Monday, December 31, 2007

A Good Day Of Fishing

We fished two rivers today, starting the day out on the Oak Orchard. The water flow is at what we call a medium flow. The water color is still way off but fishable. There are both steelhead and a few Brown trout spread throughout the pools in the entire river. We caught our steelhead with chartreuse estazsegg flies size 8, for the browns stay with streamer size 6 as always any color is good as long as it is white.

The second river we fished was Sandy Creek. Here too the water color is off but not as bad as the Oak. As for the water flow, Sandy was still flowing a little high. Despite the water conditions we did catch several Brown trout with white and pink bunny streamers size 6 and chartreuse estaz egg size 8.

The weather forecast for this week is for a cold front to come through. This cold snap will slow down any remaining runoff. This cold weather will give the rivers a chance to clear up. I suspect a cold weather will only affect us and not to fishing.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Shaping Up

I get out to day to see how the streams are shaping up. Starting with the Oak Orchard River; the Oak is just on the muddy side of fishing. Give the Oak a few more days and the dirty water will not be a good excuse for not catching fish. Over the years I have found, if I can see my feet in two feet of water, then the water is clear enough to fish. During the winter the fish need to look at the fly a little longer. When the water temperature is above 40 the muddy water is not as big of an issue.

Even though the water at the Oak was on the muddy side, we did manage to catch a few fish. The Brown trout came to streamers and the steelhead on egg fly.

Over the weekend we did receive enough rain to blow the ice out of the smaller area streams. If you are thinking of fishing these streams, be careful the backs are covered with ice.

The Genesee River: forget it this river is blown out and it is going to stay that way for some time to come.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Just what We Needed

Looks like we get a Christmas gift for the Oak Orchard River. The heavy rainfall that we received the past two days will definitely bring the Oak Orchard River back up to normal water flow. This sharp increase in water flow will freshen up the fish and once the water clears up we will be back winter fishing. The increase water flow, is drawing in fresh steelhead and encourage foraging Browns that remained in the river to move back up river.
The heavy rainfall may have been good for the Oak Orchard River. But the Genesee River was just starting to come down to a fishable level, you can forget about this River for a while. I suspect the Genesee will be flowing at near flood levels for about a week.
Water fluctuations like the one we are expressing now are good for winter fishing. We need these fluctuations to wake up and move the fish. When we have long periods of study water flows, the winter fishing will become tough. Steelheads that are, sitting in pools for extended periods of time, a week or more will become very inactive. Fluctuations of high water wakes these fish up and moves, the fish into new pools where they become active once again.

One last note; I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Winter Steelhead Fishing Tips

There is no doubt that by now we are winter fishing. Just because it is cold and snowing out does not mean it is time to put away the fly fishing gear. Winter time can provide us with some wonderful opportunities; we just need to know how to take advantage of it. Here are a few tips to help cope with the unique challenges of winter fishing.

Dress warm
This may sound obvious but many fishermen forget how quickly the cold water can suck the heat out of you. Leave your breathable waders at home, boot foot neoprene waders are the only way to go.

Winter proof your gear
The cold weather has a tendency to cause you reels to gum up. Clean the grease out of your reels. Also it's a good idea to consider changing your fly lines. The older style Courtland 444 lines handle the cold water far better than the newer style fly lines.

Fish banker’s hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I have talked about this many times before. Over the years I have discovered that the best time to be fishing daring the winter is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no reason to start fishing early in the day, all you will do is freeze up.

Stay in the pools
During the winter the fish are not as interested in migrating up stream as much as waiting out the winter. All of your fish will be concentrated in the sheltered water of the pools. This is where we will obviously concentrate our fishing efforts.

Break the pool down into smaller bites
Breaking the pool down and using the high stick style of presentation will have two vantages for you. The first you can more precisely fish the pool, the second of vantage is you are not constantly polling wet fly line in to your rod guides. Any little trick you can use to keep from constantly icing up is a big help.

Slow down
You need to thoroughly fish out the pools before you consider moving on. The fish are cold and reacting very slowly. I believe at times they need to see the fly a few times before they decide to take it. It is winter and everything takes longer than normal.

Use a strike indicator
Winter fishing means fishing the pools, this is a perfect situation for a strike indicator. Using a strike indicator will help you to more precisely cover the water and detect the very soft strikes that are so typical during winter time.

I hope the cold does not discourage you from taking advantage the fishing that still exists. We are at this time running a winter time fishing special, if you are interested please feel free to call the shop. The number is 585-352-4775

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tough Fishing

Tough pickings on the Oak Orchard River these days. There is still plenty of fish, but with the low water. Most of these fish have been caught and released more than a few times, these fish know the gig. I suspect the fishing on the Oak Orchard is going to be tough until the water comes up. The way the weather is looking this may not be much longer.

There are a lot of spawned out brown trout feeding in the slow water. These fish will stay and feed as long as there is food. The streamer fishing will hold up for a few more weeks, weather permitting.

Productive flies -- because of the low water and cold temperatures we are using strike indicators and light tippets when fishing the pools. Now for the flies, we are using small egg patterns. Nuclear roe bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink and Oregon cheese have been the most productive. The same goes for small glow bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink, Oregon cheese, apricot if you like you can tie a small blood dot. For streamers I have been staying with the bunny streamers, any color is good as long as it is white.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Cold Week

I didn't do much fishing this week. The cold weather has given me a chance to catch up with my fly tying. My fly boxes have taken a big beating this fall. It's going to be a big job replenishing all the flies that we went through. Here are the recipes for a couple of the flies I have been working on. For most of you these two fly patterns should be quite familiar, such as the nuclear roe bug.

*Nuclear Roe Bug*
Hook: Daiichi 1530
Size: 12 - 8
Thread: white waxed thread
Body: Oregon cheese dub
Wing: White glo-bug yarn

This is a streamer that I like to fish during the winter for Brown trout. This is an easy and fast fly to tie. Plus this streamer pattern does not require any fancy materials.

*Bunny Streamer*
Hook: Daiichi 2220
Size: 6 to 4
Thread: 6/0 red
Body: glow white chenille
Wing: rabbit strip
Collar: soft grizzly tackle
Note: You can tie this streamer in any color you desire. For winter fishing and Brown trout, I prefer white.

What is going on with the fishing? The Genesee River is still too high to fish and the way it looks it will be at least another week before we can even try. Sandy Creek: the cold weather has locked this creek up in ice. We will need a good thaw and a bunch of wet weather to clear the ice out so we can fish. Right now the only river that is fishing is the Oak Orchard. The water flow for the Oak is still low. Concentrate your fishing in the pools. For flies, stick with small egg patterns and nymphs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


This cold snap has slammed the fishing into the ice box. Frozen fly lines, leaders and flies. Not to mention ice frozen onto the waders. The cold snap has also cooled the fishing down. We had to fish hard for the fish we did catch.

Oak Orchard River will remain fishable throughout most of the winter as long as the flow remains adequate. On this day we were obviously using winter fishing techniques. That is fishing with strike indicators, small flies and light tippits. Even though we did find a few fish in the riffs and runs, all the fish that were interested in biting were located in the pools.

Hopefully with all the weather that is predicted for this week, we will get enough rain and snow to bring the water flows up a little for the Oak Orchard. Until then there is still plenty of Brown trout and a few Steelheads hanging around to make the fishing interesting. However the low water is going to make the fishing technically tough.

Productive flies -- recently we have been using small egg patterns. Nuclear roe bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink and Oregon cheese have been the most productive. The same goes for small glow bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink, Oregon cheese, apricot if you like you can tie a small blood dot. For streamers I have been staying with the bunny streamers, any color is good as long as it is white.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Winter Like Fishing

The way the weather is looking for next week, we will be fishing in winter conditions. Hopefully the rivers and creeks will have enough water to maintain some good cold-weather fishing. When I am fishing during the cold weather, I will fish from about 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Most of the time the fish do not start to bit in till mid morning and then stop about mid afternoon.

As for what is going on now. The water is still cold at Sandy creek and the way things look, it is going to stay that way. The pools and pocket water is where we are now finding most of our fish. The water flow at Sandy Creek is getting low once again; as a result we are using strike indicators to more precisely control our drifts.

The Oak Orchard -- The canal water has stopped and now the Oak Orchard water flow is very low. Given the water conditions, the fishing is holding up fairly well and the fishing pressure has drop off sharply. There are still good numbers of brown trout and steelhead spread out from the dam on down river to the north wall. Because of low water these fish are a little spooky. We have been concentrating our fishing effort in the remaining fast water, and we are using light tippits and size 10 egg flies to catch these fish. In the lower fishable portion of the river, we are starting to have good success fishing white bunny streamers. The streamer fishing should be effective for the next few weeks, as more spawned out Brown trout drop down into the slow water. Once these Browns enter the slow water they will start to feed aggressively on creek chubs and shad. White streamers tied with rabbit strips have proven to be the most productive pattern.

Low water on the Oak Orchard is nothing new. I've seen low water like this in the past. Some years even with the low water the Oak can fill up with late run Brown trout.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cold Weather - Cold Water

Recently we have been catching a mixed bag of both Rainbow trout and Brown trout. Sandy Creek generally has a strong run of Rainbow trout in mid to late November.
The cold weather we have been experiencing this week has slowed down the spawning activity of the Brown trout. The cold water has sent the Browns in to the holes and pockets. Once the water warms up a little the Browns will get back to spawning. From now on the water temperatures are going to be on the cold side. Sandy creek is a long shallow creek that will cool and warm quickly. With these cold conditions Sandy creek will fish best in the afternoon. On cold days I like to fish Oak Orchard in the mornings and then move to Sandy for the afternoon.

It looks like we have received all of the canal water we're going to for the year, the canal system is now drained. Fortunately we are having enough wet weather and a water flows on Sandy are still remaining decent. Hopefully we will continue to get some steady rainfall and keep the water flow at a fishable level. As for the muddy look to the creek: remember the off color water is cover to the fish.

On normal years the Brown trout will be winding down with there spawning by now. This year the low water has delayed this for weeks. The Brown trout spawn has only been going on for about two weeks now. The streamer fishing that normally is on by now, is just starting. We are still taking most of our Browns with egg flies.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Water - We Got It

When conditions change it always seems to change fast. With the canal water release and 2 inches of rainfall we had the other day. Sandy Creek has come up to an excellent flow for both fishing and fish migration. Hopefully all the Brown trout and rainbows that have been sitting in the lower river will now migrate quickly up river. We need to have the Brown trout work there way several miles up river so we can have good winter fishing. Hopefully there's still time for this to happen before winter weather sets in and the creek ices up for the winter.

Because we have only recently received good water flows for Sandy Creek, most of the good fishing is located at the lower end of the creek. If you intend to do a little hiking and fishing the upper portions of Sandy Creek, keep in mind it is deer season. I suggest that you fish this section of the creek from midmorning to early afternoon. This is both a good time of the day to fish and will keep us out of the way of the deer hunters. With the cold weather we are having the last couple days, the morning fishing has been slow. However things have been picking up very nicely in the afternoon. There is still a lot of Brown trout spawning activity which is creating an excellent egg fly bite.

Oak Orchard River -- The fishing pressure is now starting to taper off, however there is still a lot of good fishing to be had. Late November early December has produced some of the best fishing that I've expressed on Oak Orchard. The way the weather patterns are starting to look, the Oak Orchard River should continue to have decent water flows. As long as we have these water flows the fishing is going to hold up just fine.

Genesee River -- The water flow for the Genesee River has come up sharply in recent days. It will take about five to seven days for flows to settle down if they do. Just before the River came up the steelhead fishing was incredibly hot. There is a lot of steelhead in the Genesee River to be caught once the water flows straightened out.

As for the flies, once again nothing has changed, for those of you who are new. Here is the rundown; for Brown trout and Steelhead, nuclear roe bugs in size 8 and 10 colors Oregon cheese and orange. For Salmon and swinging flies for Steelhead, black and brown woolly buggers size 6 and 4 and bunny streamers, size 6 and 4 in colors all white, white and pink, white and brown, Brown and black.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sandy Creek Rainbows

With the canal water release, and the time of the year we will be encountering more rainbow trout running in Sandy Creek. We need to take special care with these unique fish. Over the summer research has been done in Sandy Creek and young of the year rainbows have been discovered. As I have said - Sandy has it's own unique run of wild Rainbows, we now have proof of this being true. These fish must be protected. There are not many of this unique fish and it is not supported by a hatchery. We have to take it onto ourselves to protect these fish, or we will definitely lose them. This is going to be a very tough fall for Sandy's Rainbow's. Low water is going to make migration up River almost impossible for them. If these fish do not make it way up River, their young will not survive. It is a simple numbers game; more fish we allow to continue their up river migration, the more fish will live to spawn. Doing what we can to help these fish will maintain and improve the Rainbow fishing for seasons to come which is something we all want for ourselves. The next time you see someone with a rainbow on Sandy Creek, remind him to give fish a break. If we don't protect our own fisheries, then who is?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Hunt Continues

I have decided to stay on Sandy Creek and take my hits. I'd rather struggle for a few fish in peace than fish in a crowd and hope I can work into a good spot and catch a few fish. I have been finding a lot of Brown trout, Coho salmon and Rainbows in the estuary. The problem is that it is all private property and the access is extremely limited. The low water flow on sandy Creek has kept these fish in the estuary until recently. I have finally found a few fish that have started to venture up the creek. I am walking about 2 to 4 miles a day and we have been averaging about six to eight fish a day. Hopefully once the canal starts to be drained the Browns will quickly migrate up river, improving their numbers. Until then, at least we are fishing in peace.

The word on the Genesee River is that there are a lot of Salmon still coming in to the river. The Salmon's spawn activity is spread out all the way down the river to Seth Green Island. As for the Steelhead there are good numbers of fish up around the falls and the powerhouse pool. Because of all the Salmon spawning, fishing for Steelhead in or just below the powerhouse pool is an egg fly bite. Down river along Seth Green Island you may have a better chance of catching a Steelhead on a swinging fly. However you will have your best results fishing egg patterns down here to.

As for the flies, once again nothing has changed, for those of you who are new here is the rundown; for Brown trout and Steelhead, nuclear roe bugs in size 8 and 10 colors Oregon cheese and orange. For Salmon and swinging flies for Steelhead, black and brown woolly buggers size 6 and 4 and bunny streamers, size 6 and 4 in colors all white, white and pink, white and brown, Brown and black.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Not Much Has Changed

Not much has changed in the last few days. Sandy Creek still needs water, looks like we will have to wait until next week for the canal to release water. We are finding precious few Brown trout sprout out through Sandy Creek, we are having to look hard to find a fish or two. Oak Orchard continues to fish just fine, despite the heavy fishing pressure. The last time I was there we saw plenty of female Browns showing up. The Brown trout spawning activity is picking up on the Oak. As for the Genesee River, things are flowing along just like we would expect it to do.

We are catching plenty of Brown trout, however we are having to do a lot to moving around. I hope things will change once the canal water comes through. As always some heavy rain will always help.

Productive fly patterns; not much has changed here either. Orange and Oregon cheese nuclear roe bugs & white bunny streamers. That is about all I have been using for fly patterns lately. If it's not broke, why fix it?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Fall Brown Trout

I have been fishing both Sandy Creek and Oak Orchard River the past week. We have received a little bit of rain the last couple of days, however it is not enough to effect the water flows. Water flows at Sandy Creek are extremely low. The low water is keeping the Brown trout from running the Creek like they normally do. I have found precious few fish in the normal spots for this time of the year. When you are dealing with extreme low water conditions, you need to look at your rivers completely different. Fish are more sensitive to low water conditions than high water conditions.

Oak Orchard
The water flow for the Oak Orchard River is made up almost entirely with canal water release. This will guarantee a fishable flow of water for the next few weeks.
The Brown trout fishing has been spotty the last few days. The fishing pressure on Oak Orchard River has been extremely intense from Friday to Monday, and the remainder of the week is fairly reasonable for the season. There is still a few Chinook salmon trying to spawn and a few Steelheads are being caught daily. The Brown Trout fishing is concentrated in the deeper runs and pools, it is still early yet.

Genesee River
This is one river that is definitely benefiting from the dry weather. The Genesee River continues to have good fishing for Chinook salmon. Spawning Salmon are spread out from a powerhouse pool all the way down to Seth Green Island. The numbers of steelhead continue to improve almost daily. Because of all the spawning the steelhead are spread out amongst the spawning salmon feeding in the stray eggs.

Productive Flies
For the Brown trout we are using a wide variety of flies from egg flies (my favorite nuclear roe bugs in colors of Oregon cheese and orange), to streamers such as white bunny streamers and woolly buggers.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Fish Tails

This will end my stay on the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y. It is now time to fish for Brown Trout. We had a good fall on the Salmon River, despite the low water. We experienced one of the best runs of Coho Salmon of all times, great fun. We caught plenty of Chinook salmon and at this time the Salmon River is having a good run of Steelhead.

I will now be fishing the western end of the lake for the rest of the fall. Once again we have the same low water as we did on the Salmon river, hopefully we will get some rain soon. Until then we can fish the Genesee River. During low water years like this one the Genesee River will fish at it’s best. The low water will slow the start of the Brown trout run at Sandy Creek. But once again, just like the salmon, the brown trout will run.

The water flow on the Oak is very good as the Oak receives canal water. As a result, the Oak Orchard is right on schedule with the Brown trout run. The Oak has been receiving good runs of Brown trout. There is also a few Steelhead that are being caught daily and there is still a lot of Chinook salmon around.

Hopefully we will get some more rain next week. The smaller creeks and rivers are still way low. The fishing in these waters is starting up slowly. It will take a lot of rain and some time to get the Brown trout fishing going As always, with tributary fishing conditions can and do change quickly.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Salmon River Steelhead

Salmon River, Pulaski, N.Y - The water flows have been stable for the past few days. The water release for now is still holding at 750 CFS. This may seem like a lot of water but this is a good flow for steelhead fishing. With stable water flows, calm winds and no leaves being blown into the river, the steelhead fishing has gotten back on track. On the days that I am fishing the lower river in the DSR I am seeing steelhead constantly on the move. In the upper River, the lower flyfishing zone remains closed, however the upper flyfishing zone is opened to fishing and is full of steelhead. While fishing the lower river, we have been catching the occasional Brown trout. I consider Brown trout on the Salmon River to be a bonus fish. Brown trout is a fish that I do not plan to catching on a consistent basis.

A common question that I constantly get asked is how will I know when I get a bite? The answer is simple with water temperatures holding in the mid 50° range, the answer is, don't worry you will know. The steelhead we are catching, are chrome bright and fresh from the Lake. These steelhead are fighting and running so hard we are doing good to land 50% of what we hook.

I do not know what is going on for certain, but we are having one of the best fall steelhead runs I have ever experienced. I suspect it's is a combination of good conservation practice of catch and release, possibly a change in hatchery practice, some sort of positive change to the Lake ecology, or a combination all of the above. Whatever it is, we have steelhead!

Productive flies: Not much has changed, for the most part the steelhead remained keyed into salmon eggs. This means egg flies such as nuclear roe bugs (colors: Oregon cheese and orange) in sizes 8 and 10. If you're interested in swinging flies, my suggestion is to fish the lower river in the DSR. We are starting to get a few steelhead to take a swinging fly in this section of the river. The flies I have been using here for swinging have been black and brown buggers size 6 and Mr. rubber legs in Brown, size 4.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Guides Day Off

What do I do when I have a day off? The same thing everybody else wants to do. Go fishing!!!
Just like everyone else I can not always pick the best days to fish. The conditions for today were very tough, but I had a chance to go fishing so I made the best of it. The day started out bright and sunny, then slowly deteriorated to wind driven rain. When this happens in late October the river fills up with leaves. These conditions do not help a whole lot with the steelhead fishing. When there is a lot leaves and the river, steelhead do not like to move far for a fly. Another problem is your fly will often get lost in all the leaves that are drifting down river, not to mention all the leaves that foul up your fly. In the end, we fished hard and made the best of it. As always the best time to fish is when you can.

Salmon River, Pulaski, N.Y - What is going on? We are definitely now seeing the effects of the rain and the Salmon River has gone up once again. The Salmon River has within a few days gone from 185CFS to 350 for two days, and now the Salmon River is running at 750. This Monday the River will be at a 1000 CFS and is supposed to last 24 hours. The weather prediction for this weekend is more rain. I would not be surprised if we are looking at a 1000 CFS all of next week. We wanted water, well, now we have it. Careful for what you wish for.

The good news is we are done with a Salmon run and we are now fishing for Steelhead in high water is a lot easier than fishing for Salmon in the same conditions. Good numbers of fresh Steelhead are showing up in the bottom and of the DSR. Hopefully the Steelhead will not get exposed to the salmon eggs as quickly as they did earlier in the week. With a lot of water, good water temperature and fresh Steelhead we should do well this coming week swinging flies.

Productive flies; as you would expect egg patterns, nuclear roe bugs (colors: Oregon cheese and orange) have been the most productive for me. We have also been catching a few fish with pink estaz eggs. Because of all the leaves, size 6 and size 4 black and silver woolly buggers and fall favorites are an excellent choice to swing.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rising River

Salmon River, Pulaski, N.Y. - I have often said be careful for what you wish for. The Salmon River has finally received enough rain to bring the water up to base level. The normal flow for the Salmon River during the fall is 350 CFS. Hopefully we can enjoy a few weeks of normal water flow for a change. Anyways at 350 this is what we call spey water. Finally the two-handed rods are coming out.

With the sharp increase in water flow, the steelhead fishing has been surprisingly tough the last couple of days even though Steelheads are continuing to enter the river in decent numbers. The normal water flows have also put the fish back to a normal migratory pattern. It didn't take long for things to get back to normal. Steelheads are now spread out throughout the entire length of the Salmon River including the upper fly-fishing only section.

The Chinook Salmon run is for the most part done here on the Salmon River. Most of the salmon have entered the river and are now spread out through the river system and spawning. The way things are progressing with the salmon spawn, I suspect this stage of the salmon run will be winding down in about two weeks.

Productive flies: we have not been targeting the Salmon, however, the same old stuff will always get a few fish (woolly buggers in brown and black). We are primarily fishing for steelhead. Because of all the spawning salmon, egg flies are what we are getting our Steelhead to take. With the increase in water flow to 335, things might change in a day or two and we might start to take more steelhead with a swinging fly. Stay tuned for the fly patterns.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fast Changing Conditions

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - It never ceases to amaze me how fast fishing conditions can change from one day to the next. Last Friday night 10/19/07 the Salmon River flow finally went up. Not a big increase in the scheme of things, however an increase nonetheless. The water was increased to 185 CFS and is supposed to go until Monday night 10/22/07. This may not seem like a big deal but it will have a large effect on how spread out the fish will be throughout the river. Up until now most of the fishing has been concentrated in the lower half of the river. Now we will be finding both Salmon and Steelhead dispersed throughout the entire river system. The slight increase in water flow has accelerated the fish migration significantly, with the fish population no longer concentrated in a few select spots. The fishing pressure will also be spread out more evenly throughout the river. I am looking forward to spending the next two weeks fishing the Salmon River with reduced fishing pressure.

With the increased water flow we received a run of both Chinook salmon and Steelhead. The Chinook salmon run is finally starting to wind down sharply. The next two weeks we will see large concentrations of salmon spawning within the river. Locations that have high concentrations of the spawning salmon are now going to be prime locations for locating Steelhead. Due to the low water year we are experiencing, this is not going to be one of those falls that we can fish for Steelhead with a swinging fly. The majority of the salmon this fall will be spawning within the Salmon River. As a result, the river bottom is going to be saturated with salmon eggs. As I have said in the past, salmon eggs are one of those food sources that trout will key in on more than any other source of food.

For this fall, egg flies are going to be our most productive fly patterns. I personally like to fish Nuclear Roe Bugs in the fall. The advantage of this fly is that it drifts better in the lower water and has more of a single egg look to it. The colors that I generally use are Oregon Cheese (my favorite), orange and occasionally chartreuse. The veil on the fly is always white glow bug yarn. The size I prefer to fish are sizes 8 and 10 tied on a heavy wire wet fly hook. For those of you who do not know the recipe for this fly, here it is:

Nuclear Roe Bug
Hook: Daiichi 1530
Size: 12 - 8
Thread: white waxed thread
Body: dub - Oregon cheese glo-bug yarn
Wing: White glo-bug yarn tied as a veil

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - And that goes for the Steelhead fishing too. The last few days I have seen the biggest runs of Steelhead that I have ever seen before. What I expect is going on, is that we are going to have another excellent year of Steelhead fishing. Also with the low water, I am able to see a lot of the Steelhead as they work their way up river. Most of the Steelhead that we are catching right now weighed in between 7 and 9 pounds. However there is a large number of four-year-old fish, which weighed in between 12 and 16 pounds. Excellent Steelhead!! These Steelhead are classic fall run Steelies, bright chrome and full of fight. The steelheads are so hot that they are hard to land. Our hookup/land ratio right now is at best 50%.

We have been concentrating on fishing behind spawning Salmon for the Steelhead. There are spawning Chinook salmon spread out through the lower and mid river. As a result the Steelhead are very quickly keying in on the salmon's eggs. Most of our fish are being caught with nuclear roe bugs, fished right downstream of the spawning Salmon. With all the Salmon eggs drifting in the river we have not had much luck swinging flies.

The last few days the number of Chinook salmon entering the river has slowed down considerably. I am still seeing plenty fresh Salmon entering the river daily to keep the Salmon fishermen interested. This is not the end of the Salmon run, there are plenty more to come.

Productive flies as I mentioned before for Steelhead: our hottest fly has been nuclear roe bugs in Oregon cheese and orange. We've had a few Steelheads take Mr. Rubber legs in brown. For Salmon pretty much the same thing. And of course do not forget woolly buggers in the standard colors of brown and black.

Brown trout are more of a bonus fish for the Salmon River. However the other day we did manage to catch one Brown trout. This Brown trout took an Oregon cheese nuclear roe bug. The best part is the Brown trout weighed in at 16 pounds.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Steelhead - Salmon

About the photograph: this is a male steelhead caught with a woolly bugger we call the raider bugger. The Steelhead weighed in at an impressive 17 pounds.

Salmon River, at Pulaski, NY - The last few days we have received a fair amount of rain, however the water flow remains at 100 CFS. The cool weather that has accompanied the rain has also helped to drop the water temperature. The water temperature is now holding in the mid 50s.

Chinook Salmon continue to enter the River in decent numbers. I suspect we will have at least one more week of good runs of salmon. Steelhead numbers continue to improve daily. We are hooking two to four Steelhead a day on average. This is in my opinion very good fall steelhead fishing at this stage of their run. The big problem comes when we try to land these fish. When you hook a fall steelhead, they basically explode. Even with low water, the Steelhead is doing an excellent job of holding up to their reputation.

The fishing pressure: I suspect that by mid week the River will start to quiet down considerably. The fishing pressure this past weekend was not as heavy as I thought it was going to be. This does not mean the fishing is over. In fact, the best fishing is yet to come....Steelhead!!!

Productive flies: Not much has changed but here I go anyway. True to form this fall, we have been using a larger than normal selection of fly patterns. For salmon a pattern is finally starting to show itself. Mr. rubber legs in Brown and black, woolly buggers in Brown and black and Dave's SA. For steelhead we have been using nuclear roe bugs in Oregon cheese and orange. We've also caught steelhead with Brown woolly buggers and the nuclear roe bugs have been catching more than their share of salmon.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Good Fishing

Salmon River, at Pulaski NY. The weatherman's predictions are holding true. We had good rainfall Monday night and into Tuesday and now the weather is cooling off sharply.

The last three days, 10/8 thru 10/10 we have had large runs of salmon. I suspect we will continue to receive strong runs for at least another week. I have started to see salmon spawning. Not to a lot of salmon yet, but enough to have an effect on how we are fishing for steelhead. Keep in mind, steelhead will quickly key in on eggs. We have been catching most of our steelhead fishing behind spawning salmon with egg flies. At the same time, keep in mind with low water conditions most of the River will have suitable habitat for spawning. As a result spawning activity is not going to be concentrated in a few select locations. This means we will have to do it a lot more hiking and hunting to find feeding steelhead. As always steelhead fishing is a coverage game. The more water you can cover, potentially the more fish you can catch.

Productive flies; True to form this fall we have been using a larger than normal selection of fly patterns. For salmon a pattern is finally start a show itself, Mr. rubber legs in Brown and black, woolly buggers here again same colors Brown and black and Dave’s SA. For steelhead we have been using nuclear roe bugs (colors: Oregon cheese and orange). We've also caught steelhead with Brown woolly buggers and the nuclear roe bugs have been catching more than their share of salmon.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Looking Good For The Week

Despite the warm weather, salmon continue to enter the Salmon River at Pulaski NY. The weather forecast for this week has a lot of rain and cool temperatures in it. If all of these conditions hold up, this week could be the best week of fishing so far. There is a lot of salmon yet to run, and the way things look they are on the way. Let's hope the weather forecast for the week holds up.

This fall has had one surprise so far....the giant runs of Coho salmon. Normally we will get into these fish for a few days in mid September and that will be it. This fall we are still catching Cohos almost daily.

A lot of you have been concerned that the water level on the Salmon River is too low for the salmon. As I have been saying, the Salmon do not know the water is low, they will run. The salmon that ran earlier last week have made it to the fish hatchery. 100 CFS is enough for the Salmon to run the river; it just takes a little longer for the Salmon to get there. We need to adjust to the conditions and shut up and fish!!!

By now I usually have all the productive flies figured out. But with the given current conditions I have had to do a lot experimenting each day to find what will work on any given day.

One final note; October 11th, 12th and 16th have opened up. If you are interested, call the fly shop at 585-352-4775, or you can leave me a voice mail on my cell phone at 585-233-0436. If you send me an e-mail, remember it might take me a couple days to get back to you.

If you have not seen Jeff's giant 26 pound, Coho Salmon? Then here it is!