Thursday, December 3, 2015

The fishing the last couple of weeks has been challenging. Some days we have good fishing, some days we do not. A lot of this has to do with the water temperatures. This time of year water temperatures can fluctuate several degrees in a single day. Fish are in a constant state of transition, moving back and forth from fall water to winter water and back again. The closer we monitor water temperatures and the weather, the better we’ve been predicting where we find active fish at any given day. Nothing new here, paying attention to the biological needs and fish behavior, will quickly reduce the amount water we need to fish to find active fish.
Starting with western New York, water flows are still a major concerns. We have had some rain over the past week but the rainfall has been in significant. Hopefully we will get some water from Erie Canal this week.  This will be a temporary increase in waterfalls that will last only a few days. After that water flows will drop and we will be rain depended from this point on. As for the fishing that is going on now, the smaller creeks due to the low water the fishing has almost shut down. This doesn’t mean that occasionally we do find a fish here. Expect to cover a lot of water for 1 to 2 bites. As for Oak Orchard River, The numbers of fish are way down, but there is a few fish spread out throughout the system. Hear too you’ll need to fish through Fairmount of water for a fish or two. For this being said keep in mind that we are overdue for a run for steelhead. Hoping that the Canal water release will trigger a run of fish. For flies; we are still using the standard egg flies in the same colors as always. At this point there are a few spawned out brown trout around, we are breaking out the screamer box. The success has been with light colored size 6 and 4 screamers.
The Salmon River; water flows have dropped back down to 335 CFS. The same water flow we’ve been fishing all fall. We did receive some reasonable rain fall recently, but this appears to only be maintenance. The previous increase water flow did help the fishing out a bit. As of now it is the same story, Lower River has last fishing pressure but fewer fish in the upper river is has more fish and more fish pressure. Over the past week or so there has been a very light but steady trickle of steelhead moving through the lower river. What this means is we need cover a lot of water for a  Fish or two. These conditions the Swinging fly the most efficient way to cover water. The upper river where more fish are concentrated, Fishing pressure has made the fish a little touchy. In this part of the river the quality of your presentation is going to make all the difference. Due to the fact that we did not have much of a salmon run do not expect egg flies to be all that affect. The nymph bite that we experience during mid to late winter has already started.

NOTE:
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and late fishing pressure.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This past week has been a challenging week of fishing. Once again, nothing new for this fall. This time, low Water flows played a big role in the tough fishing conditions; we have been experiencing with our brown trout fishing. Despite the rain we received over the past week, water flows in all of our surrounding creeks and rivers in western New York remain low and clear.  For now it appears that the brown trout run has stalled out. The only exception is the oak Orchard River; even here the pace of the run has slowed dramatically. I do suspect that we still have more Brown trout yet to come in to all our rivers and creeks, but water flows to need to improve first.
The Salmon River, we finally head some decent rain hit the Salmon River watershed. As of writing this post the water release has been bumped up to 750 CFS. This water release has been long awaited. Fishing conditions should improve with the help of the increased flows. For now expect to have a strong egg bite in the upper river. With the increased water flows, all the stray eggs that have not been buried in the river bottom will be sent adrift, creating a feeding opportunity for the steelhead. Increase water flow can also pick up the pace of new steelhead entering the river. As always this time of the year covering water is important.  Even in ideal conditions, Steelhead really run in large numbers. As a result we need to cover as much water as possible during our fishing day. Upper River where the fish are concentrated and there has been more salmon spawning activity, stay with the standard egg parents. Lower and mid river, steelhead Numbers will be more spread out, This is where swinging flies will be more productive, do to the fact that we need cover water efficiently.

NOTE:
November dates 28,29, Open. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing. Note; Rick Smith, many of you already know Rick, Will be available to do trips on the Salmon River and the surrounding Creek for steelhead.
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and light fishing pressure.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436

Monday, November 9, 2015


Once again long days on the river. It’s been a while since my last update. Finished up my calendar for now, on the Salmon River. Not much has changed with the steelhead fishing. We needed to cover a lot of water for a few hook up. At this point, the egg bites in the lower river is about done. I have to say egg patterns are still effective, But there’s not a lot of eggs available to get the fish keyed in. For now the most productive technique is going to be swinging flies. There is not a lot of steelhead concentrated in any one location. Covering water with a spey rod and a swinging fly is the most efficient way to cover a lot of water. This is exactly what we need to do to fine a steelhead willing to take.
Over the past week I have made my move back home to western New York. I am now fishing for the Lake run brown trout. Just before I made the move, we received a good shot of rain in the western end of the lake. This rainfall amounted to about 2 inches, with out this rainfall I would not be home fishing for brown trout. Water flow ware so low the fish could not entered the rivers. This means the Brown trout run in western New York got off to a late start. However once the Browns started to come in they made up for lost time. The past week was, the week of giant brown trout. The amount of 15 pound plus Brown trout we caught this test week was impressive. Once again water flows have become an issue and the trout size is becoming more normal. We need rain very badly or I suspect the brown trout run will stall out.
For productive flies; as usual when fishing for Brown trout in early November it is always an egg bite. Standard egg patterns are getting it done, Nuclear role bugs in Oregon cheese and orange, size 8 and10. Egg beaters, Orange, Chartreuse, size 10 Yellow are getting the job done in low clear water.
NOTE:
November dates 28,29, Open. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing. Note; Rick Smith, many of you already know Rick, Will be available to do trips on the Salmon River and the surrounding Creek for steelhead.
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and light fishing pressure.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436

Friday, October 23, 2015

It has been too long since my last update. Long days on the river have a tendency to do that. As many of you know the salmon fishing has been extremely poor. This has been a bit of a surprise to me, because I did expect a little better return from last year. But that’s how fishing goes, some years we have great runs and some years we do not. Welcome to the natural world, Mother Nature loves throwing curves at us. Even though we have had some wet weather, Water flows remain stable at 335 CFS release.
For now the salmon fishing is starting to wind down. There is a fair number of salmon in the upper river finishing up their spawning.  However do not be surprised to find some new arriving salmon mixed in. There’s still plenty time for a run or two of Chinook salmon to come in. Keep in mind for the most part the salmon are in rough shape.
At this point I am no longer looking for salmon, it is time to focus on steelhead. At least here everything appears to be relatively on schedule for now. This past week we started to see consistent runs of steelhead coming into the Douglaston Salmon Run. We will have to see of this pattern holds up over the next couple of weeks. We just went through a sharp cold front; it actually snowed for a day.  We had 9-degree temperature drop in less than 36 hours. You can imagine what that did to the fishing. How do you say shutdown. At this time of writing this update we are coming into a warming trend. With warming water temperatures And some wet weather we’re having at this time. We should know exactly what the steelhead-fishing picture is going to look like.
Productive flies; this week has been pink and purple Crystal buggers. Those two colors are favors for Coho Salmon. We are also using the standard earth tone colors, Black, brown, copper, olive wooly buggers. For steelhead the standard round of egg pattern is working just fine. Nuclear row bugs and eggbeaters in colors Orange yellow and pink are the top producers.
NOTE:
November dates 28,29,30 Open. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing. Note; Rick Smith, many of you already know Rick, Will be available to do trips on the Salmon River and the surrounding Creek for steelhead.
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and light fishing pressure.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436

Thursday, October 8, 2015


It has been another slow week for salmon fishing. The one shining day was right after a night of decent rainfall. The following morning there was a strong run of Coho Salmon coming through the DSR. This run lasted for most of the day, with a few Chinook salmon trickling in along with the Coho Salmon. As for the rest of the week, we are back to covering a lot of water in the lower river. However there has finally been enough salmon to make fishing in the fly zones productive. Right now there is decent numbers of fish holding in all the main pools in both fly zones. Even here with good numbers of salmon the fishing can be a little on and off. Once the salmon get to the upper river, they can become a bit moody. Often not willing to eat a fly, keep in mind, as they get closer to spawning time this behavior will change. We are still seeing a few steelheads moving, not too many but they are periodically showing up in the lower fly zone. It is getting closer to actual spotting time for salmon. I do suspect we will see bigger pulses of fish running this week. However it is very possible that the Cold water temperatures in the lake over the last two years could possibly delayed maturing of this Group of  salmon. Unfortunately I dropped my magic eight ball in the river and it’s not working at this time. We will have to wait until January to know the answer too this question.
Even though we received little over 2 inches of rain this past week water flows still remain a constant 335 CFS release. The reservoir is still very low and we could use some intense rain, both the reservoir and the fishing could use that.
Productive flies; this week has been pink and purple Crystal buggers. Those two colors are favors for Coho Salmon. We are also using the standard earth tone colors, Black, brown, copper, olive wooly buggers. Keep in mind it is more important to cover as much water efficiently as possible then the fly we are using at this time.  When there is just a few fish in the system, we need to fish through as much prime fish holding water as possible.

NOTE:
November dates 28,29,30 Open. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing. Note; Rick Smith, many of you already know Rick, Will be available to do trips on the Salmon River and the surrounding Creek for steelhead.
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and light fishing pressure.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436