Monday, December 27, 2010


It looks like the lake effect snow guns have settle down for now. I have not spent much time recently on the water. However I can tell you that Oak Orchard River is in good fishing conditions and there is plenty of fish. All of our smaller streams and creeks are from now locked up in ice. Nothing new, just winter fishing conditions. The why the weather is looking later this week, we my have a break in the cold. Productive flies have been the standard egg patterns in size 8, white bunny streamers size 4 and 6.

The Salmon River water flow is down to 500 CFS. This a good flow for us fly fishermen, especially for winter fishing. Keep in mind water flow has been at the 500 CFS level for over a week now. This means the egg bite is temporarily shot down. Keep in mind all of the stray eggs that were a drift in the river are no longer available. When water flows stabilize or dropping for about a week, the egg bite is going to die off. Once the egg bite goes away, the fish start to key in on aquatic insects. Fortunately steelheads have a taste for stone flies. The Salmon River has become very productive producing aquatic insects such as stone flies. Once steelhead's keying in these insects, fly selection does become easier. Most days any size 6 to a 12 black or Brown stone fly will work just fine.
Every one of us is well aware of all the snow that we have received over last few weeks. Obviously the Salmon River area is no exception. In fact this region receives over twice the snow fall as the rest of us. Right now there is anywhere from two to 4 foot of snow along the rivers back. Looks like we are going to have a snowy winter, the new drift boat is going to get a work out this winter. Why struggles through the deep snow when you can float the River.

Thursday, December 9, 2010



True to form sooner or later old man winter is going to catch up with us. This time winter weather seems to have settled in for a prolonged stay. Depending on where you are in western New York snow depth range from 6 inches to a foot and a half. With all the snow fall and cold weather, the smaller streams and creeks such as Sandy Creek is starting to ice over. Even though water flows has been above average these creeks will often ice up quickly during heavy snow events. Do not be surprised if these creeks are open and fishing one day, locked up with ice the next day. For now the best choice for fishing is the Oak Orchard River. This is not a bad choice when it comes to fishing through winter weather. The fishable section of the Oak being in a gorge, gives us protection from the wind. Also being a tail water we do not have as big of an issue with ice. In fact water conditions this week have been almost ideal, for those who are not used to fishing high dirty water, these conditions may not be too confident with. However as long as you can see your feet in about a foot and a half of water you are good to fish. Because of the cold conditions we have been using strike indicators to both controller and extend the drift. Using this technique also hopes to minimize the amount fly line laying on the water, this also helps to reduce icing in the guides.
The Salmon River has not been spared from any of the winter weather fun. To start with last week water flows were still flowing over 2000 CFS. The flows are now back down to 750 CFS which is an ideal flow for winter fishing. However as you can imagine this area has not been spared from Lake Ontario's snow guns. As of today, there is approximately 3 to 4 feet of snow along the banks of the Salmon River. At this rate, if we do not receive some warm weather and melt off a bit of the snow cover, getting around is going to be a challenge. Looks like the new drift boat is going to get some work this winter. It is always easier to ride in the boat, then trying to crawl through waste plus deep snow to get to a spot to fish.

Thursday, December 2, 2010






The fishing this week has been tricky or more accurately described as tough. There is no doubt that we had to be on top of our A game this week. The fish have been about as finicky as they can get. The fish have been fussy about flies size, color, and presentation. There are a few reasons for this behavior. The first is that, water temperatures has been extremely cold this week. For most of the week, water temperatures have been in the mid 30 degree mark. This is water temperatures that we would expect to see during the winter. This cold water drives the fish off the gravel beds and puts a stop to the spawning. This mends the flow of stray eggs slows down. Not to mention the cold fluctuating water temperatures put the fish in to a major funk.
Most of the time the fishing does not turn on until mid day, by then water temperatures have warmed up one or 2 degrees. However the fishing was still very difficult. By difficult I mean bites are very soft and often hard to detect. These soft bites often result in fish shaken us off during the hook set. This is bad enough on its own but when you add a Brown trout's ability of shaking the hook. You can imagine we have been having an a lot missed fish lately.
As always conditions do change quickly and dramatically when it comes to fishing the tributaries. This week is no exception. Over a 24-hour period we have received about two and half inches of rain and about 4 inches of wet snow to top the whole must off. This blew out all of our local streams and creeks, Oak Orchard is not far behind. The bad news is we will not be fishing for a few days. The good news is this will draw in a fresh group of fish. Looks like the fishing, is off to a good start for the month of December. This recent wet weather has also had a dramatic effect on the Salmon River, water flows peaked at 4800 CFS. Once again another round of big water flows for the Salmon River. Even though everything is very high at this moment, we will be able to be back fishing our streams and rivers within a few days.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010



I have been off the water for the last few days. But the fishing has still been good. The water flows have been on the high side over the past week, and our smaller rivers and creeks. This means new fish, both brown trout and steelhead. Do not be alarmed if the water color is off, the fish do not mind this, so neither should we. There are two considerations that you will need to keep in mind when fishing now. First is water temperature, cold days and nights are definitely going to drop the water temperatures enough to put the fish off. On these cool days consider fishing late morning in to late afternoon. Give the water some time for the temperatures to warm up and the fish turn on. Second is there is a lot of spawned out fish sitting in the pools and pockets. These fish are now going to turn all there attention to eating. Give these fish in the pools and the pockets a lot of extra attention now. With the spawning is slowing down, egg flies may not always be most effective patters. Try fishing buggers and bunny flies. Stay with size 8 and 6, this will match the average size of most of the minnows that these fish will be feeding.


As many of you know, I usually take Thanksgiving week off. I go to the southern tier and spent some time at our family deer camp to do some hunting. This year's deer season is definitely off to a good start. Here is an excellent example of what good deer and land management can do for you and the wildlife.

Friday, November 19, 2010




The Brown trout fishing is moving along in its normal predictable patterns. The rainfall that hit us the other day, was way more than was predicted. This brought water flows to high to fish for all local rivers and streams with the exception of Oak Orchard River. It is a rare day in the fall when water flows are too high to fish. Fortunately the Oak Orchard River is in excellent fishing condition. I am also very reluctant to say to this, the crowds on the oak were very light. I could fish anywhere I want with nobody in the way. I hope the conditions on the Oak Orchard River stay this way for some time to come.
I am now starting to consistently, come a cross spawned out Brown trout. These fish are all females that have been in the system for the last few weeks. These fish are proximately 30 percent lighter in weight than they were when they first entered the river. This loss of weight is due to the load of eggs they were caring when they first came in. Other than this weight loss of eggs, these fish are still in very good shape. The nice thing about having these fish hanging around is that they are totally into eating. Plus they seem to have more energy when we do hook up with one of these fish. Even though I'm seeing plenty of spawned out Browns, we are still getting a steady trickle of fresh fish. I suspect we will still have fresh Brown trout trickle in for a few more weeks. In fact in the past I've seen some of the largest Brown trout after Thanksgiving holidays. Along with a steady trickle of fresh run Brown trout, we are now seeing and catching more steelhead. Keep in mind when we are now fishing in late November conditions. Water temperatures are going to be a concern. When we have cold clear nights expect water temperatures to drop significantly. When this happens be prepared for a slow start to the day, water temperatures will need to warm up a little before the fish turn on.
Productive flies: I am still fishing a lot of egg patterns, the normal stuff in the normal sizes. This is size 10 and 8 and colors of orange and Oregon cheese for the clear water. In the dirty water chartreuse is hard to beat. With all the spawn out Brown trout starting to go on the feed, streamers fishing will consistently become more effective. For this, white bunny flies in size 8 to 4 is hard to beat.

Even though December is just around the corner, this does not mean the fishing stops. December can be a great month for fishing for a mix of Brown trout and steelhead. Even though weather conditions can be cold sometimes, the rivers and streams can be a great place to be, light fishing pressure and plenty of fish. I will be bouncing around between the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River depending on fishing conditions and logistics. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when trying to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Friday, November 12, 2010






The hunt continues for monster Brown trout. Fishing for Brown trout continues to be consistently decent. I have found Browns scattered all about the rivers and creeks. There is no one large concentration of fish but, decent numbers anyways. The big challenge this week has been the weather, believe it or not. Early in the week we had a nice push of water that should have pulled a lot of fish in. Because this increase water flow came with a sharp drop in temperatures, water temperatures dropped off sharply. This slowed the fish's reaction to the water fluctuation. Over the last few days I have been observing a light but consistent run of new Brown trout. Most of these are female Browns that are finally starting to work their way up river. This has help considerably with settling down the groups of male Brown trout and improving their attitude towards taking a fly.
We are still experiencing morning water temperatures in some of our creeks as cold as 36 degrees. During warmer days water temperatures are warming back to the low 40 degree mark. These water temperature fluctuations are having a big influence on how to go about fishing for the Brown trout. Because the water temperatures are dropping into the upper 30 degree mark during the night, Brown trout are backing off the spawning gravel and holding up in the pools and pockets. It takes most of the day for the water temperature to warm backup into the low 40s. At which time the Browns will become active enough to resume spawning. We have been fishing the pools and pockets for most of the day. It is mid afternoon be for we are able to do any productive sight fishing. Looks like this falls challenge for Brown trout fishing, is going to be dealing with water temperature fluctuations.
Nothing much has changed with the fly selections. We are still using egg patterns in size 10 and 8. All of our streams and rivers are still saturated with eggs, basically we are matching the hatch.

I still have prime days available for November, 15, 28, 29, 30 this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Sunday, November 7, 2010





True to form water flows are a big concern. The Oak Orchard River is flowing on the low side. Not bad for this time in the year, as always I like to see more water flow. The smaller area creeks and streams are not suffering as bad for now. Here to I wound like to see some prologue wet weather. I can never get enough water flow to make myself happy. The important thing is that there is enough water flow for the fish to move. After last two falls being a no show of brown trout in the Western tributaries, it is good to see the brown trout back where they should be. All I can say is so far so good. The rain we have received over the past few days has increased the water flows some. This should get our first strong run of female Brown trout going. The last few days has been a big game of hide and go seek with the male Browns trout. Normally male Brown trout will enter the river be for most of the female Browns. The problem is fishing to male Brown trout can be quite tough. They can show up anywhere, so it is a hunting game. We walk the rivers looking for fish and then see if we can get one to bite. The challenge is most of the time all they want to bite on is each other. Once the female Brown trout show up the male Brown trout become far more cooperative, willing to eat a fly. This is just typical fishing for early run Brown trout, a few fish scattered about the river. However the Brown trout that we do find and catch are true monsters.
Productive flies; true to form Brown trout like to eat, and what is available for them to eat, salmon eggs. So obviously the hot flies are orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs.

I still have prime days available for November, 12, 14, 15, 28, 29, 30, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, November 1, 2010






This was my last week fishing the Salmon River on a daily basis. I am now back fishing the Lake Ontario's western tributaries. The hunt for monster Brown Trout is on. I will still be taking daily trips back to the Salmon River for steelhead. November is Brown trout time in the Western tributaries, and steelhead time in the eastern tributaries. I do not know why this works out, but it does.
The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River this past week has fallen in to a typical November fishing pattern. The pattern is fresh fish entering the river almost daily, nothing heavy but just a steady trickle of fish. This trickle of fish is typical of steelhead, you really see anything that resembles a big push of fish. But the trickle of fish is fairly consistent. Once these fish enter the river, they steadily worked up river. True to form for November it does not take long for the steelheads to key in on all the salmon eggs. This causes a high concentration of fish in the upper portion of the river, and as you can surmise the fish are keyed in on eggs.
With the upper River's startling to fill up with steelhead, we put my new drift boat to work. The biggest challenge we had was working with the water temperature fluctuations. This is nothing new for the end of October, we will often experiments a 3 to 5 degree fluctuation in water temperatures. When this is going on you can almost protect when the bite is going to happen, depending on the weather that day. Once the water temperatures start a warm up, so goes the fishing.
Productive flies; as most are you can imagine egg flies are the fly of the fly box. Size 8 and 10 row bug's in the standard colors of orange and Oregon cheese have been top producers. When the fish do not seem all that hot to eat an egg fly, we have done well with a variety of size 10 to 6 stone fly nymphs.

I still have prime days available for November, these days are the 10,12,13,14,15, 28,29,30. This is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, October 25, 2010



We have had consistent rain full over the past week, nothing heavy but just study wet weather. Somehow the water releases have remained consistent at 750 CFS. By the time you add the runoff to this number, the lower river is flowing around a thousand CFS. I suspect we will see a water release over the next few days. If this happens there would be know doubt a good run of steelhead. Even though water flows have remained consistent we are seeing a study trickle of fresh steelhead entering the river daily. Some days are definitely fishing better than others. I contribute a lot of the inconsistent fishing to water temperatures. I’ve seen water temperatures as cold as 45 degrees. Some days water temperatures have fluctuated as much as 5 degrees. Temperature fluctuations like this will definitely put the fish off. The way the forecast is for this coming week, wet as always but consistently warmer. I do not think we will see the water temperature fluctuations that we experienced last week.

The lower portion of the Salmon River is finally clearing out of spawning salmon. This has made swinging flies for steelhead far more productive. We can finally cover a bunch of water and expect steelhead to move to or flies. As for the upper proportion of the river, there is still a fair amount of salmon still spawning. As result the egg bite is still very intense in this section of the river. This is nothing unusual, the intense amount of spawning this section of river experiences every fall. The gravel gets totally saturated with eggs. With each fluctuation in water flow, eggs are knocked loose and sent a drift. We will experience this all through the winter.

As you would expect most of our fish this week have been caught with egg flies. Not much has changed, size 8 flies, in the standard colors of orange, chartreuse, Oregon cheese. We did hooked a few fish using Brown and copper buggers and black bunny flies.

I still have prime days available for November, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010




We head over 2 inches of ran this week, but fortunately the water flows stay at 750 CFS over the weekend. It did rain hard enough to put some color back in to the water. This was only a temporary event, the water clarity quickly cleared back. This is telling me that the dirty water is clearing out of the reservoir. We should have the clear water of the Salmon River back soon. The numbers of salmon are quickly shrinking now. I still see an odd fish or two entering the lower river. But for the most part, the salmon run is over for the Salmon River. This does not mean that there is no salmon in the river system, on the contrary the upper portion of the river still has a lot of salmon spawning. Judging by condition of the fish and the intensity of the spawning, in other week the bulk of the spawning should be winding down. As always it is not usual to see a stray batch of salmon working the river into November. For all practical purposes it is now steelhead time.
Over the last few days, most of our fishing for steelheads has been done with strike indicators and egg flies. The reason for this is two fold, first of all with the salmon spawning, the river is full of eggs. Basically we are matching the hatch. The second reason is that we have had some good old-fashioned windy October whether. When this happens the river fills with leaves, making it almost impossible to swing flies across the current with out leaves getting hooked on the fly. By dead drifting your flies, everything, that is your fly and the leaves all travel at the same speed. This allows you to make a good presentation without tangling in to leaves. The only time you will have problems with the leaves is when you pick up.
Productive flies, as I've said there's a lot of salmon eggs throughout the river. As result we are fishing a lot of egg patterns. Orange and Oregon cheese are our two best colors and as always size 8 nuclear row bug's. Size 8 estaz egg in butterrum is also catching its share of fish. When conditions are favorable and we are able to swing flies, Brown and copper buggers and the hot nose bunny fly have been the two top producing patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The days are the 25,27,28, this is prime steelhead time. I also have days available in November, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Friday, October 15, 2010




Sorry about the delay in posting a new update. Busy chasing fish. The high water is finally starting to settle down. We should be seeing water flows around 750 CFS this week. One thing we have not had to worry about is low water. Along with receding water flows. The water clarity is slowly improving. I should finally get a good look at what has changed with the river. What has not changed is the fish. This past week I have seen a steady increase in the number of salmon that are now spawning. The egg bite is definitely getting under way. We are also catching a larger number of steelheads, than normal for this time of the year. We are definitely having an early start to the steelhead season. Most of the spawning is going on in the upper river. The bulk of the salmon ran during the high water event. This is no big deal, all this means is that, the salmon ran the river a little faster than normal. Hopefully the lower and middle portion of the river will not see as much spawning activity this fall. This way we can enjoy fishing for steelhead with a more traditional method of swinging flies. It always amazes to me how fast steelhead will keyed into eggs. Once this happens it is hard to get steelhead's to chase a fly. When the steelheads do get keyed on the eggs, I find the best way to present an egg fly to these fish strike indicators. I use strike indicators more of a tool to control the drift, then to detect the take.

When fishing the high dirty water flows, we were using a lout of dark flies. Egg sucking Leach's in black with pink eggs, block Willie buggers were of best producers. For egg flies size 8 estaz egg in chartreuse and butterrum, were the best egg flies. As water drops and clears this week we will have to see which parents are going be are best producers. I suspect it is getting time to start fishing nuclear row bugs in Oregon cheese. Those of you who are familiar with this fly know what I'm talk about.

I still have prime days available for October. Especially later in the month, this is prime steelhead time. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, October 4, 2010



A lot has happened over last few days on the Salmon River. To start with we had over 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. When you add that to an overflowing reservoir, you are going to have a big water releases. When the water started to go, things did get out of hand. Water flows at one point reached 28,000 CFS. This is not a mistake, 28,000 CFS. Water flows like this will definitely leave a mark. There has been a major rearrangement on the Salmon River. However the fish are there, even in the peak of the water flow the salmon were running. At one point, I was watching salmon cross the Pineville parking lot. Salmon would swim out of the woods across the parking lot and back into the woods. I always knew salmon and steelhead like high water but that was a little extreme. The following day water flows receded considerably and we were able to get a day of fishing in. Despite all that happened we still caught fish.

The watercolor has been off, approximately 2 and half feet of visibility. For most fishermen that are used to fishing the clear water of the Salmon River, this can be disorienting. However the muddy water is actually good for the fishing. As high water flows the fish are pushed to the soft seems near the shoreline. The off colored water provides cover for the fish and keeps them at ease. As result the fish are more prone to take a fly.

When the higher water flows and dirty water, we have stayed with larger flies and darker colors. Size 4 egg sucking Leach's and bunny flies have been the best choice so far. I suspect we will start to see the egg bite picking up over the next week or so. Until then with the water flow fluctuations, we need to adjust on a daily basis with the fly patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. Especially later in the month, this is prime steelhead time. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

High Water





As always every fall has its challenges. Looks like, the challenge for this fall is going to be high water. We have had persistent rains over the last few days. Then add this to the recent heavy rainfall that we have experienced. You can imagine what happens to river levels. The Salmon River has been flowing at 500 CFS for the past two weeks. This water level is both friendly to the fishermen as well as the fish, as a result we have experienced better than average fishing. Do to the heavy rainfall, the water level for the Salmon River on Thursday, September 29, has been increased to 1800 plus run off. In this situation the runoff is significant. Our president concerned, an increase in water flow may be warranted. All we can do is wait and see. This being said, what well all the high water do to the fishing? Basically, said it on fire. A big blast of water flowing into the Lake this time of the year is going to suck in large volumes of fish. In fact this increase in water has triggered a major run of fish. It may take a day or 2 for the water levels to return back to normal. But when it happens the fishing will take right off.

Along with a steady flow of Chinook salmon and Coho salmon, the steelheads continue to make a strong showing for themselves. I expect to continue to see fresh runs of Chinook salmon for another two to three weeks. However I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of Coho salmon that continue to arrive along with the Chinook's. As many you know the month of September is salmon fishing time. In the past I expect only to see a small handful of steelhead at the most. This fall I see more steelhead than ever for the month of September. I hope the trend continues throughout the fall. October is steelhead fishing time, things are looking good.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have remains being the work force of the fly box. With the high water flows I am using the larger flies. Run off the last few days has stained the water color, hot pink, orange, even purple has been helpful in the dirty water. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink, color for this fall seems to be hot pink. For steelhead, the same flies that we are using for Coho salmon are producing just as well for steelhead. With spawning still two to three weeks away I have not yet started to use egg patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 23, 2010




Over the last few days the water flows has been at 500 CFS. The water flow is predicted to drop back down to the normal fall flows of 335 CFS, later this week. I have hoped that this increase in water flow would have shaken up the pile of fish that are sitting in the estuary. But as usual fish are fish and they do what they do. No big runs of salmon yet, however the fish continue to trickle in a slow but steady pace. The good news for this is that every day the fishing continues to be good. Right now we're having a good next of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. I'm also seeing more steelheads than normal for this time of year. Looks like a good sign for steelhead fishing later in October. For now it is a study flow of Chinook salmon and Coho salmon with a bonus steelhead thrown in for good measure. With fish continuously trickling in on a daily basis there is salmon spread out through the entire river system. The highest concentration is obviously in the fly fishing areas. Because some of the salmon have been sitting in this part of the river for considerable time now, fishing here can be a little tricky. With good presentation and persistence the fly zones are producing more than their share of fish. I have been spending most of my time fishing the DSR. Here the salmon are fresh from the Lake and more prone to take a fly on the swing. The fishing pressure remains moderately low during the week, however weekend traffic is picking up.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have remains being the work force of the fly box. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink. When Coho are around it doesn't seem to matter is long as the fly has some hot pink mixed in. For steelhead, the same flies that we are using for Coho salmon are producing just as well for steelhead. With spawning still two to three weeks away I have not yet started to use egg patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


The fishing continues to be better than average. We have seen light but steady runs of fish daily. There is no big push of fish at one time. The fish just keep trickling in for most of the day. This is making for some consistent fishing. Work the water and you will get in to a few fish. There is a real potential for a heavy push of fish. The reports coming out of the estuary is that there is a lot of salmon in and waiting to move. Who knows what will trigger these fish to move, but they will go when they are good and ready. We have seen Coho salmon and now a few steel head next in with the Chinook salmon. This is very early for the steelhead, but good fun when hook.

Water flows continued to remain consistent at 335 CFS, for now. We have received consistent rainfall over the past couple weeks. The rainfall that we received few days ago has raised the water level to overflowing in the reservoir. Water flow prediction for this coming week is three days of water flows at 500 CFS starting on Monday. This should put the fishing into high gear. As always cold windy and rainy weather always makes for good fishing.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have been the work force. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink. When Coho are around it doesn't seem to matter is long as the fly has some hot pink mixed in.

If you're interested in seeing just how big some of these fish are, I still have prime days available both September and October. Keep in mind that the normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


During the past week we had three days of so-called bad weather. Northeast wind, passing rain showers, just what we need to get a few fish moving. That's exactly what happened, nothing heavy but just a nice light steady push of fish. This made for excellent fishing for this time of the month. Keep in mind early September can be a little unpredictable however we are experiencing some good study salmon fishing at this time. Easy to get spoiled with the fishing we've had over the last few days. Along with the Chinook's salmon we are also seeing a few coho salmon. The cool weather systems has driven the water temperatures down into 60s. With temperatures like this the salmon will not be overly stressed, but warm enough where they will not run through the river to quickly. It has taken almost a week for the first of the salmon to work their way up river. The result of all of this is that, there is salmon spread out throw the entire length of the river. This also spreads out the fishing pressure. The largest concentration of fishing is located in the DSR and for now the fishing pressure here is not that heavy.

I have mentioned that the Chinook salmon seem to be larger than normal this year. This is turning out to be true. I have seen more salmon over 30 pounds already this fall then I would normally see an entire fall. It will be interesting to see if this trend of large fish caring on with the Brown trout and steelhead. As always we will have to weight and see.

I am starting to see a trend with the flies. First the fish are definitely bigger and stronger, as result we are using larger than normal flies. Size 4 black and silver woolly buggers have become the standard. We have also been having success with some larger bunny flies, some of these flies are close to four a half inches long. The salmon are definitely showing a preference for a big target. This is fortunate considering the large fish.

If you're interested in seeing just how big some of these fish are, I still have prime days available both September and October. Keep in mind that the normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, September 6, 2010



The last few weeks have not provided much fishing opportunities. This is nothing new for this area. Hot weather, and the natural cycle of some of our streams will often shot the fishing down. This doesn't mean that we lost our fish, it just means a change is coming.

It is September and we are back to fishing for Chinook salmon ones again. Over the Labor Day week end the Salmon River had a 750 CFS release of water. Most of the time this will trigger a small run of salmon. Do to high water temperatures and fish being fish, we did not see many salmon moving on the first morning of the water release. However the second morning we had a small run of fish. I account for the drastic change in fishing to the drastic change in weather. Heavy rains, high winds and colder air temperatures drop the water temperature down approximately 4 degrees. You need to keep in mind it is early yet, and we are fishing the very front end of the run. I have often said, this is my favorite time to be on the river. Even though there's not a lot of fish around. The salmon are at their best fresh from the lake and full of flight. The fishing pressure is light, and you can fish ware you want, for now. As we progress through the month the fishing is only going to improve.

The upper fly fishing zone still has a few Atlantic salmon around, however as the number of Chinook salmon picked up the Atlantic salmon will move out of the way of the Chinooks. For some reason these two salmon do not like to hang out with each other. The way things look I will give the Atlantic salmon about two weeks before they get crowded out by the Chinook's.

As for the flies, it is early yet and I will need time to figure out what the fly patterns are going to be. Until then I will rely on the usual stuff, woolly buggers and bunny flies.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall News letter 2010


There is a lot going on for this fall. As for the fishing, there is some news. We have a big run of Atlantic salmon in the Salmon River this summer. These fish will give us some early fall fishing. We have been fishing for these salmon throughout the summer or when water temperatures are in acceptable ranges. As we go into fall the water temperature will cool off and the Atlantic salmon fishing will pick up once again. These fish have been ranging in size from six to 16 pound. Most of the fish are in eight to 10 pound range. We have found that the Atlantic salmon definitely like to chase a swinging fly. Also, a few salmon have been taken on dry flies.

The story on the Chinook salmon is that this is the year class of the fall of 2007 low water flows. The fish numbers are supposed to be down, however the salmon this year are running big. There is a very good chance for a 30 pound plus salmon this fall. The way the charter boat captain's are talking, there is going to be plenty of salmon this fall. If you were around fall of 2007, you most certainly remember all the coho salmon we got into that fall. It was one of the best run of coho salmon I have seen. There are some rumors about good coho salmon fishing in the lake. Time will tell.

All the signs are looking towards another good run of steelhead this fall. It is good to have the steelhead fishing back to the way it was. The lake fishing over the summer was as good as the last few summer, and once again, the boat pressure has stayed low. I am expecting to see a good run this fall.

The brown trout fishing, last fall, required us to do some traveling. We did not have the fish showing up in their normal rivers. We had to go to the fish. I am not going to wait on the brown trout to come to me. We are going to the fish.
Those of you who have fished with me in the past know that I work hard to find the best fishing I can. Last fall, we found the best Brown trout fishing on the Salmon River. This fall I will do the same, Go to the fish.

When fishing salmon on the Salmon River, I like to fish the lower portion of the Salmon River. This means we spent a lot of time in the D.S.R. This year the access fees onto this properly will be covered under the daily guide fee.

I have made a new addition. We have a Clacka Craft drift boat. This is a big change form the traditional wood. Winter fishing conditions are taking its toll. The new boat is a16 foot low side. The low side will make it easier getting in and out of when we stop to get out and fish. Also, being a low side drift boat, it will handle better in windy conditions. Being wider and slightly longer, it has a larger footprint on the water. This means that new boat will float about 2 inches shallower than the old one. Along with all of this, we have more storage and better leg locks. This boat will be far more comfortable and convenient to fish out of.

Many of you know. My fishing schedule is designed to follow the runs as they happen along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. For those of you who are not familiar with my route through the rivers, here it is;
September through October; fishing the Salmon River.
November to December; fishing Sandy Creek, Oak Orchard River and Genesee River.
December through out the winter months, depending on fishing conditions and convenience, this will be either the Salmon River or Sandy Creek and Oak Orchard.

At this time, I sill have prime days available for the month of September. September may not be the hottest month for fishing. However, the salmon are fresh and the fishing pressure is generally light. It is one of my favorite times to be on the river. If you have any questions feel free to call me at 585-233-0436 or the shop at 585-352-4575 Good fishing this fall.