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Ice Sac Fry

Mother Nature decided to start the spring thaw a little early so we’re tying up some Ice Sac Fry patterns.

Hook: Your Choice

Thread: UTC 140 White

Body: Pearl Flashabou

Wing: Ripple Ice Fiber Minnow Mix, Ripple Ice Fiber Olive

Sac: Orange Ice Dub

Eyes: 3D living eyes

Take a black marker and give the olive wing a few stripes.

“Common Mistakes Swinging Flies on Your Two-Hander”

Check out a recent article I wrote for Echo Fly Fishing  “Common Mistakes Swinging Flies on Your Two-Hander.”  Click here to read it.

 

By |February 6th, 2018|Reports|0 Comments|

Winter Special

 

The Douglaston Salmon Run and Paul’s Guide Service are excited to announce a Winter Lodging/Fishing Package valid now through Mar 31, 2018.

Come spend a day fly fishing for Steelhead with Paul’s Guide Service, and spend two nights in a cozy DSR lodge, DSR fishing passes are included! Plus, you have the option to purchase discounted day passes for the duration of your stay!  We have a one angler rate also, contact us for that!

Don’t wait, contact  Paul to reserve your trip today!

Winter Steelhead

Winter is in full effect right now on the Salmon River.   The lake effect snow and single digits at night means slush will start being a factor. Here are a few tips to help you be successful.

No need to start at first light.  Usually the bite doesn’t start til the sun hits the water and the air temp rises.
Fish slow and deep especially in higher flows.
Fish flies you have confidence in.
Concentrate on the guts and tail-out of pools.
Dress appropriately, wear layers  and it help to be in a drift boat with heaters.

 

 

Got Chrome?

Got Chrome

 
Steelhead season is upon us. Time to break out the spey rods and hold on tight.

I’m now booking trips for mid to late December, if you want to get out and enjoy a day winter steelhead fishing give me a call.

Paul 

Salmon Season

The Fall Salmon Run is quickly approaching and reports from the lake are “On Fire,” “Non Stop Action,” and “Best Bite we have seen in years.” If you haven’t booked your trip yet, don’t wait, you won’t want to miss out on action.

 

Guide Get Away 

Being a fly fishing guide doesn’t allow me to fish very often, so when I can i try to bring one of my daughter’s along. Recently I booked a few days up at Lopstick Lodge in Pittsburgh NH for a little father/daughter fishing time. We started out running a few dry dropper rigs thru the pocket water in the upper Connecticut river with good success that evening. The next morning the river was crowded so we rigged up some nymphing rods figuring with all the pressure we’d have better luck with getting down deep smaller nymphs in the pockets. We fished a very popular spot with some success, but I knew we were missing some fish in this run. So I switched over to a couple of mop flies on both rods and we picked up a good number of fish. The crowds there don’t stray far from parking lots as walking anywhere can tough with some dense woods and a lot of Bush whacking.  So we decided to get away from the crowds, once we did the fishing went from pretty good to outstanding. Big browns, rainbows, landlock salmon and brook trout all in the same pockets and small runs. Changing over to bigger flies seemed to draw the bigger fish out from under rocks and log jams.

We finished up our short stay the next morning with not many people around mostly fishing nymphs again. It was a great time to test out some patterns I had tied before the trip some with good success others were so so, so we’ll save them for another time to test out.

If you never have fished the upper Connecticut, you should try it out. Lopstick lodge is very […]

Casting For Recovery Event – Upstate NY

 

 

The 2017 Casting For Recovery Upstate New York Retreat was held this past weekend on the Salmon River. This is such a great event for these wonderful ladies, 3 days of introduction to fly fishing and bonding with others in recovery. It’s true joy to help out with this event every year and to see these ladies learning the sport and share my passion for it with them.  Looking forward to the next event!

 

Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs

Good hatches of bugs have been coming off just about every stream I have fished this year providing good dry fly action. Early in the morning when there has been no hatches we have been nymphing with good success. 

I will be up on the West Branch of the Ausable in Wilmington for the month of June if your looking to get out on the water give me a call (518) 495-2965 or email me at paul@paulsguideservice.com 

Trout Season

Trout season is just around the corner and with the way mother nature is playing this year streams might be in good shape in April. 
 We will being doing guided fly fishing trips on the West Branch Ausable, West Canada Creek and also trips on some smaller Central NY streams.Whether you enjoy casting dry flies to rising trout or would rather euro nymph (tightline) fish, we can accommodate you.  Give me a call or shoot me a e-mail to discuss a trip.                                                                                             

Spending the day at Turning Stone Casino?? Want to get a few hours on the water??  We can be on the water in 30 minutes.

Trout Rates

One angler – Half Day $225, Full Day $325

Two anglers – Half Day $300, Full Day $400

Tackle and flies provided.