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The Adirondacks have a long and storied history of angling adventures, which dates back for centuries. Encompassing more than 30,000 miles of streams and rivers and an estimated 4,500 lakes, backwoods ponds and beaver flows, the Park also includes a large section of the western shore of Lake Champlain, the sixth-largest lake in the country.

There are so many water-based opportunities that the most difficult decision is where to go. There are simply too many choices, and each has its own unique character. They range from raging mountain brooks, spring creeks, tumbling mountain streams and finally to the low, lazy stillwater seeps and meadow brooks.

In addition to miles of flowing waters, the Park also offers 1,838 lakes and thousands of ponds, ranging in size from Lake Champlain at 120 miles in length to backcountry kettle ponds and beaver flows.

Although Lake Champlain borders the eastern edge of the Park, the largest interior waterbody within the Blue Line is Lake Lila at 1,461 acres, with thousands of other ponds of all sizes in between.

What is truly most impressive about these startling statistics, is the total tally of fishable waters available to the public. It would take a lifetime to fish them all, and Lord knows, I\'m still at it. However, that is not the point of this story.

It isn\'t about clearwater ponds with depths of more than 100 feet or the remarkable number of sparkling spring rivulets that cascade from mountain summits.

The Adirondack region is a fisher\'s fantasia that couldn\'t have been designed better if the angling gods had attempted to create such a place for themselves.

And what is most fortunate is the fact that so many of the trout waters are so easily accessible from nearby roadside access sites or just a short carry away. For the majority of anglers, such settings are ideal for either a quick respite, or a full afternoon of angling entertainment.

The region has attracted the attention of many traveling anglers, including such fabled rodmasters as Reuben Wood, Seth Green, Ted Williams, Curt Gowdy and Lee and Joan Wulff. The list would also have to include a host of U.S. presidents, beginning with Benjamin Harrison, who built a lodge on the Fulton Chain, and continue with Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and George Bush. British Prime Minister Tony Blair caught his first trout on an Adirondack stream, and there are likely many more to come.

However, you don\'t have to be a celebrity or a powerful politician to enjoy the gentle art of angling in the Adirondacks. There are far more public waters available than there are private waters.

Often, the region\'s public waters may appear to be private, especially on the more remote tracts. There are places that are fished so rarely that the fish are rarely even spooked by the presence of an angler.

These are the types of places that attract anglers who prefer to practice the art of the craft at a required distance. Typically, this distance is measured by the elbow room that stands between them and all other practitioners of the craft.

These are anglers who take great delight in their watery efforts, and for them any hint of an audience is simply an interruption in waiting. They realize the only angling audience required is a wild trout dressed in a garb of vermillion and speckles, with white-rimmed fins aglow in clear waters and sporting a fine, square tail.

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