Please veiw the 2010 season, the pictures and text represent only a small portion of the trips that were lead.
START OF 2010 SEASON
Land Locked Atlantic Salmon from Lake Champlain's tributaries !!!!
This my 1st day of the 2010 season, starting 1.18.10.
Deciding upon snowboarding or fly fishing for the day, I went fly fishing for land locked salmon, with warm conditions this decision
made the most sense...upon hooking 4 salmon and landing 3, the day was a major success.
The salmon took a #8 Ausable Ugly dead drifted near the bottom and a #4 classic white bucktail very slow retrieved near the bottom.
1.25.10 witnessed a very warm day with temps in the mid 40sF although the rain was falling side ways and wind gusts of 25MPH.
The above mentioned weather conditions made for challenging angling conditions with a rapidly rising discolored water and large ice shelves flowing by I managed to hook and land 1 Landlocked Atlantic Salmon and miss yet another.....as the river conditions deteriorated the angling became unsafe and unproductive, thus wanting to fish another day this lifetime I promptly left.
Pictured are 6 different land locked salmon caught and released from the Saranac River, the fish were taken by slowly stripping a #4 classic white bucktail streamer .
When I first approached the river, I had hopes of sight fishing to resting fish, upon no sightings I fished as though I was fishing for very late brown trout, only targeting slow water and the very tail end of each slow run or pool I encountered....here are the results!!!!!!
SEASON OPENER 2010
Opening Day 2010 and days to follow saw the larger rivers of Northern NY in a state of high and dangerous water flow, wanting good opportunity at catching fish and negating the possibility of being swept away in icy cold waters I focused on smaller rivers flowing from the ADK foothills.
Please look over my catch and released fish of 5 days spent nymphing and streamer fishing....landed and released 45 total wild browns , rainbows and native brookies.
All fish were taken on either a #8 Ausable Ugly presented in a dead drift manner or a #4-#6 Sirloin presented very slowly and near the bottom of all fishable structure.
Winter hit the Northern ADKs!!!!!
A late winter storm hit the Northern ADKs leaving snow and cold run -off, despite this condition fish were still landed and released.
The winter storm that hit last week left a good snow pack that melted very rapidly and brought water levels up and temperatures down...with the given conditions I focused upon smaller rivers and their head waters whiched offered less water flow but still cold temperatures...the fish pictured below were taken in mid 40F waters.
Focusing on smaller rivers till the larger rivers are fishable have given me the opportunity land and release some fine wild browns.
All fish were taken on a #2 sirloin fished deep and slowly.
MID MAY BROWNS
Both fish were taken on #2 sirloin
Please view the recent guided trip efforts of clients and guide
LATE MAY NYPHING
Conditions on Northern NY Rivers have come full swing with good water levels and temperatures.
The following fish were all taken by classic dead drift nymph presentation on a#8 Ausable Ugly.
LATE MAY'S BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A recent heat wave of two days in 90F weather made angling difficult.
The following pictures tell a story of a client who had booked during the heat wave, upon my suggestion of fishing a small river with heavy spring influence and a long lasting shade line on the Eastern bank provided outstanding action on dry flies and nymphs, we starting angling at 5 AM sharp and off the water by 11 AM, three guided days provided about 25-30 fish per day....most fish were all 4"-6" in length and all either native brookies or wild browns....the bonus was the possibility of large wild browns in certain deep holes....my client made a good choice of the small river verses the larger river.
Wait.....there's more to the story!!!! The second day of guiding on the small river we witnessed and enjoyed a dragon fly hatch of immense proportions!!!!
With the dragon fly nymphs crawling along the river to hatch on exposed rocks and logs I instructed my client to dead drift a # 8 Ausable Ugly in the deepest holes searching for large wild browns feeding on the drgon fly nymphs....the pictures below tell the rest of the story.
EARLY JUNE WITNESSED EXCELLENT WATER LEVELS RESULTING IN LARGE FISH BROUGHT TO THE NET
Pictured below is a father-son trip with the father a seasoned angler and the son having never touched a fly rod till the day I picked them up and brought them to the river, after about 15 minutes of instruction, the son was put to the task of delivery of a heavy nymph rig in fast water...a few misses then he hooked up!!!!
Please note the wooden wading staff in the young man's hand....if you use a metal wading staff while fishing over large wild trout, you will send these highly sensitve fish fleeing for cover!!!!
THE HOOK UP!!!! 1ST FISH LANDED...16" WILD BROWN...NOT BAD FOR A COMPLETE BEGINER.
#6 SIRLOIN TOOK THIS BEAUTY OF A WILD BROWN STRETCHING THE TAPE AT 20"
#12 AUSABLE UGLY BROUGHT THIS 21" WILD BROWN TO THE NET
MID JUNE BROWN BONANZA
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE SEASON....STONE FLYS!!!!
ALL THE FISH PICTURED HERE WERE CAUGHT AND RELEASED ON A #8 BEADHEAD TELICO PATTERN THAT I DEVELOPED AFTER A SERIOUS STUDY OF THE CLASSIC PATTERN HOPING TO FURTHER ENHANCE IT'S ABILITY TO TAKE FISH
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE SEASON....STONE FLYS!!!!
ALL PHOTOS PICTURED ARE RESULTS OF 3 DAYS GUIDING AND EMPLOYING A #6 SIRLOIN FOR 2 LANDED FISH AND ALL THE REST ON A #8 BEAD HEAD TELICO PATTERN THAT I PERSONALLY DEVOLOPED AFTER THE CLASSIC TELICO PATTERN.
THE FLY FISHERMAN PICTURED HIRED MY GUIDE SERVICE LAST YEAR ONLY TO RETURN BOOKING 3 DAYS AND HAVING BECOME A MUCH MORE ACCOMPLISHED ANGLER THROUGH MY TEACHING OF APPROACH, PRESENTATION AND FOCUS.
CHECK OUT THIS BROWN...I CALLED THIS FISH A "PUGNOSED BROWN"
THIS VERY SATISFIED FLY FISHERMAN HAS ALREADY BOOKED 3 DAYS FOR 2011 SEASON!!!!!
WILD BROWNS AND SMILES
Pictured below are fish landed and released from late June.
The Ugly - Sirloin -Beadhead Telico met the challenge of effective presentation and slammin' takes to produce these wild browns!!!
EARLY AUGUST ANGLING
This angler was a complete beginner and a very quick study!!!!!
After about 10 minutes of casting lessons, a fly was attached to the tippet and presentation-line management was the next instruction given....the pictures say the rest!!!!
The month of August saw hot weather putting trout angling on hold....but the warm water fishing was fantastic!!!!
Please view current warm water fishing adventures photos of a childrens trip.
Low and warm waters have made a great recipie for bass and pike angling in The Northern ADKs
FALL IS HERE!!!!!!
Please view the results of dropping water temperatures and increased rainfall resulting in great angling opportunities in Northern New York.
Currently all fish landed and released were taken on a #8 Ugly or various sizes of the Sirloin.
The last week of September into the first week of October the Northern Adirondacks received vast amounts of rain resulting in blown out rivers and making angling very difficult , currently the waters have receded and the angling is getting much better.
Look at the West Branch of the Ausable,this picture was taken Oct. 2nd
Please view my last successful guided trips before the rains hit.
Check out some of own personal angling pictures taken during the high waters of the past 2 weeks.
Check out this fat hold-over brown, generally I don't post stocked fish pictures, but this fish was a bruiser.
LATE OCTOBER ANGLING
October witnessed heavy rainfall turning most of the rivers in upstate NY into raging torrents making angling difficult.
Pictured below are wild browns and photos of the water they inhabit.
Fishing a special regulation section of The Saranac River I was able to catch and release 43 fish in two days. The river's flow was very high and each day fished I was pinned to the bank with only 1 crossing spot on the river.
All fish were taken on a #8 Ausable Ugly dead drifted deep and slowly.
MID NOVEMBER ANGLING
The Northern NY waters are becoming cold....only 8F degrees from freezing point, the fish are holding only in the slowest and deepest runs.
Look over the mid November catches...all taken on #8 Ausable Ugly.
Yes...It's getting cold!!!!!
...............and now for the Landlocked Salmon from Lake Champlain
LANDLOCKED SALMON !!!!!!
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