Monday, January 29, 2007

Flies From Saturday


NAME: Mr. Rubber Legs
HOOK: Daiichi 1530 - size 4
BEAD: gold-3/32
THREAD: UNI orange 6/0
TAIL: white marabou + a few strands of pearl kryata flash
LEGS: sili legs amber/gold flake
BODY: white glo chenille
HACKLE: white saddle hackle
WING: two strands of sili legs amber/gold flake over a few strands of pearl kryata flash


NAME: Steelhead Caddis
HOOK: Daiichi 1120 - size 10
BEAD: copper - 1/8
THREAD: UNI black 6/0
BODY: 3/4 Ultra chenille - 1/4 Peacock herl
HACKLE: Hen back - brown

I would like to thank everyone for showing up to my fly tying demonstrations this past Saturday. During my fly tying demonstration, I was not able to supply the recipe for two of the patterns that I tied. For those of you who are interested in the missing fly patterns, I have now posted the patterns.

As for the fishing, as you can guess all of our tributary rivers are iced up, and of course the Genesee River is still way too high. One spot that we can still go and get a fish fix is spring brook at Caledonia. Doesn't matter how cold it gets that spring Creek water will never get colder than 42°. The trout will be feeding on mostly scuds and crust bugs. You can also try some small pheasant tail nymphs, size 20. If we get a break in the weather, I just may try fishing spring brook myself some afternoon.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ice Up




As you can see from the photograph our creeks are starting to close up. The weather forecast for Friday morning is 2° and with the snow fall and the brutal temperatures Sandy Creek will totally ice over. The Genesee River is an excellent river to fish when the weather gets cold, but the water flow is still way too big to even consider trying to fish it. For the Salmon River, the Pineville gauge is reading around 650 cfs. This is a nice flow of water to fish. However, there is a lot of slush ice in the river right now. With all the slush ice, you will need to fish above Pineville to stay out of the heavy slush flows.

It looks like our El Niño winter is finally over. It made for some good fishing while it lasted. With the cold-weather, it is a good time to get started on refilling the fly boxes. This Saturday I will be doing the first fly tying demonstration of the year at Coleman's fly shop. I will be tying a few of my favorite winter steelhead and brown trout fly patterns. The demo runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you have the time, please stop and enjoy the demo.

One final note; if you are interested in fly tying lessons, either beginners or advanced fly tying classes, going through February 7 to March 21. Time 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. held at the shop. Please give us a call at the fly shop. The number is 352-4775 if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Setting Decoys For Canvasbacks--Chesapeake Bey




This week I will be gone duck hunting. Three days in Virginia and three days in Maryland. Luke ,Carl and I will be chasing ducks on the Chesapeake Bay. We will have to see if this last cold snap has forced any more ducks to migrate further south.

1/27/07 will be the first fly tying demonstration of the year at coleman's fly shop. All the fly tying demonstrations will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event, so come in and see the demonstration. I will be the first featured fly tier, and will be tying winter and spring steelhead flies. If there is any particular fly pattern that you would like me to tie, e-mail me and I will see what I can do.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Old Man Winter Is Back





Jay's Flash Back Stone
Hook: Daiichi 1120
Size: 10 - 6
Thread: 6/0 black Tail: Black goose biots split
Rib: Medium copper wire
Abdomen: Olive V-rib
Thorax: Black seal substitute
wing case: Pearl flash back
Hackle: Two goose biots split
and tied tips to rear
Head: Counter sunk bead with
two turns of peacock behind head

For those of you who are not interested in fishing with the snow and ice, consider getting a head start on some fly tying. I often mention fishing with black stone fly nymphs. This flight is a good all-purpose standby for a lot of different fishing conditions even, now with the cold winter conditions.

1/10/07 -- winter has finally arrived. For how long, who knows. Sandy Creek is slowly settling down and should be an excellent fishing condition in a couple of days. Oak Orchard is still a little on the high side and way off-color, but improving daily. With winter weather making a show we are back to winter time tactics. Drifting nymphs and egg flies slowly along the bottom. Sandy Creek water temperature today was a chilly 33 degrees. This is what's going on here at home.

The Salmon River at Pulaski New York is making up for lost time with winter weather. In the past day they got one to 2 feet of snow and more snow is expected to fall in the next day or so. The water flows for the Salmon River has been increased to 1800 CFS at this time and is expected to be reduced to 1000 CFS on Friday. As for the water temperature, on the Salmon River, it has dropped down to 34 degrees.

One final note; if you are interested in fly tying lessons, either beginners or advanced fly tying classes from February 7 to March 21 time 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. held at the shop. Please give us a call at the fly shop. The number is 352-4775 if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

High Water Once Again





1/6/07 -- During the past 24 hours we have received over an inch of rain. This has effectively blown out all the small local streams including Sandy Creek. If we do not receive any more rain things will be back to fishing within three days. The Salmon River, Pulaski, N.Y has also received the same amount of rain, plus. At this point the Salmon River release is still at 285 CFS. However, this will, most likely change soon. The water flow gauge at Pineville is reading 637 units and rising at this time. This is a considerable jump from yesterday afternoon. I suspect that by Monday the water release will be increased. If so, and how much, we will have to wait until Monday to find out.

This unusual warm winter weather, as slid the streams and rivers back in time a little. Some days we are experiencing late November type fishing conditions, water temperatures in the lower 40s. These unusual warm water temperatures have put the spawned out Browns in Sandy Creek into a serious feeding pattern. When you add, to this constant rainfall and stream flow fluctuations, the steelhead fishing is starting to look like early spring steel heading. Even on the Salmon River, the steelhead fishing is best described as November like fishing. For fly Fishman, like myself, who like to finish steelhead with sinking lines and swinging flies, Salmon Rivers is providing a rare opportunity

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Hungry Brown Trout





NAME: Mr. Rubber Legs
HOOK: 1530 size 4 Daiichi
BEAD: gold-3/32
THREAD: UNI orange 6/0
TAIL: white marabou + a few strands of parole kryata flash
LEGS: sili legs amber/gold flake
BOBY: white glo chenille
HACKLE: white saddle hackle
WING: two strand of sili legs amber/gold flake over a few strands of parole kryata flash

Hungry Brown Trout
1/3/07 All the local rivers have recovered nicely from the rainstorms over the holidays. Oak Orchard River is flowing at a moderate level with 2 feet of good visibility. With all the warm weather there is no ice on the reservoir. As a result the water temperatures have been holding in the upper 30s. Oak Orchard River has been fishing best during the mornings from about 8 a.m. until noon. A few small Brown trout and Steelhead are being caught in both the archers pool and road hole. Even though the weather has been unusually warm, Oak Orchard has seen light fishing pressure.

Water flows on Sandy Creek have leveled off nicely. The water color still has a slight hint of stain. These conditions are about as good as you will find for fishing this time of the year. Both Steelhead and Brown trout are being caught all through Sandy; one part of the creek seems as good as the next. As always, for this time of the year, all your fishing will be centered on the deeper pools and runs. Today all of our fish came on either white Zonker or Mr. Rubber legs fished on a swing in the tails of the pools. If Steelheads are your main interest, your best bet would be to concentrating your fishing efforts at the heads of the pools. Dead drifting egg flies and large nymphs under an indicator.

One final note; Fly Tying Classes (beginner or advanced) will be held at the shop starting February 7 thru March 21 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Please give us a call at 352-4775 if you have any questions.