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New Fishing Forum!!

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Posted by: Fred on Thursday, May 15, 2008

Looking for a place to get great information about fishing, environmental issues, organizations, and even some humor?

Forever Fishing Forums is the place to visit. We have a good crew of contributors that help make this site a step above many other discussion sites. I am honored to be one of the moderators for this site and hope that more anglers will join in and help it grow. Stop by and check it out!

Busy Spring

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Posted by: Fred on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2 fishing lectures at Gander Mountain….done.
Spring LOSA fishing seminar….done.
With help, 1700 trees planted along the banks of the Salmon River….done.
Purchase and assembly of a new 13ft, 2-person inflatable pontoon….done.
Launching and docking the 20ft ADVENTURE for the summer….done.
Getting the 14ft runabout ready….still in progress.
Ladies Fly Fishing Seminar, hosted by LOSA….June 14th.
Guiding for spring steelhead, atlantics, brookies and browns….ongoing.
Fishery meetings….ongoing.
Booking trips for late fall/early winter steelhead….>reserve early!<

Have a great spring and summer everyone. Thanks for stopping!


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Posted by: Fred on Sunday, May 4, 2008

Interested in “dropback Steelies” making their way out of the Salmon river, slamming almost anything in their way? How about smaller trout like bows, browns and brookies in smaller streams? Ready to learn some new techniques on how to read water, improve your presentations, where to go? I can help. It’s what I do. I enjoy your company as much as you enjoy a great outing. Cast your thoughts and requests for spring trips my way and I’ll try to fulfill your fishing wishes!

Gander Mountain Seminars!

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Posted by: Fred on Sunday, May 4, 2008

I have been asked by Gander Mt. to do 2 seminars this spring at the Cicero, NY store.

The first one will be held on Wednesday March 26th, from 7-9pm. I will cover “Techniques, Tactics & Tips” in using both fly and spin methods for trout fishing.

The second one will be on Wednesday April 23rd, from 7-9pm. I will be covering the “3 T’s” but for fly fishing for bass, pike and panfish!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Happy New Year

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Posted by: Fred on Friday, May 2, 2008

As we come into this new year, I am humbled by so many of the new friends and aquaintences I have met through this thing we all love, called fishing. It is in this spirit that I am looking forward to seeing folks I have met over the years and to keep meeting new ones, sharing things, having fun and leaving something good behind.

With that……I wish you all the best of the New Year and hope your time fishing brings you all the joys of what an outdoor experience should be….relaxation and enjoyment!


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!

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