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.




Fantastic Trout Fishing to start the summer

_DSC3688As I stated in previous posts we in the northern Adirondacks had a very tough winter and water temps were just reaching the mid 60s in late June for the first time this season. The result was fantastic for the avid fly fishermen that were up here last week. Large to VERY LARGE trout were on the prowl and very hungry. One 22 inch, three 20 inch and numerous 19-15 inch browns were landed for brief photo sessions. Several break offs and these landed fish led to vivid recantations of the days fishing around the campfire as liberal amounts of 12oz truth serum were consumed. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne guest brought his 7 year old daughter and boy was I concerned that some of the biting insects that thrive here would take her hostage but she turned out to be one rugged little lady. Not once in four days did she whine and she impressed the hell out of this grizzled old veteran of the region. The river was at full pool for fly fishing and her dad, new to this river, worked hard but was rewarded with some slammer brown trout plus one sweet rainbow.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sophia was my camp companion and helped keep my beast of a dog under control.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I don’t have the pictures yet from the other group that was here but their tale involved quite a few wonderful trout of the same caliber and numerous fish from 6-12 inches as well. I have a very healthy fishery here and with a little rain to maintain river levels we will enjoy great fishing possibly through the whole summer! Global warming sucks but it does seem to be helping maintain river levels for us although last year was over the top with regional rivers at flood stage all summer. New York has some of the best fishing in the world so take advantage of it.

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Mucho bug spray needed!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFort Minnow, our remote outpost, is steadily evolving into a snug little camp which places you at the heart of some of the best trout fishing New York State has to offer. Along with this world class trout fishing and remoteness, come world class biting insects. You had better be prepared for them! 25-40% deet is not going to cut it when they are on full patrol in June-August, it had better be 100% and a head net is not a bad idea.trout trip june 2011 075 Along with these blood thirsty insects is a bonanza of the insects that trout love to eat. Pickup any rock and Caddis flies are clustered like barnacles, the stone fly casings cover any stream side rock. The result is rivers filled with the trout that fill our dreams.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Life is finite so don’t put off that trip to the Adirondacks any longer!!!!!! Give me a call and let me put you in this picture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Adirondack Trout Fishing Reaching Critical Mass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter one brute of a winter, the hallowed streams of northern NY are at last coming into their own. Memorial Day found water temps finally reaching the 55 degree mark on many of the flows. I would say that most of the north country is about 2-3 weeks behind a normal schedule. With a big snow pack and very cold spring it was very late in April before it melted. This in turn takes weeks for this melt off to leach out of the ground water, thus even with nice days it takes a long time to reach the magic 63 degree mark. These next two weeks are going to be great barring some sort of heavy rains. Caddis and stone flies were just starting to make some serious effort on Memorial Day. Even the migratory birds are just now making nests and the fauna is now starting to fill into full bloom. The plus side of all this is that with some reasonable rains in the month of June we will probably enjoy some awesome fishing well into July or August.

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Incredible Fall Fishing Dead Ahead

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a biblical wet spring and summer, then a dry late summer and early fall, the fishing has gone crazy with the recent rains. This is the highlight of a recent trip. Pictured is NYS guide David Versendy posing with the clients fish. This 21 inch fish is a classic example of the kind trout that infest our and many of the surrounding rivers. The fish in our rivers up here can trace their lineage back to the nations first hatchery at Caledonia NY and the Bavarian Alps. These are the kind of fish that fill an avid trout fishermen’s dreams. Here in our region you can bring these dreams to life on a regular basis in relatively secluded settings. We are here for you!!! David lives in the Tug Hill area and is EXTREMELY knowledgeable on the tributaries of Lake Ontario.

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