September 2012

Herds of salmon on the move

So many are running right now that David is talking in terms of herds not pods. The run seems exceptionally large this year and a lot of kings with some coho. Reports I am getting are of 100 hookup days and some actually landed. I laugh when guys tell me how they caught thirty or forty in a day You land 5 of these puppies in a day and you will think that you went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Its like hooking a pickup truck when you get one on. They are great fun however and if you want to freak your kids out then take them fishing for these brutes. It won’t be long before the browns come in behind them to feed on the eggs and they can be huge. If you have never fished for these then you must put it on your bucket list. Local tackle shops have all you will need equipment needs but David has been getting them on floss.

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Salmon Runs are Starting

Lake Ontario is already in action and the Salmon runs started with the rain of last weekend. Now is a great time to be there before the deluge of fishermen come in October. NYS guide David Versendy reported to me that he hooked around 50 of them two days ago and that was in the mid river sections with few if any other fishermen around. David grew up on the river and is just a great fly fisherman and now a NYS guide. This young man knows the entire Lake Ontario scenarios from salmon to steel head to monster brown trout and the critical spots to be at the critical times to be there. He will ensure that a trip to this region will be as successful and satisfying a fishing experience as is humanly possible to have. Water conditions he says are still very low, so much so that the drift boats are finding it still impossible to drift the river. He calls this a late start on the run this year with a huge pod of fish gathered at the mouth of the river just waiting for water. In fact he stated that some of the best fishing every year can be found in mid August with any good rain. He says that the reservoir on the Salmon is as low as he has ever seen it and that it will take some major rains to get it filled. Davids phone # is 1-315-863-2540 or you can e-mail me and I will set you up with him. With big rains called for this Saturday you might just want to think about a quick mission.

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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 releaseĀ  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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