Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Typical of mid to late May a lot is developing with our fishing world. Starting out with our local trout streams Oatka Creek and upper Genesee River. Water flows are very low for this time of the year; we are in desperate need of some good rainfall. As for the bugs, hatches are progressing along a normal time schedule. We are now seeing the front end of the Sulfur hatch; this is a size 16 yellow mayflies. Along with sulfurs we should be seeing Gray Foxes and March Browns coming off anytime soon. These mayflies typically hatch midday to late afternoon.
Expect to see good bug activity starting somewhere between the mid to late afternoon and peeking around dusk. Also spinner returns are now evening routine, as long as weather permitting, not too cold or windy. We will have Sulfur spinners returning at the end of the day. Along with evening spinner returns and Sulfur there also should be caddis hatching.  This is probably the best time of the year for bug activity. Expect to see good hatches on all of our healthy trout water. 
Because we are dealing with low water conditions, the trout are going to feel exposed. We will need to take this into consideration when we are on the water. Even though it is still May we are going to have to break out our mid to late summer stealthy techniques so we don’t spoke the fish. Walking softly on the trail and wadding carefully is going to be important until order flows come back to normal levels.
Other fishing News, we are continuing to explore the brook trout water.   Our recent exploratory trip produced several fish between 4 to 12 inches long. We did lose a few fish the left us wondering what the heck hit us. The Douglaston salmon run has stacked 400 brown trout on the run last week. Most of these fish are between 14 and 20 inches, many of these fish are around 20 inches. It is nice to see that someone is at least trying to make more trout fishing opportunities instead of destroying it. Along with fish stacking on the DSR, I have observed and received credible reports of Atlantic salmon.  This is good news considering how challenging the past tributary season was. At least for now the Atlantic Salmon are showing up on schedule. I will be keeping a close eye and a fly in the water when it comes to these fish. Hopefully this fisheries will develop into a viable resource that we all can enjoy. As the Atlantic salmon run develops I will keep everyone posted.

We have Time available over the next few weeks for both the Brook trout fishing and the rest of our trout fishing. Feel free to give me a call and talk about the fishing. Cell 585-233-0436

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