Friday, May 29, 2009




It has been a while since my last update, sorry. The trout streams are becoming a busy place with bugs and feeding fish. Starting with the local creeks, Oatka Creek, there is a good mix of both may flies and Caddis hatching. For the may flies, gray fox, March Browns and sulfurs are now hatching all up and down Oatka. Add to this black Caddis size 18 and light Caddis size 16. There is also a decent spinner fall happening during the evenings when conditions are favorable. Look for the sulfur hatch to happen from mid afternoon on through the evening. The sulfur hatch and the evening spinner fall will continue to grow in intensity for another week. This hatch will last until late June. March Browns and gray foxes are a mid to late afternoon hatch. There is never a lout of bugs on the water at one time, but the fish are always on the look for these may flies. March Brown and gray fox hatch is a good hatch to pound up a few fish to a dry fly. Do not forget there is always a few Caddis around during the evening hatch.

Spring Brock – There is a sulfur hatch that is growing in intensity daily, hear to. The fish are already feeding steadily on the sulfurs that are hatching. The trout have been showing a strong preference for sulfur a mergers. Along with the sulfurs, the normal Spring Brook stuff has been producing its share of fish. That is midges, pink scuds and size 16 pheasant tail's.

The upper Genesee River is fishing excellent right now. There is a mix of both may flies and Caddis hatching, the big hatch for this season is a light Caddis size 16. It looks like it will be a Caddis year for the Genesee River. Along with a Caddis hatches there is also sulfurs and gray foxes along sections of the Genesee River. Keep in mind there is approximately 30 miles of trout fishing in the upper Genesee River.

The rain over the last few days has freshened up all of the streams and creeks. This rain was desperately needed it, all of our trout waters were becoming dangerously low. Right now the Genesee River has taken a huge spike in the water flow. This should settle back down very quickly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back to Trout Fishing




Everybody has been receiving plenty of rainfall except us. Oatka and Springbrooks water flows are as low as you expect for late August. We need some serious rain. The one saving grace is that we have been having plenty of cold weather. Fortunately the water temperatures are lower than normal for this time of year. The advantage of the cold water temperatures, is it drag out the hatches. For now it is still Caddis on Oatka, however the sulfur hatch will be starting very soon. Until then, Caddis emerges have been very effective dearing the actual hatch. When there is not much bug activity, size 14 bead headed hairs ears, fished either dead drift or on the swing have been producing their share of fish.
There are already rumors of small hatches of sulfur hatches on Spring brook. However the sulfur hatch does not get going in full tilt until the first of June. However the bugs will hatch when they are good and ready to do so. For now there is still a few BWOs and of course do not forget scuds and manages. Fish a size 20 or 22 black are olive manage and when the fishing gets tough size 20 pheasant tail's always seem to produce a few fish.
I have always found a last week of May and the first week in June to be the best two weeks of fishing for Oatka Creek. The best fishing for Oatka Creek is just around the corner.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The End of the Steelhead Run





This has been one of the best and biggest run of steelhead I have ever seen in years. However this did not mean that the fishing was always easy. At times we still had to work hard for bits some days. That is what fishing is about. But on some of these days we still did good, for steelhead fishing standards. What made this year so good. Fist we had a record run of steelhead in all of the river and streams. Plus some of the best water flows I have seen in a long time, Mother nature helped out a lot.
In the fall I start catching the fist steelhead in the Salmon River in early October and by mid October we fishing of them on a daily basis. Last fall steelhead fishing started right on time and catch rate was very good and it stayed that way. The steelhead fishing continued on all of the Western tributaries and rights through the winter. Of course this spring was no disappointment. We enjoyed some of the best steelhead fishing I have seen in 10 years. Excellent water conditions and of course an amazing resurgence in our steelhead runs. What has caused the steelhead runs to improve is actually a true mystery. But it is good to see the fish back. It has been a lot of fun. Time to go trout fishing.
The trout fishing is moving right along. Water flows are ideal for Dry fly fishing. Right now caddis hatches is the action. All of the streams are in the throes of a caddis hatch. This is a light tan colored caddis in size 14 and 16. For now the best fishing will be in the afternoons towards evening. There is no spinner falls for now, but this will change in about two weeks.

The sulfur Hatch will be starting sown on the Oatka. The Genesee will be fishing flat out, and of course spring brook is always fishing. This is only the beginning of the trout season. This is a good time for a tune up on your trout fishing skills. We are fishing all of the local trout streams including the upper Genesee River. I will be running a hatch special, this is for the evening hatches on the local streams, Oatka and spring brook. If you are in need if a tune up or you having trouble with a part of your fishing, this is for you. Call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Winding Down





I am down to my last week of steelhead fishing for this spring. This past week has been a tough one. The problem is the water flows have and fluctuating almost daily. It tacks about 24 hours for the fish to adjust to the new water flows. Hopefully the wet weather will help to stabilize the water flows. We have bean catching more than our share of fish, but we head to fish smart for theme. The trick is to slow down, keep the fly low in the pool and give the fly a long slow swing there the pool. Give the fly some hang time. To do this we are using 10 to 15 feet of T-14 and T-11 to get the fly down and give it the needed hang time. The fishing still looks good for the next tow weeks there is still a lout of fishing in the fly zones to drop out yet. All I need to do is figure out the fish each day with all the water fluctuations going on. The same flies have been working. We just need to show the fly to the fish the way wants to see it that day.

The rain we are having and hopefully will have next few days, is just want our trout streams desperately need. Water flows have been unusually low for this time of the year. Low water flows right now are a double edged sword. These low water flows give us excellent trout fishing early in the season. However our trout streams could run water by mid summer. Ending the trout fishing earlier than we hoped. As much as some of us may not like it we could use some high water. Besides streamer fishing is a lot of fun and who does not like catching a big fish once in awhile. In the meantime Caddis and BWOs are still hatching on Oatka. Spring brook is fishing as always with a mix of stuff, mages, BWOs and scuds. The Genesee River has a Caddis hatch all through trout fishing sections and there still is reports of the Hendrickson hatch. The Genesee River is one of those rivers that the bug activity will vary depending on where you are along the river. It is best to go prepared and then go with the full.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More Steelhead Fishing For Now






The steelhead fishing this week has been quite a challenge. Constant water flow fluctuations continue to keep the steelhead stirred up. It takes about 24 hours for the fish to acclimate to the water flow change. When we have daily fluctuations, the fish do not have a chance to adjust to the new water flows and the fishing gets tough. Spawning activity is for the most part over, there is however a few male still out still hanging out on the gravel beds. I like to describe these fish as, they haven't figured out that the party is now over. Most of the fishing is centered a round the pools. We are swinging flies in the pools for drop backs. Our most productive flies have been size 4 Brown buggers and medium size intruders.
The trout fishing on Oatka and spring work is moving to long quite well. This has been excellent spring for fishing the Hendrickson hatch. However the Hendrickson's hatch is pretty well over for the year. There is still a week or so of spinner falls but that will be it for the Hendrickson hatch on Oatka Creek for this year. The blue wing olive is the hatch for the next week or so. Blue wing olives can be found on both Oatka and Spring Brook. These may flies are a size 16 this is the largest of all the olives. Within the next two weeks look for evening caddis hatches. Those of you that have not yet had enough of the Hendrickson hatch, should consider the upper Genesee River. You should be able to find two more weeks of Hendrickson is here.

The trout streams are now fishing the bugs are hatching and the fish are feeding. I will be back on the trout streams by May 18. There will be Caddis and still a few BWO around. The sulfur Hatch will be starting sown on the Oatka. The Genesee will be fishing flat out, and of course spring brook is always fishing. This is only the beginning of the trout season. This is a good time for a tune up on your trout fishing skills. We are fishing all of the local trout streams including the upper Genesee River. I will be running a hatch special, this is for the evening hatches on the local streams, Oatka and spring brook. If you are in need if a tune up or you having trouble with a part of your fishing, this is for you. Call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436