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.

Let’s Go Trout Fishing

Papa Bear here and I want to put you in one of these pictures. I have this really great trout fishing place here in the Adirondack Mountains and I am starting to bring trout fishing fanatics in for incredible fishing. I have fished as many of the renowned rivers of the NY and PA as I can and this is the very best I have ever found. I believe this to be your best chance at catching, photographing and releasing a 20+ inch WILD BROWN TROUT from a freestone river. These are not tail water fish but rather stream bred survivors of hard winters and high waters and are the culmination of what fills a trout fisherman’s dreams. They put up incredible battles that lead to epic tales told back at camp. We do out best to film and photograph you as you experience the best the mountains have to offer. In an age of rapidly vanishing wild fisheries, this one is getting better. Flip any rock and they are clustered with insects. TheĀ  hatches here often take on biblical proportions. All the contact info is here on the site and I suggest you give me a call soon!!!

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Fishing report: Sculpin pattern lights up Western Virginia

Late last week I had the opportunity to do some fly fishing out in the wilderness of beautiful Western Virginia with some guys that hold an annual week long trip this time of year – and being from the foothills of the Adirondacks in Upstate NY and fishing these trout waters for the first time In a foreign land, was excited to make my debut.

It’s no secret that the Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Jackson River systems are heavily trafficked this time of year, and those were the streams of focus for the group I was with. Due to a work commitment, I could only fish for one day… But it was productive and a great introduction for me to the trout streams of the George Washington National Forest.

All told, 6 brown, brook, and rainbow trout between 11-13 inches were caught on my 5 weight fly rod for a good day’s fishing. One larger brown inhaled a perfectly placed sculpin pattern but after 5 minutes of playing on heavy current he threw the hook unfortunately. Would have loved a picture of that one.

Here is what I have to share in any case:





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Think Trout!!!!!!

Hi again fishing fans. Walleye season has ended and with a whimper Considering the fairy tale like weather and river conditions here in central NY. I fished my A off the last few days and came up with very little personally but some of my friends did quite well with a 27″ fish being the biggest one. I did have another muskie in the 45 inch range on. Had it to the boat twice and then the hook pulled out. Putting the walleye stuff away and getting ready for the trout. With the incredible weather we are experiencing this year it looks to be an early season. Here are some memorable opening day fish caught in the Syracuse area. A good looking young bear in these pictures. The one picture of my friend Brian was a test of endurance that day with footage of snow and colder than a well diggers rear end in Yukon. Those two 14 inch brookies on opening days were the equivalent of catching 24 inch browns. All these trout were caught from a stream about 10 feet across or less. This year it may be some of the bigger rivers that get our attention with things so far ahead. Then off to the Adirondacks in early April and some of the best wild trout fishing in the country. I am this year starting to try and gather a small group of outdoors minded people to a place in the north east mountains. I have a blurb about it on you-tube (adirondakwayne) or on this site. I think this is a great chance for people looking for amazing nature, outstanding hunting and world class wild trout fishing to not only enjoy but to help preserve and enhance something special. I have checked out a lot of this state and this is as real and good as it gets. Check out my videos on you-tube and judge for yourself.

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Views from the Vice – Wool Headed Sculpin


Here’s another version of that articulated streamer pattern I’ve been tying to imitate sculpins.

I like the olive coloring with red or orange beads behind the head.

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