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.


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.

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