Steelhead and big browns plentiful at Oak Orchard, Upper NY.

Posted on December 17th, 2010

[nggallery id=390]I thought I would take a drive to check-out the tributaries that flow into Lake Ontario in Upper NY today.  My first stop was Eighteen Mile Creek in Newfane, NY.  When I arrived there were about 6-vehicles in the parking lot, air temperature was around -6C, and the water was normal level, but very turbid.  A couple of fly fishermen walked town to the river and started fishing right beside me.  One gentleman hooked a trout on his first cast but lost it just before being netted.  I had take the two Rapala Magnum Steelhead Rods with me loaded with Rapala & Volt spinning reels and 8 lb. test Sufix Titanium Plus line/slip-bobbers to fish 4″ streamers again.  I hooked one male rainbow and after about an hour I decided to head over to Oak Orchard to see what the water conditions were like there.  I arrived there around 11am and the water clarity looked perfect (12″ visibility).  I started fishing by slip-bobber/white streamer rig and on my second drift hooked a nice male rainbow.  Well, for the next 1 1/2 hr. I virtually hooked either a trophy rainbow or brown trout on every drift.  There was only one other angler fishing on the river with me named Bill and he was kind enough to take the photos of my pup Mulligan and I with our catches.  Thee action was non-stop and I left around 12:45 pm to head back to Ontario.  I am hoping the weather will continue to hold so that my wife Barbara, myself and Mulligan can have the same success there again on Sunday.  Guess what I’m doing tonight?  Tying more 4″ long, white bunny-strip streamers!!

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