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.

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.

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