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.

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