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New York – Day #4 – 2017 Fall Field Campaign

Another very cold Saturday here in Rochester NY (near historic record lows for the day) as we celebrated Family day at Jim Metcalf’s Lodge on Little Sandy Creek.  Many thanks to Jim and his family for all the work and cooking they do to make for a warm barbeque gathering in spite of the temps which didn’t get above freezing all day.  See photo of ice forming on the submerged log.

There were some special fish landed (for the birthday girl) as well as a few exceptional migratory fish.  I managed to land several nice Brown Trout but the fish of the day for me was a crimson/magenta colored Rainbow.  Jay managed to hook a monster fish that we initially thought was Brownzilla’s significant other but it turned out to be a relatively fresh Chinook Salmon in the 20-pound range.  When he set the hook, the fish created a massive boil on the water’s surface with its broom-like tail.  At that moment, I looked at Jay and the expression on his face was “Holy S_ _ T.”

I ran for the net and after a significant fight, we didn’t get a look at the fish until just before it swam into the net (just about knocking Hip Boy into the river).  The canine teeth on this fish were impressive and we made sure to stay away from the business end of this late migratory beast.  For some reason, it was trying to bite me the entire time I was taking close up portraits.  The word on the river (amongst all species) must be out that I’m here so get even if you have the opportunity.

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Another day today hunting for the elusive monster brown.  The good news is that we will be above freezing all day.

T.O.

2017 Fall Field Campaign – Brownzilla!!!

From the measurement and fishing guy…   What are the chances???

Yesterday we touched on record lows here in Rochester NY as the Fall Field Campaign continued.  The temperatures never got above freezing and the winds made the chill very biting (more so than the fish) but Jay Peck and I still managed to find an area to sight fish for some aggressive spawning trout. My fish of the day was a really colorful 15 pound male and Jay also netted a very plump hen in the 12 pound range.

Unlike fishing in Yellowstone National Park where the air temps can start out in the single digits, the water in the Madison River tends to be fairly warm compared to Little Sandy Creek in NY.  In the Park, the water is in the upper 40’s and low 50’s but here the water is in the mid to high 30’s.  This means that a fly fisherman spends a considerable amount of the day “chipping” the ice accumulation out of the guides along the fly rod. On the Madison River, a fisherman just needs to dip the rod in the water to remove the ice.  In NY, that only makes the condition worse.

More importantly, we stumbled upon Brownzilla (again) and managed to get some excellent close up portraits.  As we were concluding the day, we went to Jim Metcalf’s adult playground and just as we arrived his friend John was about to net a very large Hen.  Turns out, it was the same fish that Jay had visit his net 48 hours earlier a half mile downstream! 

So what are the odds that this epic outlier would be at Jim’s and caught just as Jay and I were arriving on the scene?  A million to one?  Two Million to one?  All I know is that the sun came out just in time for me to capture some terrific close up photos.  See attached.  Now it’s official that the largest Brown trout landed in this region happened in Jim’s back yard.  Very fitting.

What a privilege it was to see up close, touch and photograph this amazing animal. On the drive back to the shop, Jay and I were trying to estimate the fishes age and life’s journey in Lake Ontario.  It’s possible that there may be larger trout migrating out of the Lake to spawn but the chances of catching them on a fly is certainly remote.

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We are still hunting for the 20 pound male and we have a good chance of finding him over the weekend before the campaign sunsets.

Enjoy and more pictures of Brownzilla to follow.

T.O

2017 Fall Field Campaign Update From New York

One word…  EXTRAORDINARY.

I frequently describe my fishing outings as having a “Top Ten Day” which in practice can only really happen 10 times – Right?

Yesterday was one of those days where Jay Peck and I put over 30 fish into his extra large salmon net.  The only thing was that the fish weren’t salmon but they might as well have been.  Quality vs. Quantity was the word for the day as we managed to land the largest Brown Trout in the following classes:

  • 4 at 12 pounds
  • 3 at 13 pounds
  • 4 at 14 pounds
  • 4 at 15 pounds
  • 2 at 16 pounds and
  • 1 at 17 pounds.

ALL MALES!

Little Sandy creek is recruiting some exceptional specimens this year and Jim Metcalf is once again providing the special access.

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Without evidence (aka pictures) most fisherman would not believe these numbers.  Well, this isn’t a fish story.  Attached are some of the shots.  It will take me considerable time to process all the photos and I will get to them over the holidays.

More to follow as we head out for another day (this one being very cold 22 degrees and windy 20 mph swirling winds).

Enjoy,

T.O.

Brownzilla has Landed!

Brownzilla the 24 Lb Beast

Brownzilla the 24 Lb Beast

It finally happened.  Brownzilla made it into Jay Peck’s net today and tipped the scale at just over 24 pounds!  A massive Hen that dwarfs the 15 pounder Male that I landed (see attached) but we now know where the big fish are staging and tomorrow, we will be on the hunt for the 20+ pound male that has been eyeing her.

Impressive 15 Pound Male

Impressive 15 Pound Male

The water was high and muddy (just the way we like it) and the weather is getting colder which means that a new wave of fish should be arriving later this week.

More photos to follow.

T.O.

Monster Chinook – September 2017

Jay Peck - Monster Chinook - FFPCongrats to Jay Peck and his client who just landed the largest King Salmon ever to visit his net.  At 45 Lbs it is also one of the largest ever landed on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY.  The beast ran-them around the meadow pool for over 20 minutes.

Conclusion of the 2016 Fall Field Campaign

A day of recovery and travel as we close out the Fall Field Campaign for 2016.

2016ffc-conclusion-8It’s only fitting that during the last hour on the last day of the Fall Season that Jay Peck and I managed to find the elusive Brownzilla (the Monster Brown Trout from Little Sandy Creek).  The only problem was that we were a few days late because Brownzilla had deposited her Eggs during spawning and was subsequently about 2 to 3 pounds lighter.  Still, she weighed in at 18 pounds and topped the list of the most impressive fish of the trip.  The fish would have exceeded 20 Lbs. easily last week but it gives me motivation to wait another 360 days to get even and hunt for her big brother in November of 2017.

2016ffc-conclusion-7The tale of the tape for the largest double-digit fish of the day included 1 fish at Continue reading »

Friday on Little Sandy Creek (A Top 10?)

A little reflection…

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Most of the people receiving my fishing posts via e-mail are people who I regularly fish with.  Some just like to fish occasionally (like my family members) or appreciate the beauty of the unique fish that we love to target.  Finally, there are some friends and business colleagues that don’t fish at all but love some of the wildlife or panoramic photos that I always include.  Regardless of what you like most with these photos, there is a lot that goes into trying to capture and prepare these shots before they journey into cyber space.  For those of you that have watched me work at this art, you know that It’s both physically challenging and emotionally rewarding.  For every hour of successful fishing in the field, there is almost an equal number of hours that go into the post-production computer work to edit and fine tune the final images.

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Also, when you’re “hard-wired” as an achievement oriented person (like most of you are), you just don’t “go fishing” Continue reading »

2016 Fall Field Campaign moves East

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From Jay Peck in NY today.  A 17+ Lb brown trout and two 15 pounders.
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Brownzilla, here we come!
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-T.O.

2016 Fall Field Campaign in NY

2016-ffc-ny-6According to the local meteorologists, It was supposed to rain today (an 80% chance) but it ended up being 84 degrees, humid with virtually no wind.  Jay Peck and I didn’t see a drop of rain the entire day but we did see some impressive fish.

 

Within the first 40 minutes of fishing, we were treated to an outstanding 25 pound Chinook Salmon.  There are very few fish in in the river right now but before the end of the afternoon, I managed to hook and land a 30 pound monster.  This fish went ballistic when I hooked it, cartwheeling and running up and down the river multiple times before landing safely in our net.  The fish was a beautiful unmarked specimen and still very “fresh” as it just came in from Lake Ontario.

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One more day here in NY before the Campaign moves to the Madison River in Montana.

 

T.O.

A PR for Jay Peck

Tom Olivo's Fish of the Day

Tom Olivo’s Fish of the Day

I’m not sure how… But it just keeps getting better.

Jay Peck with 17.5-LB Brown

Jay Peck with 17.5-LB Brown

Today marked another epic outing on Little Sandy Creek where Jay Peck and I had a chance to catch some truly memorable fish.  Fish of the day for me included a 16 Lb. hen at the Barn hole and a 15 Lb. Buck at Jim Metcalf’s.  Jay equaled his own PR for a Male Brown with a 17.5 Lb. specimen.  This fish was both massive and flawless and likely represents the top 0.1% of male browns in this fishery.

 

Jim and his sister Darlene also landed some exceptional fish Continue reading »