Monday, March 26, 2012




Water flows in all of the rivers and creeks in Western New York have dropped off significantly. Also water temperatures have warmed sharply. As result of large portion of steelhead have already come, spawned and left. With a few exceptions the Genesee River should come in to fishing condition within this coming week. This river may be an excellent option for steelhead fishing the rest of the spring. Also Oak Orchard River is still holding more steelhead than originally anticipated, giving the river conditions. Depending on which piece of water you are on. Water temperatures can range from the mid 50 decrease to the mid-60 decrease range. However this coming week we're supposed to have more seasonable weather. The cooler weather should cool off the water temperatures and slow down the spawning pace. However I do not think the steelhead fishing is going to last much longer, outside the Genesee River. For flies, Do to the low water, we have had to step down in the size of our flies, and lengthen the distance of our cast. Standard adjustments for low-water steelhead fishing.
The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River is just picking up; yes the fishing is running about two weeks ahead of schedule. Judging by the weather forecast for the upcoming week, I do not expect conditions to change much. Water temperatures have been fluctuating from as cold as 38 degrees in the upper River to 41 degrees in the lower river. At these temperatures the steelhead are not going to spawn out too quickly. With the cooler weather coming in the pace of the spawning will most likely slow down. Water flows have been reduced from 1800 CFS to 1500 CFS; we will have to keep an eye on the water flows. I do like the higher water flows this time of the year for steelhead fishing, 1500 CFS is not a bad flow for us fly fisherman. Keep in mind the best fishing is not always in the deep pools. It is spawning time and we are looking for active fish in the back channels and on gravel bars. Higher water flows make these locations ideal spawning habitat and will concentrate the fish. Productive flies have been black Willie buggers in sizes 6 and 4 also big black stoneflies, we've been using these stonefly nymph as big a size 6. With the warming water temperatures and spawning activity, steelheads is definitely going to be interested in chasing swing a fly. It is time to break out our favorite intruder patterns and put them to work.
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I do have time available throughout the month of April. This is for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. If you have any questions about fishing the Salmon River or are interested in some of my available time please feel free to give me a call on my cell, number is 585-233-0436 or you can call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number for the shop is 585-352-4775

Sunday, March 18, 2012



As you can imagine the steelhead fishing continues running ahead of schedule. The biggest concern for the Western New York State tributaries is the lack of water flow. The long-term weather forecast is for warm dry spring like weather. No real help on the way. Looks like we will have to use our low-water steelhead fishing skills this spring. One thing is for sure the water temperature is going to be steadily rising. Right now the Oak Orchard River is running around 44 degrees. The smaller creeks and streams are running approximately 10 degrees warmer. Despite the low water flows, we have been able to find decent numbers of fish lately. It often takes a little persistence and patience. Look for spawning fish in the fastest flowing water that is available. Do not overlook any potential spots where a fish can find little depth and overhead cover. When fishing low-water conditions, the fish are often spread out all through the river system. I often preach the value of covering a lot of water when fishing, looks like this spring is going to be a prime example. For productive flies: we're still using our favorite spring steelhead flies, however at times we need to pare it down a little do to water conditions.
The fishing in the Salmon River is moving along at the same fast pace. Water flows are at 1200 CFS for now. Judging by the way the weather forecast is looking; I suspect water flows will be dropping this coming week. Water temperatures have been warming quickly. Water temperatures are already reaching the magic 40 degree mark and no doubt the water temperatures will, continue to warm throughout the coming week. As you can imagine the steelhead spawning activity has taken off. Expect to find spawning fish anywhere you find good spawning habitat. As you would expect most of the spawning activity can be found in the upper river. With the warming water temperatures and spawning activity, steelheads is definitely going to be interested in chasing swing a fly. It is time to break out our favorite intruder patterns and put them to work. Also with the spawning activity, there are fresh eggs in the system. Egg patens are going to become more effective on a consistent basis, keep your egg flies between sizes 8 to size 12. Also don't forget when in doubt, fish a stonefly nymph, keep you stonefly nymphs between size 12 to 6 and of course black is the best color.
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I still have prime dates available for this spring steelhead fishing. This includes late March in to early April, steelhead fishing on the Oak Orchard river. Mid April into, mid-May on the Salmon River. If you have any questions fell free to call the shop and talk to Carl, the phone number is 585-352-4775. Or you can call my cell is 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 11, 2012



Do to the lack of snow in western New York. The March sun is having a strong impact on water temperatures. We have see water temperatures increase is much as 5 to 7 degrees this week alone. These water temperature spikes have certainly given us a jumpstart to the spring steelhead season. As of now water temperatures are holding the low 40 degree range. Obviously these water temperatures can and will be changing daily. Along with improving water temperatures, water flows are at or close to ideal, when it comes to spring steelhead fishing. This includes Oak Orchard River and all of the surrounding area creeks. The biggest factor to keep in mind is that spring time fishing conditions can and do change fast. The rainfall that we get last week did not impact water flows too significantly. Judging by the way the weather is looking. The biggest changed over the next few days is going to be water temperature. This change is going to be significant. The way to long-term weather forecast is looking. I suspect our steelhead fishing is going to peak within the next few days. Unfortunately this spring steelhead fishing is running 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule. I suspect the steelhead fishing for Oak Orchard River in western New York tributaries is going to be over by the first of April, way earlier than normal. With the warming water temperatures steelheads are going to react to this by moving out of the pools and onto the gravel beds to attempt to spawn. With this change in behavior it is time to expand the fly box. Woolly buggers, Bonnie leeches, streamers are going to become more effective now
There is approximately a 2 to 3 weeks difference in the timing of the fishing between the Salmon River and the rivers of Western New York such as Oak Orchard River. The Western New York rivers steelhead fishing will peak before the Salmon Rivers steelhead fishing. This spring there is no snow melt to run off, so I suspect the timing between the two watersheds to be closer than normal to each other. Water flows have settled back down to 500 CFS over the past week. However water flows have been increased to 900 CFS. Looks like the Salmon River watershed received a little more rain and snow than we did in western New York. Here to water temperatures are warming quickly due to the lack of snow runoff. Water temperature over the weekend reach the magic 40° mark. At this temperature spawning activity has started. On days when the sun gets on the water and the water temps start go up, swing a fly can trigger a hard poll. It is getting time to break out your favorite swinging flies and have at it. Also at this time of the year, there are heavy hatches of stoneflies, happening throughout the entire length of the Salmon River. With all of this bugs crowing around, the fish are definitely feeding on the stoneflies. Fish a black stonefly nymph in size 10 to an 8.
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I still have prime dates available for this spring. This includes late March in to early April, steelhead fishing on the Oak Orchard river. Mid April into, mid-May on the Salmon River. Keep in mind if you're planning a trip to the Western New York tributaries everything is running two weeks early, you need to make your plans now. As for the Salmon River everything is two weeks ahead of schedule for this watershed also. However I suspect that the drop back steelhead fishing should hold up into late spring. If you have any questions fell free to call the shop and talk to Carl, the phone number is 585-352-4775. Or you can call my cell is 585-233-0436