Winter Steelhead on New York's Oak Orchard River

December 4, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

“With colder water, [Craig] Dennison said, ‘They will start seeking deeper holes, slower water, and still prefer seams in front of and behind rocks. They are less likely to travel more than a few inches to take a fly.’ That means the angler needs to drop his fly (‘egg patterns are still highly effective’) to or near the bottom.” Gary Fallesen describes the methods New York anglers use to target cold weather steelhead in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.