Thursday, June 24, 2010


The water flows this week on the trout streams have varied widely from stream too stream. We have had a series of thunderstorms throughout the week. However despite the water conditions, all of the trout streams have and are in good fishing condition. All of the rain is keeping the streams in good shape. We should be in good shape when the late summer hatches start.
Despite what I have sad the water flows have been fluctuating on the high side this week. We have a tendency to have preconceived expectations for what we are going to find and how we are going to fish. We get to the water and find that things are not what we expected. This is when most fishermen will declare the conditions are not fishable and go home. When you spend a lot of time on the water like I do, you learn how to fish in a lot of different conditions. It is all ways a good idea to approach the water and see what is going on and then adjust to the conditions. If you are on the water a lot of only get to fish occasionally, this make sends. Our fishing time is precious, any ways this is how I learned to fish in so-called adverse conditions.
So what's going on with the bugs. The sulfur hatch on both Oatka Creek and Spring Creek is starting to wind down for the summer. For Oatka Creek, there is still a few bugs hatching near or after dark, but the majority of the dry fly fishing is still centered around the evening spinner fall. There is also a mix of Caddis hatching, these Caddis range from size 20 black Caddis to a size 14 chocolate Caddis. These bugs are not consistently disbursed throughout Oatka Creek. Cover some water and you will find a few bugs on and some feeding fish. When there's no insect activity, nymphs fishing has been producing a fair amount of fish. Try fishing was scuds, hairs ear's, Coleman's march Brown nymph. This is also a good time to experiment with fishing soft hackles.
Spring Creek is still having some sporadic sulfur's hatches, however the spinner returns are still binging the fish up to feed. When there's no active hatch going on, it is time to start experimenting with various midge patterns. Mages and scuds are starting to be the name of the game. Keep these patterns to a size 16 and the Midge patterns to sizes 20 on down.

I am still offering my evening hatch special. We meet at 5 p.m. and fish until dark, this way we can fish through the evening catch and spinner fall. As always I bring the flies, leaders, and tippits, if you need a rod I will have that for you to. If you are interested give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436



I am continuing to fish for Atlantic salmon. Obviously this is a relatively new fisheries for us and I am learning about these fish quickly. Each time I fish for these fish I am able to work out new fly patterns and presentations. Obviously this is Atlantic salmon fishing and the salmon runs the game.
If you feel the need for a big fish fix, give me a call. As long as the river conditions cooperate I am going to continue to work with these fish. It is exciting to have a new option for the summer, fishing for Atlantic Salmon. I can be contacted through the fly shop, the number is 585-352 4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010



This week all of the streams and rivers have come back in to prime fishing condition. As you can imagine after little high water, the fish have gone on the feed. For the bugs, gray foxes are now starting to wind down. You can still find the few in certain sections of the Genesee River and the Oatka for now. The sulfur hatch continues to come off during the evening, some evenings the hatch will happen the same time the spinners return. This means you'll need to watch the rises to see what the fish are feeding on. Keep in mind by now we have been picking on these fish for over two months. The trout are definitely on to us, pay attention to the presentation.
I am still offering my evening hatch special. We meet at 5 p.m. and fish until dark, this way we can fish through the evening catch and spinner fall. As always I bring the flies, leaders, and tippits, if you need a rod I will have that for you to. If you are interested give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436



A few of you may be aware that I have been exploring a new fisheries, lake run Atlantic salmon. I have been having some real success recently. This is not a high volume hook up deal, however the fish are showing up its historic numbers and eating flies. You have to keep things into perspective. When it comes to fishing for Atlantic salmon, it is normal to travel several hours and then fish for days and hopefully land a fish. I am finding fish right here in my home river. My success rate has been way over the top. Right now there is hardly anyone fishing for these fish. It is nice to have some big powerful fish and the river practically to yourself. If you feel the need for a big fish fix, give me a call. As long as the river conditions cooperate I am going to continue to work with these fish. It is exciting to have a new option for the summer, fishing for Atlantic Salmon. I can be contacted through the fly shop, the number is 585-352 4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010



What can I say, we definitely needed the rain. This past week over 3’’ of rain fall, that got the water up and flowing. For now, with the exception of spring creek all the local rivers and creeks are running high. It will be a few days before we can fish. High water flows like what we are expression right now is important, helping to keep our trout streams healthy during the summer.
Oatka Creek should be back to fishing relatively quickly. For now Oatka is flowing at the 3.81, once the water flow is down to 3.2 the creek will be back in fishing shape. The Genesee River has already dropping back down, the river will fish in a day or so.
With this recent blast of water, I took a little road trip to check out some new trout fishing. It's not everyday we can get a few more miles of trout water. This is a pleasant change from the normal routine of losing valuable trout fishing resource. All of you know how much I enjoy fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski New York. About two weeks ago the state fisheries Department, manage to find some extra trout and stocked the upper Salmon River. I found trout in several locations these fish range in size from 10 to 14 inches long. There is also a few very large Browns trout hanging around in various locations in the river. Some of these Brown trout are well over 20 inches long. Excellent Brown fishing trout anywhere, add to this the fishing pressure is very light. The best part of all this is the fish like to eat caddis, making for excellent dry fly fish. Good to have another location for trout fishing.


Last summer I talked about the surprising increase in Atlantic Salmon numbers. This summer appears to be just like last summer, but with more fish. Obviously something positive for a change is going on with the Atlantic salmon fisheries. This is not the first Atlantic Salmon to be caught on the Salmon River this summer this summer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



It has been hot this past week. All of the heat has not made the trout fishing easy. Hot weather can mess with the timing of the bug hatches. When it is hot like it has been recently hatches and the spinner returns will happen well after dark. During hot weather the water temperatures can get too warm for even the bugs to hatch. Often water temperatures will need to cool off a little after dark before the bugs and fish will move. The same goes for the spinner returns, sometimes the air temperature needs to cool off. This will explain some of the on predictability of the timing of the hatches we been experiencing this past week.
For the Genesee River and Oatka Creek, with the heat lately most of the fishing really does not get going much before 7 p.m., once the sun gets off the water. As water temperatures slowly start to drop, fish activity picks up. I call this, fishing the B shift. The best fishing activity has been getting going about 8 p.m. obviously this all changes on cooler days, both the bugs and the fishing activities instantly change back to a normal schedule. The one cool spot in all this hot stuff is spring brook. The cool water of the springs keeps the water temperature consistently cool even in the hot weather we have been experiencing. As result nothing has changed with the timing of the hatches. There is a midmorning sulfur hatch followed by a late afternoon hatch of sulfur. There is also a blue wing olives coming off with the afternoon sulfurs, nothing like making the fishing on spring brook a little more complicated. When the bugs are not hatching, try fishing pink scads size 16 and midges in size 20. Most productive Midge pattern for me has been a little white and black Midge.
The bugs, on Oatka Creek and the Genesee River look for, gray Fox, March Browns, sulfurs, Caddis, blue wing olives. Spring brook, here it's mostly sulfurs and a few blue wing olives.