Sunday, December 27, 2009



The rain over the last few days has given all the river and creeks a good boost of water. For now the water flow in all the smaller creeks are high and muddy, for now. As for the ices, that has cleared out temporarily. The water temperature in these creek, is that of sown run off, about 32 degrees. Ones the water flow starts to come down the creeks will quickly freeze back up. So it goes with these smaller creeks this time of the year.
True to form the Oak Orchard River continues to fish. The water flows have dropped over the past week. But if you worked the pools over, you can come up with a few fish. I am not sure if we had enough rain to increase the water flow on the Oak. But an increase in water flow would be good for the fishing. The fish could use a little freshening up. Four flies the same stuff is still working. Egg flies in your favorite colors size 12 to 8, bunny flies size 4 and 6 in colors of white and olive, stone fly nymphs in size 12 to 6.
The Salmon River: the biggest change is the water flow. To my surprise the water flow was cut back the 335 CFS. I do not know how long the water level will remain at this level. It will be wise to check with water line before fishing the Salmon River. The fishing has continued to hold up despite the drop in water flow. Remember we are fishing in winter conditions. Concentrate your efforts from mid morning to mid afternoon. Also keep your egg flies and nymphs on the river bottom. Swing your flies as slowly as you can and as close to the bottom as you can. Steelheads that are sitting in ice cloud water do not like to move to far for a fly.

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and Spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
For available days feel free to give me a call at 585-352-0439 or the fly shop at 585- 352-4775.

Sunday, December 20, 2009



Winter has a solid hold on all of the river and creeks, on the Western end of Lake Ontario. For now the smaller creeks are frozen over. The only river that is fishing is the Oak Orchard river, the Genesee River is high but coming down. I would give the Genesee about a week and then checking on the river. The Oak Orchard river water flow is ideal for fishing and the water color has improved over the past week. The water temperature is at 33 degrees. This means that the fish bit will be slower then what we see in the fall. Some days we will fish threw the pool twist. That is make one run threw all the pools and fish to the fish that are presently on the bite. Ones we go threw the all pools, we will walk back up river and run the pools agene. Fish will sit in the pools and go on and off the bit all day. We are now obviously fishing out of our winter fly boxes. Productive flies are; egg flies in size 12 to 8 bunny flies size 4 and 6 in colors of white and olive, stone fly nymphs in size 12 to 6.
The water flow remains a 750 CFS, judging by the pineville water flow gauge. I suspect we will have this water flow for some time. The Salmon River is no different then the rivers in the Western end of the Lake when it comes to being locked in to winter fishing conditions. Daring cold morning's the lower river is expressing slushy conditions, this usually clears up by mid morning. On cold days the slush ice can persist throughout the day. Despite the icy conditions, steelheads continue to trickle in, this main there is fresh steelhead spread out through the lower river. The upper river continues to remain ice free, this is also are the majority of steelhead are concentrating. Fishing pressure in this part of the river has dropped off considerably do to the cold water. However the fish are there in the fishing remains good. For flies, we are using the same stuff that we do for the Oak Orchard River.

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and Spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
For available days feel free to give me a call at 585-352-0439 or the fly shop at 585- 352-4775.

Sunday, December 13, 2009




Old man winter has finally arrived. This cooled snap will put the fishing in to a winter fishing pattern. The water temperatures will need a few days to stabilize fist. After that, it will be a mid morning to mid afternoon fishing day. I like to call it fishing the bankers hours. For the fishing conditions right now, all of the smaller streams and creeks are back up and muddy from the rain and wet snow the other day. The cool weather will help push the water levels down faster. For now freezing up does not look like it will be a problem for these smaller streams and creeks.
The Oak Orchard River has held up well over the last week of rain and wet snow. The water flow is on the high side, the clarity is a heavy staying, but still good for fishing. The higher water flow should be drawing in new fish every day. Add the clod whether which always causes the fishing pressure to drop. The oak will be providing some good fishing ones the cold weather pushes throw. For flies; stay with egg patterns in size 8 and 10 in your favor colors. Small wet flies in size 8 to 4, and white streamers Swing these flies as slowly alone the bottom as you can.
The Salmon River - The despite what you may think, so far the salmon has not received too much snowfall. The reports that I'm getting is saying that there's anywhere from 4 inches to a foot of snow along the river. The biggest change for the Salmon River, is the water flow. After over a month of water flows at 335 CFS, the water has finally been increased to 750 CFS. Even though we've had some cold winter weather, this increase in water flow should draw in new fish.

Saturday, December 5, 2009






We have had some rain this week. Finally enough to bring the water flows up on all of our rivers and creeks. The water flows in all of the smaller creeks are presently flowing high and muddy. I suspect water flows in these creeks will moderate within a few days. For now the Oak Orchard River has continues to fish despite the recent increase in water flow. Both water level and water clarity has held up over the last few days on the Oak. I suspect that the clarity will decrease slightly over the next few days. However I do not foresee the Oak becoming too dirty to fish. As for what is going on with the fishing on the Oak. There is a fairly decent amount of steelhead spread out through all the pools from the dam on down river. I have not seen many Brown trout over last few days. However this is not unusual for this time of the year. Often the Brown trout fishing will go throw a slow down in early December. Any day these spawn a Browns will go on the feed, and then the Brown trout fishing and get back on pace.
The Salmon Rive, this has been where I have had my best Brown trout fishing of the entire fall. The upper fly fishing zone has been loaded with Brown trout. Normally Western New York is the place to catch monster Brown trout however this fall it has been the Salmon River. I have never seen so many Brown trout in the upper fly fishing zone as I have this fall. As of 12/1/09 the upper fly fishing zone is close until this spring on the 4/1/10 the upper fly fishing zone will open back up.
The lower fly fishing zone is fishing good for steelhead and we are also getting a few brown trout. The Salmon River is settling into a typical December fishing pattern. The lower river is seeing a consistent flow of new fish entering the river and working their way up. The lower river may not have the numbers of fish as the upper river does. However these fish have not experienced much fishing pressure yet, and are more readily to take a fly.
The upper river, there is large numbers of fish. However this is where the majority of the fishing pressure is located. You need to take the fishing pressure into consideration with your fishing. Despite the fishing pressure, the section of river can produce a great day of fishing.

Thursday, November 26, 2009




The fishing conditions have changed abruptly on the Oak Orchard River and all of areas streams and creeks. The water flows have increased over the past week. Both rain and water from the canal systems, have contributed to the water flow. We are also supposed to receive rain over the coming few days. Hopefully this will get the water flows up and keep things flowing. With this increased in water flow Oak Orchard has recently received small run off steelhead. The Brown trout fishing is still spotty at best, but if you're willing to work the water hard you can find a few Brown trout. This pretty much goes for the rest of the streams and creeks all through western New York. Productive flies, egg flies remain the top producing patterns. However there is now spawned out Brown trout going on the feed, in all of our rivers streams and creeks. It is now time to start to fishing streamers such as white bunny flies in size 6.
The Salmon River water flow has remained study. The water flow is still running at 335 CFS. But finally the fish seem to be moving a little more consistently now. The lower river has seen improvement in the Steelhead fishing, along with a few Brown trout. Most of the fish are still coming from the fast water. The fishing in the upper river has not changed much. This is where majority of the fishing pressure continues to be found, however recently fishing pressure has become more spotty. The number fishermen working this section of river can vary greatly from one day to the next. Egg flies still remain to be the most productive patterns. You should also carry a good selection of stone fly nymphs and a few woolly buggers in size 8 and 6.

I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Friday, November 20, 2009






Low water still plagues all the smaller area streams and creeks. We need a lot of rain. The rain we have received over the lost two days is not mash help. Hopefully we will get more rain over the next week. For now Oak Orchard River has the best water flow and the most fish. Oak Orchard River has been receiving supplemental water flow from the canal system. This extra water flow is a reason why the Oak has the best water flow of all the rivers in the area. Productive flies for the Oak is still egg flies in the normal colors.
The Genesee River is coming in to excellent fishing condition. Water clarity has improved and the steelheads are in. Most of the fishing action is in the pocket water up by the falls and the power house. When fishing here where you wet weather gear, the spray from the falls is like a steady driving rain. The power house is off-line and entire flow is coming over the falls.
The Salmon River is where I have found my best fishing. Despite the fact that water flows have remained a study 335 CFS for almost a month now. At least there is a decent flow of water. Because of the there also has been a large of the normal amount of fishing pressure. Western New York is not the only place suffering from low water flows. We have been finding the steelhead spread out throughout the entire river. For the steelhead fishing, it is the same old story. The more water you cover the more fish you will encounter. The best steelhead fishing is in the lower river. Even though there is more steelhead in the upper river. The steelheads in the lower have seen lest fishing pressure and are more willing to bite.
This time of the year, everyone is looking for big Brown trout. Normally I can find all the big Browns we want to catch in western New Yorks creeks and rivers. This year the best fishing for big brown trout has been on the Salmon River. Every fall has its challenges and this fall is no exception.

The dates that are still open for November are 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Sunday, November 15, 2009





We have been fishing all over the place this past week. Some locations are definitely fishing better than others, such as Oak Orchard River is fishing more consistent than the rest of the local smaller streams and creeks. Brown trout fishing in western New York is still a slow pick, even though new fish show up daily. What we need right now is a lout of rain. All the streams and creeks are running low and getting lower. How we have been dealing with these conditions, is to cover a lot of water. Low water conditions main hunting. Walk the rivers until you spot a fish and then see if the fish will eat your fly. We have been having our best success fishing size 10 egg patterns in colors of Oregon cheese and orange.
The Genesee River has come back down to a good fishable flow. Water clarity has been off for last few days however this is also improving. As the water clarity improves so should the steelhead fishing. Because a power station has been off-line for so long a lout of river bottom has been rearranged do to the large amount of water coming over the falls. The area that we refer to as the trench has filled in considerably. In this run we once used very aggressive sink tips, for now start with a type two tip and go from there.
The water flow the Salmon River has remained at 335 CFS for approximately 3 weeks now. This is a longtime for the water flow to remain at this level of this time of year. Once again we can use a good round of rain. Because of the prolong study flow of water, the steelhead fishing has been slow but steady for this time of the year. If you are willing to cover water and fish smart, you'll have no problems finding to fish. We are having our best success fishing the lower end of the Salmon River. The lower half of the river may not have as much fish. But these fish have not seen much fishing pressure and are more willing to take a fly. The upper have of the river has the maturity of the fish however this is also where fishing pressure is most intense. We have been catching both steelhead and Brown trout, some days we will get in to as many Browns as steelhead. This is highly unusual for the Salmon river. November fishing on the salmon is normally all about steelhead fishing. For flies we have been using egg flies in size 8 and 10 in colors of Oregon cheese and orange. When we are swinging flies, the standard woolly buggers are working about as good as any thing.

The dates that are still open for November are 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Friday, November 6, 2009




I am back home fishing for brown trout ones again. The water flows have been a little better than it was last year but not much. As result the brown trout have been slow to run. The best fishing has been on the Oak Orchard River, there's is a few Brown trout spread out from the dam on down river. Most of the fish have been concentrated in the fast water. We are having our best success fishing size 10 egg patterns to these fish. Fishing pressure has not been as intense as it has been other the past years, with the exception of the weekends.
All of the smaller area streams and creeks are experiencing low water flows and a slow start to the Brown trout run. Hopefully the fishing will improve over the weeks to come.
The Genesee River’s water flow is back up, the water is high and muddy again. The Genesee River has been this way for the past three or four days. By the way the weather and conditions are looking. I suspect it will be at least a week before we can consider fishing this river once again.
How have we been dealing with the slow fishing? Cover a lot of water. Right now most of the Brown trout are male Browns. These Brown trout are moving on a daily basis, looking for prime spawning habitat and female Browns. These fish can be anywhere, this is a hunting game. We have been walking the rivers until we spot a fish and then fish to that fish and see if we can get it to eat the fly. After that we move on until we spot a other fish and then repeat.

November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates that are still open for November are 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Sunday, November 1, 2009






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY, the water flow remains at 335 CFS throw out this past week. This water flow has the steelhead coming in at a slow but steady trickle. We have been covering a lout of water to find fish. Ones we find a few steelhead, we would work this spot hard. Catch tow are three fish and go to the next spot. We have been fishing the lower river most days. That is if the leaves are not too heavy. We had two day when the leaves were so heavy that we could not get the fly in the water. When the leaves get this thick in the water, the fish will hold tight to the river bottom and not bite. Fortunately all we needed to do is go up river to get out of the leaves. The upper fly-fishing zone has been producing a few Brown trout alone with the steelhead. The fish in this section of river have seen a lout of fishing pressure. To get the fish to bite, we are fishing with lighter tippet and smaller flies. Productive flies; for this best week has not changed much. We are still fishing egg patterns using strike indicators to help control our drift. Nuclear Row Bug is still the top producing fly, in colors of Oregon cheese, chartreuse and orange. When fishing the lower river, that is when the leaves allow it, we have been getting away with size 8 egg flies. Upper River, we drop down to size 10 for the egg flies. Stone flies in size 6 to 10 are now starting to pick up a few fish.
This week was the end of this falls main push for fishing the Salmon River. I will still be making a few day trips up to the salmon, yet this fall. But for the most part I will now be fishing the tributaries in western New York, concentrating on Brown trout. As always I have mixed feelings about moving back home. I love fishing the Salmon River, but it'll be good to be back home for awhile. Not to mention chasing those giant Brown trout.

November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Turn Around







The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY; The water flow is at 335 CFS this is the lowest water flow we have had on the Salmon River in approximately 3 weeks. As a result this past weekend was considerably more busy, than I would expect for this time of the month. By Monday the fishing pressure dropped off dropped off considerably. After a busy salmon season, it is nice to see the Salmon River quiet once again.
The weather this week has become more seasonable, as a result the fishing has improved. I describe the steelhead fishing as more of a November pace. A slow start in the morning, do to cooling water temperatures overnight. Once the sun gets on the water and warms up the water temperature the fishing heats up along with the water temperatures. If you stay in one location, and wait for the steelhead to come to you, you are in for a long day. Typical for steelhead fishing, the more water you cover the more fish you will find. I have been doing what I refer to as fishing the milk run. That is fishing as many pools runs and pockets as I can throughout the day.
Because we have been concentrating our fishing efforts, in the pocket water, and small pools and not to mention that the river is saturated with salmon eggs. We have been head our best success fishing egg patterns. As many of you know, my favorite egg patterns for this time year, is the Nuclear Row Bug. The best colors for this week have been, orange, Oregon cheese and chartreuse. Because the leaves were so thick in the river we were not able to swing flies. Hopefully this coming week, we can change this.
I have not started to fish the local creeks and rivers in western New York yet. However the word is that all the rivers and creeks have runs of Chinook salmon. The Oak Orchard River has received a few Brown trout. This is right about on schedule. The Oak generally receives a few runs of big male Brown trout, this time of the year. However keep in mind the fishing pressure on the Oak is intense. I will be back fishing on the Western New York tributaries in approximately a week.
November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cold Weather -- Cold Water




The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY; The fishing has tough the past week. Cold weather and frosty nights has caused water temperatures to drop three to 4 degrees every day. As a result the dropping water temperatures, has put the fish in to a thermals shock. This has been happened almost every day. The fish never have a chance to acclimate to the water temperature change. What this does to the fishing, is to turn off the fish that are the river and stall out any new fish from entering the river system. Normally when you're dealing with water temperature drops that happen overnight, your best fishing will be daring the afternoon. Ones the fish have a chance to acclimate to the new water temperatures. Judging by how the weather forecast looks for the next few days we should have more seasonable temperatures, this will stabilize the water temperatures and the fishing will get back on track.
Water flows are now dropping back down. By the weekend we will have a water release of 335 CFS. This will be the lowest water flow that we have had in approximately 2 weeks. We are now seeing the last of the large groups of Chinook salmon. Most of the salmon that I am seeing are all spawned out. For the most part the salmon run is over. We are now concentrating all of our effort on steelhead. However even though the last few days have been very challenging, there have been a few small groups of steelhead here and there throughout the river. The challenge I have been having is finding the small groups and then trying to figure out what fly they want. Sometimes we can get them to eat a fly on the swing and other times it is all about the egg fly. Of course that is when they are in a taking mood. That is the water temperatures has not shut these fish down. As gloomy as this may sound, right now. When it comes to fishing the tributaries, it is amazing how fast conditions can and will change. Struggled to find a fish today, tomorrow they can be everywhere.

November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 6, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Thursday, October 15, 2009




The Salmon River at Pulaski, NY; The recent high water conditions are coming to an end. Water flows are going to be reduced to 750 CFS until early next week. Along with high water flows the weather has been unusual for October. We've been having weather that you would expect to experience during mid to late November. Cold, cloudy and rainy. You know, good fun stuff to fish in. Right now the Salmon River is fishing like it is two separate rivers. The lower half of the river has been challenging the last few days. High water and water temperature fluctuations has made steelhead fishing, which is the primary game for this section of the river, challenging. Despite the high water of the past few days there's still plenty of steelhead entering Salmon River. It is just that conditions have been challenging, especially for someone fishing a one-handed rod. With the water flows receding this should change quickly. Steelhead fishing has been a spey rod game on Salmon River. We are managing a few steelheads and Brown trout fishing the slots and channels with egg patterns. Also we are getting a few steelhead swinging flies in the big pools with sink tips and two-handed rods.
The upper river is another story. This section of the river is practically overflowing with salmon. You can find salmon spread out spawning on all the available gravel beds. Some locations such as the top of the sportsman's pool and the upper trestle pool are literally black with fish. For now most of these salmon are still in fairly decent shape. However I suspect we will see most of the salmon to quickly thin out in about another week or so. I have been fishing some of these locations looking for steelheads, however have not done very well. I suspect the reason for this is two-fold. The first there are so many salmon it is hard to actively fish the slots and cuts where the steelhead would hold in to feed without hooking salmon. The second is, right now there's so many lose eggs in the system, that the fly gets lost in the mix. This will also change very quickly.
Productive flies; have been egg patterns in orange and Oregon cheese in size 8 and woolly buggers colors, black and silver size 4. We have also caught steelhead using large Leach style patterns also. As for the salmon, orange egg patterns and black and silver woolly buggers in size 6 have been getting the job done.
For those of you how might be curious, all of the Western New York rivers do have runs of Chinook salmon right now. It is still early for any significant run of Brown trout. Keep in mind Brown trout are a November fish. My suspicion is these fish are not going be all that early, when it comes to a spawning run, Brown trout are a lazy fish. But then again the way this fall's is going you never know.

NOTE;
I still have dates open for October and November. This is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelheads are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 18, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 6, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

We Got Water






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY, the water flows have been increased to 1150 CFS. In tell early this week. The water flow may go up yet, if it continues to rain anymore. The high water has not affected our fishing much. All we do is adjust to the conditions just like the fish. What high water does give us is, less fishing pressure, and a steady flow of new fish. Most fishermen are not comfortable fishing the Salmon River when water flows get above 335 CFS, however high water flows often make the fish more comfortable and as a result more readily to bite. As for new fish, this is obvious, strong water flows always attract fish from the lake, such as now steelhead. For the spey casters swinging flies, we have been using type 5 and type 6, 15 foot sink tips to get the flies to the correct depth. The spay rods sure make it easy covering water when the rivers are running these levels.
Judging by my observations over the past month, my feeling is that the Salmon River has received most of its salmon by now. That does not mean the salmon fishing is over by any means. There are huge volumes of salmon from mid river all the way up through the fly fishing zones. The salmon are hard at work tending to their biological obligations, spawning. This means any stretch of gravel is going to be covered with spawning salmon. This does not main there is no more fresh salmon entering the river now. There will still be a study trickle of fresh fish for a few more weeks, well in to November. The sharp reduction in Chinook salmon to enter the river will make it easier for steelhead fishing. Number steelheads have continued to grow on a daily basis. At this point I will be concentrating more on steelhead in the lower river and salmon in the upper river for the rest of our stay on the Salmon River.
Productive flies; with all the spawning that has been going on. Egg flies are now becoming a mainstay in our fly box. For patterns, we have been using are nuclear row bugs, in size 8 and10 and colors orange and Oregon cheese. Due to the high water we have been fishing these flies under a strike indicator to help control the drift. With the off-color water generated by the increase in water flows, black and silver wooly buggers in size 6 and 4. This week the size 4 wooly buggers have been our most productive size.
NOT;
I still have dates open for October and November. This is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelheads are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009





All the rain that we have had over the last two weeks, has head it’s effect. The water flow has been increased to 750 CFS. With the increased in water flow, I would expect to see a strong run of fish. However fish do what fish do. All we observed was a slightly stronger than normal morning run of fish. I suspect the salmon are not staging long in the reservoir but coming straight through this year. As a result we are having a steady pace of new salmon entering the river this year, this has provided consistent fishing over these past weeks. I am now starting to see more spawning activity. It is getting time for the salmon that ran earlier in the season to spawn. Some of these fish have been sitting in the river for almost a month. My guess is that the spawning should be in full swing in about a week’s time.
Along with the salmon we been, seeing a lout steelhead and a few Brown trout over the last week. A few of these fish we manage to put into the net. It is looking like we are off to an early but very strong start to the steelhead season.
The fishing pressure right now is at its peak. I suspect we will see a strong drop in people heading to the river by the end of this coming weekend. Usually Columbus Day weekend is one of the weekends that everybody likes to make the trip to the Salmon River. This does not main that the fishing is our, it is more like the fishing is just really getting going.
Productive flies for this week have been; The hottest fly this week is the raider Bugger, this is a black and silver Woolly bugger. The fly works best in low light situations such as all the gray rainy weather we've been having this week. Brown and copper Woolly buggers are still getting bite, Along with the standard stuff; black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. We are picking up most of our steelhead and Brown trout with egg flies. In size 8 and 10, colors Oregon cheese and orange. As the spawn activity picks up, egg flies are now become more productive every day.

NOT;
I still have dates open for October and November. This is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelhead are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wet Week




Careful what you wish for it just might happen. As I said at one time we needed some rain and old boy have we got it and are we getting it. The way the forecast is looking we still are going to have a few more days of rain. The word is the Salmon River reservoir is about full. For now the water flow remains at 335 CFS, plus runoff. This flow should remain through the weekend. However if rainfall becomes too intense it is possible that we could see a release increase for the weekend.
As for the fishing the salmon continue to trickle in at as slow to moderate rate. There is now salmon spread out from one end of the river to the other end, some locations are more populated with fish than others, but the river is basically full of salmon. Over the last couplet of days I have noticed some limited spawning activity, this is about on schedule. The spawning activity will continue to grow on a daily basis, expect to find most of the spawning to be occurring in the upper river.
The biggest change over the last few days is that we are now seeing steelhead on a daily basis. We have been experiencing multiple hookups on steelhead in the lower river. I would rate the quality steelhead that we have seen recently as good. Taking into consideration this is the first few days of October, the steelhead fishing has been exceptional. Here again we should be seen more steelhead each day.
Productive flies for this week have been. Our hottest fly this week is the raider Bugger, this is a black and silver Woolly bugger. The fly works best in low light situations such as all the gray rainy weather we've been having this week. Brown and copper Woolly buggers are still getting bite, Along with the standard stuff along with; black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. For the Brown trout we have been have and are best success with black stone flies in size 8 and copper nymphs in size 12 and 10. Now with the spawning activity picking up egg patterns in size 8 and 10, colors Oregon cheese and orange are going to become productive.

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I still have dates open for October and November, this is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelhead are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Monday, September 28, 2009






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY. We finally get the rain that we desperately needed. Even though we got about 1 ½ inches of rain, this will amount to only maintenance. The reservoir has been drawn way down over the past couple of weeks. The Salmon River reservoir is a shallow reservoir, fast to fill up fast to drain. We need constant rainfall to maintain a decent water release for the river. The water release is to be 335 CFS in till this coming Wednesday. I am certain that with the rain that we have received and the way this upcoming week’s weather forecast is looking, the water release is going to stay this way.
I'm expecting an extremely good couple of weeks of salmon fishing. There is awful lot of salmon to come in to the rivers yet. The rainy week that is forecasted only going to help. Salmon have a tendency to run strong on gray and rainy days. The last tow day, the weekend, there was good runs of Chinook and Coho salmon entering the lower sections of the D.S.R. Because of the heavy weekend fishing pressure, most of the salmon held up about a mile or so into the river. With patience and careful wading, these fish can be located in the pocket water from the middle of the D.S.R. on down river. Along with the salmon there has been a few steelhead and brown trout being caught. We have not caught any of these fish in the lower river yet.
There has not been any spawning yet to speak of. As a result I have not yet started to use egg flies. For now the stand arsenal that I have been using is still the top producing group of flies. For those you how are not familiar with this last, here it is. Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. For the Brown trout we have been have and are best success with black stone flies in size 8 and copper nymphs in size 12 and 10.

NOT;
I still have dates open for October and November, this is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelhead are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Thursday, September 24, 2009




Salmon River, Pulaski NY, water flows remain at 335, at least until the end of this coming week. The water temperature is still 61 degree and holding, good for this time of the year. We receive rainfall on both Wednesday and Thursday, however I do not think that this accountant for much more than 1 inch of rainfall. Not enough to cause an increase in water flow but, every bit helps.
The salmon have been running a little in consistent this week, one day the D S R will have a after noon run of fish the next day a morning run or no run that day. The challenge is deciding to fish the lower river for new fish or hunt for fish in the upper river. The encouraging thing is that, the river estuary is loaded with salmon. Sooner or later all these fish are going to make a break for it and start there run. Daring the week the fishing pressure has been reasonable in the D S R. You can get in some good spots, and work it. So if there is a small run of salmon you are able to capitalize on it.
One advantage to fishing the fly fishing zones right now is that, there is an opportunity to catch a mix big of fish. There is a usual amount of large Brown trout holding in both the upper and lower fly fishing zone at this time. These Brown trout are not in all the usual spots but if you're willing to fish around, you can locate them. Along with the Brown trout, the usual suspects, Chinook and Coho salmon continue to grow in numbers. The quality of fishing improves daily for this second of river.
Productive flies continue to be; Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. For the Brown trout we have been have and are best success with black stone flies in size 8 and copper nymphs in size 12 and 10.

Not; I have the 28, 29, 30 of September still open. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment good runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Sunday, September 20, 2009



Salmon River, Pulaski NY, water flows remain at 335, at least until the end of this coming week. With the cooler night we are having, water temperatures have continue to stay in the low 60 degree range. We need rain; the water levels in the Salmon River reservoir are becoming alarmingly low. If this prolonged dry spells continues I suspect water flows will drop off sharply.
This week we saw constant morning runs of both Chinook salmon and Coho salmon for most of the week. However by the end of this past week we did see a slowdown in the fish activity for Friday and Saturday. This is nothing unusual we will have three to four days of study fish activities and then things go quiet for a day or two. Since we've had two weeks of study runs of fish, there are groups of migrating fish spread out throughout the river. The lower river is still where most of the consistent action is. As for the upper river, there is groups of fish in all the pools on down through Pineville. As of writing this update Sunday September 20, there is a good run of Chinook salmon coming throw the DSR. Looks like things are back on line.
The fly fishing zones have a mix of just about everything from summer run steelhead to Chinook salmon. Most of these fish have been holding here for some time, and have become what salmon fishermen refer to as stale. This term refers to salmon that have been sitting in a pool without moving for considerable time. When the fish get into this state, they are often reluctant to take a fly. These fish will change their attitudes as soon as new fish work their way up river and to the pools. The lower fly fishing zone has been fishing better of the two fly fishing zones. There has been a mixed bag of Atlantic salmon, Brown trout and steelhead being caught along with Chinook and Coho salmon. As son as fresh fish work their weight in to the upper fly fishing zone, the fishing will quickly improve.
Productive fly patterns for this week have been has followed; Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6.

Not; I have the 24, 28, 29, 30 of September still open. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment good runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Monday, September 14, 2009



Water flows on the Salmon River, Pulaski NY, remains at 335 CFS and the water flow should stay that way for the up coming week. The water temperatures are holding up good, for now the temperature is 64 degrees. This past week the fishing has slowed down from what it was over last week end. There still has been some numbers of salmon showing up in the DSR each day. These salmon are slowly working there way up river. Right now there is a few salmon scattered from mid river on down. I speck this pattern will continue for the next few days. However when you consider the quality of the fishing we are experiencing, for the time of the year, the fishing has been better than average. Most of the fishing has been happing in the morning's, from fist light to late morning. Once the sun gets on the water the salmon will find a holding spot and shut down for the day. Not moving or biting until it is good and dark. This is a normal run and hold pattern for the salmon for this time of the year.
The pest part of this is the fishing pressure is very light, if you want to fish for salmon and not have a lout of company. Now is the time. For flies, the same stuff as always. Black and silver Willie buggers when the light is low and off the water. Ones the sun is on the water go to a Brown and copper Willie bugger. A size 4 or a size 6 will work.



Over the weekend we took a little break from the normal routine of salmon fishing. We headed down river on the Genesee River to do some fall trout fishing. As is typical for trout fishing this time in the year, one day the fishing can be on fire and the next a hard pick. Typical of my luck that day was a hard pick. We did manage a few fish. However we had to cover an awful lot water to find these fish. The tough fishing was not because of the lack of fish, we did see lots of fish wherever we went. The trout were just not interested in eating. We had our best success with size 14 stimulators and a size 16 olive wet fly dropper of the back of the stimulator.

Not; I have the 19, 20, 21 24 of September still opened. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.