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Old 03-27-2017, 09:14 AM   #1
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Fishing Day Trip April 2nd

I'm thinking about taking a day trip next Sunday to see if I can have any luck fishing for trout. I may or may not take my kids (9 and 16) and wife, depending on if they want to go, and if they go they would be fishing from the shore. I'm a beginner at fly fishing and if any of them come, they would be using a spin cast reel.

I live in Cortland - just south of Syracuse.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:35 AM   #2
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I certainly would not go up to the ADKs. Streams will be icy, high and very cold. Ponds will still be iced over. I'd stay downstate for quite a while. Ponds will have ice for at least 2 weeks and streams might be another month.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:41 PM   #3
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Try Little York Lake...I troll it and do well on the Rainbows first week in April.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:59 AM   #4
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Also check out the Tioughnioga and Otselic Rivers.
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Old 03-28-2017, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thanks. I guess I'm anxious to get back up there, but that makes sense. I've tried the Tioughnioga many times on opening day and have never had any luck at all.
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:14 PM   #6
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It'll be a zoo but Ninemile Creek just west of Syracuse is pretty consistant on opening day. The only fly you need is a sz. 12 olive scud. You could try a little brookie creek with worms too.
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Old 03-29-2017, 02:55 PM   #7
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buddy measured over a foot of ice still on st regis lake. wont be will may unless we get a lot of warm rain real quick.
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:55 AM   #8
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Snow on the way, you may want to take a raincheck, by about a month!
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:43 PM   #9
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Bucklad is very close to what works for me. Went out the whole month of April last year on my favorite streams and didn't get a take until the 5 th week out . Maybe its just me ,and even given the very mild winter and near perfect water levels last April ,it didn't matter. Some trout prefer to sleep in through the month of April ,but depending on the weather pattern maybe the end of April can produce some fine trout. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try ,alittle exercise,fresh air and getting reacquainted with your gear and casting timing isn`t a bad thing. Maybe a shot at some Steelies wouldn't be a bad idea also.Good luck if you do get out but if you can hang tight for 3 or 4 more weeks the fishing /conditions will improve dramatically.
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:21 PM   #10
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I suggest picking up a copy of the current "Life in the Finger Lakes" magazine at your local newsstand or Wegmans store. It has a good article titled the "Top Ten Finger Lakes Trout Streams". Many of these are a short (less than an hour) drive from Cortland. It provides a short high level description. You could bring the family along on these without too much of a major planning effort. Good luck.
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Old 03-31-2017, 06:56 AM   #11
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FYI, I just googled "Life in the Finger Lakes" and it is available to read online.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:45 PM   #12
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Bucklad is very close to what works for me. Went out the whole month of April last year on my favorite streams and didn't get a take until the 5 th week out . Maybe its just me ,and even given the very mild winter and near perfect water levels last April ,it didn't matter. Some trout prefer to sleep in through the month of April ,but depending on the weather pattern maybe the end of April can produce some fine trout. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try ,alittle exercise,fresh air and getting reacquainted with your gear and casting timing isn`t a bad thing. Maybe a shot at some Steelies wouldn't be a bad idea also.Good luck if you do get out!
Trout have spent months not seeing much food aside from a few stone fly nymphs. When the first nymphs of the season start stirring then they do. That's usually Hendricksons or sometimes Quill Gordons unless a stream has an all year food supply like Ninemile Creek with its Scuds. Such streams are rare in NY.

First time I ever fished it was an opener and bait fishermen lined every pool but the riffles were empty so I ran a beadhead Scud thru a pocket and first cast got a 15" wild brown. I got several that day. It gets stocked real heavy for the opener but there are plenty of wild trout as well.

It's a bit of a sewer but I got out of being dragged around by wife and daughter at the Carousel Centre and I got some nice trout.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:56 PM   #13
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Sunday

I took my son to the public stream outside of Homer on Route 90. We didn't catch anything, but last night he told me that he had the best time ever - at least the best time ever fishing

thanks for all the replies!
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:02 PM   #14
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I took my son to the public stream outside of Homer on Route 90. We didn't catch anything, but last night he told me that he had the best time ever - at least the best time ever fishing

thanks for all the replies!
Well that's what's important 77. Quality time together and once in awhile you might catch a fish!
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