Captain's LogWhen I was born, my father was in the marina business, which meant working 7 days a week during the summer.  So when my mother was sick & tired of me and it was my fathers turn to watch me, it usually meant going to work with him. Since he was very busy, I frequently found myself tied to the end of a dock and left with a fishing pole & some bait. Although I realize many liberals and slick lawyers would label this as child abuse nowadays, I can't say I minded! Ever since, my love for fishing and the outdoors has remained strong.
    I will use this page to bring you fishing reports, update you on upcoming events, and inform you on issues important to our fishery. Also watch for pictures & reports on our latest fishing trips!
    I will apologize to everyone in advance, when we get to busy times in our fishing schedule, I know the web site won't be as up to date as we would all like.

                                                                                    -Captain Tom

November 20, 2001
From late October to nearly mid November our trophy Brown trout trips were again very successful & productive. Producing great catches & smiling fisherman!! Some days the areas we fished were limited to do dry conditions, but thanks to hydro-generation & increased flows as the season progressed everything worked out well. Low, clear water called for eggs & bright egg patterns in the early morning, giving way to smaller & more natural colored stonefly's, caddis etc. as the day progressed. Low, clear water called for eggs & bright egg patterns in the early morning, giving way to smaller & more natural colored stonefly's, caddis etc. as the day progressed. 

Joanne with a spawning brown caught and released on November 10, 2001

Fitz from CT is happily surprised with a nice rainbow during his Brown trout trip.

We had a fairly even mix of Salmon, Browns & Rainbows to start, going to more Browns & Bows as the season progressed. Being almost booked for next year already is the best statement on the season!! Over the last 8 or 9 days we have switched exclusively to float trips on the Salmon river for the mighty Steelhead!! Water flow was great when we got started, between 700 & 900 cfs.  Since then it has tailed off to the current 335 cfs. The fishing has been very steady, The upper end of the river (Altmar to Pineville) has been holding the most fish & fisherman. We have been working the middle of the river (Pineville to Rt. 2a) 
We have been finding Steelies each day & have had the river to ourselves for the most part. We have had success with egg sacs & small glow bugs. Other guides we know back trolling with plugs also have had success. The weather has been phenomenal with temps from 30 to 60 degrees, keeping the water temp in the mid forties. As I am writing this report it is raining hard outside, hopefully it will increase the water flow & color further stimulating the fish!!!!

After missing a year or two, Randy Monk captures a nice Steelie!

Sam juffe & son Zach from NJ teamed up for this nice Steelhead

-Capt. Tom


Click here for details and pictures from the 2001 Pro-Am tournament


Cormorant's may be on the run!     New York congressmen John McHugh will testify on cormorant overpopulation before the House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation.
    McHugh has introduced a bill that would establish a cormorant hunting season to control the bird that is "wreaking havoc all across this nation" he said.
     All I can tell you from personal observations is that for a number of years the cormorant population seemed to grow & grow, with a large number taking up residence on the Oswego harbor breakwalls on a daily basis. Last year after a few took the law into their own hands and shot a small percentage of the birds, there was a noticable difference in cormorant sightings. Not only was their population down slightly, but they obviously no longer felt comfortable flying & feeding to close to humans. This year with no one bothering them, they have been back with a vengeance. Many times this spring we were trolling within 50 yards of huge flocks of the birds!
    Like everything in nature cormorants serve a purpose and should not be eliminated. However their numbers should not be allowed to get out of control either.

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