Winter is in full effect right now on the Salmon River. The lake effect snow and single digits at night means slush will start being a factor. Here are a few tips to help you be successful. No need to start at first light. Usually the bite doesn't start til the sun hits the water and the air temp rises. Fish slow and deep especially in higher flows. Fish flies you have confidence in. Concentrate on the guts and tail-out of pools. Dress appropriately, wear layers and it help to be in a drift boat with heaters.
December 13, 2017
October 16, 2017
Got Chrome Steelhead season is upon us. Time to break out the spey rods and hold on tight. I'm now booking trips for mid to late December, if you want to get out and enjoy a day winter steelhead fishing give me a call. Paul
August 8, 2017
The Fall Salmon Run is quickly approaching and reports from the lake are "On Fire," "Non Stop Action," and "Best Bite we have seen in years." If you haven't booked your trip yet, don't wait, you won't want to miss out on action.
July 9, 2017
Being a fly fishing guide doesn't allow me to fish very often, so when I can i try to bring one of my daughter's along. Recently I booked a few days up at Lopstick Lodge in Pittsburgh NH for a little father/daughter fishing time. We started out running a few dry dropper rigs thru the pocket water in the upper Connecticut river with good success that evening. The next morning the river was crowded so we rigged up some nymphing rods figuring with all the pressure we'd have better luck with getting down deep smaller nymphs in the pockets. We fished a very popular spot with some success, but I knew we were missing some fish in this run. So I switched over to a couple of mop flies on both rods and we picked up a good number of fish. The crowds there don't stray far from parking lots as walking anywhere can tough with some dense woods and a lot of Bush whacking. So we decided to get away from the crowds, once we did the fishing went from pretty good to outstanding. Big browns, rainbows, landlock salmon and brook trout all in the same pockets and small runs. Changing over to bigger flies seemed to draw the bigger fish out from under rocks and log jams. We finished up our short stay the next morning with not many people around mostly fishing nymphs again. It was a great time to test out some patterns I had tied before the trip some with good success others were so so, so we'll save them for another time to test out. If you never have fished the upper Connecticut, you should try it out. Lopstick lodge is [...]
June 8, 2017
The 2017 Casting For Recovery Upstate New York Retreat was held this past weekend on the Salmon River. This is such a great event for these wonderful ladies, 3 days of introduction to fly fishing and bonding with others in recovery. It's true joy to help out with this event every year and to see these ladies learning the sport and share my passion for it with them. Looking forward to the next event!
May 30, 2017
Good hatches of bugs have been coming off just about every stream I have fished this year providing good dry fly action. Early in the morning when there has been no hatches we have been nymphing with good success. I will be up on the West Branch of the Ausable in Wilmington for the month of June if your looking to get out on the water give me a call (518) 495-2965 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 1, 2017
Trout season is just around the corner and with the way mother nature is playing this year streams might be in good shape in April. We will being doing guided fly fishing trips on the West Branch Ausable, West Canada Creek and also trips on some smaller Central NY streams.Whether you enjoy casting dry flies to rising trout or would rather euro nymph (tightline) fish, we can accommodate you. Give me a call or shoot me a e-mail to discuss a trip. Spending the day at Turning Stone Casino?? Want to get a few hours on the water?? We can be on the water in 30 minutes. Trout Rates One angler - Half Day $225, Full Day $325 Two anglers - Half Day $300, Full Day $400 Tackle and flies provided.
November 10, 2016
It’s hard to believe its early November already, where did the fall go? Everyone has steelhead fishing and hunting season on the brain, including myself; I’m looking forward to spending time in the woods with friends and family starting next Saturday. Fishing on the Salmon River is back to real steelhead fishing, very humbling for most guys; you have to work hard for every fish, covering lots of water effectively, changing flies often, and thinking out of the box on the heavy pressured water to find a couple each day. So get out there and enjoy yourself and time on the water with friends. - Paul
September 23, 2016
The 2016 salmon season is underway and picking up speed each day. I think I have seen more salmon in the river this season then all of last year, well almost. The past few days a few hundred fish have been entering the river with no "Big Run" yet. Cooler temperatures are in the forecast, so hopefully that might trigger the first big run of the year (fingers crossed).