Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fast Changing Conditions

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - It never ceases to amaze me how fast fishing conditions can change from one day to the next. Last Friday night 10/19/07 the Salmon River flow finally went up. Not a big increase in the scheme of things, however an increase nonetheless. The water was increased to 185 CFS and is supposed to go until Monday night 10/22/07. This may not seem like a big deal but it will have a large effect on how spread out the fish will be throughout the river. Up until now most of the fishing has been concentrated in the lower half of the river. Now we will be finding both Salmon and Steelhead dispersed throughout the entire river system. The slight increase in water flow has accelerated the fish migration significantly, with the fish population no longer concentrated in a few select spots. The fishing pressure will also be spread out more evenly throughout the river. I am looking forward to spending the next two weeks fishing the Salmon River with reduced fishing pressure.

With the increased water flow we received a run of both Chinook salmon and Steelhead. The Chinook salmon run is finally starting to wind down sharply. The next two weeks we will see large concentrations of salmon spawning within the river. Locations that have high concentrations of the spawning salmon are now going to be prime locations for locating Steelhead. Due to the low water year we are experiencing, this is not going to be one of those falls that we can fish for Steelhead with a swinging fly. The majority of the salmon this fall will be spawning within the Salmon River. As a result, the river bottom is going to be saturated with salmon eggs. As I have said in the past, salmon eggs are one of those food sources that trout will key in on more than any other source of food.

For this fall, egg flies are going to be our most productive fly patterns. I personally like to fish Nuclear Roe Bugs in the fall. The advantage of this fly is that it drifts better in the lower water and has more of a single egg look to it. The colors that I generally use are Oregon Cheese (my favorite), orange and occasionally chartreuse. The veil on the fly is always white glow bug yarn. The size I prefer to fish are sizes 8 and 10 tied on a heavy wire wet fly hook. For those of you who do not know the recipe for this fly, here it is:

Nuclear Roe Bug
Hook: Daiichi 1530
Size: 12 - 8
Thread: white waxed thread
Body: dub - Oregon cheese glo-bug yarn
Wing: White glo-bug yarn tied as a veil

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