Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Salmon River Browns

A interesting note -- there has been such an unusually large run of Brown trout on the Salmon River last fall, that we are still catching a few Browns this spring. These fish are eating machines now, if a Brown trout is anywhere near where you are fishing, you will most likely catch it.

So far the water conditions continue to be consistent. Water releases have remained a steady 1800 CFS, water temperatures have been fluctuating between 39 to 42 degrees. Conditions have remained as steady as they can be for the Salmon River. Due to the water temperature fluctuations, the afternoons have been fishing considerably better than the morning's. Warm the water temperature up a couple degrees and the steelhead go on the bite. It is spawning time for the steelhead on the Salmon River. Everyday I am seeing the numbers of spawning steelhead increase on the gravel beds all through the upper river. The largest concentrations of spawning are in the fly fishing sections, however I am spotting a lot of fish all through the rest of the River, when I am running the drift boat. Fishing from the drift boat has been quite effective this past week. We have been able to find a lot of fish that has not seen much fishing pressure.
I have not seen too many drop back steelhead yet. This is because we have been spending most of our fishing time around the gravel beds. Give the steelhead another week of spawning and about five more degrees water temperature, the drop back fishing will turn on. Productive flies, this is where things have been a little unpredictable. Some days we have had are best success with egg patterns and other days swinging woolly buggers. It has been taking a little bit of experimenting to find out what fly patterns are going to work out for any particular day.

The in land trout streams -- Oatka continues to have its afternoon Hendrickson Hatch. This Hatch has been coming off around mid afternoon over the past few days. It has not been warm enough for an evening spinner fall. However be prepared to see spinners any time the air temperature reaches 60 degrees. There has been several days of bugs hatching and very few spinner falls. It is possible to experience a spinner fall any time during the late afternoon, granted the temperature is above 60 and the winds are calm. Fishing spring Brook - keep an eye open for blue wing olives these are a size 18 may fly. The olive Hatch is not too consistent but it is there. Mostly the fishing on spring Brook will consist of midges and scuds for now.

NOTE: I have for the Salmon River May 6, 7, and 9, 10 open. May is the best month of the whole year for fishing with sink tips and a swinging fly to steelheads. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell. 585-233-0436 or call the shop at 585-352 4775.

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