Saturday, May 26, 2012

The bugs are continuing to hatch in all our local trout streams. However the warmer weather has pushed the timing of the hatches right up in to dusk. Want to see a nice bug hatch don't forget your flashlight. If the weather cools off some the timing of the hatches could be a little earlier into the evenings. Earlier this past week the region had a few thunderstorms rolled through. This caused a temporary spike in water flows in a few of our trout streams. Even though the spike in the water flows has worked its way through the system. It is always a good idea to be prepared to do some fishing in higher water flows. A few tricks you can use, is to use a heavily dressed fly, go up one fly size or do both. Also consider where the fish will be feeding daring the higher water. Normal feeding locations may be too fast or too high for the trout to feed comfortably and efficiently. The fish that do feed on the surface will move to a softer flow of water. This often means that we will position ourselves in the middle the Creek and then fish tight to the shoreline. These few adjustments can turn what would otherwise be a disappointing day of fishing, into one of your best days. I always say if we wait for perfect conditions, we are going to do a lot of waiting. It is better to do with the fish to do and adapt to what is going on. With all this being said, I suspect for the next week we are going to be back to a low-water situation. That means careful weighting, long leaders, light tippet and accurate casting. We can only hope for some sustained wet weather, we could use the rain. For more up-to-date information please go to my Facebook page. Note: I have time open for anybody interested in doing some trout fishing. This can be on the local trout streams or even possibly some of the new water that I am exploring at this time. Please feel free to give a call and we can talk about what is going on. Cells is 585-233-0436 or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I have been fishing the local trout streams over the last few days. All I can say is we've got bugs, the hatches are on. All of our trout streams including the Genesee River are in good fishing condition. At this time of the year we can fish from early morning until midnight and expect to have decent fishing. Morning fishing will be best done with nymph fishing. Start out with hare’s ears size 16 pheasant tails size 16, there is a lot of nymph in the drift of this size. If these flies are not working try various caddis mergers in size 14 and 16, after that just keep experimenting. The mid day fishing will be a mix of nymph and dry fly fishing. The same nymphs that we use in the morning will still be productive during the day. During the midday we will see gray foxes and March Browns starting to hatch. These tow mayflies are a mid-day hatch. You will not see a lot of bugs on the water at ones. However the trout are looking for the bugs. Fishing this hatch is about covering water. The more water you cover, potentially the more fish you can catch. The sulphurs hatch has been starting late afternoon, and when conditions are right followed by a spinner return. For now you can count on this happening and practically all of our trout waters. For more up-to-date information please go to my Facebook page. Note: I have time open for anybody interested in doing some trout fishing. This can be on the local trout streams or even possibly some of the new water that I am exploring at this time. Please feel free to give a call and we can talk about what is going on. Cell is 585-233-0436 or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The last round of rain had a positive effect on the water flows of practically all our trout streams. The only river that became unfashionable was the upper Genesee River. However I suspect by now this river should be in ideal fishing condition. Because of the goofy spring we have been experiencing, the hatches are out of their normal timing. When you head out to fish be prepared, depending on where you fish the fly hatches can be as much as three weeks ahead of schedule. The only stream that is running on schedule is Spring brook, you can almost set your watch on the timing of the hatches. As of now Spring brook has a size 18 blue wing Olives hatching. Along with the olives look for midges to be hatching and when all else fails try fishing a pink scud. As for everywhere else be prepared to see a light caddis which is coming off right now. But also have with you gray foxes, March Browns and sulfurs. The best time to fish, right now is mid afternoon until dusk. However as I always say the best time to fish is when we have a chance. If your opportunity to fish is in the mornings, consider fishing nymphs. I recently spent a couple of days back on the Salmon River. I was looking to see if any Atlantic salmon is moving into the Salmon River yet. I did observe a half a dozen fish over a couple of days. My suspicion is that they are just starting to enter the river. I will know more over the next couple of weeks. The real secret for the Salmon River is the growing population of resident big Brown trout. I'm talking about Browns well over 20 inches. However this is a big secret, so do not tell anybody. Also been doing some research fishing, dirty job but somebody has to do it. Looking at some small trout streams, that is producing some good rainbow and brook trout fishing. For more up-to-date information please go to my Facebook page. Note: I have time open for anybody interested in doing some trout fishing. This can be on the local trout streams or even possibly some of the new water that I am exploring at this time .Please feel free to give a call and we can talk about what is going on. Cell is 585-233-0436 or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775

Sunday, May 6, 2012

It has been a while since my last update and a lot has happened. I am now making the transition from steelhead fishing to trout fishing. This doesn't mean that the steelhead fishing is over. There is still enough steelhead hanging out in the Salmon River to make it worthwhile fishing. The best part of this is that there is practically no fishing pressure. Also this is the time when the Atlantic salmon start there run. I have already had reports of a couple Atlantic salmon being caught in the DSR. For now the water levels in the Salmon River are running higher than normal. At this time the Salmon River is flowing at 900 CFS plus runoff. If we continue to get more rain over the next couple of days we could see even higher water flows. The good news is behind this we should be off to a good start fishing for Atlantic salmon. Along with the Atlantic salmon fishing the Salmon River has also been offering some decent dry fly trout fishing the last couple of years. In fact we have seen some nice trout rising in some of our favorite trout fishing locations. The Salmon River over last few years has seen great mayfly and caddis hatches. Hopefully we'll see this new trout fishing opportunity continue to grow. Now for the trout fishing. We had a great run with the Hendrickson hatch. In fact when the conditions are right we can still see some Hendrickson spinner returns in the evening. As for now look for blue wing olives hatching, this may fly is a size 16. Along with the olives, if it's not happening now, any day we could also see a light caddis hatching, these caddis range in size from 14 to16. You can expect to see these bugs hatching on all of our trout streams. As for the water flows, the recent thunderstorms did cause water flows to increase however everything is dropping back into ideal fishing conditions. I know my updates have been little slow the spring. Hopefully I can pick the pace up with my updates. For more timely information go to my Facebook.