It's not truly the "first" outing of the year. That was actually on Opening Day and, truth be told, I didn't expect to catch anything anyway. So there.But on my first real outing of the year, I did want to hook that first fish, play it into my hands and release it to fight another day.It was still early in the season, so when the clouds drifted in front of the sun, it was cold (an Adirondacker...
My job puts me in touch with a lot of hunters and anglers and has me traveling around the state. What's more, when I do have some free time I don't waste it: I go hunting or fishing. That generates more encounters with sportsmen and women from not only New York, but across the country.Over the years I've kind of become desensitized with anglers' knowledge of the West Branch of the Ausable River....
This is the time of year when open-water fishing usually isn't an option given weather conditions, and even when it is a possibility by now your outdoor focus has shifted to other things, notably bagging an Adirondack buck.But every once in a while – and it seems to be occurring more often these days – there are windows of opportunity where not only can you get out and fish, you can fish in...
It's about this time of year that I start to wish it was spring.Yeah, I know. I'm not alone.I wish I could just load up the waders in the back of the truck, tuck some flies in my vest and head off to the river. I might be able to do that now, but not without long johns, a hat, scarf and those annoying little gloves with the fingertips cut off. I'm sure people like them; I see others wear them all...
It's funny sometimes how words can have entirely different meanings when used in pretty similar contexts, and if you don't believe that say "she's hot" instead of "it's hot" when your wife is standing by your side, watching you steal a glance at a girl on the beach.And take the word "bum," for instance. Certainly there's connotation attached; you don't want to look like a bum, dress like a bum or...
A heavy – well, not too heavy, because you don’t want to compete with all those insects – Green Drake hatch is probably the dream of just about every fly fisherman around late May to mid-June. But to be honest, it’s pretty much a hit-and-miss thing. And we do a lot more missing than hitting. That’s why when you get word of a Green Drake hatch – any kind, from a few to a moderate and even...
If all goes as planned, and it usually does with the trico hatch, expect some superb fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River over the next few weeks.And don't be intimidated by the prospect of fishing a size 22 dry fly (and sometimes smaller). You can do it. In fact, the hardest thing about it will be tying the tiny fly on the end of your tippet. After that, the rest is fairly easy.The...
If you look at an average fly-fisherman's fly box, you'll soon realize that the challenge of the annual Ausable River Two-Fly Competition might not be catching the fish, but deciding which flies to use.Because that's all you get.I'd really have to psyche myself up for this one, because I tend to throw the fly box at the trout if they don't immediately take my latest offering.But the Two-Fly –...
spring is all about fishing  Spring in the Whiteface Region means one big thing - fly fishing! This year, the season is getting a bit of a late start due to the snow cover and ice remaining in the area waterways, but trout season officially opened on April 1. The premier event of the Spring is Wilmington’s Ausable River Two-Fly competition. It’s a competition between anglers using...
It’s Open Fishing Season in the AdirondacksEarly spring and April bring the opening of fishing season here in the Adirondacks. Every angler is eager to get out and fish. The Adirondacks is a place where early fishing can be tricky, but still folks have been out and successfully caught fish already. Typically, this time of year on Adirondack rivers fishing can be challenging due to ice and snow...
As the Whiteface Region gears up for summer, some of the most exciting events take place every year before summer even begins. When the Adirondacks is in one of it's prettiest times of the year, with the brilliant greens of the freshly leafed out hardwoods, the valley and hillsides are a gorgeous backdrop to the outdoor events of May and June.Starting off the event schedule on May 16th and 17th...
Cast your line Fall is just around the corner; the leaves are starting to turn color and gently fall, and the rhythmic singing of crickets fills the air. The days are getting shorter, throwing early long shadows across the waters of the Adirondack Park, helping to cool the rivers, ponds, and lakes. The months of September and October showcase fantastic days for fly fishing with the waters...
It's Not Over Yet... Cast On!Trout season officially ended in New York State on October 15th, but don’t put your fly fishing rod, waders and boots away - many fly fishing opportunities are still available in the Northern Adirondack region. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has created special angling regulations for trout fishing on specified waters in the Northern Adirondacks,...
WILD, SPECTACULAR, AND RICH WITH historyThe iconic Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains has a storied history of rest, recreation, and even rage. The river is an iconic fishing destination, has supported major industry, produced some amazing trophy fish, powered entire towns and formed spectacular chasms. Come along while we explore these amazing waterways - a two for one deal.The Ausable...
Anglers far and wide are gearing up for this year’s 16th Annual Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge. Taking place on the iconic and world-renowned West Branch of the Ausable River, the event spans two days with not only fishing, but socializing, demos, and more. There are some pretty sweet prizes as well! This year’s event takes place May 15 and 16.A little historyThe...
A day on the West BranchTrout Fishing on the AuSable RiverMy canoe was finally finished, the weather forecast was for an Adirondack “bluebird day,” and my buddy Doug was itching to wet a line. Since part of the objective for this outing was to see how my canoe performed, we decided to drop-in at Lake Everest and paddle up the West Branch of the AuSable as far as we could, and fish-float back down...
I hear it all of the time: what are all of the cool kids wearing in the Whiteface Region? While there are many, I’ve compiled an overview of the most prevalent outfits you’ll find on this region’s fashion runways. Though I should note that while they are not all exclusive to the region, you can’t go wrong if you pack some of these “looks” when you visit. The Boreal BirderThe Whiteface...
It's all about the look of what's on the hook.From a brook trout's perspective, it's a waste of precious energy to go after something that isn't a sure thing. Potential fodder has to be the right shape, color, and size, and it has to move the right way. Those variables change every day, throughout the day. A recipe for fly fishing might look like this: Take one part science and one part art, tie...
Whiteface Region welcomes new business venture tyed into the opening of Fishing Season. WILMINGTON, NY -- Knot Your Average Fly-Guy, located in Wilmington, NY is pleased to announce a new partnership with virtual fashionista Raquel Bass formerly of Be Dazzled You. The new business will open a storefront along the West Branch of the Ausable River under the DBA Just Wade A Minute in mid-...
One of the things on my bucket list is learning how to fly fish. I've fished Placid Lake since I was a little girl sitting on my Dad's lap, but have never fly fished. I've watched enviously from the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River, as others cast their lines in the legendary, trophy fish waters between Lake Placid and Wilmington. This year I intend to take the plunge (pardon the pun...
Grab your beer and bring your friends, because it might get cold without them. We even brought the dog, hoping he likes fish. We were the newbies out on the lake. My father, my friend Adam, and I had never been out ice fishing before.The last time I was out on a frozen lake I had skates on my feet, a hockey stick in hand, and a puck heading for nothing but net. Drilling holes in the ice wouldn’t...
So you're coming to the Wilmington area because of the fishing... even though you don't fish.Don't worry. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in our section of the Adirondacks. While your favorite fisherperson is out casting in our award-winning river, here are some fun suggestions for the non-fisher folks in your party.The sky isn't even the limit.easy outdoorsWhen it comes to the Whiteface...
Hooked Even Before Casting OutIf the general feeling you have when you hear your alarm go off in the early morning hours is, ughhh, where is the snooze button, I need ten more minutes! Then we sympathize. But if the reason your alarm is going off early is because you’re headed out to do some fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington – well then it’s a whole different kind of...

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