Spring Has Sprung!

facebook_1459823938288Well 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. With the very warm winter we experienced this year, the “smallies’ have come early! I caught my first Smallmouth Bass two weeks ago from today on a Lake Erie tributary. I was fishing Sandy creek on 4/6/2016 and caught another ‘smallie’ to add to my spring time experience on the creek this season. These fish usually start to show up in late April or early May and to catch one in March is truly a bit unusual. However, the Lake Erie tributaries are starting to fill up with these aggressive fly biters. If you are interested in learning about these fish and a world class bass fishery, I will be presenting a talk on fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Lake Erie Tributaries at the Canadaigua Lake Trout Unlimited Chapter Meeting on April 18th at 7:30 PM at ┬áthe VA Medical Center on 400 Fort Hill Road, Building # 5 in Canadaigua, NY. The meetings are open to all.

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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! www.ontariofly.com Visit me on Facebook at Ontario Fly Outfitters.

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