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

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

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 […]
By |November 22nd, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

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