Bear Treks

Hello fellow hunting and fishing aficionados, welcome to Bear Treks. This is my blog to give you useful and current reports on my own outings and information that has been sent to me from knowledgeable sportsmen that just might help you in your pursuit of fish and game.

Papa Bear Outdoors is my company based in Binghamton N.Y. I am an inventor of unique cutting edge products designed to make your precious time afield as successful as possible. This is also your link to some of the best wild trout fishing in the East if not the whole country.




Fly Time in the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. What a great backdrop for Dave to tie flies as we wait for our guests to arrive. Dave has the passion for fishing and if he isn’t fishing he is tying more flies to replace the ones he lost. Tying stream side with the birds chirping. not to many biting flies attacking you and phenomenal mid May temperatures, perfect. CAREFUL Dave, the mother Barn Swallow that has taken up residence in one of my bird boxes is eyeballing those flies for when her eggs hatch. Dave is an expert nymph fishermen and on most of the rivers in our niche of the Adirondacks there is limited dry action due to the incredible bio-mass of insects. 90% of a trouts diet is nymphs. Up here the trout are more concerned with the many creatures that want to make a meal out of them and sipping dry flies is a good way to become a statistic. Folks this is real trout fishing up here and not some manicured stream or easy boat trip but rather this is wade fishing on wilderness rivers but the rewards come in golden inches. The fishing here is probably what it was like in the Beaverkill and Willowemac hundreds of years ago when fly fishing came to this nation. I have spoken with veteran fishermen on the legendary Ausable and they told me of the monsters to be found there in the 50s and 60s when it gained its notoriety and because of that and liberal bag limits they decimated the native breeders to the point where they have to stock monsters now. We are all about catch and release and we are doing our best to ensure that this never happens in our region, thank God attitudes are really starting to change and our DEC is actively realizing this. My goal is to see that the generations that follow will be able to enjoy this region much as we have. I also have a few pictures of the fish that Rich Garfield put his client into on Saturday. The fish was caught on a #12 hares ear, a popular early season fly and the reason we have so many rabbits up here with no ears. He said the fish was the biggest one he had ever seen in our river and it was so big that it would not fit in the net. He had to tackle it and pin it with the net. He will be posting pictures on his site  flyfishtheadirondacks.com. The fish was released and is waiting for you to come play with. Fishing is great everywhere up here right now and use my resource page to find water levels, PFR rights and even road reports. I think it is going to be super up there this Memorial Day weekend, quite a difference from last year. Your friend in the mountains; Papa Bear!!!

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Amazing Trout Fishing May 17th Weekend

Click on any picture to enlarge it. Hows this for your first trout ever?? 10 casts using my minnow method of fishing and Derrick had a 20 inch wild brown ready for a picture session and a lasting memory to show others. Notice the talon marks on her back where the Osprey appears to have grabbed it. His friend John also got a 19 inch beauty and several 14 inch punks as I call them. Derrick also missed one at the shore that was at least 20 and I will be posting a video shortly on my you-tube channel( adirondackwayne) of the boys in action. Johns dad was into learning the art of nymph fishing and under the careful instruction of NYS guide David Versendy he got the grasp of it and had numerous attacks before he got the hang of it. He hooked several and had one that David estimated at 19 inches right to shore where he escaped. Guess he just didn’t want his picture taken. All things considered they had some incredible action and left planning a return visit. A factor that kind of slowed the action was the fact that the weather was too nice. The sun was so intense that it raised the water temps from 58-69 degrees on Saturday which freaked the fish out and put them down. I never have seen this effect up here at this time of year but that’s fishing. They had a great weekend and learned some techniques and methods that have greatly advanced their fishing skills. That is what we are all about up here, great wild trout fishing in a pristine wilderness setting. At the same time all this was going on, NYS guide Rich Garfield, flyfishtheadirondacks.com, was on another section of the river and put his guest into the biggest brown he had ever seen come out of this river. He estimated the length at 24 inches or more and the fish to be over seven pounds. I will be posting pictures as soon as he gets back from an extended trip. He also indicated that another 20 inch rolled and fell off and two more were hooked that broke off before they could even be brought under control. I had predicted that this would be a great weekend up here and it was. Some rain is in the forecast and cooler temps will mean that this Memorial Day weekend will be even better but be prepared for biting insects which were just getting warmed up. Okay that is it for this report and I will post the fly angle as soon as I get all the info.

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Mid State Report 5/14

Fishing is getting really good with super reports coming in. The heavy rain system has not been as severe as predicted and the water levels are going to be fantastic for this weekend all over NY state. Steelhead are still being caught in the Salmon River at Pulaski and there have been some heavy releases this last 2 weeks. These fish were caught by a father and son team last week. Whom had come up from Texas and went there with some coaxing from the bear. Needless to say they were pleased with the results this late into the season. The walleye fishing at Oneida continues to be good but the best reports are coming from those whom are fishing at night. The trout fishing is where it is at right now and I think it is going to be great for the foreseeable future. Here are some more pics from last weekend of the beautiful wild brown trout that we are able to put our guests onto with great regularity. Not only do we have these great wild browns but we also have some really nice rainbows in addition and some of them are real behemoths. I have not got any reports from the West Branch of the Delaware but I believe it will be top notch also. Put away the yard tools and get out trout fishing!!

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Fly Time Is Here

While the rivers were a little high this last week it appears that the heavy rain predicted for this week is going to pass south of our region in the mountains. My friend Rich Garfield reported that he guided a client to a 20 inch wild brown trout this very morning. He also stated that the client was celebrating his 60th birthday so that was a pretty special birthday present. The fly of choice was one of Rich’s signature Sirloins which are available on his website flyfishtheadirondacks.com. I think that if the rain avoids us that things are going to go crazy as the waters approach 60 degrees this week. I suggest you get your trip planned as soon as possible and don’t let another year slide by without you making that trip, after all this is 2012 and according to soothsayers and wanabee Nostrodamases across the planet this may be the end. In the meantime I will continue expanding my operation and plan of seeing you for a trip next year if not this one. One more thing I see someone from Irving, Texas is on my site every day, do I know you? My e-mail is on the site.

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