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As I was walking along the river this morning I starting thinking it’s not about the fish. I thought for me it is about seeing the sunrise and getting exercise in a way that I enjoy.

Then I thought, well that is a bunch of crap. You are only thinking that because the fishing is slow. I have had plenty of customers tell me the same thing. They tell me it’s not about catching fish it is about being outside or hanging out with friends or family. I have come to realize they were probably lying and didn’t even know it.

I have never thought or heard that on a good day. It is only the slow days or at the start of the day when we don’t yet know how the fishing will be. If the water had no fish would we still be there? The answer is likely no or at least not in the same capacity. I doubt many people would pay me to just drive them around the lake.

At the end of the day it really is about the fish. We go fishing to catch fish. Are we mad if we don’t? Probably not but we are no where near as happy as when we do catch fish. Enjoy your time on the water. Enjoy the beautiful places fishing can take you. Soak it all in. Just stop lying because at the end of the day we all are here because of the fish.

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The extreme cold weather we have been having has most of the river iced or slushed up. The only section that is fishable is from Altmar to Pineville. The weather is supposed to improve the next two days which should lead to more fishing pressure. However the snow will keep some away.

If you are planning on fishing this weekend I would bring some snowshoes and get away from the parking lots. There is plenty of good water that is not going to be easy to get to. The best way would be by drift boat but if that is not an option snowshoes will get you there. Hiking into the north side of the trestle would be a good bet for sure.

You best bet for baits will be single beads in natural colors or small egg patterns. Egg sacks will also be a good bet in white, pink, or blue. The water has been low and clear. We may get a little run off if temps go above freezing this weekend but it won’t be substantial. Lighter leaders will help also. I would recommend 6 pound fluorocarbon.

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With winter apparently here and possibly here to stay it is time to hang up the stocking foot waders until warmer weather returns.  Two years ago I received a pair of Cabela’s Spring Run Waders for Christmas. It was the only gift I asked for because I was looking for a great pair of winter waders. After 2 years of using them I can say they are hands down the best waders you can buy for winter fishing in upstate New York.

As a guide I find myself often sitting in the drift boat watching my clients fish. This means I am not moving around generating heat and the heater is up front keeping my clients warm as they fish.  Therefore I need a very warm set of waders.

Cabela’s Spring Run waders are 5 mm neoprene and have 1000 grams of thinsulate in the boots. This makes them extremely warm. I fish in January and February with no worries of being cold. With a good pair of wool socks I can stand in the river all day and my feet stay comfortable.

If you like to fish in the winter months for Steelhead and Brown Trout but don’t like getting cold get these waders. You will not be dissappointed.

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