Saturday, January 6, 2007

High Water Once Again

1/6/07 -- During the past 24 hours we have received over an inch of rain. This has effectively blown out all the small local streams including Sandy Creek. If we do not receive any more rain things will be back to fishing within three days. The Salmon River, Pulaski, N.Y has also received the same amount of rain, plus. At this point the Salmon River release is still at 285 CFS. However, this will, most likely change soon. The water flow gauge at Pineville is reading 637 units and rising at this time. This is a considerable jump from yesterday afternoon. I suspect that by Monday the water release will be increased. If so, and how much, we will have to wait until Monday to find out.

This unusual warm winter weather, as slid the streams and rivers back in time a little. Some days we are experiencing late November type fishing conditions, water temperatures in the lower 40s. These unusual warm water temperatures have put the spawned out Browns in Sandy Creek into a serious feeding pattern. When you add, to this constant rainfall and stream flow fluctuations, the steelhead fishing is starting to look like early spring steel heading. Even on the Salmon River, the steelhead fishing is best described as November like fishing. For fly Fishman, like myself, who like to finish steelhead with sinking lines and swinging flies, Salmon Rivers is providing a rare opportunity

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