Fred's Blog

Changes For 2008

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Posted by: Fred on Monday, May 28, 2007

Over the years, I have found guiding for Chinook and Coho salmon to be more of an undesirable experience than anything. The main reason is the crowds and unethical behavior that my clients witness, while trying to learn traditional and ethical methods to catch salmon. In short, it’s a zoo. To me, this is not the kind of experience I care to put good clients into for the fees they pay me. I regard a quality day on the water as one that a person can learn, have plenty of room to fish, and not see bad things happening around them. So, with that being said…..

Starting in 2008, my services will only cover spring and summer trout (any species) and Atlantic salmon on NYS rivers, streams and tribs. I will not be offering trips for the fall runs of Pacific salmon, but will start guiding for Steelhead and Browns, starting November 1st. My desire has always been to give my clients a quality trip in a stress-free setting. These new changes will attempt to accomplish that. Fishing needs to remain fun!

Late Fall River Clean Up

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Posted by: Fred on Monday, May 28, 2007

A few times a year, a bunch of us get together and spend a day scouring the river to clean up all the trash and monofilament left behind by……well, inconsiderate anglers.

Here’s the link to the effort, by some great anglers who were there. Many thanks to those who donated $ to make it happen too!

2007 Spring Steelies

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Posted by: Fred on Sunday, May 20, 2007

Here we are in mid-March. The river is finally free of ice blockage and temps are warming up. Fresh steelhead are coming in for the “spring spawn” and dropbacks are starting to head down. Getting caught in the “crossfire” is the key to an awesome day with incredible action! Dropbacks are on a huge feed and will hit almost anything in their path. One has to be careful though, these fish that have wintered in the river are in a bit of a weakened state and should not be over-played or over-handled. After all, it is truly amazing that they can survive in the wild Upstate NY weather conditions. Fresh run steel are entering the river to spawn and then scoot back out. Usually, by the end of April, things are quiet, but a few “hangers” will still be around. If you haven’t made plans for spring fishing, do it now.

I still have some weekends open if you’d like to be guided.

Throughout the spring and summer, I will be assist hosting seminars for youngsters, women, and the guys. I’ll also be doing river clean ups and attending fishery-related meetings. AND……in my newest venture, I am now a full-fledged, licensed Captain w/Master’s Upgrade. I won’t be doing standard Lake Ontario charters at this point, but will be specializing in inland lake fly fishing for special needs. More on that at a later date.

Bookings for the fall salmon and steelhead runs are now filling up. All indications from the NYSDEC are that this will be one of our banner years! Call and book now.

December/January Fishing Report

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Posted by: Fred on Saturday, May 19, 2007

Happy New Year everyone! This steelhead season keeps on rolling along with great numbers of fish throughout the river. Fresh, silvery ones have been steadily coming in and some of these sizes will make your jaw drop. It’s been ususally warm up here and with no snow to speak of, it’s very easy to fish anywhere you go. Recommended flies are natural patterns like stoneflys, and wooly’s sized up at 10’s, 12’s and 14’s. Egg sacks in pink, blue and chartruse are the top colors.

The only downside events have been the water releases. Because they (Brascan Power) are still working on the dam, they have to maintain a target range in feet, to effect the repairs. So…’s been water-in….water-out, and sometimes the scheduling is a bit confusing. It’s always best to check on the wayer level on a daily basis and stay alert.

Other than that, I’ve been kicking back and fishing almost every weekend, with either clients or friends, and occasionally…..just a quiet day alone. If you can find some time, get here and enjoy the mild weather before the real NY winter stuff draws a bead on us.

Catch ya,


Think Steelhead!!!

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Posted by: Fred on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It’s been a good salmon season on the Salmon River despite the drought conditions we’ve had this year. Regardless of the low water levels, the fish came! Clients had a great time and some beautiful salmon were caught using traditional fly fishing methods.

Now it’s time to think about Steelhead and Brown Trout. As the seasons change, so do the tactics. For fly fishing, I teach traditional fly and spey style fishing. For spin, I teach drift and float, using spin tackle. To know the tips and methods to become successful, is what people hire me for. And now, something new this season….I am reducing the daily rate for guiding services. From November 1st 2007, to April 30th 2008, my daily fee will only be $150/person, per day!
I will provide you with a quality day of fishing along with a riverside lunch, and if needed, rods/reels/flies/baits and materials. Please bear in mind this is only for weekends for the rest of this season, through spring of 2008.

The number of Steelhead has been increasing over the years primarily due to the 1 fish 21″ size limit for the river. Recruitment has been high and we’ve enjoyed fantastic fishing from past seasons. This year looks even better! Looking to get a few hard-fighting silver freight trains on your line? Need to see beautifully colored huge brown trout slam your presentation? Give me a call or e-mail and book a trip now!

2007 Salmon-Steelhead Season

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Posted by: Fred on Monday, May 14, 2007

8/14/07 Update

Here we are again with another incredible fishing season knocking at the door. There have been great reports from the lake all spring and summer of large amounts of fish. What does this mean for the Salmon River? That’s easy…..a full season of fun and epic battles between man and fish!
At present, I am booked from the end of September and through October. There are still opportunities to book steelhead trips from November on, and I will be running a discount for the first time for any trips booked from December through May. Contact me via e-mail for details.

I’ve been zooming all summer doing seminars with the Lake Ontario Steelhead Assoc., and the Oswego County Youth Programs. Toss in a couple river clean ups, writing a few articles and getting my Captain’s License, it all spells BUSY! Also….look for a brand new business next year. Guess I need more to do.

As always, if you have any questions, or if I can help you plan something in this area, drop a line and I’ll do what I can. Best of luck fishing this year!

Thanks for stopping by.


September Update

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Posted by: Fred on Friday, May 4, 2007

The action continues to be incredible in the lake. Salmon can be found in 60-120 feet of water and are plentiful from Oswego to Henderson. A few have started showing up in the Salmon River, but with the drought conditions we have had this year, and below minimum base flows, we may see a short delay on big runs until we get much needed rainfall. The reserviors that feed the SR are at an all time low. Without adequate water in them, river flows are very low. In my opinion, too low for “sportfishing” and very bad for the fish to move freely. I’m glad I held off booking trips until the last week of September. Check out my new rate specials I’m trying for this winter. With everything else going up in cost, I’m offering some good news! Steelhead anyone?

Rock & Roll

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Posted by: Fred on Wednesday, May 2, 2007

If anyone is interested, I have a really nice sound system from my rockin’ days that I’m putting up for sale. It’s an offer you can’t refuse if you’re looking for a deal and a complete setup. I also have a nice electric guitar for sale.
Everything is in excellent condition.

Contact me (via e-mail on this site) for details and pics!!!