Monday, January 28, 2013

I do not have a lot to repot this week. It has been very clod over the past week. Gut a lot of fly tying dune, and I gut fly tying but to show for it. We even get some sown, Western NY has get about 12 inches. Because of the clod all the small streams are frozen. For now the Oak Orchard and the Genesee is the only river free of ice. Obviously I have not been on the water this week, to bam cold. However water flows are at a good fishing level. The biggest concern will be the ice along the rivers shoreline. We do not need to take a swim this time of the year. For flies try the standard stuff. Egg flies in size 8 in fluorescent colors such as chartreuse orange. Woolly bunny are a good option, a size 6 white woolly buggers and white bunny flies in the same size is always a good choice. As the water flow drops. Down size the flies and go to natural colored egg flies. The Salmon River got buried with over 3 to 5 feet of sown depending on where you are along the river. Just what we needed, keep the sown coming, spring steelhead water. Speaking of water flow, the Salmon has been running at 1100 CFS for most of the week. The river is now on the way down to 400 CFS. So much for ramping up and ramping down, as is stated in the dam’s management license. On the up side, the 400 flow is a good flow for winter steelhead fly fishing. With all the sown along the river banks, take care when getting in and out of the river. As for flies try the standard stuff. Stone fly nymphs and other creepy crawlers - Nymphs like bugs in sizes 12 to 6. On days, when the sun gets on the water, do not hesitate to try swinging fly keep the flies around 2 to 3 inches long. Looks like this week will be warmer and I will be back on the water.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A lout has happen since my last update. When we have a January thaw, like the one we recently had. These thaw can shake up the fishing, this thaw is no exception. The water flows on all of the river and streams have come up in the last few days. All in all the increase in water flow is good for the fishing. Ones the water flow settles down and the water color clear up. There should be a fresh run of fish in. This what the oak orchard river needs for the fishing back going again. For the oak orchard river to have a good winter steelhead fishing, these high water flows are important. Ones the oak comes in to fishing conditions. The most productive flies will be, egg flies in size 8 in fluorescent colors such as chartreuse orange. Woolly bunny are a good option, a size 6 white woolly buggers and white bunny flies in the same size is always a good choice. As the water flow drops. Down size the flies and go to natural colored egg flies. The January thaw has head it’s effect in the Salmon River. Water flows have been flowing at 500 CFS. Well within the comfort range for the fly fishermen. However the water flow has been recently increased to 900 CFS. This water flow will pull in new fish. How long will this water flow last, we will have to see. As for the fishing, the salmon has been fishing good for this time of the year. The lower fly zone a good amount of fish in. however this is ware moat of the fishing pressure is. I have been floating the upper river and finding fish in most of the pool. A good sine of things to come. Productive fly patterns are stone fly nymphs and other creepy crawlers - Nymphs like bugs in sizes 12 to 6. On days, when the sun gets on the water, do not hesitate to try swinging fly keep the flies around 2 to 3 inches long. By the way the weather is looking for the upcoming week. We in for some real cold winter weather. This cold snap will freeze up, all of our smaller steams. Living only the bigger river open enough to fish. Hopefully we will get more snow over the next week or two. We need the snow pack back for the spring fishing.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It looks like winter has finally found us. We gut about 14 inches of sown this week. A good start, hopefully more snow is on the way. The more sown we got the better both the winter and the spring steelhead fishing well be. For now the smaller streams are ice up. However these streams are not frozen up to bad. If we get a break in the weather, these smaller streams may open up and fish for a short time. For now the Oak Orchard River is the only river in fishing conditions, for western NY. For now the water flow is still low, but ice free and fishing. There is fish holding in the pools all the way from the dam on down. 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 has received about the same or more sown depending on where you are on the river. For now walking along the river is slow going. Ones again hopefully we will continue to gut more sown. The water flow has been increase to 750 CFS. I suspect this water flow will stay this way for now. For us fly fishermen, winter steelhead fishing, water flow is between 750 to 285 CFS is the ideal water flow. With the stable water flows, 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