Another outstanding trip to the Great Lakes area for Steelhead and Brown Trout. My friend and sales representative, Dave Halblom, picked me up for our third annual fall trip to New York. It seems a bit odd that I would leave Oregon and the West Coast to go after Steelhead and/or Brown Trout, but I am hooked! We fished with a lot of nice people and everyone caught some very nice fish. On our days off we explored some new waters along Lake Ontario with good success.
Our Teeny Nymphs and Teeny Leeches in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 were the best. The colors that were consistent were Ginger, Antique Gold, and Insect Green. Those were the top three. Others that worked well on occasion were Natural ,Black, and Flame Orange. The Teeny Mini-Tip line proved to be the best overall line in most waters. When we could not get our flies to the fish in bigger waters we went to the T-200 which was perfect. Our leader length was normally between 4 and 6 feet, in clear type mono. We did not find the trout to be leader shy so we would use from 8 up to 15 pound tippets. Mostly, 8 to 12 pound test. Having only fished this area for three seasons we are still learning a lot. No one this season, in our group, landed any monsters, but for the most part we landed nothing under 5 pounds. The largest fish went up to 12 pounds. One day for me on our Mini-Tip line I landed 22 German Browns, ranging from 5 to 12 pounds. Needless to say I was extremely Happy!!!
This fishery seems to start in October and goes through November, but I've talked with local anglers and weather permitting December works also. This trip to the Great Lakes area in the fall is a "must do" if your interest is in Steelhead and Brown Trout.