Sunday, April 25, 2010

Some how the water flows have stayed the constant over the past week. Right now water flows remain at 285 CFS, low but very fishable for fly fishermen. Right now we are in desperate need of some rain. If we do not receive some significant rainfall soon, water flows will most certainly drop. This is nothing to panic about, in the past we have fished in lower water flows and done extremely well. For now the steelhead do not seem to be in too big of a hurry to leave. Water temperatures have remained quite consistent, thanks to cold frosty nights. The water temperatures have been hovering around 48 to 52 degrees. Add this to the fact that there is a lot of food and the river right now, the steelhead do not seem in a big hurry to leave the river. We have been catching most of our fish by swinging flies and using sink tip lines. Somewhere between a type 5 and a type 3 sink tip seems to be ideal for the water flows. As for flies, the same old dependable stuff, Brown and copper size 4 woolly buggers, also black and olive buggers in size 6 have been taking their share of fish. I think these flies are looking a little bit like the baby Chinook salmon.
The local trout streams continue to have the Hendrickson hatch. For now with the cooler air and water temperatures. The hatch has been come in off somewhere between noon and three o'clock. By now there is plenty of bugs that have hatched, this means as soon as conditions are good there will be a spinner fall. Keep in mind air temperatures need to be above 60 degrees for the spinners to come back. It is not unusual on days to see spinners mid to late afternoon. However evenings is traditionally when the spinners returned. Also keep in mind we should be seeing the next hatch of the spring. This hatch is a size 16 blue wing olive. Expect to see the olives hatching along with the Hendrickson's. You will need to be extra observant to make sure the trout are eating the bug that you think they are. When in doubt fish the olives.

Note; The following days have become available for the Salmon River I 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, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 For the trout fishermen, keep in mind I will be back home fishing or local trout streams from mid may on. This is Oatka Creek, Springbrook and the upper Genesee River. 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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