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Ausable River, West Branch

Essex County, NY


The West Branch of the Ausable River is a great fishing spot in the Adirondacks that is fed by Lake Placid and Chubb River.

 The West Branch of the Ausable River forms from the conjuction of MacIntyre, South Meadow and Marcy Brooks. The most prevalent species are Browns, followed by rainbows and brook trout. The West Branch stretches 36 mile and is great for fly fishing, especially skilled waders. 

All anglers must use artificial lures from the mouth of Holcomb Pond outlet downstream to Monument falls on Route 86. This is a "no-kill" stretch of river that is open year-round.

Abgkers can access the west branch along Route 86 and portions of Riverside Drive and Route 73.


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