Optimizing Mid Winter Fishing Opportunities

Optimizing Mid Winter Fishing Opportunities

Catching fish on the fly in the middle of winter takes flexibility of schedule and the ability to know your creeks well. The winter offers up some of the best Steelhead fishing of the year but you need to be ready to go fishing when the window of opportunity presents itself. A sort of personal and focused...
Changing Winter Conditions

Changing Winter Conditions

Two days after our snowstorm, I took the opportunity to go fishing with my brother-in-law.  To our dismay, smaller creeks were iced over.  My first two creek options presented a solid layer of ice and no visible running water.  It’s surprising what a week plus of cold weather can do to smaller...
Filed in: New York, Oak Orchard
Fly Fisher’s Workshop Wrap Up

Fly Fisher’s Workshop Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone who participated with Fly Fisher’s Workshop!  Our 4th event was another success.  There were 31 different workshops, 20 sponsors, 37 unique raffle prizes, quality silent auction items, 2 yummy food trucks, numerous fly tying demonstrations, and a fun – 5 weight casting...
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
Fly Fisher’s Workshop This Saturday!

Fly Fisher’s Workshop This Saturday!

If you haven’t yet heard, Fly Fisher’s Workshop is this Saturday (Feb 6th).  It’s going to be an awesome event with 20 fly fishing related sponsors and over 30 different workshops.  Our Upstate New York angling community is coming together beautifully to pull this event off!  I’m...
Let’s Catch Fish Radio

Let’s Catch Fish Radio

Rochester has a new radio program!  Captain Ken Strimple and Jeremy Newman host an informative fishing show called “Let’s Catch Fish“.  It’s a helpful, friendly hour long talk show about fishing techniques, reports, ideas and fishing related banter.  Best of all, it’s...
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
O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas Tree!

“Why is our tree laying down?”  As our youngest son entered the bedroom at 6 am, he earnestly asked this question.  It was a good question. We quickly shook off our stupor to investigate.  Lo and behold, our beloved Christmas tree was 0n the floor.  The shattered remnants of a few beloved...
Filed in: New York
Erie Thoughts

Erie Thoughts

Among thoughts of the holidays for most during this time of year are also thoughts of new equipment from Santa Claus. Once Santa delivers your gift of a new rod, reel or waders, you now need to turn your thoughts to place and time. Where and when will I use my new gift? Personally, I have “Erie...
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...
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