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.

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