Thursday, December 20, 2012

We have been getting the needed rain in Western New York. Despite this water flows are slow to respond. The grown water is slowly recovering so the streams and river will hopefully be on the way up sown. As of now the Oak Orchard River and the surrounding streams are still low, but they are fishable for now. We do need around of high water, to get the fishing fired back up. With the weather being unstable the fishing has been inconsistent. This has a lot to do with the water temps fluctuating, several degrees some days. Cold or warm, it does not matter as long as the weather and water temp are stable. With spawning out of the way Brown trout are interested in eating, you'll find out quickly if there are any browns in a pool. My most productive flies have been orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs in size 8. Now that there is Brown trout finished with spawning and more interested in eating. I have adding a size 6 white woolly buggers and white bunny flies in the same size. The Salmon River is in better shape than the Western New York rivers streams. The water flow ware at 750 CFS for about a week be for being reduced to 335 CFS, it has been raining on and off for the last week. True to form the water just went up. The water flow is at 900 CFS. The up and down water flows may sounds bad, keep in mind the fluctuating water flows are one of the bigger influence to pull fish in form the lake and move the steelhead up river. We will need to watch the water flows, and see if there are any changes. We are wall in to December; we now need to adjust our fishing. The steelheads are now settling in to their winter patterns. This is spending most of their time in the pools. With the exception of water flow increase, steelheads will not move mush. This time of the year I describe the winter steelhead run, as a trickle. For now the egg bit is on with the water flow increase. When the water flows come down, try fishing with stone fly nymphs and other creepy crawlers - Nymphs like bugs in sizes 12 to 6, In the upper river. The steelheads in the lower river are more active but they are more spread out. These fish will go for a swinging fly. Keep the flies around 2 to 3 inches long and cover as much water as you can. Do not expect to find a concentration of fish in one pool. Often there is a fish or tow that is in a biting mood in a pool. Fish there the pools, if you see signs of fish, do it again, other wise move on. I have open dates for the rest month of December and January. We will be fishing the Western New York tributaries for Lake run Brown trout and steelhead and the Salmon River for steelhead. Also keep in mind that one of my guides will be available to do Salmon River trips. Rick is an outstanding fly fishing guide. Please feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436

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