Indian Summer continued its lock on the Southern Tier over the past week. Non-fishermen liked that, but for serious anglers, bluebird skies and warm temps are not what is needed right now for great fall fly fishing. Coldwater rivers and streams are on the low side, making for challenging conditions at times, while our warmwater rivers are still on the high side for limited wading, but clearing.
Fishing-related events continue into Fall. We have the following events for the upcoming week:
- Al Hazzard TU monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15. Speaker Joe Goodspeed of Cortland Line Company will be talking about how to target the biggest Lake Ontario steelhead with nymphs. Joe is known for his ability and skill as a nymph fisherman. For those anglers who enjoy fishing subsurface flies, this presentation is not to be missed.
- Egg distribution for the Trout in the Classroom project is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th. The Al Hazzard chapter is in need of volunteers in getting the trout eggs to the classroom. Anyone interested should contact Fred Doolittle at 607-648-5854.
- A&G Outfitters is holding week two of its steelhead fly tying workshop. These free lessons are held every Thursday in October at 6 pm at the shop. This week's lesson will be on tying Sucker Spawn - a very effective egg pattern for steelhead.
Fishing reports are good to excellent right now. The cool nights are kicking lake and pond turnover up and largemouth bass and panfish are slowing their feeding. Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but most rivers still need to drop some more for wading access to the best riffles and holes. Walleye fishing is improving and anglers fly fishing for this good-eating gamefish will find them taking dark colored streamers in deep rocky holes and runs. The fishing on the Salmon River is a mix of trout fishing (steelies and browns) and salmon (kings and cohos). Action varies by the day, but most of the salmon are upriver, whereas the lower river is mainly trout fishing. Keep in mind that the regular trout season closes October 15th. Check the regs before venturing out to your favorite trout stream!
The week ahead features more Fall cooling. Daytime highs will start in the upper 60's but by week's end, will drop to the low 50's! Daytime lows will sink to the mid to low 30's. The majority of the week will be dry with cloud cover but mid-week we may be in for some rain.