West Canada Creek

After many years of talking about it I finally made it to West Canada Creek this week. 

My father-in-law and I left late Thursday morning to make our way down to Trenton Falls from our vacation spot in Indian Lake NY.  When we got to West Canada Creek (about 10am) 3 guys were coming off the stream.  Two of them reported catching a few fish with one being almost 20″.  We started fishing.  We tried everything.  Nymphing, dry flies, streamer, but nothing worked.  About four o’clock 2 guys from Syracuse showed up and fished next to us for a while.  We found out that Dennis and Dan, who are brothers, try to fish West Canada Creek about once a week.  So naturally they were a wealth of information.  This is what we learned from them about fishing below the Trenton Falls dam:

  • Call the Waterline hotline before you come out.  Call 800-452-1742 and put in code 365124 or online.  USGS charts are not helpful because the power company is always changing the amount of flow. 
  • If the Power Company flow permits (about 400 cfs), fish the morning until 10am and the evening from 6pm on.
  • Caddis seem to be the preferred diet of these fish.  Use a low profile caddis.  Something with a turkey wing.  The fish don’t seem to like elk hair caddis.  If you can, make sure you bring some size 12 tiger caddis patterns with you.
  • Finally, you don’t need rising fish to catch a nice one on a dry.  Do plenty of prospecting.

The last bullet point really surprised me but Dennis proved this to be correct.  He was fishing down stream of me for about a 1/2 hour just prospecting with a tiger caddis and out of nowhere a 17″ brown sipped his fly right off the surface.  The fish gave him a nice fight and had beautiful color.

Unfortunately, my fate was sealed for the night.  I had to leave just before the prime fishing period but was able to land one small brown on a size 16 caddis.  Even though this trip did not yield very productive fishing I feel like we came away with enough information to come back and be successful.  We were very lucky that Dennis and Dan entered our end of the creek that day or our trip would have been a complete bust.  Thanks again guys.  We hope to fish with you again on West Canada Creek.

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Mike grew up fishing in Western NY. He has been fly fishing since the early nineties but has gained most of his knowledge from friends in Trout Unlimited chapter in the last several years. Most of his fishing trips / posts come from Western NY, the Adirondacks, the West Branch of the Delaware, and Montana. Mike Farney's Google Profile

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