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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Upper Hudson?

It has become tradition for the family to camp in the Adirondacks for a week or so in July or August. The fishing gear has always stayed home, because it has been a family camping trip. But times change. My wife and I are recently empty nesters, and she has really taken a shine to coming along with me on my river days. She likes to read, paint, poke around, and generally enjoy the atmosphere while I fish. (She's pretty great, I know!)

So now I'm wondering about the upper Hudson from the headwaters down to the area around the town of North Creek. The Google Earth imagery shows what looks like some pretty interesting swinging water. Access looks spotty (not a lot of roads!), but my wife and I are willing to hike in a fair distance from bridge crossings or on trails, old logging roads, etc. I'm wondering what's there...Smallmouths? Pike? Browns? Landlocked atlantics? I'm not at all picky about the fish I target, as long as they are willing to take a whack at a swung fly.

Any thoughts, experiences, or stories would be appreciated. Thanks!

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 09:59 AM
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There is VERY little access to the upper hudson but it does have pretty good trout fishing. Mostly pocket water type stuff. I am not sure why you would want to swing it as opposed to fishing dries/nymphs ect. It is probably best floated and there are guides that run trips down the gorge. However, it is popular with white water rafters as well so expect that kind of traffic during that time of the year. While it is a freestone stream, much of the flow comes from the indian river which is a tail water with releases made for the purpose of the rafting. There is one place that you can hike into the gorge (blue ledges) but it is no secret.

There is roadside access around north creek. I have done ok there but haven't fished it in a several years. The only bridges that I can think of are way upstream. The water is pretty acidic up there and doesn't have great fishing, although it looks beautiful.
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