Thursday, June 26, 2008

What's Going On?

The sulfur hatch on Oatka Creek is starting to wind down. We can still enjoy a few more sulfurs spinner falls for maybe a week. The evening fishing on Oatka Creek is now becoming a night fishing affair. There is a little bit of feeding activity on nymphs and on mage mergers in till dark. After dark there is some surface feeding activity. We've had our best success with size 12 and size 14 white wolf's. The best fishing on Oatka Creek is now shifting to mornings, right on schedule for the Oatka. The best fishing is from as early as you would like to get up to mid morning. At first light fish nymphs such as size 16 hairs ear's, pheasant tail's size 16, Coleman's March Brown nymphs, size 14 and 12. As morning progresses and air temperatures warm up, then fish ants size 16, beetles size 16 and 14, red variant size 16.
The sulfur hatch for the Genesee River is all but done. You may still find a stray may fly or two and may be a few spinners, even these few may flies will be done by the end of the week. However there is still plenty of evening activity. The Genesee River has an excellent yellow Drake hatch that comes off at dusk. This is a bright yellow may fly that is a size 12 or 10, a big bug. The fly patterns that I use for this hatch are a size 10 white wolf at dark, while it is still light out a size 12 cream variant. Daring cool weather and cloudy days, the Genesee River can be fished daring the day with a variety of dry flies. Productive flies such as Renegade, Stimulators, Adams, ants, beetles.
The sulfur Hatch on Spring Brook does not wind down for a few more weeks. We have approximately 2 more weeks of sulfur fishing on Spring brook. Midges and scuds are now becoming more important food sources for the trout now. Blue wing olive will continue to hatch on and off for several more weeks.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Looking For A Steelhead?

Spend the weekend on the Salmon River, I was there to attend the spey class and look for a summer steelhead. This past weekend there was a water release of 400 CFS. My hope was to find a summer run steelhead. In fact I hooked and lost one of these fish Friday morning in the upper flyfishing zone. I also heard of a report of one fish being caught and released in the lower portion of the Salmon River on Sunday. The summer run of steelheads is not a big run, hopefully it will be about 500 fish. I have a lot of hope for these fisheries to become far more productive in the future. For now there is never a lot of fish in one pool at any time. What makes fishing for these fish possible is that when you do find a summer steelhead, they will almost always bite. When a summer run steelhead is ready to take a fly, it will move a considerable distance for the fly. With this tendency to run down flies, the most productive technique that I have found it is to swing flies just under the surface. The presentation is a classic old-style greased line presentation. No need to mess around with sink tips here, especially since most of the time water flows are at summer levels of 185 CFS. The greased line technique allows me to fish extremely fast through the river. For summer run Steelhead fishing it is even more important to be able to cover water extremely fast. I will be making a few more runs to the Salmon River and I will keep you posted on how I am doing.
So what is going on with our trout streams? Pretty much the same as always. Sulfurs are starting to wind down on Oatka, still plenty of sulfur and BWOs on spring brook along with other stuff. I will update on this a little later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rain- Just What We Needed

This past week we have received over 2 inches of rainfall. This is enough to bring our streams back up to a normal base flow for this time of year. Starting with the Genesee River, water flow is for now at 4.51 which is a normal for this time and year. What is just as important as the rain fall, is the cool weather the last few days. The Genesee River was getting very low and warm. This past cool spell has lowered water temperature and has extended the fishing season for the Genesee River. The bug hatches on the Genesee River are as follow; there is about a week or two left for the sulfur Hatch. During the evenings besides the sulfurs, look for yellow drakes. These may flies are a big size 12 or even a size 10 all yellow may fly. Use a cream variant or a white wolf to imitate this fly. Daytime fishing, try fishing with stimulator's, light Caddis, Aunts, Beatles, also give wet flies a try. During cloudy rainy days there is always a size 18 B.W.O hatch.

The water flow for Oatka Creek remains study at approximately 2 .45 a little low but not bad. Morning nymph fishing continues to be productive, use size 12 and 14 hairs ear nymphs and Coleman Mark Brown nymphs size 12. Evening fishing, there is black Caddis size 18 and chocolate Caddis size 14, along with sulfurs. The sulfur hatch is starting to wind down my guesses is, we have another week or two for this hatch on Oatka Creek.

Spring brook, sulfurs continue to hatch on and off throughout the day, along with B.W.Os. The sulfur Hatch traditionally last the few weeks longer on Spring brook then it does on Oatka Creek. As usual not much has changed here, sulfur and olives, and mages, fish you get a chance.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Not Enough Rainfall

Looks like we will have a little break from the hot weather for a few days. Unfortunately we did not receive much rainfall from the thunderstorm the other day. There was not enough rain to have any effect on the water flow on Oatka Creek. The Genesee, however, did receive enough rainfall to bring the water flow back up to base level.
Oatka Creek is now fishing both morning and evening. Morning fishing will generally start anywhere from for first light to 8 or 9 pm depending on cloud cover. The morning fishing will primarily be nymph fishing. The trout this time of the day will be sitting in any pocket or break in the stream bottom. The best approach to fish an up stream nymph technique using strike indicators. Productive flies; hares ear nymph size 14 and 16, Coleman's March Brown size 14 and 16, Scud back Caddis size 16. The second time to fish is evenings, the normal mayfly and Caddis hatch and spinner return. Depending on weather the fishing can start somewhere between 5 and 7 pm and go until well after dark. Fly patterns for evening fishing are: sulfurs size 16, sulfurs spinners size 16, chocolate Caddis size 14 and Caddis emergers.
Spring brook is still fishing right along as always, not much will affect this unique piece of water. The sulfurs and spinners are hatching and returning on a daily basis. Right now there are sulfurs hatching both in the morning and evenings. Along with the sulfurs there are also blue wing olives hatching. The olives are a size 18 to 20 and on cloudy days the olive hatch is strong. With the large number of trout that inhabit spring brook there will always be some trout feeding when there are bugs hatching.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hot Weather

We could not expect the cool weather to last forever. We are now going into a very hot stretch of weather. This will have a dramatic effect on the trout fishing. Some of our trout streams will heat up very quickly in the next day or two. Two examples are the Genesee River and the Oatka Creek along the trail. The trail section of Oatka is going to take this hot spell very hard, water flows here are extremely low. This doesn't mean we should stay home if we get a chance to fish. One of my favorite sayings is "the best time to fish is when you have a chance".
If you have a chance to fish in the next few days concentrate your fishing effort at two locations. First location is Spring brook, this is spring fed water, the hot weather will not affect the water temperatures or the bug activity. The normal routine of sulfurs, blue wing olives and midges will continue as usual. Plus do not forget the added bonus of staining in the cool water. The other location is to fish the Oatka Creek below where spring Creek enters Oatka and down stream through the Park section. This stretch of Creek has numerous springs that feed into the creek and will help to control the water temperature. Even though the Creek is very low right now, the extra spring fed water helps to bolster the waters flow. The hot weather will have an effect on the fishing here. Concentrate your fishing efforts early in the mornings. Try fishing nymphs during the morning, using hares ears size 14 or 16 and Coleman's March Brown nymphs size 12 or 14. When fishing these nymphs think structure, cover all the pockets and current breaks you can find. Second option is to fish during the evenings from six o'clock on. Right at dusk there will be a spinner return and a sulfur hatch. Right now the sulfur returns in the Park section of Oatka are very intense, however the fish are feeding on the spinners. Until this stretch of hot weather breaks, this will be my fishing routine. Hopefully over the next week we will get some heavy rains and the water flows in our Creeks will come back up.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Lots of Bugs

We fished the upper Genesee River over the weekend. The water flows on the Genesee River are starting to get on the low side. We could use a good stretch of wet weather. We had good bug activity; I saw six different mayflies and a few more that I could not identify plus 2 different Caddis. When the sun was not out and shining on the water there were a steady hatch of gray foxes, March Browns, sulfurs and a few blue wing olives. We also saw a lot of coral duns. This mayfly is a colorful version of a March Brown. The coral dun has a yellow orange body and yellow wings and legs, a very attractive size 12 mayfly. The most effective set up was my classic Genesee River set up. That is a size 14 or 12 stimulator with some sort of size 16 wet fly dropper off the bend of the hook. This weekend a hares ear or an olive wet fly worked the best. During the evening it was the atypical routine of sulfur dun and spinners.

Because of all the hot dry weather we had last summer there was no hold over trout in the Genesee River. Because of this the trout are concentrated around the normal stocking points. There are very few fish far from these locations. However a few fish have started to spread out recently. If you are looking for better than average fish and a little isolation, it is worth while to explore the water between the stocking points. We did find some very nice fish in these spots. There is obviously not a lot of fish, however these fish have not seen much fishing pressure.

The fishing on Oatka and Spring Creek: The water flows here are low as well. I hope we get some rain. The sulfur hatches are now in full swing everywhere. Until water flows increase concentrate your fishing efforts on Oatka during the evenings. The best time to fish is from six o'clock until dark. This will give you a good opportunity to fish both the sulfur hatch and the spinner return. About now the sulfur spinner return in the Park section of the Oatka can get so intense that fishing can be shut down. When this happens, move up river to the Oatka trail section, in this part of the Creek the bug hatches are not as intense and you can enjoy some good spinner return fishing.
Spring Creek is having good consistent hatches of sulfur, and at times, there is also good blue wing olive hatches, the olives are a size 18. The timing of these hatches is an afternoon hatch. Most afternoons the hatches are a on and off event, you get there in the afternoon and you do not see any bugs coming off, just wait -- they will.