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.




What a difference a little rain can make

The day after my last post the northern region received a nice deluge of rain courtesy of hurricane Issac and the rivers jumped 8-12 inches. I got a call from my friend and NYS guide Rich Garfield during which he stated that he had fished upstream from where we were the day before. He said that the river had jumped 8 inches overnight and that the fishing was nothing short of phenomenal. He caught roughly 90 trout up to 19 inches and that they had almost all fallen to his creation the Ausable Ugly. This is one of those must have patterns on our northern rivers. It is one of Rich’s regular go to patterns with his clients and when he is by himself using these, well the story is usually ugly. This fly and some of his other signature flies are available on his web site flyfishtheadirondacks.com. Also if you need a guide he is about as good as it gets but he is also really in demand and thus book early. A few more good rains and the season is going to end on a really good note. Quite often after an extended hot dry spell if you get a good rain the fishing right then can be amazing. Okay that’s the bears report and do not put of a trip to our region, this is some of the best wild trout fishing in the nation-take advantage of it.

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Welcome To Zeptember

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT! Labor Day weekend and still the Adirondacks find themselves in the grip of the hottest summer on record. I had received a request from my master of the web to help out his college room mate with a trip for him and his father. With the unusually dry summer I had tried to wait for improved conditions but their and my time constraints were not looking good for later in the fall so I said lets get her done. They as much as anything wanted to check out the trout fishing community I am creating here. We met up at the last vestiges of civilization and I led them down into the magic valley. They loved my stream side command bunker which is located at the center of this awesome trout fishery. Water temps were in the mid to low 60s and the water heights were a little better than I expected so I was hopeful that some fish might be willing to come out and play. Due to the low water dad decided to fish with his 2-weight and have some fun. The sun was super intense with the lowering angle and the water was crystal clear so I was hopeful at best. They had to work at it and we walked past a lot of water that is dynamite under normal conditions but some nice fish were caught. We concentrated on the biggest runs and I explained to them how these are 100% wild trout and how much they will migrate up and down the river system with the changing water conditions. On the last day of their trip I told them I would work them up to the best run in the stretch and that this was one of the few spots that might hold a big trout under these conditions. We spent a good deal of time in this last pool of the trip and they beat the water into a froth but to no avail. They said that they had had enough and it was then that I showed dad how he wasn’t quite getting it down into that deepest part of the run and how the biggest fish would be concentrated on the bottom there. Then it happened, one of the monsters succumbed to this new presentation. This was the kind of fish that I had told them the river was notorious for and it gave dad all he could handle and then some. It all worked out and the Leviathan finally was brought to a net that was all of a sudden looking very small. The first words out of dads mouth were that’s the biggest trout I have ever seen. Just what I wanted to hear from a trout fisherman whose career spans several decades. Needless to say this was the ultimate ending to a tough trip. The fish was over 22 inches long and had one of those evil hooked jaws that I just LOVE!!!! You can see why the brook trout in here are scared and nervous, here Vohn Behr is king. High fives, a brief picture session, a careful release  and the trip ended on that HIGH note. I love it when a plan comes together. This is the kind of fishing we do our best to deliver and while nothing is for sure it quite often works out this way!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Here is a beautiful 21 inch brown caught in early September several years ago. Fall trout fishing in the Adirondacks is as good as in the spring but with a different motivation for the trout. In the spring they are gorging because it had been a long tough winter, in the fall they know the winter is coming. They have feasted all summer long and with the mating season coming they are strong, have an attitude and an agenda. Fall Turkey season is opening soon and deer hunting opens early in the northern zone so there is a steadily increasing pace to life here as the days shorten and the nights get cooler. If you have your unfilled archery tag from last year it is good for the last days of September before the new license year starts. Wild mushrooms begin to abound and the victory garden is now spitting out vegetables at a viscous rate. Most days start with the pressure caner and dehydrator going full tilt. I feel like one of the squirrels in the yard, going from sun up till dark and I love it. My son gets his first archery tag this year so the pace seems a little more torrid than usual and the fact that the archery season opens 2 weeks earlier than usual this year is adding to the fervor. I must quit my regular job in order to keep up. Okay that is it for now the time is up on the caner.

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Hunter Education Today—Safety And So Much More

My son and my semi adopted daughters took there hunter safety course today and wow has it changed a lot from when I took it back in the Dark Ages. I was totally impressed with how much more has been included in the program to take it from just safety to a complete overview of the state of hunting in this day and age. It truly deserves the title it now has, Hunter Education and I will narrate in the following pictorial some of what we covered. Right out of the gate old doggie was not happy that she was not being included in the days activities as she observed the bee hive of action at 6:00 am in the morning. Sorry there home dog. The Tioga County Sportsman’s club was gracious enough to donate their facilities for the education of these future sportsmen and women so kudos to them. Upon arriving there on what had to be the nicest morning we have had since June the first order of business was to check in the firearms that many of the students had brought. The instructors immediately had the students demonstrate a knowledge of the firearm and demonstrate that it was in a safe mode.  The class had done 4 hours of work already and  upon all the firearms being secured the group was gathered for review and more instruction. Many subjects were covered in the class including safe handling of firearms and a deep respect for the manner in which a moment of carelessness can change many lives. Types of firearms, their parts and capabilities were covered. Ammunition types and how they interact with the firearms were covered. Tree stand safety was covered and the proper use of the safety belts was covered. Habitat, conservation, landowner interaction, posting  and very importantly the great responsibility that they have to be ethical as the newest stewards of gun sports. Much more was covered but these are some of the highlights. Next was a trip to the rifle range where patterning of shotguns and the sighting in procedures for rifles was demonstrated and practiced. Next was some field work on hunting situations such as crossing fences, making sure of targets and what lies beyond them, proper hunting formations and how to assign a team leader, posted signs, encountering other hunters and their equipment, hunting sites and rights to be there also. Now it was time to test their retention of the knowledge and wisdom that had been shown and demonstrated. Upon the completion of the tests the group gathered at the gun range for some hands on blasting of clay birds and a further demonstration of the safe handling of their firearms. Meanwhile the instructors were grading the tests and the result was a 100% graduation of new gun owners and hunters. I hope the smile on my face isn’t spilling out into your home!!! It was fantastic to see so many women becoming involved the hunting and gun sports. A big thanks to the instructors whom gave up their days to teach this class.

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