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.

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