Parts of the Southern Tier of New York got a little of the white stuff this week. Whether this is an omen of the winter to come is anyone’s guess, but late fall is now getting colder. For anglers fishing the various rivers, streams and creeks, the leaf fall is about over, with only oaks still holding on to some of their leaves. This certainly reduces the “leaf catch”. Fishing continues its transition to coldwater species this month.
The fall fly fishing report is as follows:
- The Douglaston Salmon Run reports that fishing remains pretty good overall. Steelhead upwards of 15 pounds have been hooked, but some days are better than others. Anglers have been taking both steelhead and lake-run browns. Egg patterns, stones, and streamers have all managed to produce for fly fishermen. It pays to experiment with color, type of fly, and sometimes it’s best to keep moving rather than camping out in one spot. Water levels will remain at 350 CFS until midnight Sunday.
- The Finger Lake tribs are still in need of a good long soaking rain, but there have been some reports of a few landlocked salmon roaming around. Last week’s rain did give the tribs a bit of a bump, but nothing significant, and flows are on the way down already. Fishing streamers, particularly soft hackle streamers in white and olive can produce, but it could be a low percentage game until we get a real good push of water.
- 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.
November is getting busier in terms of fly fishing events. Here’s an update:
- 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 Outiftters 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.
- The Owego Creek Restoration at Park Settlement has been completed with the exception of tree planting to stabilize the banks. The Al Hazzard TU chapter and the BC Flyfishers IFFF chapter are combining efforts to plant trees but need volunteers to help either next Wednesday November 12, or Thursday November 13 at 10 am. Anyone interested in helping with the planting should contact Nick DiNunzio by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (607) 754-7784.
- The Leon Chandler Chapter of TU Annual Party and Fundraising Raffle will be on Tuesday, November 11. The chapter has some great prizes – rod, reel and line combos, fly tying materials, gift cards, flies, books, shirts, hats, and so much more. Sponsors include: Badger Creek Fly Fishing, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cabela’s, Cortland Line, Douglas Rod and Reels, Frogg Toggs, Montana Fly Company, Otter Box, and so many more. Spread the word and join the chapter at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Home Depot Plaza in Ithaca, NY – Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Look for warmer weather early in the week ahead. While the weekend was a chilly one, temps will warm over the next few days with daytime highs reaching 60! But later in the week, colder and wet weather will return. Starting Thursday, however, temps will drop again. Highs will be in the high 30’s to low 40’s from through Sunday with a decent shot of rain / snow on Sunday. Get ready now for colder weather fishing and break out the fleece, baselayers, heavy socks, and korkers!