Thursday, May 19, 2011


The rain just won't stop. I know we will need some of this rain be for the summer is over. If we could only can some of this ran for latter on, in the summer when we will need it. I do not have a lout to report on this time around. Depending on where you are we have received some were between 2 1/2 inches to as much as 5 inches of rain with this round of wet water and it is still raining. With the exception of spring creek, all of our creeks and rivers are way too high to fish, for now. The way the weather fronts are coming throw, it is looking like we will be doing a lout of streamer fishing. The advantage to fishing streamers, is that we can get on the water when the flows are still a little on the high side. In fact streamer fishing works best when the water flows are falling or rising, and this spring we are seeing a lout of these conditions. We will have one of those ideal streamer fishing opportunities once our creeks and rivers start to drop. Right now water flows are high enough that a trout cannot feed easily. As water flows start to received, a trout will go on the feed. After several days of high water, trout are going to be hungry and feeding activity can become aggressive. This is an ideal opportunity to pursue some of the biggest trout that live in your favorite trout water. These trout are not interested in eating bugs, they want meat. For flies use Willie buggers, Leach patterns, hair wing streamers. Depending on type of water you are fishing, fly sizes can range from size 8 to size 2. A general guideline to keep in mind is to keep the fly size somewhere around 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Big enough to get a big trout's attention and the small trout will not get hooked. But to small enough for a trout to easily take the fly, I like a black bunny Leach in size 6.

We have a new fisheries that is starting to come into its own. This is Atlantic salmon on the Salmon River. I will be returning to the Salmon River soon to fish for the Atlantic salmon. Because of the newness and sensitivity of this fisheries I may not do a lout of posting of my activities. If you're interested the best thing to do is call. I also have openings for fishing for local trout streams and exploring the fishing back on the salmon river. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Saturday, May 14, 2011




The steelhead fishing is finally winding down. Ironically so is the water flow on the salmon river. For now the flow are still high, water is flowing at 900 CFS, water flows did finally received down to 350 CFS for a few days. However the extended weather forecast is showing more rain. I do not think water flows will stay up for long. We have been swinging flies and covering a lout of water. Experienced has taught me the best way to fish to these drop back steelhead is to cover a lout of water. The more water you fish there the more bits you can potentially get. For flies we have been using the same old stuff big woolly bugger in brown and copper, Leach patterns and intruders. I keep the flies about 4 to 41/2/inches long and looking like some think good to eat. I always fish later into the spring then most anybody else does. I will be finishing up my steelhead fishing soon and starting to fish for trout. However as always I leave plenty of steelhead in the river. This spring is no exception. I have been seeing more finish holding in the river for this time of the year than any other year. If you still need that last steelhead before I go to the Lake, you still have time. It has been another great steelhead season but a challenging one. This is nothing new, every season has it's own set of challenges. All we need to do is to adapt and over come.

The Salmon river is thought of as a salmon and steelhead river. However the Salmon River is a good trout river also. In fact in my opinion the Salmon River could become a world class trout river. Especially when you see the quality of hatches, that come off the salmon river. Right now there is a Hendrickson hatch and two different Caddis thet are hatching. These are not light sporadic hatches but fill the air and load up the trees with bugs, style of hatches. These hatches are as heavy as I have seen coming from are best trout rivers, such as the beaver kill in the Catskill Mountains. I will be coming back to the salmon river to fish for trout daring some of my favorite hatches.

The trout streams are finally starting to come in to fishing conditions. Water flows are on the high side but fishable. We will need to keep an eye on the water flows over the next week, judging by the long-term weather forecast, more rain coming. So much for the Hendrickson hatch, the high water has kept us from fishing that hatch. This happens more often than we like. We may still find a Hendrickson's spinner fall over the next week, if the conditions are favorable. The next big hatch of bugs is starting up. This hatch is a light tan Caddis in size 14. The tan caddis can be found in all most all of the trout streams. Look for the hatch to start around mid day and go to late afternoon on to dusk depending on air temperatures. This Caddis hatch can provide some good dry fly fishing. However I personally like to fish this hatch with soft hackel wet flies. I have found that most of the fish feed on the merger as it makes its break for the surface.

I will be fishing the upper Genesee River for trout, I have May19 and 21 opens. The upper Genesee River is an excellent river for dry fly fishing for trout. I also have openings for fishing for local trout streams and exploring the fishing back on the salmon river. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Wednesday, May 4, 2011



Water, water, everywhere, rain, rain will it ever slow down. Most of the time, we can use a little rain by now, to keep the streams and rivers healthy. But now we could seriously use a little dry weather. I am always telling people if you're waiting for perfect fishing conditions you are going to do a lot of waiting. This spring is certainly an extreme example of this. I am still been fishing for steelhead on the Salmon River. I will be for a couple more weeks. Especially with these water flows, most of the trout streams are still too high to fish. Water flows on the Salmon River are no exception. We are still dealing with high water. Water flows at the present time are at 1500 CFS, plus runoff. We had water flows as high as 4000 CFS this past week. Hopefully we seen the last of water flows like that for a while. Despite the challenges of high water we enjoyed some good steelhead fishing this past week. The steelhead spawn is finally starting to wind down. We can still find a few females working. But most of the fish are starting to work their way out to the Lake. On the way out and with the spawning out of the way, the steelheads go back on the feed. This makes for some of the best fishing on the swing for steelhead of the season. The biggest changes is getting the fly down in the deep water, slowing the fly in the fast water. We are using heavy sink tips made from T-14 and T-11. The spey rod makes the casting easier and covering water faster. For the one handed rod 10 feet of T-14 gets the job done. For the flies we have been using big wooly buggers and intruders. With the high water, we need to put a big target out there to get the fishes attention.

Many of you are aware that last summer we had an actual run of Atlantic salmon, resulting in some interesting fish. Over the past week there has, been some confirmed reports of Atlantic salmon being caught in the salmon river. I keep reminding everybody that this Atlantic salmon fisheries, is actually new to us. Timing of runs is just one of the elements that we are trying to figure out. However it is exciting to note that as the steelhead leave the river. The Atlantic salmon are starting to run.

The inland trout fishing is suffering from the same high water. All of river and streams need a few days of dry weather. Before water levels start to began to come down. It is looking like we will have to wait a little longer before we can do some dry fly fishing. For now the only trout fishing we have is spring brook. There it is midges, scuds and a few blue wing olives. Hopefully we can get on the trout streams soon. Even with all of the high water there is one positive side effect. Several of our trout streams depend on socking. This high water has help to disbursed these stocked fish and given the fish time to adapt to the new habitat.

I have days available for early May, this is May 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 will be fishing the upper Genesee River for trout, I have May19 and 21 opens. The upper Genesee River is an excellent river for dry fly fishing for trout.
I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775