Fishing Season: Catch & release areas all year/April 1 - October 15 (Prime: May 5 - October 10)

Saranac River - NY

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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

Big Stonefly nymphs fished very deep. Searching with a dry when no fish are rising can often be very productive rite now.

Local Species Available Catch & release areas all year/April 1 - October 15 (Prime: May 5 - October 10)

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    and many other species

Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Cone Head Marabou Muddler White 8
Dave's Oh-So-Iso N/A 12
Cartoon Hopper N/A 10
Cannon's Sulphur Bunny Dun N/A 16
Zug Bug N/A 14
Golden stonefly nymphhh N/A 10
Bead Head Caddis Pupa Olive 14
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Yellow/Orange 10
October caddis N/A 10
Yellow / Orange Stimulator Yellow /Orange 10

Cone Head Marabou Muddler

This muddler fly works well in big rivers and fast streams.

Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Saranac River

With two catch, and release areas, plenty of public access, multiple special regulations sections, the Saranac has no lack of angling opportunities. Spoken of in many classic pieces of angling literature dating back to the early 1900's, the Saranac receives little mention today. Often referred to as the little brother to the Ausable. This could not be further from the truth. The Saranac is a mighty river with many faces to show. Beginning its path in the High Peaks a few miles from the headwaters of the Ausable, the Saranac flows through the village of Saranac Lake. With its several hydroelectric dams along its way, the first one beginning in the village of Saranac Lake setting the stage for many wonderful surprises along its path to the mouth of the river at Lake Champlain. Arguably the Saranac has benefited from these dams where often you will find both warm, and cold water species intermingling together. The variety, abundance of food, and feeding habits of fish in the Saranac will bewilder the most seasoned anglers. Big wide pocket water, gentle riffles of a mid size trout stream, slow flats of warm water predators, solitude is not far on this water for both angler, and fish. This is truly a land of solitude for many giant fish that will never see a fly, and this guides favorite waters for sure.

Nearest Airport:

Lake Clear 20 miles Albany 2 1/2 hrs Burlington 2 1/2 hrs


Blue wing olive Isonychia Tan & grey caddis Yellow stones Hoppers Ants

Best Time to Fish:

Mid day

Best Stretch:

Catch and release areas, special regulations sections

Best Access:

Rt 3