September 2011

Things returning to normal

At last things are stabilizing it what has been an interesting weather year to say the least. It will take years for my neighbors to get back to where they were after the flooding here in the southern tier of NY. In the Adirondacks stream conditions are perfect and recent fishing outings once again produced many fish. The heavy rain has done what I expected and put the fish on their annual staging runs for spawning early this year. A father and son out of my operation caught and released over 40 browns last weekend. The last two weeks of the season will be fantastic if we don’t get any more heavy rain. The floods of the past few weeks have created many new holes and runs which means all new challenges. Along the Lake Ontario region the salmon are starting to swarm and the runs intensify with each passing day. Some gigantic brown trout are following them and then come the steel-head. With all this rain a region that not many take advantage off is the tributaries off of the Finger Lakes. The Landlock runs here in the fall can be brutal and this wet year is going to spur this to a potentially biblical level. The same will hold true for the runs that come up out Lake Champlain. Last years runs were heavy to say the least and with the removal of barriers on the Bouquet and Saranac Rivers things are only going to get better. Right now the world carp fishing championship is going on at Waddington on the St. Lawrence River. This is a growing angling venue and this years contest features 100 teams in a 115 hour long fishing marathon. http://www.carptournamentseries.com/site/tournaments/2011-carp-angling-world-championship/#cawc_2011_register is your link to information on this unique contest and a constantly updated leader board. There will be plenty of Alive consumed by the winners after this contest to relax sore muscles I am sure. Bye for now.

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Mother Nature gone crazy

We are SLOWLY starting to recover from our latest flood disaster which eclipsed the flood of the 2006 disaster. That was supposed to be the 500 year flood and I guess this must be the 1000 year flood. It is now that the water has receded and that you are able to get into all areas that you begin to appreciate the scope of the damage. Almost anywhere you go peoples entire life’s possessions are heaped at the curb. Dazed home and business owners try to heap more onto these already head high heaps of all they have worked for. It is hard to think about hunting and fishing when so many here are devastated. That said I think my usual concentrated and relentless pursuit of the wily whitetail will be some what abbreviated this year. The last week has been a blur of rescue and now recovery as our entire community is coming together to help those that are WIPED OUT! I now know what the folks after Katrina faced and why it is taking so long for them to recover. Many here are going to walk away from the areas that were pounded twice in 5 years.

The salmon at Pulaski are running like crazy and the deer hunting should be great this year with the biblical apple crop and the amazing mast crop. I have managed a few hours out in the woods but I feel guilty to spend any time on pleasure when so many around me are really suffering. Okay I am off to Conklin now to help my sister in law who is just now getting back into her home. I see no end to how many people that need help but I have had many rewards heaped on me already and now its time to pay it forward and back. We live in the greatest country in the history of the planet don’t ever take it for granted!!!!

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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 thereĀ  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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