Wednesday, November 24, 2010



I have been off the water for the last few days. But the fishing has still been good. The water flows have been on the high side over the past week, and our smaller rivers and creeks. This means new fish, both brown trout and steelhead. Do not be alarmed if the water color is off, the fish do not mind this, so neither should we. There are two considerations that you will need to keep in mind when fishing now. First is water temperature, cold days and nights are definitely going to drop the water temperatures enough to put the fish off. On these cool days consider fishing late morning in to late afternoon. Give the water some time for the temperatures to warm up and the fish turn on. Second is there is a lot of spawned out fish sitting in the pools and pockets. These fish are now going to turn all there attention to eating. Give these fish in the pools and the pockets a lot of extra attention now. With the spawning is slowing down, egg flies may not always be most effective patters. Try fishing buggers and bunny flies. Stay with size 8 and 6, this will match the average size of most of the minnows that these fish will be feeding.


As many of you know, I usually take Thanksgiving week off. I go to the southern tier and spent some time at our family deer camp to do some hunting. This year's deer season is definitely off to a good start. Here is an excellent example of what good deer and land management can do for you and the wildlife.

Friday, November 19, 2010




The Brown trout fishing is moving along in its normal predictable patterns. The rainfall that hit us the other day, was way more than was predicted. This brought water flows to high to fish for all local rivers and streams with the exception of Oak Orchard River. It is a rare day in the fall when water flows are too high to fish. Fortunately the Oak Orchard River is in excellent fishing condition. I am also very reluctant to say to this, the crowds on the oak were very light. I could fish anywhere I want with nobody in the way. I hope the conditions on the Oak Orchard River stay this way for some time to come.
I am now starting to consistently, come a cross spawned out Brown trout. These fish are all females that have been in the system for the last few weeks. These fish are proximately 30 percent lighter in weight than they were when they first entered the river. This loss of weight is due to the load of eggs they were caring when they first came in. Other than this weight loss of eggs, these fish are still in very good shape. The nice thing about having these fish hanging around is that they are totally into eating. Plus they seem to have more energy when we do hook up with one of these fish. Even though I'm seeing plenty of spawned out Browns, we are still getting a steady trickle of fresh fish. I suspect we will still have fresh Brown trout trickle in for a few more weeks. In fact in the past I've seen some of the largest Brown trout after Thanksgiving holidays. Along with a steady trickle of fresh run Brown trout, we are now seeing and catching more steelhead. Keep in mind when we are now fishing in late November conditions. Water temperatures are going to be a concern. When we have cold clear nights expect water temperatures to drop significantly. When this happens be prepared for a slow start to the day, water temperatures will need to warm up a little before the fish turn on.
Productive flies: I am still fishing a lot of egg patterns, the normal stuff in the normal sizes. This is size 10 and 8 and colors of orange and Oregon cheese for the clear water. In the dirty water chartreuse is hard to beat. With all the spawn out Brown trout starting to go on the feed, streamers fishing will consistently become more effective. For this, white bunny flies in size 8 to 4 is hard to beat.

Even though December is just around the corner, this does not mean the fishing stops. December can be a great month for fishing for a mix of Brown trout and steelhead. Even though weather conditions can be cold sometimes, the rivers and streams can be a great place to be, light fishing pressure and plenty of fish. I will be bouncing around between the Western New York tributaries and the Salmon River depending on fishing conditions and logistics. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when trying to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Friday, November 12, 2010






The hunt continues for monster Brown trout. Fishing for Brown trout continues to be consistently decent. I have found Browns scattered all about the rivers and creeks. There is no one large concentration of fish but, decent numbers anyways. The big challenge this week has been the weather, believe it or not. Early in the week we had a nice push of water that should have pulled a lot of fish in. Because this increase water flow came with a sharp drop in temperatures, water temperatures dropped off sharply. This slowed the fish's reaction to the water fluctuation. Over the last few days I have been observing a light but consistent run of new Brown trout. Most of these are female Browns that are finally starting to work their way up river. This has help considerably with settling down the groups of male Brown trout and improving their attitude towards taking a fly.
We are still experiencing morning water temperatures in some of our creeks as cold as 36 degrees. During warmer days water temperatures are warming back to the low 40 degree mark. These water temperature fluctuations are having a big influence on how to go about fishing for the Brown trout. Because the water temperatures are dropping into the upper 30 degree mark during the night, Brown trout are backing off the spawning gravel and holding up in the pools and pockets. It takes most of the day for the water temperature to warm backup into the low 40s. At which time the Browns will become active enough to resume spawning. We have been fishing the pools and pockets for most of the day. It is mid afternoon be for we are able to do any productive sight fishing. Looks like this falls challenge for Brown trout fishing, is going to be dealing with water temperature fluctuations.
Nothing much has changed with the fly selections. We are still using egg patterns in size 10 and 8. All of our streams and rivers are still saturated with eggs, basically we are matching the hatch.

I still have prime days available for November, 15, 28, 29, 30 this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Sunday, November 7, 2010





True to form water flows are a big concern. The Oak Orchard River is flowing on the low side. Not bad for this time in the year, as always I like to see more water flow. The smaller area creeks and streams are not suffering as bad for now. Here to I wound like to see some prologue wet weather. I can never get enough water flow to make myself happy. The important thing is that there is enough water flow for the fish to move. After last two falls being a no show of brown trout in the Western tributaries, it is good to see the brown trout back where they should be. All I can say is so far so good. The rain we have received over the past few days has increased the water flows some. This should get our first strong run of female Brown trout going. The last few days has been a big game of hide and go seek with the male Browns trout. Normally male Brown trout will enter the river be for most of the female Browns. The problem is fishing to male Brown trout can be quite tough. They can show up anywhere, so it is a hunting game. We walk the rivers looking for fish and then see if we can get one to bite. The challenge is most of the time all they want to bite on is each other. Once the female Brown trout show up the male Brown trout become far more cooperative, willing to eat a fly. This is just typical fishing for early run Brown trout, a few fish scattered about the river. However the Brown trout that we do find and catch are true monsters.
Productive flies; true to form Brown trout like to eat, and what is available for them to eat, salmon eggs. So obviously the hot flies are orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs.

I still have prime days available for November, 12, 14, 15, 28, 29, 30, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, November 1, 2010






This was my last week fishing the Salmon River on a daily basis. I am now back fishing the Lake Ontario's western tributaries. The hunt for monster Brown Trout is on. I will still be taking daily trips back to the Salmon River for steelhead. November is Brown trout time in the Western tributaries, and steelhead time in the eastern tributaries. I do not know why this works out, but it does.
The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River this past week has fallen in to a typical November fishing pattern. The pattern is fresh fish entering the river almost daily, nothing heavy but just a steady trickle of fish. This trickle of fish is typical of steelhead, you really see anything that resembles a big push of fish. But the trickle of fish is fairly consistent. Once these fish enter the river, they steadily worked up river. True to form for November it does not take long for the steelheads to key in on all the salmon eggs. This causes a high concentration of fish in the upper portion of the river, and as you can surmise the fish are keyed in on eggs.
With the upper River's startling to fill up with steelhead, we put my new drift boat to work. The biggest challenge we had was working with the water temperature fluctuations. This is nothing new for the end of October, we will often experiments a 3 to 5 degree fluctuation in water temperatures. When this is going on you can almost protect when the bite is going to happen, depending on the weather that day. Once the water temperatures start a warm up, so goes the fishing.
Productive flies; as most are you can imagine egg flies are the fly of the fly box. Size 8 and 10 row bug's in the standard colors of orange and Oregon cheese have been top producers. When the fish do not seem all that hot to eat an egg fly, we have done well with a variety of size 10 to 6 stone fly nymphs.

I still have prime days available for November, these days are the 10,12,13,14,15, 28,29,30. This is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.