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.

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

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