Ontario and its tributaries provide a unique opportunity to catch trophy trout
and salmon without flying to Alaska at great expense. Fly fishermen can pursue
very large salmonids within a few hours drive of the East Coast.
September through April we specialize in fishing for salmon, steelhead and trophy
brown trout. These are LARGE fish which run out of Lake Ontario into numerous
tributaries in Northern New York State. These fish take flies well and are exceptional
The salmon run well from September
to November with Coho of 8-12 pounds and Kings of 10-40 pounds in abundance. Occasionally
Atlantic salmon of 8-20 pounds are also encountered. Large brown trout of 6-14
pounds accompany the salmon upstream in some streams. Each fall the Oswego River
probably has the largest concentration of trophy brown trout in the United States.
Steelhead of 8-20 pounds run well from October through April, with November, December,
February and April the best. The best mixed bag fishing (salmon, browns, steelhead,
lake trout) is in October and November.
streams vary in size from large rives to small creeks of moderate gradient. The
Oswego River is large, fast and highly suitable for drift boat fishing. A drift
trip in a Mckenzie riverboat is an exciting way to catch salmon and steelhead
in relative comfort. A float trip is highly recommended for anglers who are inexperienced
in the ways of salmon and steelhead.
smaller streams are especially suited to flyfishing and can provide an intimate
encounter with trophy fish that are quite visible as they inspect your offering.
It is very exciting, but requires concentration on the part of the individual
angler for a successful trip.
anglers choose to sample both types of fishing during their stay.
tubing on Lake Ontario off creek mouths is also effective.
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Updated April 05, 2008
Winter has been slow to let go up here, but now that it finally warmed up fishing
is quite good. The past ten days have been quite variable due to the unseasonable
weather. Last Sat. it never got above 26 F all day but we caught Steelhead. The
warmer days have definitely fished better and the forecast for this week is 50s
to 60s and the water levels in the creeks are near perfect. I expect it to be
Just as an example of the variability involved in Steelhead
fishing; the two anglers who just fished with me were up for three days. The first
day was cold with a miserable wind chill and high water. It was also their first
time fishing since a trip with me on the Delaware in September and they were very
rusty and didn't land anything. The next day was warmer, the water lower, and
more importantly they had gotten their casting and mending skills back. They landed
a couple nice big Steelhead and lost some others. By Friday( their last day) they
were fishing with confidence and skill and water levels were better though it
was still rather cold. We hooked Steelhead all day on a variety of flies and one
of them was a true trophy of 16 to 18 pounds. In three days they experienced the
full gamut of fishing success. Angler skill/technique is the one variable that
can override all the others.
A variety of flies have produced from big
spey flies through my " go to" attractors the Lemon Drop, Cherry Blossum, and
Freight Train Flashabou. Of course we caught some fish on glow bugs too. Techniques
have been mostly dead drift with an indicator but swinging on a sink tip has worked
better at times. All in all it was a good if cold week.
May through August, we concentrate on large wild stream trout in the Delaware
River System. The Delaware is home to the finest population of large streambred
rainbow in Eastern North America. Their fighting characteristics are legendary.
Brown trout abound in the East and West branches and reach sizes usually encountered
only in lakes. American shad are an added bonus that can produce great sport in
late Spring. The main river is large, and its character and fishing techniques
required often have more in common with Montana than New York. Both wading and
drift trips are available. Since the West branch of the Delaware has cold water
releases from the bottom of Cannonsville Reservoir, our fishing usually holds
up throughout the summer. The best fishing in is in July and August with daily
sulfur and B.W.O hatches.
We encourage catch and release
to maintain this unique fishery!