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Posted by: Fred on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, but it certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Lots of things have happened in life’s journey the past year or so, but it’s all good. Helps with the character building. LOL!

This year, I’m still booking trips, still guiding, and still having fun with clients and friends. Most of the fishing I’m doing is with 4 – 9wt fly rods, and/or 4 – 10wt spin rods. I truly enjoy teaching all kinds of “outside the box” methods that most people will never experience. What does that mean for you? More opportunities to catch fish in almost any type of conditions. Why limit yourself? Let me help you broaden your horizons. And yes, I still enjoy spin fishing and love to teach that style also. It’s always best to have many options for different species and conditions. I’ve got you covered!


I have migrated away from the hustle and hassles of peak season fishing on the Salmon River. I will not put good clients in that scenario of “competing for a rock to stand on” with other so-called anglers flailing away at fish. I now only stream guide for awesome browns, bows and brookies on quiet scenic streams, creeks and small lakes. These are still quality bank wading trips where you can fish in peace, and get that relaxation you were after.


Do you enjoy a bit more of comfort and pampering during your fishing time? How does being chauffeured around on a new comfy 18ft, open style Sea Hunt boat, geared for 2 clients only, sound? Care for a fishing trip for 2, using FLY RODS for BASS & PIKE on some great local waters? Rather use spinning gear? That’s OK too! Heck, even if you’d only like to try either fly or spin for some dinner time panfish, I’m game for that too!


A float trip down the Salmon River for 1 person during special summer water releases, to fish for summer run Atlantics, Skamania Steelhead, Brown Trout, and even a few Smallmouth Bass. This is another luxury ride I have that puts you at the front of breathtaking scenery and rod bending action.
A must trip that gives you many options. You can even ask to fish some of the nice reservoirs and ponds in the area for trout or bass and pike. Don’t wait on this offer. The dates get booked fast!

Dig into that “bucket list” and let’s go.

Let’s Fish!!!

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Posted by: Fred on Monday, May 25, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Been extremely busy with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFFI) and also hosted a “National Event” on the Salmon River in September. Here’s a quick link to just one of the stories.

OK, fall is here and winter is right on it’s heels. I have been out for Salmon River Steelhead and smaller creek trout, and both have been spectacular! I just love this time of year. Places to fish become uncrowded, the scenery is awesome and the fishing is amazing. It’s never too late to book a trip. Some changes have happened recently and the company I worked with for 13 years has closed it’s doors. So, on the bright side, there’s lots more time to fish. Contact me to see if we can get after some great fishing and you’ll learning some time-honored fishing techniques! Call – book – go!

Summer Trout, Bass and Pike

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Posted by: Fred on Saturday, May 23, 2009

What a different summer this has turned out to be in Upstate NY. The cool start has led to what I feel has been some of the best fishing in years. In between fishing with clients, friends, or just by myself….it’s been awesome! We’ve found just about everything we were after and have also been “beaten up” by some very large fish. LOL!!! With the economy being as slow as it is right now, I still have plenty of openings. Give me a shout.

On a final note for now, I just want to tell everyone to please return the unconditional love of your favorite pet. It’s for too short of a time that they’re here, bringing us joy and companionship.

Rest well Cody. You were the best. Miss you….love you.

Price changes for 2009???

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Posted by: Fred on Sunday, January 18, 2009


While everything else in this world is going up in cost, I am not going to follow suit. Hopefully, that is a rare enough statement for you to consider for booking your next trip with me.

AND…..I’ve added a couple things to my services.

Care to learn the grace and beauty of making a well presented spey cast? Want to learn how NOT to add sink tips, weights and any other hampering stuff to your line? I can teach you how to get that fly down into THE ZONE without all the fuss and cost of weight systems.

Care to fish some quiet ponds, small lakes and reservoirs for trout, bass and pike? My comfortable 13 foot Mckenzie inflatable pontoon is the ultimate way to accomplish this. This boat is for single angler trips, meaning just you fishing, and me operating the boat to get you into fish.
I will also be running trips on the Salmon River ONLY during higher water flows throughout the summer. Care to try for an atlantic or a skamania? You won’t get bored….there’s plenty of smallmouth bass around to keep you busy too!

I will custom fit each trip to your desire. Costs TBD upon specs.

Oh, and don’t forget, I still have trips for brookies, browns and bows throughout the late spring into the early fall.

So, there you have it. Same great service with some new additions, and still a wallet-friendly cost to boot. Book that trip now!

Guide Service Changes

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Posted by: Fred on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I am always looking to fine-tune the way I like to do business. My main goal is to put clients in unique experiences different from the usual hum-drum services that are out there. I will not put clients into situations where they are told to “stand here, and just do this” to hook fish. That is just unfair to someone who puts up their hard-earned dollar to want to LEARN how to catch fish. It may not always be easy and it may not always be a bunch of fish caight, but at the end of the day….it really is about the experience.

All this being said, I have decided not to guide for pacific salmon (Chinooks & Cohos) this season. The Salmon River has become a zoo, no matter where you go. Its become tough to try to teach a client ethics and good techniques while on either side of you, people are snagging these magestic fish. Not everyone is a bad apple, but there’s still far too many around during peak season to be a worthwhile experience, in my opinion. So, any trips on the Salmon river will not begin until November and a special thanks to all my clients who have agreed with me and have made bookings accordingly.

I still offer many other options throughout the year and ask you to check them out. You may have your curiousity peaked enough to “do something a little different” and…maybe have the trip of a lifetime.

Project Healing Waters

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Posted by: Fred on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Project Healing Waters

In early September of 2009, I was approached by the DEC’s Salmon River Liason, Fran Verdoliva about doing a PHW event on the river itself. After some good planning with the main PHW staff and a couple of local entities, a great group of wounded vets came up for one and a half days of fishing for salmon. With each vet teamed up with a guide/mentor, these vets put on a show of determination and bravado you will rarely see anywhere. The trip ended with everyone having a new respect for the river, it’s fish, and most importantly, each other.

PHW is a non-profit organization that relies on monetary donations to make the programs work. If anyone is interested, please check out the web site at the top and see what PHW is all about.

Project Healing Waters

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Posted by: Fred on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

As some of you know, I have always had a special place in my heart for our service men and women, especially for those who come back changed and/or challenged by whatever injury that may have befallen them. One of my goals in life was to be involved in any way with helping these soldiers enjoy the outdoors through fishing. In early August of this year, I was asked by members of the NYSDEC to help form a program for 8 – 12 vets through the NYSDEC and Project Healing Waters to come to the Salmon river in October for a 2 day event. I am humbled and proud to be a part of this. Things are progressing smoothly and we have what will amount to an incredible outing for them planned and in motion.

Each vet will have one mentor to “guide” them while on the river. These parings will work to overcome any physical obstacles they may have in order to catch and land their own salmon. Our local American Legion and other groups will be providing lunches and dinners. We’ll also be doing slide shows and fly tying to get these vets fired up about fishing again.

I have been asked by many people as to what they can do to help. Right now, we have a top staff of hand picked volunteers to do most of the program, but what we really lack, is donations. We intend to make this an annual event and desperately need funds to get it all started on the right foot. If anyone out there would like to be a part of this historic event, you can! Just contact me through my website and I’ll give you details about making your tax-deductible contribution to this wonderful program.

To learn more about Project Healing Waters, just click on this link to that website.

Now You Can Ride In Style!

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Posted by: Fred on Monday, May 19, 2008

Here’s my newest addition. A 13 foot inflatable MacKenzie pontoon boat!
Looking for a luxury way to fish ponds and small lakes quietly, for trout, bass and pike? This baby does it all. From the comfort of your swivel seat, you can use the standing platform and lean bar (with stripping basket) to make those perfect casts into places you’ve only dreamed of.
Two front compartment bags can carry your tackle, lunch, beverages and supplies for the day. This very versatile craft will provide many unique opportunities to clients looking for something a little different than just a regular boat or float tube.

Busy Spring

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Posted by: Fred on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2 fishing lectures at Gander Mountain….done.
Spring LOSA fishing seminar….done.
With help, 1700 trees planted along the banks of the Salmon River….done.
Purchase and assembly of a new 13ft, 2-person inflatable pontoon….done.
Launching and docking the 20ft ADVENTURE for the summer….done.
Getting the 14ft runabout ready….still in progress.
Ladies Fly Fishing Seminar, hosted by LOSA….June 14th.
Guiding for spring steelhead, atlantics, brookies and browns….ongoing.
Fishery meetings….ongoing.
Booking trips for late fall/early winter steelhead….>reserve early!< Have a great spring and summer everyone. Thanks for stopping!


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Posted by: Fred on Sunday, May 4, 2008

Interested in “dropback Steelies” making their way out of the Salmon river, slamming almost anything in their way? How about smaller trout like bows, browns and brookies in smaller streams? Ready to learn some new techniques on how to read water, improve your presentations, where to go? I can help. It’s what I do. I enjoy your company as much as you enjoy a great outing. Cast your thoughts and requests for spring trips my way and I’ll try to fulfill your fishing wishes!

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