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FISHING ADVENTURES

with Burnie Haney

February's Featured Bait 

Who am I?

                  Peacock & Pheasent Tail Nymph 

February usually marks the start of the spring steelhead run as these fish prepare to get on the reds and answer nature's call.

​Until they start spawning I like to use simple nymph patterns to catch these fish.  

Check out my February 14th Fishing  Report from my latest adventure to the Salmon River.   
I grew up in central Illinois and joined the US Army's delayed entry program in 1977, reporting for active duty in June 1978.  I remained on active duty obtaining the rank of Sergeant Major until I retired from the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum NY in 2004.

I've lived in upstate New York since March 1986 and fished the
numerous rivers, streams, ponds and lakes located in the central and northern New York area.

I enjoy tournament bass fishing, but what I enjoy most is light line fishing for all species and the pursuit of line class records.

Since 1992 I've earned three fly fishing line class world records with the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and after I retired from active duty I've set two International Game Fish Association (IGFA) New York State line class records

   

Why shouldn't you catch too ?

I created this site to share my fishing adventures with anyone who's interested in learning what works for me on a given day on a given body of water.

It's my hope that as you frequent this site perhaps you'll take away a few techniques or presentations that will apply to your favorite body of water or maybe use what you read here as a good starting point when you visit a new body of water or some of the waters listed here.
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  1. Bottom Bouncing Nymphs  For Steelhead
    14 Feb, 2018
    Bottom Bouncing Nymphs For Steelhead
    Today’s adventure kicked off my 2018 Fishing Season with rod & reel and marked my first trip to the Salmon River this year.   New York’s Salmon River is rated as one of the best if not the top destination for winter steelhead fishing on the entire east coast and it certainly lived up to its reputation on this trip. To read more click here February 14, 2018 Fishing Report (Salmon River).pdf
  2. TFO 7' 6" ML Rod and Light Line (4lb test) for Cold Water Pickerel
    04 Dec, 2017
    TFO 7' 6" ML Rod and Light Line (4lb test) for Cold Water Pickerel
    Another fun trip chasing Pickerel & Pike on light line (4 lb. test)  The attached clip does a great job of showing how much fun you can have when you use the right rod (TFO ML 7'6") and line (4 lb. with a 12 lb. shock tippet) and balance your tackle to match  the species you're after.  Remember until ice up there's usually ample opportunity to continue catching fish if you're willing to go after it.
  3. Keitech Baits on Oneida Lake and the Cold Water Bite (Smallies & Walleye)
    01 Dec, 2017
    Keitech Baits on Oneida Lake and the Cold Water Bite (Smallies & Walleye)
    I met  Mike Cusano at Dunkin Donuts in Brewerton around 8 AM , he tossed his rods in my Nitro, we grabbed a quick coffee and were launching at Oneida Shores around 8:25.  The first thing we noticed was the water level had dropped about 16-18 inches from last week  which made getting the boat off the trailer a bit touchy. So if you’re headed to Oneida Shores in the immediate future just use a little caution and common sense in and around the ramp area and you should be OK. To read more click
  4. Lake Ontario Walleye & Muskie Are Biting Right Now
    11 Sep, 2017
    Lake Ontario Walleye & Muskie Are Biting Right Now
    These past three weeks I’ve been fishing pretty close to home looking for the late summer  walleye bite and I’ve found it.  As it’s been over the past four years these walleye will readily hit the Umbrella Rig loaded with Keitech Swimbaits (Swing Impact Fats)  in sizes 3.3 & 3.8  on ¼ oz. heads. When the fish stop hitting the swimbaits I show them three Lucky Craft hard baits To read more click here  Aug 22 thru Sep 11, 2017 Fishing Report (Lake Ontario).pdf ​
  5. Lucky Craft 2.5XD & 3.5XD Score on Cayuga Lake
    05 Aug, 2017
    Lucky Craft 2.5XD & 3.5XD Score on Cayuga Lake
    Mike Cusano and I fished the Cashion Rods Bracket Tournament (team event) and had a great day with crankbaits.  Before I get into how we caught our fish let me first describe the bracket tournament format. This event is limited to 40 boats (two-man teams) that are broken down into 10 brackets of four boats per bracket.  The event is run in two rounds; round 1 the morning session 6 AM – 12 noon and round 2 the afternoon session  runs 1 – 4 PM.  Teams have to win their morning bracket to advance
  6. Lucky Craft Screw Pointer & Keitech Baits... Bass Love Em
    05 Jul, 2017
    Lucky Craft Screw Pointer & Keitech Baits... Bass Love Em
    This past week found me restricted to shore fishing while I await the arrival of trailer parts from Bass Pro Shops (Tracker Marine).  Not an ideal situation for an active boater like me, but living here in the Golden Crescent  offers ample opportunity to wet a line in pursuit of near shore fish. This time of year many of the bass have just about completed  their annual spawning and they’re starting to set up on predictable locations, so lets review what I look for when casting from shore.  To
  7. 2017 41st Annual Henderson Harbor Big Bass & Walleye Derby
    17 Jun, 2017
    2017 41st Annual Henderson Harbor Big Bass & Walleye Derby
    Fun time fishing the 41st annual Henderson Harbor Big Bass & Walleye Derby on Lake Ontario. Saturday Mike Cusano and I fished together and we caught 25 -30 SMB most in the 3 (+) lb. range and when we got off the water at 2 PM I was leading with a stout SMB weighing 5 lb. 14 oz. and Mike was in 5th with a 4 lb. 14 oz. SMB. To read more click here  a-June 17, 2017 Fishing Report (Henderson Harbor Lake Ontario).pdf
  8. Cortland Top Secret Leader Material & TFO Rods ... They get the job done!!!
    13 Jun, 2017
    Cortland Top Secret Leader Material & TFO Rods ... They get the job done!!!
    Another fun trip fishing Cortland Master Braid and Cortland’s Top Secret Fluorocarbon leader material.  This combination  has performed perfectly  when presenting the Keitech Swing Impact Fat  (2.8 Black Shad) or the  4“   Keitech  Easy Shiner  ( Blue Gill or Silver Flash).  The rod I use for this presentation is the TFO GTS S734-1, 7’ 3” Med Power fast action rod. To read more click here a-June 13, 2017 Fishing Report.pdf
  9. 80 Fish Makes the Day Go By Real Fast
    09 Jun, 2017
    80 Fish Makes the Day Go By Real Fast
    Enjoyed a fun day on the water looking for LMB. Given the moon phase and  water temps (68) we thought we’d be looking for fish in all phases of the spawn and as our day developed that proved to be the situation. Our first area was a main lake flat surrounded by 10- 24 ft. of water and Mike started with a Lucky Craft Sammy that generated a couple of strikes, but it wasn’t the size we were looking for. I fished behind him with a Strike King Swim Jig (Shad 3/8 oz.) dressed with a Keitech Swing
  10. Oneida Lake for Post Spawn LMB & Bedding Smallies
    03 Jun, 2017
    Oneida Lake for Post Spawn LMB & Bedding Smallies
    So far on Oneida Lake I’ve focused primarily on the SMB and it’s about time to start looking for ole bucket mouth.  Today proved a challenge for the first 90 minutes of the trip as I had only two LMB on a Strike King Swim Jig (Black Blue 3/8 oz.) dressed with a Zoom Twin Tail (Blue Sapphire). I  fished this lure on the TFO GTS C735-1  Med Hvy power fast action rod with a Abu Garcia 6.4:1  spooled with Cortland Super braid (20 lb. Grn).  The braided line really helps a lot with long distance
  11. Chasing Pre & Post Spawn LMB
    27 May, 2017
    Chasing Pre & Post Spawn LMB
    On today’s trip our target were LMB and  when we last fished this particular lake a couple of weeks ago  we’d found some fish located on the main lake side of a weed line adjacent to a spawning flat that were willing to eat the tube.  Our plan today was to build on that information and see if we couldn’t expand that program to a couple more areas of the lake.  When we launched surface temps were 60.1  and we headed right back to see if that tube bite was still happening. True to form within
  12. Oneida Lake with the LC 2.5 and a Keitech Triple Threat as the Chaser
    23 May, 2017
    Oneida Lake with the LC 2.5 and a Keitech Triple Threat as the Chaser
    For today’s smallie action it was a Keitech triple threat. 1) Keitech Swing Impact Fat  3.3 (Black Shad) on a ¼ oz. head on the TFO Professional Series 7’6” Med Lt ,  2) Keitech Little Spider 3.5 (Grn Pmp) on the TFO GTS C736-1 and 3) Keitech 3.5” Swing Impact   on the TFO GTS DSS6093-1 drop shot rod. To read more click here  May 23, 2017 Fishing Report (Oneida Lake).pdf