Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Starting with Western New York. Once again we are left out of desperately needed rain, late last week. New York State got hit with Quality rainfall. Unfortunately the Western tributaries of Lake Ontario were just on the northern edge of the Weather front. The result waterfalls still are painfully low. As you can imagine, This does not help the fishing at all. Fish are kind of funny, they do not like sitting in rivers that do not have water. True to form, just when you think the conditions are going to stay, everything changes. The low water conditions that we are experiencing in Western New York as of this time about to go away. The Oak Orchard watershed has received over 16 inches of snow in the past storm, cannot complain about being left out this time. My guess is by the end of this week we will see sharply improved water flow due to snowmelt and hopefully some rainfall. Once this happens we may see a good run of steelhead ones fishing conditions improve. As I always say fishing conditions can and do change quickly.
In the present low water conditions the most productive fishing, is fishing the estuary portions. Here you will find Post spawn Brown trout feeding areas minnows. We are having the best success with White bunny flies in size 6 and 4. Once the water flows come up, we will need to do a little experimenting to see what the fish one. Try your favorite egg patterns.
The Salmon River, water flows have remained high through this past week.   The flows are now finally starting to come down to a comfortable winter fishing level. As of now water flows are at 500 CFS, this is a good flow for winter steelhead fishing. At this point I cannot make it decent call, If those water flows will remain consistent or not. The Salmon River watershed has received about 8 to 10 inches of snow from the past storm. As always we will need to continue to monitor water flows.

Productive flies, this past week has been a next of everything. Large intruders, streamers, nymph and egg flies, were all working at some point or another. Once again, experimentation and persistence was more important than one particular fly pattern.

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