Fly Fishing Guiding

About My Fly Fishing Guide Service

We specialize in teaching the fundamentals of fly fishing (outfitting yourself with correct rod type, line, weight etc along with casting instructions, reading water, proper wading techniques, selecting the proper fly) as well as guiding the hard core predator type angler.

We are seeing more and more women on the streams and if you have thought about learning the sport we can help. My wife is an accomplished flyfisher person and can pick up where I leave off. We are blessed with over 320 acres out our back door and we can take your family on a hike, brook trout fishing on our private section of stream, and cook up some fresh fish at our Adirondack style lean to along the stream. That same paradise is a snowshoer’s delight in mid winter. If hiking is part of your trip we can help there also. Filming for our show has taken us to some beautiful mountains large and small so we will know how to accommodate your needs, just give us a call at 518- 897-1011.

After 40 years of flyfishing in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wyoming, Nova Scotia, John has caught fish of trophy proportions ranging from Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout. John established Adirondack Trails Guide Service to provide expert instruction and guided flyfishing trips in the Adirondacks.John is a New York State Licensed Guide #5231, and is certified in CPR and First Aid. His personalized services and reasonable rates have resulted in a long list of satisfied clients that continues to grow.

Check out the video “Goin Fishin”
John’s favorite quote video “Testament of a fisherman”

Products & Services

We provide expertly guided flyfishing in the form of Walk/Wade trips on the Ausable River, Chateaguay River, Salmon River in Malone and some other lesser known and unmentionable, but equally productive trout streams in the Adirondacks. These streams are ranked among the top streams in the Northeast and compare to some of the best Western streams in many ways. On our guided trips, we provide all custom tied flies, and rental equipment is available, if necessary. Additionally, we can provide the same expert level of instruction in fly casting and entomology. We have an instructional program which has been very popular. It consists of a half day of instruction and a half day of fishing on any of the three rivers. The instruction is very comprehensive and covers:

  • Casting instruction and practice
  • Equipment, knots, flies, entomology, methods, and more…

We will provide all equipment, i.e. rod, reel, line, flies, (except waders) as part of the course. Additionally, we will provide breakfast and lunch for you. Let us put you in this picture with the grace and agility of a beautiful cast.

Rates for

Half day trips are any four hour period best determined between the guide and the angler to take advantage of the best possible conditions. Half day trips include snacks and drink.Full day trips are any eight hour period best determined between the guide and the angler to take advantage of the best possible conditions. Full day trips include drinks and lunches. A lunch menu is available by fax prior to your trip at your request.Inclement weather (lightning) or unsafe conditions (water levels/ice) may cause a reschedule in the trip. We will do our best to alert you of changes in conditions prior to your trip. If a trip needs to be cancelled and cannot be rescheduled a full refund will returned to the client.  A 50% deposit required by credit card, personal check or money order, with balance due by credit card or in cash or cashier check on arrival. 100% deposit required for trips booked within one week of departure. Prices are subject to change prior to receipt of deposit.

one angler 1/2 $195 full $295
two angler  1/2 $295 full $395

We accept Master Card, Visa & Discover Cards.

Wilderness travel has inherent dangers. Your guide cannot absolutely guarantee your safety during any trip you embark upon. You, or your heirs, cannot hold Adirondack Trails Guide Service or your guide in any way responsible for any accident or injury you incur during, or as a result of, your trip.

Contact Information

By Phone: 518 897 1011
By Email:
By Mail: Adirondack Trails
320 Fletcher Farm Road
Vermontville, New York 12989