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FISH TALES 2008

2008 was an outstanding season with great conditions from spring into the fall, please view the efforts of the client and guide over the season.

The following photos  represent a small portion of the trips guided during 2008.
 


Late Winter Fly Fishing

Winter's long days are slowly but surely receding into spring, February 24th saw a beautiful blue sky day and temperatures into the high 20's,
after spending a long morning snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain, I left with intentions to go ice fishing,
but upon walking back to my truck, which I must cross The West Branch of the Ausable,
 I looked at the river and decided to give late winter a fly fishing try.
I proceeded to land 1 brown 16" and miss 4 more in a large pool known as Hemlock Run which is part of the special regs. no kill zone.
All fish hit a heavily weighted #6 Sirloin.
A good start to the 2008 season.




March 5th witnessed warm temps. and open water on The West Branch of the Ausable special regulations zone,
determined to land a fish, I hit the water all day, missing three fish and landing a 12" wild brown on a heavily weighted Sirloin



Opening Day 2008

April 1st saw the landing and release of 6 fish in total.
The day's weather was anything but normal, I arrived at the river about 6:20 am, geared up and began fishing.
The weather pattern for the day was a mix of everything possible: fog, light showers to heavy downpour, brilliant sunshine, temperatures into the mid 50's F 
and winds up to 30 MPH gusts, this made for an interesting day of fishing.

The water temperature measured out at 37F and the level - clarity was near excellent early that morning, as the winds, rains and rising temperatures moved into the days program,
the water level shifted quickly to rising and turning a dull brown color.

I managed to land 2 wild browns of 18" and 20" on a # 2 heavily weighted Sirloin before the waters turned unfishable.
Pictured below is the 20" wild brown, the other 18" fish was all set up for photographs but decided to eagerly thrash out of the net,
throw the hook and swim back into the icy waters....Yeah right!!!!! fish story if one was ever told......
NO!!!!!!! plain outright, a fish in full survival mode, that fish did not attain such a size by hanging out in bad situations.


 



Upon realizing that the large river I was fishing was soon to unfishable and dangerous, I moved quickly to the farthest upstream reaches of small stream,
and managed to land 3 more fish on a # 6 Sirloin and a # 8 Ausble Ugly, these fish were wild browns and one native brook trout.








April 28th took place with over cast skies giving away to a downpour of nearly 2 hours slowly depleting to a constant light rain with temperatures in the mid50's F.
The week before saw sunny days and temperatures in the mid 70's F helping slowly melt the snow pack and bringing waters up to a feeding temperature.

Pictured are some of the fish landed on April 28th
Having spent 10 days in Florida and not knowing what the conditions were,
I went on an investigation of streams/rivers local and far to see what shape they were in.
Most waters were high and very hard to fish, with such conditions I opted for a river with a small drainage area and was rewarded with
slightly high water with good clarity,all structure was readable and a temperature of 54F....
this made for a landing of 35 fish, mostly wild browns and a few native brook trout.

All fish were landed and released by slowly nymphing the bottom with a # 8 Ausable Ugly or #8 "ITFW" Bitch Creek .

  

 

            

NIGHT TIME FISHING FOR SNOOK
A BREIF VISIT TO FLORIDA

Wanting to fish at night for snook under dock lighting systems,  I hired Capt. Eric Davis to guide  me under this  condition,
he put me on approx. 20++ snook that night using a small Clouser streamer or Polarfiber Minnow.

Eric Davis is the best fly fishing guide on the Indian River system located in Florida on the East Coast,
by all means if you want a great trip and have multiple chances to hook and land fish, hire this guide!!

Please see guide's and my efforts.

This is many of the snook landed and released.






EARLY MAY

Early May angling saw Northern NY Waters at a stable level with good clarity and temperatures in the mid 40's F in the AM to lower 50's by late PM.

Fishing at most was a difficult but productive by fishing nymphs completely on the bottom with a slow dead drift, using # 8 Ausable Ugly, # 10 Hare's Ear, and # 8 "IFW" nymph.
On the smaller streams with warmer water temps we were able produce limited dry fly action on Hendrickson imitations in size #12.

Please view the results of Early May angling.





 







MAY 16TH 2008

   During a trip to check out conditions on Northern NY rivers, I had the opportunity to land and release the fish pictured below.

All fish were taken on either a #8 Ausable Ugly or #6 Sirloin. The water temperature was 55F with great clarity and an excellent level,
perhaps to excellent for mid May, water levels are low for this time of the season, making for great fishing now,
but the watersheds need a good rain storm to help stabilize for the up coming 2 weeks.



















LATE MAY

Late May waters are finally stabilizing at good  levels combined with excellent tempertures.

Please view client and guide efforts.

All fish were landed and released.

The 2 clients pictured below,  fished hard and covered long stretches of water for these large fish,
my prediction for the trips was one of a few fish, but a very good chance at large fish, both days saw water temperatures in the low 50's F,
all fish were taken on either the Ausable Ugly, Sirloin or IFW.



























VERY LATE MAY AND EARLY JUNE

The last days of May and the start of June witnessed exceptional, if not outstanding fly fishing on the rivers of Northern New York.
Pictured below are 3 days of guide and client efforts. All fish were safely released to live and add the possibility that some other angler will have the chance to land,
 admire, and release such a beautiful creature.
All fish were taken by nymphing, using a double nymph rig system presenting multiple choices of patterns, thus increasing the amounts of takes.

Patterns used: Ausable Ugly, Telico, cased caddis larvae, Bitch creek, green caddis pupae and Old Lead Knutz.


WATCH THE VIDEO:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=QCvfgWM59Ho











WATCH THE VIDEO:   http://youtube.com/watch?v=igSBRoldtyU



















MID JUNE WITNESSED AND IS STILL ROCKIN' OUT LARGE FISH AND MANY AVERAGE FISH

Please view the guide and client combined efforts over the time period of Mid June.

Current stone fly activity is producing outstanding angling, all fish pictured were taken by classic nymphing presentation.

Method used was a double nymph rig with The Ausable Ugly and  a variation of The Telico in sizes #4 thru #12 to produce fantastic results.



































WATCH THE VIDEO





LATE JUNE TIPPET TESTERS


 
















EARLY JULY WARM WATER FISH AND GUIDE'S PHOTOS

When the trout streams and rivers become too warm to effectively produce good numbers of fish,
I turn to the warm water fishes for dependable action in the warmer summer months of Northern New York.





The small mouth bass is by far the best battle on fly fishing tackle in lakes, rivers and ponds.
Often looked down upon by anglers, this fish will test your distance casting skills and put an unforgettable bend in your rod while tail walking across the water.







Pictured are trout landed and released after a guiding trip was completed, with guiding 55 days in a row, I will fish at any given opportunity.

















 


The Ladies and the Disorientated Northern Pike

Amy and Denise pictured below took the Learn to fly fish program and
did very well at their first venture in to the fly fishing world.
During their trip, Denise spotted a large fish fining in the shallows, with her eyes wide in astonishment and excitement
 she brought my attention to the fish which I quickly idenified as a northern pike !!!!!!!
 What was a northern pike doing in a trout stream????  Simple answer, the stream is fed from 3 warm water lakes containing northern pike,
this pike took a wrong turn and ventured into a small trout stream, not the proper environment for a healthy life,
the fish was weak and starving, I netted the fish, had the ladies hold it for quick photos and a video,
then it was released with all good intentions that it will survive and find it's way back to the lakes.


SEE THE VIDEO

                                


DANNY AND DOMNIC WITH 15" RAINBOW

Despite warm water temperatures and a sunny day, Danny was able to land and release 20 trout over a full day of guiding,
 all trout took a #8 stone fly pattern, this trip was only Danny's 3rd trip into the the fly fishing world.




GUIDE'S DAY OFF CATCH











HIGH WATER SITUATION


When high water and flooding conditions occur, many fly fishing persons are prone to cancel their trips and lay down the rods till the waters come back to normal levels,
this is a good choice for safety minded people and those who do not want to wade high water conditions.

As a guide obviously making a living from trout fishing, I must be able to conduct my business in most conditions presented.
 When the waters become high and unfishable,
I target the tributaries of large river systems and river systems that have a small drainage area per square mile and a gentle gradient.
The "tribs" tend to drain quickly offering good angling opportunities while the main river roars with vast amounts of water.
A small drainage area and gentle gradient often results with slowly rising waters and good clarity, even with a volume of water, this type of drainage is still fishable.

Please view the high water photos.

 
















WITH WATER LEVELS AT AN EXCELLENT LEVEL , FISHING IN EARLY AUGUST HAS BEEN GREAT

The fish viewed were taken on either a #14 cased caddis larvae or a #8 Ausable Ugly nymphs.











  












MID AUGUST WATER LEVELS AND TEMPERATURES WERE AT AN UNUSUAL GOOD LEVEL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, RESULTING IN GOOD ANGLING EFFORTS




















MID SEPTEMBER ANGLING

Mid September is witnessing the slow cooling of the water and shorter days, with water levels at normal for this time of the season the fishing is excellent.









EARLY OCTOBER



Early October angling witnessed a mix of fish caught on dry's and nymphs, the water temperature is slowly cooling each day.



















 


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