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.

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Fishing Poor-Golfing Good

The trout fishing is starting to reach a critical stress level for the fish and now is the time to go enjoy the numerous summer time venues that the Adirondacks are also famous for. The sightseeing and hiking around the high peaks region is in full swing right now. The stretch of the West Branch of the Ausable River in front of White Face Mountain offers breath taking scenery and a chance to catch a decent fish if you must wet a line. The Lake Placid area is filled with outdoor excitement and a nice place to take the family. Now is the time to take the family on a trip and do some scouting of streams on your bucket list at the same time. Now is when you can see them low and where the good lies will be when the water is right again. This is shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record again and even here in one of the coolest, greenest parts of the country, I am suggesting go so something else besides trout fishing. If golf is one of your passions then I suggest a trip to the Malone Country Club in Malone NY. Out here in the suburbs of no where is one beast of a golf course that will humble even the most avid golfer. In conjunction with this there is a full service casino not far from the course and makes Malone a nice escape this summer. That’s all for now but my report from NYS guide Rich Garfield,flyfishtheadirondacks.com, summed it up as fishing sucks right now and he is fishing small cool mountain streams with his clients. Keep your elbow straight and your eye on the ball. Papa Beer!!!!

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Adirondack Trout Fishing Update 7/4

Hotter than my ex-wife after a couple of Margaritas, is how conditions are up here. As I said in an earlier post this is already a way out of whack season. Even though the heat is on up here as it is in most of the nation, we are actually still experiencing quality trout fishing. The little rain we have had has come at critical times and kept the water heights at decent levels. While not many huge ones have been caught as of late there have been a few 20 inch and several 16-18. Many small fish have been caught so all in all it could be worse. The outlook is not good for the next few weeks and with water temps in the 70+ range today I would advise seeking the rivers that course through the steepest cliffs you can find. Better still now would be a great time to rest them and go bother the Muskies or Smallmouth’s. If you have to go trout fishing then I would think that the West Branch of the Ausable might be a good spot. Decent to good fishing at the base of White Face Mountain and amazing scenery. Even if the fishing is tough there is a lot to do in the region.

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Summer is upon the ADKs

Doggy finds summer life in along the river extremely taxing. Sorry I have not posted in awhile but with a daughter graduating from school and preparing for college… well things have not been what I have been accustomed to. God I have become spoiled. While I have not spent much time in the hills my guides and friends have been putting a whuppin on the fish. Even though much of the nation has been scorched it has set up a ridge along the northern United States that has kept it cooler and wetter recently. The result has been quality trout fishing and fishing in general, along the northern mountains in particular. Here I am stuck at the home office in mid state NY. Grrrrr but I have been taking the punks down to the Susquehanna River for some carp fishing which is great training for when I take them to Pulaski and Lake Ontario this fall. Nothing like a day of landing carp to teach them how those monster browns and steelhead are going to be like. I fondly laugh about a guy telling me how he caught 50 salmon in one day. Yeah right I remember days landing 5 and feeling like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. He may have hooked 50 but he didn’t land no 50. Any way I am loving life as usual and the punks are starting to get some forearms on them from fighting carp. The beauty of the mountains are that on most years are that most years good fishing continues all summer and fall most years and if you love ice fishing then you will like it here. Fish Hard!!

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The nature angle and 6/10 update from the Adirondacks

CLICK ON ANY PIC TO ENLARGE IT. Hello fellow nature enthusiasts. Water conditions are at great heights all across the mountains but water temps are on the rise again. I am finding that temps are rising much quicker this year than usual and I think that very little snow melt this spring is the culprit. Usually this melt off would be trapped in the ground water and still leaching into the rivers but that is not the case this year. Thus the rivers are not getting that injection of cooler water and are holding their temps at night plus warming faster during the day. I feel we are already in a late July situation and I hope for a cool July and August or the fish might get really stressed this year. The fishing was outstanding in the early week and one client in on Monday hooked and lost two monster trout in addition to the numerous 16-20 inch fish he landed. Today’s report was a lot of small fish but not many nice ones but then again any trout is a nice one up here, we are just a little spoiled. I wanted also to talk a little about the nature aspect of our spot. Due to the incredible insect activity in our river and the nutrient rich material in the water and soil here the migratory birds find the meadows and banks of our home river the ultimate spot to raise a family. That along with a cornucopia of fauna makes the bird watching and native plant observation almost as good as the fishing. This part of New York was one of the earliest settled regions in the country and you can find amazing old homesteads woven into the woods. The architecture of the region shows the evolution of building back to the 1700s and who knows what treasure may lay in these old sites and what tales they might tell. Seldom used country roads beckon for hikes and bike rides. This is a great place to bring the spouse and children and they can investigate the nature aspect while you investigate the fish.

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