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

Saranac River - NY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Kalil's Upstate Outfitters's Tip of the Week

NOTE! Water temps at the moment are lethal for trout fishing. Stay tuned for updates BASS AND PIKE FISHING CAN BE A GREAT OPTION IN THIS RIVER SYSTEM.

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Map of Saranac River

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Tidal Conditions

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(Ken Kalil) Kalil's Upstate Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 7/1/22

Clouds with sun through the weekend, daytime highs in the mid in the high 80s,evening lows in the mid 50s.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/1/22

Streamers, stonefly nymphs fished deep have been very productive

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
Bead Head Giant Stone Gold 6
Moto's Minnow Light 10
Light Cahill N/A 12
Zug Bug N/A 14
Golden stonefly nymphhh N/A 10
Eastern Green Drake N/A 10
Stimulator Yellow/Orange 10
Matuka Olive 10
Black Ghost Streamer N/A 8

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:

Early morning

Best Stretch:

Catch and release areas, special regulations sections

Best Access:

Rt 3