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.

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