Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The fishing continues to be very stable for all streams and rivers in Western New York. The biggest challenge, has been dealing with the wild fluctuations in water temperature. Water temperatures have been fluctuated from as low as 34 degrees to highs in the low 40s. Dealing with These water temperature fluctuations has certainly been a challenge. Water flows from the past rain event has settled down in all of our streams and smaller rivers. The only exception is the Oak Orchard River. The Oak Orchard River still flowing on the high side and is slightly off color. I suspect these conditions will persist for the foreseeable future. The upcoming weather forecast for this week is for more rain. This is going to recharge everything and passably give us some more money runoff. Until then, there is fish spread out all through the Oak from the dam on down river. The Oak Orchard is a good place to fish during cold snaps. The reservoir is providing some buffering when it comes to water temperature fluctuations. The smaller creeks and rivers also have fish spread out throughout their pools. However these waters are more prone to harsher water temperature swings. Considered fishing these waters during warmer weather, when water temperatures are warming slightly. Productive flies have been, egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, orange, Oregon cheese in size 8, are very productive. Also bunny flies and woolly buggers in size 6 are producing a lot of Brown trout.
The water flow on the Salmon has gone back up to 750 CFS. The rain that we recently received plus a little snowfall earlier in the week has gotten everything flowing again. Water flows have as high as 1800 CFS, but this should not last long in the flow should start to come back down soon. The 750 CFS water flow is a decent flow for this time of year. Enough water to keep the fish comfortable and moving, yet low enough so that we can easily fish.
There is a slow but steady trickle of fish coming throw the DSR. This makes for decent fishing mid river, where the fishing pressure is lighter. The upper river is where of the most steelhead are, but the fish hear will experience the most fishing pressure. As long as the water flows are stable. Stay with stonefly nymphs and caddis type nymphs. Keep these flies between size 12 to 6. If and when the water flows go up, just like it has recently. The increase in water flow will stir up the rivers bottom. This will create an egg bite, obviously go with your favorite egg flies.
Fishing Tip:
We are now finally seeing the fish settling in to a winter fishing pattern. This is slowly moving there the river and spending more time sitting in the pools. The cold water temperature slows everything down. As a result we must slow everything we do down to the fish’s space. This means the speed of our drift and how fast we work through the pools that we intend to fish. When fishing the pools consider using strike indicators. The purpose of using the strike indicators is not to tell you when a fish is chewing on your fly, but to help you control your draft. This is why I like to call these strike indicators, drift management devices. We can use indicators to help keep the fly drifting in the right location within the pools. Also when fishing under an indicator the angle of the leader is more vertical, as result you hang up less on the river bottom. This allows you to fish a slower draft. When the water is as cold as it is during the water the slow drift is important.
I have prime dates available for January. We will still be catching a few Brown trout, along with steelhead. I will be fishing between Western New York and the Salmon River, depending on the quality of fishing and your traveling convenience. 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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The wormer than normal weather continues. Along with this abnormally warm weather we have now started to get some consistent rainfall. As a result of this recent rainfall, all of the Western New York rivers and creeks are now out of fishing condition. I suspect this will only be a temporary setback. Depending on how comfortable you are fishing and high off colored water. The smaller streams and creeks will be fishable for you within a day or two. We will need to give the bigger rivers such as the Oak Orchard more time. We should see an influx of new steelheads and possibly few brown trout, with this recent push of high water. The way this falls fishing has been we can expect the fishing to continue to be good. By now most of the brown trout are done spawning, and on the feed. This recent push of high water, will stir up the bottom and send the remaining of stray eggs adrift. This will keep the egg bite going strong for at least another week. Productive lives, obviously egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, orange, Oregon cheese and size 8, are very productive. Also bunny flies and woolly buggers in size 6 are producing a lot of Brown trout.
The Salmon River has also received its fair amount of rainfall. Water flows this past week has been at or above 1000 CFS. Water flows should start to come down this coming week. As we would expect the recent water flows have pulled in a patch of new fish. There is nothing new with the dispersal of the fish. The main concentration of the fish being upriver and groups of fish disburse from the mid river on down. The same goes for the fishing pressure. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is to be more seasonable. That is temperatures starting to hover around the freezing mark. This will pull water temperatures down into the mid-to low 30 degree mark. With these cooler water temperatures, it is not unusual for it to be midmorning before the fish become active. Also mid-to late afternoon is wind you can expect to have your best action of the day, the late day bite. When we have these colder days is best to have a later start to the day and plan on fishing through to late afternoon. When water flows are increased this time of the year, expect to experience a strong egg bite. However this egg bite may only last a few days. After that the fish are going to key in on the aquatic insect life. This is where stonefly's in sizes ranging from 12 to 6, Will become very productive.
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.