Tuesday, April 26, 2011





The weather will not give us a break. We get one nice day and then pay for it with three absolutely cold, wet, windy miserable days. What can I say, classic of the steelhead weather. Those of you who have been dreaming of a Hendrickson hatch, you are going to have to continue dreaming. Hendrickson's are hatching on a few trout streams such as Oatka Creek. But of course water flows are way too high for fishing. Judging by how much rain we've had, and the upcoming forecast for this week. We will be lucky to be able to fish that hatch by the weekend. We will have to keep an eye on the water levels. Fortunately for us the next hatch will start to come off in about two weeks. This hatch is a size 16 blue wing olive. By then water flows should be at a good fishable level, I do not know what there is about an olive hatch, but the trout do love to eat these bugs.

Back to steelhead fishing, the weather has been working us over good. While the forecast for this week is calling for a big bunch of rain. As a result were going to have to watch the water flows through the week closely. Already this week water flows have been fluctuating between 3200 CFS down to 1900 CFS This may still sound high to most fishermen but keep in mind, the steelhead like high water. It is also spawning time and the fish use the river differently this time of the year. Due to the cold weather water temperatures have not wormed up much. Temperatures are still around 42 to 44 degrees. Water temperatures that are hovering around this temperature range, are warm enough to get the steelhead spawning. However the water temperature is not to warm, to trigger all the fish to spawn at once. So far, all the female's that we are catching still have eggs. The spawning process is slowly progressing. I know there is some spawned out fish in the system, but we have not run across any yet. Probably due to where we are fishing in the river, the upper river. I have heard of reports of both fresh steelhead and Brown trout in the lower river over the last few days. We will be investigating this report over the coming week. The fly box is still the same. For swinging flies, big woolly buggers, egg sucking Leach's, intruders in your favorite color combinations. When fishing the pools egg flies have been the hot fly, in Oregon cheese. Also we have been catching a lot of fish lately, with big black stone flies. Some days the fish do not seem to have a strong preference for one fly over the other, as long as the fly was presented properly. The weather forecast for this week is to be considerably warmer then it has been. Water temperatures are going to warm up considerable. Warming up the water a few degrees is going to help to turn pace of the fishing up.

I have days available for early May this is May 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Tuesday, April 19, 2011




We had one of those spring storms. Cold, high winds, heavy rains and for the final round, snow. All this is, Mother nature letting us know that April is not over yet. Just to make things more interesting, the water flows on the Salmon river was increased to 4200 CFS. The water were flows up for the week end. This high water flow is nothing now for this time for the year. We have seen bigger water releases in the past. By Monday morning water flows were reduced to 1800 CFS, back to a normal spring time water flow. There is no substitute for time on the water and for hard earned experience from many seasons. We have learned how the steelheads reenact to the different water flows. The big secret to fishing high water is understanding, how high water takes away opportunities and also gives as opportunities. The water temperature is holding around the 42 degrees. Water temperatures like this will prolong the steelhead spawn. Obviously giving us more time to fish, be for they start to drop back to the lake. The way the steelhead run is progressing and cold water temperatures we are going to have some great steelhead fishing in early May.

Do too the high water and fish that are trying to spawn. We have been concentrating our efforts on the gravel beds and back channels. Anywhere current speed, water depth and river bottom are is suitable for spawning. It is kind of ironic, the river was at flood stage and we were fishing the small water. Because the Salmon river does produce a considerable amount of wild steelhead every year. I do not like to fish to the female steelhead's while there are actively spawning. However I do fish to the male's. One of the big tricks to avoid catching the females is to fish big flies. Stay away from dead drifting egg patterns and nymphs. Use these flies when you are fishing the pools.

As you can imagine we are using a wide variety of flies right now. Along with the normal collection of egg patterns and stone fly nymphs, we are now starting to have more success swing large intruder style fly patterns. The important thing is to match up right flies with the right water. Keep experimenting until you find something that works.

The trout streams, water flows still remain high and water temperatures are also on the cold side. I was thinking that we would be seeing consistent hatch is of Hendrickson by now. However the recent cold snap has put everything on hold temporarily. Probably just as well, considering the fact, water flows need to come down. It has been a long cold spring so far. We will have to see if we get enough warm weather next week to get the bugs popping.

I have days available for early May this is May 1, 3, 4, 5,9,10 11, 12 we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Thursday, April 14, 2011



We finally got some rain about ¾ of an inch of rain overnight. This has given the rivers and creeks a much needed shot water. The water flows were starting to get on the low side. This will go a long ways helping with keeping the fishing going at the Oak Orchard River. However I do not think the steelhead fishing will last too much longer. That 50 degree water temperature speeds up the spawning process. I still think we have about a week of good fishing to go, after that it will be strays and a few late runners. This is about on schedule for the Oak. Mid April is normally the end. It has been a good run of steelhead this spring for the Oak. Those who want to continue fishing the Oak Orchard, there is going to be a lot of suckers for the next few weeks. But May is smallmouth bass time and at times there can be a lot of smallmouth bass in the pools.

I am now fishing the Salmon River on a daily basis. The spring steelhead fishing is just starting to get going. Water temperatures have finally reached the critical 40 degree mark only a few days ago. The upper River is now a very busy place with spawning steelhead. Just about every gravel bed that has an decent flow of water over it, has or will have steelhead on it trying to spawn. Lower River has been fishing very well over the past week. With fresh steelhead movie through daily and there has also been a few large Brown trout wander in from the Lake to feed. If there is any of these Brown trout around ware you are fishing, you are most likely going to get a bite from one of these fish. These fish are in to feed and are not too picky about what they eat.

The water flows has been steadily increasing over the last few days. Early in the week water flows were at 750 CFS however due to warm weather and recent rainfall water flows have been steadily increasing and now are at 2500 CFS. How long will flows stay and will things either increase or decrease, I really have no guess.
High water flows can be intimidating, however using a little bit of understanding of what steelheads are trying to do right now, that is spawning. You can very quickly find ideal fishing. High water takes options away and high water gives you options. I have spent a lot of time in the spring fishing the Salmon River in some pretty high water flows and had some great success.

The trout fishing may have its first hatch of the year soon. Water temperatures are still on the cool side, but warming slowly. Once the water temperatures reach into the 50 degree mark, the Hendrickson hatch will start. Right now, water flows on Oatka Creek on the high side. Potentially the water flow can reside down to fishable levels by the end of the week. We also could potentially have a mid afternoon hatch Hendrickson's also by the end of the week. Keep in mind Oatka Creek has one of the earliest hatch of Hendrickson's of any other trout stream I know of. Spring brook will continue to be Midges, scuds and potentially a few blue wing olives. As always when fishing Spring brook, you need to just go and see what's going on and adjust to it.

I have days available for early May this is May 1, 3, 4, 5,9,10 11, 12 we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Monday, April 11, 2011




The Oak Orchard River is still fishing. I gave the steelhead fishing on the Oak about one more week, before things start to wind down. I am seeing a lot of spawned out steelheads now. The weather for next week is going to be warm, water temperatures are going to go way up. When the water temperature gets over 50 degrees the steelhead spawn will burn out in about a week. In tell then fish continue to be spread out throughout the fast water and still doing there spawning thing. With the water temperatures reaching ideal temperatures for fish activity, swinging flies is the ideal presentation. We have been doing very well with the little rainbow streamer and big woolly buggers. If you do not want to mess with the suckers, do not fish with egg flies and nymphs especially in the pools.

The Salmon River is progressive along nicely. Spawning activity is increasing daily as water temperatures have finally reached 40 degrees. The warm weather over the last few days has helped considerably with the water temperatures. Along with the warm weather, runoff from melted snow has returned. Fortunately water temperatures have remained stable. As a result of the snow melt runoff, water flows have increased to 1200 CFS. If we receive any significant amount of rainfall, I foresee water flows to increase even more. Because water temperatures are now about 40 degrees, high water flows are not going to be that big of an issue. I have spent a lout of time fishing the Salmon River in high water flows. As result I have learned how to take adverse of these conditions and use it to our vantage. For flies, black stone flies, woolly buggers, are doing most of the work.

The trout streams are quickly coming into fishable conditions. If we do not get any heavy rainfall and the warm weather continues we should be seeing the first hatch of the season on Oatka Creek that being the Henriksen hatch. Obviously we'll have to see if water flows on Oatka will be suitable for fishing. Unfortunately most of the time water flows are way too high to fish during this hatch. The bugs never know what the water flow is, they just hatch.

I have days available for early May we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Tuesday, April 5, 2011



The first of April has come, for many fishermen the means opening of trout fishing. Even though we can fish for trout in several of our trout streams, year round, but now we can fish all of our favorite trout water. Such as the upper Genesee River, and the all of the Finger Lakes tributaries. Due to the recent rainfall, I suspect most of the Finger Lakes tributaries are a little high to be fishing at the moment. This would include Oatka creek and the Genesee River from Wellsville on up river. Fortunately for us the hatches have not started yet. I suspect the bugs will get going in tow to 3 weeks. We may see a few quill Gorton's at first and then the Hendrickson's will get under way. The creek that is having any hatches or is in fishing condition is obviously spring creek. Hear the hatch is Midges, a size 20 black Midges. As most of yon known I will be steelhead fishing in tell mid May. Steelheads come and go, the trout will be there when I get to them.

As for the steelhead fishing. Starting with Oak Orchard River. Water flows on the Oak are clear and at and medium flow. Water temperatures are hovering around the low 40 degree mark. This means steelheads are spread out through the entire river. You'll find fish holding in the pools and spread out on the gravel beds spawning. Because of the clear water, expect the spawning steelheads to drop back into the pools on bright sunny days. Unfortunately the rain over the last couple of days has not increased the water flows much or decreased the visibility. We need a good push of water to pull in a new batch of fish. Keep in mind steelhead are a high water fish. For flies, we've been having success with a wide range of patterns. Little rainbow streamers, Willie buggers, egg sucking Leach's and all that fun stuff. If you are fishing in the pools and the suckers are becoming a problem, try swinging a black Willie bugger.

The Salmon River, the upper river especially the fly zones are loaded with steelhead, nothing new here. However the rest of the river has good numbers of fish spread out through the system, what loss fishing pressure. Water temperatures are still cold, 36 degrees. This is normal, most years the Salmon River will run approximately 3 to four weeks behind the Oak Orchard River. This is why I fish the Oak Orchard now and in two weeks I'll be fishing the Salmon River. Water flows, recently have been at 750 CFS plus run off, however I suspect the water flow will be going up soon. There has been a few fish trying to spawn here and there, but the water temperatures are still to cold for most of the fish to start spawning.

I have days available for early May we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775