Sunday, February 10, 2013

After a week a week of high water. Finally we have the water flows, that we have been needing. This week’s steelhead fishing has been plagued with tough fishing conditions. Dealing with constant changing conditions, is part of winter steelhead fishing. Western YN got about 16’’ of sown on this past round of weather. Just what we needed, the sown will help to keep the water flow up and the fish moving. Judging by the way this week’s weather forecast is looking. We may be in for a good week of fishing. Water flows are coming down to an easier fishing level. Air temp is going to be a litter warmer this coming week also. Time to get on the water. There should be fresh runs of fish in all of our river and streams. For now the only river that is open in Western NY is the Oak Orchard River. There is a run of fresh steelhead in. I suspect there will be a good number of fish spread out from the dam on down river, in all of the pools. 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. On the Salmon River the water flows finally have come down, this week. Previously the flow was 1600 CFS. Now the flow is at 285 CFS, winter minimum flow and a comfortable level for winter steelhead fishing. How long will the water flows stay this way, is a good question. We will need to keep a close watch on the flows. 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. Not: I still have plenty of days available for spring steelhead season. March into mid-May

Sunday, February 3, 2013

We had a warm wet but quick, turn in the weather. This has brought the water flows way up. Early in the week we had a break in the extreme cold, we were able to fish comfortably. Plus the cold helped to bring the water flows back down to a fishing level. As a result we had a good week of fishing. But with the worm weather we gut sown melt and a lot of needed rain. Finally we gut the round of high water we been waiting for. Starting with western NY, everything is blown out for now. The highest water flows we have seen in three years. This is doing a good job cleaning out the rivers. No doubt there is new fish on the way. The oak may be fishing by mid-week at the earliest. The water flow will come down fast, but the water color needs to improve, that will take time. We should see a good run of fish in. last time I was on the Oak, it fish very good. There was a run of fresh steelhead in. I suspect there will be a good number of fish spread out from the dam on down river, in all of the pools. 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 is on exception, the warm wet weather has sent the water flows flying. The Salmon River water flow crested at 2800 CFS last week one of the highest flows we have had in a long time. There is a good number of fish in the upper river as of now. With this round of high water, there is no doubt that new fish are running in. As of now the water flow is at 1600 CFS plus run off. A pit high for us to do any winter fly fishing comfortably. The water flow will most likely be coming down soon. 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.