Thursday, November 26, 2009




The fishing conditions have changed abruptly on the Oak Orchard River and all of areas streams and creeks. The water flows have increased over the past week. Both rain and water from the canal systems, have contributed to the water flow. We are also supposed to receive rain over the coming few days. Hopefully this will get the water flows up and keep things flowing. With this increased in water flow Oak Orchard has recently received small run off steelhead. The Brown trout fishing is still spotty at best, but if you're willing to work the water hard you can find a few Brown trout. This pretty much goes for the rest of the streams and creeks all through western New York. Productive flies, egg flies remain the top producing patterns. However there is now spawned out Brown trout going on the feed, in all of our rivers streams and creeks. It is now time to start to fishing streamers such as white bunny flies in size 6.
The Salmon River water flow has remained study. The water flow is still running at 335 CFS. But finally the fish seem to be moving a little more consistently now. The lower river has seen improvement in the Steelhead fishing, along with a few Brown trout. Most of the fish are still coming from the fast water. The fishing in the upper river has not changed much. This is where majority of the fishing pressure continues to be found, however recently fishing pressure has become more spotty. The number fishermen working this section of river can vary greatly from one day to the next. Egg flies still remain to be the most productive patterns. You should also carry a good selection of stone fly nymphs and a few woolly buggers in size 8 and 6.

I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Friday, November 20, 2009






Low water still plagues all the smaller area streams and creeks. We need a lot of rain. The rain we have received over the lost two days is not mash help. Hopefully we will get more rain over the next week. For now Oak Orchard River has the best water flow and the most fish. Oak Orchard River has been receiving supplemental water flow from the canal system. This extra water flow is a reason why the Oak has the best water flow of all the rivers in the area. Productive flies for the Oak is still egg flies in the normal colors.
The Genesee River is coming in to excellent fishing condition. Water clarity has improved and the steelheads are in. Most of the fishing action is in the pocket water up by the falls and the power house. When fishing here where you wet weather gear, the spray from the falls is like a steady driving rain. The power house is off-line and entire flow is coming over the falls.
The Salmon River is where I have found my best fishing. Despite the fact that water flows have remained a study 335 CFS for almost a month now. At least there is a decent flow of water. Because of the there also has been a large of the normal amount of fishing pressure. Western New York is not the only place suffering from low water flows. We have been finding the steelhead spread out throughout the entire river. For the steelhead fishing, it is the same old story. The more water you cover the more fish you will encounter. The best steelhead fishing is in the lower river. Even though there is more steelhead in the upper river. The steelheads in the lower have seen lest fishing pressure and are more willing to bite.
This time of the year, everyone is looking for big Brown trout. Normally I can find all the big Browns we want to catch in western New Yorks creeks and rivers. This year the best fishing for big brown trout has been on the Salmon River. Every fall has its challenges and this fall is no exception.

The dates that are still open for November are 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Sunday, November 15, 2009





We have been fishing all over the place this past week. Some locations are definitely fishing better than others, such as Oak Orchard River is fishing more consistent than the rest of the local smaller streams and creeks. Brown trout fishing in western New York is still a slow pick, even though new fish show up daily. What we need right now is a lout of rain. All the streams and creeks are running low and getting lower. How we have been dealing with these conditions, is to cover a lot of water. Low water conditions main hunting. Walk the rivers until you spot a fish and then see if the fish will eat your fly. We have been having our best success fishing size 10 egg patterns in colors of Oregon cheese and orange.
The Genesee River has come back down to a good fishable flow. Water clarity has been off for last few days however this is also improving. As the water clarity improves so should the steelhead fishing. Because a power station has been off-line for so long a lout of river bottom has been rearranged do to the large amount of water coming over the falls. The area that we refer to as the trench has filled in considerably. In this run we once used very aggressive sink tips, for now start with a type two tip and go from there.
The water flow the Salmon River has remained at 335 CFS for approximately 3 weeks now. This is a longtime for the water flow to remain at this level of this time of year. Once again we can use a good round of rain. Because of the prolong study flow of water, the steelhead fishing has been slow but steady for this time of the year. If you are willing to cover water and fish smart, you'll have no problems finding to fish. We are having our best success fishing the lower end of the Salmon River. The lower half of the river may not have as much fish. But these fish have not seen much fishing pressure and are more willing to take a fly. The upper have of the river has the maturity of the fish however this is also where fishing pressure is most intense. We have been catching both steelhead and Brown trout, some days we will get in to as many Browns as steelhead. This is highly unusual for the Salmon river. November fishing on the salmon is normally all about steelhead fishing. For flies we have been using egg flies in size 8 and 10 in colors of Oregon cheese and orange. When we are swinging flies, the standard woolly buggers are working about as good as any thing.

The dates that are still open for November are 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Friday, November 6, 2009




I am back home fishing for brown trout ones again. The water flows have been a little better than it was last year but not much. As result the brown trout have been slow to run. The best fishing has been on the Oak Orchard River, there's is a few Brown trout spread out from the dam on down river. Most of the fish have been concentrated in the fast water. We are having our best success fishing size 10 egg patterns to these fish. Fishing pressure has not been as intense as it has been other the past years, with the exception of the weekends.
All of the smaller area streams and creeks are experiencing low water flows and a slow start to the Brown trout run. Hopefully the fishing will improve over the weeks to come.
The Genesee River’s water flow is back up, the water is high and muddy again. The Genesee River has been this way for the past three or four days. By the way the weather and conditions are looking. I suspect it will be at least a week before we can consider fishing this river once again.
How have we been dealing with the slow fishing? Cover a lot of water. Right now most of the Brown trout are male Browns. These Brown trout are moving on a daily basis, looking for prime spawning habitat and female Browns. These fish can be anywhere, this is a hunting game. We have been walking the rivers until we spot a fish and then fish to that fish and see if we can get it to eat the fly. After that we move on until we spot a other fish and then repeat.

November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates that are still open for November are 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. I also have a lot of days available for the month of December. Despite the cooler weather December can be a great month for fishing for both Brown trout and steelhead. By December I'll be fishing both the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone zones.

Sunday, November 1, 2009






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY, the water flow remains at 335 CFS throw out this past week. This water flow has the steelhead coming in at a slow but steady trickle. We have been covering a lout of water to find fish. Ones we find a few steelhead, we would work this spot hard. Catch tow are three fish and go to the next spot. We have been fishing the lower river most days. That is if the leaves are not too heavy. We had two day when the leaves were so heavy that we could not get the fly in the water. When the leaves get this thick in the water, the fish will hold tight to the river bottom and not bite. Fortunately all we needed to do is go up river to get out of the leaves. The upper fly-fishing zone has been producing a few Brown trout alone with the steelhead. The fish in this section of river have seen a lout of fishing pressure. To get the fish to bite, we are fishing with lighter tippet and smaller flies. Productive flies; for this best week has not changed much. We are still fishing egg patterns using strike indicators to help control our drift. Nuclear Row Bug is still the top producing fly, in colors of Oregon cheese, chartreuse and orange. When fishing the lower river, that is when the leaves allow it, we have been getting away with size 8 egg flies. Upper River, we drop down to size 10 for the egg flies. Stone flies in size 6 to 10 are now starting to pick up a few fish.
This week was the end of this falls main push for fishing the Salmon River. I will still be making a few day trips up to the salmon, yet this fall. But for the most part I will now be fishing the tributaries in western New York, concentrating on Brown trout. As always I have mixed feelings about moving back home. I love fishing the Salmon River, but it'll be good to be back home for awhile. Not to mention chasing those giant Brown trout.

November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436