Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sandy Creek - Brown Trout

10/27/06 was my first day of fishing Sandy Creek. The water Flow is High, fairly clear, but fishable. Most of the brown trout we found were males, but a few females browns were starting to work their way up river. With all the high water some of the browns are on the move early this year. Most of them are still holding down river. These fish will be slowly moving up river soon.
As for the fishing, the few browns, that we caught is typical for early in the run. We needed to fish to fish a few spots to find fish. Two of these brown trout weighed in at 15 and 14 pounds. Large fish, such as the 14 pound as shown, are typical of fishing early in the run. I saw very few salmon and the brown trout were hard to spot, do to high water. Flies are nuclear foe bugs in Oregon cheese and estaz egg in chartreuse.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

High Water Steelhead Fishing - Salmon River

On 10/26 the Salmon River in [Pulaski, NY] is still releasing 1800 units. With rain runoff the Pineville gauge is showing 2600 units. With all of this high water, the only pool I can effectively fish is paradise pool in the upper fly fishing zone. The pool is loaded with salmon, but we were able to catch a fow Steelhead with nuclear roe bugs fished behind the spawning salmon.
This was my last few days of guiding on the Salmon River for now. I will be moving my fishing back home, to Western New York. Where I will fish three different rivers. Sandy Creek, Genesee River and later in the month Oak Orchard River. Giant Brown trout will now be the main focus of my fishing. These can weigh as much as 16 to 18 pounds, but seven to 10 pounds is normal. Steelheads are also available in all three rivers along with the Brown trout. I will be making an occasional trip to the Salmon, and when I do I will report on what I see. For now I will be reporting on the Western tributaries and the Brown trout and steelhead fishing.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Frank Zaffino's Big Steelhead, Salmon River

This is a 17 pound Steelhead, caught with a Nuclear roe bug in Oregon cheese size 8 and an 8 pound tippet.

The rain has returned and the Salmon River (Pulaski, NY) is rising once again. On 10/18 the water release was at 335 units and with rain run-off it was more like 1000 units down river. With this increase in water flow a few Salmon and Steelhead were running. Nuclear roe bugs in Oregon cheese and woolly buggers are the flies lately.

Because of all the rain on 10/19 the water flow has been increased to 1800 units plus runoff. This is really big water. Pools where you can effectively fish is now limited. These conditions may persist for the next few days or deteriorate if the rains does not clear up. Even with the tough conditions, the fishing is not all that bad.

The high water has run off most of the fishing pressure. A few locations are still fishing for both Steelhead and Salmon. At this time my fishing efforts are now concentrated mostly for Steelhead. What I have been doing with the high water is to look for groups of spawning salmon and then fish egg flies through and around them. If a steelhead is around the fish will quickly be all over the fly. With the present water flows most of the pools and slots are too deep and fast to effectively fish. Once the water drops I will go back to fishing the spots.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Salmon River Update

As of 10/17 the water flow is still at 335 units, normal for this time of year. The water temperatures have been fluctuating from a low of 46° to a high of 52°. The cool morning water temperatures have slowed the fishing down some, especially in the mornings.

The lower river is still producing a few salmon and decent numbers of steelhead. The fishing has been a little slow, because of the cool morning temperatures. However the afternoon fishing has been improving as the water temperatures rise. Morning fishing is best done with egg flies, fished under a strike indicator. In the afternoon you can go to a swinging fly and pick up a fish or two. As for the salmon, woolly buggers as usual.

The upper river is fishing right on track for this time of year. Because of the reservoir, the upper river is not experiencing the large temperature swing. The fishing has been consistent throughout the day. The spawn is right on track and fresh salmon arrive daily. Along with the new arriving salmon, steelhead numbers are improving.

As usual fish woolly buggers and the green death for salmon. With all the spawning, stick with egg flies or a black stone fly for the steelhead.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Hot Steelhead Fishing On The Salmon River

As of 10/13/06 the water flow for the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York is running at 335 units. This is a normal flow for this time of year. The water temperature is at 58. However, with the weather that is supposed to be coming the next few days water temperatures may drop a little.

The steelhead fishing has been HOT the last few days and we have been catching several steelheads each day. I have been fishing mostly in the D.S.R [Douglaston Salmon Run]. This has been some of the best fall steelhead fishing I have seen in years. We have been catching steelhead by both dead drifting egg flies and swinging wet flies. Fresh salmon have still been working their way through the D.S.R. No heavy runs but a steady flow of salmon. The fly patterns for steelhead have been Oregon Cheese Nuclear Roe Bug in size 8, Woolly Bugger's size 6 and Green Butt Picket Pin in size 4. Flies for the salmon have been the same old stuff, woolly buggers and now we been catching a few salmon with egg flies.

The upper river is full of salmon, which is normal for this time of year. The salmon spawn is now in full swing. Look for active salmon moving up river and onto the gravel beds to spawn in the evenings. Steelhead will be found in the heads of the pools and the tail outs of the gravel beds where salmon are spawning. The steelhead will be keying in on stray salmon eggs. Fish to the steelheads with egg flies. For the salmon, fish with woolly buggers. The fishing on the Salmon River is very good right now for both Chinook Salmon and steelhead.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Salmon River - Columbus Day

Salmon River, Pulaski, New York: What can I say that this photograph doesn't say for me already? The photograph was taken at Ellis Cove, looking upstream through Freighters Run. Columbus Day weekend is the busiest for anglers on the Salmon River. From this point on, the fishing pressure will be slowly dropping off, however the river will continue to fish well for those targeting salmon for additional two or three weeks.

Water flows have dropped to 353 units and should remain at this level for the next week. This is a normal flow for this time of year, with plenty of fresh salmon and steelhead continuing to enter the river. I still expect a few more strong runs of salmon yet, however now I will be fishing a little more seriously for steelhead.

The salmon spawn will last most likely, about two weeks, the fly fishing zones continuing to have heavy concentrations of Chinook salmon, providing good action to those targeting them. If steelhead is your interest then consider fishing the D.S.R [Douglaston salmon run] in the mornings. As for flies, I have been using pretty much the same stuff as always. For the lower river I have been fishing a swinging wet fly. When I am looking for a steelhead in the upper river, I have been using egg flies because of all of the spawning activity. For those targeting the Chinook and Coho salmon, woolly buggers and big stone flies as always should continue to be the top producers.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

The High Water Continues - Salmon River

As of 10/5 the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York is running at 1000 units, and the rain continues to fall. The river flow will not be coming down in the near future. This is definitely high water salmon fishing. Getting good hook ups has not been the problem. With all of this water, the problem has been landing fish. When you're deciding on which run to fish, make sure you have a plan in mind when you hook a big salmon.

Salmon have continued to slowly, but consistently, move up through the river at a steady rate. With all the high water, the salmon's movements are not all that obvious. The last few days has seen large numbers of salmon showing up in the fly fishing zones. The salmon spawn has started. I have seen in the last few days hen salmon starting to dig in the upper river. Along with the salmon, steelhead are now starting to show up more often. In the last few days we have caught a few steelhead and a couple Brown trout.

Fishing pressure has been heavy in the upper river from the trestle pool on up through both fly fishing zones. The middle river is now getting a lot more attention this week. Even with high water a few fish are still being caught in this part of the river. Over the past few days the D.S.R. [Douglas Salmon Run] has seen light fishing presssure. Most fishermen are having trouble dealing with the high water, and have concentrated their fishing efforts further up river.

Flies that have been working the best in the lower river for Chinook salmon are brown and black woolly buggers in sizes to 6 to 4, boss size 2, and black spey
size 1. For Steelhead, laser comet in fluorescent yellow size 4. One Steelhead was also caught on a big black stone fly size 6. Flies that have been producing Chinook salmon in the fly fishing zones are woolly buggers in black with chartreuse tails size 6, green butt black bear size 4, small stone flies size 10 to 8 and copper johns are still working size 12. I have not caught any steelhead yet in the fly fishing zones. Now that the salmon have started to spawn, egg flies are goimg to work.