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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.

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 »

A Special Day on Little Sandy Creek

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If there is possibly a positive aspect of climate change, it could be that some species of fish get bigger (and better to catch) while some glide into extinction.  That could be the case in upstate NY with the migratory brown trout on Little Sandy Creek.

ffc2016-a-special-day-on-little-sandy-creek-11Jay Peck and I had another special and epic Continue reading »

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 »

Brownzilla

Brownzilla - The 18-LB Hen

Brownzilla – The 18-LB Hen

From 18 inch brown trout on the Madison River in Yellowstone to 18 pound monsters on Sandy Creek in Hamlin, NY.

It was a spectacular “Indian summer” afternoon today on Sandy Creek in Rochester (a record high 77 degrees, sunny and virtually no wind).  Whereas I only fished for about 2 hours, I was able to land 4 large fish that included a 10, 12, 13 and 18 pounder.   That’s right… an 18 pound hen that Continue reading »

Update from NY

Great day with Jay Peck fishing for steelhead and brown trout on Little Sandy Creek.

Tom landed 6 with the Best Fish of the Day, a 13+ LB Steelhead and a 10+ LB Brown trout.

FFP Staff