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. Choose an experienced guide for the best fishing 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.

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(518) 891-1829

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