Sunday, January 24, 2010




We will have to see how much rain we get out of this upcoming weather front. Hopefully there will be enough rain to bring the river's backup and get our winter fishing back online. We need to get the water flow back up. The fish that are in the river now have been playing the game for some time now. They kwon the game well and the fishing has become very technical.
The ice is finally starting to clear out of the Genesee River. You will still need to use caution when fishing along the river banks. There is sections were the shelf ice extends out into the river. If you are standing on this ice when it breaks, you could find yourself standing in neck deep ice water. Water flows and clarity have been fluctuating daily lately. You'll have to just go and take your chances for now.
The Oak Orchard River water flow has been fluctuating a little bit over this past week. However these water fluctuations has not been enough to pull new fish and yet. The lower portion of the Oak where the water flows is slower, is where most of the productive fishing is. Hopefully the rain will be significant enough to bring the water flows up and maintain a flow long enough to pull in new fish. As for the smaller streams and creeks, this is a mix bag of still frozen, low water, hopefully soon high water. You will need to check on the immediate conditions before fishing.
The Salmon River water flow is still at 285 CFS, hear too hopefully we will get some rain so the water can go up. As I said the fishing has become very technical. We have been using light tippits and small flies, well at least small for me. We're using nymphs in size 12 to 8 mostly the flies are sort of stone fly nymph, hairs ear or Caddis a merger. It has been the same deal as it has been the last couple weeks. Hook a fish or two a fly pattern, put that pattern away and try another. More flies we tried more bites we were getting. Hopefully the water flows will come up this week and we can it out and swing some flies for a change.

UPDATE

We get the rain, all most 2 inches of the stuff. All the creek and river are way up. The Oak Orchard River has come up close to 4 feet, The smaller streams and creeks are about to go over there banks. Give these creeks and river about a week to come back in to fishing condition. The same goes for the Genesee River, however this river may stay out for the next two weeks. The Salmon River is going from 285 CFS to 1800 CFS for the next few days. The blast of high water is just what we needed to get the fishing going. Weather permitting we should be back on the water by the weekend.

Sunday, January 17, 2010






The break in the clod whether has given us a chance to get out and do some fishing. This is just the cure for cabin fever. The warm spell has not been long enough to raise the water flow on the Oak Orchard River yet. As a result the fishing has been off. The Oak will need a good push of water to get the fishing going. The smaller area creeks are still frozen at this time. The Genesee River water flow is still low and all ice. I recommend not going near the Genesee River do to the ice. The river conditions are extremely dangerous right now. The weather forecast is for the temperatures to be more towards the freezing mark for the rest of the week. A little more thawing time and the Western rivers and creeks may be back to fishing.
The Salmon River is still flowing at 285 CFS, for now. We will have wait and see if the water flows will change later this week. As I've said in the past the 285 CFS water flow is not a bad flow for water steelhead fishing. Last Thursday I made a run to the Salmon River and fished the upper portion of the river. It was good to be back on the water and the fish were quite cooperative. We found that they had a preference for size 8 and 10 stone fly nymphs. As always when it comes to winter steelhead fishing, you need to be mindful of light bites. Set the hook carefully and maintain good pressure. A long with stone fly nymphs we also had bites on small egg flies in size 10 colors oregon cheese and orange.
Along with the steelhead fishing we have some trout fishing going on. Spring brook is one of the most stable trout streams you can find anywhere. This spring Creek is hardly ever affected by weather conditions. Water temperatures and water flows hardly fluctuate much. Fishing spring brook this time of the year is a game of midges and scuds. The midges are a size 20 down to a 28, and in a variety of colors. The scuds this time of the year are small. I have had my pest success with a size 16 scud in the color pink. Winter is a great time to be fishing spring brook and Oatka creek. The trout are always there and at times very hungry, with the added bonus of at times being the only one on the water.

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and Spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
For available days feel free to give me a call at 585-352-0439 or the fly shop at 585- 352-4775.

Monday, January 11, 2010




It is looking like we are going to get a break in the clod whether soon. By the end of the week the air temperature should be above the freezing mark. Just the cure that we need for a bad case of cabin fever. Starting with the Oak Orchard River, river conditions here with all things considered, not bad. There are no ice issues, and water flows are at what we call a medium to medium low flow for now. The water color is clear which is normal after a prolonged freeze. One word of caution. If water flows do come up and go over the overflow. Be on the look out for large chunks of ice floating down river. Be mindful and make sure you have a quick escape. As for flies, stay with egg flies and nymphs in sizes 12 to 8. Down river in the deeper slower water try fishing white bunny flies and woolly buggers.
The smaller area streams and creeks will need a longer warming period, than what we will most likely receive. I would not plan on fishing any of these stretches of water for some time.
The Salmon River water flow still remains at 285 CFS and according to the water release predictions it will stay that way for some time to come. This is nothing new when it comes to cold whether. As you probably already guessed there is plenty of snow along the river. There is about two feet of the stuff along the Lower River and about three to 4 feet of snow along the upper river. Keep this in mind when planning on ware you are going to fish. Getting in and out of the river in some places this time in the year can be an issue. Fishing in this 285 water will require some adjusting to river conditions. The first is to light the tippets down to 3X to 4X that is about six to 8 pound test. For flies stay with the smaller stuff, egg flies and nymphs in size 12 to 8. For best results fish these with a strike indicator and a long leader. For those of you who would like to swing flies stay with bunny leach patterns in size 6 to size 4. Fish these patterns in the classic down and across swing. Swing these flies as slowly as possible, for best results you want the fly to almost hang in the current as it comes across the swing.

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and Spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
For available days feel free to give me a call at 585-352-0439 or the fly shop at 585- 352-4775.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

COLD




The way the weather is looking for this coming week. It is going to be a good week for fly tying. The temperatures are not going to get much over the 20 degree mark. Time to get some fly boxes filed up, for the upcoming spring. The lake Ontario snow guns have dune there job. The banks along the Oak Orchard River, has received a good does of snow, about 20 inches of the stuff. All of this snow has frozen the lower part of the river. But the river from the road hole on up river to the damn will stay open. It takes a lout of cold weather even to begin to freeze this part of the river. As for all of the smaller creeks, you guess it, lost in the snow.
The Salmon River has been hit with the same blast of snow. We will have to wait and see how big of a hit it is. This cold weather is freezing deep. The water flow on the salmon is coming down. The Salmon River is dropping down to 285 CFS. This is the minimum flow for the winter. The 285 CFS flow is meant to protect the river bottoms from anchor ice. Ones we get a thaw the water flow will go beck up. Until then this water flow may be a little lower than we are used to, but the river will fish. These winter low water flows is when you break out the small egg flies and nymphs.

If you have been thinking about learning to tie flies. Or you would like to improve your fly tying skills. Then give Coleman's fly shop a call 585-352-4775 and inquire about the fly tying classes that will be held through February and March.