Fly Fishing Guides

Adirondack Fishing Guide Services

Once you make the decision to head to the Adirondacks for a fishing trip it's time to begin thinking about your itinerary. You may choose an experienced guide to go fishing with while on vacation. Here in the Adirondacks, guide services are one of our specialties and there are so many reasons to give them a try!

Many use a guide service to better familiarize themselves with the area, this includes both beginners and experienced anglers. If you are new to the sport and do not have any gear but want to try fly-fishing this may also be a great option for you. Maybe you are already an avid fly-fisherman who has never used a guide service, and are wondering where to start.

If you are considering hiring a guide, here are a few questions to ask

  • What level of experience do I need?
  • How much does it cost for ½ or full day?
  • Which is a better fit for me given my experience level, skill, ability, age?
  • What types of water do you fish, still or moving?
  • Is it in boat or wading?
  • What do I need to bring?
  • Can I rent equipment?
  • How many can come if I have a group?
  • How do I make the most with my guide, i.e. communication?
  • Is the trip about catching many fish or about skill development?
  • Where do we meet?
  • How long is the trip?
  • I have kids. Can they go?

These questions should help set up a guiding experience tailored for you. As you speak with the shop agent or guide, more questions may develop. You can rest assured they are there to help and answer questions. It's their goal for you to experience an amazing trip. 

Nobody wants to get skunked

For this reason, a first time visiting angler is wise to employ the wisdom and experience of a fishing guide who may have a few tricks up his/her sleeve when the going gets tough. Getting skunked is something that happens even to the best anglers so going out with a pro will greatly improve your odds.

Another area to factor in is if you’re are skilled but are unfamiliar with the area fishery. Considering the limited amount of time you may have, usually one or two days, may add a bit of urgency to the objective of catching the fish you intend to pursue. Again, a well-seasoned professional guide can make all the difference in the world.

Just outside the village of Lake Placid, quiet Connery Pond will offer you a wilderness experience without a huge hike, and some nice brown trout. This 81-acre pond located in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and the Saranac...
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Lake Placid, New York
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This impoundment of the Saranac River offers a wide variety of species. The 455-acre lake features an irregular shoreline with numerous islands, backwaters and drop-offs. The lake maxes out at 20 feet. You’ll find largemouth and...
Location:
Bloomingdale, New York
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Fly fishing at its best! This world famous river has crystal waters and plenty of boulders where the fish like to hide. Size: 12 miles. Mean Depth 2 ft. Species: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, largemouth...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Listed as one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County, Owen Pond was reclaimed in 1952 and remains an excellent fishery. The state annually stocks yearling browns here, planting 330 fish this year. Only 19 acres and just over...
Location:
Lake Placid, New York
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Hearn Swamp parallels Forestdale Road to the north and can be seen well from the road. Most of the approaches will require off-trail navigation. While Hearn Swamp is very close to the road a map and compass and/or GPS might not be...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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This remote spot is a favorite for anglers and naturalists. 10 acres of developed campground is surrounded by over 8,000 acres of Wild Forest state land. Size: 813 acres, 4 miles long Access: Located on Silver Lake Road, 9 miles...
Location:
Au Sable Forks, New York
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Nessmuk's Wilderness Guide Services
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Adirondac Rafting Company
Click to Book Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting Company provides highly...
Location:
Indian Lake, New York
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