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.




The Boys Weekend

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. Photos courtesy of master ADK guide Rich Garfield, flyfishtheadirondacks.com. The father had fished here several times and wanted to break in his sons on some of our monster trout and the fish delivered. The first pic is of one of our German Vohn Behr strain and the second of the Scottish Loch Laven strain which feature less spots. Both strains trace their lineage back to 1895 stockings from Americas first hatchery at Caledonia NY and I am just proud/lucky/blessed to have them right in front of my outpost. Rich said that the young lad had all he could do to land the second one and he had to yell at him to grow some testicles. LOL. He said that they had quite a few really big ones on but could not handle them, but I have grown men here that have the same problem. These are real trout here and not some hatchery punks. I love it, what a way to keep them coming back and get them off the video games and facebook. I have this really special spot here and the more I think about this the more I like the aspect of the youth angle. Nothing spurs them on like success and having tasted it here it will make them a little less bored when they fish other more heavily pounded rivers where the fish are less aggressive and of inferior bloodlines. If you are looking for a place to introduce your son or daughter to the great world of trout fishing and Adirondack camping then I think I have one of the most amazing venues for this in the lower 48. As I state in my homepage this is like an old fashioned camping trip with some upgrades and no hassles of tents. Food cooked over an open fire stream side takes on a flavor unlike any other. All this with liberal doses of hunting and fishing knowledge and bull@$%& will leave them with a taste of what many of us grew up with. It will also instill in them with an appreciation of wild things as they watch the nature literally surrounds and lands on them. Thanks to the tech wizardry of our time the images of these trips will be immortalized on the internet, with your consent, for family, friends and the world to enjoy also. They also will be getting a one on one education in fly fishing from some of the best guides in the Adirondacks with the emphasis on the challenging art of nymphing but which is the meat and potatoes of fly fishing. Orvis states that 90% of a trouts diet is nymphs and up here it almost 100% so they and you will be learning a skill that will serve you a lifetime. I suggest that you not put it off to long because s@&t happens. Your friend Papa Bear.

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We Love Kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT. This is what is all about. This 12 year old girls father is a friend of my head guide, David Versendy, and they brought her in for her first trout fishing trip this weekend. What a way to break her into fly fishing as she smoked them under Dad and Davids careful instruction. From her first fish to the last the smile is bigger than the camera lens. The first trout was 12 inches and the last was 19 with a lot of in between landed and missed. It was an amazing introduction to trout fishing and the smile on my face is as big as hers, even though I wasn’t there, as I am typing this post. I am lucky to have an amazing trout fishery and this is the cherry on top of it to see a young lady enjoy a memory that she will carry to the grave. I was praying that she would have a couple of days like this and she can’t wait to come back. At the same time she was here I had a father and two sons here also and they smoked them also. They were with another guide, Rich Garfield and I don’t have the pictures yet but he said they had some 20 inch fish on in addition to the 16-18 inch fish that they landed and numerous up and coming combatants. He also said that the dad had one on that looked to be over 24 inches. This is what my venue is all about not only is it world class trout fishing in a pristine setting but also a great place to bring a son or daughter on a unique adventure. I had to laugh when her dad called me as I was preparing this post and he told me how she was so excited to go that it was midnight before she went to bed and when he got up at 4 she was sitting in the dark dressed and ready to go. I think we all can fondly remember those days. My home river is an extremely technical situation with a high priority on nymphing and this exemplifies the skills of my guides to be able to put novice fishermen into high quality trout action. I love having adult fishermen in but this weekend in my mind was about as good as it gets and makes all the work I have done here carving this little spot out of the wilderness oh so worth while. I preach hunting, fishing, conservation and preservation and this is the culmination of this philosophy. We are here for you and would love to put your kids into a picture.

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Adirondack Update 6/1

Now is when the links I provide on my recourse page can be invaluable. The weather had been dry for over a week and the streams have been dropping. There have however been rogue thunderstorms in the region and stream levels can be quite different 12 miles away. That is why using the high tech tools I have linked into the page, you can check the stream levels and the weather near the location you intend to fish. This will aid you in not wasting time and gas. I will always be adding links, as fast as I can find them, that I think will aid you in your outings. You can’t bring enough flies when you come to our region because the numerous rocks, of many size and shapes, seem to gobble them up. Millions of years ago when the glaciers retreated they dropped their stones and it is amazing how the different the composition and sizes can be in rivers mere miles apart. Most of the flies we incorporate in our outings are nymphs in collaboration with sink tip fly lines. Hares Ears, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails and Streamers should constitute a good portion of your box and make sure they have good strong hooks because the fish up here aren’t no punks. I also think a 6weight rod is the minimum for really driving it into the jaw of one of these 20 inch wild browns that infest the region. Rain is in the forecast for the whole region and catch the right river on the rise and coloring up here in the first week of June; well things can get ugly in a hurry. DO NOT put it off any longer get up here now!!!

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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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