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.




Glad I built that Ark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi gang, Papa Bear reporting here from where my shop used to be. We have been a little busy here in the Binghamton area. WOW we got pounded to put it mildly. These are just a few glimpses of what our and neighboring counties for a 100 miles look like. I live in Vestal NY and we received over a foot of rain here. These photos are almost a 1/4 mile from the Susquehanna River. The flood stage here is 18 feet and we reached 37 feet. The last few says have been surreal and like and episode of the Twilight Zone. At least 20,000 residents here have been displaced and hunting and fishing have taken a back seat to helping your neighbors in a biblical effort to return their lives to some sort of reality. The river is receding but the mud left is like a slippery glue. There is no power and no water so you can’t even clean it and now the mold is starting to take hold. As I toured the region last night on the way home from 5 straight days of rescues and now clean up, it was heartbreaking to see peoples entire lives mounting at the curb. That’s it for now and at least we had only one death as a result of this reminder from Mother Nature as to who the boss is. I will get back to our regular programming as soon as possible.

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Circle the wagons!!

The report from yesterday was that the mouth of the Salmon River is stuffed with big Kings. My reporter said that their arms hurt from catching them in the 15-25 # range. Thus with the first good rain the pod is going to move up the river and you will get run over if you are in their way. I fondly remember those early days when we didn’t know blank from sheinola and was glad to have survived the snatching period. For a while there  it was like Vietnam, you needed a helmet and flak jacket. God though did we see some funny things happen and I only wish they had the camcorders out back then.

Tip: If you have never fished the area before a pair of studded wading shoes such as Korkers can be a limb or life saver. This place can be slipperier than the greased pig at the County Fair. Take at least two back up rods and reels and extra everything. These fish are brutal on sub standard equipment or inept fishermen and take no prisoners. Sound waders are essential.

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Salmon season starting

I am getting fair reports of salmon in the Salmon River at Pulaski. The word has been most of the fish are  in the 10-15# range which is a little on the small size for Kings. Traditionally these first runs are when the biggest ones are caught but so far that is not the case. If you have never made a trip up here for the fall salmon fishing then you should put it on your bucket list. When they are running hard it can get absolutely insane here. Hooking one of these silver monsters is the equivalent of hooking a pickup truck and they will test the drag on your reel to its limit. If you have never done this I HIGHLY recommend contracting the services of one of the many guides in the region. They will save you much time and frustration fishing for these silver submarines. This is Alaska type fishing right here in NY and a reasonable drive from most of the East coast. The runs tend to peak in mid-September-October. Right after that the steelhead commence their runs which go all winter but the best fishing is in November-December. Add in the big browns, some of which take on Frankenstein like dimensions and appearance, coming up to feast on salmon eggs and you have one amazing fall fishery. Go onto you-tube and there are some great videos of this fishing. Needless to say this fishing also attracts a lot of fishermen so be prepared for crowds. Take lots of pictures and if you have one take a camcorder, the videos from here can be priceless. If you want action on fish that you can’t stop then you will love this. That is why I take my kids carp fishing all summer so that they will know how to deal with angry fish.

On the trout fishing scene the word is fish the western part of the state in that Adirondack streams are HIGH still but the north central potion along the border was somewhat spared. Once again use the link I have to the USGS site for water levels on your favorite flows. This link and other helpful information is found in my resources section.

Tip: Hire a guide!!!!!

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Kon-Tiki launched and floating

Heading north? forget it. I have just consulted with some of the best guides in northern NY and the the prognosis aint good. Not only are the streams smoking high but you may not be able to get to them. Now this may suck short term but the last weeks of the season may be outstanding with many fish running up on the high waters from their summer hide-outs. This is also going to accelerate the exploding runs of Land Locks out of Lake Champlain. This fishery is starting to come into its own and extends the season for the devout fly fishermen whom forsake the hunting to pursue their craft and these incredibly hard fighting Salmonids. As I said in my last post it may be one amazing fall of hunting ans fishing. The apple trees statewide are hanging low with the bumper crop and to an old buck with bad teeth they are like candy. The mast crop here in the center of the state is really good with some of the biggest beechnuts I have ever seen. Chanterelle Mushrooms are coming on like crazy and every scouting trip includes plastic bags to stuff with them. After this rain all varieties are going to go crazy. If I was doing any serious trout fishing right now it would be in the western part of the state. Wyoming County has some excellent streams.

TIP: I have in some years used this trick to lure bucks to a certain area way back in the woods where they feel comfortable feeding before going down to the fields. I love to find an area where I know good bucks are inhabiting which is usually thick and remote. I then look for nut trees and such within a hundred yards, just far enough away so that I can sneak in without them figuring out what I am and yet they will fee comfortable moving in the late afternoon. I set up a couple stands in good wind position and focused on several of these nut or apple trees. The trick is that in the spring I go back and take several of the big spikes used for feeding  trees in your yard and drive them in around the selected nut trees. Come the fall those trees will produce the sweetest ,biggest nuts on that area and the deer know it. Most farm and garden centers will have them. Hunting the Vermit deer is a year round assault and I consult with Bill Murry on a regular basis for some of these tips. I don’t like hunting with him though because he keeps forgetting where he set up his Claymores.

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