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.




August in the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. Mid August now and thank God the brutal heat wave is broken and much needed rain has been steady. Nights are going to be nippy this week and the trout fishing should really start to pickup. Up here you never know what you might get weather wise and you had better be ready for it. Right now you can feel the change in the light and the buzz of the woods takes on a different sound. Each day the migratory birds seen a to thin out a little more. Catch  the right cool rainy day and the trout fishing can get ugly as trout that had remained deep and hidden all summer start to put the feedbag on for the coming winter. They sense it as well and know what is coming and what to do to prepare for it. Deer season is right around the corner and now that NY has moved up the opener for bow to Oct. 1st it seems like its not far off. Needless to say the lazy days are gone and the program is starting to pick up speed. Bob caught this beauty last August on his initial outing here and what a welcome to the river! Got the fight on video and the fish was quickly released. Note the anvil like head because here he is again in June of this year when my buddy Mark got him right in the same spot only now he was an inch bigger.That anvil shaped head is what allowed me to know that is was him again. It is oh so satisfying to know that the catch and release is working.  Bob also got this 22 inch beauty that same day. Oh yeah and he also  got this 16 incher. As you can see even in mid August , quality trout fishing is available under favorable water heights. Folks there is some really good fishing all over up here but you better bring your A-game because this is wild trout fishing. Okay got to go. I have  three of my kids taking their hunter safety courses in the morning and its going be great. I am already looking at bigger freezers. ha ha ha.

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Own A Slice Of A Trout Fishing Mecca

Hey fellow outdoors minded people. I have a friend whom has some really nice property on the world famous West Branch of the Delaware River just below the town of Deposit in New York States Catskill Mountains. If you have been thinking about owning your own little or big getaway then this might just be a great place to plant your flag. Read more at the link http://www.papabearoutdoors.com/for-sale/

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Relief for the Adirondacks

At last some rain and cooling temps are starting to break the heat wave and dangerous conditions that have been enveloping the Adirondacks and country in general. After a heavy rain this 22inch Leviathan moved out from his spring cooled lair and posed for a brief photo session. Rich up from Texas found the weather invigorating and this trout most satisfying. I was sweating like Obama at a Klan rally and he was cool LOL. The weather now will start coming back to reality and fall fishing up here can be nothing short of amazing as the big browns move up from their summer spots to start staging for the November spawn. They also become even more colorful than they already are with the males becoming exceedingly vibrant. These hook jawed males are the realization of what fills a fly fisherman’s dreams. This one inhaled one of Rich Garfields (flyfishtheadirondacks.com) signature patterns, The Sirloin. He has this fly available on his site and highly recommend having this and his other patterns in your arsenal when visiting our region. Well it was nice to have something positive to report in what has been a scary hot summer. River temps reached numbers I have never seen here and I had shutdown the fishing here till now.

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Summer on the Susquehanna

Hello outdoors fans. Sorry I have not posted in awhile. Click on any picture to enlarge it as with this first one and you will notice the balloons rising in the background. This is the kick off for a local event here in the Binghamton region known as the Spiedie Festival. The spiedie is a local specialty of marinated meat on a skewer and then char grilled. Usually I am in the Adirondacks all summer trout fishing but even they have been suffering from the incredibly hot summer that the nation has been experiencing and the trout fishing has been slow at best. I have been fishing the river a lot for carp and cats training the punks for Salmon fishing in the fall. I fished in a small derby this weekend and it was a nice start to see the balloon launch while preparing for an evenings fishing. I have been testing a bunch of prototypes of inventions for river fishing and I have to admit they are working perfectly. Under a full moon and with a bucket of sucker minnows and creek chubs, confidence was high. I began a chum line from a bucket of fermenting shad that had attracted flies from 50 miles away as they festered in the sun and heat for several days. Sheriff Brody( Jaws 1 ) would  have been proud of the fervor with which I ladled that rotten mess into the water and I figured every cat sown to Harrisburg was getting a whiff. The 10,000 flies which had drowned trying to get to center of this fly heaven were like raisins in the mix. I bet my neighbors were wondering what the hell evil I had over at the house that was wafting over to them, its not easy being my neighbor. Now with the attractant flowing downstream and the poles in the water it was time for some well deserved ice clod beverages. The balloons continued to launch, the weather remained humid hot and hazy, consumption rates were high and right near dark the cats responded to my olfactory offer to party. I have to admit it was a great night of fishing with continuous action and being by myself there were times with two poles going at once that it resembled the proverbial Chinese fire drill. I fished hard until around 2 in the morning and napped till first light. Upon waking all 3 rods had cats on and was a good way to wake up and the bite continued until I had to leave and weigh in for the contest. All told I landed 17 cats and had many bites I did not get. It was a great night with all the fish being caught on live bait. The livers and cut bait caught nothing. Speaking of which I save all my deer livers for cat bait. They are tougher than chicken livers, staying on the hook better, and I marinate them in garlic before I freeze them in the fall. I also save the rib cages from the Walleye when I fillet them to use as cut bait with the ribs helping to keep them on the hook. I also save the carcasses from the walleyes to make chum blocks and for the chum buckets thus using all parts of the fish as the Indians did. Another trick I have been working on is the use of rechargeable solar lights in my outings. They work great because they give a nice low light and unlike a lantern they do not attract swarms of bugs. I carry backup batteries so that when the rechargeable ones give up I insert regular ones and they stay lit till dawn. I am really impressed with how these are working out and will be adding them into all my night time fishing outings. Notice in my pictures how I use a piece of 1/2 inch schedule 80 pipe in the ground and then a section of those swim noodles that the kids use in the pool slid down on the pipe, then I insert the base of  the light into the swim noodle. This way you can break the rig down when transporting. It was a great nights fishing and the only thing I didn’t get was a big cat thus my only prize was for smallest which was better than nothing. I can’t complain with the nice stringer I ended up with and all the action I had.

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