Tuesday, June 30, 2009



We have been having a series of thunder storm over the past week. This weather pattern will continue through this coming week. We still need the ran. But the problem with thunder storm is they are inconsistent. One area gets pounded and the creeks flooded and the neighboring area does not get a drop. This week is going to be no different, another wet cool week. This is gust what we need. There is nothing better for the mid summer trout streams, than cool wet weather. Even if the water flows become too high to fish for a few days. Mid summer streamer fishing can produce some real monsters. For now the fishing will be starting to go in to a transition period. New bugs a coming.

Oatka Creek – The sulfur hatch is almost over for the Oatka. There may be a few spinner lift, but this will not last long. With the absence of the sulfur spinners, the even fishing will consist of nymphs, small hears ear and scuds small caddis a tractor files. I have found a white variant size 16 work good when the water flow is low. When the flow is up like it is now, a white wolf in size 10 seems to plow the fish up. By now the larger fish are starting the feed on small crayfish, a size 10 or 8 brown wooly bugger can be deadly. The next hatch is going to be the Trico hatch this is a size 20 or smaller black in color mayfly. This hatch is a morning hatch and should be going in a week of two.

Spring Brook - Here the sulfur hatch continues and this hatch should continue for approximately 1 more weeks. Most of the hatches are now coming off late evening, even though there is still a light but sporadic hatch that comes off through the day. As the sulfur hatch slowly winds down, Midges are now becoming more important. Most of these midges are going to be on the extremely small in size, that is size 24 and smaller. However scuds are always an excellent option along with a size 20 pheasant tail nymphs.

Genesee River- The water flow remains high, over the 5 foot mark. This is going on the second week of high water. The high water will insure good fishing for a few more weeks at least.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009




We have just received a little over 3 inches of rain over a five-day time span. Fortunately all of this rain has not flooded all our trout streams. Right now the Catskills Rivers are at the extreme top end of fishable levels. I'm not sure how long the Catskill River will take to come back down. The Genesee River is flowing over the five-foot mark at this time. I suspect water levels for Genesee River to be back to fishable levels by the end of the week. Oatka Creek has also felt the effects from the past rain event. Right now Oatka is flowing at 2.83 which is a nice level for nymph fishing and streamer fishing, however not to high for dry fly fish. I do not expect water levels to rise much more than it has. This blast of water is just what Oatka Creek desperately needed. There is good fishing on Oatka from the trail section on down stream below the park section with this flow of water.

Oatka Creek – The sulfur hatch continues to come off during the evenings with the predictable spinner falls. Along with the yellow bugs there is a series of Caddis that are hatching. Depending on what part of the Creek your fishing expect to see late Caddis in size as 18 to 16, black Caddis size 18 to 20, in the upper sections are still a few chocolate Caddis bouncing around in a size 14. Other fly patterns that are started to become more important are ants in size 16 through 20 and beetles in size 14 and 16.

Spring Brook - Here to the sulfur hatch is also continuing with its normal pattern of hatching schedules. Along with a few size 18 and 20 BWOs and a variety of small midges ranging from size 20 on down to 26. Also the usual collection of pink scuds small streamers a size 12 woolly black or brown buggers are filling out the basic collection of flies. No big secret here all you need to do is show up and figure it out, each day is a little different. This is a normal routine for spring brook.

Genesee River - The bug hatches on the Genesee River has been poor over the last few weeks. I have no answer to why the hatches have been so poor. However the fishing and the fish continue to be good for this time in the year. We are catching more than our share of fish using a variety of a tractor flies and mergers. As ways you will find the larger concentrations of fish near the bridges. For larger fish you need to hike and get away from the bridges and the more popular fishing locations.

Monday, June 15, 2009




Not much has changed over the week with the trout fishing. The best fishing continues to be late afternoon in to the evening. Consisting of a few Caddis and the sulfur hatch and the following spinner returned. Water flows remain low, care is needed to prevent spooking the fish.

We are experiencing unusually low water flows for this time of the year. Normally our creeks will be flown at this level in late July early August. These low water flows will change how the fish feed and what they will feed on. This does not mean that there is different hatches right now because of the low water, it is just the low water allows fish to feed more efficiently and these particular bugs. For example we have been catching fish in Oatka Creek with manages and small black Caddis size 18 and 20. When Oatka Creek is flowing at the 3 foot mark, it is hard for trout to feed and these bugs efficiently. In other consideration is the low water itself makes the fish more sensitive to their shrouding. As result we have to be more conscious about how we wade the creeks. If you're careless about wading you can easily put the fish down for hours. We now need to almost snake up on the fish to get into casting range. Take care with you wading, and be mindful that the fish may not be feeding on the obvious.

This Saturday there is a spey nation get together at the Pineville boat ramp on the Salmon River at Puiaski NY. This is free for everyone, come and enjoy the day and try out the two headed rods that you have been hearing about. There will be casting demonstrations through the day and manufactures representatives present with their equipment for you to try out. The event starts at 9 a.m. and goals all day rain or shine, bring your Gore-Tex, see you there. For more information go to www.speynation.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009





Water flows in all of our trout streams still remained low. However there is a silver line with these water flows. When the streams flowing on the low side this makes for excellent try fly fishing. Air temperatures continue to be on the cool side for this time of the year. This has actually help to improve the fishing, by keeping the water temperatures on the cool site. Cool water temperatures slows down the bug hatch's. The fishing on Oatka trail has been some of the best I have seen. The cool water temperatures in this part of the creek have help to hold all of the trout that the state has been stocking this spring. All of the normal bugs are still hatching at their perspective time sulpurs, gray fox, light Caddis. There is now a new Caddis joining in with the mix. This is a size 14 chocolate brown Caddis that appears on the streams in the evening before the sulfur spinners returned.

The Spring Brook sulpurs are come off a few times throughout the day. Most days there is a mid day and then an evening hatch a long with the evening spinner returns. Lately the fish at Spring Brook have been showing a strong preference for sulfur mergers and nymphs. I have been fishing a size 16 nymph called a yellow back and green bead head pheasant tail nymph. That is when they are feeding on the sulpurs. I am still having good success fishing size 18 to 22 black and tan midgets. As always watch the fish and make sure you know exactly what they are feeding on.

Air temperatures are supposed to be on a warming trend over the next few days. We should be experiencing some stronger sulpurs spinner falls as a result. When fishing spinner falls it is often hard to see your fly on the water in the fading light. A trek that I used to help me locate my fly, is to use in indicator fly. Use a size 14 or 12 white wolf for your indicator fly. From the white wolf, tie 12 inches of tippit off the band of the hook and then tie on your sulpurs spinner. In the low white you will easily see the white wolf and if there is a rise near your fly or your flies appears. Set the hook.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lots of bug



About the photograph -- sulfur dons waiting for a chance returned as spinners. Right now these may flies are everywhere along Oatka Creek.

Even though it was cooler than normal over the last few days the sulpurs continued to hatch. Since it was too cold for these may flies to return back as spinners, the numbers continued to grow over the last few days. All of the vegetation along Oatka Creek has become covered with may flies. When the conditions to become favorable for a spinner return, the spinner returns are going to be massive. To say the least, the sulfur hatch is definitely in full swing. Along with all the sulpurs, gray foxes, much browns and a few blue wing olives and light Caddis are hatching throughout the day. The daytime fishing on Oatka has been consisting of a size 16 sulfur nymph called a yellow back, much brown nymph size 12. For surface action, I have been having my best success with sulfur a mergers and Caddis a mergers when fished in the waters surface film.

Spring Brook now has its sulpurs hatches going. The Spring Brook sulpurs may come off a few times dearing the day. Most days there is a mid day and a evening hatch a long with the evening spinner returns. Lately the fish at Spring Brook have been showing a strong preference for sulfur mergers. That is when they are feeding on the sulpurs. I have had my best success fishing size 18 to 22 black and tan midgets. You need to take some time and carefully observe what the fish are doing. Just because there is a sulfur hatch going on it doesn't main the fish are feeding on these bugs. You can easily get fooled, because the fish could be feeding on either a size 18 blue wing olives or midgets. Remember this is Spring Brook and the fish do not always follow the menu


The upper Genesee River is now on the downside of a high water flow from the past rain event. Over the weekend the water flow was still slightly high and a little off color. However there were still plenty of bugs during the afternoons and with a little persistence you still could be pounded up a few fish. The Genesee River may not have heavy hatches of May flies. However there is definitely large variety of May flies found all along the Genesee River. Right now there is sulpurs, gray foxes, much browns and blue wing olives along with Caddis hatching up and down the river.