Northern Adirondack and Ausable River Stream Conditions

Ausable River conditions can change rapidly

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Stream: Ausable River

Date of Update: 09/27/2020

Stream Level (West):  57 c.f.s 

Stream Level (Main): 173 c.f.s 

Water Temp: 56AM-60PM 

Clarity: Very Clear


 Blue Wing Olives, Iso, Terrestrials, Caddis 

Hot Flies

DRIES:  Parachute Adams #8-12, Olives #14-18, Stimulator#6-14, Trina’s Carnage #10, Widowmaker Stone#10, Elkhair Caddis #12-18 NYMPHS: French Jig #14-20, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Jig #12-16, Pheasant Tail #10-18, Olive Hare’s Ear #16-20, Beadhead Batman/Ironman, #12-18,, Caddis Pupa #12-18, Copper Johns #12-18 STREAMERS: Jigged and conehead wooly buggers – Black and Olive#6-12, Conehead Minnow #8, CH Crystal Bugger, Zoo Cougar, Sparkle Minnow

Fishing Overview

   Water is low and clear and temps have come up from a week ago.  Nymphing is still the best approach to the local rivers, though the dry fly action is picking up slowly.  Mid-day has been the most productive.  As always, call the fly shop for the most up to date and detailed information 518-946-2117

Specifics and Tips

Look for rising fish in the afternoons.  Typically we are seeing one or two sporadic risers per pool as opposed to larger scale hatch activity.  Target these fish with long leaders and small dries on 6X.  You will typically only get one shot with the low and clear conditions so sit and observe for a while before making fly selection and presentation.  Nymphs should be smaller in both size and weight with the current conditions.  Again, 6X leader and tippet for best results. For the best Specifics and Tips call us at the fly shop at 518-946-2117.

Shop Events

Our clinic dates for 2020:

Call this winter to get in early for our spring stillwater clinic

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Conservation Note

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Graph of Temperature, water, degrees Celsius

Graph of Discharge, cubic feet per second


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