Anglers have enjoyed good steelhead action so far this fall, and the late fall run of steelhead is arriving right on time for the holiday week. Anglers have reported fresh runs of steelhead in the streams over past few days. Many streams are fishing well for a mix of fresh silvery steel and more colorful earlier run fish. The small to medium sized streams are in good shape today (Tuesday) with moderate to slightly lower flows.
In Upper NY, the Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, South Branch Cattaraugus, Eighteenmile, Buffalo and Cayuga Creeks are all good prospects. Cattaraugus Creek currently has near ideal conditions and a flow of about 415 cubic feet per second.
On the Onatrio side, Big Creek has produced well and should have more fresh run fish moving through the lower stretches.
Anglers should expect slush in the mornings, especially later this week when nighttime temps dip into the teens.
Fishing with egg sacs and egg pattern flies are good bets for steelhead. Light colored streamers and bugger patterns are good options in clear water conditions while darker patterns in black or purple work better in stained conditions.