For steelhead tributary anglers it’s been a bonus late winter and early spring fishery. Early mild temperatures opened many Lake Ontario tributaries both in Ontario and NY and anglers were able to get out early.
The “yo-yo” warm and cold weather created intermittent ice-up conditions but all in all, it has been a good early fish. There was no “gangbuster” steelhead run. Fish seemed to be moving through slowly and many fish are still at the tributary mouth and still running up into the lower section of streams and rivers.
Fishing “frog water” (slow, long runs), finesse techniques really pay off. Smaller, more slender floats, smaller roe bags and especially nymph flies can really produce big-time, especially when water conditions are clear.