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.

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.

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