Monday, March 28, 2016

The weather over the last few days continues to be cool. The rainfall has been more of a have or have not situation over the last few days. As result for Western New York, Oak Orchard and the surrounding rivers and creeks, water flows will vary widely. It is one of those situations where you need to check. If we do not get any substantial rain soon, Looks like the steelhead fishing is going to be a bit challenging. It will become more hunting than fishing. Water temperatures remain constant in the low 40s degree range, this is fortunate because it will slow down and help to extend spawning activity. Hopefully the cooler water temperatures will make up for lower water flows.  As of now I am still hoping for two more weeks of decent fishing. Productive flies, Willy buggers, leech patterns is still getting the job done but we’ve had to drop down on fly size, 6 and 10 is the sizes we are using right now. This is due to the lower and clear waters that were fishing. Yes always, keep in mind we are doing a bit of hunting for the fish and fishing with a lot of persistence.
Salmon River Pulaski and the surrounding rivers and creeks; water flows continue to moderate. As of writing this update water flows on the Salmon River has come down to 500 CFS release from the dam. Water temperatures have not improved much over the past week still ranging in the upper 30° range to low 40° range. Spawning activity continues at a slow rate. Between dropping water flows and cool morning water temperatures are slowing down the spawning activities. Hopefully this pattern will continue and help extend the spring steelhead fishing. The fly box; stoneflies nymphs still getting it done, in size 12 to 10, For the swing, small intruders around two and a half to 3 and half inches long is getting the job done. If and when we have some high water flows, it is a good idea to try fishing intruders around 4 to 6 inches long, put a big target out for them.

Note;

A reminder, myself and Rick Smith still have dates for spring steelhead fishing both April and May. Early May is what we call, is swimming season. A great time two fish for steelhead with two-handed rods and a singing fly. Feel free to call to discuss dates and fishing opportunities. Cell 585-233-0436

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The weather this past week has been considerably cooler, the colder temperatures is definitely needed. The steelhead spawn is well under way, for Western New York. My guess is that we are about a quarter of the way through this spring steelhead’s spawn cycle. However this is nothing but a wild guess. Weather and water temperatures will play a major role in how long this spawning cycle will last. For now the spring steelhead season is running about two weeks ahead of schedule. Once again the cool weather we’ve had this past week has definitely helped to slow things down.
For Western New York, Oak Orchard River and the surrounding rivers and creeks. Water flows have come down to a medium flow and water color has cleared up considerably from the past week. Water temperatures have drop off some with the cooler water temperatures spawning activity has slowed down some. We still have to cover a lot of water and fish smart to get our bites. There are no big concentrations of fish, but with a little effort we are having good days on the water. Productive flies, we’ve had the best luck with big Willy buggers, leech patterns and egg flies. Along with the flies keep in mind we are fishing with a lot of persistence.
Salmon River, and the surrounding the rivers and creeks; water flow on the Salmon River has come down considerably this past week. Water flows are now at 750 CFS release from the dam. This is a very convenient flow for fishing. Water temperatures are still on the cool side, ranging in the upper 30° mark.  With the reduced flows the fishing has picked up considerably. Also the fisheries department has started to spawn fish at the hatchery, This means there will be a few steelhead starting to drop back down the river. Keep in mind that with the cool water temperatures, Below 40°. What I referred to as, The River spawn has not taken off in its entirety. The spring fishing is just getting started on the Salmon River. The spring is also running about two weeks ahead of schedule here too. There is a lot a fish concentrated in the upper part of the Salmon River. For the most part these fish are still holding in their winter habitat, however keep in mind that at this stage the transition water between winter water and spawning water will start to hold a lot of fish. At this stage of the spring Water temperatures are going to vary considerably through the river. If you’re experiencing cold water temperatures in the upper river, Consider moving your fishing efforts to the mid river. Water temperatures in the mid River can be as much as 3° warmer by mid day. This increase in water temperature will change behavior of the fish considerable, one section of the river is not working, move. Here to persistence and covering water can be the difference between successful day and a lot of casting practice.
For productive flies; the obvious stoneflies nymphs in size 12 to 10, For the swing, small intruders around two and a half to 3 and half inches long is getting the job done. Keep in mind with high water flows try fishing intruders around 4 to 6 inches long. Sometimes you need to put a big target out for them.

Note;
A reminder, myself and our friend, Rick Smith still have prime dates for spring steelhead fishing, for both March and April.  Feel free to give me a call to discuss dates and fishing opportunities. Cell 585-233-0436


Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Going into this week this is going to be an interesting one. It is time to get on the water and get steelhead fishing. It is now happening, Time to use all those flies we have been tying all winter long.
Starting with Western New York the Oak Orchard River and local creeks. Water flows in all the rivers and creeks are at a medium to a medium high flow, As of now. There is some rain in the forecast, water flows may be subject to change. Water temperatures are in the mid too low 40° range. There is steelhead still sitting in winter holding water, along with a few fish starting to spawn. At this stage we need to a bit of hunting to find fish however there appears to be a fair amount of fish around. The issue is steelhead are spread it out and can be found just about anywhere along the river. Productive flies, we’ve had the best luck with big willy buggers, leech patterns and egg flies. Along with the flies keep in mind we are fishing with a lot of persistence, Water is heavily stained and the fish are spread out. You need to cover water.
The Salmon River this past week we did receive a lot of rain, almost 2 inches of the stuff. Water flows in all of the surrounding smaller rivers and creeks were over their banks. The Salmon River, with a dam release of 1700 CFS, head over 1000 CFS in runoff, for a total of 2700 CFS at the Pineville gauge. Water flows have since come down and should be into ideal fishing condition early this week. I do suspect the 1700 CFS release to continue for some time. Typical for this time of the year, we’ll need to constantly monitor water flows. Water temperatures continue to hold around 36°. The water temperature is slowly improving, however the fishing is way ahead of schedule. The fishing has been a Little crabby lately, We’ve had to work hard for our bites. This is nothing new, my experience seems to be when the fish get close to spawning they get a little grouchy. This past week I did not notice a particular pattern to the flies. Once again I contribute our success to persistence. For productive flies; the obvious stoneflies nymphs in size 12 to 10, For the swing, small intruders around two and a half to 3 and half inches long is getting the job done. Keep in mind with high water flows try fishing intruders around 4 to 6 inches long. Sometimes you need to put a big target out for them.


Note;
A reminder, myself and our friend, Rick Smith still have prime dates for spring steelhead fishing, for both March and April.  Feel free to give me a call to discuss dates and fishing opportunities. Cell 585-233-0436


Saturday, March 5, 2016

March is finally here, with all of its trials and tribulations. The whether, water flow fluctuations, water temp fluctuations make the month of March a challenging time to fish. But March can also produce excellent fishing opportunities. Starting with Western New York, Oak Orchard River and the surrounding creeks are still flowing high and heavily off color. However conditions have improved throughout the past week, ever so slowly. Despite the challenging water conditions we did manage to find a fish or two when we ventured out to fish these waters. Looking forward to this coming week, I suspect conditions to improve quickly and everything coming into fishing condition by early to mid week. As of now I describe the fishing as on the verge of popping. All we need is a little more improvement in water conditions and it will be happening. Productive flies; The fish we did this week were caught with, White zonker size 6 and size 8 egg patterns most productive color was chartreuse. Due to the Poor water conditions, I would contribute the success do to persistence.  Carefully fishing the best holding water within the pools.
The Salmon River and the surrounding rivers and creeks, starting with the Salmon River, Once again water flows remain high for this time of year. The release from the damn has been at 1700 CFS. Water gauge at Pineville has been recording over 2100 CFS. Hopefully this coming week water flows will quickly moderate. Here too, on the Salmon River we are able to get into a few fish in these tough fishing conditions. It appears that we are still receiving new fish from the lake. That late winter early spring run of steelhead appears to be going on. Hopefully the spring fishing well follow its normal predicted time schedule. This coming week weather forecast is for warm spring like conditions. Look for a strong presence of active stoneflies nymphs. With the bug activity, this should generate a strong bite. Once again for the Salmon River the fishing looks like it’s about ready to pop. For productive flies; the obvious stoneflies nymphs in size 12 to 10, For the swing, small intruders around two and a half to 3 and half inches long is getting the job done. Keep in mind with high water flows try fishing intruders around 4 to 6 inches long. Sometimes you need to put a big target out for them.

Note;

A reminder, it is time to start planning you’re up coming fishing trips. I still have prime dates for spring steelhead fishing, for both March and April. Feel free to give me a call discuss dates and fishing opportunities. Cell 585-233-0436