Guide Brett Jackson with FLMA Administrator Lew Irvin in Oak Orchard in Albion, NY

Our trip start with a 4am for a drive to St. Mary’s Archery Club in Albion, NY.  Orleans Outdoors is open early and the coffee is brewing and Lew got his license right away to start of the morning right!

Attracting anglers from throughout North America, this tributary of Lake Ontario is home to premier Brown Trout fly fishing – yet another outdoor sport we enjoy in the Finger Lakes.  In fact, Lake Ontario and its tributaries provide a unique opportunity to also catch steelhead trout and salmon without flying to Alaska at great expense. Fly fishermen can pursue very large salmonids within a few hour’s drive of the East Coast.

Fly Fishing in Upstate New York

Guide Brett Jackson with FLMA Administrator Lew Irvin

But Brett Jackson’s love is trout fishing in the Catskill Mountains – the east and west branch, as well as the main stem of the Delaware River, the historical Beaverkill and Willowemoc waters, along with Lake Ontario and Erie tributaries.  It was a pleasure to spend this November morning with Brett at what locals call “The Archery Club” just south of Lake Ontario.


Videos from our Trip out with FLMA Administrator Lew Irvin

Master fly-fishing guide Brett Jackson takes FLMA Administrator Lew Irvin to Oak Orchard in Albion, NY – a tributary of Lake Ontario: one of the world’s premier brown trout fisheries, November 10, 2011.

Brett and Lew fly-fishing  –  Running time (2 minutes)

Brett talks about the morning’s fishing trip – its location, the types of fish species here, and what anglers should expect on a typical day at this time of the year.

With Brett at Breakfast  –  Running time (3:22 minutes)

Fishing our Tributaries:
The salmon run well from September to November. Occasionally Atlantic Salmon of 8-20 pounds are encountered. Large Brown Trout of 6-14 pounds accompany the salmon upstream in some streams. This area of America is known to have the largest concentration of trophy brown trout in the United States.

  • The smaller streams are especially suited to fly-fishing and can provide an intimate encounter with trophy fish that are quite visible as they inspect your bait as you cast, which was often the case today. It is very exciting and requires concentration on the part of the individual angler.
  • From May through August, we concentrate on large wild stream trout in the Delaware River System. The Delaware is home to the finest population of large stream bred Rainbow Trout in Eastern North America. Their fighting characteristics are legendary. Brown Trout abound in the East and West branches and reach sizes usually encountered only in lakes.

“Many people travel long distances and I understand they feel entitled to keep what they catch, but I am into the thrill of landing fish and teaching fly fishing to others, and guiding them to the right places at the best times to get the best possible experience. There’s almost nothing better than fly fishing in our area.  Having a guide is worth it.  If you come to interview at Finger Lakes Medical Associates, I would be happy to host you.”

Brett has fly fished the streams and lakes of New York State for over 20 years and is a three time Fly Fishing Master.  He has navigated through fresh and salt water hot spots across the United States and within Canada, which include the Grand River and Vancouver Island streams. His specialty is with the streams and waters of New York State, which hold some of the most amazing fishing in the Americas.  Brett has fished the Nantucket Sound off of Martha’s Vineyard, several Alaskan rivers, the Green River and Provo River in Utah, and the Clinch River and South Holston rivers of Tennessee.

He is also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers (The only organization promoting fly fishing – conserving, restoring and educating through fly fishing) and the Philip Garbutt Rod and Gun Club, Inc. A great way to learn and become exposed to the sport is to take a few lessons from a local instructor.  The goal at Jackson’s Fly Fishing is to give clients the knowledge and skills needed to experience the joys of fly fishing. Their guide services provide an array of fly fishing options for anglers at all levels.

Lake Ontario and its tributaries provide a unique opportunity to catch trophy trout and salmon without flying to Alaska at great expense. Fly fishermen can pursue very large salmonids within a few hour’s drive.

Fly Fishing - Catch and Release

Brett practices catching and releasing

Guest Post written by Lew Irvin of Finger Lakes Medical Associates

More pictures below from our trip!

Lew asking Brett for tips on casting

Lew asking Brett for tips on casting

Brett teaching a few Fly Fishing Basics

Lew and Brett on the river

Lew’s turn to show Brett a few tricks of his own!

“We had a great day at Oak Orchard — I’m ready for my next trip!”