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: fly fishing in the adirondacks?

01-26-2006, 11:40 PM
So I'm heading back east in Sept. for a friend's wedding in the Lake Placid area of the Adirondacks. In college, we both did allot of climbing,picture taking and hiking around those parts but it was a few years before either of us started fly fishing. Now we are both fly fishing addicts and looking to do a few days of pre-wedding trout fishing and hiking there.

I always had the impression that this region was severely hurt by acid rain and the lakes and streams were largely worthless and devoid of fish. Anyone have any knowledge of the quality of fishing there? Are the backcountry lakes or streams any good?

Also,any recommended rivers to float and fish?

I did just order a copy of Good Fishing in the Adirondacks for info. Is this book fairly accurate or full of over blown adjectives?

Thanks for any help.

01-27-2006, 08:01 AM
The Ausable River is where you want to fish. It's the best in the area. Check out
some of the local flyshops for fly patterns. Use a wading staff when wading that river as the rocks are like greased cannon balls. FishHawk

01-27-2006, 08:19 AM
Well, it's not Colorado however, the Ausable is some of the best fishing in the area. There are some great ponds too if you have access to a canoe or float tube. There are other rivers too. check out Rich is probably the best guide in the area.

01-27-2006, 09:23 AM
Yeah, the Ausable is definitely a great river. Overfished in some sections, but a great river nonetheless. It's best to have a boat to fish the lower sections, but the upper stretches above where it splits into the East and West branches starts to get wadeable.

Sept is trico hatch time, and also blue wing olive time, though there's hatches pretty much year round of things that can be mimicked by a BWO.

01-29-2006, 01:43 AM
Thanks for the info, gents. We are thinking about some canoeing so I'll push for the Ausable for that outing.

Looking forward to getting that guidebook and see if there are any good backcountry lakes,too.

Those are some nice looking browns on that site,Shaq. :smokin:

01-31-2006, 05:24 AM
Also try taking a little drive down towards Plattsburgh one day and fish the East Branch of the Saranac right upstream from the confluence withthe West Branch. Maybe that huge brookie I hooked into years ago is still there. Pocket water. Big dries. Explosive rises.

Jim Miller
01-31-2006, 07:29 AM
I'll second the Saranac. :)