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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Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Fish are feeding on a variety of morsels and thinking outside the box can keep lines tight when selective fish are the game.

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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 10/3/23

Sunshine through the week, daytime highs in the low 80s, evening lows in the mid 50s and a strong cooling with rain ending the week.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/3/23

Streamers fished aggressiveley

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
Dave's Oh-So-Iso N/A 12
Cartoon Hopper N/A 10
Bead Head Caddis Pupa 0live 14
Matuka Olive 6
Giant black stonefly nymph Black 6
Indicator Parachute - Trico Trico 22
Sparkle Dun Olive 18
Zug Bug N/A 14
October caddis N/A 10

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