Thursday, March 22, 2007

Windy, Rainy, Muddy




3/22/07 - This about explains the conditions for the day. It is a typical spring day for the Western end of Lake Ontario. Starting with Sandy Creek, the water temperature today is 42 degrees, the water clarity started out stained and deteriorated as the day went on. By days end the water clarity was reduced to about 12 inches and the river level rose over 6 inches. Sandy Creek went from marginal fishing levels to very challenging levels. As for Oak Orchard, the water flows have remained steady. Moderately high water flows and the water clarity is stained. Because the reservoir for Oak Orchard River is still filled with cold water, the water temperatures are holding in the mid 30s. Successful fly patterns for today were chartreuse glow bugs. I had no luck with swinging white zonkers today but that doesn't mean this pattern would not work tomorrow.

The Salmon River at Pulaski New York is running at 1500 C.F.I. All of this water is snow melt, so obviously water temperatures on the Salmon River are going to be very cold. I suspect that we will be experiencing river conditions like this for the next month.

Saturday's fly tying demonstration at Coleman's fly shop is going to be focused on Midge patterns. Jason Franz is going to show how he ties on small hooks and will show several techniques to help you fish with these tiny flies. The demonstration will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free demonstration so come in and join us.

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