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: Steelhead in late february


davidstrout
02-08-2004, 08:53 PM
Hi ya'all!!! Goin nuts wioth the cold like everyone else (been practicing casting new toys alot at the local fields tring to stay sane and in shape)

Just got a pass from my lovely bride to leave the three kids and her at home for a few days to go catch some fish (preferably steelhead as the closest Ive come is a main stem delaware rainbow)...

Question for the group at large.....

Where to go....Im free on the 25th, 26th and 27th and am willing to travel 5-7 hrs in the car from White Plains NY

Obviously this future trip is dependent on all sorts of things like weather.....(Im ok fishing in temps to 30 degrees but past that i would rather be tying flies)

Thinking about Salmon River or some tribs in the more westerly direction in pennsylvania...actually come to think about it I would be just as happy presenting diptera emergers to pods of rising trout on a pa. spring creek...is this is a pipe dream??

Links to outfitters, places to stay and most importantly where to fish (past exeperiences at local is a definite plus) are so welcome

Thanks guys and gals and think spring!!!!

David

davidstrout
02-08-2004, 08:55 PM
February is the month in question

BobK
02-08-2004, 10:48 PM
As a close-to-Rochester resident, Tug Hill (Salmon R. country) has so damn much snow, I doubt if it will be easily fishable. Around here is bad enough. We have 2 feet of snow on the ground (more closer to the lake - it's amazing what just a couple of miles can do!)

Snowfall "totals" as of a couple of days ago -
Rochester - about 95"
Syracuse - about 150"
Buffalo - about 72"
Oswego - forget it! They don't even KNOW what to do with all of the snow! About a week ago, they had over 80" in a 48-hour period!
By the way - Lake Erie is frozen over.

If I had my "druthers", I would rather pick mid March if I were you, but even that is still "iffy". That is, if you want to catch huge chrome.

Anyway, make sure you have good, slip-free footgear! That means non-felt, studded soles or you will KILL yourself!

I will try to update you on conditions as your chosen date comes up, but it's going to take a miracle this year! Wish I could be more cheerful, but that's how it is this year.

BobK

juro
02-08-2004, 11:14 PM
Round trip tickets to the Olympic Peninsula, Cascade Mountains and Columbia River Tributaries (all easy driving distance from the airport) are very cheap right now.

Rochester to Seattle/Tacoma... priceless. ;)

If steelhead were my target I would fly west in February. Otherwise I would fly south to stalk bonefish.

Good luck!

fredaevans
02-08-2004, 11:56 PM
winter run fishing. Think mid-Feb to the end of March for the top end fly rodding in our area. Another reason the Charity Clinic is sched. for this time of the year.
:devil: :whoa: :devil: :whoa: :D

AND we stlll have one opening for an attendie.

davidstrout
02-09-2004, 09:34 AM
Thanks for the replies...unfortunately budget can only withstand room, gas and a guide.....airfare etc is just too much....another time..

thanks for the love

david

Interceptor
02-09-2004, 03:08 PM
Drift the Salmon in upper NY check out Yankee Anglers posts.

With all this snow I would not walk in unless I was 30 years younger than I would do it as we did long ago.

Good luck maybe it will warm up to the 30s by then. LOL

Be careful especially if you are by yourself

BobK
02-10-2004, 07:03 AM
Do you REALLY expect them to be truthful about the lousy conditions for the bank angler???

Yeah...you can drift fish in a boat without too many problems - except keeping warm. And seeing if you can find a fish in a hitting mood in that COLD water!

The streams on the southern shore of Lake Ontario don't have much going on right now - my buddy went to Oak Orchard on Sunday - no one else had been there, and it looked like it had been vacant for a long time. He says that the fish weren't there either. They haven't started running yet. And he is a darned good fisherman!

BobK

davidstrout
02-10-2004, 07:17 AM
Thanks for the replies....Ill take more opinions if they are out there especially about drifting/wading salmon.....the thing that stood out the most about Yankee Angkers site was something about not using "traditional fly methods".....how do folks do on the salmon river swinging flies whether dries or on tips?

Thanks again!!!!

BobK
02-10-2004, 10:51 AM
Forget dries in the winter. That's just exercise. It works sometimes in the summer for Skamania.

Fish glo-bugs, nymphs, wooly buggers and stoneflies during the winter. I always had luck on drag-free drifts, really nymph fishing slow, and close to the bottom. You just might have luck on flesh-flies and leech patterns, too - black and purple for the leeches.

BobK

Interceptor
02-10-2004, 12:29 PM
Drys for steelhead in the winter now thats an absurd thought.

:hehe:

BobK
02-12-2004, 07:31 AM
This weekend, we're supposed to get another shot of COLD weather - daytime highs in single digits, nights below zero. Just a "brief" shot, then temps rebound to about upper 20s to low 30s for daytime highs.

From reports I had on the Salmon, you can get to it where the road runs close to the river - but if you have to walk very far, the guys said simply "Wear snowshoes".

BobK

BigDave
02-12-2004, 08:52 AM
"Non Traditional Methods" = chuck n'duck with a running line and cannonball shot.

Interceptor
02-12-2004, 11:33 AM
I'm tempted to pull out the Chuck N Duck if I could open water.

Well I know where I could but not if its going to be in the teens and windy.

I may be dumb but I am not stupid, been there and done that in my younger days.

Tie more flys I guess this weekend just what I don't need any more of.

LOL

:D

fredaevans
02-12-2004, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by BobK
This weekend, we're supposed to get another shot of COLD weather - daytime highs in single digits, nights below zero. Just a "brief" shot, then temps rebound to about upper 20s to low 30s for daytime highs.

BobK

64-68 here today.:D

sandflyx
02-14-2004, 08:57 PM
TRY FISHING THE BIG "D" FOR WALLEYES, I'LL BE GOING THIS WEEK I HOPE. i HEARD FROM SOME CUSTOMERS THAT THE STEELIES ARE TURNING ON AGAIN IN THE SALMON RIVER. i'LL BE HEADED UP THERE IN ANOTHER WEEK OR SO, AS LONG AS THE WEATHER HOLDS.

BobK
02-16-2004, 06:18 AM
Even though Rochester broke a 100 year old record overnight (temp. was -7), we are going to be entering a warmer trend. It will be 40 by Friday, and the weekend should be nice. That will be a "heat wave" for us! Maybe the effects of 103 inches of snow will slim down! (But in Webster, a mere 5-miles to the north, it's 176 inches worth!)

I just might break out the gear for a chance to use it.

Hopefully the weatherman is right on this one... there are already enough people grumbling for his demise. That's our culture, though - kill the messenger.

BobK

Interceptor
02-16-2004, 12:28 PM
Yep heat wave of 40s is on the way to us. Going to get out my shorts for sure this weekend. Wonder if the rivers will be fishable next week with all of the pending snow melt ?

Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Wednesday yes spring is just around the corner from us I hope.