A great year in the Adirondacks!!!!

your local bear 001As I stated in a previous posts, a late spring and regular rains could could add up to some great trout fishing. Well that prediction has come to be a reality. This has been one of those years where everything has been nearly perfect. I just got back from 6 weeks in the mountains and while I was mostly working on my compound, Fort Minnow, my guests were enjoying some quality fishing for wild trout. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARight out of the gate Sophia and her dad to my most recent guest Greg in early August, all caught wonderful wild trout. P6250710In this period hundreds of trout of all sizes were caught and released with several over the 20 inch mark and 22 being the bench mark this year, so far! On August3rd water temps were still in the mid 60s and the rivers sporting early June levels. With no biblical drought, such as California is experiencing, this bodes well for some fantastic fall fishing. P6250727P6020676-600trout trip june 2011 066trout trip june 2011 075When I tell people that I am from NY they think of the city and the upstate region is the polar opposite. We are blessed with some of the best recreational venues in the country and YOU should be taking advantage of it. A trip up here is not only about the fishing but also the other venues here such as birding, antiquing, golf and visual beauty at every turn in the road. DO NOT WAIT, life is finite.bow

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Fantastic Trout Fishing to start the summer

_DSC3688As I stated in previous posts we in the northern Adirondacks had a very tough winter and water temps were just reaching the mid 60s in late June for the first time this season. The result was fantastic for the avid fly fishermen that were up here last week. Large to VERY LARGE trout were on the prowl and very hungry. One 22 inch, three 20 inch and numerous 19-15 inch browns were landed for brief photo sessions. Several break offs and these landed fish led to vivid recantations of the days fishing around the campfire as liberal amounts of 12oz truth serum were consumed. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne guest brought his 7 year old daughter and boy was I concerned that some of the biting insects that thrive here would take her hostage but she turned out to be one rugged little lady. Not once in four days did she whine and she impressed the hell out of this grizzled old veteran of the region. The river was at full pool for fly fishing and her dad, new to this river, worked hard but was rewarded with some slammer brown trout plus one sweet rainbow.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sophia was my camp companion and helped keep my beast of a dog under control.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I don’t have the pictures yet from the other group that was here but their tale involved quite a few wonderful trout of the same caliber and numerous fish from 6-12 inches as well. I have a very healthy fishery here and with a little rain to maintain river levels we will enjoy great fishing possibly through the whole summer! Global warming sucks but it does seem to be helping maintain river levels for us although last year was over the top with regional rivers at flood stage all summer. New York has some of the best fishing in the world so take advantage of it.

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Mucho bug spray needed!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFort Minnow, our remote outpost, is steadily evolving into a snug little camp which places you at the heart of some of the best trout fishing New York State has to offer. Along with this world class trout fishing and remoteness, come world class biting insects. You had better be prepared for them! 25-40% deet is not going to cut it when they are on full patrol in June-August, it had better be 100% and a head net is not a bad idea.trout trip june 2011 075 Along with these blood thirsty insects is a bonanza of the insects that trout love to eat. Pickup any rock and Caddis flies are clustered like barnacles, the stone fly casings cover any stream side rock. The result is rivers filled with the trout that fill our dreams.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Life is finite so don’t put off that trip to the Adirondacks any longer!!!!!! Give me a call and let me put you in this picture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Adirondack Trout Fishing Reaching Critical Mass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter one brute of a winter, the hallowed streams of northern NY are at last coming into their own. Memorial Day found water temps finally reaching the 55 degree mark on many of the flows. I would say that most of the north country is about 2-3 weeks behind a normal schedule. With a big snow pack and very cold spring it was very late in April before it melted. This in turn takes weeks for this melt off to leach out of the ground water, thus even with nice days it takes a long time to reach the magic 63 degree mark. These next two weeks are going to be great barring some sort of heavy rains. Caddis and stone flies were just starting to make some serious effort on Memorial Day. Even the migratory birds are just now making nests and the fauna is now starting to fill into full bloom. The plus side of all this is that with some reasonable rains in the month of June we will probably enjoy some awesome fishing well into July or August.

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