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.




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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April in the Adirondacks

You have to be ready for a plethora of weather and water conditions here in this beautiful part of New York State. In April this is doubly so and this week is a perfect example of this. Monday 4/16 it was 80 degrees and this weekend the forecast is wet, raw with snow, possibly heavy. Most years there is a lot of snow in the deep mountain valleys well into May, last year into late June, this year none. I actually had to mow the lawn for the first time ever in April this year! Even though this weekends weather will be more typical for this time of year I see this as an early year and if we get steady, intermittent rains it could be an amazing year for trout fishing. The beauty of my location here is that we are not only located right on what I feel is the best river for large wild trout but we are within an hours drive of a half dozen other major flows and many smaller streams that are almost as good. These rivers cover a wide spectrum of gradient and terrain with the result being that we can offer quality fishing opportunities no matter what Mother Nature has served up. I feel that this region of the state offers you a really good chance of catching a trophy freestone trout. My friend Mark caught 4- 20 inch browns in a single day last year. Now I am not saying you are going to catch them like crazy in April but they are here and I seem to catch some of the biggest ones in this early part of the season. These big ones are coming off the winter period and know how to eat. The picture of Tom the dentist is a classic example of this. It was Easter weekend, snow was in the air, water temp was 41, air temp 39, I told him I had a savage attack just below the camp when I had arrived there the day before and that I thought he should throw one of Rich Garfields (flyfishtheadirondacks.com)  sirloin streamers into that spot. I watched him chuck that sirloin for a few minutes and went back to camp work. Several minutes later I heard screaming and an epic battle was under way. Several minutes later he subdued one of the most impressive trout I have ever seen here. The fish was over 22 inches with an evil head and  Hulk like overall body proportions, the fish reminded me of Mike Tyson. I had set up the camcorder ahead of time and captured most of the battle on film. As soon as I get the technology I will transfer it from 8mm to digital and post it on my you tube site,Papa Bear’s Youtube Channel, and show you this classic footage. Video and photography are huge part of our theme here at Adirondack Retreats and we do our best to capture you on film as you catch and release these beautiful fish, thus leaving you with a lasting memory to show your family and friends. To sum it up, each year is different, usually tough conditions, but it is great just to be out there and you never know. My 40 years of experience fishing here will be used to its maximum potential to help you succeed.

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Lets Talk Turkey

An added bonus for a May trip to the northern region could be a nice gobbler to go with a 20 inch brown later in the morning. As I drive around up here I am noticing a thriving population of turkeys and they are big. With this being the northern edge of their range and the weather staying cooler much longer than in the southern parts of the state, they tend to mate a little later allowing for a chance to hunt them while they are still hot and looking. Another aspect is that the trout fishing tends to start to get good later in the morning and into the afternoon thus there is no need to run out the door and start fishing at first light. I love the fact that there is no rush to be on the water early to beat the hordes to the best spots, up here they are just exercising their arm. Thus if you have the energy after a day of fishing and evening of socializing and recanting the days tails and tales then turkeys are available. I don’t think a lot of people realize just how many birds there are up here and with the dairy farmers spreading manure all the time its like ringing the country buffet bell. Just another aspect of the region that might draw you up here.

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