We return to the spectacular Adirondacks and our (not so) secret mountain chalet for three nights lodging and two full days of fly fishing with guides from the Ausable River Two Fly Shop. Rising trout and dry flies are our goal!! We’ll be pursuing the Trico hatch on the legendary West Branch of the Ausable River; although the Saranac and Boquet Rivers are right next door and we will follow those fish where ever they lead! A snowy winter and wet spring are expected to keep water levels up, and the early season has been promising, producing nice fish throughout the area.
Anglers will head north Thursday night (the drive is about 5 hours from NYC) in order to get an early start and fish with local guides all day Friday and all day Saturday before heading home after breakfast Sunday. There will be snacks available Thursday night for late arrivals and all meals are included in the trip price through breakfast Sunday. The night sky is truly spectacular in the North Country with the Milky Way and abundant stars over head. We will be lodged at a private chalet with complete privacy, spectacular mountain views, walking trails, and a nightly fire pit. The Adirondacks are a bucket list destination for fly fishers and the 3 to 1 ratio of anglers to guides guarantees each angler will get plenty of attention.
There is plenty of room to pitch a tent or hang a hammock if you’re so inclined. Everyone will need a NYS fishing license and the fishing, as well as the wading, can be challenging. Set your navigation for the North Country and come on up! The mountains are waiting!!
Once again the Juliana’s branch out based upon the interests of our members!! Bring your binoculars, sunglasses and comfy footwear; ‘cause we are going on a walk!! We will meet at 7am at the Strawberry Fields Medallion in Central Park in order to maximize our chances of viewing our migratory feathered friends!!
We will be led by experienced Audubon guide, Tod Winston, who will help us locate and identify birds throughout while sharing his vast knowledge of birds, their habits. and ecology. We will work our way through the Ramble, past the maintenance shed, up along the reservoir, North Woods, past the Block House and exit the park on the north west corner by 10 am. But we will not be done!! We will then take the opportunity to join a second guide who will lead us as we peruse the Audubon Mural Project (https://www.audubon.org/amp) before finally sitting down and resting our sore feet while enjoying an optional group brunch. This trip is open to members, their friends, and family.
Last year’s float trip was so fantastic we’ve decided to do it again! Trip costs include 2 nights lodging at the Colonial Motel in Hancock, NY, dinner Friday and breakfasts Saturday and Sunday as well as all floating costs for Saturday including boat, guide, lunch and gratuities. The trip begins on Friday, September 27 with dinner at the Flygirl Fishing Camp before retiring for the night. Those who wish to wet a line beforehand can do so either at the Flygirl Camp or by the motel which has a path leading down to the Delaware.
Saturday, September 28: after a hearty breakfast and perhaps time to tie a few flies, we will meet our hand picked guides for a full day float on the Delaware. We will fish either the West Branch, East Branch, or Main Stem depending upon water levels and conditions.
Afterwards, we’ll head over to the Riverside Cafe for dinner (not included in trip price) and to share fish tales and other lies about our day on the water. After dinner, depending on how the group feels, festivities will continue at the Fly Girl Camp or call it night and get an early start on Sunday.
Sunday, September 29: After breakfast and an optional stop at a local fly shop to pick up flies and last minute supplies, we’ll head out to further hone our fish stalking skills on either the Delaware or Beaverkill (depending on conditions). A guide can be arranged for wading on Sunday at an additional cost.
Cost: $475 (Double occupancy) $560 (Single Occupancy)
Includes 2 nights lodging; full day float with some of the best and nicest guides on the river (2 anglers per boat, lunch included); guide gratuities; Friday night dinner and drinks, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, unguided wade fishing on Sunday
Note: The website price is for single occupancy which is the least expensive option. Please bring a check to the trip made out to the club for the difference if you’re going solo!
Save the date!! The first annual Women’s Sporting Day at Sandanona in Millbrook is in the early planning stages, but the Julianas’ will be an integral part of this event. There will be introductory classes for fly fishing, wing shooting, sporting clays, archery and more!! 50/50 on the water will be there, and manufacturers will be showcasing their products designed for women!! And of course there will be food!!! Details to follow.