Indian summer continues, or so it seems. The week was generally summer-like yet fall colors are really turning on. A dry spell was finally broken with a few waves of rain, and in some areas, very heavy rain. This set up some odd fall fishing conditions.
Fall fishing events are ongoing. Here are a few notable ones to check out:
- The Beaverkill Angler will be holding TroutoberFest 2013 on Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13. Besides a dozen fly tying demos, the event will feature fly fishing skills presentations, a fly fishing tournament, several different fly casting sessions, and even a wine and cheese fly fishing mixer! More details will be provided in a posting this week.
- A&G Outfitters, in Dickson City, PA, will be hosting free steelhead fly tying classes at the fly shop. As previously reported, this series of tying lessons begins this Thursday at 6 pm. The first session will cover how to tie the Glo Bug Egg and Flesh Fly.
- The Al Hazzard TU chapter will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm. Joe Goodspeed of the Cortland Line Company will be the featured speaker. Joe's presentation is titled "Targeting the Biggest Lake Ontario Steelhead with Nymphs". For those who have "steel" in their blood, this is a presentation that should not be missed.
Fishing conditions continue to be good.
- The week's summer-like temps actually warmed up local ponds to the point that turnover ceased, weeds started coming back, and largemouth bass are back to surface feeding. Water temps are still on the cool side, but anglers wishing to land a few bucketmouths should continue to focus on fishing the late afternoon and evening.
- Trout fishing conditions depend on the waters fished. The Catskill freestone rivers and the East Branch of the Delaware are low and very clear, making long fine leaders the key for successful dry fly fishing. The West Branch of the Delaware, on the other hand, is running high and with some color. Flows are over 1,000 CFS, so wading anglers need to be careful. Hatches remain the same: Iso's, BWO's, Light Cahills, and Caddis. Streamer fishing is always potentially good too, especially with browns gearing up for the spawn.
- Fishing on the Salmon River is reported to be excellent. Patterns that are taking salmon and steelhead are beadhead and conehead wooly buggers in white, black, olive, and pink as well as estaz egg patterns in orange, pink, and green.
- Smallmouth bass fly fishing on local warmwater rivers has finally arrived, for the most part. The dry spell the area experienced allowed all rivers to drop and clear but some of the recent rain muddied up things. Currently, the Chemung, Tioughnioga and Chenango are better bets, as is the upper Susquehanna River (Windsor). The lower Susquehanna is colored up. Dark or very bright streamers are best bets where the water has color. Also, big streamers that show a lot of profile will increase the odds of a hook-up. Remember that at this time of year, smallmouth bass are feeding up in preparation for winter. Think 'big' for big bass.
Weather for the week ahead will be more Indian Summer. After a rainy Monday, highs and lows will drop to the mid 60's and low 40's. Tuesday through Friday are predicted to be sunny, but the weekend will be partly to mostly cloudy. If you have not renewed your fishing license, make sure you do. New licenses are yellow, versus last year's green and will be obvious if a DEC officer is patrolling. Trout anglers need to take note that general angling for trout will close on October 15. Some creeks, streams, and rivers allow angling after the close. Consult the DEC webpage for general and special angling regulations.