Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oak Orchard






The cold snowy whether we had last couple of days has definitely done its job. Water temperatures in the Oak Orchard River have cooled down from a high of 47 degrees to now a low of 42 degrees. The extra rainfall that we received earlier this week was finally enough to raise the water flow and then keep it up. Water clarity originally held up way better than I had figured. I had expected the water clarity to become total mud with just a few inches of visibility. However the water visibility held up better than I expected, there is approximately 18 inches of visibility. This is good enough for sight fishing, granted you know what you are looking for. The sudden drop in water temperature has slowed down the fish activity. This is only a temporarily slow down, as soon as the sun gets on the water and air temperatures warm up the water, the fish activity will quickly follow. With the increase in water flow we are still seeing fresh steelhead showing up on a daily basis. Judging by the conditions we have right now my suspicions is that the steelhead fishing for Oak Orchard River will continue to be good into next week. Not much has changed for flies, woolly buggers and streamers are still producing a lout of fish in the fast water. Large nymphs and egg patterns are still producing more than their share of fish in the pools.
The Salmon River at Pulaski NY had a big push of high water over the weekend. Water releases were flowing in excess of 4600 CFS. The water flow has settled down considerably from the weekend and is now flowing at approximately 2300 CFS at the Pineville water gauge. Despite the cold snow melt runoff the steelhead fishing on the Salmon River continues to be extremely good for this time of the year. Most of the fish are being caught with egg patterns and stone fly nymphs fished on the bottom. Large concentration of fish are in the upper portions of the river, however fresh steelhead continue to be caught in the D. S. R. water temperatures on the salmon River should start to warm up in a couple more weeks when the bulk snow runoff works its way through the system.
Those of you who are thinking of doing some in land trout fishing, Oatka Creek should be at an ideal fishing level by the weekend. The state has recently stocked the portion of Oatka Creek that we refer to as the Trail, this section the Creek would make an ideal starting point. Fishing in the section of Oatka Creek referred to as the park, consider fishing hare ears nymphs in size 14 and Brown wood buggers in size 10. As for Springbrook, here you just may find a little bit of dry fly fishing. The hatch is a size 20 Mage, you can also try fishing scuds.

Note: I have April 19 20 for the Salmon River is still open. April is spawning time and there louts of steelheads in the upper river waiting to spawning. I also have May 5, 6, 7, and 9, 10 open. May is the best month of the whole year for fishing with sink tips and a swinging fly to steelheads. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell. 585-233-0436 or call the shop at 585-352 4775.

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