Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It is definitely that time of the year once again, especially in western NY. The recent warm weather has milted off what sown we had. Water temps have started to rise in the river and stream. I am finding fresh runs of steelhead in the rivers and feeding lake run brown trout. For the western NY the spring steelhead run appears on, if with good conditions we can have 4 week of good steelhead fishing ahead of us. With the sown run off over we will now need regular rain events to maintain good water flows. As of now water flows on all the river and steam, are on the high side and is a bit off color, however quite fishable. The water temps are in the upper 30 degree range, keep in mind that water temps will be fluctuating considerably over the next few weeks. As always keep in mind conditions can and do change quickly. For flies, not much has changed yet go with egg flies in your favorite colors in size 10 to 8, black stone nymphs in 10 and 8, white wooly buggers and zonkers, in size 8 to 6. The Salmon River is steelhead fishing is running behind, the western NY rivers. This is normal. The water flows in the salmon has been stable at 900 CFS. We will need to keep a close watch on the water flows, spring run-off will be coming soon and the water flow will be going up. There has been a steady trickle of fresh fish coming in. The whole river has been fishing, obviously the upper river has the most fish. Of course this is where the most fishing pressure is located. For now there is a lot of stone fly activity going on. These are what I refer to as a winter stone. There are a few different stone flies hatching at the same time. The size range is from a 16 to a 8. I like to use a size 8 black stone fly nymphs. Not : I still have opening March 25,26,28,29,30. April 2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11, . This fishing the Western NY tributaries, centered around the Oak Orchard river. I also have days in May swing flies for steelhead on the Salmon River. If you have any questions please feel free the call my cell is 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 10, 2013

For now the water flows for winter steelhead fishing, is on the high side on the Salmon River. The water flow is flowing at 1200 CFS plus runoff, which makes the water flow around 1450 CFS. This water flow may stay with us for some time. However we will need to keep an eye on the water flows, there is a lot of sown to melt and run off. As of now there is about 2 to 3 feet of snow along the river. The trails are packed down, so walking along the river is not an issue. Steelheads are still tricking in every day. The DSR is reporting decent fishing that means we are getting new fish daily. The steelhead is spread out there out the lower river. There is rarely a concentration of fish this time of year in this part of the river. Fish fast, cover the water and move to the next pool. The steelhead in the lower river, have not seen as much fishing pressure and are much more grabby. The upper river is where most of the fish are. This is where the bulk of the fishing pressure is. There is a lot of fish that has been sitting in this part of the river for a few months, the fish know the game. The fishing in the lower fly zone can be a on and off again deal, throw out the day. You need to stay with it throw the day. The fish will turn on and bit at some point. The western NY River and stream can use a round of high water, and that is what they got. All the smaller stream are now open and free of ice. There are fish, in these steams. They are spread out throw the streams, you need to cover water. The Oak Orchard River is still a pit high and off color. The oak should be in fishing condition in a few days. The way the weather is looking we are in for a good round of winter fishing over the next week. For flies go with egg flies in your favorite colors in size 10 to 8, black stone nymphs in 10 and 8, white wooly buggers and zonkers, in size 8 to 6.