I recently spent a vacation with my girlfriend in the Adirondacks in New York. We were fortunate to experience great weather, views and river flows all week. The water was at Spring levels and in the low sixties on the West Branch of the Ausable, which is where I spent a few hours fishing each day. The West Branch of the Ausable River reminded me a lot of the Savage and the North Branch Rivers with endless rapids, chutes and pocket water areas. The first few days I tested the water with snow shoe rabbit winged dries, which have a storied history on these waters. After numerous rainbows and wild browns in the typical size range you catch on the Gunpowder, I switched to lots of weight and large nymphs. The river rocks were covered with shucks from stoneflies and isonychia nymphs, in sizes #10-12. In my most exciting hour of the week I hooked and lost three huge browns; a seventeen, eighteen and twenty two inch brown. Once I got dialed in on hot patterns, I was catching a lot of eight to thirteen inch browns and rainbows. I barely scratched the surface after exploring different access points over the week, and didn’t see another angler until my last day of the trip.
Aside from the fishing, there was a lot to see and do in the Lake Placid, Ausable Forks and Wilmington areas. Numerous waterfalls along the Ausable were great for pictures and Whiteface Mountain offered serious views of the mountains. Days could be spent hiking on well traveled trails leading to deep glacial “ponds,” which harbor huge brook trout, browns, rainbows, steelhead, and landlocked salmon. The region is less than 200 miles from the Canadian border, and offered a pristine experience and endless places to explore. The fishing in this part of the state is totally underated.
Please join the Backwater Angler staff, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Eliza Smith Steinmeier and Terry Backer, Long Island Soundkeeper, on October 18, 2008 from 4:00- 8:00 PM for a silent auction fundraiser including great food, and live music by Captain Quint at the first Annual Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Trash Bash. The event is being held at Nick’s Fish House overlooking Middle Branch.
The Mission of the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is to protect and restore the Baltimore Harbor and the greater Patapsco River & its tributaries through enforcement, fieldwork and citizen action in order to make the river suitablefor recreation including fishing and swimming, to improve public health, and improve the health of the river ecosystem.
Buy tickets online or make a donation to the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.
Thanks to Joe Seman for the following fly fishing report from Germany.
Hi Theaux. I’m glad to see that you are settled in to the new location. I hope the shop continues to prosper. Given our unusually dry summer, I haven’t been out as much on the water here in Germany as I would normally be. I took a trip to South Bohemia to fish the Vltava (Moldau) river in June, and I’ve had a few good days on my local water near Frankfurt. I’ve attached a couple of photos.The town is Rozmberk nad Vltavou, where we stayed and fished, though the river was high due to work on the water gates at the reservoir up river. The brown is a wild fish from another part of the Vltava that reminds me a lot of Whitetop Laurel near Damascus, Virginia. The other is a grayling from my local stream, the Sinn, near the village of Altengronau.
Our friend Pierce Yates from Birmingham, Alabama just sent us a number of his Boogle Bugs. During an eye-opening visit, he learned some valuable lessons from Mr. Bobs poppers founder Bob Guess. They do make a wonderous noise!
Pierce’s own description from his website looks like an entry straight out of Webster’s.
BoogleBug® \büg´-əl -bəg\ n 1: a very attractive, most durable bass bug or panfish bug used by knowledgeable warmwater fly fishing anglers to provoke aggressive topwater feeding by their finned adversaries. 2: one very tough, good looking bug that will catch you lots of bass and panfish for fun or food.
We have these unique poppers in a variety of sizes and colors and are selling them quickly at $4.95 each. Stop on in and give’em a try and show those bass and panfish the respect that they deserve.