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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Lake Erie and Ontario

Hi Folks,

I was wondering if anyone can kindly recommend a few rivers where I can wade and use my spey rod.

I've got a the first two weeks of January off from school and am thinking of making a Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario steelhead trip. I'll be driving from Washington DC and would like to spend 6 or 7 days by the lake(s). I've never been to the area and don't know too much about the rivers so I figured I post here first to see if anyone with local knowledge can, kindly, pass along information.

Either way, hope everyone has a merry christmas and a happy new year.

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Hey R,

http://www.troutsalmonchar.com/Pages..._NA.php?cat=ON is a good place to start for destinations in the area.

With the exception of the Grand, the other Erie and Ontario streams are quite a bit smaller, and you may find them hard to swing flies in comfortably, though I've seen many do so without a problem.

The Grand has had a rough season due to low rains this year, but the other streams have been mostly unaffected. Just be prepared for some crowds in the GTA (greater Toronto area) if you're going to be out on the weekend, and make sure you read the regs to understand which sections are open for fishing through the winter.

If you're willing to drive an additional 2 hours, you will be able to fish additional streams like Niagara, Saugeen and others, which should be great for swinging.

I'm in the Waterloo area, if you'd like any other info, feel free to PM me
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*Coming from the South with home location "Vermont" I doubt he will be traveling across the border into Ontario Canada but maybe?

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* Note - "January " even with what appears to be our 3rd mild winter in a row, climate change, etc. "January" is still January in regards to winter, sub freeze temps etc.
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Check out Salmon River in Eastern Lake Ontario. Grand isn't worth the drive at this point
and it's closed after December, no?
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Thanks for the posts. Willi, thanks for the PM. Hoping to reach some water that's within a 9 hour drive of DC. 11 hours max. I'll check out the listed rivers. Kwwaders, if I decide to head into Canada I'll definitely send you a PM.
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and it's closed after December, no?
I just checked into it and it says, "The area above the County Rte. 52 bridge in Altmar is open from September 15 to May 15. The upper section is located adjacent to County Rte. 22 above the Salmon River Hatchery and is open April 1 to November 30."

Here's the link, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html

I've never fished the river though it is certainly a river I'd like to in the future
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Sorry, The Whiteman, I meant the Grand is closed Jan 1?
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If you can drive to Saugeen river, it is a good call!
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Rhnam, go to the salmon river. I live in NH and fish out there alot, it takes me 5hrs to drive from southern NH. It's open year round, There are two places that are fly fishing only called the upper and lower fly zones. This area is where most of the steelhead and browns hang out. It's the upper part of the river in altmur. The upper fly zone is closed right now but the lower is open. Personally I never fish these area's because it's always crowded. I like fishing the mid section of the river and lower area for fresh chrome. The water right now is perfect for swinging flys. I prefer anywhere from 500-900cfs. I'll do 335cfs if there's alot of run off. Anything over 1100cfs stay home and tie flys. If you make it out there a must in the winter is corkers!
There's lots of places to stay out there, I've found whitakers,school house inn, salmon heaven to be some of the best. And they are cheap, both school house and salmon heaven are $40 or less.
Here's whitakers web site
http://whitakers.com/
If you make it out there and need more info just pm me
hope this helps and good luck
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? dont fly fish over 1100. not to be correcting someones own opinion but for the swing that is a terrific flow. it moves fish and they are on the sides where you want them to be. yeah dont go, leave it for the rest of us weekend warriors. now 20k like it was couple years back, that was a great time to stay away.

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? dont fly fish over 1100. not to be correcting someones own opinion but for the swing that is a terrific flow. it moves fish and they are on the sides where you want them to be. yeah dont go, leave it for the rest of us weekend warriors. now 20k like it was couple years back, that was a great time to stay away.
Some people don't like fishing it over 1100, I have friends that like 1100cfs out of the dam which would put it around 1300 in pineville. I've fished it at 1200 and didn't really care for it. But, maybe I was fishing the wrong area for a flow that high. I was just trying to give a conservative approach to a river he probably hasn't fished before.
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? dont fly fish over 1100. not to be correcting someones own opinion but for the swing that is a terrific flow.
Agree 100% with TDFG, anything over 1800 cfs will be high for first timer to the SR though.
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Hey R,

http://www.troutsalmonchar.com/Pages..._NA.php?cat=ON is a good place to start for destinations in the area.
kwwader, thanks for recommending my humble site.

I was hoping to get more of you guys to share materials and articles on different trout and salmon streams, but it looks like it is all meant to be me.

Merry Christmas!
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