FIELD NOTES

  • July 4th, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

    So, I woke up this morning and realized that it's July 4th weekend.  I can't believe it,  Memorial Day was just last week and now I'm in panic mode, this means Labor Day is just around the corner.  No one put this in the manual we got as kids.  It seems like time is going by faster and faster.  As Kenny Chesney says, Don't Blink.

    What have we learned so far up until now?  With the weather and no rain, it seems like everything hatched a few weeks earlier.  Most of the rivers and streams are running like it's August and unless you can catch a hatch on a pond, the trout are deep.  NYS DEC officially announced that the state is officially in a drought.  Unless we get some rain, I'll be sticking to those rivers that have a release for rafting or are spring fed.  By the end of next week if the weather stays the course I'll have to change over to casting poppers for bass. 

    I've also seen less joggers and  more kayaks and SUP's on my favorite bodies of water. A few years ago we saw the same thing with mountain bikes.  Every car had one attached to the roof or bumper. Now it's a boat of some sort.  I've been paddling all spring, well trolling streamers, but still paddling and looking forward to floating some new waters with my wife. 

    And finally, bugs....no bugs, this year they're basically non existent.  I can't remember my last mosquito bite let alone seeing a black fly.  I'm assuming it's because it's so dry.

    In closing, have a great holiday weekend and get out at least one day because Labor Day is too late to start.

  • Lake George Blue Line Brook Trout

    Lake George Blue Line Brook Trout

    My first fly rod was given to me by a friend of my fathers.  The rod was made by L.L. Bean, 1-3 wt, 6'6", fiberglass and for the life of me cannot remember the name but very similar to the current day L.L Bean Pocket Water fly rod.  It had an old Pflueger reel and cortland fly line.  The perfect setup was a size 10 hook, small split shot 8 inches or so above and a nice garden worm.  It was a killer set up that taught me a lot about reading a stream, where trout will hold and how use a fly rod.  

    I had that rod a long time until one day I set the hook on a huge sucker and the tip broke. Heart broken, I drove around to all the sport shops looking for a replacement but couldn't find one.  I think it was a year or two later and at Ramsey Outdoor where I finally found a 4 wt, 6'6" Exelon Graphite rod which I paired up nicely with my old reel and line.  Although the reel has been replaced, I've had that rod almost 30 yrs and it's a lot of fun to fish with.

    To commerate turning a half century old, I took the plunge and ordered a custom rod.  A good friend suggested I check out the rods being made by the JP Ross Fly Rod Company.  Jordan is my friends close friend who has a passion for brook trout and is making rods for that purpose.  I reached out to Jordan by email and ended up ordering  a 6'6" Beaver Meadow Fly Rod matched with a Beaver Meadow Mini Reel. The custom options were numerous and I chose black lock downs with a maple burl reel seat.  A really cool looking rod.

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to really fish my new rod.  I chose a Blue Line Brook within the Lake George basin and access is through private property.  As always I started off with my favorite fly, The Mickey Finn size 10 and had a hit on the second the cast.  A few more holes later I noticed some tan caddis hatching so I changed up to a bead head tan nymph and immediately had another hit and loss.  This went on with 4 other fish before I managed to hook one.  The Beaver Meadow came to life with this 8 inch beauty.  The rod is sensitive and transmits the power and fiestiness of the fish.  I landed 3 more up to 10 inches and had to call it day.

    Overall, this rod is perfect for Blue Line fishing.  It breaks down to 4 pieces for easy transport and back pack carrying.  With the WF line and matching leader you can perform almost any time of cast in any situation.  It fits the exact description provided by the website with one exception, It's a really fun rod for a really fun fish.