Friday, April 2, 2010

It looks like spring is on us, the warmer than normal spring weather we are experiencing is warming up all of our creeks and rivers very quickly. It is starting to look like the spring fishing season is upon us now. Starting with the Oak Orchard River, up until recently, water temperature was holding around 40 to 42 degrees. Water flows were at a high to medium to high-level with a heavy stain to the water. We have not received much rain lately, as a result water flows will be both clearing and dropping on the Oak Orchard River. Along with the water flow we are going to see a sharp increase in water temperatures. This is going to put the steelhead spawn on the Oak in high gear. For fish activity, we are seeing the typical steelhead spawning time behaviors. What this boils down to for us is that most of the active steelhead will be found on the gravel busy with normal spawn activities. Steelheads that are located in the pools are going to be those either finished with spawning or in a resting mood. As a result we will need to use a different group of flies for fishing the pools then we would for fishing the gravel. For the pools, stay with egg patterns, medium size nymphs that is size 10 to 8. You can also try swinging woolly buggers and buddy flies. For fish on and around the gravel, brake out the big stuff, little rainbow streamer size 2, this is also where you're larger spey fly and steelhead wet flies will be most productive.
Salmon River, warm weather is also having an effect here to. Water flows have come down recently to 500 CFS. This may be a convenient flow for fishing but for early April this is a low flow. Water temperatures here will soon be in the low to mid-40 degree range shown. This will trigger the steelhead to spawn. As a result we can expect to find steelhead almost anywhere along the river. Anywhere there is adequate for flow over the gravel bed there is potential for spawning fish and anywhere there is adequate cover there can be steelhead resting. The same flies we are using on the Oak will work here to. Keep in mind as far as I'm concerned the best is yet to come, that is swing season. Once the steelhead through with their spawning and back on the feed, we will have the best fishing for swinging flies of the season.

Note; The following days for April have become available for the Oak Orchard River April,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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