Thursday, July 22, 2010


Welcome to the dog days of summer. Hot weather, warm water temperatures, small bugs and touchy fish. Fortunately water flows in all of our trout streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For the foreseeable future Oatka Creek and the rest of the trout streams is going to be trios in the morning, followed by a steady diet of ants and beetles. When the weather is hot, you will want to be on the water by 6:30 a.m. because the spinners will come back earlier with the heat. Cooler warnings I normally like to be on stream around 7:30 a.m., the cooler mornings will give us chance to fish the tail end of the hatch before the spinners returned. For Spring brook scuds and micro midgets, that is size 24 and smaller. Keep in mind we have been picking in these fish for some time now and they are on to us. Wade careful, be patient. Mid summer fishing, challenging, but nothing new for us.

I know I have not made a new report in some time. This is because I took some time to do a little fishing. I had to find out what all the fuss was about, when it came to Tarpon fishing. Let me tell you, that July Florida Sun is intense, so were the Tarpon. I fished with a friend of mine, Jerry Poslusuy and capt Rick Grassett for two days out of Siesta Key on the gulf coast. We managed to hook three fish and bring two to the boat. This Tarpon fishing was some of the most intense fishing that I've done a long time. Watching a six-foot long fish swim across flats and then eat a fly, a site that needs to be seen.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


The dogs day of summer is hear. The sulfur hatch is over, and once again we are waiting for the next round of bugs. If Oatka creek and all the other trout streams stay on their traditional hatch schedule, we should see the first of the trio hatching in about weeks time. The trio is a morning hatch. The bugs start hatching before daybreak and then almost immediately returned back to the water as spinners. On a typical morning we arrive on stream about 6:30 to7 a.m. and by 10 to 10:30 a.m. most of the fishing is over. The trio hatch is one of those hatches that has, actually improved over the years on the Oatka. I personally consider this hatch to be one of the best hatches for the dry fly fishing. Fish will feed all the way through the hatch. Size 20 trios do not fill up trout quickly. Despite the small size of the flies and touchy fish, we have in the past done very well fishing this hatch.
Until the trios to get going, consider fishing nymphs and streamers and the morning's until the sun gets on the water, after that consider fishing ants and beetles. Evening fishing consider using the same also try white wolf's and small Caddis. Fishing on Springbrook can still be as good as it was earlier this summer during the sulfur hatches. The challenge now is going to be working with small midge patterns in sizes ranging from 24 and smaller and ultra light tippits that is 8X to 12X. Fishing these tiny midges is some of the most technical fishing there is. Fortunately when the trout get feeding on these tiny little bugs they will feed for hours. Along with the midges, scads are always a staple for Springbrook. At least these flies are not so small a size 16 will do the job.

I am still offering my hatch special. The meet time will fluctuate to accommodate the bugs and the fish. This way we can fish through the hatch 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