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.




Adirondack trout report 5/13

Papa Bear here with your mid May update. I did little fishing this weekend due to a lot of construction projects  but I had friends and guides out and about. Things had been quite cool up there all last week and with a fair amount of rain it made the fishing on the bigger flows challenging to down right impossible. The small to medium flows were full and productive with many fish up to 17 inches caught but no real hogs. Water temps were in the 55 degree range but there was not very much insect activity. That said I have a notion that the fishing is going to be great from here out. The foliage is about two weeks behind the southern parts of the state and while we didn’t have time to hunt there were a lot of turkeys sighted as we drove about gathering building supplies. Okay that is my brief report for tonight and I will have more pictures as soon as my sources get them to me.

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Hot Opener on Oneida Lake for Walleye

NYS Guide, David Versendy went out with a few pals for the opening of the New York  walleye season and the action was smoking. They started at midnight, using a drift boat and prowled the sections near the hatchery at Constanstia. They threw stick baits into the rock piles and absolutely abused the fish. He said that between 2-4 am that fire tiger was the hot flavor and  silver and black the rest of the time. Around 80-90 were caught and a nice batch were kept for medicinal needs (food), just a great night with the biggest fish being 23 inches. Oneida Lake walleyes are stocky bas@%&$#rds and are incredibly clean and tasty.

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Adirondacks Trout Fishing update 5/4

The report from the northern region is that the big rivers are steaming and at full pool. They will be tough to fish and the best bet is to concentrate on medium to small flows which are at nice levels right now. My friend and registered NYS guide, Rich Garfield (flyfishtheadirondacks.com) said that on an excursion to such a flow yesterday he landed over 30 trout in the 12-16 inch range. He also stated that he did little on nymphs but had incredible action on dry flies which is highly unusual for this time of year. As with my posting on the Delaware, he said that a #12 elk hair caddis, dry, was the fly of the day. Rich is an absolute master nymph fishermen and if you want one of the best fly fishermen in the northern Adirondacks at your side, then he is your man. Just look at his availability calender and you will see how popular he is so call early! He also sells his signature flies on his website and I would not recommend a trip up here without some of these in your box. A massive line of strong thunderstorms has been rolling through the state in the past 48 hours so now is when my recourse links can help you fine tune the rivers to be on and not waste time and gas going to a stream that is roiled and unfishable. We got pounded here in CNY last night and the streams are high and muddy but should be very nice by Sunday without additional downpours. It is going to be nice, warm weekend so get out there.

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West Branch Delaware Report

I now have input and current info coming in from my friends and guides fishing the WB on a regular basis. The word is flows are a little low for this time of the year. Prince nymphs had been real hot but the word for yesterday, 5/2, was elk caddis. Now this may have been due to the very strong winds that were gusting up to 35mph. Soft hackle seems to be the rage down there this year and it is worth investigating. I am adding a real nice link on my resource page that will instantly link you to water flows across NYS. The more I explore the USGS site the more valuable info I find there that will aid you in your quest for quality fishing. It allows you to anticipate the water conditions you will face on the streams you plan to visit. This in conjunction with the weather link I have posted will help you maximize your time afield and not support the struggling oil companies. I also am becoming involved in a property offering on the WB for a limited number of lots right on the river and just below the village of Deposit. I am constructing a page for it and will have it posted on the site shortly. Other than that most streams in the central NY region seem a little clear but with spotty strong thunderstorms in the next few says forecast, things can rapidly change, so use my resources links.

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