Sunday, February 20, 2011

The warm weather was good while it lasted. Not only did we have a break from old man water. The warm weather has gone along ways to firing up the fishing. Starting with Western New York, Oak Orchard River, Sandy Creek, Genesee River. For now everything is flowing high and off-color, just what we need. The high water will clear the ice out and pull in fish from the lake. With the exception of Genesee River I suspect everything else will either be in fishing condition, or close to fishing conditions by the end of the week. A quick test to see if the water is clear enough to fish, is to do the step test. You want to make out your feet standing in water halfway of to your knees. Once the water is this clear the fish have enough times to see your fly and decide to eat it. The water will still be a bit dirty, so fish size 6 and 8 egg patterns in fluorescent colors and white or black Willie buggers and streamers. These files will work best in 6 and 4. You will still need to use caution when walking along the stream banks. After high water events ice can be proud high and on stable along the stream bank. This is especially true for the smaller streams and creeks.

The Salmon river water flow has not move much yet. Time will tell if we've have enough snow melt to cause an increase in the water release. In till then the 285 CFS is easy for us fly fishermen to fish. Not much is going to change in tell the water flows increase. The name of the game will continue to be fishing a mix of stone fly nymphs in sizes ranging from 12 to 6. Keep the tippits light, 4x or 6 pound test. We have been getting our best results fishing a soft drift. This is done by keeping the fly close to the river bottom with out coming in contact too often. A softer drift gives the nymphs a more natural presentation, and reduce accidentally fowl hooking fish. Also play around with different styles of presentation. Some days steelheads will respond to the fly swinging up off the river bottom. This is an easy presentation to do, simply let the fly swing on the end of the drift. This can easily be done when fishing with strike indicators.
This warm spell has opened up several more rivers and creeks to fish. Hopefully we will not see too many more prolonged cold snaps. The smaller creeks and rivers will stay open and fishing.

One final note; we are still running our winter special
Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever. The shop 585-352-4775 my cell 585-352-0436

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weight, it looks like old man winter is giving us a little break from the mini ice age. It is nice to walk out of the house, with out have to bundle up as you ware on a polar expedition. It probably will not last long, but it is good while it last. We will have to wait and see if we get enough snow melt and more importantly rain to below open the frozen over river and creeks. It may be next week bee for we know for sure. The Oak Orchard reservoir is way low and sandy creek is frozen tight. We need a good push of run off to get things going.

For now the Salmon river remains the best bet for steelhead fishing. The water flow has not moved, still at 285 CFS. The lower fly zone is ware all the consistent fishing is for now. This part of the river is full of fish. The steelheads have been slowly trickling in with the low water flows. This means the fish are thinly spread out throw the river, until they reach the upper river. I suspect ones we get a good push of water, we will see some strong runs of fish. I am hopping for some good late winter fishing, later this month or early March.

The steelhead fishing has been good but on the technical side. Some of the fish have been in the river for some time. This normally may be an issue, but in this case I think it has been beneficial. As most of you know I have mentioned in the past how the aquatic bug life on the Salmon river has sharply improved. This has created some unique water steelhead fishing. Once a steelhead enters the river, they do not need to feed. They have enough body reserves to hold them over for over six months. One of the biggest challenges to steelhead fishing, is how to get a fish that is not eating to eat your fly. In our case the Salmon river, which is so loaded with aquatic insects. Especially stone flies that steelhead are presented with such a unique feeding opportunity, that they are taking advantage of it. This means fishing nymphs size 12 to 8 on 4X tippits. Good fun big fish, small flies, light tippits. When the sun gets on the water the bug activity can become very active. Especially true for the winter stone flies which are now just starting to hatch.

What does all this make for us, simply put, fish stonefly nymphs. When the sun comes out and lights up the water. Try swinging small wet flies sizes 8 to 6, make the flies look buggy. When the sun does get on the water, this may also be a good opportunity to try swinging some intruders. Keep the flies about three to 4 inches long.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You can say one thing for sure the weather and the fishing conditions have stayed consistent. Even though we had a few wormer days recently, this was not enough to thaw things out and turn on the fishing. Not all is lost. The first of all, the snow pack continues to grow. This means good run off, which will fire up the runs once the weather changes. Ideal conditions to get the fishing started in the Western tributaries such as the Oak Orchard and Sandy Creek. A good snow pack will help to recharge the groundwater. This will help to maintain a good flow once the run off from the snow pack goes away, extending the spring steelhead run. Always keep in mind that steelheads are a high water fish.

There has been a change on the Salmon river. The change in conditions is not with the water flows. The river flow is still at 285 CFS. Here again the snow pack continues to grow, we could have some good run off this spring. The change that I am tacking about is with the bugs. The Salmon river is full of stone flies and the early winter stone is becoming active. These stone flies will start to hatch soon, the dead of winter and here is one of the first signs of spring stirring. Steelheads love to eat stone flies. With the water flows staying consistently low and stable. The steelheads have quickly keyed on to the active stone flies. As you can imagine, stone files are the way to go for steelhead fishing on the Salmon river in till the water flows increase.

Spring Creek is the one place that cold weather has no affect on, nothing new here. Because of the spring water, water temperatures stay in the mid 40 degree range. The challenge here is dealing with the more than normal moody trout. Try fishing small pheasant tail's size 20 small Midge patterns size 20 and smaller and of course pink scuds size 16.