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.

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