As of writing this blog post, the WNY fall salmon and trout run is now in full swing.
We are off to a great start this year. The boys and I have already taken several trips to our local WNY tributary and have all found a little success in landing a few fish.
September 30th - Our first outing was intended to be more of a scouting mission. Our goal was to look at the condition of the creek at various locations and even spend some time walking in to find the many recent changes that always happen over the course of the summer.
|Jonathan with a large female king|
Our first stop was at a bridge that was less than a mile from Lake Ontario. It also marks the first good fly fishable water. Here we found a few cars in the parking lot, and one salmon swimming nervously under the bridge.
|Ethan with his 1st king of the year.|
Our next stop, which was the second bridge up from the first, revealed just how far along the run had progressed in that last week of September. A good half dozen cars lined either side of the street leading right up to the bridge. On our walk up to the bridge, we saw an anger fishing to four or five salmon that were holing in a run on the upstream side of the bridge. Once we got to the bridge and were able to look into the pool below, we counted a good 19-20 salmon. We watched for a good five or ten minutes before we headed to our third location.
At this point we knew that there were fish in the stream. So at the next bridge upstream we got ourselves geared up and headed down the trail.
|A fresh hen from "round 2"|
It took a little bit of walking before we found fish, but when there is nobody else around, we could take our time and swing some #6 olive and brown woolly buggers in front a few salmon.
We each landed one fish before we left for the day. A great start to the season for sure.
October 6th – “Round 2” was even better than our first session, as we all had a few hook ups and once again we were able to bring a few fish to hand.
|Jonathan's kyped out king from "round 2"|
We ended up fishing a section of stream in the lower end and once again had the place to ourselves. We spotted a good twenty or so fish in and around the main pool area, with a few more that were moving up from down below. We once again used olive and brown buggers and Ethan spent some time fishing a large olive and white rabbit strip streamer.
This is a far better start than what we had last year. And the numbers of fish should steadily build from here on out, especially with a bunch of rain in the forecast.
|Ethan gets ready to release his king from "round 2"|
|A little October color|