As spring kicks in to full gear here in western New York a fly angler can go in many directions. One thing I like to do when the conditions are right is catch a steelhead on a swung fly and a stream-bred trout on a dry all in one day. I was able to accomplish this on Sunday landing two steelhead in the morning on my favorite Lake Erie tributary and then heading inland to catch some wild browns during a sparse Hendrickson hatch. Things only get more interesting from here. Considering that May is a great month for bass, carp and pike, one can go in just about any direction for some good angling. It is going to be a busy spring!
A sure sign of spring is the April emergence of one of my favorite hatches - the Hendrickson. While it didn't exactly feel like spring with unseasonably cool temperatures and a nagging north wind, I met up with my good friend Jim Wilson and a group from the Oak Orchard Fly Shop for a recent trip to the Delaware. Heavy rains raised the river system which resulted in us spending most of our time on the West Branch. The hatches improved each day as we experienced some good surface fishing especially on the last two days. As challenging as dry fly fishing on the D can be, these early season fish are a bit easier to fool.