Monday, June 20, 2011


For once not much has changed with the fishing, everything is moving along like it should. The hatches are on course despite the fact that the hatches are all still about a week behind a normal year. The most productive fishing has been fishing the evening hatch and spinner fall. Nymph fishing is still very productive on Oatka Creek, so don't be surprised that you do not see much surface action during a hatch. The same goes for the upper Genesee river, you will see slow fishing until late in the day. After that the bugs and the fish turns on for about two hours and then you are in for some great fishing. Everything is right on schedule for Spring brook, you can see hatches of sulphurs and a size 18 few blue wing olives starting mid to late afternoon, with everything ending with a spent fall. Lately we have our best result during sulfur hatch fishing sulfur mergers.
Fortunately we have not had a lot of hot-water yet. Water flows are as good as it can get with all of the river and streams. Everything is looking good for some good late season trout fishing.

A reminder that spey nations is holding its annual event at the Pineville parking lot on the Salmon River this Saturday, June 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. going until 4 p.m. this is a free event so come and join in. There will be spey manufacture representatives with their equipment for you to try out. Along with spey casting demonstrations and a lot of good fun. Do not forget to bring your waders.

Thursday, June 9, 2011




Finally we got bugs. More importantly water flows in all of our trout streams are finally down to ideal fishing levels. It has been a historic wet spring, but finally everything seems to be falling into order. This also includes the trout waters of the Catskill Mountains. The beaver kill and the West branch of the Delaware, plus all of the rest of the trout streams in the region are in excellent fishing condition. However the weather forecast this week is for a couple of days with scattered thunderstorms. Hopefully these storms will have little effect on the water flows.
Our local trout streams now have their sulfur hatch underway. Along with the sulfur there are also gray foxes, March Browns and blue wing olives hatching. Not to mention several different caddis also hatching along with these may flies. You will most likely notice additional bug's hatching, other than the ones that I mentioned depending on where you are fishing.
Something to keep in mind, while you are on the river fishing. Our trout waters have been extremely high since the opening of trout season, almost 2 1/2 months. Obviously the trout did not sit there and wait for the water flows to come down before they would feed. Because of this a lot of fish will key into feeding on the nymphs. Do not be surprised, if you see minimum surface activity during a hatch cycle, the trout are most likely keyed onto the nymphs. This is normal for a wet spring like the one we having. A good selection of nymphs such as pheasant tail's in size 16 and hairs ears in 16. I have found that a size 10 hairs ear is a perfect match for the march brown nymph. When fishing nymphs, dead drifting is not the only productive method. Try swinging the nymphs to the surface on the end of the drift. This is a perfect presentation to match emerging mayfly or caddis.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011




It has been awhile since I have made an update. I keep thinking water flows will start to moderate and everything will come in to reasonably decent fishing conditions. That was a mistake. I need to take my own of vice. Adapt to the conditions and go fishing.
The constant fluctuating water flows has been a nuisance, to say the least. That is if you have your mind set on dry fly fishing. Trout fishing is a lout more than the classic rising trout and the dry fly. It dos not mater to the trout, they are going to eat. We need to adapt to what trout are doing in the given conditions that they find themselves in. The higher than normal water flows, mends we have ideal conditions for fishing wet flies in the form of soft hackles of course streamers. When the trout do not want to move in the heavy water, we need to go to the fish. Keep in mind soft hackles are a perfect representation for a merging Caddis. During a Caddis emergence, Caddis can be washed into pocket water that trout would be holding during high water events. Along with the emerging insects, larger food such as crayfish, leeches, forage minnows also find their way into the spots. My experience has been that daring high water trout are often not to picky about what they eat.

The local trout streams Oatka Creek is slowly dropping into ideal fishing conditions. For now water flows are ideal for streamer fishing. A word of warning be careful where you enter and exit the creek. Water flows are very fast and there is a lot of debris along the shoreline. Productive flies are black Leach, Willie buggers, white bunny flies all in size 6. At Spring brook water flows are surprisingly high. However this does not bother the fish at all. Bug activity for now consists of blue wing olives in size 18 and various Midges ranging in size from 20 down to 26. I suspect we will be seeing the first of the sulfur Hatch on Oatka any day now, following in a week or so on Spring brook. This is a size 16 yellow mayfly that hatch primarily turned late afternoons and evenings. This is one of the hatches that we all look for to fishing.
The upper Genesee River is still flowing way too hard to fish for now. However water flows are slowly dropping and hopefully we can be on the river soon too. Of course this all depends on not getting too much rain over the next week or so.