Now Is The Time For The Big Fish

Sandy Creek Steelhead   3  9  2016 - bestBrown Trout 3   8  2016Spring 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 a mild winter with three significant “ice out” high water events bringing in fresh fish throughout the winter. I have seen plenty of fish already setting up shop in Redds in both Lake Erie and Ontario tributaries.  The Brown Trout that wintered over after a late Fall spawn in the creek will be dropping back using the same high water events to move through the creek system. Last year the weather patterns had creeks locked up with ice all winter long right through March. This year is just the opposite. Get out there and fish in the next few weeks for these lake run bruisers because it might be too late in April.

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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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