Thursday, December 9, 2010

True to form sooner or later old man winter is going to catch up with us. This time winter weather seems to have settled in for a prolonged stay. Depending on where you are in western New York snow depth range from 6 inches to a foot and a half. With all the snow fall and cold weather, the smaller streams and creeks such as Sandy Creek is starting to ice over. Even though water flows has been above average these creeks will often ice up quickly during heavy snow events. Do not be surprised if these creeks are open and fishing one day, locked up with ice the next day. For now the best choice for fishing is the Oak Orchard River. This is not a bad choice when it comes to fishing through winter weather. The fishable section of the Oak being in a gorge, gives us protection from the wind. Also being a tail water we do not have as big of an issue with ice. In fact water conditions this week have been almost ideal, for those who are not used to fishing high dirty water, these conditions may not be too confident with. However as long as you can see your feet in about a foot and a half of water you are good to fish. Because of the cold conditions we have been using strike indicators to both controller and extend the drift. Using this technique also hopes to minimize the amount fly line laying on the water, this also helps to reduce icing in the guides.
The Salmon River has not been spared from any of the winter weather fun. To start with last week water flows were still flowing over 2000 CFS. The flows are now back down to 750 CFS which is an ideal flow for winter fishing. However as you can imagine this area has not been spared from Lake Ontario's snow guns. As of today, there is approximately 3 to 4 feet of snow along the banks of the Salmon River. At this rate, if we do not receive some warm weather and melt off a bit of the snow cover, getting around is going to be a challenge. Looks like the new drift boat is going to get some work this winter. It is always easier to ride in the boat, then trying to crawl through waste plus deep snow to get to a spot to fish.

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