Oak Orchard River Fly Fishing Guide Service
Let me introduce myself... my name is Brian London and I am an accomplished fly fisherman with over 40 years experience. My earliest memories of fly fishing were with my father in the late 1960's in Idaho. I found a real passion for the sport which has grown stronger as I age. Growing up in Idaho gave me many fly fishing opportunities on many great rivers and streams. Moving to Maine later in life presented even more opportunities. I currently reside in western New York. I am a New York State Licensed Guide, Badge #6928. My certifications include CPR, First Aid and Water & Wading Safety and my guiding license includes Fishing, Camping, and Small Craft. I am also a member of New York State Outdoor Guides Association. Living just minutes from the world famous Oak Orchard River I spend many days fishing the "Oak" with great success. I have gained much knowledge on the tactics of fishing the "Oak" and other Great Lake Tributary's. Over the years I have taught many people to fly fish and made lots of great friends in my endeavors. My teachings include people of all ages and experience levels. My beliefs in stream etiquette and the practice of catch and release are engrained in my teachings with the hopes that they are observed and passed on to future generations. ..Looking forward to guiding you in your trout/steelhead endeavors. Thank You Brian G London, BGL Flyfishing
[10/03/15] Report on the river this week. Salmon piling up at the Dam. Nothing holding down river yet. Have not seen any Browns or Steelhead
Another Month and we will chasing Browns. Cant Wait!
Time to start thinking about locking in your dates for the 2015
Fall Fly Fishing season. I have a few prime dates still open but they are filling fast. If you want a guided trip now is the time to book. Go to my website and send a request. www.bglflyfishing.com
Finally a break in the weather here in the frozen tundra. It has been a long cold winter. The Oak has not fished good for the past few months, Low water and many feet of bank ice. I have not seen any fresh fish since December. This week looks to be perhaps the start of good things to come. I am hoping we get some melt form the two to three feet of snow on the ground to push the bank ice out and bring some fresh steelhead in. shouldn't be long now for steelhead season to get cranking. I will keep you all posted
I still have some prime dates open in March for any one interested in some great Steelhead action. You can contact me through my website http://bglflyfishing.com/
Sharing some photos from Fall 2014 on the Oak. Nick Poulton cradles this nice hook jaw Brown
My Friend David shared this with me it has some great points to make your guided trips more enjoyable and productive.
ginkandgasoline.com "I have done enough guiding with enough people of all types that I sometimes cheer for the fish." My friend Kirk Deeter, writing on the Trout Unlimited blog April 25th, threw out the bold headline: "Guides: Gatekeepers or Profiteers". There's no mystery where Kirk stands on the subject. He goes on t…
Getting the weapons ready for Spring Steelhead.
Joe Barrett from Virginia is all smiles with his first Oak Orchard Winter Steelhead. Quit a treat when you are accustomed to fishing for 8" to 10" Browns in his home waters
Jess Costa Ist time to the Oak chsasing Fall browns
Chasing December Steelhead with Marso
Bill Burhans and Bud Schulte enjoying the day!
Jon Cordo and Bryan Russo with some nice Oak Browns
Greg Budd with his first Oak brown! what a way to start.
Jack Martin all smiles with This Oak Orchard Brown
Brian London and Nepew Jack Burgoon Chasing wild Trout On Rock Creek in Montana
Thank you everybody for the Birthday wishes. I had the opportunity to fish today with my great friends from PA and Idaho. Karlin,Paul and Tim. What a way to spend your B-day chasing big trout.
The beauty of a Western New York Brown Trout
The Poulton boys sharing a little family time chasing big browns
Gavin Craig and Justin Challenger experiencing a day on the Oak first hand
PA boys landon and Josh landing doubles.
Craig Kozlowski great job landing this monster brown
John Denniston chasing browns today!
Great Day! with my good friend Brad Pritchard.
Hayden London with his first Brown of the season.
Great Day with my group from Southeastern PA. Sharing laughs and hammering trout. Pat H and Tom W with some nice Oak specimens
Jack the Hammer Burgoon NiceOak Brown
Kelsee Soule showing the boys how to get it done on the Oak! Nice job Kelsee
Despite the gin clear water and low flows my group from Pittsburgh Sephen, Allen and Kevin battled through and landed some nice trout
Jack the Hammer Burgoon letting this mudshark know what a hares ear tastes like. Good Job Jack
Hey Everyone Many of you have asked questions. I will try to put some clarity in the new regulations for the pfd requirements on the Oak Orchard. If you want access the river form any trail that starts form the powerhouse or fish any water in the upper portion of the river you will be required to wear a pfd until you reach the portion of the river that is leased by the county. (Approximately 400 yards downstream from the trestle pylons) This includes both channels. I copied a post Ron Has on his website at Orleans Outdoor www.orleansoutdoor.com. that has more clarity. my suggestion make sure you have your pfd on until you are familiar with the rules. See you all on the river soon. P.S. I was just sent a picture of a brown caught today on the upper section how exciting! See important contact info following...
Anglers fishing at the Waterport dam are reminded to follow all site rules and user requirements (site rules) and warnings, to not go beyond or wade past restricted areas and to obey all instructions from site or security personnel. Those few who might choose to not obey site rules could jeopardize the good and respectful actions of most anglers who enjoy access for fishing provided by Brookfield Renewable Power (power company) on their privately held lands. For anglers accessing Brookfield PFD required zones, PFDs can be purchased here for fall 2014 where we will be offering at least a few different styles that should not hinder your current fishing system set-up including belt models, suspenders and foam vests.
The power company has initiated the site rules and user requirements while fishing at the Waterport dam on their privately held lands. The site rules are an alternative to not being allowed access for fishing on their privately held lands.
We have encouraged users to obey the developing site rules from the beginning (see above) and recommend continued following site rules. The power company has put forth the site rules for the public safety. An incident this past fall 2013 where two users fell in the water while fishing immediately against the powerhouse building, and other factors, are likely responsible for the power company's new site rules. Some of the power company's private lands include the powerhouse area on the turbine channel, the overflow channel bankside areas extending downstream, and the turbine channel bankside areas extending downstream to where it meets the south boundary of the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area. The NYSDEC also owns lands of an approx 60 foot wide swath across the turbine and overflow channels that would approximate the footprint of the old railroad trestle.
New site rules include but may not be limited to, restricted wading areas on both sides of the turbine channel at the powerhouse, exclusion for wading or water entry on the far side or west side of the turbine channel at the powerhouse, exclusion from some area below the falls on the overflow channel, a PFD required zone on the overflow channel and a PFD required zone extending downstream on the turbine channel to the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area.
Prior to the new site rules there has been a concentrated salmon fishing effort of many users at the Waterport dam in the fall time-frame over a period of many years. There has also been lawful trout and salmon fishing by fly, spin and float anglers during the fall, winter and spring over a period of many years at the Waterport dam and on all the rest of the power company's lands on the Oak Orchard River.
The new site rules may impact your fishing effort on the Oak Orchard River at the Waterport dam. Your fishing effort on non power company lands on the rest of the Oak Orchard River could also be impacted, for example, by displacing some fall time-frame salmon anglers to other parts of the river.
If you have any concerns or comments about the new site rules you should contact... For the first three contacts you could send one email and copy everyone or call.
Mike Waterhouse the Orleans County Sportfishing Coordinator at [email protected]. 585 589 3103
Orleans County Tourism at [email protected].
585 589 3198
NYSDEC Region 8 at [email protected].
585 226 2466
Brookfield directly for specific questions about the new site rules at [email protected].
Your comments and concerns are important for the involved policy makers to insure continued great trout and salmon fishing opportunities for all anglers on the Oak Orchard River. Given the timeframe of recent developments near the end of the 2014 spring tributary fishing season, be sure you share this info with all your fishing friends thru whatever social media or forums appropriate. See you the river. Brian London bglflyfishing.com
Hey all Our Fall fishing season is just around the corner. I have heard some reports of small pods of Salmon moving into the Oak Orchard. It is time to get your gear all in order. I wanted to remind everyone of the new regulations requiring us to wear life jackets in order to access the river on the power company property.I ask you to please obey the signs and follow all the rules and report any violators.If we do not they could easily close our access to the river. I still have some good dates available in late Nov for some prime Brown trout action see you on the river
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Hey All......... Anyone who has not tried the spring Small Mouth run on the Oak should give it a whirl. It is a blast!
Hello River Rats. Steelhead season has come to an end here on the Oak. It was a very challenging season with the terrible water conditions we had this Spring. We will have to see what next year brings. Time to move inland and chase some Summer Browns. Any one looking for a Fall Brown trout trip on the Oak Orchard should book as soon as you can. My calendar is filling fast.
Oak Orchard Vacuum Cleaner
A little slow today on the Oak, But Nick P. Gets it done. Great job Nick
Marc Derisley Beautiful Oak Chromer. Sure is Fun!
Brad Pritchard having a good evening on the Oak. Good size Steelhead. Great job landing that one!
Must be a new strain of steelhead moving in? Oh well there fun to catch anyway.
Having some awesome days lately on the Oak. Plenty of fish in the river. Water temp warming a little faster than I would to see. Maybe the cool nights will keep things under control.
Things are starting to get back to normal here on the Oak. Water levels are coming down, visibility getting better, water temp rising. The steelhead are starting to drop back to the gravel. we should be in for some good fishing the next few weeks. I stilll have a few days open if anyone is interested in a trip.
IMPORTANT NEWS. To all my fishing friends I have great concerns for the future fishing access of the Oak Orchard River. Because of a few idiots who fish at the Waterport Dam and cant read the big red and white sign that says NO WADING BEYOND CABLE The Brookfield power company has been forced to post their property due to a near drowning. As of now they have fenced off both sides of the river at the outlet of the dam. On the overflow side you are required to wear a pfd. (personal flotation device) They have also posted the trail and river with restricted access requiring a pfd to the downstream fly fishing area all the way to the county lease (what we call the flats). Which means you can not access the lower section from main trail without proper pfd. According to the sheriff which we spoke to today they will start enforcing this immediately.They are going to be issuing warning tickets these first two weeks, after that you will be arrested, fined and banned from river. My concern is that many people will not follow these new regulations forcing Brookfield to completely post off their property which will lead to no access from upper part of river. I AM ASKING YOU ALL TO HELP POLICE THESE NEW REGULATIONS AND IF YOU SEE ANY VIOLATORS PLEASE CALL THE ORLEANS COUNTY SHERIFF (585) 589-5527. We all have to start looking out for the future of our river.
What a terrible Spring for for steelhead fishing. The river just will not cooperate. water temp still in the upper 30's, High and muddy. Rained last night and snowed today. We are about three weeks behind on our season. the weather looks ok for the next week. Once the water temp gets up a few more degrees things should start happening fast. one positive I was able to catch up on my fly tying. For those waiting for my go signal get your gear ready it wont be much longer.
My Friend Karlin sent this Photo from Henry's Fork in Idaho. Bug soup with Midge and Beatis. Nice Fish Karlin
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