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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.



Gender Contrasts

Today was a “slower” day for the Fall Field Campaign.  Dan and I landed some fine 12 Lb. fish but the unstable weather shut down the afternoon session.

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The photos from today illustrate the incredible contrast between Male and Female Brown trout that migrate out of lake Ontario.  The males are a deep burnt orange/pumpkin color with massive heads and lower jaws while the females support a golden yellow/spotted black glow with small heads and amazing “mid-section” girth (see shots).

More to follow tomorrow as we search for steelhead.


Tom Olivo Featured in Lake Ontario Outdoors

The fall field campaign has started, and with it, TO is featured on the Lake Ontario Outdoors Fall 2013 Issue.

Tom Featured on Cover of Lake Ontario Outdoors

Tom Featured on Cover of Lake Ontario Outdoors

Final note:  I made my first major fishing magazine cover with the Fall edition of Lake Ontario Outdoors.  The picture was of “Frankenfish,” the Coho/Chinook hybrid that was 34 pounds (picture by Jay Peck).

2013 Lake Ontario Outdoors

Fishing Update May 2012: Salmon River, Pulaski, NY

Fly Fishing Portraits, LLCApproximately 40 miles north of Syracuse NY the Salmon river flows westward into Lake Ontario. The river is most known for its amazing seasonal runs of Chinook, Coho and Atlantic Salmon. It also has terrific migratory Steelhead and Brown Trout that can exceed 15 pounds with an occasional fish over 20 Lbs. Over four days in early April, I hooked 40 and successfully landed 30 Steelhead that ranged from 10 to 16 Lbs. I highly recommend that if you want to have a memorable experience, contact Carl Coleman or Jay Peck with Coleman’s Fly Shop at 585-352-4775 or visit their website.

Fly Fishing Portraits, LLCCarl and Jay are true professionals that know the river and respect the fishery better than anyone in the region. I have had the privilege of fishing with them 14 days over the past 12 months and they have created the kind of memories that will last a lifetime. We hope you enjoy the new portraits in the gallery and make sure to contact Carl or Jay to experience the finest Steelhead fishing in the Northeast.