Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Oak Orchard River was fishing good for me this past week. The river conditions have held up this week, reaming high and muddy. Despite the rain the water color did not deteriorate and water flows stayed level. The water temperature remand around the 40 degree mark. All of this made for some good fishing with little fishing pressure. This is why I always like high water flows and muddy conditions. It takes a little patience to find fish in these conditions, but ones you know the tricks it is not impossible. I found fish spread out all along the river from the dam on down river. Most of the fish are on the gravel spawning now, while a few are still holding in the pools. As this week progressed the weather cooled off and air temperatures dropped way below freezing. This caused a sharp temperature drop in water temperatures. The fishing has slowdown a little due to the water temperature drop. However I have been able to continue to scrape up a few fish. What do I always say about the fishing conditions this time of the year, conditions can change radically from one day to the next. This is no exception, one day cold water and slow fishing, and the next day warmer air temperatures and improving water temperatures. The fish are out doing there thing. Conditions change fast. For flies, we are having success fishing the fast water with size 4 black woolly buggers, egg sucking leach's, size 2 little rainbow streamers and in the pools egg patterns are still producing fish for now.
Salmon River – The water flow earlier this week was increased considerably. This water flow increase was actually beneficial in slowing down the steelhead spawning cycle. The increase water flow was not the actual reason for slowing down the spawning activity. It was all the cold water that came with it. The increase in water basically cooled the river down. For now the Salmon River is back on schedule, hopefully things will stay this way. Because of the increase in water flow and cooler water temperatures the fishing this past week has been considerably tougher for now.

Note; The following days for April have become available for the Oak Orchard River April 1,2,7,8,9, on the Salmon River April 21,25,30. I also have the following days available for early May on the Salmon River this will be swing flies for drop back steelhead. The days are May 1,2,5,8,9,10,11 If interested or have any questions feel free to call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or my cell phone at 585-233-0436

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