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

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