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Yellow Buggers Casted From Rock Jetty

Yellow Buggers Casted From Rock Jetty

After a guided trip with two customers on Sunday on Lake Ontario tributaries, I realized the rains had not produced as many fish in our local creeks as I had hoped for. Seeing pairs of giant Pike in the creek was a tell tale sign that it was the beginning of the end of our spring run of fresh fish.As the season, weather and creek conditions change, so did my fishing strategy on Monday afternoon. I decided to head down to Webster Park and fish the mouth of Mill Creek.  I worked my way fly casting along the shore line using a “double haul” casting technique while fan casting the area making sure to fish all the water I could. I noticed a mud line in the lake as a result of wind direction and creek flow. I walked out to the end of the rock jetty and I targeted the change in water color and condition and was rewarded with a fresh, hungry chromer. Not the biggest fish in the world but an extremely feisty fellow.

I used a hand tied yellow, crystal flash Woolie Bugger to lure the fish and promote a strike. Watching the fish chase my yellow fly 18 inches under the water’s surface was a defining moment for me and my fishy foe. I love that moment. I used a 7 wt. fly rod with floating line and a 9 foot leader.

Right now the big hungry fish are cruising the shore line waiting for you to cast them your offering. Do not miss this opportunity. This only lasts a few weeks. See you on the water.


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I am a New York State licensed and insured fly fishing guide and a USCG licensed Captain and the Vice President of the Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited Chapter. I grew up as a young boy in Syracuse NY, went to SUNY College at Buffalo and now reside near the shores of Lake Ontario. I offer guided trips on the tributaries of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and all inland waters from Syracuse to Buffalo in New York State. My fly fishing experiences have taken me to many international fly fishing destinations chasing both fresh and saltwater species of fish. I am a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Guide, Fly Fishers Federation Member/Guide, and also an Orvis, Simms, LOOP, LL Bean and Filson Pro Member. I have been published in numerous print media and also have been a keynote speaker for a number of professional forums. Working alone; I recently finished three conservation projects within our fisheries. The first is a "catch and release" zone on 4 Mile Creek and also on Mill Creek (Lake Ontario). The second is a "fly fishing only" zone on 18 Mile Creek (Lake Erie). These projects and more highlight my passion for fly fishing, conservation and sharing the sport of fly fishing with others in every way I can. Catch em' on the fly! Visit me on Facebook at Ontario Fly Outfitters.

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