Skaneateles Lake 11/9 + 11/12


Well there wasn’t much to report last Wednesday. I tried getting out with Jeff from Alaska and his daughter. “Tried” is the key word! The advance forecast was looking dismal for Wed – Fri. Wed. appeared to be “the day”. We knew the forecast was gloomy but we were hoping the high wind speeds would be delayed. It wasn’t to be. Nasty out on Skaneateles with 20 to 30 mph gusts/winds out of the south. Of course the forecast snow and rain didn’t materialize for Friday – so that’s how it goes. Owasco was a mudhole that looked like a mini-Ocean. Nasty….

Today was the polar opposite out on “Skinny”. Sunny and light south winds (at least by noon.) I had a lot of fun with Burr and his dad as they tried their hand at fly-fishing Skinny for the first time. Bill wound up landing a gorgeous 17″+ rainbow up near the north end on a wooly bugger. We tried a lot of different areas and had action in many of them. Not a lot of fish landed, but some good hook-ups and follows from rainbows and salmon. We found some big perch and lakers too. Jigs and stickbaits were the ticket. Water temps are 48 – 51. Fly-fishing the big lakes is a challenge and one trip out on the water is worth more than a thousand words.