Third Annual Adirondack Fly Fishing Camp Recap

It’s been just over a month since our Third Annual Fly Fishing Camp at Elk Lake Lodge. We had great weather (a little hot in afternoons!) but all-in-all, it was another great weekend fishing the Branch River!

I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support in helping us pass along this great pastime.

Patagonia is a longtime partner of The Mountaineer and one of our best vendors all around. Patagonia graciously provides our guests with waders and boots to use during the weekend of Fly Fishing Camp. Thanks to Phil Comen from Patagonia for attending camp on Saturday and to Mark Harbaugh and Stefan Bergill for allowing us to screen Finding Fontinalis, a film documenting a Patagonia “Team” trip to Chile to fish for world-record Brook Trout, which we enjoyed Saturday evening after dinner. You can check out Patagonia’s Fly Fishing Collection here.


Patagonia waders drying on the front porch of Elk Lake Lodge [Photo] Jonah Kaz

ECHO Rods and Airflow Fly Lines (both part of Rajeff Sports) are both huge supporters of our event. Guests are issued ECHO rods and reels with industry leading Airflo Fly Lines for the weekend. Thanks goes out to Tim at ECHO/Airflo and to Bob Lamson, our regional rep, for setting this all up. Check out all they have to offer here


ECHO Rods await our guests at Elk Lake Lodge. [Photo] Jonah Kaz

 Apparel company Howler Brothers provided all our instructors with “guide uniforms” this year (so at least we looked professional!) as well as giving some cool hats to our guests.


Instructor Nick Yardley sports a Howler Brothers shirt on the Branch River. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia

 Our instructors Ken Kalil, Nick Yardley and Jonah Kaz were, as always, instrumental in making this camp a success. Thank you all for your hustle, professionalism and knowledge!


Assistant instructor Jonah Kaz helps a guest with his fly selection. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia

We couldn’t host such an amazing event without the efforts of the staff at Elk Lake Lodge. Thanks to owners John and Margot Ernst as well as Managers Mike and Diane and the entire kitchen staff and ground crew for their hospitality and for making our stay relaxing and stress free!

The Camp’s mission is to create a fly fishing experience based on teachable moments, with emphasis on the very basic (and easy to learn) fundamentals of fly fishing for trout.  For the “pure” beginners, we start with a short, hour-long session in the Lodge reviewing equipment and gear selection. Then, it’s onto the Lodge lawn for casting practice. For the more advanced anglers, nymphing and streamer tactics are reviewed on the river, as well as advanced tactics for working the water most effectively.


Mike Kaz leads an on-land casting clinic at the Lodge before entering the Branch River. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia

Elk Lake Lodge had an additional guest join us at camp, Professional Photographer Nancie Battaglia, who was able to capture some of the beautiful moments during the weekend. You can contact Nancie at: [email protected]. Thanks Nancie for allowing us to use many of your images in this recap!


Ken Kalil observes as a guest casts into the Branch River. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia

Saturday’s fishing became increasingly challenging as water temps rose due to high air temps, but all anglers were able to find some cooperative fish on many stretches of the Branch River – Elk Lake Lodge’s private, catch-and-release Brook Trout fishery.

Saturday evening was punctuated by an amazing sunset over Elk Lake, great food and drink in the Lodge, and a short film from Patagonia.


Sunset on Elk Lake. [Photo] Jonah Kaz

 Instructors got their guests moving early Sunday to beat the heat and chase fish before water temps reached an unfishable level. We wrapped up camp with goals accomplished, friendships made, new and returning campers all learning more about the great activity of fly fishing.


Ken Greene from Colorado enjoys fishing for Brook Trout on the pristine Branch River. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia


A selection of flies used on the Branch River. [Photo] Nancie Battaglia


Happy anglers at the end of another Fly Fishing Camp.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the spectacular Teton Valley Lodge in Idaho to offer a 4 night/3 day Destination Fly Fishing Trip. Space is limited to 5 guests and the cost is $2,600 (excluding airfare), so get in touch with us ASAP at the shop if you are interested. The deadline for booking is fast approaching! Check out this amazing video of the fishing offered by the Teton Valley Lodge!

We will be adding two more guest spots for next year’s camp as well as an additional instructor to keep group sizes small. The cost for the 2017 Fly Fishing Camp is 725$ per person (all-inclusive). Believe it or not, next year’s camp is almost full, so call now to reserve your spot in the 4th Annual Adirondack Fly Fishing Camp at Elk Lake Lodge  hosted by The Mountaineer, Patagonia, ECHO/Airflo and Howler Brothers.


Hope to see you next year!