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.

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