Could be an early close to the Season

by Brian Zinger on October 27, 2012

River conditions couldn’t be better for this time of year. Water temps have been in the upper 40’s to low 50’s, which is crazy for late October. No hatches…as usual, but the fish have been happy feeding on nymphs and even hopper patterns have been out producing streamers. We only have 5 days left to the regular season and Hurricane Sandy may cut that short. She is still days away and could go anywhere at this point. In my experience, fishing prior to a hurricane or the remnants of one, can be outstanding. I’ll be heading to to my house in North River NY tomorrow and plan on throwing some line somewhere.
Speaking of my house in the ADK. It is a rental house and is located near by to Gore Mt. and the Garnet Hill Lodge which has 52k of excellent X country skiing right out the door. Check it out at

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Tim Johnston November 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

discovered you while reading Tom’s blog at Ausable 2 fly shop. was just there at end of Sept. Lived in Placid, 40 yrs ago and return to fish the Ausable every few years.

Sadly it’s “a young man’s river” and I’m afraid I’m NOT…

Still love the north country, went brookie fishing with Joe Hackett on my last trip. He taught me a “trick” of “skittering” an elk hair caddis on the surface, though I had a hard time remembering to do it, I did remember it on my trip last month to the mts’ of West Virginia.

Fished an old quarry containing brookies and rainbows, “skittered caddis” worked very well.

So what is your “preferred single malt”? My grandfather was born in the highlands, have made 5 trips there, fished most all the great rivers. Sadly my talent level wasn’t where it is now, not that it’s that great now. Do you have a clue of the COST of Salmon fishing there???

I met 2 locals from Glasgow, we were just north of Stirling. they said when the Salmon are running it’s $ 3000/day to fish this beat. Now I know that sounds unbelieveable, but I read an artice that stated, if Golf brings in a million tourist dollars a year, fishing brings in a million six!!!

I’m a golf pro in the Virgin Islands asnd will become a “regular” to your website. I’ll probably drive you nuts like I do Tom. While I do some salt water fly fishing here, it’s not like the Bahamas. I prefer streams…

Thanks for your time.

Tim Johnston
Buccaneer GC
St. Croix

Brian Z. November 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hi Tim,

Thanks for bringing me up to speed on your life. I feel like I already know you. I love the life your living! I’ve been fishing the Adirondack for a number of years now and over the past few year I’ve been doing much exploring. I didn’t even fish the W. Br. Ausable last year due to being more adventurous. My friends and I have been fishing the last few days of the regular season in NY, and have been treated to great LL Salmon and steelhead runs during that time. My favorite single malt is the one I’m drinking at the time. The only way you could drive me nuts is if you expect timely responses. We do this for fun.

Talk to you soon,


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