Saturday, September 29, 2007

And The Salmon Run-- Slowly

Salmon River Puiaski NY – The cool weather has helped to bring water temperatures that down to the low 60s. As for the rain we've had the last couple of days, the water flow is still at 100 CFS. It is going to take several days of hard rain to bring the river levels back up to normal flow. Salmon are now finally spreading out through the entire river. Most of the fishing pressure is still concentrated in the lower portions of the river, from compactor pool on down river. If you are looking for an out of the way spot to fish, try mid river on up river.
The last couple of days we have seen a slow but steady trickle of Chinook salmon. Due to the low water conditions, the salmon are slowly working their way up River. It will take four to six days, instead of the normal two to three days for the salmon to make it to the hatchery. This slower pace up river is provide, more fishing opportunities, one positive side effect to the low water conditions.
We are definitely overdue for a big push of salmon. I suspect this could have any day, most years we seem to get a good run of salmon on or about Columbus Day weekend.
Productive flies; I've found that I had to use several different patterns throughout the day, depending on light conditions. At first light, big dark colored bunny leeches were very effective. As the day wore on, size 4 pink and purple comets, black and brown Mr. Rubber Legs, and of course black and silver woolly buggers. As I always say when in doubt fish a black stone fly, in sizes from 10 to 6.

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