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.

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