Sasquatch & The Awesome Able

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2017/09/18 20:02:53 (permalink)

Sasquatch & The Awesome Able

The yarn will spin in a little while but the setting to be told.
The Ausable River and surrounding eastern Adirondacks have been my stomping grounds since before I was knee high to a grasshopper. Lucky, I appreciate every facet and knowledge of the Great Lakes and western ADK's , but these are my roots from before 51 years ago. Really, not a whole lot has changed . Some may think it's touristy but hasn't it always been ?  The New Deal Began in 1929, Franklin D started construction on Whiteface highway , the Castle and scores of trail systems with Lean Too's for recreationists .. So to say it's now a Tourist trap, Nah,,, There are still small shops trying to make a living of visitors to a spectacular part of the world.. IMO, the high peaks, Adirondack mountains are a natural wonder..
Just like the Salmon River, Columbus Day has to be one of the busiest times to that area.. It's hikers that are the big draw.. Canadian & American holiday coincide along with peak foliage have the area bustling with people..
Given that fact, it is a GREAT time to fish the rivers, streams and brooks as all the BIG MEN (lol) are out on the Ontario tribs chasing big salmon..  Personally , there is no better time to be on the Awesome Able..
In the years back we could catch a MESS of trout, size restriction was 9" and don't quote me but limit was 15 fish.. All I know was I had to clean a MESS of trout .. From the Days of Fran Betters being king of the Dacks, Lee & Joan Wulff the Catskills it was a fishers draw in the 60-70's.. I learned from some of the best on where to avoid the dink (under 9" stockies) and fish the lunker holds..  Many, Many fell out of favor from traveling near and far to fish these fabled waters to only find a bunch of undersized stockies . Yea catch 100 plus fish was fun but boring..
Hence monument falls was created and a so called Trophy section about 1.5 miles long.. It was a farce for what it was intended .. Many more fish (same undersized) were stocked in that section but a keeper had to be 12+" long and again, don't quote but I believe it was a 3 fish limit..   In 2 years of inception, If you caught 3  12" all season , that was a good year.. Great effort, wrong area for holdover fish..
In my growing years I had friends and family connected with the NYS Conservation board.. My suggestions were to keep fish in hatcheries for an additional year .. It would promote a tourism for trout fisheries were by the 90's was fading fast in favor of the Great Lakes.. In his short term as NYDEC Commissioner Mike Zagata put a plan in place to enact a 2 year old trout stocking program across NYS that forever changed the stream trout fishery.. I do in no way take credit for his actions but feel my voice was heard.. Sorry lucky, but back then , the Angles had a voice..
From that point on , trout fishermen come to many NYS waters that were once fabled and leave feeling satisfied catching 14-18" trout instead of 9" minus..
 
So that's my story, Now for the Sasquatch  :
Yesterday morning I'm to meet my friend along the river that requires a modest walk through the pines and sagebrush to fish..
I pull up at 6:50am and he's sitting on his tailgate all suited up.. Some crackling is heard in the woods by me but I think nothing of it.. In 10 mins I'm ready to start the walk to the river.. We go about 20 yards into the woods and now I hear loud noise, to me like deer sparing antlers but more like Rams butting heads.. My friend freezes in his tracks and says WTF, something is in the woods.. At this point, I'm thinking bear as now it's going away from us.. No worries to me as its "just a bear" .. He stays close to me until we get stream side and we start talking about the sound.. Was it a bear, still my theory.. Maybe a Moose , as I've seen tracks in the area before..
Well later on in our conversations he says he was waiting on the tailgate for me for awhile because he heard the sound. A sound like banging a tree .. Now I'm thinking Moose slamming antlers. Then he throws the Sasquatch theory at me about how they take a big stick or log and call bang a tree for a mate.. 
Gotta say, It had me wondering..
 
 
Thanks for the read folks,
I'll post some more pictures up of fishing and scenery In a little while .. Need some more yarn to spin..    
      

"whats that smell like fish oh baby" .. J. Kaukonen
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    Clint S
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/18 20:48:18 (permalink)
    He was probably mad you caught his fishy friends.
     

    The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing.  ~Babylonian Proverb


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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/18 20:51:08 (permalink)

    Part :2
    I have been fortunate enough to visit some places . Not enough to do it often nor would I want. Being from NYS , there is everything outdoors I could choose in my lifetime and beyond. I'm sure others hold theirs the same.
    In no particular order .
    Most are only accessible from the water.
    The face cliff goes to the river . Don't think you'll access from that side unless you rappel. Ice climbers and extremists do. Crazy folk , lol like us fishers.
    As 2 side notes.
    I seen and said hello to who i believe was Dave Carraro from (tuna.com , TV show wicked tuna.floating with a guide up there last year . And was told to contact Dave Marciano about the SR .
    Gesh, I thought I gave that TV show crap years ago when Malindia's dude wanted to film a trip where I was that day slamming chrome, Jacks secret spot :)
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 08:00:40 (permalink)
    Yep it was a Sasquacth,I hear they are making inroads everywhere
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 11:58:39 (permalink)
    Keep drinking that Kool aid, tuna!
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 13:06:21 (permalink)
    It's electric

    "whats that smell like fish oh baby" .. J. Kaukonen
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 13:47:09 (permalink)
    hot tuna
    It's electric

    Obviously!
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 14:28:38 (permalink)
    Lucky13
    Keep drinking that Kool aid, tuna!


    lol

    I have become comfortably numb
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 16:47:29 (permalink)
    Sasquatch IS REAL
    I should know, having seen them a few times and communicated with them.
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/19 17:06:17 (permalink)
    Come on Lucky, you don't think there could be things "out" there that us dumb humans don't know yet ? Maybe even an Adirondack folk lore ? 6 + million acres is a pretty big state park..
    I like Clint's thought. Someone who I respect had the same response today when I told him the story..
    In reality, I'm going with a bear and not the SR type..
    It was just a memory I'd share and thought some might get a laugh or a theory about.. There were no altered states involved , I assure .
    In further news, I hope the drama from the SR is keeping everyone busy either preparing or fishing :)
    See some of you all on Oct 1 & 2, most likely be my only go for Salmon..
     
    If anyone wishes to comment towards the Adirondack Ponds, Lakes, Streams , Rivers or brooks, I'll try and keep my thoughts on this page.. Ice season is coming :)
    The flume area is very dangerous IMO.. I've jumped off the flume before like an idiot as others.. Seen bad stuff happen there.. From 86 side it's easier walk then the koa side .. Don't know when you been there last Lucky but there is a lot of posted land once you drop further down on the flats and pools... It's been enforced about NON PFR rights to mid river through  Frans hole , from both sides so essentially there is no fishing access .
    While I know you don't like hero shots ( In which I do ) I'm shocked , they were darn nice Adirondack stream trout ..
     
    Peace & Tuna
     
      

    "whats that smell like fish oh baby" .. J. Kaukonen
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/20 08:34:27 (permalink)
    HT thanks for the yarn and the pictures.  I love the Ausable and all it has to offer.  Some memorable trips there and on the Saranac including a nice memory of a beautiful brown I caught on a muddler minnow at the slant rock run.
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/20 11:43:22 (permalink)
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    Come on Lucky, you don't think there could be things "out" there that us dumb humans don't know yet ? Maybe even an Adirondack folk lore ? 6 + million acres is a pretty big state park..
    I like Clint's thought. Someone who I respect had the same response today when I told him the story..
    In reality, I'm going with a bear and not the SR type..
    It was just a memory I'd share and thought some might get a laugh or a theory about.. There were no altered states involved , I assure .
    In further news, I hope the drama from the SR is keeping everyone busy either preparing or fishing :)
    See some of you all on Oct 1 & 2, most likely be my only go for Salmon..
     
    If anyone wishes to comment towards the Adirondack Ponds, Lakes, Streams , Rivers or brooks, I'll try and keep my thoughts on this page.. Ice season is coming :)
    The flume area is very dangerous IMO.. I've jumped off the flume before like an idiot as others.. Seen bad stuff happen there.. From 86 side it's easier walk then the koa side .. Don't know when you been there last Lucky but there is a lot of posted land once you drop further down on the flats and pools... It's been enforced about NON PFR rights to mid river through  Frans hole , from both sides so essentially there is no fishing access .
    While I know you don't like hero shots ( In which I do ) I'm shocked , they were darn nice Adirondack stream trout ..
     Peace & Tuna
     

    Pileated Woodpecker!!   Sounds like someone hitting the tree with a jackhammer!
     
    The Flume is on State land, just downstream it becomes private except for a piece on the right edge of water that has to be accessed from the road on that side (Fox Farm Road?  It has been a while), and the Wilmington Park area (if that is still there.)  It is unfortunate that all of that has become inaccessible, but that is part of private property rights.  I used to fish the flume from the 86 side, there is a bench in the granite that allows you to walk above water level and cast to the foamy deeps.  Swimming there did not occur to me, it is dangerous, a guy drowned in there this summer. 
     
    The kool aid comment was in reference to your slightly veiled shots  at me.  I know I have to be careful in how I respond or somebody will get me barred from the site.  Kumbaya, dude!
     
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    Re: Sasquatch & The Awesome Able 2017/09/20 12:04:49 (permalink)
    Fox farm Rd is access from the Koa campgrounds. The 86 side and the large ledge is a great swimming spot. The falls from the koa side is where jumped from a few times.
    As for treading lightly here , I don't think there has been an issue since a certain few spun out of control.
    Kumbya, you must be confusing this place with another in which censorship is not used but wait, it already has been , lol.

    Nope, not a woodpecker, it was crashing through the woods once it knew of our presence.

    "whats that smell like fish oh baby" .. J. Kaukonen
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