Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Winter Doldrums



The cold-weather over the last couple of weeks has put the fishing into the winter doldrums. They only river that is in fishing condition is the Oak Orchard. The water flow has dropped down to a moderate low flow and most of the fish have dropped back down River. Oak Orchard's fishing has always been dependent on water flow fluctuations. As soon as we get a thaw and the water flow increases the fishing will quickly improve. For now concentrate your fishing efforts in the deeper pools and the lower portions of the Oak.

The Salmon River continues to have decent water flows. Right now the water release is at 750 CFS, an excellent flow for this time of year. The big challenge right now for the Salmon River is fishing around the flows of slush water on cold days. If you are getting tired of all of the snow, keep this in mind. There is over 300 inches of snow around the Salmon River reservoir and that will increase considerably before spring. We are going to have plenty of water for the upcoming spring.

In need of a cure for cabin fever, I will be doing a fly tying demonstration at Coleman's Fly Shop this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. This is free to everyone so come and join in. I will be tying steelhead flies, patterns for both winter and spring. If you have any questions the fly shop number is 585-352-4775

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