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Warm Water Big And Small

Warm Water Big And Small

if you are seeking a muse for warm weather fly fishing, just consider the many species that will give your fly reel a noisy spin. Perch on a 3 weight fly rod, large Carp with a 7 weight, Largemouth Bass with a 5 weight or Inland Trout can all be good fun on a hot summers day. I caught both of these fish...
DSR Mixed Bag

DSR Mixed Bag

On Sunday, May 15th the Douglaston Salmon Run fees dropped to their yearly low.  Since I hadn’t fished there in several years, I thought that it might afford me a chance to catch a mid-May steelie.  Despite the driving wind, bouts of sleet, aggressive rain and chilly May temperature, I decided...
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
Smallies, not Steelhead

Smallies, not Steelhead

We got skunked steelheading.  No worries, as the smallmouth fishing was cooperative!  This weekend, Mike and I headed to a local tributary to target drop back (post-spawn) steelhead.  With bright sun and clear, low water, we never saw a steelhead. Darn, they were in there just a few days ago… Fortunately,  we managed...
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Well folks, spring has sprung! As a guide, I measure the true beginning of spring with the advent of Smallmouth Bass in our tributaries. The trees may start to bud and the flowers may start to pop their heads in the gardens but the arrival of Smallmouth Bass is a good measure of warm weather to come....
Now Is The Time For The Big Fish

Now Is The Time For The Big Fish

Spring seems to have sprung early this year.  If you are waiting until April to catch these big bruisers, you might miss the opportunity all together. The big spawning Steelhead enter the creeks early and run the high water to find good substrate in the higher elevations of the creek.  We have had...
Wild Trout Benefit From A Catch And Release Project

Wild Trout Benefit From A Catch And Release Project

I fly fished one of the Lake Ontario tributaries today that I had  initiated a “catch and release” project on over a year ago. I managed to connect with a fresh lake run female Steelhead and a newly spawned “wild” Steelhead as well. Looks like the catch and release operation...
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
Breaking out Cold Weather Gear

Breaking out Cold Weather Gear

Today, I wore gloves and a neck warmer.  It was the first day of 2016 and it took me a while to locate these.  I didn’t need cold weather gear during November and December.  Call it an anomaly or call it Climate Change, but we experienced record setting warmth this past season.  Heck, I was...
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
Sight Casting

Sight Casting

Sight casting both literally and figuratively (Photo).  Conditions change on the tributaries every day and so should your tactical approach to Steelhead fishing. When the water is Turbid (stained), conditions are much more forgiving in terms of your presentation of your fly. Floats or strike indicators...
Low light benefits

Low light benefits

As I hiked down to the run, I noticed a father and son wading through the gravel flats.  So much for fishing here, I thought.    Most spawning fish don’t take well to humans wading through redds.  It’s wisest to maintain some distance off these fish and to avoid walking over gravel....
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
Sandy Brown? No, Her Name Is Amy.

Sandy Brown? No, Her Name Is Amy.

Amy Dahm enjoying a rare 69 degree November Day in Upstate NY on a Lake Ontario tributary. Nice hat Amy!  www.ontariofly.com
Filed in: Lake Ontario, New York
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