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.

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.

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