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.

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.

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