Fishing Season: Catch & release all year the rest of the river April 1 - October 15 (Prime: May 15th - September 30)

Ausable River, West Branch - NY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Map of Ausable River, West Branch

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(Ken Kalil) Kalil's Upstate Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 3/13/23

Daytime low in the teens, evening lows in the single digits, sun, clouds ,snow through the week.

Techniques & Tips as of 3/13/23

Streamers fished with very slow retrieve and very deep.

Local Species Available Catch & release all year the rest of the river April 1 - October 15 (Prime: May 15th - September 30)

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Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Cone Head Muddler Minnow White 6
Bead Head Stonefly Gold 6
Foam Park Hopper Yellow 10
Sparkle Dun N/A 10
Matuka N/A 16
Isonychia dry & nymph N/A 12
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Pheasant Tail N/A 12
Travis Para Ant N/A 10
Zug Bug N/A 14
Yellow stone dry N/A 14

Cone Head Muddler Minnow

Catch more fish with the classic muddler minnow fly.

Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Ausable River, West Branch

The West Branch of the Ausable River is a freestone river flowing out of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Two Catch and Release areas totalling 7.2 mile are open year round to fishing, when the weather cooperates. Our season really kicks into gear Mid May through October. Great public access to miles of river and a variety of water types including great pocket water and deep water runs awaits those who fish this river. Abundant hatches and quality fish make this a great destination for those interested in fishing a productive stream in a beautiful setting and really who isn't.

Nearest Airport:

Saranac Lake - 12 miles, Albany - 2 ½ hours, Burlington - 2 ½ hours


Blue Wing Olive Isonychia Tan and Grey Caddis Yellow stones Hoppers Ants

Best Time to Fish:

Mid day

Best Stretch:

Above the Wilmington Notch

Best Access:

Rt 86