Guide Profile: Rachel Finn

Rachel has been head guide at the H.T for over 20 seasons. Rachel’s knowledge of the Ausable river and our area streams is known throughout the Northeast, which has made her one of the most sought after guides in the region. She is a retired Alaskan guide with a Masters from Yale, whose Tacoma has become a streamside fixture in the Ausable River Valley. Her passion for the art of fly fishing, and her knowledge of it’s most technical offerings has earned Rachel a spot on the pro staff of Scott Rods, Nautilus, Airflo, and is also a Patagonia Fly Fishing ambassador. We are proud to say that she is also an AMFF Ambassador and recent recipient of the Isaac Walton Award from the AMFF. She is a highly accomplished artist with an MFA from Yale, Rachel’s artwork reflects her passion and exuberance for the natural world. She is known as one of the most wonderful and colorful characters in the fly fishing industry. Nobody spends more time on the Ausable than Rachel and we are sure she has fished just about every inch of it. If you take a drive down the river and don’t see her truck there…go home. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.comGuide

4/3/19

Northern Adirondack and Ausable River Stream Conditions Ausable River conditions can change rapidly Call our fly shop at 1-518-946-2117 for up to the minute reports. Follow us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/hungrytroutflyfishing Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/hungrytroutfly Stream: Ausable River Date of Update: 4/1/19 Stream Level: 1400 c.f.s  Water Temp: 40f Clarity: Mocha DRIES:  NYMPHS: French Nymphs #12-16, Black Stoneflies 12-16 STREAMERS: Zonkers and Wooly Buggers olive & black & white, Black Ghost, Grey Ghost, CH Crystal Bugger.    Early season conditions persist. High, cold and dirty water make angling on the Ausable quite a challenge! Luckily we have lots of other options once the Ice goes out. Salmon should be returning to the Saranac and Boquet soon but current reports are slow. Looking forward to some warming trends to turn the fishing on!  As always, call the fly shop for the most up to date and detailed information 518-946-2117   Low and Slow! Fishing is tough so be patient! For the best Specifics and Tips call us at the fly shop at 518-946-2117. Our clinic dates for 2019: Local Appreciation Day May 11th Two Fly Tournament May 17th weekend Twin Pond Brook Trout Still Water Clinic June 15th weekend Pocket Water Clinic Saturday July 6th HT Kids Fly Fishing Camp July 8,9,10 1st Annual Women’s Hang with Rachel Finn August 2nd Weekend Fall Stillwater Clinic at Twin Ponds […]

Fishing Report 4/2/19

Northern Adirondack and Ausable River Stream Conditions Ausable River conditions can change rapidly Call our fly shop at 1-518-946-2117 for up to the minute reports. Follow us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/hungrytroutflyfishing Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/hungrytroutfly Stream: Ausable River Date of Update: 4/1/19 Stream Level: 1400 c.f.s  Water Temp: 40f Clarity: Mocha DRIES:  NYMPHS: French Nymphs #12-16, Black Stoneflies 12-16 STREAMERS: Zonkers and Wooly Buggers olive & black & white, Black Ghost, Grey Ghost, CH Crystal Bugger.    Early season conditions persist. High, cold and dirty water make angling on the Ausable quite a challenge! Luckily we have lots of other options once the Ice goes out. Salmon should be returning to the Saranac and Boquet soon but current reports are slow. Looking forward to some warming trends to turn the fishing on!  As always, call the fly shop for the most up to date and detailed information 518-946-2117   Low and Slow! Fishing is tough so be patient! For the best Specifics and Tips call us at the fly shop at 518-946-2117. Our clinic dates for 2019: Local Appreciation Day May 11th Two Fly Tournament May 17th weekend Twin Pond Brook Trout Still Water Clinic June 15th weekend Pocket Water Clinic Saturday July 6th HT Kids Fly Fishing Camp July 8,9,10 1st Annual Women’s Hang with Rachel Finn August 2nd Weekend Fall Stillwater Clinic at Twin Ponds […]

Guide Profile: Evan Bottcher

Evan was raised at the Hungry Trout and learned to fly fish on the Ausable River when he was ten years old. Evan honed his skills in Southwest Colorado fishing the Animas River and surrounding Rocky Mountain Streams. Fly Fishing has brought him many places, having cast a fly in Belize, Labrador, Bahamas, Alaska and most western states. He would return each May to guide a roster of return clients, which he prefers to exhaust in full day excursions to remote sections of river. Evan and his wife Caitlin are now in their ninth year growing the Hungry Trout Fly Shop with a clear vision for the future. Evan has been known throughout the years for his knack to find the big fish. He’s a junkie for big lake dwelling brook trout and has guided more happy clients than we can count to the biggest fish of their life. Evan has two beautiful children who can be found either on his back or in the bow of his boat all season long when he’s not guiding or keeping the other staff from running off to fish on their own. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.com

Guide Profile: Bill O’Brien

Bill O`Brien is an experienced angler and instructor who has been guiding for the H.T for 15 seasons. His passion for fly fishing, and his contagious enthusiasm keeps him busy throughout the season. A long time friend of ours, and all around gentleman. Bill is a retired Navy Pilot, and currently is a guitarist for a popular Irish rock band out of Saratoga called ‘Forthlin Road’. Bill has been instrumental in the arranging of the Two-Fly Tournament each summer for many of its formative years. Bill is a key figure for us at the H.T because, lets be honest – Everybody. loves. Bill… Bill  is a staple at the Hungry Trout for a lot of reasons, least of which is that he puts people on the fish and puts the smile on the peoples faces. A legendary storyteller, all of them true. He has an uncanny ability to find the feeding fish when nobody else can and to make them eat when they won’t. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.com

Guide Profile: Matt DeLorenzo

Matt D. grew up in the fishing business working his fathers charter service on the trout rich waters of Western New York. He has been a licensed guide for well over a decade and is an organized and professional guide. Matt prefers backcountry brook trout trips and fishing heavy pocket water. He is also a very productive fly tier, who pumps out detailed patterns. Matt is an Army combat veteran and also our head hunting guide, he is very passionate about hunting with his French Brittany “Louis”. Matt is a highly requested guide for a reason, he finds the fish. Known for digging into his secret stash of custom bugs and his over-organized fly boxes, he always has the fly for the job and is willing to go the extra mile for his sports. Matt loves Brook trout no matter where they are found. Small streams, lakes, ponds or puddles he will chase them there. He’s been known to find  a few other big fish as well. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.com
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Guide Profile: Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson grew up spending his summers in the Adirondacks. It wasn’t until a father/son trip to the West Branch of the Ausable that he fell in love with fly fishing. From that day forward, the thought of how and when he could get on the water never faded. When not searching for feeding trout on the Ausable, he spends time on the Delaware and Battenkill Rivers for feisty browns. Matt is also a special education teacher. He is a natural teacher and enjoys teaching those eager to learn about the sport. Matt is one of the most positive people you will ever meet and its amplified ten times when it comes to fishing. When you are fishing with Matt you just know that you’re going to catch a big fish at any second. He’s a well traveled fisherman and has seen it all, there aren’t many scenarios you can come up with on the river that he won’t be prepared for. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.com
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Perfect Christmas Gift

For the angler on your Christmas list we have a great deal going on at the Hungry Trout. We have one remaining Scott G2 8’8 5WT on sale for $450. A great price on an amazing rod. The G2 is my personal favorite dry fly rod of all time. This rod fishes dry flies extremely well and fishes small nymph rigs with equal effectiveness. It’s not a fast action cannon, but it was not designed to be one, It effortlessly turns over leaders and handle long leaders very well. Overall its the perfect rod for any dry fly enthusiast, which most of us are. The craftsmanship is amazing, it has a western style grip with an uplocking aluminum reel seat with a very sharp burled wood insert.   The blank is natural and the wraps are a neutral brown and it has chrome snake guides and a hook keeper. It’s a very sharp rod. Call the Hungry Trout at (518)946-2217  

Guide Profile: Schuyler Deeney

What can we say about Schuyler? Schuyler is a fishing dynamo with an endless passion for fly fishing. He can be found all hours of the day or night on the river when he isn’t guiding. Schuyler also works in the fly shop and is always eager to share his local knowledge. He is currently studying Fisheries and Aquaculture at SUNY Cobleskill and working towards his bachelors degree. Schuyler is the president of the SUNY Cobleskill chapter of Trout Unlimited and a ski instructor in the winter. Schuyler loves to Euro Nymph and we aren’t sure what would happen to him if he couldn’t fish for a day or two. He was a great addition to the Hungry Trout staff and has guided more than his share of happy clients over the last several seasons at the Hungry Trout. Schuyler also loves to fish small streams for Brook trout and has quite the repertoire of small streams to visit. To request any of our guides at the Hungry Trout call (518)946-2117. You can direct any inquires for them to flyfishing@hungrytrout.com  

BUG PROFILE : EPHEMERELLA SUBVARIA (HENDRICKSON)

A Hendrickson Female Dun The genus Ephemerella is another group of bugs that can be quite the big deal here in the east. In fact the species subvaria is a very big deal. The subvaria hatch is the first “super hatch” of the year and trout are known throughout the east and midwest to go bananas when these things start coming off. To my knowledge and based on my research there are nineteen different species of Ephemerella. The most important species to anglers will be definitely be Ephemerella subvaria otherwise known as the Hendrickson which is named after Albert Everett Hendrickson of Scarsdale New York who was a good friend of Theodore Gordon. In the west the Ephemerella species will be Ephemerella dorothea, and infrequens otherwise known as the Pale Morning Dun. The most common name for subvaria is the Hendrickson. They also go by Dark Hendrickson, Red Quill, Lady Beaverkill, Beaverkill, Borcher Drake, and Whirling Dun. A Hendrickson Male Dun These little guys begin hatching in the spring, which using us a guide for the hatch, it usually happens in mid to late May or when water temps reach between 50 and 55 degrees. This is arguably the best hatch of the year and when it’s happening the fish are really keyed onto them. The nymphs hatch by swimming or undulating their body to the surface and emerging from their shucks in the film. Once hatched the duns are known to ride in the current for a long time before they take flight which makes them an ideal food source. It’s said that […]
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