Thursday, January 8, 2009

Local Conditions

We had above freezing temperatures and rainy weather for Wednesday-- 01/7/09, I do not think the wet weather will have much of an effect on water flows in most of the rivers and streams. For now Oak Orchards water flow has continued to drop. Wading around the Oak has become much easier the last few days and the water clarity continues to clear. All of the pools from the dam on down river are holding mostly steelhead. Most of the Brown trout that are being caught are in the lower slower pools of the Oak Orchard. Productive flies have been large bright egg patterns in size 8 and 6 in fluorescent colors plus streamer and Leach patterns in size 6 and 4 in colors of white and black, pink.

The Genesee River continues to be a mess and Sandy Creek is somewhere between high water and locked up in ice. The Salmon River water flow has continued to come down. The water flow is currently at 375 CFS. This is very favorable to fly fishing as we can cover the river easily. The most productive technique is dead drifting nymphs and egg patterns with strike indicator. However there are a few dedicated fishermen swinging flies for steelhead. If you choose this technique keep your fly close to the bottom and slow the swing down as much as possible.


During the winter months the productive fishing time during the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shut the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 20 2009. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.

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