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.

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