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Well sorry for the delay in posts, but lots has been happening over the last month. For starters, tons of steelhead! This spring so far has been one of the best in recent memories. Fish numbers are wwwaaaaayyyy up, and as for size we're seeing more three and four year class fish (9-12lb +) than the last couple springs. Looks like the mild winter didnt disappoint! As an added bonus, we're seeing tons of fish in the 18-24" range. These fish were smolts last spring or early summer, and their numbers mean the next few years are going to be off the hook! Once a fish gets into that upper teens length and above, the long term survival increases drastically. As almost all the predators found in our lakes are avian or fish predators, once a fish gets past the stage of being a decent mouthful chances are it's going to live to come back as a mature fish.
As for the fishing... spectacular just isn't even close. The last few weeks have mostly been spent fishing the chagrin river and conneaut creek, with the grand fishing periodically. Despite not being able to fully devote time to the grand due to the high flows, the chagrin and conny have been pumping out fish. Double digit hookups per rod a day is now average. And every method is producing. Spey fishing, indicator fishing, free drifting. Everything has been hooking fish.
The next three to four weeks should be on fire. As the grand drops to more stable flows, she will light up, and with the way the spring has been fishing, it's going to be something to see. Plus the warm winter didn't just help out steelhead. We should see some real A class trophy smallmouth this year. Anyone looking to break that 5 pound mark?
One final note before the pics, I just bought a 15' driftboat and it's sick. Can't wait to take her out on the grand. As this season progresses away from spring steelhead, we're going to start running trophy brown trout trips on the clarion and the alleghany. Getting out there this may for some exploratory trips.
Enough rambling, check out the pics.
Locked on in the Chagrin
First fish of the day
Art doing work on a 30 incher
Super clean little fish
Annie with a typical second year fish
Annie's colored up buck
Jess got out with me last week
Art with a colored up buck from last week
|Posted on March 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks to all who came out and supported us at the Philadelphia Sports Show! It was a great success and we got a lot of great contacts that we look forward to putting on some epic fishing! Here in Ohio the weather has turned cold again, but the forecast looks like it is the last cold snap. By next Monday, temps will be back into the 50's! Everything is already ice free but running big! Spring steelheading should be great when the rivers fall back into shape and the temperatures inch back up.
Pics from the show
Not a bad setup
|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys, come check us out at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow from February 25-28! We will be offering discounted fishing trips for spring and fall steelhead, and first opportunities to book all inclusive fall hosted spey fishing trips in western New York! Along with booking trips, we will be putting on fly tying demos, equipment rigging expos, and be there to answer any fly fishing questions you might have. So if you just want to shoot the shit, have some questions about fly fishing for steelhead or trout, or are looking to book a trip, come check us out!
Hoping to see you guys there!
|Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome back to Fish Lake Run! After what was a mild winter, it looks like spring is just around the corner! January was quiet, and we typically don't fish much if at all. Because we really focus heavily on the swung fly, side ice and anchor ice means cold, cold water and lethargic fish, though most rivers in the area didn't completely freeze over. But things are starting to warm up already, and with how long the last two winters lasted, it is a welcomed relief. In fact yesterday broke 60 degrees! Though we will still have a few weeks of cold temps, it's time to start thinking about spring steel. From the way the winter has been, things are probably going to run a couple weeks early this season. Last year peak spring fishing occurred from mid april through the first week of may. This spring, our Ohio rivers will probably hit their peak sometime around the beginning of april, but with plenty of fish around in march and probably quite a few hanging in the rivers until the first or second week of may. To say the least, we are pretty excited about this spring, and a new drift boat might have something to do with it...
To pass the few cold weeks, I have been working on a bamboo spey rod build! I just finished the last touches on her this past weekend, and I couldn't be more proud! Can't wait to swing up some steel this spring on bamboo!
Check out some pics of the rod build.
At the workbench
Shaping and fixing the cork.
First time painting words...
Check back soon for spring reports and fish porn! Wont be long now!
|Posted on October 7, 2015 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Had the good fortune to fish with sergeant Blaine Henry from upstate New York for a half day today. This was his first time fly fishing, and he was really keen to learn techniques that he could take back with him to fish the Black River and the Salmon River near Watertown. Due to the limited time we had on the water, I opted to take him to a small creek instead of fishing Cattaraugus. Though the big creek is holding the most fish right now, the key to success there is covering lots of water thoroughly. This does not pair well with limited fishing time. And I know that despite being low and clear, there are fish that could be caught in the smaller creeks.
Got to the river before the sun hit the water. We worked our way upstream from a few hundred yards above the lake all the way up about a mile and a half. Found a few stretches that were holding fish. Spent the majority of our time fishing a large plunge pool and the run below. There were roughly 8-10 fish kicking around in this stretch, including a small lake run brown of about 5 pounds. Unfortunately the only hookup we had was a creek chub, but it was the first fish sgt. Henry caught on a fly rod and he was pretty proud of it. Even if it didn't put up much of a fight on a 7 wt. switch rod.
After a bit, jumped up a little higher on the creek. Saw one fish roughly 7 miles up from the lake. With the flow that we had, I was surprised to see her that far up. After we spotted that fish, we had to turn tail and pack out though. The weather was warm, the water was cold, and the trees were beautiful. Just enjoying the scenery, seeing some fish, and teaching good technique would be our prize.
A pic from today
|Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
I made it out a few times over the weekend to check out the New York creeks. I stopped at a little creek the first morning and saw a roller out past casting distance in the lake near the mouth. The rest of the morning I walked upstream. Saw a bunch of tiny steelhead and wondered whether they were wild or stocked. Like many of New York's small creeks, this one does have some natural reproduction. Since I had my floating line on the switch and steelhead dry box with me I skated over them. Caught a couple. All had an adipose fin clip. Looks like New York is marking fish now.
A few days later I headed to the Catt. The natives are mining a ton of gravel out of the river at the cabbage patch which is muddying up the water below. So I walked up. The river was at about 140 CFS beautiful emerald green in the deep pools and clear through the riffles. I put on a black and orange skater and worked my way up a ways, but didnt have any luck. By then it was mid-morning, the sun was poking out of the coulds and the air was in the 70s. Took a water temp and it was 66, but would likely heat up with the sun. On my way out, I stopped at a pool I'd already run through on the surface with a skater and switched up to a white and tan spey. Still used a floating line and a long leader, but traditionals tied on salmon irons can sink pretty well especially in deeper slower pools. About my third cast I got spanked pretty hard but the fish didn't get the point. So I walked upstream a few paces and started casting again. My adrenaline spiked as I neared the spot I got grabbed at. Ended up fishing the whole pool through without another take. By that time it was noon, and I wasnt trying to be fishing when the water temps hit 70.
With rain in the forecast for most of this week and high temps below 65 degrees (highs in the 50s through Saturday!), and no more 70s in sight, its time to dust off the sticks.
Little Creek needs some water
Saw this nice shooter buck on the Catt. Sorry the pic is a little out of focus.