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Thread: Fly fishing trip to Lake Placid, NY

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    Fly fishing trip to Lake Placid, NY

    We just returned home from a great weekend trip to Lake Placid. My husband is an avid fly fisherman so for his big 70th birthday gift I hired a guide to take him out on the Salmon River up by the Canadian border. Actually the guide was more like a babysitter because I can’t trust my husband not to do something stupid like wade in deep, rushing waters or climb down steep embankments like he’s 17! It was money well spent.
    We stayed in Lake Placid at the Mirror Lake Inn. We’ve been going there for more than 30 years and it’s always spectacular. The rooms are decorated in the Adirondack style and are spotless. Meals at The View restaurants are five star. While Mike was fishing on Friday I took advantage of the spa services and booked myself an 80 minute aromatherapy massage. It was heavenly.
    On Saturday I joined Mike on a road trip north so he could show me the ‘great fishing spots” the guide took him to. It was my turn to babysit him. We left the hotel around 10 am. It took 90 minutes to find the first fishing spot. I watched him fish for about an hour and he decided to look for the second spot the guide showed him. Mike doesn’t have much of a sense of direction. Two hours later we were driving in circles and my patience was starting to wear thin. He finally pulled over to ask directions. We were about a 13 minute drive from where we needed to be. Another hour or so on the stream. I stood on the bank watching/babysitting him. He does catch and release for trout so we don’t take anything home. He caught quite a few fish over the two days and was pretty happy. Me not so much. I just kept repeating the mantra: “Patience, it’s his birthday, it’s his birthday….”
    We did come across some wildlife. We saw an eagle, a baby mink, an otter, and a blue heron.
    Around 5 pm we headed back to the hotel The scenery in the North Country is absolutely beautiful. The High Peaks mountains as we drove back to Lake Placid are majestic.
    We stopped at the Adirondack’s famous Donnellys custard stand. They had just opened for the season and the line was out the door. The custard was worth the wait though. They serve only one flavor a day. Saturday was Irish cream and vanilla twist. Yummy!
    Just as we arrived back into Lake Placid, Mike gives me the puppy dog eyes and said he wanted to check out his “favorite spot “ at the bottom of Whiteface Mountain for just 15 minutes. After 46 years I should think I would know better. Fifteen minutes turned into 45 and my patience was now gone!!! He sensed that I was not happy so he packed up his rod and vest and we drove directly to the hotel’s pub where he quickly and wisely ordered me a martini. I felt a lot better after that.
    This morning we had a nice breakfast at The View restaurant before heading home. There was a road race going on as well as road construction so it took an hour to get to the highway because of the closures and detours. Otherwise we made decent time back- once we got on the Northway highway we were back in Tuckahoe in a little under 5 hours.
    Unloaded the car, put the fishing gear back in the garage, unpacked the suitcases and walked to town to Angelina’s, the Italian restaurant we enjoy. We split The Wheel- same as the one you can get at Azzurro in Aruba and had the pounded veal chop on the bone that is breaded, fried and served with arugula and tomato salad on top. Sooo good.
    We’ve turned our daughter’s old room into a travel room we keep the suitcases there and have the travel items and toiletries lined up on a table. I’m thinking about getting a storage container just for Aruba vacation items so I can check and replenish. Aruba trip #2 for 2022 is July 4 to 18!
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    Lake Placid are NY is beautiful.
    I skied there many times in the 70s and 80s.
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    The son of the owner of the Mirror Lake Inn is a silver and bronze Olympic medalist for skiing. I’m not sure what category. He manages the inn now. We spoke with him this morning at breakfast. He gave Mike directions to a couple of his favorite fishing spots.
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    Your trip sounds great! Tom and I used to do a lot of fishing when we had our cottage in NH. We would spend hours and hours on the water. Your post brought back some nice memories. Glad you had fun and are looking forward to Aruba.

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    I sounds like a wonderful trip. Do you take a book/Kindle along to read while he fishes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    I sounds like a wonderful trip. Do you take a book/Kindle along to read while he fishes?
    A book. Right now reading Jeffrey Archer “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.”
    I also take binoculars because the bird watching can be great. And, the binoculars also come in handy when Mike wades too far away along the stream.
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    Great adventure. I've always enjoyed everything about fishing.... 'cept catching the fish!
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    I enjoyed reading your trip report as i also have fly fished in the Daks numerous times.. I am pretty sure I know the spot below Whiteface. My favorite is Ausable falls. The only time i have ever seen a Bear while out fishing was between Lake Placid and Whiteface.The Bear was leaving the stream as I was entering it. It worked out well for both of us.
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