more than most people realize. Chances are you stop at some farms and ask permission you probably will get a yes and don’t be bashful about flipping the farmer $25 or so for this access, God knows these farmers could use it.

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How do you like the weather now

The dog wants to know where the Hades spring went to. An ugly weather system has descended on the northeast and is going to put an end to the spring fantasy that we had been enjoying. Like I said, you had better be ready for anything up here. As you can see from the pictures the big rivers have reached an ugly level, cooled and are pretty much unfishable. But all is not lost because in our area every stream contains wild trout and these wild fish will move up and down the feeder streams with rising and falling water conditions. These wild fish are very different than their stocked cousins which tend to remain in the holding pools and not migrate around all that much. As a wee lad I grew up on my grandmothers farm in Ireland and there was a small stream that went right next to our farm house. There were no fish in it till we got a good gully washer and then the stream was full of small trout that had run almost a 1/4 mile from the main river following their instinct to spread there species. As soon as the stream dropped the trout disappeared, the same genetics are in our trout up here. Up here some amazing trout can be caught in remarkably small flows and when conditions are like they are now that is where you go. A perfect example is the 21 inch brown that my guide David Versendy caught a week ago and the pic is in a post from last week. Considering the size of the stream it was a fish of a life time for that flow. With the weather report for this upcoming week it might be a good week to do something with your significant other and get some brownie points for later in the season. Fishing is going to be tough anywhere in the northeast. We needed the rain and when the warmth returns and water levels stabilize there is going to be an explosion of activity in the insect world due to the well advanced ground water temperatures we already have. I think May is going to be great!!!!! If you are coming up to the ADKs in that time frame I would have plenty of hares ears, prince nymphs and pheasant tails ready.

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Adirondack Trout Fishing Update 4/20/12

Good evening fellow fishing nuts. Papa Bear here with an update.NYS guide Rich Garfield, flyfishtheadirondacks.com, just reported in. He spent a day by himself on our river and said he had a fabulous day and yet landed only a few trout. He said it was a strange day in that he started the day with four trout on in the first hour of fishing, one of which he said was a monster. He then had a cold rotten rain move in and things shut down for the next two hours. He was throwing the biggest streamer in the box, always a good idea here early in the year, and after that encouraging start he could not induce any more strikes.  Now the weather cleared and the sun even made a brief appearance and Rich decided to try a small nymph as David had done the week before with me. Success was swift and the fish were nice to very nice to down right nasty. Rich said the last fish was an absolute monster that basically owned him and then released HIM. lol. I know the feeling!!! Rich is one of the best fly fishermen I have ever met and I know just how he felt. He said the worst thing was that he never could turn it enough to see just how big it was. He hooked that fish about 100 yards from my stream side encampment. The fly of the day was a #12 prince nymph. Rich said that when the sun came out a decent hatch of Hendricksons were coming off. He also said that streams across the entire region were getting great but this weekends forecast is going to put and end to this fantasy with heavy, cold rain and potentially heavy snow!!! How do you like them Adirondacks now it you are up there now. As I said in one of my recent posts you better be ready for extreme weather here this time of year. Okay that’s my post for tonight.

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