Sunday, April 27, 2008

Good Fishing Continues

The fishing on the Salmon River continues to be outstanding. Water flows continue to fluctuate slightly, however last few days these flows have been somewhat stable. The water flows for now are at 1200 CFS and hopefully the water flow will stay this way for a little while longer. As a result I am finding large groups of spawning steelheads all through the upper portion of the Salmon River. These fish have been in a consistent biting mood. We have been getting on the water around 7:30 a.m. and immediately into fish. The steelheads have been remaining cooperative until mid to late afternoon. The Steelheads has been spawning now for about a week now. Because of the warm water temperatures, in the 50 degree range, I suspect we have about one more week of intense spawning activity. I will be changing my fishing strategies soon, from swinging flies on the gravel beds to swinging flies on my custom sink tips in the pools for drop backs. This drop back fishing is kind of a new thing. With a one steelhead limit there is now more steelhead than ever that are able to make their way back to the lake. For now productive flies are: black and brown buggers, pink and white bunny streamers. Fish the pink bunny fly at first light before the sun hit the water and then go to white for the rest of the day. If your interest is to swing flies in the pools, stay with small to medium intruder style flies. With 1200 CFS of water flow you will need 10 to 15 feet off T-14 to get your fly deep enough in the pool to get a steelheads attention. This is where fishing with the spey rods is most effective.

Oatka Creek continues to fish very well, the Hendrickson Hatch continues to come off with spinner returns in the evening. Keep in mind when looking to fish a spinner return, the air temperature needs to be over 60 degrees for the spinner fall to happen. BWO are now part of the daily hatch cycle, keep in mind these are size 16 flies. Some days the olives will hatch right along with the Hendrickson's. You will need to take the time to study what is happening around you. Keep an eye on the bugs on the water and see which bug is getting eaten. It is not unusual to see a lot of Hendrickson's on the water and to trout feeding on the Blue Wing olives. It always seems to me that when the trout have a choice of some other bug and blue wing olives to eat. The trout seem to always choose the olives.

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