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

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