Friday, January 22, 2016

I do realize that I have been slow on my updates lately. Mainly because there has not been much change in the overall fishing conditions. Old man winter has finally arrived. Even though we have not received much snow or really cold weather recently. For Western New York, All of our smaller creeks and streams are totally locked up with ice. The only open water we have for now is the Genesee River and Oak Orchard. Water flows in the Genesee River are still on the high side. If this cold weather processed water flows should continue to drop on the Genesee River. As for the Oak Orchard River, Just the opposite continues water flows have been acceptable but for this time of the year, on the low side. Despite the conditions on the Oak Orchard there is a few fish around. But we do need some high water for the Oak to get things on track.
Salmon River area pretty much the same thing goes, all the smaller rivers and creeks are iced up. However the Salmon River watershed has received considerably more snow. Water flows at this time are at 750 CFS, I suspect this release will come down as the cold weather persist. The 750 CFS is about the top end of water flows that I like to fish during the winter. The good news is, this has been stable water flows and water temperatures for approximately 2 weeks.
The fish are setting up in their winter holding waters with these consistent conditions. Recently we fished the upper portion of the Salmon River and did very well with the standard Stone flying nymphs and small wet flies. Wherever we found water that we could make a proper presentation, there was fish willing to eat. Looks like the winter nymph bite is setting up. The last time we floated the Salmon River,

there was fish scattered about from the lower fly zone on down to the route 2A bridge. For now, the best success has been using a lot of persistence.

Monday, January 4, 2016

It has been sometime cents my last update. Conditions are finally changing and hopefully the fishing will improve with the changes. For whatever reason the tributaries in western New York have been left out of all the rainfall, only recently is the water flows finally starting to creep up. The past couple of weeks water levels were so low that oak Orchard River was practically dry. The surrounding creeks were not faring much better. Just the last few days the water flows have started to come up, somewhat. There is, fish in the major pools but not many, Most of the fish still hanging in the estuary parts of Oak Orchard River. As for the surrounding creeks, here to the water flows are up and a few fish are moving in. we are still fishing threw a lot of water for a fish or two. 

The eastern end of the lake is a different story, water flows have been an issue but for the Salmon River we have too much water. Water flows have been over 1800 CFS for over a week. The good news is that there is a good number of fish that have come in sense the high water. In fact the fish hatchery has collected a large number of steelhead.  Now that the water flow has come down, to 750 CFS. We can figure out what it will take to get them to bite. The fishing has been challenging all fall to say the least. Hopefully the winter fishing will be more consistent. I am anxious to see if the same nymph fishing patterns will be as effective this winter as they where last winter. Judging by how this winter has started I do not expect to see consistent water flows. This is nothing new and the water flow fluctuations help to refresh the fishing.