May 2012

A memorable Memorial Day fly fishing in the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT. Wow what a difference  a year makes. Last year this time I was just bringing the first fishermen of the season in due to the incredibly long and cold winter with water temps in the 40-50 range. This year we are already seeing temps approaching 70. This has driven the insects into a frenzy and the hatches were crazy. Swarms of Blue Wing Olives, Caddis and even Salmon Flies were erupting with great regularity. On Friday I has two fishermen, John and Tom in from Massachusetts whom had come in to check out the club aspect of what I am creating here. Under the careful tutelage of my lead guide, David Versendy, they were able to bring some trout to net and get a lesson in nymphing. They were on the stream as water temps were climbing from 58 to 71 degrees and had good action until it got past 65. Which slowed things down til the evening after they had left unfortunately. They did have some really nice fish on but landing them proved a little harder. They did get some in and I will be posting a you-tube video of them in action. Filming you on these fishing trips is a huge part of our service here and we do our best to capture you as you play with our fish. You have the potential of catching the trout of a lifetime on every cast and there is nothing like having it burned into the memory of film to show your friends later. Thus for just a few hours on the stream these boys did pretty well but you really need several days here to get the true measure of how good it is here. David had his father, Bob, along whom has tutored David as a youth in the art of fly fishing. They are both expert fly fishermen who fish Patagonia each year for two weeks and having grown up on the Salmon River at Pulaski so they are no slouches in the ways of trout. We had some nice rains up here early in the week and they had stopped at a small stream on the way up which was at just the right height. The results were amazing with numerous fish in the 16-18 range being hooked and landed. This stream is about 6 feet wide and dad could not believe the caliber of fish that it contained. The bear knows! Now with John and Tom gone they got serious about the trout in our home river and the action was incredible. Now I am not much of a fly fisherman but I am a really good trout fishermen so I was curious if they could catch them on the flies in that I have had few expert fly fishermen here. I tagged along on Saturday with the video gear and captured them as they smoked them on flies. Numerous fish in the 16-19 inch range were caught and several bigger ones were lost. That video will also be posted on my you tube channel shortly( adirondackwayne ) and you can see just how good this place can be. All told in the course of two and a half days they had over a hundred trout on with the majority of the landed ones being in the 16-18 inch range. I had told Bob about the incredible biomass that the river contained and when he started flipping rocks and every one looked like a barnacle with all the bugs he said that not even in Patagonia had he seen so much insect life. To summarize their trip they hooked over a hundred trout landing about a third of them and the average size was 16-18 inches. Five fish were lost in the over 20 inch category with the collection of flies shown here having broken hooks. The boys were using a stone fly attractor and most fish were caught on a hares ear or pheasant tail dropper. The dog found all these activities very boring with so much time being spent taking pictures and decided my net made a good place to rest her head. Okay that is it for this weeks activities and if you are looking for some good trout fishing then we have it.

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Fly Time in the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. What a great backdrop for Dave to tie flies as we wait for our guests to arrive. Dave has the passion for fishing and if he isn’t fishing he is tying more flies to replace the ones he lost. Tying stream side with the birds chirping. not to many biting flies attacking you and phenomenal mid May temperatures, perfect. CAREFUL Dave, the mother Barn Swallow that has taken up residence in one of my bird boxes is eyeballing those flies for when her eggs hatch. Dave is an expert nymph fishermen and on most of the rivers in our niche of the Adirondacks there is limited dry action due to the incredible bio-mass of insects. 90% of a trouts diet is nymphs. Up here the trout are more concerned with the many creatures that want to make a meal out of them and sipping dry flies is a good way to become a statistic. Folks this is real trout fishing up here and not some manicured stream or easy boat trip but rather this is wade fishing on wilderness rivers but the rewards come in golden inches. The fishing here is probably what it was like in the Beaverkill and Willowemac hundreds of years ago when fly fishing came to this nation. I have spoken with veteran fishermen on the legendary Ausable and they told me of the monsters to be found there in the 50s and 60s when it gained its notoriety and because of that and liberal bag limits they decimated the native breeders to the point where they have to stock monsters now. We are all about catch and release and we are doing our best to ensure that this never happens in our region, thank God attitudes are really starting to change and our DEC is actively realizing this. My goal is to see that the generations that follow will be able to enjoy this region much as we have. I also have a few pictures of the fish that Rich Garfield put his client into on Saturday. The fish was caught on a #12 hares ear, a popular early season fly and the reason we have so many rabbits up here with no ears. He said the fish was the biggest one he had ever seen in our river and it was so big that it would not fit in the net. He had to tackle it and pin it with the net. He will be posting pictures on his site¬† flyfishtheadirondacks.com. The fish was released and is waiting for you to come play with. Fishing is great everywhere up here right now and use my resource page to find water levels, PFR rights and even road reports. I think it is going to be super up there this Memorial Day weekend, quite a difference from last year. Your friend in the mountains; Papa Bear!!!

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Amazing Trout Fishing May 17th Weekend

Click on any picture to enlarge it. Hows this for your first trout ever?? 10 casts using my minnow method of fishing and Derrick had a 20 inch wild brown ready for a picture session and a lasting memory to show others. Notice the talon marks on her back where the Osprey appears to have grabbed it. His friend John also got a 19 inch beauty and several 14 inch punks as I call them. Derrick also missed one at the shore that was at least 20 and I will be posting a video shortly on my you-tube channel( adirondackwayne) of the boys in action. Johns dad was into learning the art of nymph fishing and under the careful instruction of NYS guide David Versendy he got the grasp of it and had numerous attacks before he got the hang of it. He hooked several and had one that David estimated at 19 inches right to shore where he escaped. Guess he just didn’t want his picture taken. All things considered they had some incredible action and left planning a return visit. A factor that kind of slowed the action was the fact that the weather was too nice. The sun was so intense that it raised the water temps from 58-69 degrees on Saturday which freaked the fish out and put them down. I never have seen this effect up here at this time of year but that’s fishing. They had a great weekend and learned some techniques and methods that have greatly advanced their fishing skills. That is what we are all about up here, great wild trout fishing in a pristine wilderness setting. At the same time all this was going on, NYS guide Rich Garfield, flyfishtheadirondacks.com, was on another section of the river and put his guest into the biggest brown he had ever seen come out of this river. He estimated the length at 24 inches or more and the fish to be over seven pounds. I will be posting pictures as soon as he gets back from an extended trip. He also indicated that another 20 inch rolled and fell off and two more were hooked that broke off before they could even be brought under control. I had predicted that this would be a great weekend up here and it was. Some rain is in the forecast and cooler temps will mean that this Memorial Day weekend will be even better but be prepared for biting insects which were just getting warmed up. Okay that is it for this report and I will post the fly angle as soon as I get all the info.

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Mid State Report 5/14

Fishing is getting really good with super reports coming in. The heavy rain system has not been as severe as predicted and the water levels are going to be fantastic for this weekend all over NY state. Steelhead are still being caught in the Salmon River at Pulaski and there have been some heavy releases this last 2 weeks. These fish were caught by a father and son team last week. Whom had come up from Texas and went there with some coaxing from the bear. Needless to say they were pleased with the results this late into the season. The walleye fishing at Oneida continues to be good but the best reports are coming from those whom are fishing at night. The trout fishing is where it is at right now and I think it is going to be great for the foreseeable future. Here are some more pics from last weekend of the beautiful wild brown trout that we are able to put our guests onto with great regularity. Not only do we have these great wild browns but we also have some really nice rainbows in addition and some of them are real behemoths. I have not got any reports from the West Branch of the Delaware but I believe it will be top notch also. Put away the yard tools and get out trout fishing!!

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