Monday, November 28, 2011






The weather has been wormer than normal for the month of November. This has helped to keep the fishing going. The biggest challenge is the water temperatures are fluctuating, several degrees during the day. This means the best fishing is in the afternoons, most days. This is normal for late fall, the water temperatures need to warm up, after the cold nights. When the weather forecast is for warm daytime temperatures, you can always plan on a good afternoon bite.
This past week we received a good shot of rain fall. This has had a big influence on all of our rivers and streams in Western New York. All the streams and rivers ware actually flowing muddy for a few days. This recent shot of water has helped to recharge the fishing. This will almost guarantee us, two more weeks of excellent Brown trout fishing. At this stage I suspect about three quarters of the brown trout are through with their spawning. This means two things for us. First the amount of eggs that are being knocked loose has been reduced sharply. The second concern is that the Browns diet will now expand to other food sources. This means it is time to carry a larger selection of flies. Besides standard egg flies we have been using all fall. It is now time to start carrying, flies such as big stonefly type nymphs and wilily buggers, bunny flies. The spawned out brown trout will now be looking for bigger bites of food. This is where the bigger files such as the wilily buggers and bunny flies come in to play.
The Salmon River also got the same good shot of rain last week. The water flow went up for a few days. This also helped the fishing. The water releases are still holding at 335 CFS. The biggest help has been the reduction in fishing pressure, especially in the upper river. When the fishing pressure is reduced it is amazing how the fishing takes a turn for the positive. New steelheads and brown trout are entering the river on a daily bases, reports coming from the DSR have been extremely good. For productive flies, stay with egg flies and stoneflies nymphs in the upper flies. If you in to swing flies, stay mid river on down. The fish have not seen as mush fishing pressure, or as keyed in to eggs. Steady flows of new fish, reduced fishing pressure, we should see some good late November early December fishing for the upcoming week.
I still have prime dates still available for December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011





We are still doing well fishing for brown trout in the Western New York tributaries. This is despite the fact that we have not received any significant rainfall in two weeks. As you can imagine, all the streams and rivers are getting really low and clear. Even though we recently received some rainfall, this rainfall had little effect on any of the water flows for the Lake Ontario tributaries. However we did receive significantly more rain in the Southwest part of the state. This caused the Lake Erie tributaries to temporarily go out of fishing condition. Due to low water conditions we have to cover a lot of river between fish. It is amazing how a 10 pound Brown trout can disappear in ankle-deep water. I described the fishing we been doing lately as a big game of hide and go seek. When fishing in these challenging conditions. The best techniques you can use this to simply stay back away from the fish. Also if the Browns seem to be reluctant to take any of the standard egg flies consider trying stonefly nymphs or hairs here nymphs. We've even had really good luck with size 12 Copper John's. It seems like at some point during the Brown trout run they seem to get tired of eating eggs. When this happens some sort of nymph pattern between sizes 12 to size 6 seems to solve the problem.
Water flows on the Salmon River is still holding at 335 CFS and judging by the amount of rain that was received in the Salmon River watershed. Water flows will most likely stay at current levels. Over the past week the DSR has received a steady flow of fresh steelhead almost daily. Along with the steelhead Brown trout have recently joined in with the mix. The upper river has been seeing a lot of intense fishing pressure lately. The fishing pressure has been significant enough to natively affect the fishing. It is best to concentrate your fishing efforts from mid river on down. Once the steelhead entering the upper river and is exposed to the intense fishing pressure, the fish have a tendency to shut down. As long as there is a steady flow of new fish entering the river is best to concentrate your efforts in the lower river. Even though there is fewer fish, these fish will certainly be in a more receptive mood. When the weather is warm and the water temperatures are up. Swinging flies is a good option when fishing the lower river. When using this technique you need to experiment to see which patterns will be working best, however keep your flies somewhere between three to 4 1/2 inches long. Also the egg bite continues, stay with your favorite egg flies in size 8 to 12. Also when in doubt try fishing black stonefly in sizes ranging from 10 to 6
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011






It is good to be fishing back home ones again. The brown trout fishing has been some of the beast I have seen in a few years. All of the rivers and creeks in Western New York could use a good shot of rain, water flows are getting low and clear. Despite these conditions there are small groups of Brown trout spread out throughout all of the water systems. As of now most of these are male Brown trout. These are some of the largest Browns of the entire run. Most of the browns we are catching are running larger than normal. So far we have seen very few female Brown trout, however I expect this to change within the next few days. If the weather cooperates and we get some decent rainfall, we will see some good runs of brown trout, in all of the rivers and creeks. Even though I have not seen many salmon there have been a lot of salmon spawning previous to the Brown trout showing up. As a result there are a lot of eggs in the system. As you can imagine egg flies are definitely the way to go, for fly patterns. We have been having the best success with Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs and burnt orange estes egg. All of these egg patterns we are using are in size 8, for now. If the water flows do not improve soon we will be forced to drop a fly size down.
The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River had slowed down over the past week due to cold weather. We were experiencing very cold nights and having frosty mornings. As a result water temperatures were constantly falling. Obviously this will shut the steelhead fishing down. The last few days have been considerably warmer and as a result water temperatures improved sharply and so has the steelhead fishing. The best fishing recently has been in the lower river. Most of the action the last two days has been happening during the afternoons. I suspect this is the result of warming water temperatures. Your best water temperatures this time of the year will happen during the afternoons. Obviously this explains why the afternoons bite is so productive. The upper river has not been seeing the same quality of steelhead fishing. I suspect this is a combination of several factors. There is still a lot of fishing pressure in this part of the river, also there is still a lot of salmon spawning. I suspect there is a glut of eggs rolling around the river bottom. At times there can be so many eggs in the system that you fly can get lost in the mass. Obviously the egg bite is still going strong. So stay with your favorite egg flies. And I did not forget to mention that the, water flows are still holding at 335 CFS.
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



The fishing on the Salmon River has taken a turn over the past week. The cold weather that we have been experiencing has caused sharp water temperature drops. These water temperature fluctuations have been as much as 6 decreases in the lower River. This time of the year it doesn't take more than 2 or 3 decreases to shut the fishing down. We dealt with this water temperature fluctuation, by fishing the upper river near the reservoirs in the morning. We can use the reservoirs as a heat sink to buffer the worst of the water temperature fluctuations. Until late afternoon and then we make a move to lower river to take advantage of warming water temperatures. When this happens it will often turn fishing on in the lower river. These water temperature fluctuations are normal for this time of the year. We will often have to deal with big temperature swings during cold snaps. Understanding this and learned how to manage these conditions is all part of fishing during late October and November.
Water flows are coming back down. The Salmon River is now back to flowing at 335 CFS. Looks like the fishing will be back on track for the upcoming week.
The egg bite is going strong in the upper river. Over the past week or so, we must have had a run of Coho salmon sneak past us. Lower fly fishing zone has been full of spawning Coho salmon over the past week. In amongst all of these spawning salmon we have been able to find a few steelheads. With the moderating water temperatures I suspect this egg bite will be spread all the way down through to the Pikeville access point. The egg bite is starting to die down in the lower river, enough so that when the water temperatures are favorable swinging flies are now becoming productive once again.
I am now back home fishing for Brown trout in the Western New York tributaries. Fortunately we have received some decent rains last week and have received good runs of Brown trout. We are definitely off to a good start for November. Unfortunately many of our streams and creeks need a steady flow of rain to stay in good fishing connection. Hopefully the weather patterns from November will start to get wet.
For my Brown trout fishing I will primarily stay with orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs. These are also excellent egg flies to use on the Salmon River. Flies for swing for steelhead, stay with wilily buggers, Bonnie leeches, intruders. Keep these flies somewhere between 2 1/2 to 41/2 inches long.
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.