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Fly Fishing in the Adirondacks can bring on an incredible experience! Begin fishing with nymphs such as the Isonychia, Hendrickson or the Caddis slowly then by mid summer, fish the Sulfurs, Caenis and Large Stoneflies. Towards the end of the season fish with Yellow May, Chocolate Drake or the Slate Grey Drake. Below is a Hatch chart that may guide you in chossing the right fly for the right time.

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Fly Hatches/Seasons to Fish
By Joeseph Hackett

Listed below is a hatch start for Adirondack waters. The main diet for trout, stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies are found in large numbers in Adirondack waters.

The best early season fly fishing is accomplished with streamers or nymphs. The early months of April and May don't produce large hatches as the waters are still quite cold and high. This is true again in the fall, late September to October.

Hatches begin about mid-May and continue until the cold weather of the fall. Our main hatch is the caddisfly and continue sporadically throughout the summer.

Some of the best patterns are as follows:

Mickey FInn
Grey Ghost
sizes 6, 8, 10
Dark/Light Stonefly
Light Cahill
March Brown
sizes 10, 12, 14, 16
Wet Fly Patterns
Mini Muddler
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
Grey Hackle
size 10, 12, 14
Dry Fly Patterns
AuSable Wulff
Light/Dark Haystack
Grey Fox
Light/Dark Caddis
Dun Varient (14/16)
Light/Dark Cahill
Light/Dark Hendrickson
sizes 12, 14, 16

Major Hatches and Emergence Dates
for Adirondack Waters
Quill Gordon
May 10-June 5
May 15-June 7
May 20-June 15
All Season Specialties
Grey Fox
June 1- June 20
March Brown
June 5-June 15
Green Drake
June 17-June 30
Light Cahill
June 1-July 10
July 15-August 30
Blue Wing Olive
August 5-August 20
Chocolate Drake
August 20-September 15
Slate Grey Drake
August 27- October 6
Isonychia Bicolor
August 15- October 15
Hexogenia Fly Comes off on many of the lakes and
ponds of the region and is the largest of the Mayflies
to come off in the Adirondacks. The Isonychia Fly is
also called Slate Drake and Chocolate Dun.

Possibly the best months for Adirondack trout fishing are June and September. June sees the weather warming, along with the streams, and the top hatches of the year. However, it is also bug season, with black flies and mosquitoes swarming. September finds cooler days, and waters, with fine foliage, few bugs and fish fattening up for the winter.


My preference is for a 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 rod, throwing a 5 to 6 weight line. For pond or lake fishing, a heavier weight line and stronger rod is preferred, for longer casts. Quite often a day of fishing smaller brooks finds me with a 6 to 7-foot rod and a 3 to 4-weight line. Because of water clarity, I use the finest tippet, and lightest leader I dare, considering the size fish I expect to battle.

For information on Adirondack Fishing contact local Chambers of Commerce, or New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 5 H.Q.
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Publication Distribution Unit
Albany, NY 12233
New York State Department of Commerce
U.S. Geological Survey
Washington, D.C. 20242

Jones Outfitters, Ltd.
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Tahawus Guide Service
(Guides, Lessons, Rentals)
Raybrook, NY

New York State Outdoor Guides Association
Albany, NY 12204
Department of Transportation NYSDOT
State Campus Building
room 105
Albany, NY 12232
Adirondack Sport Shop
Route 86 (Lessons, Maps, Books)
Wilmington, NY 12997

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