It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The weather is certainly feeling like it should, with cold temps and snow hitting the area most recently. And as a result of downward spiraling temps, the water is getting pretty cold, slowing fish in the process.
The fall fly fishing report is as follows:
- The Douglaston Salmon Run reports that fishing has been mixed. While steelhead are spread throughout the entire river, the fishing comes and goes as is typical for this time of year. Most recently, egg imitations seem to be producing best, but sometimes it pays to change things up by substituting different colors, patterns, or even a nymph pattern. Also, as reported in the past, it pays to keep moving when things get stale. Water levels will remain around 350 CFS.
- The Finger Lake tribs got a little shot of water – up to 300 CFS from around 60 CFS. We will have to see if this small push of water brings any fish in besides occasional wanderers.
- Trout fishing is still a possibility though hatches are dwindling. Flows on the West Branch continue are in the neighborhood of 1,000 CFS right now, so streamers could work well. The smaller local creeks like Owego Creek and sections of Cayuta Creek are still also an option, where open, but flows are on the low side right now.
- Warmwater rivers are producing walleye, pike and musky. Flows on most rivers, including the Susquehanna are good as is water clarity, however, wading is till marginal depending where one goes.
Remaining November fly fishing events are as follows:
- The LACKAWANNA RIVER FLY TYERS CLUB meets every Thursday night at 7pm, October through March, at A&G Outiftters. Anyone is welcome to attend. They just ask everyone to contribute suggestions and ideas on patterns to tie. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bobbin)! And A&G notes beer is acceptable too!
- A&G Outfitters is also once again offering trips of 3 days for steelhead on the Salmon River. This package includes the following: 2 Nights at the Double Eagle Lodge, Lunches provided all 3 days, $25 in store credit to be used at A&G. You must provide your own transportation. Equipment may be rented. Contact A&G Outiftters for more information.
- BC Flyfishers will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Thursday, November 20th. As usual, there will be a fly tying demo at 6:30 pm, followed by chapter announcements and the guest speaker at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the George F. Johnson Public Library (Downstairs), 1001 Park Street, Endicott. Guest speaker will be Rich Schierelli, USFW, speaking about Atlantic Salmon in Lake Ontario. Rich will be talking about Atlantic (Landlocked) Salmon: the fish, it’s history, and ongoing programs to restore populations of these spectacular fish to NY lakes. Rich is a Fish Culturist with the USGS Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science in Cortland with 10 years of experience. He is working to restore a self-sustaining population of Atlantic Salmon (as well as other species) to productive levels in order to enhance fishing for this great gamefish. If you want to know more about this special fish, and how it is being repopulated in our lakes, you will not want to miss his presentation. The public is invited and there is no charge for the presentation, which is part of the BC Flyfishers Chapter of IFFF monthly meeting.
- Al Hazzard TU will be holding their monthly chapter meeting on Tuesday, November 18th. Speaker and agenda to be announced.
Look for another cold blast this week. After a little bit of a respite on Sunday and Monday, daytime highs will drop to below freezing and then slowly climb throughout the week. There is more snow in the forecast early in the week, but by week end, rain will be more likely. Highs on Sunday are forecast for the upper 40’s. A reminder that with colder water temps it is very important to be very careful wading. Wear layers under good waders, always carry a wading staff, and wear studded boots. It’s also a good idea to pack towels and an extra change of clothes.