Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Out And About

The last few days Lesley and I have been running around Lake Placid. This has given me a chance to fish the Ausable River. Just like all the rest of the rivers in the state, water flow is desperately low. We need a lot of rain to get the rivers back to a good fishing flow. Despite the low water, the Ausable is fishing well. I saw a few trico. However I saw no fish feeding on these bugs. I caught most of my fish with Isonychia nymphs, by working the deeper faster flowing pools. The Ausable River has one of the best Isonychia hatches I know of.

On the way back home we stopped at the Salmon River. The low water story continues here too. As of today, water line is not going to do the normal Labor Day weekend water release. The Salmon River water flow will stay at the 185 CFS for now. Conditions can, and often do, change on the Salmon River very quickly. So stay tuned.

The fishing; this is another story. The summer run of Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead have managed to sneak their way up river. There are a few fish hanging around the open fishing portions of the upper river. The big surprise is the Chinook salmon. There are rumors of a few Chinooks in the upper fly-fishing zones. Douglaston Salmon Run has reported a few salmon being caught. The water temperature is at 65 degrees right now. I get the feeling that there are a lot of salmon waiting to run. All they need is an excuse to go.

Note; I will be holding a Spey casting clinic this Sunday August 26. There are still a few spots open. For more information please call the shop the number 585-352-4775.
I have days open for late September and early October. This is peak salmon fishing time.

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