Saturday, February 25, 2012



This winter seem to be the never ending month of March. The steelhead fishing seems to be going the same way. Fluctuating water flows and water temperatures keep the steelhead fishing a challenge. The Oak Orchard River has been in good fishing condition over the past week. As result the Oak has also been producing fish on a steady basis. Water flows have increased sharply with the recent rainfall. Also watercolor has deteriorated considerably. However I do not think this will bother the fishing for too long. As for now concentrate your efforts in the pools from the damp on down to the estuary water. Do not invest your whole day in one spot at this point it will pay to move around and fish a lot of water. The Western New York smaller streams and creeks are free of ice. Depending on the Creeks, water flows have increased to the point that the smaller streams and creeks are temporarily on fishable. However true to the nature the smaller waters they should be back at fishable condition within a day or two. Here to, it has been paying to cover a lot of water. The more pools pockets we have been able to fish the more productive the fishing has been. Productive flies have been fairly straightforward. Egg patterns in size 8 and 10, in colors of Oregon cheese, cream delight have been most productive. For streamers, Bonnie flies and woolly buggers and size 6 in colors of white, black, olive have been very productive for Brown trout.
The Salmon River water flow has fared much better with the recent round of whether. Water flows still remain at 500 CFS, however it would be wise to check on water flows before you intend to fish. Water flows on the Salmon River has a tendency to be unsettled this time of the year. The Salmon River has a large population of stonefly. I do not know exactly what the name is of this particular stonefly. I just simply call it, a winter stonefly. This time of year, this particular stonefly becomes very active and on warm sunny days can hatch in large numbers. When this happens, the steelhead in the Salmon River, start to behave like trout. Look for feeing fish at the head of the pools, along the current edges. Of course keep you stonefly's size between 12 and 10.

Note:
If you are trying to time your spring steelhead trip, keep in mind this spring steelhead fishing could be running two weeks ahead of schedule. This will be especially true for the Western New York tributaries. Do to the unusually warm mild winter we are experiencing, lack of snow. I suspect water temperatures to quickly warm, triggering early rounds of steelhead. These warmer than normal water temperatures will also start the spring spawning earlier than normal. As a result the spawning will finish ahead of normal. As for the Salmon River I suspect the same is true there to. However experience has shown that the drop back fishing will still linger on into May. As of now the spring steelhead fishing seems to be running approximately 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Keep in mind one good late spring storm can change all that put everything back onto a normal schedule. As always with the spring steelhead fishing the weather rules.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


It has been sometime since I've made my last report. Not much has changed with the fishing. The fishing has remained quite consistent over the last few weeks. On like our winter weather lately. Water flows are still on the high side for the Oak Orchard River. But the water flow is slowly dropping and water color is improving. The cold weather will only help with the river conditions. We should see the fishing improve over the upcoming week. We have had high muddy water in Oak for over the last three weeks. As a result we have not been able to fish the river properly for some time. I suspect there is a good number of fish spread out from the dam on down river. Once water flows and water color improves, we should find fish holding all pools and runs. For flies try fishing egg flies in colors of chartreuse and orange, in size 8, also white Willy buggers in size 6. The smaller creeks are in good shape for now. But the recent cold weather has ice up many of these creeks. However I do not think the smaller creeks will stay ice up for long. If this winter weather patterns continue, we should be back to fishing the smaller creeks within a few days. As for flies the same patterns we use for the Oak should also be effective here to.
The same goes for the Salmon River the fishing has been extremely consistent over the last few weeks. The Salmon River has been flowing on the high side for some time now. The water flow has been dropped down from 1200 CFS to 900 CFS recently. However the flows have rebounded back to the 1200 CFS. Then after that the water has been dropped ones again, this time down to 500 CFS. Bouncing water flows can be so annoying . I think this is where the water flows are going to remain for some time. But the fishing has been consistent in the lower river over the last few weeks. The upper river has the most consistent fishing and the most fish. This is nothing now hear, normal winter stuff. The fly patterns are staying pretty much the same. Small cream-colored egg flies in size 10 and 12s. Of course stonefly nymphs are becoming extremely important to the fish now, keep these flies in size ranging from 12 to as big as a 6. Use your imagination when it comes to stonefly patterns, experimentation goes along ways.

It has been sometime since I've made my last report. Not much has changed with the fishing. The fishing has remained quite consistent over the last few weeks. On like our winter weather lately. Water flows are still on the high side for the Oak Orchard River. But the water flow is slowly dropping and water color is improving. The cold weather will only help with the river conditions. We should see the fishing improve over the upcoming week. We have had high muddy water in Oak for over the last three weeks. As a result we have not been able to fish the river properly for some time. I suspect there is a good number of fish spread out from the dam on down river. Once water flows and water color improves, we should find fish holding all pools and runs. For flies try fishing egg flies in colors of chartreuse and orange, in size 8, also white Willy buggers in size 6. The smaller creeks are in good shape for now. But the recent cold weather has ice up many of these creeks. However I do not think the smaller creeks will stay ice up for long. If this winter weather patterns continue, we should be back to fishing the smaller creeks within a few days. As for flies the same patterns we use for the Oak should also be effective here to.
The same goes for the Salmon River the fishing has been extremely consistent over the last few weeks. The Salmon River has been flowing on the high side for some time now. The water flow has been dropped down from 1200 CFS to 900 CFS recently. However the flows have rebounded back to the 1200 CFS. Then after that the water has been dropped ones again, this time down to 500 CFS. Bouncing water flows can be so annoying . I think this is where the water flows are going to remain for some time. But the fishing has been consistent in the lower river over the last few weeks. The upper river has the most consistent fishing and the most fish. This is nothing now hear, normal winter stuff. The fly patterns are staying pretty much the same. Small cream-colored egg flies in size 10 and 12s. Of course stonefly nymphs are becoming extremely important to the fish now, keep these flies in size ranging from 12 to as big as a 6. Use your imagination when it comes to stonefly patterns, experimentation goes along ways.