Monday, November 21, 2011

Good times, great food, and some good ole fishing!

Warning some of the tactics use in the following blog entry used a spinning rod with flies on it “sorry to disappoint”!  I have been planning this fishing trip for about 8 months.  I traveled with Seth and Jim on this adventure.  Anyone who knows me knows how ADD, OCD, and anal retentive I am.  I looked at every possibility to get the maximum affect.  I wanted to fish the Cattaraugus Creek so bad I could taste it, but she never came down fishable levels.   The storm that ripped through the southern tier of New York dumped a few inches of rain.  The winds had been howling at 20-30 mph.  The next Saturday was the first day of gun season “double bonus”!   I would take a new friend (Seth) with me and introduce him to the largest Great Lakes tributary he will ever fish!  I know through the grape vine that all the king salmon where huge this year so I was hoping the rest of the migrating fish would follow suit.  There are several green King around.  We arrived on the banks of the Lake Ontario tributary at about 0530.  We rigged our rods. O my I almost forgot!  We stopped at Dunkirk Wal-Mart and had so much fun getting our fishy license!  I have never had an issue getting a license until today.  Number one I told the walrus working at the front desk we are here to purchase fishing licenses.  She with her tusks barked out at us “well we will get someone there” sorry to have bothered you at 0230 I thought to myself!   So we proceeded to go to the sportsman section to purchase them.  Why on Earth would they send someone back there that does not know how to do this?  It’s like if you had some fine black silk pillows and you wanted to take care of them would you just give them to any Laundromat, or would you give them the love and attention they deserve somewhere else?  Instead we had to call for reinforcements.  They called the manager to help her.  Needless to say we got through it “one hour later “.  So, back to the river bank!  We waited for first light with our rods rigged up!  I was fishing today with my full spey Reddington CPX 9wt and my Galvan T14. The fly line is a 675 gr RIO Skagit flight head attached with a 14’ long section of T17 for a total of 913 grains!  This rod could easily handle more grain weight.  I would also bring the egg beater!  The egg beater gets flies put on it too don’t worry no bait!  I would begin to swing the grey over white 1” copper tube fly at first light.  I would connect with a very irritated 5-7 pound class Brown Trout.  He had been in the river a little while. See picture below, photo taken by Jim Stuart “sorry for the low light horrible picture”.

This would be the only fish I would connect with on the spey rod.  This was not due to the lack of trying.  I changed patterns all the time.  I also changed tips over and over again changing fly patterns!  I even changed the length of the tippet material.  So I brought the egg beater to plunge the depths of the river! I just put simple egg blood dot patterns on her chartreuse, pink, and orange on a 2488H hook size 14.  The first day I hooked 9 huge Lake Trout and did not land a one!  Those bull dogging fellers where strong and huge this year!  I should have changed to heavier leader material on my Avid St Croix a Western style spinning rod.  I was running 12 pound mainline.  I was only using an eight pound test leader to start with (a good friend said go heavier)!  So we left the river banks defeated, but with high hopes for tomorrow!  I brought an eggbeater because I was going to get into fish by every legal technique possible!  This was one of the few trips I have ever been on where I needed to hook a fish bad!  I needed to feel the strike and the strength of the fish to help me reconnect.  After being up for about 30 some hours we decided to go check into the hotel, and get something to eat.  Our first food choice would be http://www.thewilsonhouserestaurant.com they have some great food and spirits, and with a great price point too!  See a picture below of the meal I ate.   They had a horrific band playing there, but the more drunk the audience got the better they
sounded I guess!

The hotel we stayed at was a great new little place called Lakeview Motel and Cottages.  Wally & Chris Nowacki owns’ the place.  Wally and Chris are great people. They treated us fairly and where very tentative to our needs during our stay!  This was so close to everything for us in the immediate area.  The can be found here http://www.lakeviewmotelandcottage.com , and the prices were great also! See pictures below.  Wally thanks for those nice tokens of your generosity! 


View from room Lake Ontario in the back ground
The smoking and burbon drinking area

Seth, and I getting ready to disembark the hotel!

The second day of being on the River I was feeling a little outmatched by these fish.  We walked down to our spots and once again waited for day break.  The Lakers were busting bait all over the place.  The noises they were making was amazing some little splashes and some huge splashes.  I forgot to mention the bait I saw along the river banks.  I have seen small ribbons of bait before, but this time it was different.  The bait was so thick I would not call it thousands but hundreds of emerald shiners where up against the shoreline.  This day would prove to be the best day for me as far as quality fish.  The first fish I would land would be a Laker in the high teen pound weight class.

He would take a size 14 pink blood dot tied on a 2488H hook.  He was hook directly in the front of the mouth.  The fight seemed to last forever with these fish this year.  I almost did not want to hook a large fish.  We stayed at the River for most of the day.  The rest of the crew did not hook a fish.  I will say something the River Guides on the bank did a great job staying away from us.  The boat traffic was very bearable.  The color of the River was clear out to 18” but after that it was a deep emerald green. 
Here are some more fishy tanks!

































Photo by Jim Stuard "my new fave picture"!

What you cant get from this picture was the immense size of the speciman. I was solo holding on to dear life by his tail. He was at least a 20# laker and the girth well it was immense! He fought for so long I had to return him to the water fast! His body was so long I could not fit in into the picture frame. He will forever be in my brain!










I will say one thing every place we ate at was awesome!  The Steelhead Pub in Lewiston, New York is closed “the end of an era for me”.  We found a new place across the street.  This place you can wear your waders and walk right in off the river!  We had some amazing food, spirits, and the prices are awesome.  The Brickyard Pub and BBQ will be our go to spot in Lewiston, NY from now on "awesome brew options". It can be found at http://www.brickyardpub.com. Take a look at the pictures below!  Sometimes no matter how great the game the chase is more fun than the catching isn’t that right my friend?













I could not get this picture to rotate! Shaved prime rib sandwhich one pound and sweet potato fries pricess!











We did go to another Great Lakes tributary to fish.  I felt bad that they guys did not hook fish and I called a good friend of mine to help us out.   The river is hard one to bust your cherry on!  He took us to another tributary that was much smaller.  The creek has a lot of chrome in it.  This is where Seth would hook his fish.  He hooked steelhead and was very impressed by their power.  Seth is a diehard warm water fishery fly fishermen.  He had no idea what to expect.  He loves Whipers and fishes about 180 days out of the year for them.  The following pics are from there. 

















Jim Stuard getting some!

























Beat and battered we began on Sunday to head home.  The weather going home was good until Columbus, Ohio. The rain started and made the drive a little pain in the butt.  Well I want to thank all my friends who helped me with some great information and suggestions.  I’m sure this will not be the last trip up north for Seth. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Well folks the trip was amazing

Sitting here in Bob Evans waiting our departure. The full blog entry to be later this week. Have a great day!

Tom

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

8 Days Untill Vacation Folks!

I will have a full report on here!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Not more mercury for the Ohio River!

OHIO  RIVER  VALLEY  WATER  SANITATION  COMMISSION
5735 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH  45230    www.orsanco.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Contact: Jeanne Ison, 513-231-7719

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is requesting public comment on a request for a variance from its Pollution Control Standards provision which prohibits mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern beginning no later than October 16, 2013.  The request for a variance was received from PPG Industries, Natrium, WV facility and is in regard to their discharge of mercury to the Ohio River.

The Commission is accepting comments from the public from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2011.  Subsequently, the Commission’s Pollution Control Standards Committee will consider the request and supporting information, as well as public comments received, and develop a recommendation as to final disposition of the variance request.  Following development of that recommendation, a second 45-day public comment period will be held prior to the full Commission’s final decision. 

Comments should be received in writing at the Commission headquarters, 5735 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH  45230 or by email at pcs@orsanco.org  no later than Dec. 15, 2011.  For more information on the variance request, visit ORSANCO’s website at www.orsanco.org or call ORSANCO offices at 513-231-7719.

ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.  Member states include:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  The federal government is also represented.

November 1, 2011

PCS@orsanco.org
5735 Kellogg Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230
513-231-7719 Phone
513-231-7761 Fax
www.orsanco.org
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