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Trophy chinook from Oak Orchard, Upper NY.

Posted on October 16th, 2012

I had originally planned to fish the Niagara Whirlpool today with my pup Mulligan and my friend Bill Henry, but as a pre-caution we headed down to the Queenston boat launch first to see if the water was dirty from the recent strong winds we had.  My suspesion was right and the water was dirty, so we decided to head across and check-out the conditions at Eighteen Mile Creek & the Oak Orchard  in Upper NY.  Both tributaries were low but loaded with fish.  Eighteen Mile Creek was very crowded and even though we watched several anglers land browns, rainbows and chinooks in just a few minutes, we decided to head down to the Oak Orchard.  The Oak Orchard had less people, lot’s of fish and was also low.  We saw about 10-browns landed by anglers using 1/16 oz. jig-flies.

I fished the new Rapala Shift 13 1/2″ drift rod with the new Rapala Shift Center Pin reel loaded with Sufix 10 lb. test Elite line and an 8 lb. test Sufix fluorocarbon leader with skeened salmon eggs under a float.  I had one “suck-under” and it turned out to be a trophy male chinook that was in great shape and fought extremely hard.

I will probably head back down there again on Wed. to see if more brown trout have moved in.

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