Friday, February 27, 2009

Current Conditions

The water flows on the Oak Orchard River is at a moderate to high flow with a stained color to the water. There is about 2 feet of visibility, this water conditions are enough for these cold water temperatures. There is steelhead spread out from the dam on down river in all of the pools. Some days the fish will come quickly other times you will have to work the pools very thoroughly for a biter or two. The fish are there it is just a matter of the fish willing to play or not. Right now we are using a variety of egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, pink, apricot in size 8. Streamers and woolly buggers are taking their share of fish in colors of white, chartreuse, black in size 6 and 4. We are getting our best results fishing these flies on a 3X or 8 pound tippet and controlling our drifts with strike indicators.

The smaller area streams and creeks are all clearing out of ice. For now water flow on Sandy Creek is rising and becoming very muddy. I do not expect these water conditions to stay this way for long. There is a mix of Brown trout and steelhead spread out through all of the pools. There is never a large concentration of fish anywhere in the creek this time of the year. You will need to fish through several pools in order to have a decent days catch. For flies stay with the normal stuff, egg patterns and white bunny flies. Here too, 3X or 8 pound tippet and strike indicators are going to be helpful.

There is still days available if anyone is interested in taking advantage of our 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 20 2009. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Winter Relapse

I thought I would show you a small preview of what is coming this spring. There is nothing like photographs of steelhead to help aggravate a bad case of spring fever. For now all we can do is enjoy another relapse of winter. The colder temperatures and snow fall has temporarily plugged our smaller creeks and streams back up with ice and slush. This time around it should not take much to clear the ice out. Hopefully these creeks will be free of ice by the weekend. As for Oak Orchard River water flows should be just about ideal, however the water color is still going to be stained. As long as there is about 18 inches of reasonable visibility this should not be a problem.

I still have prime days open for spring steelhead fishing, both on the Salmon River and in the Western New York rivers. If you are interested or have any questions do not hesitate to e-mail me or give a call.

Spring Steelhead Newsletter

Spring is coming upon us very quickly. So will the spring steelhead run. It has been a very cold and snowy winter. We all are looking forward to getting back to fishing on our favorite streams and rivers. Those of you that have been following the steelhead fishing are aware that we once again had a fantastic fall. The fishing has continued to be far above average right through this winter. I see no reason not to expect the quality of the fishing to carry on into the spring.

Last spring the Oak Orchard River steelhead fishing was very good. The Oak has a reputation of producing fantastic spring-run steelhead fishing. As long as the Oak receives strong water flows I suspect we are going to have good steelhead fishing starting in March. The same goes for Sandy Creek. Once the ice clears out, we will be able to enjoy a mixed bag of spring run Steelhead and winter holdover Brown trout.

The Salmon River has been receiving consistent strong runs of Steelhead since last October. What has really given me great hope for the spring has been how well this river has fishing all winter. I'm looking forward to fishing the Salmon River once the steelheads start their spawning cycle. Just think about it for a minute. Steelheads have been piling in to the Salmon River since mid-October and are now going to spawn and then drop out of the river. The Salmon River should once again produce some excellent Steelhead fishing this spring.

My spring fishing schedule is as follows. I will be fishing the rivers in the Western end of like Ontario, Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek and when possible the Genesee River. I will start fishing these rivers as soon as the ice leaves and go until the 15th to the 20th of April, depending on fishing conditions. At this point I will move to the Salmon River at Pulaski, New York. I will fish the Salmon River until mid to late May, depending on how well the Steelhead runs last. After this, I will be back home and fish the local trout streams.

Final note, if you're interested in fishing with me this spring, please consider getting in contact with me soon so you can ensure the dates that you would like to fish. My spring calendar is starting to fill up so it would be wise not to wait too long.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Freezing Temps

Despite the below-freezing temperatures all of our streams and creeks are taking their time to come down and come back in to fishing condition. Starting with the Oak Orchard River, there is still a lot of water flowing into the reservoir. Water flows are still high and the water color is still very dirty. It looks like it will take several more days before Oak Orchard River comes back down to fishing conditions. Productive flies for when the Oak Orchard finally starts to fish again, egg patterns in your favorite color size 8, white streamers size 6 and 4, black buggers size 6 and 4.

The smaller streams and creeks are still flowing high and off-color but at least these flows are now just starting to come in to fishing condition. Sandy Creek and all the other streams and creeks are now completely free of ice. However water flows remain high and off color, fishing conditions are just now starting to improve. Sandy should be at its best this coming week. There was not a big run of the Brown trout last fall for Sandy Creek. It will be interesting to see just how many drop back Browns are in Sandy to fish for this spring. However there is always the spring runs of steelhead. Productive Flies for Sandy Creek are chartreuse estaz egg size 8 and white zonker size 6.

There will be a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's fly shop on this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this is free to everyone so come and join in. This week's fly tying subject will be fly patterns for trout fishing the Genesee River. Pete Collins will be showing a few of his favorite Genesee River patterns and his handmade bamboo fly rods. If you have any questions the fly shop number is 585-352-4775.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Taste Of Spring

The warming trend over the last few days has melted off most of our snow cover. As a result all our streams are now flooded. Starting with Sandy Creek, the water level is in the fields, and it is a mix of muddy snow runoff and large sheets of ice. It will take a few more days for the ice to clear out and the water level to come back down. We should have a chance to start fishing Sandy by early to mid next week. Oak Orchard River is also high to fish, however the ice is not as much of an issue. Because of the reservoir it will take at least a full week for the Oak’s water clarity to clear up before it is fishable. This round of high water is what we need to get the fishing going once again.

The Salmon River has not been affected by this warming trend as of yet. The water flow remains the 735 CFS at least for the rest of this week. Reports from the DSR continued to be very good. This means the Salmon River is still receiving a steady flow of new fish almost on a daily basis. There is a lot of fish in the upper portion of the river in all the main pools. Some days the bite is slow and you may have to wait the fish out. This warming trend might have a factor on the water flows for the Salmon River. If you intend on fishing the river, it would be wise to check on water flows before making the run. Most productive method recently is dead drifting stone fly nymphs. Egg patterns are still productive, the steelhead are showing a strong preference for egg patterns in pink and blue.

There will be a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's fly shop on this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this is free to everyone so come and join in. This week's fly tying subject will be flies patterns for late winter early spring on Oatka and Springbrook. If you have any questions the fly shop number is 585-352-4775

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Winter Doldrums

The cold-weather over the last couple of weeks has put the fishing into the winter doldrums. They only river that is in fishing condition is the Oak Orchard. The water flow has dropped down to a moderate low flow and most of the fish have dropped back down River. Oak Orchard's fishing has always been dependent on water flow fluctuations. As soon as we get a thaw and the water flow increases the fishing will quickly improve. For now concentrate your fishing efforts in the deeper pools and the lower portions of the Oak.

The Salmon River continues to have decent water flows. Right now the water release is at 750 CFS, an excellent flow for this time of year. The big challenge right now for the Salmon River is fishing around the flows of slush water on cold days. If you are getting tired of all of the snow, keep this in mind. There is over 300 inches of snow around the Salmon River reservoir and that will increase considerably before spring. We are going to have plenty of water for the upcoming spring.

In need of a cure for cabin fever, I will be doing a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's Fly Shop this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. This is free to everyone so come and join in. I will be tying steelhead flies, patterns for both winter and spring. If you have any questions the fly shop number is 585-352-4775