Monday, October 20, 2008


We have had a series of extremely cold nights. Morning air temperatures have been down round 26 degrees, and it has taken most of the morning for the frost to melt. These last few cold nights have caused the water temperature in the river to drop as much as 5 degrees over a single night. A water temperature drop, of this much and this fast has a significant effect on fish behavior. It will take a few hours for water temperatures to start to climb back up. Most mornings the fishing does not start to pick up in until mid to late morning. I have ever been a big fan of early morning starts, and this is one of the reasons why. I see no sense in getting up very early in the morning, and then having to wait a few hours for the Sun to melt off the frost and warm water temperature up before the fish even start to bite. Hopefully the water temperatures and the fish will acclimate to the weather patterns and the fishing will get back on track soon.

What about the fish? Steelhead continue to be the dominant fish in the lower river, some days outnumbering the salmon. We are also continuing to catch Brown trout on a daily basis. I have no idea why we are seeing so many Brown trout this fall. Most days I am seeing more Brown trout in a single day, then I would see for entire fall in the past. The upper river still has salmon spread out on any suitable piece river bottom for spawn. The way everything is looking I suspect there will still be at least one more week of heavy salmon spawning activity. Mixed in with all of the spawning salmon are the Brown trout and Steelhead. These fish are taken full advantage of what is now a massive glut of salmon eggs. This is where you will need to match the hatch, fish with egg patterns, such as nuclear roe bugs. Stay with colors Oregon cheese and orange. Other productive fly patterns have been Mr. rubber legs, Brown and copper woolly bugger, black stone flies.

These two photographs show a relatively small lamprey eel that we removed from a Brown trout. These eels are a major problem in Lake Ontario. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic population explosion with the lamprey eels both New York State and Canada has been trying to find ways to get these eels back under control. Most of the fish we have been catching have been attacked by these eels. Some fish have several scars from previous attacks. If the fish gets attacked too many times it can die from it, in fact the lamprey eel was considered to be one of the many factors contributing to wiping out the Atlantic salmon from Lake Ontario.

Note; I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at

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