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.
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.

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