Guide Profile: Sean Platt

Sean grew up in Keene Valley exploring the High Peaks region of the park. He has spent the the past five years working as a Backcountry Ranger and Ski Patroller both here and in Colorado. He loves to strip streamers and chase wild brook trout on the high mountain streams of his youth. You can find Sean most days in the shop with a smile on his face ready to talk fishing with everybody who walks in the door. He has an infectious enthusiasm for fly fishing that he effortlessly transfers to everyone around him. Sean is a self-professed streamer junkie and one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. He’s the king of the after work fishing trip and he’s mad about catching brooks and bass on topwater. We are pretty sure there is a war going on within him to see which fish wins but we are sure if you ask him to go fishing there won’t be a lot of hesitation on his end. 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

Quick vacation fishing trips

Let’s take a minute to talk about something important here in the North Country. We frequently get to meet some great folks on vacation with their families in the area that are looking for a quick way to spend a short amount of time on the water. We get it, fishing is awesome, but we don’t always have a lot of time to spend away when we are traveling with our families. Wilmington has a hidden gem lying in wait for you….Lake Everest. When people hear about fishing the west branch of the Ausable in Wilmington, Lake Everest isn’t something that comes to mind. Let’s talk a little about that. Lake Everest is an impoundment on the Ausable that was created in 1812 by a local man who brought the project to fruition to create a power source for a variety of natural resource based industry ventures, mainly town power. The dam was reconfigured in the 1930’s and a park was created to provide the residents and tourists easy access to the waterway. The impoundment is 30 acres and fishes a lot more like a slow moving section of the river than a lake, which is what it is. Lake Everest may be one of the most often overlooked jems of the Ausable River. The put in is at the Wilmington Town Beach where there is a nice launch area and dock. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the town during the summer months. You can paddle about a mile upstream from the beach area, at which point the Ausable River enters the lake. There are exceptional views of Whiteface and the Sentinal Mountains from the lake. If you want, you can stop […]

Tips for winter trout

Early season trout fishing can be tough at best, I’m talking about spring fishing, I’m talking about fishing before the spring, in the winter when water temps are well below 50 degrees. In places like where I live In the north country if you aren’t fishing heavily stocked waters it can be like pulling your teeth out. Trout in these conditions and places are pretty lethargic this time of year and the fishing can be very very slow. Its a mental game, its very hard to keep your head in the game this time of year when you aren’t putting up numbers. You have to stay focused and concentrate on what you are doing. There is a big difference between going fishing and fishing well. But just because the fishing isn’t that great yet doesn’t mean you cant go out and catch a few. here is a short list of tips or facts to help you improve the odds.   1. Fish at the right time The best time to fish is when you can go fishing right? But try to optimize that time if possible. keeping in mind that sub 50 the fish are not very active, you want to be out in the warmest part of the day, notice I didn’t say brightest. 2.Downsize I talk to a lot of guys who say trout are not as spooky in the late season and I will agree with this to some extent. But that doesn’t mean that they are stupid either. I like to fish lighter tippet which goes along with smaller flies that are often fished this time of year. “Think small fish small” is a good motto. Fish aren’t going […]
By |December 2nd, 2017|Tips|0 Comments

Ausable Bomber Video

Hey Everyone! I wanted to provide a step by step video I made for all of you wanting to tie Fran’s Ausable Bomber, it’s a staple pattern here in the North Country, you cannot visit the Ausable without it. It’s easy and quick to tie and it works throughout the season. Enjoy – Matt D  

Add a little bling for low light

It’s the time of year for me that plays tricks with my eyes and I always seem to forget about it. Spring can be tough with ever changing lighting conditions and the lengthening of the days and shadows. I often find myself in situations where even when fishing the same area for a lengthened amount of time I hit periods where it is just damn hard to see the fly. Thats when I start using this very simple and sometimes overlooked trick. I change all the posts on my dries with high visibility materials. In the photo above you are looking at a batch of Ausable Bombers I spun up using different colored Calf Tail. The one I tend to go to most is at the bottom of the picture where I combine two different colors for a contrast effect. With that said I always have a few colors on hand during these conditions because certain colors will show up better in different conditions. Something so simple can make a big difference when it comes to being able to locate your fly in low light, particularly in the turbid water conditions we often have during the spring in my part of the woods. Its also great if you’re fishing with someone whose vision just isn’t quite the same as it used to be. I have not personally found a situation where I thought a fish was less likely to take the fly with these bright colors, I don’t subscribe to that theory. After all, if the flies work as designed the fish won’t see the posts if they are laying on the water as intended.

Fishing was good today

 Fishing was good today I caught 6 trout.
By |March 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments