Sunday, March 18, 2018

It may not look at but spring is coming. The steelhead fishing is gaining momentum quickly, despite the cold and the snow. Starting with Western New York, Oak Orchard River and the surrounding creeks. Water flows have dropped off over the past week in the Oak. Despite the low clear water flows there is a few fish still hanging around. Water temperatures are at winter conditions temps, Fluctuating somewhere between 32 and 34 Degrees.
These fish have been hanging around for a little bit and as result they are a little touchy. We need to fish to these fish very carefully using good presentation and smaller egg patterns. Once we get some warmer weather and a little snowmelt, Water flows will increase and the pace of the fishing on oak Orchard will quickly improve. As always, from this point on water flow fluctuations is going to be the main contributing factor to the quality of fishing. As for the surrounding creeks, water flows have been fluctuating a little bit more. As a result there is a decent number of fish in the system but they are widely scattered throughout. You’ll need to cover a lot of water to find a few fish. For now concentrate your efforts the pools and any deep pocket that you cannot see to the bottom.
The Salmon River has been fishing consistently good, over the past couple of weeks. As of now water flows are at 750 CFS release from the dam. There is some runoff mixed in with the flow, however water flows are at a very comfortable fishing level. Water temperatures remain cold, fluctuating between 32 to 36 degrees. I anticipate these conditions holding into this coming week. As always a lower section of the river fishes completely different than the upper section of the river. Starting with the lower portion of the Salmon River, steelheads are spread out through this section of the river. You’ll need to fish fast and cover as much water as possible. Concentrate your efforts in the main pools, Focusing on the inside soft water, classic winter water. Even though fish numbers are not as high in this portion of the river, they generally are more willing to take a fly. The upper river, this is where the majority of the fish are. Also the majority of the fishing pressure is located.  Normally the steelheads in this section of river are considerably more difficult to catch. However at this time, the winter stoneflies are hatching. This stonefly hatch will get the steelhead eating.  The stonefly hatch will be going for the next 3 to 4 weeks in the upper river. As you can imagine size 10 and 8 Stone fly nymphs in colors dark olive and black are going to be the flies to fish. I suspect this pattern is going to continue until either water flows increased due to Snow runoff, Or water temperatures rise into the low 40 degrees and trigger spawning activities.

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We still have plenty of time available for March and in to May. Please feel free to give me a call so we can discuss your options for the Springs steelhead fishing cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 4, 2018

It has been a long time since my last update, way too long. Going forward my intentions are to get back to my weekly schedule of updates. For those of you who’ve look forward to these updates, both my apologies and my thanks for your patience.
As we all know, winter has definitely left its mark, the experience of the intense whether through December and January. Fortunately February was a little milder.
As for the month of March we are off to a winter start. The recent storm we experienced left us covered with a snow blanket of 12 to 14 inches. As much as an inconvenience, It is just what we need. The spring like weather we experienced the latter part of February got our spring run off started four weeks earlier then normal. This recent snowfall Help keep our spring fishing on a more normal schedule. All of our streams and creeks are now ice free and water flows are in fishing conditions. The Salmon River is flowing at 1650 CFS as of now. Keep in mind at this time of year water flows on the Salmon River can and do change on a daily basis. As for Western New York, Water flows are at ideal fishing conditions, looking forward to this coming week, fishing conditions will hole up just fine. As for fish, the Salmon River has and is fishing very good for this time of the year. There is a lot of fish in the Salmon River as of now. I am anticipating an excellent spring of steelhead fishing, judging by the amount of steelhead that has entered the river since last fall. The same goes for rivers and creeks in western New York, when water conditions are favorable we experienced good Numbers of fish. Once again this spring is starting to set up as a good spring for steelhead fishing. Also the Brown Trout creeks are still producing Drop back Brown Trout, these are the Brown trout that I like to refer to this time year, as our last chance Brown’s. I suspect we will be able to fine these last chance Brown’s for another few weeks. As for flies, we have been using a wide assortment of fly patterns depending where we have been fishing. Starting with Western New York; Standard egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, pink and the Time proven carpet fly have been getting it done. Also when fishing for the Brown trout, we have been using a variety of streamers in colors White and chartreuse. For the Salmon River the normal arsenal of stonefly nymphs, especially in the upper river are you getting it done. It is time for the winter stoneflies to be hatching. Mid to lower river we are having good success swinging our standard tube flies and mini intruders, In a variety of colors. Pink and purple mixes have been the top producers, Keep these flies about 2 ½ to 3 inches long.

Note;

We still have plenty of time available for March and in to May. Please feel free to give me a call so we can discuss your options for the Springs steelhead fishing cell 585-233-0436