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EQUIPMENT

Some of the gear for specific species / situations can be somewhat specialized. If advised of your needs in advance we can supply complete flyfishing outfits.

Always bring two rods in a drift boat. One can be rigged for dries and one for nymphs or streamers (and a spare).

Layered clothing, rain gear and polarized sunglasses are a must. Neoprene waders for winter Steelhead and light breathable waders for summer trout. Felt soles (No cleats in boat).

Lunch, bottled water and soft drinks are provided. Please inform us well in advance of any special needs.

 

TRIPPING IN

Oswego is located 40 miles north of Syracuse, which has a municipal airport with regular flights and is accessible by excellent connecting roads from the N.Y.S / thruway and I-81. Lodging is available in Oswego for Steelhead / Salmon trips.

The Upper Delaware system is directly accessed via N.Y.S. Route 17 (I-86). Riverside lodging is available at the West Branch Angler Resort.



Travel Time
From North NJ and NYC
5 Hours to Oswego
2 1/2 hours to Delaware.

From Boston
6 hours to Oswego
4 1/2 hours to Delaware.


LAKE ONTARIO TRIBS

 

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FISHING WITH SINK-TIPS

Most fly anglers are missing opportunities for more and bigger fish by limiting themselves to only floating lines. We all love to fish dry flies to rising trout, but often the fish are feeding deep, especially the big fish. Large trout are lazy, secretive and prefer to take their food in larger chunks. The judicious use of sink tip lines will enable you to keep large flies (streamers, leeches, stonefly nymphs) near the bottom for an extended time without using lead.

I hate lead. It disrupts the smooth rhythm of fly-casting. It tangles leaders. It falls off, it breaks rods. And I use it all the time when trying to fish deep with a floating line. Even if you use a lot of shot, the line still plane up to the surface unless you maintain a perfect dead drift. Forget about swinging or swimming a fly deep across the current.

Enter the sink tip. A good high density ten foot sink tip with a short leader (3 or 4 feet) will keep your flies near the bottom in all but the deepest heaviest flows if you handle the line properly. Make a quartering upstream reach cast immediately followed by a big back mend and lead the line downstream with a high rod tip keeping as much of the floating line off the water near you as possible. Don't pull the sink tip out of the water. If a belly begins to form, make adjustment mends to keep the line straight. This allows the sink tip to pull the fly to the bottom and keep it there. As you lead the drift with the rod tip, concentrate on the last visible portion of the floating line nearest the sink tip. This is your indicator. If it twitches, darts, dives or does anything wierd--set up quickly.

If you mended line properly and kept the rod moving with the line, you will get a deep dead drift across from you that will transition into a deep slow swing below you. The key words are deep and slow. The important thing is that you are keeping your flies down in the fish's face through the whole arc of the line. This is my basic steelhead fishing technique and it works well with big nymphs and streams on the Delaware. It's my favorite way to fish wooly buggers on the West Branch. With some practice, you will find that you can control the fly's speed and manipulate it's action to imitate various food forms.
When casting sink tips, keep in mind that the rod will load quicker because of the additional line density and will generate more line speed because it's thinner and less air resistant. Cast with a slightly wider loop and make sure that you let the back cast straighten out to avoid tangles. When initiation a cast, don't try to pickup too much line off the water. Retrieve line to shorten it and get it near the surface before you cast.
For river trout or steelhead, only purchase high density Type V or Type VI sink rates. Slow sinkers are only suitable for Stillwater or flats fishing. Remember, the whole point is to get the fly deep fast and keep it there. Ten foot tips are the most useful, but I'll use five footers in small streams.
Now go put a Hi-D sink tip on your extra spool and use it. Like all techniques, you'll only get good at it if you do it regularly. And please release those big fish you catch.

John F. Dembeck



CONTACT YOUR GUIDE

John F. Dembeck
NYS Guide License #0189
CPR, First Aid,Water Safety Certified
1522 County Route 3
Hannibal, NY 13074
(315) 564-6366 twodogsoutfitters@hotmail.com