Sunday, December 29, 2013

Over the past week we have had a considerable swing in the weather. At one point there was proximately 1 an 1/2 feet of snow on the ground. Then add about 2 inches of rain, what we got is a lot of flooding. This is Just what we needed to jump start the winter fishing. The high water was contained mostly in Western New York. As of now most of our rivers and creeks are just about ready to fish. The creeks are high, but you can get on them. Concentrate your fishing efforts in the lower portion of the creeks. Fish the bigger pools, where fishing in the high water will be more effective. Be advised that even though the creeks have recently exploring a high water event, ice can still be a concern. As always keep in mind this time of year water conditions can change daily. As for the Oak Orchard River the reason round of high water has had its effect on the Oak. As of now water flows are still very high and water color is still on the muddy side. I suspect that within a few days, water levels and water clarity will improve enough that we can effectively fish. Once conditions become favorable, try fishing from the dam on down River. I suspect we will find a fresh run of steelhead with a mix of Brown trout throughout the fishable portions of the River. For productive flies, in the faster water stay with your favorite egg flies size 8 in to 12. In the slower water, try working white streamer patterns. The Browns in this part of the River have and feeding on gizzard Shad, keep the flies about 2 1/2 inches long.
The Salmon River: the recent round of wet weather did not have as big of an influence on the Salmon River watershed. Water flows were temporarily spiked to 3500 CFS for two days and then the water flows were ramped back down. As of now the water flow is at 500 CFS a very comfortable water flow for winter steelhead fishing. There is as of now good numbers of fish in the upper River. Most of the fish are concentrated in and around the lower fly zone. This is also where most of the fishing pressure is also located.

As for the mid and lower river, I have not received too many reliable reports. I would expect there is a few fish scattered down through the river. You will need to cover water to find fish. For productive flies, stay with your favorite egg patterns in sizes ranging from 8 to 12 and your favorite winter steelhead nymphs especially anything that looks like a stone fly. These patterns will be most effective in the upper River. If you are interested in trying your hand at swinging flies, keep your patterns about two and half to 3 1/2 inches long. As for the presentation think low and slow.
I am now running my winter special.  We are on the water by 9:00 am and fish until 3:00 pm. The winter special rates are 300$ for two people and 200$ for one person. That is a hundred dollar saving a day. This still includes flies, leaders, and equipment that might be needed.

Monday, December 9, 2013

I know it has been an awhile sent my last update. By the way the weather is looking winter has caught up with us. The fall fishing season has a way of coming to a sudden stop. This doesn't mean the fishing is over, just evolving. We will still have some warmer weather but for the most part I think we are now settling into a winter fishing pattern. Starting with Western New York.
 Our smaller streams and creeks are starting to ice over, making the lower sections of these waters practically on fishable at times. Fishing conditions in the small streams and creeks will have to be taken on a daily basis. There is still good numbers of brown trout in all of the rivers and creeks. There is also a study flow steelhead trickling in on a regular basis. There needs to be two adjustments in our fishing now. First is to slow down our presentation. Water temperatures are well below the 40 degree. The fish are moving slower and will need more time to look over the fly. The second adjustment is to concentrate our efforts in the deeper pools and runs. The spawning activity as pretty much shut down and the fish are now concentrated in the deeper water. As for flies we are still have the best success with egg patterns.
As for what is happening on the Salmon River. We have had several weeks of higher than normal water flows. Looks like the cold weather has helped this situation out considerably. As of now the River is flowing at 500 CFS this flow is going to stay this way for a few days. How long this flow will last is a good question. As of writing this report we are having a warming trend and some wet weather. Water flows could be increased all over the next few days. This time of the year it is a good idea to always check water levels before heading out to fish the Salmon River.          With all the high water, a lot of steelheads are in the upper river, this is also ware most of the fishing pressure is. However there is a steady flow of fish coming there the river as now. This means that we can find fish all

Throw the river. For flies we are having good success with egg flies in size 8 to 12 and nymphs in the upper river. If you like to swing flies, fish the middle and Lower River.      Keep your flies about 3 to 3.5’’ long and Stay with earth tone colored flies. Also water temperatures are now in the mid-30 Degree range.   Fish are now sliding into their water holding spots and the swing speed must be slowed down as much as possible.
I will be splitting my time between the Salmon River and the river in western NY. We will be fishing which River is fishing the best or most convenient at the time. Also it is time to start thinking about fly tying. There will be fly tying classes available at the fly shop. These classes will be starting in February if interested please feel free to call the fly shop for more details. Shop number is 585-352-4775