Sunday, April 5, 2009

Muddy Water Conditions

We finally gut what we desperately needed, rain. The steelheads wear getting sun burn and line shy, from the low water. Friday throw Saturday we get over 1 1/2 inches of rain. All this rain has blown out all the smaller area streams. The Oak Orchard River water flow has increased by more than 2 feet as of Saturday the water clarity was a heavy stained. I suspect the water flow on the Oak will crest Sunday, by Monday the water flow should be fishable. Water clarity is going to be a other issue, we are going to be fishing and high muddy conditions through this coming week. In the past I have experiment some of our best fishing in muddy conditions. I have a saying that is fear no mud. Muddy water means cover to the steelhead. I have found that steelhead are often more aggressive in high off-color water. For now the water temperature is at 46 degrees, this is warm for this time of the year. The way things are looking, spring is running about 10 days ahead of normal. The cool weather is going to help cool off the water. This will go along ways to extending the steelhead run in the Oak Orchard River.

Fishing tip: fish can detect flies in extreme muddy water conditions. We need to just give the fish a little help. Start by concentrating your fishing efforts around the known productive areas. If a particular run or pool has been producing earlier, there is no reason why it will not produce now. Flies are a another consideration. Select fly patterns that will stand out against the muddy water. Try fishing larger flies in size 4 and 2. Fly color is also an important consideration, select colors that will also stand out in the muddy water conditions. Try colors in black, white and fluorescent chartreuse, orange and pink. Fish with confidence, if the fish were there before, there's no reason why they won't be there now.

Note I April 7 8 9 has opened up for the Oak Orchard. This is prime time, sight fishing or swinging a fly. April 16 17 19 20 for the Salmon River is still open. April is spawning time and there louts of steelheads in the upper river waiting to spawning. If you have any questions feel free to call. 585-352-4710 or call the shop at 585-352 4775.

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