Saturday, November 1, 2008

Snow Fall

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Because of all the rain that fell earlier this week and the snow fall mid week water flow has once again been increased to 1350 CFS. Judging by the amount of snow that has fallen on the Salmon River watershed I suspect water releases may increase more. This week has been a very challenging week of fishing. Despite this we have managed to land several quality Steelhead and an occasional Brown trout. Fishing pressure has dropped off dramatically. The salmon fishermen have finally given way to the Steelhead fishermen. With salmon spawn all but done we are now having as much success fishing flies on the swing as we are dead drifting egg patterns. The egg bite is finally starting to settle down. Fly patterns have not changed much, we are still using nuclear roe bugs in orange and Oregon cheese. For wet flies, a size 4 Brown and copper woolly bugger has been the hot fly this week.

The last week of October has turned out to be the most challenging week I've had fishing the Salmon River this fall. I have often stated that conditions can change dramatically from one day to the next. This week has been a excellent example of this. I have experienced pleasant sunny days, heavy rainfall, high water and now one of the biggest snow falls I have seen for the month of October. To give you an idea what this all looks like, in the lower river, at the DSR, there was about half to 1 inch of snow. Head up river to the fly fishing zones and now you're looking at 14 inches of snow. Head further up river to the Salmon River reservoir and now you're looking at over 2 feet of snow. Talk about a week of classic steelhead fishing weather and we have had it all.

This past week finishes up my stay at the Salmon River for this fall. It has been a good fall on the Salmon River this year, excellent water flow some of the best flows we have seen in many years. A good run of Chinook salmon, as good of a fall run of Steelhead as last year, of course all of the Brown trout we caught. I will now be heading back home and fishing Sandy Creek for fall run Brown trout and Steelhead. I will be fishing Sandy through the month of November. I will wait until December to start fishing Oak Orchard River, at that time the fishing pressure will be greatly reduced. I will also be making trips back up to Salmon River for some December early winter Steelhead fishing also.

Note; I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, 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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