Chinook & Coho Salmon, Migratory Rainbow & Brown Trout Action is heating-up in Upper NY.

Posted on October 7th, 2009

I headed back to the Upper New York, USA tributaries this morning with my good friends Bob McGeown & John Waind equipped with our fly rods and checked-out Eighteen Mile Creek in Olcott, NY.  Water conditions were low and there were about 60 anglers on the river.  Most of the fishermen were using gear/spawn sacks & artificial eggs and were concentrated at the base of the Burt Dam.  The water flow was slow and the fish below the dam were sluggish.  I ended up fishing shoulder to shoulder below the dam and I was the only fly angler on the east-shore.  Bob fished the first fast-water rapids below the dam and John decided to fish further downstream.  I tied into the first fish that turned out to be a 5-6 lb. male Coho Salmon.  It hit a green-brown Whooly bugger fished near the bottom with the aid of a strike-indicator.  Bob hooked the second fish which turned out to be a nice 4-5 lb. fresh-run rainbow.  All three of our landed trophy Chinook Salmon and I was fortunate to land several trophy Brown Trout.  The Chinooks and the Brown Trout were all caught on a purple Clouser Minnow (1/32 oz. lead-eyes),  fly fished with a strike indicator.  We had the best fishing after 2pm.

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