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  strives to provide its patrons with Click to see bigger pic reliable stream, weather and fishing conditions during the fall, winter and spring. We are happy to provide this information for anglers so that they can make informed decisions about fishing trips. Please be aware, however, that weather, fishing conditions and water flows can change in a moment's notice. Hydro power generation can and does alter water flows. Not all fishermen's expectations and skills are equal and if you wait for "perfect" conditions, you'll likely miss some good opportunities. No guarantee of success, natural conditions or safety is ever implied. Here's what we know right now...

Last updated: summer 2015

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Lodging dates are available for 2015/2016 trib season. There's lots of good fishing for steelhead and brown trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge at the shop in the heart of the fishing action! Brand new additional lodging available for Fall 2015 located just 5 miles east on Route 18, convienent to Sandy Creek. All lodging reservations now accepted for 2015.

The Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association has received approx 10,000 steelhead placed in net pens in the OOrchard for Apr 2015. Approx 106,000 King salmon where also placed in the net pens for hopeful imprinting on the OOrchard. These numbers represent just some of the total number of salmonids stocked here in Orleans County annually. Many thanks to local stakeholders for their efforts of securing, feeding and monitoring the fish. More tributary anglers are invited in 2015 to help with feeding the fish and cleaning the pens. Contact us for how and where to help out.

The Sportsmen Archer's Club Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release Contest will be held Oct 21, 22, 23 - 2015. Everyone is sure to enjoy the great hospitality and comradorie of the Archer's Club and experience some real good fishing. Their cooperation with out of the area fishermen is truly above board and greatly appreciated by all. Please contact us or see the Club for registration.

Tributary Fly Fishing Class was held on Sat, Apr 11, 2015. Our great instructors NYSLOG Capt. Jason Franz from Trout 'n' About and RonB aka the Licorice Man gave the intro course and streamside demos. An informative and fun filled day where we help shorten the learning curve for you. Lunch was provided. Call or email for more info and pre-registration in 2016!

*Ask about Summer Sale Specials on fly, spin, float rods & reels and wading jacs and waders and boots and packs, etc. All mail orders for any shop gear receive free shipping and discounts too. Call for info and orders.*

Summer 2015...
We are on summer operating schedule now with reduced hours, open Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun mornings. You can call or message anytime tho and we will return your messages daily. Without additional precip and runoff, flows in the OOrchard will be mod and slightly stained from seasonal 24/7 Erie Canal water feed. Flows in the other area smaller tribs are generally low and clear thanks to lack of precip so far this late spring and early summer. Persistent anglers still found a steelhead or two in the OOrchard thru May. Catch and release Lake run smallmouth bass fishing has been good, lasting about thru early Jun. Bigger tribs like the Catt or Niagara have hung onto some steelhead action for a while, you could likely still get into some fish thru early Jun in the Niagara. Niagara bar fishing for browns, lakers or salmon with light line techniques either casting, drifting or trolling has likewise lasted easily thru most of May and we can help you with a charter trip for that. Land lubber casting and small boat inshore Lake fishing has yielded some action too when wind and weather has coincided for reasonable fishing conditons. Locating inshore baitfish has been challenging tho. Cool to cold Lake waters should keep trout and salmon in-shore or at rivermouths within range of simple casting or small boat spreads, that is, provided those forage baitfish are present.

Apr 29...
Our Apr Sale extends thru this weekend with big mark downs on rods and reels and waders and jackets and boots and packs - call for items and pricing. Flows in the OOrchard and smaller tribs are on the drop for now. Flows in the OOrchard are mod and going toward clear. The other area smaller tribs have low and clear flows. Weather forecast thru this week and weekend is mild and mostly clear and rain free. The next change in OOrchard flows may be the seasonal 24/7 Erie Canal water feed around the begin of May. Fishing pressure is light, but there is still some steelhead action to be had in the OOrchard with a few dropbacks, spawners and fresh fish hooked up. A light drift or swing above the suckers might bring a hard stike form a steelhead or smallmouth bass. Anglers might consider releasing any land locked steelhead in the overflow channel into the turbine channel where they might find downstream access to the Lake. Without perfect timing of high water now or the near future those stranded fish aren't likely to make it out of that overflow channel. Shoreline land lubber casting and inshore small boat trolling is improving with some good browns hooked as well as some small salmon, rainbows and even Lake trout.

Apr 28...
Flows are mod - med and just slightly stained in the OOrchard. The other area smaller tribs have low - mod and mostly clear flows. Steelhead fishing pressure is light with a few guys on the OOrchard who are into a few dropbacks, spawners or fresh jacks. Thru this week and milder and sunny weather trib water temps will be warming up. Suckers are fairly numerous and a few smallmouth bass are being caught. With warming flows and future Erie Canal water feed, more bass should be migrating. Big trout action from your own two feet this time of the spring can come from the rivermouth and larger tribs like the Niagara, Genny or Catt when those waterways have fishable flows. OOrchard pen reared steelhead and salmon are in place and volunteers are needed for care of those fish before release.

Apr 27...
Flows in the OOrchard are hanging in nicely at med and just slightly stained. Fishing pressure is light and there are still last lick chances for some dropbacks and spawners and a few fresh fish. Most fresh fish are likely to be smaller jacks. Downstream or rivermouth action could yield some browns or pike or perch or smallies. Weather is forecasted around 60 F with prevailing med westerly winds and mostly clear thru this week. There were rain showers today that didn't amount to much. Flows in the smaller waterways are low - mod and mostly clear. Flows in all the tribs will continue to drop and clear without any new precip. Sometime here for the begin part of May Erie Canal 24/7 water feed will commence again in the OOrchard and that keeps things stained for a while. Smal boat inshore trolling and land lubber casting is reported to be picking up some now with a few more fish hooked.

weeknd Apr 25...
Just getting back into the pulse of fishing and conditions today Sat after being away for a bit... Weather has turned cool if not cold again and this should help keep the last licks of steelhead trib action underway. Temps are forecasted cool right thru most of next week. Previously thru earlier last week it was warming up and there was precip. Heavier rains were south of the area. Yesterday, Fri, flows were down in the OOrchard but back up today, Sat, to something like mod - med levels and just slightly stained. Anglers are still into a few steelhead, seems like some spawners, dropbacks and a few fresh fish and little jacks. Suckers are numerous and there are a few smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure is real lite. The other area smaller tribs have low - mod and mostly clear flows. There should be some stragglers in those waterways and some Lake run browns. Over-the-all small boat trolling and land lubber casting has been hit or miss, no great easy action yet (that's typical sometimes) of spring time fishing. Previous cold weather may have not yet caught up to the calender for warming Lake waters and better action. Niagara River and bar action is good and the Genny is high and dirty and knarly.

Remember you have to get out and fish. Come experience great fishing as it takes place instead of solely relying and waiting on internet reports. Anglers who find the best fishing often anticipate when the right conditions will come together. Internet bragging seems a lot less prevelant then it was a few years ago, and our reports tend to be even keeled - not reporting fish numbers great enough that they would be jumping in your waders - even if they were! Good water flows will be the biggest factor for trout and salmon migrations in the Oak Orchard River and in the area smaller tribs and pushing them upstream. Weather is the biggest factor for angler migrations and bringing more fishermen out and about. There have been some exceptional fish caught this trib season, just check out the pics below and in the archives. Come on out and get in on some trophy action this fall, winter and spring and add to the photo collection!

What does the Oak Orchard River, Lake Ontario and WNY offer? The chance to fish from your own two feet for trout and salmon you measure in pounds, not inches, for 7 - 9 months depending upon weather and water conditions. Recent economic conditions may make it more difficult for a fishing trip, but a trip here to the Oak Orchard River and WNY to fish for World Class trout and salmon is still easily the best bargain in trophy fishing. The working man's big trout and salmon trip is still here, and it's not even a contest compared to the other exotic, far off angling destinations. We believe our web reports are the straightest poop by far about Oak Orchard and most WNY conditions. We are living and experiencing all the fishing action directly or thru trusted reports of other die hard anglers as it happens. So how do you know if trophy trout and salmon will be catchable upon your travels to the Oak Orchard and WNY area? All the best web info, bulletin boards, angler skill and top notch equipment cannot replace getting out there and actually fishing! The nuances of fish migrations is an inexact science and we cannot predict the future. Fish as soon as reasonable conditions allow instead of waiting for supposed better conditions that may or may not materialize. Be one of the lucky few that experiences good fishing as it takes place instead of hearing that famous quote, "you should have been here yesterday!"

Tight lines and smooth drags!
Licorice Man


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Latest Catch Photos

Taking advantage of slow to rise flows earlier in Mar 2015, Mike finds a fresh OOrchard steelhead in the lower river slow water area thats staging up or just beginning upstream migration.
Likewise slow out of hibernation, Ron finds a nice steelhead further upstream in the OOrchard later Mar 2015 after higher flows have brought some fish upstream.



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