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 – Articulated Streamers for Big Bass & Trout

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I’ll be making my way up to the Adirondacks this summer for my annual trip north – and along the way I hope to hook into some monster Smallmouth Bass and Trout inside the park on the ol’ fly rod. This year, I’ve spent some extra time tying up articulated streamers in hopes of having less missed opportunities on short strikes.

I noticed at PBO for example, many nice sized brown trout went after my large streamers aggressively but I had more missed hook sets than I can count. I think adding the extra trailer hook behind an orange bead or two will not only increase my hookup potential, but give the fly a larger appearing size overall and perhaps entice the largest of Papa Bear’s inhabitants into a strike. We know from his videos that Wayne’s minnow rig is infallible – and I know from fishing with him that he likes to sling the biggest meat wherever he things the largest trout are holding. Makes sense to use that same strategy then with my streamers.

This year – I’ll be prepared.

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On the lake front- I hope to pull my fly rod more this year and get away from the tried and true super fluke for trophy smallmouth. I’be caught so many bass on flukes, I’m ready for a new challenge. Last year the hottest color during my trip north was a smoke colored fluke around rock piles and weed beds. This year I have some nice iridescent black pearl articulated streamers that I tied up for that exact same pattern. It should do the trick.

Tight lines!

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Views from the Vice – Pat’s Rubber Legs

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One of the hottest flies in the country right now might be so popular because while incredibly effective on trout – it’s also a very easy fly to tie.

A couple of quick notes on this one… The bigger the better. I had success last year all across the rivers of the Adirondacks and at PBO with a size 4 fly. 12″ trout took it as quickly as 22″ trout inhaled it. The thing just works – particularly after a dead drift if you strip the fly in toward the bank imitating a stonefly’s natural tendency to seek the bank after releasing from the stream bed. Any color of chenille will work to imitate the targeted species of stonefly in the water you are fishing – brown, black, golden, etc. The pattern shown is and olive/black variegated chenille that works quite well.

The lifelike action of the legs of course is what drives fish nuts about the pattern, and the simplicity of the recipe lets them stand out and work their magic. Don’t be fooled by how minimal this fly looks, the thing is a trout magnet.

If you’re going to book a trip at PBO this spring summer or fall, make sure you have plenty of heavily weighted Pat’s Rubber legs in your box.

Tight lines!

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Nice Walleye

Here is a picture of one of those nice walleyes I have been posting about. This one was over 28 inches long and a little over 9#. This boat also landed a 7, two 6s, a 3 and numerous nice ones. It is not like that every day but this section of the Susquehanna consistently produces limit catches of 15-20 inch fish, just the right size for the pan. I have a fish cleaning station at the house that would make the Gortons Fisherman jealous. If you don’t have one then get yourself¬† an electric fillet knife and make it a Mister Twister. I have tried several and that one is far superior. I am getting reports that there is ice fishing going on on Oneida Lake with good ice reported on big bay at around 8 inches. I am anticipating a fantastic last month of the walleye season in all the river systems and any rain is just going to accelerate the amount of fish going into the pre-spawn mode. Take advantage of this potential bonanza of walleye fishing this spring.

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No Ice!!! I love the boat!!!

As much as I love ice fishing I would much rather be out in the boat and what a year it is here in the northeast. I have ice fished one day this year and never put the boat away and I am loving it. Last year the river froze in late November and never thawed till April. I am here at my winter time command bunker here in the mid state of NY near Binghamton on the Susquehanna River. The walleye fishing in this river system is awesome and the region around here is a major spawning destination for many fish. Our DEC has wisely installed many new boat launches in recent year and has made this great fishery so much more accessible. I have enjoyed this river for many years and some of my best inventions were hatched and tested here. I enjoy being able to row around down here for the exercise even on very high water such as this. HUGE fish can be had and limit catches of nice walleyes and smallmouths are the norm. If you are looking for a new spot to try for walleyes then the this should be on your list. The final weeks of the season, which closes here in mid March, can be especially productive with many spawning females moving up.  When the ice is breaking up and the river is high is one of my favorite big fish times. How would you like to live on the island? Someone does and the whole thing is an engineering feat to keep it from washing away. Let alone having your own tramway to get out there. Here is an example of a fair day on the river. These are all males in the 17-20 inch range and all were caught on a specialized jig I manufacture. I can,t wait to get my little company fully launched and bring to you some of the cutting edge technologies I have invented and perfected. I think your going to like them!!!!

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