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SATURDAY July 18, 2009

Mid summer trout

Lightweight and portable, the new breed of inflatable canoes have made it easy for anglers to enjoy angling opportunities on the many high elevation ponds of the Adirondacks.


ith the heart of the summer season looming in the weeks ahead, temperatures are certain to increase. This expected increase in air temperatures and a corresponding rise in water temperatures will push trout down to the depths is search of cooler, more oxygenated waters. Optimum water temperatures for most trout species ranges in the mid 50’s. Although the season’s incessant rains have kept water and oxygen levels higher than normal; anglers working the local

ponds and lakes have already resorted to using lead core line or sinking flyline in an effort to present their lures or flies to receptive fish. On the ponds last weekend, I found fish were most active in the depths of 18 to 24 feet. This range is well below the level that most anglers can achieve when trolling with monofiliment line. In such conditions, many anglers decide to target other species such as bass or pike. Trout diehards also have the option of chasing rainbows, a species that is more tolerant of warmer waters and brighter, sunny conditions. Rainbows usually respond well to flies, lures or spoons presented in the upper levels of the water column. These fish seem to be particularly fond of flashy ‘Christmas trees’ or ‘Cowbells’ tipped with a worm or a fly. However, for brook trout enthusiasts, the arrival of midsummer temperatures shouldn’t signal the end of the season. It simply requires a change of venue. Rather than dredging the depths of their usual spring and fall trout ponds, anglers should consider the opportunities available on the park’s numerous, upper elevation ponds. Brook trout enthusiasts have long recognized that these high elevation ponds often maintain ideal water temperatures well into the heat of the summer. Yet, these waters are still visited primarily by hikers who are just passing through. The cooler waters of these ponds are the result of a number of factors. In the upper elevations, evening temperatures regularly drop into the 40’s and many mountain ponds, located on the shoulders of the high peaks, are shaded for a good portion of the day. Additionally, most of these ponds are spring fed or filled by cold, well oxygenated, mountain streams. I have discovered that, in general, the higher the elevation of the pond, the colder the water temperatures. I’ve also found that elevation is an important factor in determining angling pressure. The more difficult the access usually results in the fewer angler visits.

Accessibility is key


he PHA Camp Meeting and conference met at Camp Triumph in Bakers MIlls this past week. There was a different speaker each night. In attendence was from Union Beach, New Jersey, Bolton Landing, Sodom Community Church, Johnsburg all in New York. The Youth Program is going for the area kids. Be careful and enjoy. Many deer have been seen and do not seem to be afraid when people get close. Wonder if it will be the same when hunting season begins. It seems good to see activity around the homes of the summer residences. Pansy Allen was pleased to have her familyand friends with her for her 87th birthday. Fred Allen and Mike Wells stopped by and joined in the happy event. Rose Allen and Harold Ross are still in hospital Happy Birthday to:Emily Christopher (95), Joe Granger, Marvin Viele, Mike Schilinski, Faye Beavers, Mikelean Allen, Shamus Ordway, Suzy Virgil, Kim Houser Happy Anniversary to: Snuffy and Sue Allen, Ron and Missy Allen, Corry and Ashley Morse Enjoy each and every day.

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On most remote waters, anglers casting from shore are at a a distinct disadvantage. Typically, these shorelines are littered with with dead and downed trees, which can prevent the landing of a big fish. It is also difficult to cast far enough to reach deeper waters where larger fish lurk. To avoid such issues, I prefer to use a good quality, inflatable raft. Although pack canoes have greatly diminished in weight over the years, they can be difficult or impossible to haul up steep mountain trails or through thick spruce and heavy blowdown. Rafts can easily be condensed into a backpack. Bellyboats are a good compromise, but I far prefer a raft which permits an angler above water casting platform. Belly

Biden From page 1 can see the progress we're making, right here in the Capital District.” Biden talked about the state’s reinvestment of $1.14 billion in federal stimulus money in job retention and creation. “Right here in New York State, it has meant $2 billion made available to the Governor and to localities to keep 26,000 teachers, that got pink slips, on the job,” he said. Biden praised Paterson for his work in putting the stimulus money to work quickly and appropriately. U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy of Glens Falls was directly to the right of Biden, sitting on a high stool, as the vice president gave his speech. Murphy also talked about how the recovery would take time, but an economic turnaround was already underway in the 20th Congressional District. “We've seen the over $200 million of projects here in the 20th District that have been green-lighted — a lot of these haven't been started yet.” Regardless of the euphoric crowd welcoming Biden, local Republican leaders criticized much of the stimulus act for which Biden was drumming up support in his multi-city tour. Essex County Republican Party Chairman Ron Jackson, Town of Essex Supervisor, said he supported the way money was spent on infrastructure, but not on the obscure projects and studies, nor the corporate bailouts. “The money spent on roads, bridges, water and sewer projects was all very good — particularly in the North Country where we’re desperate for this infrastructure, and it’s a good investment in the nation,” he said. “But when you throw in the spending on a frog tunnel in Florida and a mouse refuge in California for millions of dollars, these are ridiculous and obviously pure pork for Democratic districts.” Warren County Republican Chairman Michael Grasso’s criticism was stronger and wider in scope. “Bailing out failing state government programs with less than 15 percent going to infrastructure improvements solves nothing, and trickle up expenditures just don't work,” Grasso said, suggesting that instead private industries should have tax breaks and incentives to stimulate the economy. “The Recovery Act is late getting out and the ‘shovel ready projects’ do not appear to be so ready — Wasting money on such items as parks and perks will not stimulate the economy but mortgage our children's futures.” Nevertheless, in Clifton Park July 9, Biden’s audience was enthusiastic and admiring, and Biden spent 20 minutes or so after his speech with the crowd signing autographs and posing for photographs. Flanking Biden to the rear during his speech were War-

boats or float tubes also require the fisherman to wear waders. With their legs dangling in the water, anglers stir up the water or get stuck in the muck. Avoid the cheap, “pool toy” type rafts as they just don’t hold up. I use a raft that’s equipped with several air chambers and oar locks. I find it to be an ideal vessel for the smaller, more remote and inaccessible waters. Often, for those willing to put in the effort, it’s possible to have a pond all to yourself.

Which way to the water? The Adirondack region is graced with a multitude of high elevation ponds. And due to the extensive restoration efforts implemented by the NYSDEC, many of these waters retain healthy populations of brook trout. The more remote waters which are stocked annually by helicopter can be found listed on DEC's annual stocking reports. Consider the number of water bodies included in just a few of the park’s numerous Wilderness Areas, a partial listing includes the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness (39), High Peaks (112), Dix Mountain (12), Sentinel Range (5), Five Ponds (99), Hoffman Notch (8), Blue Ridge (19) and the Siamese Ponds (33). A sampling of the more remote waters would include Round Pond, Dix Pond, Puffer Pond, Peaked Mountain Pond, Moose Pond, Latham Pond, Tom Peck Pond, Coldspring Pond, Giant’s Washbowl Pond, Bartlett Pond, Livingston Pond, Cooper Kiln Pond, Warren Pond, Owen Pond, Copperas Pond, Winch Pond, Dawson Pond, Brueyer Pond, Beaver Pond, Little Ampersand Pond, Nate Pond, Curtis Pond, Dog Pond, Grizzle Ocean, Bear Pond, Beaver Meadow Pond, Mountain Pond and Lost Pond. These are just a few of the stocked, trout waters, however there are many more. As beavers continue to build dams on backwoods brooks, the number and size of potential trout waters continues to increase every year. An indication of this trend is evidenced in the most recent Global Information Systems survey of the Adirondacks. Surveys have revealed that the Adirondack Park currently contains over 11,101 bodies of water that measure over one acre in size. Although I’ll likely never have the opportunity to hit them all, it will remain a challenge to fish as many as I can. As the lottery advertisements proclaim, “Hey, you never know!” Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at ren County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Montfort of Johnsburg and Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Larry Bulman of Moreau, who is also statewide vice chairman of the party. After the event, Bulman said political opponents criticizing the Obama Administration’s efforts were looking for instant economic solutions, which weren’t about to happen. Before the speech, Bulman and Biden chatted about the weather, the beauty of the surroundings, and about how Global Foundries’ $4.2 billion semiconductor plant, now under construction, would soon be energizing the region’s economy substantially. The development is expected to prompt prosperity in the upstate area, with 1,400 new jobs at the plant, and another 5,000 new jobs related to the operation, representing an additional $290 million in annual payroll for the region. “Biden said to me, ‘As a labor guy, you must really appreciate that,’” said Bulman, president of a local plumbers’ and steamfitters’ union. Montfort said he was pleased to be at the event, which he captured in photos with his cell phone, using one shot of Biden and the crowd as his new screen saver. He also conveyed a warm welcome to Biden from Warren County residents. “Considering what has happened to the economy, it would be foolish to expect it to be straightened out in 140 days,” Montfort said. “After a devastating storm, you have to clean up before you start the process of rebuilding.”

The Source brings full bike repair shop area NORTH CREEK — Owners of The Source, located at 37 Bridge Street in downtown North Creek, have announced the opening of their full bike repair and service shop. Customers can now drop off road, mountain and cruising bikes for service. From routine tune-ups to full repairs or part replacement, The Source is the destination for all biking needs! The retail shop is also stocked with bike parts, ranging from tubes, brake cables, chains, tires, etc. for customers to do their own repairs. The Source’s retail operation continues to carry a mix of consignment items as well as brand new gear. The shop currently features Mountain Hardware, Mountain Smith, Outdoor Research, and Osprey brands, with all items priced below suggested retail! The Source is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Visit for additional information, call 251-4068 or stop in to see what they have in store for you!

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