Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Cold is Back

The water flows settled back down and it is back to the cold. When the water temperature is as cold as it is, the fish do not know the difference. We are talking about water temperature a round 32 to33 degrees. What a lout of fishermen do not think about is that when the weather is cold as it is now. The water temperature can rise 2 to 4 degrees. The reason for this is that on river and streams that have, springs feeding in to them, water temperature can warm up a few degrees. Spring water flows out of the ground around 42 to 45 degrees as result warming the water temperature. When the air temperature is above freezing, 31degree snow melt is running in to the creek and rivers, quickly dropping the water temperature back down, one more thing to thank about when we go about fishing.
As for the fishing the Oak Orchard River the water flow is still up and the water color is still muddy. The water color should improve by the end of the week. I would suspect that the fish will be spread out from the dam on down river. Concentrate your efforts in the main pools.
The Genesee River is a mess. High water muddy water continues and now ice. One of those winters for the Genesee River.
The Salmon River has come back down and is now running at 750 CFS plus run off. As we hope the reason high water has pulled in a new batch of fresh steelhead. I was fishing the salmon over the week end. The high water did more than pull new fish in. The high water stirred up the River bottom creating a massive egg drift. As result we were able to dial in on the steelhead with egg patterns. The Old standby size 8 nuclear row bug in Oregon cheese did the job. This egg bite will probably last a other week before it dies out. Then we are back to fishing nymphs and small of flies.


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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