Friday, December 30, 2011

fly fishing West Canada Creek

Fishing the West Canada Creek

Small map of West Canada CreekWest Canada Creek is one of the most renowned trout streams in central New York, providing anglers with good fishing for both brown trout and brook trout.
Beginning with its headwaters in the southeastern Adirondacks in Hamilton County, West Canada Creek provides good fishing opportunities throughout its length as it flows east and then south through Herkimer and Oneida counties, emptying into the Mohawk River near Herkimer, New York.


Anglers can catch a number of different fish species in West Canada Creek. In the upper reaches, brook trout are the angler's favorite. Many anglers are rewarded with nice sized brookies that are stocked here. In addition, anglers will also find naturally occurring brookies near the mouths of small tributaries.
From Hinckley Dam to Herkimer, anglers concentrate on fishing for brown trout, which are stocked as yearlings and two-year-olds. As an added bonus, smallmouth bass and fallfish also offer sporty catches in the lower section.

For trophy-sized fish try the Trenton Falls area. Special regulations, like a no kill restriction and use of artificial lures only, combined with an extended fishing season, help produce trophy fish.
With approximately 26 miles of accessible stream frontage and 11 parking lots, West Canada Creek is easy to get to. For exact locations, please refer to the accompanying map.
Anglers are reminded to check the current fishing regulations
prior to fishing any section of West Canada Creek.
The book Guide to Fishing West Canada Creek and Its Tributaries, by M. Paul Keesler is available through North Country Books, 311 Turner St., Utica NY 13501.
The Mohawk Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited produced a detailed map with additional fishing and local information. The map is available for a nominal fee at a number of local businesses. To find out where you can pick up a copy, contact the Regional DEC office in Utica or Watertown.

Fast Rising Water

WARNING: Below Trenton Falls and the Hinckley Dam, West Canada Creek is subject to sudden water surges from the upstream power dam. Wading anglers must be careful to watch for rising waters and then quickly move to shore.
Canoeists may find that the higher water associated with water releases from the dam can be beneficial for accessing fish. During lower water conditions, boats can sometimes run aground.
But, whether you are wading or paddling, it is recommended that everyone wear a personal flotation device.
Prior to visiting this river section, anglers can obtain the latest water flow report by calling 1-800-452-1742.

Links to West Canada Maps. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mad River Sports add's another prize to the Trout Power Tournament

Carl Kapfer from Mad River is an old friend of mine.  Back when I turned 16 I used to drive my black Oldsmobile to his factory in Canastota, NY.  There I would inhale Beaver Dubbing and listen to Earth Wind and Fire.

His Company Mad River Sports is happy to donate $200.00 in gift certificates for the longest trout caught in the first day.

Thanks Carl. Your the best.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Winter Solstice party at Trenton Falls, we're almost to spring already!

According to Wikipedia. The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.
Pam Underhill captures a moment at the Winter Solstice Party at Trenton Falls a few days ago.

The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.[3]

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most northern hemisphere cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.[4]

Sweetie Pies 3.14 mile road race on Trout Power Weekend

Krista from Sweetie Pies Bakery on Route 8 in Poland is organizing a running road race the day of the Trout Power Tournament.  Sweetie Pies decided to have the length of the run 3.14 miles, the same as the mathematical term PIE or 22/7. The Race will start at the Bakery and will likely turn up Rte 8 towards West Canada Camp sites and the Rte 8 and 28 Bridge. 

To sign up for the race of receive information, please contact Krista at Sweetie Pies.

Contact Information

  • 1 315.525.2961Mobile


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update on Trout Power, and the Trout Power Tournament

The Trout Power Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10th 2012.  So far the response has been very good for this type of thing and I am very excited to see it moving forward.

Here are some details on the rules as they begin to be formulated.
  • the Trout Power tournament will be based on teams of 2, registration will start in January 2012. cost for entry will be $60.00 per team. Sign up now.
  • The Trout Power tournament will be a catch and release tournament, any fish that is purposefully killed will cause immediate disqualification. 
  • Any form of fishing will be acceptable, as long as:  it is single hook on a fly or lure and no bait.  A fly and a dropper is acceptable, but no more than two flies in such a rig. 
  • Other methods of fishing, such as dapping, noodling, float fishing, etc... are all acceptable and applauded.  Be prepared to explain to others your methods so everyone can learn.
  • First prize will be based on the team that logs the most total inches caught in two days.  This award will be awarded to the team and is a $1000.00 Cash Prize.
  • Fish length will be documented by participants with a digital camera and a tape measure. A Trout Power item will be distributed at the beginning of each fishing day.  At that time the right or left side of the fish will be designated by the officials. Each angler is required to have the following in the digital photograph of each fish caught:  The right or left hand side of the fish (determined that day by officials)  the Trout Power item, and a ruler showing the size of the fish.    For that day each fish must be documented in the fishing log provided and those logs will be collected at the end of the Tournament Day.  Participants are also encouraged to email or text their photos immediately after data collection, however hard copy images and log books will still be required. 
  • anyone caught cheating will be fined $500.00
  • New York State officials will be on sight
  • Tournament starts at 6:00 am on Saturday, check in at 5:00 am to start and first check point will be at noon and sunset Saturday.  Trout Power Tournament starts on Sunday at 5:00am and ends at 10:30am on Sunday.  Awards will be presented at noon.

  1. First Prize for most inches trout of any species caught in two days will be $1000.00
  2. Biggest fish caught by length and girth of ANY species will be $200.00 in gift cards to Jay-K Lumber and Hardware.
  3. Most inches of fish caught in first day will receive a Wheatley fly box from REC Components. 
  4. Mad River Sports is happy to donate $200.00 in gift certificates for the longest trout caught in the first day.