The week was a little odd weather-wise. For the most part, the warmwater rivers were coming down nicely and it was looking like the Susquehanna might be fishable with nice conditions by week's end. Instead, rain that came late in the week spiked most of the Susquehanna watershed. The spike did kick up Fall Creek and Salmon Creek, however.
Some events to note are the following:
- A&G Outfitters will be hosting it's third free fly tying class on Thursday, 10/24. This class will focus on tying the Krystal meth and Steelhead Stone. Classes start at 6 pm at the shop in Dickson City. Contact the shop for more information.
- The next Al Hazzard TU chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19. Jennifer Kakusian, chapter president will be speaking about her summer trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is held at the Vestal Public Library meeting room.
Fishing continues to be good to excellent for cold water species. While the general trout season is now closed, there are still many opportunities to fish in the area. The border waters of the Delaware river system is one option while fishing the special reg sections of local creeks and streams is another. The main hatches right now remain caddis, olives, and isonychia. Streamers are always an option in the fall, particularly when the water is up. Warmwater fishing options are narrowing as water temps drop. The river smallmouth bite is still on however recent river conditions remain challenging. Keep a check on water temps as when they drop below 50 degrees the bass tend to hole up in their deep winter lies. Walleye fishing should improve with the cold. Fishing early or late hours when light is low is key. Walleye will hit streamers and leech patterns fished deep, so the use of a sink-tip or full sink line helps. The Salmon River is fishing well. Reports indicate that kings are still around and that steelhead fishing is picking up. And finally, last week's rain may have kicked off the Finger Lakes trib bite. This weekend there were some reports of hook-ups with landlocked salmon. Salmon Creek and Fall Creek were both up and had some murk to them and that surely brought some fish up. More rain and cold will only help really get the fish moving.
The week ahead will be cooler and wetter. The current forecast is for predominantly cloudy conditions with a decent chance for showers. Temps will be more fall-like with highs in the low 50's and lows in the low 30's. Keep an eye on the USGS water gages, before venturing out. As mentioned previously, layer up and always pack some type of soft shell or hard shell for wind and rain protection.