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.

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