Monday, September 28, 2009






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY. We finally get the rain that we desperately needed. Even though we got about 1 ½ inches of rain, this will amount to only maintenance. The reservoir has been drawn way down over the past couple of weeks. The Salmon River reservoir is a shallow reservoir, fast to fill up fast to drain. We need constant rainfall to maintain a decent water release for the river. The water release is to be 335 CFS in till this coming Wednesday. I am certain that with the rain that we have received and the way this upcoming week’s weather forecast is looking, the water release is going to stay this way.
I'm expecting an extremely good couple of weeks of salmon fishing. There is awful lot of salmon to come in to the rivers yet. The rainy week that is forecasted only going to help. Salmon have a tendency to run strong on gray and rainy days. The last tow day, the weekend, there was good runs of Chinook and Coho salmon entering the lower sections of the D.S.R. Because of the heavy weekend fishing pressure, most of the salmon held up about a mile or so into the river. With patience and careful wading, these fish can be located in the pocket water from the middle of the D.S.R. on down river. Along with the salmon there has been a few steelhead and brown trout being caught. We have not caught any of these fish in the lower river yet.
There has not been any spawning yet to speak of. As a result I have not yet started to use egg flies. For now the stand arsenal that I have been using is still the top producing group of flies. For those you how are not familiar with this last, here it is. Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. For the Brown trout we have been have and are best success with black stone flies in size 8 and copper nymphs in size 12 and 10.

NOT;
I still have dates open for October and November, this is when we have the best of the year. Early to mid October is peak salmon fishing. Mid to the end of October, is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. These steelhead are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. November is Brown Trout time. These are monster Brown trout, most weighing in around 7 to 10 pounds. Every fall we catch a few Brown trout that are weighing in around 16 to 18 pounds. The dates for November are 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Thursday, September 24, 2009




Salmon River, Pulaski NY, water flows remain at 335, at least until the end of this coming week. The water temperature is still 61 degree and holding, good for this time of the year. We receive rainfall on both Wednesday and Thursday, however I do not think that this accountant for much more than 1 inch of rainfall. Not enough to cause an increase in water flow but, every bit helps.
The salmon have been running a little in consistent this week, one day the D S R will have a after noon run of fish the next day a morning run or no run that day. The challenge is deciding to fish the lower river for new fish or hunt for fish in the upper river. The encouraging thing is that, the river estuary is loaded with salmon. Sooner or later all these fish are going to make a break for it and start there run. Daring the week the fishing pressure has been reasonable in the D S R. You can get in some good spots, and work it. So if there is a small run of salmon you are able to capitalize on it.
One advantage to fishing the fly fishing zones right now is that, there is an opportunity to catch a mix big of fish. There is a usual amount of large Brown trout holding in both the upper and lower fly fishing zone at this time. These Brown trout are not in all the usual spots but if you're willing to fish around, you can locate them. Along with the Brown trout, the usual suspects, Chinook and Coho salmon continue to grow in numbers. The quality of fishing improves daily for this second of river.
Productive flies continue to be; Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. For the Brown trout we have been have and are best success with black stone flies in size 8 and copper nymphs in size 12 and 10.

Not; I have the 28, 29, 30 of September still open. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment good runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Sunday, September 20, 2009



Salmon River, Pulaski NY, water flows remain at 335, at least until the end of this coming week. With the cooler night we are having, water temperatures have continue to stay in the low 60 degree range. We need rain; the water levels in the Salmon River reservoir are becoming alarmingly low. If this prolonged dry spells continues I suspect water flows will drop off sharply.
This week we saw constant morning runs of both Chinook salmon and Coho salmon for most of the week. However by the end of this past week we did see a slowdown in the fish activity for Friday and Saturday. This is nothing unusual we will have three to four days of study fish activities and then things go quiet for a day or two. Since we've had two weeks of study runs of fish, there are groups of migrating fish spread out throughout the river. The lower river is still where most of the consistent action is. As for the upper river, there is groups of fish in all the pools on down through Pineville. As of writing this update Sunday September 20, there is a good run of Chinook salmon coming throw the DSR. Looks like things are back on line.
The fly fishing zones have a mix of just about everything from summer run steelhead to Chinook salmon. Most of these fish have been holding here for some time, and have become what salmon fishermen refer to as stale. This term refers to salmon that have been sitting in a pool without moving for considerable time. When the fish get into this state, they are often reluctant to take a fly. These fish will change their attitudes as soon as new fish work their way up river and to the pools. The lower fly fishing zone has been fishing better of the two fly fishing zones. There has been a mixed bag of Atlantic salmon, Brown trout and steelhead being caught along with Chinook and Coho salmon. As son as fresh fish work their weight in to the upper fly fishing zone, the fishing will quickly improve.
Productive fly patterns for this week have been has followed; Brown and copper, black and silver, woolly buggers in size 4 and 6, black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6.

Not; I have the 24, 28, 29, 30 of September still open. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment good runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Monday, September 14, 2009



Water flows on the Salmon River, Pulaski NY, remains at 335 CFS and the water flow should stay that way for the up coming week. The water temperatures are holding up good, for now the temperature is 64 degrees. This past week the fishing has slowed down from what it was over last week end. There still has been some numbers of salmon showing up in the DSR each day. These salmon are slowly working there way up river. Right now there is a few salmon scattered from mid river on down. I speck this pattern will continue for the next few days. However when you consider the quality of the fishing we are experiencing, for the time of the year, the fishing has been better than average. Most of the fishing has been happing in the morning's, from fist light to late morning. Once the sun gets on the water the salmon will find a holding spot and shut down for the day. Not moving or biting until it is good and dark. This is a normal run and hold pattern for the salmon for this time of the year.
The pest part of this is the fishing pressure is very light, if you want to fish for salmon and not have a lout of company. Now is the time. For flies, the same stuff as always. Black and silver Willie buggers when the light is low and off the water. Ones the sun is on the water go to a Brown and copper Willie bugger. A size 4 or a size 6 will work.



Over the weekend we took a little break from the normal routine of salmon fishing. We headed down river on the Genesee River to do some fall trout fishing. As is typical for trout fishing this time in the year, one day the fishing can be on fire and the next a hard pick. Typical of my luck that day was a hard pick. We did manage a few fish. However we had to cover an awful lot water to find these fish. The tough fishing was not because of the lack of fish, we did see lots of fish wherever we went. The trout were just not interested in eating. We had our best success with size 14 stimulators and a size 16 olive wet fly dropper of the back of the stimulator.

Not; I have the 19, 20, 21 24 of September still opened. This time frame has traditionally been when we experiment runs of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. If you are interested, give the shop call at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436. When attempting to contact me by cell phone please be persistent. I'm often in poor cell phone reception zones.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Good Start



This weekend was a good start to this fall’s salmon run on the Salmon River. The cool weather we had over the past week help to drop the water temper down to 66 degrees, along with 335 CFS water flow, allowed salmon to stage in the rivers estuary. This past weekend being Labor Day weekend, there was a scheduled water release of 750 CFS. With this increase in water flow the salmon came the running. This was one of the best runs of salmon I have seen in many years. For this time of the year. There was a strong steady push of salmon moved into the lower section of the DSR for most of Saturday.
These early salmon September are HOT. When we hooked one, they took it personally and blew up, the best way to describe these salmon, as angry. On Saturday the salmon were all over a size 4 copper and brown woolly bugger. For the morning we hook 11 salmon. Do to the salmon being so hot, try as did, we could not lane a one. What I would have given for a sleepy salmon, that day.
As is typical for early September, one day the salmon run heavy and the next day. There is just a few fish trickling through. This was the case for the following day. A light run of salmon, and then by midmorning the river goes quiet, normal for early September. That morning, we were able to find a few salmon by covering prime holding water. This time we wear able to lane one. Once again the same fly size 4 copper and brown woolly bugger was most effective. This fly is one of my favorite flies for bright sunny skies and clear water.
This is why I like to fish salmon and September. Fresh from the lake and full of flight, the Chinook salmon are at their best. The runs may be a little sporadic, but the fishing pressure is normally light and you are often able to move around and find a fish that is welling to bite. We have unique opportunity this fall, an early start to the salmon run.


This year we will have an extra option to do a little trout fishing in the afternoons. There was about 6 to 7000 brown trout stocked throughout the river. Along with these Brown trout there is also, plenty of 12 to 14 inch Atlantic salmon scattered throughout the River. These fish are feeding in the last of the caddis and mayflies of the summer. Fishing for the big fish in the AM and dry fly fishing in the PM. Not a bad way to spend a day.
You would like to take advantage of this opportunity. I have prime days still open for September. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call. 585-233-0436

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back On The Salmon River



It is good to be back to the Salmon River, fall is not far off. River conditions over the weekend was about as ideal as it can get for the end of August. The water flow is at 335 CFS, this flow is supposed to be maintained all week. As most of you know, there has been a few Chinook salmon are trickling in almost every night. Along with the salmon there has been a few Atlantic salmon and summer runs steelhead scattered about the river, not many but a few fish are being caught. Water temperatures over the weekend were running in the high 60 degree range, Saturday and Sunday water temperatures was 68 degrees. Because of the warm water temperatures the best fishing has been from first light until mid morning, when the water temperatures are the coolest.

I have chased these early run Chinook salmon for several years. I've found that the best approach is to try and locate fresh salmon first thing in the morning and fish to these fish. By midmorning any salmon that has arrived daring the night has found a hiding spots. These fish will be shut down, and not be willing to move or bite until dark. Fishing for the big fish on the Salmon River in late August early September, is definitely a morning a fair. When I take everything on a whole, right now the Salmon River is actually fishing a little butter than average. This is very early in the season and the best is yet to come. Next weekend there will be a water release of 750 units. The way weather forecast is looking for this week. The cooler air temperatures will definitely cool water temperatures down. We should see a few salmon with this up coming weekend's water release.

This year we will have an extra option to do a little trout fishing in the afternoons. There was about 6 to 7000 brown trout stocked throughout the river. Along with these Brown trout there is also, plenty of 12 to 14 inch Atlantic salmon scattered throughout the River. These fish are feeding in the last of the caddis and mayflies of the summer. Fishing for the big fish in the AM and dry fly fishing in the PM. Not a bad way to spend a day.


I often say when you are fishing the Salmon River, and do not know what fly to use. Fish a black stone fly nymph. This photo is showing the reason why. As you can see there are several nymph shocks on this rock. The Salmon River is loaded with stone flies nymphs. I have found that even when the fish are experimenting intense fishing pressure they will still take a black stone fly nymph. As you are wading around the Salmon River this fall, take a look at the rocks and note all the stone fly nymph casings.