Saturday, September 22, 2007

Coho Bonanza

I know of no other way to describe the fishing we experienced on 9/20 and 9/21 other then call it a Coho bonanza. These were two days of intense runs of Coho Salmon. These runs of Cohos Salmon were as heavy as I have ever experienced. Normally, the run will only last for an hour or two. However the last two days the runs were in full force, when we reached the river first thing in the morning, and did not slow down until late afternoon.

The Coho Salmon were showing one of their more interesting migration behaviors. This is sometimes called a retreat. When a Coho Salmon will run up river a short distance and then all of a sudden turn tail and run back down river. This behavior pattern was very prevalent the last two days. Why they do this? Who really knows for sure. My personal theory is that the low water may have heightened this behavior. Possibly, the Coho Salmon need a little bit more time to get accustomed to the low water conditions. The best part of this behavior is that it did not affect the aggressive biting reputation of the Coho. We would catch Coho Salmon as they ran up, and then we caught them again when they retreated back down river. Almost like recycling a run of fish.

One interesting fact about strong runs of Coho Salmon, is that Steelhead always seem to run with the Coho Salmon. The last two days, we did catch our share of Steelhead. The biggest Steelhead was caught this past Friday morning, 9/21 weighing approximately 16 pounds. It is good to see decent numbers of Steelhead for a change. Hopefully this will continue.

Productive flies; I've found that I had to use several different patterns throughout the day, depending on light conditions. At first light, big hot pink bunny leeches were very effective. As the day wore on, size 4 pink and purple comets, black and brown Mr. Rubber Legs, and Dave's SA.

The low water - well what can I say? The salmon do not know the water is low and they are starting to run. It is taking longer for them to work their way up river. This is more fishing opportunities for us. The fish are adjusting to the conditions so must we. Yes we need rain, but the reality is for this fall the rivers are going to be low. In the end it is time to fish.

I still have dates available in October for anyone who would like to try their hand at Salmon fishing. You can contact me through the fly shop number is 585-352-4775 or you may try contacting me on my cell phone number is 585-233-0436 cell. Service along the river is poor. If I do not answer, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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