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.




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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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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