Sunday, April 25, 2010




Some how the water flows have stayed the constant over the past week. Right now water flows remain at 285 CFS, low but very fishable for fly fishermen. Right now we are in desperate need of some rain. If we do not receive some significant rainfall soon, water flows will most certainly drop. This is nothing to panic about, in the past we have fished in lower water flows and done extremely well. For now the steelhead do not seem to be in too big of a hurry to leave. Water temperatures have remained quite consistent, thanks to cold frosty nights. The water temperatures have been hovering around 48 to 52 degrees. Add this to the fact that there is a lot of food and the river right now, the steelhead do not seem in a big hurry to leave the river. We have been catching most of our fish by swinging flies and using sink tip lines. Somewhere between a type 5 and a type 3 sink tip seems to be ideal for the water flows. As for flies, the same old dependable stuff, Brown and copper size 4 woolly buggers, also black and olive buggers in size 6 have been taking their share of fish. I think these flies are looking a little bit like the baby Chinook salmon.
The local trout streams continue to have the Hendrickson hatch. For now with the cooler air and water temperatures. The hatch has been come in off somewhere between noon and three o'clock. By now there is plenty of bugs that have hatched, this means as soon as conditions are good there will be a spinner fall. Keep in mind air temperatures need to be above 60 degrees for the spinners to come back. It is not unusual on days to see spinners mid to late afternoon. However evenings is traditionally when the spinners returned. Also keep in mind we should be seeing the next hatch of the spring. This hatch is a size 16 blue wing olive. Expect to see the olives hatching along with the Hendrickson's. You will need to be extra observant to make sure the trout are eating the bug that you think they are. When in doubt fish the olives.

Note; The following days have become available for the Salmon River I have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 For the trout fishermen, keep in mind I will be back home fishing or local trout streams from mid may on. This is Oatka Creek, Springbrook and the upper Genesee River. If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436

Wednesday, April 21, 2010





The Steelhead run on the Salmon River continues to be about two weeks ahead of schedule. Fortunately water temperatures this week have remained stable on the cool side. Water temperatures have been fluctuating between 47 to 52 degrees. This has slowed down the steelhead from dropping back to the Lake. I also suspect that the incredibly large amount of Chinook salmon par that are in the River right now, has something to do with keeping the steelhead where they are. The Chinook salmon par, are so prevalent that I suspect this is acting as a forage base that is holding the steelhead in place. Along with the daily catches of steelhead we have caught a few Brown trout. Judging by the condition of these Brown trout there is no doubt that these Browns are gorging on Chinook par. There's no doubt the steelhead are eating their share.
As for the steelhead fishing, the spawning activity has for the most part come to an end. We are now fishing the pools and concentrating on the drop back phase of the run. The name the game now is, swing flies, cover water. For the fishermen who enjoys fishing with a spey rod this is our time. The most efficient way to cover water is to use of two-handed rods and sink tips. Productive flies right now have been the Brown copper woolly bugger in size 6 and 4. We have also gotten fish on how olive bunny flies and black stone fly nymphs.
The local inland trout streams are in prime fishing condition right now. The Henriksen hatch continues to come off around mid afternoon. Keep in mind as water temperatures increase the hatch will come off earlier in the day. As always we fish when we have a chance, if you can't fish the afternoons when the bugs are hatching. Then consider fishing in the mornings, with nymphs. There's often what we call a nymph drift prior to the actual hatch. On some steams this is when most of the trout will feed the heaviest. Right now mid morning might actually be the best time to fish, when it comes to the best time to catch fish.

Note; The following days have become available for the Salmon River in April, 25. I also have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 For the trout fishermen, keep in mind I will be back home fishing or local trout streams from mid may on. This is Oatka Creek, Springbrook and the upper Genesee River. If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436

Thursday, April 15, 2010


This large steelhead was caught in the Oak Orchard River in late March. It may not look so in the photograph, but this is one of the largest steelhead I have ever caught.

As we all know, the warmer than unusual spring we have been experiencing has accelerated every thing. This includes water temperatures and along with everything else pace of the spring fishing. This past week we saw the steelhead run on the Oak Orchard River wind down. There will still be a few stray fish coming and going in the Oak. But for the most part the balked of the steelhead fishing is over for the Oak Orchard River. I am now making my move to the Salmon River. This will be where I will be for the rest of the spring steelhead run. The steelheads on the salmon have been spawning for about tow weeks and there are a few fish dripping back down river. These fish will eat on there way out and more than willing to eat a fly. The last few days we have been getting multiple hookups swinging flies in the pools. The fishing has been good over the past weeks. I am expecting the fishing to be this way for some time to come.
The fishing on the local trout streams have also been accelerated with this warm spring. The Henrikson hatch is on the Oatka Creek, you can find bugs hatching all along the creek. For now the hatch is coming off mid day. As the hatch progresses the timing of the hatch will start earlier in the day. You can expect to find the Henrikson hatch comeing off on all of trout streams that support a fly hatches.

Note; The following days for April have become available for the Salmon River April 21,25,30. I also have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1,2,5,8,9,10,11 If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436, please be persistent I am often in areas with poor cell reception.

Thursday, April 8, 2010



The warm weather has done its work. The water temperature has warmed up considerably, as of now the water temperature for the Oak Orchard River is in the mid 50s. We have only about week or two of steelhead fishing left for the Oak. Water temperatures in the mid 50s, will accelerate the pace of the steelhead's spawn. Ones the fish finish spawning there is no reason for the steelhead stay around. The Oak does not hold steelhead for long after they finish spawning. The warm water temperatures, has also trigger a heavy run of suckers. Fish an egg fly in a pool and you will hook on practically every cast. The pest way to avoid getting in to a lot of suckers, is to swing flies off the river bottom. Swinging flies will not stop the suckers from eating the flies, but this will slow them down some. The flies we have been using, has not changed much. We are using two different groups of flies, one for fishing the pools the other for fishing the gravel. For the pools, stay with egg patterns, medium size nymphs that is size 10 to 8. You can also try swinging woolly buggers and buddy flies. For fish on and around the gravel, brake out the big stuff, little rainbow streamer size 2 and big buggers. This is also where you're larger spey fly and steelhead wet flies will be most productive.
The reports from the Salmon River are very encouraging. Water temperatures and flows are good and the steelheads are on the spawn. I will be heading to the Salmon River next week and will be fishing the salmon until mid May.

Note; The following days for April have become available for the Salmon River April 21,25,30. I also have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1,2,5,8,9,10,11 If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436


Friday, April 2, 2010





It looks like spring is on us, the warmer than normal spring weather we are experiencing is warming up all of our creeks and rivers very quickly. It is starting to look like the spring fishing season is upon us now. Starting with the Oak Orchard River, up until recently, water temperature was holding around 40 to 42 degrees. Water flows were at a high to medium to high-level with a heavy stain to the water. We have not received much rain lately, as a result water flows will be both clearing and dropping on the Oak Orchard River. Along with the water flow we are going to see a sharp increase in water temperatures. This is going to put the steelhead spawn on the Oak in high gear. For fish activity, we are seeing the typical steelhead spawning time behaviors. What this boils down to for us is that most of the active steelhead will be found on the gravel busy with normal spawn activities. Steelheads that are located in the pools are going to be those either finished with spawning or in a resting mood. As a result we will need to use a different group of flies for fishing the pools then we would for fishing the gravel. For the pools, stay with egg patterns, medium size nymphs that is size 10 to 8. You can also try swinging woolly buggers and buddy flies. For fish on and around the gravel, brake out the big stuff, little rainbow streamer size 2, this is also where you're larger spey fly and steelhead wet flies will be most productive.
Salmon River, warm weather is also having an effect here to. Water flows have come down recently to 500 CFS. This may be a convenient flow for fishing but for early April this is a low flow. Water temperatures here will soon be in the low to mid-40 degree range shown. This will trigger the steelhead to spawn. As a result we can expect to find steelhead almost anywhere along the river. Anywhere there is adequate for flow over the gravel bed there is potential for spawning fish and anywhere there is adequate cover there can be steelhead resting. The same flies we are using on the Oak will work here to. Keep in mind as far as I'm concerned the best is yet to come, that is swing season. Once the steelhead through with their spawning and back on the feed, we will have the best fishing for swinging flies of the season.

Note; The following days for April have become available for the Oak Orchard River April,7,8,9, on the Salmon River April 21,25,30. I also have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1,2,5,8,9,10,11 If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436