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  • Memorial Day Ride

    It's my opinion that trout fishing in the Adirondacks starts the week prior to Memorial Day.  By this time most if not all of the major rivers like the Schroon, Ausable, Boquet and Sacandaga are stocked and the back country streams and brooks are starting to come alive with bugs.  I usually start exploring my favorite back country streams from now until July 4th. After that I'll leave the natives alone due to low water and heat.  It's not really worth stressing them out.  

    Yesterday morning found me traveling up toward the Bakers Mill's area of the park.  I have a few favorites up there that always hold a few nice brookies.  When I got there I realized how we are in need of rain.  All 3 of these streams were barely holding water.  For a minute I thought it was July.  

    Not to be discouraged, I drove some more, checked a few others that I've had my eye and ended up on a nice creek in Warren County.  Although this piece of water is stocked, it does have hold overs and a few natives.  When I arrived there was a family fishing at the head of the big pool and had a nice stockie on the stringer. After a nice talk I walked downstream and went to work.   Bugs were hatching, black flies were hungry and surprisingly enough deer flies to make me put on my bug jacket.  

    I didn't land any fish but missed two.  The water was clear enough so I could tell they were brookies and both were holding at the tail end of a pool.  The fly of choice was a size 10 bead head Hares Ear nymph.  This weeks forecast is calling for showers and down pours.  All I hope is we get enough rain.