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.




There is going to be an explosion.

Of insect activity that is. Due to the high water all spring there has been a subdued amount of  insect activity this spring but with the temps now starting to warm up in the ADKs, when the record rains let up the bugs are going to go beserk. That includes the biting ones. If you love to fly fish then this is your region with all streams up here being influenced by the ancient outcroppings of limestone, the result is streams and rivers with a ph that is perfect for the insects that trout love to devour. Hatches here some times take on biblical proportions and there is always something zipping around. This is also the perfect environment for bait fish and this all adds up to super strong and healthy trout with some of them demonstrating corpulent body dimensions. Song birds serenade you as you fly fish in remote settings and this is right here in NY. No need to go to some expensive and distant location when amazing trout fishing is right here within a days drive.

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Noahs Arks, let us build one for you!

The northern Adirondacks and most of NYS are experiencing the wettest spring on record. Lake Champlain is at all time record heights with people who live a p to a 1/2 mile from the lake taking on water. Just got back from a trip up there and soggy is the best word to describe it. My two guests did manage to get in one days fishing before the rivers went crazy again. They were the first people to fish this year, that is how high it has been up here and that lasted for one day. They did get some nice ones however. They caught several brookies, two 16 inch browns and one brown that was over 20 inches, so all factors considered they did pretty well. The meals as usual were amazing and one of my local Sherpa guides brought down some homemade horseradish and pickled leeks those in conjunction with some smoked , Lake Ontario brown trout augmented the other delicacies nicely. I dare say that as soon as the weather breaks that the fishing is going to be amazing and so are the insect hatches including the biting ones. With how wet it is, I am anticipating great fishing well into July and August. This is your Adirondack bear signing off for now.

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NYS DEC comes to their senses.

The trout here in the northern ADKs are carnivorous as this picture shows. The minnow Rich used is almost as big as the trout but he still took it on. It is great to see so many small wild fish and every stream here has them in them. This is great when training young fishermen, nothing spurs them on like success. The reason for this post is that the DEC is going to relax the restrictive bait laws so that once again you will be able to pick and transport live minnows again. There will still be restrictions but the indication is that they are reaching a balance on protecting fish from VHS yet realizing that fishermen should not be penalized for something they had nothing to do with. The adjusted laws will probably not go into affect till this fall but at least there is hope. These laws have crippled the bait business and fishermen using live bait. This winter I spoke to fishermen that were driving 50 miles, round trip, to buy bait because most small bait shops have been forced out of business. At $4 gas prices the bait was costing about 40 cents a minnow. Great for the oil companies bad for the fishermen. More information is forthcoming on the DEC website and I will post here when it comes out. Bye for now!!

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Now thats what I’m talking about…

This is one the two that Mark kept for him and his mother. A fabulous Mothers Day weather wise and this one and the other 18 incher stuffed with a shrimp stuffing and done on the BBQ, caused the Food Channel to swing in off the highway to investigate. Overall Mark landed 7 and said he had about 50 attacks but the little weasels kept short striking and lucking out. Revenge is a meal we like to serve up with steel inserted. Nice fish because the stream he caught them in is not very big. The stream is in the Oneonta area of mid state NY but I will rarely mention the exact name where we are in order to protect the detective work of some other fishermen to find this spot.

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