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Fly Fish the Adirondacks

– Richard Garfield, NYS Licensed Guide

Fly Fish the Adirondacks Guide Service is a professional independent guide service that offers wading fly fishing trips on the Ausable, Saranac, Salmon, Raquette, Chateaugay, St. Regis and other areas.

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What We Do

This guiding service is built upon years of client trips, personal adventures and experiences in the Northern Adirondacks.  Specializing in wild trout, bass, pike, landlocked salmon, and other upstate NY fish.

Where We’re Located

Our guide services is located in Wilmington, NY, home to the West Branch of the Ausable River.

Where We Guide

We offer guided trips on the WB Ausable, Saranac, Chateaugay, Chazy, Salmon, St. Regis and many smaller streams and brooks along with a private section of river.

Flies

Zak Kanouse
Zak Kanouse
May 13, 2024
Had a fantastic day with Rich on the river. Found him highly knowledgeable and no-nonsense. Got on fish and learned a ton. Will be back!
Andrew Carlson
Andrew Carlson
May 12, 2024
Rich is an incredible guide and provided a world class experience fly fishing for small stream Brook trout. I highly recommend his services.
TheDriftlessAngler
TheDriftlessAngler
April 27, 2024
Check out my full written review - Jackson Selent, but Rich is incredible and I highly recommend taking a trip with him!
Jackson Selent
Jackson Selent
April 27, 2024
I don't even know how to begin writing a review for how truly outstanding Richard Garfield is as a Fishing Guide, friend, and person. At this point in my life I have been able to fish with Rich numerous times and every time I learn an array of new skills and analysis techniques. I have also been fortunate enough to fish with multiple other guides during my life and while I have met some amazing guides; none compete with Richard. I confidently and personally believe that Rich is the best fly angler in the Adirondacks and he combines his skills and knowledge beautifully with his ability to teach. I took my first trip with Richard back in 2014 with my cousin as fly fishing was starting to grow in our lives. That one trip single handedly propelled fly fishing into my greatest passion in life. It was all of the little things that really stuck out and stuck with me since that first trip (ex. don't step on the green). Every trip since had a specific goal in mind (streamers, dry fly, pocket water, etc) to help grow myself as an angler and I do not know where I would be today without those trips. Rich is someone I now stay in touch with and consider a friend; that is how much our connection and respect for each other has grown through fly fishing and it all begin with one trip in 2014. If you are in the Adirondacks and looking for a guide book with Richard Garfield! Attached are some amazing photos from the past years!
Mark Gittleman
Mark Gittleman
January 7, 2024
Great trip with Rich in late summer ‘23. I fish all over and with many different guides, and I really enjoyed the experience of fishing and spending the day with Rich in the far north of NY on the Chateuguay River.
Jason Light
Jason Light
January 7, 2024
Rich has guided me on many trips now all of which have been unforgettable. His knowledge and respect of Nature is unmatched. Someone once told me that “an experience surpasses any other form of learning”. Rich gives you just that and he is a Guru whose influence and teachings create a most fun experience on any type of water!
Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon
October 29, 2023
Rich Garfield is a living legend. I’m an accomplished fly fisherman but refine my skills every time I fish with him. He’s a pro, a coach, a mentor. I brought my 12 yr old on his first walk and wade and Rich couldn’t have been better, coached him all day until he put it all together and connected with a nice fish at the end of the trip. Thanks for everything Rich and looking forward to many more outings!
Alexis Adams
Alexis Adams
October 16, 2023
I have been fly fishing for several years and have fished with many guides, without a doubt Rich is my go to guy. His fly fishing knowledge is un-paralleled. He is continually teaching me, giving me tips and tricks. He knows the fish and his waters. I highly recommend Rich and Fly Fish the Adirondacks. I also recommend you buy some of his own Ausable Ugly flys!!
Emily Cranston
Emily Cranston
October 15, 2023
My dad (age 66) spent 2 days with Rich in October 2023 and he hasn't stopped talking about what a wonderful time he had and how he hopes he can go fishing with Rich again next year! He said Rich showed a lot of patience, getting his line out of tree snags, and shared his expert knowledge teaching my dad how to cast, talking about fly tying, and other tips that my dad is truly grateful for! Even despite the area getting 4+" of rain a few days before the trip, Rich's knowledge of the area led my dad to a hidden gem of a creek he never would have found otherwise. Thanks for showing my Dad a great time, Rich, and hoping to book with you again next fall!
Rich Nagel
Rich Nagel
September 7, 2023
One of my favorite fishing memories ever! Rich is an amazing guide and a great teacher. He loves the waters around the Adirondacks and is an expert angler. I look forward to fishing with him again the future!

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Fly Fish the Adirondacks is an independent guide service located in the North eastern section of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York.

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