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.

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