Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

During the winter months the productive fishing time during the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shut 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 20 2009. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Local Conditions




We had above freezing temperatures and rainy weather for Wednesday-- 01/7/09, I do not think the wet weather will have much of an effect on water flows in most of the rivers and streams. For now Oak Orchards water flow has continued to drop. Wading around the Oak has become much easier the last few days and the water clarity continues to clear. All of the pools from the dam on down river are holding mostly steelhead. Most of the Brown trout that are being caught are in the lower slower pools of the Oak Orchard. Productive flies have been large bright egg patterns in size 8 and 6 in fluorescent colors plus streamer and Leach patterns in size 6 and 4 in colors of white and black, pink.

The Genesee River continues to be a mess and Sandy Creek is somewhere between high water and locked up in ice. The Salmon River water flow has continued to come down. The water flow is currently at 375 CFS. This is very favorable to fly fishing as we can cover the river easily. The most productive technique is dead drifting nymphs and egg patterns with strike indicator. However there are a few dedicated fishermen swinging flies for steelhead. If you choose this technique keep your fly close to the bottom and slow the swing down as much as possible.

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

During the winter months the productive fishing time during the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shut 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 20 2009. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter Steelhead



The Oak Orchard River is starting to come back into fishing condition. For now the Oak is still running very high and is barely wadeable, you will need to carefully pick and choose where you wade. Taking a spill while fishing is never fun, however during the winter a spill in the river can be extremely dangerous. Right now water temperature for Oak Orchard is 32 degrees. The water color is still muddy and there is about one to one and a half feet of visibility. Despite these conditions the Oak has been fishing fairly decent for this time of year. You will need to use heavy sink tips or a lot of weight to get the fly down, but there are some good steelheads in the Oak right now. The next two weeks should be good for the Oak Orchard, weather permitting. Productive flies have been large bright egg patterns in size 8 and 6 in fluorescent colors plus streamer and Leach patterns in size 6 and 4 in colors of white and black, pink.

Sandy Creek has not fared as well. The high water cleared the ice out. But now with all the snow and cold Sandy has iced back over once again.

The Salmon River is settling back down to a water flow of 700 CFS for winter fishing. The steelhead fishing continues to be outstanding for this time of the year. The Salmon River continues to receive fresh fish almost on a daily basis. Depending on the slush conditions, the lower river can produces some of the easiest fishing. Steelhead in the lower river have not experienced as much fishing pressure yet, and are more receptive to flies. Here I am swinging medium size wet flies with heavy sink tips to help slowdown the swing. Also dead drifting large stone flies and egg patterns under strike indicators.
The upper river has more steelhead but this is also where most of the fishing pressure is. As a result more care and smaller flies are needed to consistently produce fish. This is where I use my smaller nymphs and stone flies, long fine leaders and strike indicators. I will also fish the pools at a slower pace to make sure the whole pool is covered.