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Serving The Eastern Finger Lake, Central New York and Adirondack Regions of Upstate New York.

Upstate Guide Service Inc. is a licensed and insured professional guide service providing safe, enjoyable and successful sporting trips for beginner and expert since 2003.

With over 130 days a year on the water, UGS is the most experienced guide service in the region specializing in fly fishing, light tackle lake fishing, ice fishing and waterfowling,

UGS guides will provide personable hands-on instruction and teach you effective angling and waterfowling techniques. We work hard to exceed the expectations of our guests every time out!

As a responsible steward, UGS promotes sustainable outdoor pursuits and shows an obvious respect for Upstate New Yorks’s spectacular and unique environments on every trip.  

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Thanks for visiting and have a safe and exciting spring season!



Ice Fishing — Final Chapter — Late Season

The winter of 2017/2018 was NOT a typical winter in upstate New York. A typical winter around here has become difficult to define. A traditional winter in the northeast is one in which lake ice forms in late December, grows thick in January and  stays solid through February before beginning a

Ice Fishing — Part 2 — Mid-Ice Season

Fact: As the winter progresses the thickness of ice on lakes will increase. In Central New York…Not-so-much. Global warming, climate change, NAFTA…I don’t know the cause but ice thickness on average has decreased. It was not uncommon for someone to drive up to us in a pick-up truck or a jeep

Ice Fishing — Part 1 — Early Ice

Each winter the arrival of safe ice on local lakes is something keenly anticipated by many. As deer season comes to an end and the Holidays arrive, hardcore hard water anglers can be found preparing gear, watching the thermometer and soliciting reports of safe ice from fellow anglers. For those

Technical Fly Fishing — “Threading The Needle”

In Leon Chandlers’ boyhood he fished the same waters that I do today. I imagine him a teen with a fly rod in his hand roll casting a hand-tied callibaetis at dimpling browns. He was most likely fishing a nightcrawler at that age. The reason I fly fish the boyhood home