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...
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...
It’s Open Fishing Season in the Adirondacks Early 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...
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...
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...
Did you miss our top-rated social posts from the past year? We've got you covered!  Video: Bike on in! The Whiteface Region is known for amazing pedaling. Challenging backwoods trails, paved roads, and miles and miles of scenic views await! Ready to get close to the action? Join us for our annual Bike Fest! Video: A winter stroll at High Falls Gorge...
“It requires skill, grace, and patience,” he said. “That is why women excel at it.” That was a snippet from a recent conversation with fly fisherman, guide, and business owner Tom Conway. He confirmed what I had been hearing: that women take to fly fishing faster than men, and in many cases, outcast their male counterparts. Earlier this week I visited the Ausable River Two...
What began as a one-day tournament with only a handful of fishermen has expanded into a two-day event with close to 100 participants. But throughout the years, the mission remains the same: to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship, and the preservation of the Ausable River. “The mission in the beginning was to bring commerce to the community and to bring people...
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...
Hooked Even Before Casting Out If 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...
The Whiteface region is a beautiful and peaceful area in the Adirondacks, consisting of four hamlets that are not to be missed on your visit: Ausable Forks, Upper Jay, Jay, and Wilmington. These family-oriented communities are full of fun things to do. There are large attractions such as High Falls Gorge, Ausable Chasm, and Whiteface Mountain, as well as smaller — but...
The Ausable River is hard to miss when visiting the Adirondacks. The river winds and moves through our many mountain towns. The famed West Branch flows through Lake Placid and Wilmington and the East Branch through Keene and Upper Jay until the two meet in Ausable. From there you can follow the Ausable River right into Lake Champlain where it is fed into. For me, the Ausable River's...

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