Weather-wise, an angler could expect much better this past week. Though there were some cool temps reported, especially night-time lows, the week gradually warmed up and featured bluebird skies and low humidity to boot. While those types of conditions are not always the best for fishing, they are nice for being out fishing. The trees are definitely starting to turn color, the ground is drying, and the rivers are clearing and settling.
The Cortland Line Company's factory store fall sale starts this weekend. As reported previously, this sale is an excellent opportunity to get some great Cortland products at discount. The store will be open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, from September 21 - 29. Be sure to stop by and see what's for sale.
The West Branch Angler (WBA) is gearing up for 'Fallfest 2.0'. This is another great opportunity to pick up quality gear at a discount as this renowned fly fishing outfitter gets ready for 2014 products. But Fallfest 2.0, the second annual event of this type for WBA doesn't just feature a sale on gear. For more on this event, look for a full post on the Fallfest agenda in the coming week.
Fishing remains generally good, dependent on the species and the type of water. Following is a breakdown:
- The warmwater rivers are falling and clearing. For fly fishermen it may be another week before conditions are prime. As of this writing, the Tioughnioga is an angler's best shot but is still a little murky. The Chenango and Susquehanna rivers are higher still, and turbid. If an angler is willing to travel west a bit, the Chemung is in great shape - low and clear - and has been for quite a while.
- Trout fishing is very good, though hatches are more limited for anglers who are used to spring fishing. The Catskill rivers are all in great shape and fishing well. Hatches consist of Tricos, BWO's, Iso's, Caddis, and terrestrials. Nymphing and dry fly fishing is key right now but the streamer bite is starting to come on in the early hours and whenever water flows are elevated. Brown trout are reportedly 'coloring up', indicating the spawn is coming. Browns should turn more aggressive in the next 2 - 3 weeks.
- Salmon fishing is reported as very good right now. Both kings and cohos are coming into the Salmon River. This weekend's rain may result in a really good run in the early part of the week. Pink or orange estaz egg patterns are working well.
- Largemouth bass and panfish continue to provide great angling. Be mindful that dropping average daily temps will stimulate a fall bite for largemouth but then gradually slow the bite. Fish the evenings after warm days with poppers or subsurface streamers for best action. Big terrestrial patterns are another good bet this time of year. Where grasshoppers are common, in grassy areas adjacent to water, you can bet the bass are waiting for a clumsy bug to splat on the water!
The week ahead looks excellent, weather-wise. A front will work through the area dumping some significant rain overnight today. Conditions will clear on Sunday and remain generally sunny for the rest of the week into next weekend. Temps will start off cooler but gradually warm into Indian summer conditions. The rain could make for some excellent streamer fishing on the coldwater rivers but may reverse the nice dropping / clearing trend on the warmwater rivers.