FIELD NOTES

  • Rail's and Reel's

    Rail's and Reel's

    Today,  the saying,  "You can't get there from here" is basically just an old saying.  A simple google search provides transportation services and driving directions.  Dig a little further and you can find hatch charts and river conditions. Dig further and you'll see pictures or videos of fish landed in the last few minutes.  Keep digging and you'll see there really isn't any excuse you can use not to go fishing.

    In my area of the Adirondacks you can be trout fishing within 1 hour of a train stop.  Amtrak runs daily to Saratoga and soon the Saratoga and North Creek Railway will be running. Check out WWW.SNCRR.COM for full train schedule.  Contact me,  I'll pick you up, spend the day with you on our local waters and will have back on board before the train whistle blows. It's really that simple.

  • TIME

    TIME

    For the last several days I've been trying to come up with a clever way to summarize the 2015 fall season.  While uploading a seasons worth of photo's I found the picture posted above and it hit me,  the word TIME receives that honor.

    First,  as always TIME just flew by.  My highly anticipated trip to fish the Great Lakes Tributaries came and went with a flash.  That entire trip we spoke about the TIMING of the salmon, brown and steelhead run. It seemed like if we weren't on the river at the right TIME and missed that first hour of light, none of us would have caught a fish let alone see one.  Experiencing first hand, hearing stories and reading about this great system of tributaries I'm hoping we'll remember this as the TIME of the  great hiccup, not the TIME when the once great fishery began it's downward spiral.

    Although we didn't catch the numbers of fish as in the past,  I think we can we'll remember this trip as the TIME Jimmy caught the "Big Atlantic" and how everyone else seemed to catch a memorable fish.  I also think we'll remember it as another TIME, a great group of guys got together and shared a stretch of river.

    Salmon Season rolled right into Deer Season.  The club I belong to is a different group of great guys who hunt hard and give it their all.  I look forward to Deer Season each year just to spend this valued TIME with them.  From November 8th thru December 13th we spent a lot of TIME in the back country and had little to show for it.  NYS DEC had it right this TIME, the winter of 2014/2015 made a huge impact on our deer herd.  With the amount of miles, mountains and areas covered we have only 2 bucks to show for our all our TIME spent in the woods.  

    Similar to the Great Lakes, I'm fearful the Adirondack deer herd could be in trouble.  More than likely it will take some TIME for the herd to come back but if history repeats itself, it will be quite some TIME before we see another healthy deer herd.  I say this because the Old Timers reflect back on a TIME in the late 60's when the deer took a major hit due to a devasting storm and doe tags.  Some say, it never did recouperate.  I guess TIME will only tell.

    In the meanTIME, I've purchased a new calendar and have begun planning my TIME off for next year.  Like last year, TIME will fly by and this year I want to be ready for it.

     

  • Traditional Adirondack Fall

    Traditional Adirondack Fall

    It's been a while since I posted.  I'm proud to say my first summer was very busy and a success, I reached 30 clients.  Looking forward to servicing everyone in 2016.  

    Fall is definitely upon us. Bow season is open, black powder opens next weekend, geese are flying south, brook trout are staging to spawn and the tributaries on Lake Ontario are slowly filling with spawning fish. 

    Although it's been warm you can occasionally smell woodsmoke in the air.  Definitely a great time to be in the Adirondacks.

    It looks as though our dry summer is going to have an effect on the foliage.  Yesterday I fished a pond 1 hour north of here and at elevation. The fish were biting but the trees just weren't quite there yet.  Normally by Columbus we're at peak. I' m guessing we're a week or more out it the weather cooperates.  

    In the meantime, get out and enjoy this time of year before it turns white.