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

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