Thursday, September 11, 2008

First Good Run

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Rainfall on Tuesday morning has caused a temporary increase in the water flow. The Pineville water flow gauge is reading 449 CFS. This is about 100 CFS all rough from the rainfall. The combination of rainfall, increased water flow and cooler air temperatures has lowered the water temperature to 64 degrees. This combination of conditions was needed to trigger the first strong run off Chinook and Coho salmon of the fall. The salmon that started their run on Tuesday entered the lower portion of the DSR about mid day. If these fish keep moving, they should be found in the ballpark on up river to the paper mill by Wednesday. Generally speaking I figure it takes three to four days for Chinook salmon to migrate the length of the Salmon River. Coho salmon run the river much faster than the Chinooks; it will take the Cohoes about 1 or 2 days to run the river.
The same routine still goes: fish early to mid morning and then again mid to late afternoons on bright sunny days. During cloudy rainy days, it may pay to spend most of the day on river. Low light conditions helps make the salmon feel more secure and they have a tendency to run more on these gray days.
Productive fly patterns are still as varied as the fly tyers and the fishermen themselves. However the standard stuff has still taken more than their share of fish. Starting with Woolly buggers in size 6 and 4 and colors of black and silver, Brown and copper, dark olive are producing their share of fish. Other flies such as comets the boss in size 6 and 4, wet files such as green butt black bear, green butt picket pin, fall favorite, copper diamond all in size 6 and 4. You need to experiment with your flies and match the fly pattern for the water conditions that you are fishing.

Note; I still have prime days available in September and early October. If you are interested in experiencing some early Chinook and Coho salmon fishing. Call me at the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 or e-mail me at

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