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.

Views from the Vice – Slinging Meat


Replenishing some of my favorite search patterns is the first thing I like to do during the fishing off season – but once that routine is over, what then?

This year I’m paying special attention to large streamers that have a hefty profile. While I’ve already shown some articulated streamers I’ve been tying up that will work for both Adirondack trout and bass… I’ve been trying to get more creative at the vice and have some fun tying up ‘meat’ that will get the express attention of one of PBO’s many 24″ wild browns.

Conventional wisdom from many meat slingers that I’ve noticed utilizes the color orange… Not just in the Adirondacks as the late Fran Betters suggested but all around the world. Following suit, I’ve incorporated some nice browns and oranges into the profile of this streamer shown above tied on a number 2 hook. I will come up with some variations on this theme, but I have high hopes for this pattern.

Tight lines!

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New York State DEC Public Fishing Rights, Parking Areas, and Interactive Maps

The NY Department of Environmental Conservation has a relatively new feature on their website that allows you to access pre-made Google Maps and Google Earth files for public fishing Rights and public fishing parking areas. But they can be hard to find…. so in an effort to make things easier for our readers, here they are:


We’ve also updated our resources page here.

Tight Lines!

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The Biggest One I have Ever Caught

Carp that is. I have caught some nice ones before but this puppy took the gold medal so far. Jigging for walleyes and I hooked this one right in the tip of the tail and thought I had another one of those monster muskies. I  swear by 6# Trilene XL fishing line and use it for most of my fishing. From 15 inch walleye to 40# carp and muskies it handles them all with proper drag control. It stays incredibly limp in cold water conditions which facilitates great cast ability yet can take the beating these monsters give out. This carp was 36 inches long, 35-40#, my deliar only goes to 28#, 9 inches across and  14 inches deep. That is a fat 16 inch walleye next to it to give you some perspective. This picture doesn’t give you the true view of just how big this thing was. I released her and I hope I catch her again during the annual Sertoma carp derby held here in the Binghamton area of the Susquehanna River. I took 4th in that tourney a few years ago with a 26#er and this thing dwarfed that one. The walleye fishing has been tough this week with the river dropping and clearing and we are separating the men from the boys. You must have faith in the spot and show great patience but limit catches of 15-20 inch fish are being had and last night I saw over a dozen 19-20 inch fish caught between 3 boats. Not bad for this river system. I will be posting a video on my you-tube channel(adirondackwayne) showing highlights from the close of the season. Okay fish hard, time is short, bye.

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About Adirondack Retreats

Papa Bear gives us the skinny about all the unique features and benefits of the property – as well as gives more information about introductory trips to Adirondack Retreats. We’re in the process of creating a private sportsmen club for like minded individuals interested in trout fishing, conservation, and preservation. Email Wayne Richardson (aka Papa Bear) or call 607-785-8215 for more details on this tremendous opportunity.

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