Monday, August 27, 2007

Early - But




This past week the Salmon River has seen a few Chinook Salmon trying to run. The Douglaston Salmon run is reporting a few Salmon being caught last week. So far this is a good start for the season. The water temperature has warmed up a little this week to 70 degrees. This is a little to warm for the Salmon. When the water is warm like this Salmon will only run a short distance up river befor heading back out to the cool water of the lake. The best fishing will be from first light to mid morning. The way thing are looking, with the low water and hot weather this may be the pattern for some time to come.

There are a few Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead are being caught in the few cooler spring feed pools. This too, is early morning fishing. You need to cover these spots fast befor the morning light and the water starts to warm up and shut the fish down. The best approach to fishing these fish is to use the intermediate sink tip and swing flies size 8 and 6. Concentrate your efforts in the faster flowing water.

Note: I have dates open for late September & early October. This is prime Salmon fishing time. If you're interested, contact either myself or the fly shop. The shop number is 585-352-4775

The Oak Orchard is open for fishing! River access issues for the Oak Orchard river have been resolved. Fishing will be allowed from the dam down river without any hindrance. Good news!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Out And About




The last few days Lesley and I have been running around Lake Placid. This has given me a chance to fish the Ausable River. Just like all the rest of the rivers in the state, water flow is desperately low. We need a lot of rain to get the rivers back to a good fishing flow. Despite the low water, the Ausable is fishing well. I saw a few trico. However I saw no fish feeding on these bugs. I caught most of my fish with Isonychia nymphs, by working the deeper faster flowing pools. The Ausable River has one of the best Isonychia hatches I know of.

On the way back home we stopped at the Salmon River. The low water story continues here too. As of today, water line is not going to do the normal Labor Day weekend water release. The Salmon River water flow will stay at the 185 CFS for now. Conditions can, and often do, change on the Salmon River very quickly. So stay tuned.

The fishing; this is another story. The summer run of Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead have managed to sneak their way up river. There are a few fish hanging around the open fishing portions of the upper river. The big surprise is the Chinook salmon. There are rumors of a few Chinooks in the upper fly-fishing zones. Douglaston Salmon Run has reported a few salmon being caught. The water temperature is at 65 degrees right now. I get the feeling that there are a lot of salmon waiting to run. All they need is an excuse to go.

Note; I will be holding a Spey casting clinic this Sunday August 26. There are still a few spots open. For more information please call the shop the number 585-352-4775.
I have days open for late September and early October. This is peak salmon fishing time.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fall Fishing




It is time once again to start thinking about the fall fishing. The information I am getting about the lake fishing is very good. A lot of food and stable water conditions has made for a good growing season. The salmon fishing in the lake has been excellent and the size of the salmon is once again running big. If the normal patterns hold up we will have a big run of salmon.

I am getting the same good reports about the Brown Trout from the lake. It seems the Browns are finding plenty to eat and did some good growing themselves. Last fall we caught a lot of big Brown Trout, 12 to 14 pounds. If these Browns return they can add 5 more pounds or more over the summer. As always, the Brown Ttrout fishing will be interesting.

Steelhead - this is the big question. Last season we had one of the best steelhead seasons I have seen in about 10 years. Will we have another run like last year? Again, the reports from the lake are good. Right now I am cautiously optimistic. I see no reason why we will not have a good steelhead run this season.

Every fall has it's own challenge, and this fall will be no exception to this rule.
The one big challenge I see coming for this fall, will be low water conditions. This is not a big deal for us. Low water conditions are perfectly suited for the fly fishermen. With the size of some the salmon we will be encountering, low water conditions will be helpful landing one of these brutes.

I will be fishing the Salmon River from September to October for Salmon and Steelhead. The best Salmon fishing will be from September to mid October. For the Steelhead at the Salmon River I like mid October to November. By November I will be back home fishing for Brown Trout and Steelhead at Sandy Creek. I will fish here for the Brown Trout and Steelhead until the creek ices up some time in January.

If you would like to join me, I have several prime dates available for September and October on the Salmon River fishing for Salmon and Steelhead. Dates for the November Brown Trout fishing are going fast. Don't wait to get your days scheduled.


A special thanks to Jason and Patricia of Trout-n-About Charters (www.troutnaboutcharters.com) for the photographs.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Not Much Has Changed




About the photograph; Trico spinners in flight.

Not much has changed over the past couple of weeks. We get about ¾ of a inch of rain, this is not a enough to affect our streams. If you do not know what is going on, hear is the run down.

Trico continue to hatch each morning, and the trout continue to feed. For those of you who do not know what the drill is, as follow.
We have been having our best results fishing size 22 trico tied on with 7 and 8 X tippet. Do not expect to catch more than two or three trout in one spot before putting all the fish down. Other successful fly patterns are Red variant size 16 and of course, do not forget ants and beetles size 16 to 20.
At Spring Brook, the only changes are the flies are getting smaller. Fishing will alternate between midge fishing and scuds. The midges are now very tiny in size, 26 to 32. Occasionally there will be a few blue wing olives hatching. The B.W.Os will be about a size 24. During the evenings you may occasionally find a few spinners. The spinners are from the olive hatches and there will not be many spinners. However, if the fish do get onto this bug, try a size 24 rusty spinner.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Summer Dog Days




Not much has changed over the past couple of weeks. Trico continue to hatch each morning, and the trout continue to feed. For those of you who don't know the drill, keep reading.
We have been having our best results fishing size 22 trico tied on with 7X or 8X tippet. Do not expect to catch more than two or three trout in one spot before putting all the fish down. Other successful fly patterns are Red variant size 16 and of course, do not forget ants and beetles size 16 to 20.
At Spring Brook, the only difference is smaller flies. Fishing will alternate between midge fishing and scuds. The midges are now very tiny in size, 26 to 32. Occasionally there will be a few blue wing olives hatching (about a size 24). During the evenings you may occasionally find a few spinners. The spinners are from the olive hatches and there will not be many. However, if the fish do get onto this bug, try a size 24 rusty spinner.