Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Salmon River

I can not put it off any longer. It is time for me to move to the Salmon River. This year I will be leaving some good fishing behind. The cold weather has slowed the fishing down considerably. Most of our rivers are running two to three weeks behind their normal schedule. For example, Oak Orchard River had an early run of Steelhead and some of these fish have spawned. However sense the cold weather most of Oak Orchard's Steelhead has yet to start their spawning run and many of these Steelhead are holding in the deeper pools down river. Sandy Creek is still fishing like I would expect for the month of March. If you have been paying attention to my web site updates, you would have seen the Brown trout that we have been catching at Sandy Creek. During a normal spring, all of these big Browns would have dropped back into to the Lake by the first week of April. As I've said in the past, I've always had my best spring fishing during cold wet springs. This year we are definitely having one of those springs.

Now for the Salmon River, the cold spring has the Salmon Rivers schedule running behind just like the rest of our rivers. The good news is that the bulk of the snow run off is done, and the river is starting to drop. Water temperatures are still very cold holding in the med 30s, as of to day the water temperatures was 35 degrees. The same fishing conditions you would expect for March. It is spring and spring fishing conditions can and do change quickly. Once the weather starts to warm up it will not take long for the river conditions to get back on schedule. Until then, I will make the best of it. The Salmon River is back to running 1800 CFS; this is a good flow to fish out of the drift boat.
Fishing out of the drift boat, we will be able to get on top of the spots I want to fish. Making the river much easier to fish given the conditions, I have caught a lot of fish doing this.
The Salmon River has benefited more form the one fish limit than any other river. The Salmon River probably has one of the best run of Steelhead that we have seen in the past ten years. I am looking forward to some good Steelhead fishing, especially once the water temperature warms up. The way this weeks whether forecast is looking, this will definitely be happening soon. My personal suspicion is that we will see heavy spawning activity by next week and continuing into the first week of May. After that most of my fishing will be for drop backs and this is my favorite time to fish. The water temperatures will be in the low to mid 50s and the Steelhead will be looking for something to eat. I call this swing season I will be fishing steelhead with sinking lines and big wet flies. This is a perfect time and situation for someone to fish with a spay Rod.

One final note: I do have some prime days still open for Steelhead fishing for the month of May. If you are interested, e-mail me a note, or contact me at the fly shop number is 585-352-4775. Since I will be away from the shop and if you need to contact me directly, you may try my cell phone number 585-233-0436. You may need to be a little patient and consistent when trying to contact me on my cell phone. I am often out of cell phone service. The Salmon River has lousy cell coverage. You can always leave a message on my voicemail.

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