Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Turn Around







The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY; The water flow is at 335 CFS this is the lowest water flow we have had on the Salmon River in approximately 3 weeks. As a result this past weekend was considerably more busy, than I would expect for this time of the month. By Monday the fishing pressure dropped off dropped off considerably. After a busy salmon season, it is nice to see the Salmon River quiet once again.
The weather this week has become more seasonable, as a result the fishing has improved. I describe the steelhead fishing as more of a November pace. A slow start in the morning, do to cooling water temperatures overnight. Once the sun gets on the water and warms up the water temperature the fishing heats up along with the water temperatures. If you stay in one location, and wait for the steelhead to come to you, you are in for a long day. Typical for steelhead fishing, the more water you cover the more fish you will find. I have been doing what I refer to as fishing the milk run. That is fishing as many pools runs and pockets as I can throughout the day.
Because we have been concentrating our fishing efforts, in the pocket water, and small pools and not to mention that the river is saturated with salmon eggs. We have been head our best success fishing egg patterns. As many of you know, my favorite egg patterns for this time year, is the Nuclear Row Bug. The best colors for this week have been, orange, Oregon cheese and chartreuse. Because the leaves were so thick in the river we were not able to swing flies. Hopefully this coming week, we can change this.
I have not started to fish the local creeks and rivers in western New York yet. However the word is that all the rivers and creeks have runs of Chinook salmon. The Oak Orchard River has received a few Brown trout. This is right about on schedule. The Oak generally receives a few runs of big male Brown trout, this time of the year. However keep in mind the fishing pressure on the Oak is intense. I will be back fishing on the Western New York tributaries in approximately a week.
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 15, 25, 27, 28, and 29. 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, October 22, 2009

Cold Weather -- Cold Water




The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY; The fishing has tough the past week. Cold weather and frosty nights has caused water temperatures to drop three to 4 degrees every day. As a result the dropping water temperatures, has put the fish in to a thermals shock. This has been happened almost every day. The fish never have a chance to acclimate to the water temperature change. What this does to the fishing, is to turn off the fish that are the river and stall out any new fish from entering the river system. Normally when you're dealing with water temperature drops that happen overnight, your best fishing will be daring the afternoon. Ones the fish have a chance to acclimate to the new water temperatures. Judging by how the weather forecast looks for the next few days we should have more seasonable temperatures, this will stabilize the water temperatures and the fishing will get back on track.
Water flows are now dropping back down. By the weekend we will have a water release of 335 CFS. This will be the lowest water flow that we have had in approximately 2 weeks. We are now seeing the last of the large groups of Chinook salmon. Most of the salmon that I am seeing are all spawned out. For the most part the salmon run is over. We are now concentrating all of our effort on steelhead. However even though the last few days have been very challenging, there have been a few small groups of steelhead here and there throughout the river. The challenge I have been having is finding the small groups and then trying to figure out what fly they want. Sometimes we can get them to eat a fly on the swing and other times it is all about the egg fly. Of course that is when they are in a taking mood. That is the water temperatures has not shut these fish down. As gloomy as this may sound, right now. When it comes to fishing the tributaries, it is amazing how fast conditions can and will change. Struggled to find a fish today, tomorrow they can be everywhere.

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, 6, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29. 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, October 15, 2009




The Salmon River at Pulaski, NY; The recent high water conditions are coming to an end. Water flows are going to be reduced to 750 CFS until early next week. Along with high water flows the weather has been unusual for October. We've been having weather that you would expect to experience during mid to late November. Cold, cloudy and rainy. You know, good fun stuff to fish in. Right now the Salmon River is fishing like it is two separate rivers. The lower half of the river has been challenging the last few days. High water and water temperature fluctuations has made steelhead fishing, which is the primary game for this section of the river, challenging. Despite the high water of the past few days there's still plenty of steelhead entering Salmon River. It is just that conditions have been challenging, especially for someone fishing a one-handed rod. With the water flows receding this should change quickly. Steelhead fishing has been a spey rod game on Salmon River. We are managing a few steelheads and Brown trout fishing the slots and channels with egg patterns. Also we are getting a few steelhead swinging flies in the big pools with sink tips and two-handed rods.
The upper river is another story. This section of the river is practically overflowing with salmon. You can find salmon spread out spawning on all the available gravel beds. Some locations such as the top of the sportsman's pool and the upper trestle pool are literally black with fish. For now most of these salmon are still in fairly decent shape. However I suspect we will see most of the salmon to quickly thin out in about another week or so. I have been fishing some of these locations looking for steelheads, however have not done very well. I suspect the reason for this is two-fold. The first there are so many salmon it is hard to actively fish the slots and cuts where the steelhead would hold in to feed without hooking salmon. The second is, right now there's so many lose eggs in the system, that the fly gets lost in the mix. This will also change very quickly.
Productive flies; have been egg patterns in orange and Oregon cheese in size 8 and woolly buggers colors, black and silver size 4. We have also caught steelhead using large Leach style patterns also. As for the salmon, orange egg patterns and black and silver woolly buggers in size 6 have been getting the job done.
For those of you how might be curious, all of the Western New York rivers do have runs of Chinook salmon right now. It is still early for any significant run of Brown trout. Keep in mind Brown trout are a November fish. My suspicion is these fish are not going be all that early, when it comes to a spawning run, Brown trout are a lazy fish. But then again the way this fall's is going you never know.

NOTE;
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 steelheads are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 18, 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, 6, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29. If you are interested, give the shop a call at 585-352-4775 or my cell.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

We Got Water






The Salmon River, at Pulaski NY, the water flows have been increased to 1150 CFS. In tell early this week. The water flow may go up yet, if it continues to rain anymore. The high water has not affected our fishing much. All we do is adjust to the conditions just like the fish. What high water does give us is, less fishing pressure, and a steady flow of new fish. Most fishermen are not comfortable fishing the Salmon River when water flows get above 335 CFS, however high water flows often make the fish more comfortable and as a result more readily to bite. As for new fish, this is obvious, strong water flows always attract fish from the lake, such as now steelhead. For the spey casters swinging flies, we have been using type 5 and type 6, 15 foot sink tips to get the flies to the correct depth. The spay rods sure make it easy covering water when the rivers are running these levels.
Judging by my observations over the past month, my feeling is that the Salmon River has received most of its salmon by now. That does not mean the salmon fishing is over by any means. There are huge volumes of salmon from mid river all the way up through the fly fishing zones. The salmon are hard at work tending to their biological obligations, spawning. This means any stretch of gravel is going to be covered with spawning salmon. This does not main there is no more fresh salmon entering the river now. There will still be a study trickle of fresh fish for a few more weeks, well in to November. The sharp reduction in Chinook salmon to enter the river will make it easier for steelhead fishing. Number steelheads have continued to grow on a daily basis. At this point I will be concentrating more on steelhead in the lower river and salmon in the upper river for the rest of our stay on the Salmon River.
Productive flies; with all the spawning that has been going on. Egg flies are now becoming a mainstay in our fly box. For patterns, we have been using are nuclear row bugs, in size 8 and10 and colors orange and Oregon cheese. Due to the high water we have been fishing these flies under a strike indicator to help control the drift. With the off-color water generated by the increase in water flows, black and silver wooly buggers in size 6 and 4. This week the size 4 wooly buggers have been our most productive size.
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 steelheads are HOT, chrome bright and flow of fight. The dates for October are 17, 18, 22, 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, 6, 7, 8, 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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009





All the rain that we have had over the last two weeks, has head it’s effect. The water flow has been increased to 750 CFS. With the increased in water flow, I would expect to see a strong run of fish. However fish do what fish do. All we observed was a slightly stronger than normal morning run of fish. I suspect the salmon are not staging long in the reservoir but coming straight through this year. As a result we are having a steady pace of new salmon entering the river this year, this has provided consistent fishing over these past weeks. I am now starting to see more spawning activity. It is getting time for the salmon that ran earlier in the season to spawn. Some of these fish have been sitting in the river for almost a month. My guess is that the spawning should be in full swing in about a week’s time.
Along with the salmon we been, seeing a lout steelhead and a few Brown trout over the last week. A few of these fish we manage to put into the net. It is looking like we are off to an early but very strong start to the steelhead season.
The fishing pressure right now is at its peak. I suspect we will see a strong drop in people heading to the river by the end of this coming weekend. Usually Columbus Day weekend is one of the weekends that everybody likes to make the trip to the Salmon River. This does not main that the fishing is our, it is more like the fishing is just really getting going.
Productive flies for this week have been; The hottest fly this week is the raider Bugger, this is a black and silver Woolly bugger. The fly works best in low light situations such as all the gray rainy weather we've been having this week. Brown and copper Woolly buggers are still getting bite, Along with the standard stuff; black stone flies in size 6, comments in size 4 and 6, for the salmon. We are picking up most of our steelhead and Brown trout with egg flies. In size 8 and 10, colors Oregon cheese and orange. As the spawn activity picks up, egg flies are now become more productive every day.

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 17, 18, 19, 22, 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, 6, 7, 8, 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.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wet Week




Careful what you wish for it just might happen. As I said at one time we needed some rain and old boy have we got it and are we getting it. The way the forecast is looking we still are going to have a few more days of rain. The word is the Salmon River reservoir is about full. For now the water flow remains at 335 CFS, plus runoff. This flow should remain through the weekend. However if rainfall becomes too intense it is possible that we could see a release increase for the weekend.
As for the fishing the salmon continue to trickle in at as slow to moderate rate. There is now salmon spread out from one end of the river to the other end, some locations are more populated with fish than others, but the river is basically full of salmon. Over the last couplet of days I have noticed some limited spawning activity, this is about on schedule. The spawning activity will continue to grow on a daily basis, expect to find most of the spawning to be occurring in the upper river.
The biggest change over the last few days is that we are now seeing steelhead on a daily basis. We have been experiencing multiple hookups on steelhead in the lower river. I would rate the quality steelhead that we have seen recently as good. Taking into consideration this is the first few days of October, the steelhead fishing has been exceptional. Here again we should be seen more steelhead each day.
Productive flies for this week have been. Our hottest fly this week is the raider Bugger, this is a black and silver Woolly bugger. The fly works best in low light situations such as all the gray rainy weather we've been having this week. Brown and copper Woolly buggers are still getting bite, Along with the standard stuff along with; 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. Now with the spawning activity picking up egg patterns in size 8 and 10, colors Oregon cheese and orange are going to become productive.

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 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.