Thursday, February 22, 2007

Winter Break On Genesee River




2/22/07 The Genesee River has finally settled down and has been fishing fairly decent for the past couple of weeks. Some days the river fishing is good and some not so good. You have just to go and try it. Today however was a slow day. We had to fish hard and long for a single steelhead. River conditions are as good as you could expect for this time of year. There is still a lot of shelf ice around Seth Green Island. Great care should be taken along this part of the river as the shelf ice has been breaking up the last few days. Hopefully, we can continue to fish the Genesee for a little longer before this warm weather melts too much snow and the river rises. As for the flies, today's fish was caught with a white woolly bugger. However, egg patterns such as Glow bugs and Carper flies in size 8 have been producing.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Spring Steelhead Newsletter



A few Steelhead from last spring.

Snow has been the big talk around here lately. Everyone likes to talk about how much trouble all the snow has been. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to travel through not to mention how much you hurt when you get done shoving all of this stuff away. However, there is a silver lining in all of the snow; Steelhead - silver you could say.

Snow -- we got snow. Here as of today, over 3 feet has fallen at the shop. Go to the east end of Lake Ontario. Now we are talking about Pulaski with over 113 inches and most importantly Redfield with 141 inches of snow. The importance of Redfield is it is located at the source of the Salmon River at Pulaski. With all of the snow we are going to have plenty of water this spring.

As for the Western end of the Lake, when all of the snow starts to melt off, we will have a good push of water. This high water will hopefully trigger a strong run of Steelhead ensuring a good start to the spring run. Plus with all of this spring run off, it is going to help keep the rivers in good fishing conditions. The Steelhead fishing will start about mid to late March and continue on until mid April.

The big snow pack at Redfield will most likely take until May to totally melt off. This is good news, for the steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. The Steelhead fishing will start to peak mid to late April and carry on until mid to late May. The month of May can be a good time for Steelhead fishing. The water temperatures in the river are generally holding around the 50s and the Steelhead are now very aggressive. Add to this the new one fish limit that is now in effect. There is more Steelhead in the river at this time of the year, than ever before.

My spring fishing schedule is as follows. I will be fishing the rivers in the Western end of like Ontario, Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek and when possible the Genesee River. I will start fishing these rivers as soon as the ice leaves and go until the 15th to the 20th of April, depending on fishing conditions. At this point I will move to the Salmon River at Pulaski New York. I will fish the Salmon River in tell mid to late May, depending on how well the Steelhead runs last. After this, I will be back home and fish the local trout streams.

Final note, if you're interested in fishing with me this spring, please consider getting in contact with me soon so you can ensure the dates that you would like to fish. My spring calendar is starting to fill so it would be wise not to wait too long.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Black Spey




NAME: Black Spey
HOOK: Daiichi 2050 11/2 to 3
THREAD: 6/0 black
TAG: Flat gold tinsel
BODY: 2/3 lite – brite gold
RIB: oval gold
UNDER WING: Flash bow + crystal flash
SPEY HACKLE: Black maribou
WING: bronze mallard

The Black spey is becoming one of my favorite every day work flies. This fly patterns is fairly easy and quick to tie and is effective in many different situations. I will use this fly in larger sizes in 11/2 when fishing big rivers or in high water. In smaller rivers or low water I like to use this fly in size 3. The Black spey is an effective pattern for both steelhead and salmon. I will often fish this pattern with sinking lines when searching rivers for fish.

With all the snow that fell in the last couple of days, I do not need to tell you about the fishing. We all know about Russell Station, and the Genesee River is back into fishing conditions. If we get a break in the weather this week, I will try and fish the Genesee River. The few reports that I've heard, is the River is fishing very good.


This Saturday there will be a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's fly shop. The subject of the fly tying this Saturday is tube flies. Jason will show several of his favorite fly patterns that he uses to fish for both trout and bass. Some of Jason's patterns are used to troll the Lake, and also make great saltwater flies. The fly tying demonstration will start at 1 pm and go to 3 pm. This is a free demonstration, so come and join us.

One last note: FLY TYING WORK SHOP {just bring your tools} THIS IS A SPEY FLY WORK SHOP: Tying all day 9:00 am till 4:30 pm, February 25, 2007. The workshop will be covering, material handling and fishing with spey flies. All the materials will be furnished. You will work with pheasant rump, marabou, Whitings special spey hackle and lots more. $95.00 pre-registration required.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Russell Station




2/11/07-- Russell station is one spot that has been fishing last week, between the heavy snowfall and high winds. If you could stand the cold and fish through all the steam from the power plant, you might be able to scrape out a quick fish fix. For those of you who are not familiar with Russell station. This is a spot that you can fish during extreme cold snaps. It is a warm water discharge for a coal-fired power plant. There is not much room to fish, the cooling pound and then about 20 yards of flowing water to which the creek empty straight and to Lake Ontario. Russell station is one of those spots where the fish come and go constantly, you have to show up try the spot and see if any fish are there. Today for me all that was there was a lout of ducks.

One bright spot to all this cold weather is the Genesee River has come down and cleared up and now is in fishing condition. When fishing the Genesee River this time of the year great care must be taken when walking along the shoreline. There is always a lot of ice, and the River can be dangerous. I have not fished the Genesee yet, so I have no suggestions for what to use, other than egg flies.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Still To Cold To Fish



As you have probably already guessed, there is not much fishing going on at this time. Old man winter is doing a really good job keeping us at the fly tying desk. At this rate, I will have enough flies to get to summer.

This Saturday there will be a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's fly shop. The subject of the fly tying this Saturday is called fun with foam. Paul will show several of his favorite fly patterns that he uses to fish for both trout and bass. The fly tying demonstration will start at 1 p.m. and go to 3 p.m. This is a free demonstration, so come and join us.

One last note: FLY TYING WORK SHOP {just bring your tools} THIS IS A SPEY FLY WORK SHOP: Tying all day 9:00 am till 4:30 pm, February 25, 2007. The workshop will be covering, material handling and fishing with spey flies. All the materials will be furnished. You will work with pheasant rump, marabou, Whitings special spey hackle and lots more. $95.00 pre-registration required.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Anchor Ice





2/4/07 This photograph is showing anchor ice. We do not think of winter as a stress time for trout. Winter conditions can be as tough on a trout stream as any hot dry summer day can be. Cold snaps like the one we are experiencing now, can cause a lot of anchor ice to form in the streams that are not partially spring fed. These springs not only keep the water temperatures cool in the summer, but help to warm the water during the winter providing protection from anchor ice. Streams without the protection from springs, can form enough anchor ice to be deadly to the trout. In shallow water, the ice can literally freeze the trout up and out of the stream, where the fish can become frozen into the ice and die. The next problem with anchor ice is that most of the time anchored ice forms in the shallow fast flowing sections of the streams. Unfortunately these are the same spots that trout use to spawn. The eggs from fall spawning, trout like, Brown trout and Brook trout do not Hatch until spring. Anchor ice can kill a lot of the eggs over the winter. Many streams and rivers in the Adirondack Mountains are prone to this anchor ice. Anchor ice is one of many reasons why so many of the mountain streams may look really good but, do not hold wild trout.

Fishing conditions
The extreme cold weather is doing a good job of icing down our fishing. As you would expect all of the smaller streams are totally locked up with ice. The fishing on the larger rivers has been slowed down. The Genesee River is still flowing high and with the cold snap the ice along the river makes walking the shoreline very dangerous and we have not talked about trying to fish through the slush ice in the river. Hopefully we can get at this river soon When we do the fishing should be very good.

The Oak Orchard River water flow is at a low to moderate level and the water color is mostly clear. You will find a few Steelhead at the Dam, and a few spread out down river in the slower water. The problem, with this part of the river is it will most likely be frozen over.

The Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. is fishing slow just like the rest of the Lake Ontario tributaries. The Pulaski area has been getting heavy Lake effect snow, and of course, the cold temperatures. The slush ice has not been clearing out of the lower river the last few days. This means the fishing is from the lower fly fishing only section on down river, depending on ice conditions. Concentrate your fishing efforts on the deeper pools such as the schoolhouse pool, trestle pool and when the slush ice permits the sportsman's pool. The flies for now are small egg flies and natural looking nymphs and colors of black, Brown, and olive. All of these flies must be fished on the bottom.

As soon as the air temperature warms enough so that we can try and fish a little, we may want to consider giving Oatka and Springbrook a serious try. Both of the streams will remain clear of ice despite how cold it may get. Fly selection here is very simple, pink scuds size 16, small pheasant tail's size 20 and mage pupas.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Fly Tying Weekend Once Again




I thought I would add this photograph so we can remember what a steelhead looks like. It's been a while since the conditions were advantageous for fishing.

2/1/07--The way this weekend's weather forecast is looking, it will obviously be a fly tying weekend once again. This coming week is supposed to be the coldest week of winter so far. The few rivers that are still open, such as the Oak Orchard River and the Salmon River at Pulaski N.Y, will have heavy slush ice flows this coming week. Spring Brook at Caledonia will be the only spot that will not be too severely affected by this cold snap. The fish at Spring Brook may not care how cold it is, but our rods, reels, fly lines, leaders and tippets will be severely affected by the extreme cold.

The fly tier is going to be Carl, for Saturdays fly tying demonstration at Coleman’s fly shop. Carl will be demonstrating techniques for using rotating vices. The demo runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you have the time, please stop and enjoy the demo. It will be a lot warmer than fishing.

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. We still have had plenty of space in our beginners fly tying class. These classes are small and both Carl and I teach the classes together, with two instructors there is plenty of one-on-one instruction.