Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hot September Salmon

Monday, September 15 The Salmon River received a major run Chinook salmon. This is the largest run of Chinook salmon to enter the Salmon River so far this season. The run started at first light, and when we left the DSR at 5:30 p.m. large numbers of fish were still making their way through. The fishing was fast at times furious and mending. Water temperatures in the lower 60s can make for very aggressive and hard fighting Chinook salmon. The fast and furious part of the fishing was that the salmon were chasing the flies, the maddening part was that many of these salmon often kept the flies. September salmon are hot fish, they do not say in one spot long when they are hooked. On this particular day the salmon were explosive and our landing percentage was very poor. The best producing fly of the day was a black and silver woolly bugger size 6 Brown and copper woolly bugger produced its share of bites also.
The fishing the following days was more of a back to normal routine. Small groups of salmon entering the river, and salmon spread out through the entire system working their way up river. Monday's big run of salmon has spread itself out into several smaller groups. To reconnect with one of these groups of salmon requires a little bit of exploring each day. Once they enter the upper river these pods of salmon will start to regroup. Both the upper and lower fly fishing zone is now starting to fill up the salmon.
The fishing pressure is mostly concentrated on the lower River in the DSR. The way it looks there is twice the fishing pressure in the DSR than and the rest of the river. This is still a good time to fish for salmon and still stay out of the crowds.

Note; Interested in experiencing Chinook and Coho salmon fishing I still have prime days available in September, 22, 23, 28 and October 3, 8, 19, 25. If you are thinking about fishing for November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have a few days left for November 18, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at

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