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Adirondack Fishing is the premier online guide to fishing in the Adirondacks and Upstate New York including the Hudson Valley and Catskills showcasing a multitude of summer and winter sports including Fishing , Camping ,Canoeing , Whitewater Rafting , Hiking ,& Hunting throughout the Adirondacks and upstate New York.
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World Renowned Trout Fishing
on the West Branch of the Ausable River

“West Branch Ausable River”
By Frank Houck
Located in the Adirondack's majestic High Peaks, the Ausable river is a fly fisherman's paradise offering abundant hatches of Stoneflies, Caddis, Mayflies and ledgendary trophy trout!. The famed West Branch of the AuSable River is nationally recognized for its five miles of magnificent waterway dedicated as year round catch and release.

Spring Thaw in the Adirondacks

Each year, when the snow finally melts from the mountaintops, a magical transformation occurs in the Adirondacks with the arrival of summer! Suddenly, Alpine ski trails give way to rugged mountain bike paths. Frozen lakes and rivers dissolve into miles of exciting canoe and kayak waterways. And backcountry ski trails turn into beautiful day hikes! With over 1500 lakes and ponds, 46 major peaks, and hundreds of miles of hiking and bike trails, the Adirondack Park is, quite literally, a 6 million acre playground and anglers paradise!


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Lake Colby
Kokanne Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Chateaugay Lake
Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Black Bass, Northern Pike
Saranac Lake
Black Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish
Meacham Lake
Black Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish, Splake
Tupper Lake
Black Bass, Walleye, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Northern Pike, Panfish
Union Falls
Walleye, Black Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish

For information on Adirondack fishing contact local Chambers of Commerce, or New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 5 H.Q.
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Publication Distribution Unit
Albany, NY 12233
New York State Department of Commerce
U.S. Geological Survey
Washington, D.C. 20242

Jones Outfitters, Ltd.
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Tahawus Guide Service
(Guides, Lessons, Rentals)
Raybrook, NY

New York State Outdoor Guides Association
Albany, NY 12204
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Albany, NY 12232
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Fishing Preserves

Cold Brook Farm
Vermontville, NY
Open Year round during daylight Hours or 8 am to 8 pm. Rainbow Trout averaging 1 to 7 lbs. Preserve located on 230 acres with easy access to 2 ponds.

Fisherman's Paradise
Chateaugay, NY
Open year round - Rainbow and Golden Trout and Atlantic Salmon. Rainbow Trout averaging up to 4 lbs.

Hichinbrooke Fish Hatchery
Chateaugay, NY
Open weekends through out the year and daily through the months of July and August. Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Coho and Atlantic Landlocked Salmon averaging from 1 lb to 14 lbs.

Restful Ponds
Brainardsville, NY
Open all year with no set hours. Rainbow Trout, Speckled and bull heads. Average sizes from l0 to 20 inches

Smooth Flow Ponds
Malone, NY
Open by chance or appointment. Speckled Trout, Rainbow Trout and Coho and Atlantic Salmon. Average sizes are 10 to 14 inches.

Spring Brook Farms
Chateaugay, NY
Open year round. Rainbow and Brook Trout. Average sizes are 10 to 12 inches

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Elk Lake Lodge
Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, NY
Described by National Geographic as "the jewel of the Adirondacks," Elk Lake is a 12,000-acre wilderness resort in the heart of the High Peaks. 40 miles of private trails, two lakes offering canoeing, swimming and fishing for trout or landlocked salmon. Turn-of-the-century lodge and private cottages. Note: Rates are per person, per night, Modified American Plan with Dinner and Breakfast included.

Adirondack Licensed Guides


Adirondack Sport Shop
"Home to the Ausable Wulff", Wilmington, NY - (518) 359-2174
Fran Betters has been known by sportsmen for years as the definitive expert on fishing and fly-fishing in the Adirondacks and author of many indispensable books! He offers fly fishing and casting instructions, stream orientations and an open invitation to all who fish to attend his FREE Barbeques and flycasting clinics throughout the summer!

Bear Cub Adventures
30 Bear Cub Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946 - (518) 523-4339
Offering Outdoor Guided Adventures and Skills Instruction; Wilderness Canoe Trips, Canoe & Kayak Instruction, Family Fishing Trips, and so much more.

Blue Mountain Outfitters With 2 locations in the Adirondacks! Lake Placid Location-Open 7 days from 9 AM until 6 PM. Lake Placid, 37 Main Street
(518)-523-4555 /Blue Mountain Lake Location Open 7 days from 9 AM until 6 PM. Blue Mountain Lake,144 Main Street, (518) 352-7306
Both locations feature many crafts from hand pounded handmade black ash pack baskets, cloth, metals, jewelry, to balsam and clay. Blue Mountain Outfitters is a full service fly fishing outfitter offering proven names Fly fishing instructions and guiding are available upon request.

Tahawus Limited
P.O. Box 424, Lake Placid, NY 12946 - (518) 891-4334
Tahawus Guide Services offers traditional outdoor adventures for people of all ages, regardless of ability level or physical condition. Based on the legendary guide services of the late 1800's, the guides of Tahawus are experienced outdoor professionals who will delight you with the natural history and lore of the Adirondacks. Offering Fly Fishing, Canoe and Fishing trips, Mountaineering, Ski Tours, and so much more.

Jones Outfitters
Jones Outfitters Limited 37 Main Street Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946 (518) 523-3468
Jones Outfitters, Ltd. is located on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. We are a full service Orvis Dealer offering a wide variety of fly fishing equipment and services. Our Popular Fly Fishing school will help get you started on the path to a life-long past-time and passion. Guide service is available for local rivers, lakes, and ponds. Check our web site for updates fishing reports. We are also your complete paddlesports shop, stocking canoes, kayaks and accessories from Mad River, Wenonah, Old Town, and Wilderness Systems.

Adirondack Canoe and Kayaks - Tupper Lake, NY - (518) 359-2174

Birchbark Tours- Saranac Lake, NY - (518) 891-5704

Blue Mountain Outfitters - Blue Mountain Lake, NY - (518) 352-7306

Grey Ghost Guide Service- Saranac Lake, NY - (518) 891-6089

Jones Outfitters- Lake Placid, NY - (518) 523-3468

Light Line Adventures- Lake Placid, NY - (518) 523-1186

McDonnell's Adirondack Challenges- Saranac Lake, NY - (518) 891-1176

St. Regis Canoe Outfitters - Lake Clear, NY - (518) 891-1838

Stillwaters Guide Service - Lake Placid, NY - (518) 523-2280

Trailhead Adventure Treks - Northville, NY - (518) 863-2198

Touraid Travel Outdoor Adventures- Plattsburgh, NY - (518) 563-5605

Whiteface Guide Services- Wilmington, NY - (518) 523-1186

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Fishing in the Adirondacks can bring on an incredible experience!
Begin fishing with nymphs such as the Isonychia, Hendrickson or the Caddis slowly then by mid summer, fish the Sulfurs, Caenis and Large Stoneflies. Towards the end of the season fish with Yellow May, Chocolate Drake or the Slate Grey Drake. Below is a Hatch chart that may guide you in chossing the right fly for the right time.

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Fly Hatches/Seasons to Fish
By Joeseph Hackett

Listed below is a hatch start for Adirondack waters. The main diet for trout, stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies are found in large numbers in Adirondack waters.

The best early season fly fishing is accomplished with streamers or nymphs. The early months of April and May don't produce large hatches as the waters are still quite cold and high. This is true again in the fall, late September to October.

Hatches begin about mid-May and continue until the cold weather of the fall. Our main hatch is the caddisfly and continue sporadically throughout the summer.

Some of the best patterns are as follows:

Mickey FInn
Grey Ghost
sizes 6, 8, 10
Dark/Light Stonefly
Light Cahill
March Brown
sizes 10, 12, 14, 16
Wet Fly Patterns
Mini Muddler
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
Grey Hackle
size 10, 12, 14
Dry Fly Patterns
AuSable Wulff
Light/Dark Haystack
Grey Fox
Light/Dark Caddis
Dun Varient (14/16)
Light/Dark Cahill
Light/Dark Hendrickson
sizes 12, 14, 16

Major Hatches and Emergence Dates
for Adirondack Waters
Quill Gordon
May 10-June 5
May 15-June 7
May 20-June 15
All Season Specialties
Grey Fox
June 1- June 20
March Brown
June 5-June 15
Green Drake
June 17-June 30
Light Cahill
June 1-July 10
July 15-August 30
Blue Wing Olive
August 5-August 20
Chocolate Drake
August 20-September 15
Slate Grey Drake
August 27- October 6
Isonychia Bicolor
August 15- October 15
Hexogenia Fly Comes off on many of the lakes and
ponds of the region and is the largest of the Mayflies
to come off in the Adirondacks. The Isonychia Fly is
also called Slate Drake and Chocolate Dun.

Possibly the best months for Adirondack trout fishing are June and September. June sees the weather warming, along with the streams, and the top hatches of the year. However, it is also bug season, with black flies and mosquitoes swarming. September finds cooler days, and waters, with fine foliage, few bugs and fish fattening up for the winter.


My preference is for a 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 rod, throwing a 5 to 6 weight line. For pond or lake fishing, a heavier weight line and stronger rod is preferred, for longer casts. Quite often a day of fishing smaller brooks finds me with a 6 to 7-foot rod and a 3 to 4-weight line. Because of water clarity, I use the finest tippet, and lightest leader I dare, considering the size fish I expect to battle.
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