I headed back down to Olcott, NY this morning with my friends John Waind and Bob McGeowan. We arrived there around 8am and were surprised to see more anglers than yesterday at the same time. Nevertheless we quickly picked locations where we could fly fish and worked our 1/32 oz. purple Clouser Minnows rigged with a strike indicator in 3-4′ deep pockets.
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We were all using 9-10′ fly rods in the 9/10 wt. class. We had to go these stiffer rods since yesterday we hooked and landed Chinooks up to 30 lb. on 6 lb. test Sufix leaders. My fly outfit choice was a Cortland Precision XC, 2-piece 9/10 wt. matched with a 3 1/2″ diameter Cortland Pro Cast MId-Arbor fly reel and 9wt. WFF line.
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Things were pretty quiet for the first hour or so and than anglers started hooking Chinook Salmon. We realized that the water had risen about 16″ overnight and I was suspect that many of the brown trout that were holding in the lower sections had moved up-river. I headed up to the dam and my suspicions were right. I could see anglers hooking browns in the intermediate stretch. By 10:30am we headed back down-stream and started fishing the lower stretches again and the browns had already dropped back so the action picked-up. I hooked 4-browns & a couple of Chinook Salmon and landed 2 of the 4-brown trout. We are suppose to be getting more rain tomorrow so I am heading down to the Whirlpool on the Niagara River to try fishing for the Chinook Salmon using the Rapala J13 Minnow and Vibrax Spinners. Friday I am planning to fish Upper NY again.