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.

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