Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To start off with I would like to take a moment and say thank you to everybody for reading my blog. A passing note this blog is number 500. Over the years my log of updates that I have written have created an interesting history of the fishing in the area.  I have made mentions of the timings runs on the Lake Ontario tributaries, bug hatches on our trout streams. I have also periodically added fishing tips from timings to Fish, to techniques. Once again thank you for reading my blog, and to another 500 updates.
Now to the fishing; starting with the trout streams. Water flows remain at ideal fishing levels at this time. Keep in mind when you look at various gauge reading. They will report that water flows are low for this time of the year, they are. Often this time of the year water flows are very high and we are waiting to fish. All of our trout streams are now having their early spring hatches. Look for Hendrickson Olives and some caddis, depending on the trout streams you are fishing. Most of the hatches are coming off early to mid afternoon, Plan on being on the water by late morning. Start fishing with nymphs and looking for surface activity by early to mid afternoon. Most of your fishing will be done by late afternoon, when the sun start coming off the water. We are having a good start to the trout season. Time to get on the water and take advantage of the opportunity.

The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River continues to move along. Water flows have been fairly consistent all week. The week started out with a 750 CFS released from the dam, as of writing this update water flow is now at 500 CFS release. I do expect the water flows to continue to come down this coming week, unless we get some significant rainfall. Dropping waterfalls at this time of the year is normal a nothing to be concerned about when it comes to the fishing. Lower water flows well help in locating fish by concentrating them in the deeper runs. Also the lower waterfalls means we do not have to use as aggressive sink tips, making casting far more enjoyable. Water temperatures are finally in the upper 40s 50s and the steelheads are starting to chase big flies. At this stage we are no longer seeing many fresh spawning fish. We are focusing on the fishing for drop back steelhead. For flies, it is time to Break out all the fun stuff. You will have your best results with flies around two half inches long in earth tone colors. For the most part big Willy burgers black and brown, copper are going to work just fine. It is more important to cover water than anything else.

A reminder, I still have dates for May spring steelhead fishing. Early May is, what we call swing season. A great time to fish for steelhead with two-handed rods and a swinging fly. Our friend Rick Smith, also has dates available for May. Feel free to call if you have any questions Cell 585-233-0436

One final note;
As many of you are aware of my home was devastated by fire. I want to just say thank you to the fly fishing community for their outpouring of support and help. This means a great deal to myself and my family.  As some of you are aware the healing and rebuilding process takes time. Once again thank you for all the support.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Earlier this week we got a good shot of rain came through the area. Depending on where you are, it will have a lot to do with how your rivers and creeks are fishing at this time.
Starting with the inland trout fishing. Most of our in land trout water was affected by the rainfall early last week. Going into this week water flows should have receipted enough to come back into fishing condition. Also we finally had a break in the weather and water temperatures are on the rise. This week we could see some of the first of the springs, insect activity. Be on the lookout for both olives and Hendrickson hatching. The timing of these hatches will most likely be from late morning to early afternoon. Obviously hatch timings are going to vary from one trout stream to the next.  
Mid April still prime steelhead time. I am fully settled in and now fishing the Salmon River at Pulaski, for the remainder of the steelhead run. Rainfall from earlier this past week definitely had an effect on water flows. As of writing this update water released from the dam is at 750 CFS, up from 500 CFS we had last week.  This is still a comfortable level for both fishing and running the Drift boat. The drift boat makes covering a lot of water more efficient, which is important because the steelheads are spread out through the river. True to the theme of this spring, covering water and fishing smart continues to be the name of the game. Water temperatures over the past week have been cold. Temperatures are fluctuating from 38° to 42° in the upper river. The lower river water temperatures have been fluctuating a few more degrees on a daily basis. I suspect we’re going start seeing water temperatures in the mid to upper 40s on a daily basis going forward, with the warmer weather that’s coming. Hopefully the warmer water temperatures will encourage the steelhead to start chasing flies a little more aggressively. The warmer water temperatures will definitely turn the swing fishing on. This weeks productive flies, have been a smaller group most of our fish were caught size 4 and 6 Black will buggers and a variety of size 6 and 8 stonefly nymphs. I suspect the smaller group of flies this week is due to water temperature fluctuations. When water temperatures are fluctuating the upper 30 to low 40-degree range on a daily basis, this can make the fish crabby and a little picky about the flies.


A reminder, I still have dates for spring steelhead fishing April 18,19,21 and April 25,26 opened up. Early May is still open, we call May, swimming season. A great time to fish for steelhead with two-handed rods and a singing fly. Our friend Rick Smith, also has dates available for both April and May. Feel free to call if you have any questions Cell 585-233-0436

Saturday, April 9, 2016

This past week has been a cold week for spring. As a result it did make the steelhead fishing a bit challenging. As much of an inconvenience this cold weather has been, we did need this cold snap. As result the steelhead spawning activities has been slow down significantly. We are now not as far ahead of the normal spring fishing schedule.
The weather forecast for this coming week is supposed to be much warmer. I suspect when the temperatures rebound the fishing activity will most certainly pick up.
Starting with the inland trout fishing; water flows in most of the trout streams are in good to excellent fishing conditions at this time. Keep in mind that, waterfalls this time of year can change quickly. Often we need to just go and check out the situation on favorite trout water.
We are about a week early but it is time to start looking for some bug activity. This coming week is supposed to be warmer and maybe some Hendrickson will be hatching in the afternoons. At the very least there should be some decent fishing with nymphs. Try size 14 and 12 hairs ears and Hendrickson nymphs.
Steelhead fishing in western New York, Appears to be about done for the spring. Obviously this doesn’t mean that there could possibly be a few more fish showing up. However the consistent day-to-day fishing appears to be over. This past week the fishing on the Oak Orchard River was very slim. We were fishing through quite a bit of water for one or two fish. There has been about four weeks of steelhead spawning on the Oak Orchard River.  Over the years, four-week time period is about as long as I have observed for the spring steelhead spawn. If you still intend to try fishing the Oak, keep in mind that the fishing is going to be hit or miss at best.
At the time of writing this update, we are in the process of moving our fishing operation to the Salmon River at Pulaski, full time. We will be fishing here for the rest of the month of April and into early May. With this freezing cold snap I am not concerned about the steelhead run being over earlier than anticipated. We will most likely have steelhead spawning activity until the end of the month and drop back fishing until mid May, Normal fishing schedule. Water flows on the Salmon River as of now are at 500 CFS from the dam, down from 750 CFS. There is rain in the forecast for the upcoming week. Looks like waterfalls will be fluctuating over the next couple of weeks. I do not suspect we’ll see any big water flows for the rest of the steelhead run. Water temperatures this past week were in the mid to upper 30° range. With these colder water temperatures the spawning activity was severely slowed down. A lot of steelhead dropped off and into transition water, the smaller pools and cuts near where they have been spawning. With the cooler water temperatures, we needed to slow the drift down. Back to Stone flies and winter style of fishing.  Once the water temperatures warm-up everything will be back to normal. The swing fishing will be back on, especially in the mid to lower river.
Fly box; not much has changed over the past week. 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. We have been having the best success with size for size 4 and size 6 Black and brown Willy buggers.
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A reminder, I still have dates for spring steelhead fishing April 18,19,20,21 and April 25,26 just opened up. Early May is still open, we call May, swimming season. A great time to fish for steelhead with two-handed rods and a singing fly. Our friend Rick Smith, also has dates available for both April and May. Feel free to call if you have any questions Cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, April 3, 2016

 April first has come to pass, the traditional start to trout season.  Most Springs this time of year our trout streams are iced up or at flood stage or very close to it. This spring water flows in many of our trout streams are at ideal levels. We are having a cold snap over next few days, No sense in looking for any bugs hatching. However do not hesitate to get on the water, don’t let a little cold weather stop you.  Consider doing a little winter style nymph fishing.

Back to steelhead fishing, Western New York, Oak Orchard River and the surrounding creeks and rivers. Too early for me to tell but it looks like the steelhead fishing is winding down of the Western New York Rivers. I hope this is only an intermission between runs, But only time will tell. Other than a slow down in the numbers of steelhead not much for changes this past week. We still had to fish smart and hunt for the steelhead, same batch of flies got the job done, willy buggers and leech patterns.  Water flows everywhere have been excellent and water temperatures have been in the mid 40° range. This is why I’m still hopeful we will see at least another week of decent steelhead fishing.

Salmon River Pulaski NY; true to form the steelhead fishing is still going as consistent is it always does for this time of the year. Water flows remain constant with a 500 CFS dam released. This is a very convenient flow for both fishing and running the drift boats. Water temperatures also remain fairly consistent, fluctuating between the low to mid 40s degree range. The recent cold snap and more consequently the cooler water temperatures that come with it, will cool down the water temperatures. This cold snap is also slowing down the fish activity, for a few days. With the cold snap, water temperatures drop into the mid 30° range. Sharp drop in water temperature is what will bring the fishing to a standstill until the water temperatures start to warm back. Fishing pressure over the weekends, have been intense. As a result we’ve had to adjust to work around all the pressure. Lower river is seeing way less fishing pressure. Even though there are fewer fish you’re able to work the water efficiently and having good success doing it. Do not forget that once the pressure gets off the water the fish will become active once again. Late in the day the upper River can become very productive. 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. We have been having the best success with size for size 4 and size 6 Black and brown willy buggers.

Note;

A reminder, Rick Smith and myself still have dates for spring steelhead fishing both April and May. Early May is what we call, swimming season. A great time to 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