Saturday, June 29, 2013

River Conditions

Heavy Rain Run-off
67 degrees
Heavy stain & some debris
USGS Gage- 5.1 feet & Rising
I waded 10' from shore and swung a white bugger on an intermediate line this morning- NUTTIN!
Give it until Wednesday and chech back here
Fishing suggestions- Ponds or little brook trout streams

Friday, June 28, 2013

Big Fat Schroon

After 4+" of rain last night, the river is really big.  As in, Not too safe, Big.  I went and checked some feeder streams from the Hoffman area: Big & Brown would be a good descriptor.  My advice?  Find a pond and fish the creeks that feed it.  I'm going to give the river some time to calm down.

My Favorite Pinot Grigio

The Name "hooked" me the taste keeps me coming back.  Try it!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Great Client Trip 6-25

 I guided father/daughter team, Sean & Hannah on Wednesday. We started the day on Trout Creek. This was Hannah's first fly fishing experience and even though Sean undersold his fly angling abilities, I made it a mission to get the first fish on for Hannah. She was a great student and managed two nice rainbows within the first hour. Sean had a couple as well.

I decided to move the Schroon for the second beat and both clients delivered again! (I really like clients who make their guide look good.) The fishing shut off around 10 am.  I knew the barometer was falling fast as the trout were acting spooky. I saw several of them darting around as we worked our way down river swinging streamers, nymphs and wet flies.

Around 11:45 I asked If we all had enough with rain on the horizon and all agreed to call it. As soon as we pulled out of the parking area the skies opened and the torrential downpour began. Shwew!- just in time.

Sean gained a lot of confidence in his ability to work the seams & getting the fly down where the trout live. He had several nice hook-ups bringing the sparkle pupa off the bottom & up through the water column.  I had Hannah banging out 40' over hand casts in the first 2 hours & her understand of line management aided her angling success today.

Great client trips start with everyone understanding the goal for the day and everyone working hard to achieve the goal and having fun doing it!

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Wall Hanger

This is the Landlocked salmon I caught in an Adirondack tributary last fall.  I release all my fish as a rule however, this fish broke all the rules so I figured, Why shouldn't I?  He is a 5 lb post spawner in a little bitty stream 20+ miles from the lake.  An anomaly for sure and nearly twice the size of a legal limit for the lake.  7 jumps on an old school bucktail streamer tied to a 5x leader.  Not your everyday fish.

Hatching & Catching

Sorry for my long departure but back to what matters most- FISHING!

Here's what is going on: a very wet late spring / early summer.  The Schroon is fully stocked, however the fish this year have had trouble making a sound commitment to what food looks like.  Today was good though, I fished my favorite LLS stream and landed 8 juveniles- (6) 1 1/2 year-olds and (2)- 2 1/2 year-olds, I even landed 2 brookies just because!  Caddis is on!  Puppa took a beating this morning.

I will bring the camera tomorrow and post some pix.  I saw a huge stocked brownie this afternoon that I left alone b/c a kid showed up,  I gave him the hole and showed him where the fish was.  The rest was up to him.  I left b/c was hungry and need sustenance.