Monday, April 27, 2015

This is our fist week on the Salmon River for spring Steelhead. Looks like our timing is about right. We started the week out with typical spring high water of 1800 CFS we also received a fair amount of rain and the water flow releases quickly spiked to 3500 CFS.  This high water flow definitely made the fishing challenging on the Salmon River. We simply did what any good steelhead fishermen would do, adapt. One of the strong points of the Salmon River watershed is that there is shrouding creek and a few smaller rivers that receive good runs of steelhead. When the main river was at flood levels we were spending time fishing these smaller creeks and rivers. However high water flows normally does not last long and we were soon back on the main river. As of now water flows have dropped all the way down to 750 CFS this is a very comfortable level to fish, especially for us fly fishermen. Water temperatures started out this week quickly rising into the mid 40s. However spring weather has a way of relapsing back into winter mode. We had two days of cold snowy whether. As result water temperatures plummeted and the fishing shut down. As of writing this report water temperatures are starting to stabilize and the fish are coming out of their temperature shack. Judging by the upcoming weather forecast, we are in for a good week of steelhead fishing. By my best guess we are maybe halfway through river steelhead spawn.  We are also finding the fair amount drop back steelhead. These fish are for the most part below the lower fly-fishing zone. Fortunately water temperatures have been cold and the Steelhead that are done spawning have not moved much. We are having great success with a variety of presentations. For the most part, we have caught the majority of our fish swinging flies. During the past cold snap we did however have to slow down our presentation to almost a dead drift to get any reaction from the fish. However at this time, your favorite way to fish, is producing fish. Productive flies; we have head excellent success with small intruders, large leech patterns, willy buggers, egg sucking leech.
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I still have dates available. With the late spring we are experiencing, the month of May is looking like a great month for fishing for steelhead with a swinging fly.  As of now I have these dates open May 3,7,9,11,12,13. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The fishing in western New York started out on the slow side, however the pace of the fishing quickly rallied as the week progressed. I contribute the increase in the fishing pace, is due to improving water temperatures. As of now water temperatures are in the low to mid 50    degrees range. These warm water temperatures definitely get the fish moving and very aggressive. However the downside to this warm water temperature is that the steelhead run will soon be over for Western New York. As of now the steelhead in the smaller rivers and creeks are starting to finish up with their spawning activities and dropping out. I would suspect the bulk of the steelhead, will be on their way back to the lake within a week, for the western New York rivers and creeks. This is not to say that there will be some stray fish lingering about. Never hurts to take a look at your favorite river when you have a chance. We have been concentrating our efforts swinging flies in the fast water. However we’ve also found some spawned out steelhead holding in the pools that will definitely jump on a fly. At this stage it pays to cover as much water as you can, we have steelhead in all stages of the spawn cycle at this time. Productive flies; we have head excellent success with small intruders, large leech patterns, willy buggers, egg sucking leech.

At this time I am now making my move from fishing Western New York tributaries to the Salmon River. Over the past week water flows on the Salmon River have been extremely high. Water flows closest to 4000 CFS, you can say that the Spring run off has finally showed up. Fortunately the high water flows are starting to settle down to typical springtime fishing levels as of now the dam release is at 1800 CFS Plus runoff water flows are over 2000 CSF, not bad for spring. What is important is that water temperatures are starting to improve. The lower river has had afternoon water temperatures in the low 40° mark. Looks like we are timing our Salmon River fishing about right.
NOTE:

I still have dates available. With the late spring we are experiencing, the month of May is looking like a great month for fishing for steelhead with a swinging fly.  As of now I have these dates open May 3,7,9,11,12,13. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, April 12, 2015


When it comes to spring steelhead season, I have always said conditions can and do change quickly. This past week was most definitely the case. We had heavy rains, Cold weather, rising water, all sorts of changeable conditions. Starting with western New York; water flows finally come down, At least for now in all of our creeks and rivers. However watercolor remains muddy to heavily stain.  Water temperatures are the bright spot here, water temperatures hovering in the low to mid 40s. This is ideal temperature for the steelhead to spawn. Due to the poor water clarity, spotting fish this past week has been challenging. However site fishing is definitely doable if you know what clues to look for. Productive flies; Time to have fun, all the fun stuff that’s been sitting in our box, It is time to fish it. We have and head an excellent success with small intruders, large leech patterns, willy buggers, egg sucking leech. Because of the off colored water, colors of browns and olives are not that productive. These two colors get lost in the dirty water.

The Salmon River, run off has hit the river in a big way. Water flows is over 3000 CFS at this time of writing this up date. I do not think this big water flow will last long. This is normal for the Salmon River at this time of the spring, to have waterfalls like this. Ones the water comes down the water temps will go up and the fishing will pick up fast.  For now the creeks and smaller surrounding rivers are starting to fish. Hear too you need to move around to find good fishing conditions. Fishing conditions along these surrounding rivers and creeks can vary widely from one location to another. Productive flies; we have and head excellent success with small intruders, large leech patterns, willy buggers, egg sucking leech.
NOTE:
I still have dates available. On the Oak Orchard April,16,17 we will be fishing for steelhead and we will have ideal conditions for sight fishing. With the late spring we are experiencing, the month of May is looking like a great month for fishing for steelhead with a swinging fly.  As of now I have these dates open May 7,9,11,12,13. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Judging by the way the rivers are going, spring is running about two weeks behind schedule. All things considered this is not all that bad. Starting with Western New York; water flows have moderated considerably and watercolor has improved. This being said the watercolor is still heavily stained. One of my favorite saying for spring steelhead fishing, is fear no mud. Muddy dirty, off colored water, may seem impossible to fish. But you need to keep in mind that this dirty water is nothing but cover for the fish. Water temperatures has improved significantly this past week as of now temperatures are above the 40° mark for most of our rivers and creeks. This means we have steelhead spawning in most of our tributaries. Even though most of the river and creeks are off color there is plenty of opportunities for some good fishing. Productive flies; now is the time to have fun, all the fun stuff that’s been sitting in our box, It is time to fish it. We have and head an excellent success with small intruders, large leech patterns, willy buggers, egg sucking leech. Because of the off colored water, Colors of browns and olives are not that productive. These two colors get lost in the dirty water.

Salmon River:  water flows half come up considerably this past week. From my flow of 350 CFS to a flow of 1250 CFS, Looks like spring run off has finally arrived. The water flow is still not to high for spring run off. Water temperatures have also started to creep up a little, As of this time temperatures are hovering in the mid to upper 30s. We saw good numbers of fresh steelhead moving on this recent push of water. Looks like the Salmon River is receiving a healthy spring run of steelhead at this time. Even though water temperatures have improved a few degrees and water flows are up with fresh ground steelhead.  We still need to approach the Salmon River as if it is in winter conditions, At least for now. As I always say conditions can and do change quickly. For productive flies; the stonefly routine it Is still going strong, Along with small intruders and funny leech patterns.

NOTE:

I still have dates available. On the Oak Orchard April 13,14,15,16,17 we will be fishing for steelhead and we will have ideal conditions for sight fishing. With the late spring we are experiencing, the month of May is looking like a great month for fishing for steelhead with a swinging fly.  As of now I have these dates open May 3, 7,9,11,12,13,14,15. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436