Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Steelhead run on the Salmon River continues to be about two weeks ahead of schedule. Fortunately water temperatures this week have remained stable on the cool side. Water temperatures have been fluctuating between 47 to 52 degrees. This has slowed down the steelhead from dropping back to the Lake. I also suspect that the incredibly large amount of Chinook salmon par that are in the River right now, has something to do with keeping the steelhead where they are. The Chinook salmon par, are so prevalent that I suspect this is acting as a forage base that is holding the steelhead in place. Along with the daily catches of steelhead we have caught a few Brown trout. Judging by the condition of these Brown trout there is no doubt that these Browns are gorging on Chinook par. There's no doubt the steelhead are eating their share.
As for the steelhead fishing, the spawning activity has for the most part come to an end. We are now fishing the pools and concentrating on the drop back phase of the run. The name the game now is, swing flies, cover water. For the fishermen who enjoys fishing with a spey rod this is our time. The most efficient way to cover water is to use of two-handed rods and sink tips. Productive flies right now have been the Brown copper woolly bugger in size 6 and 4. We have also gotten fish on how olive bunny flies and black stone fly nymphs.
The local inland trout streams are in prime fishing condition right now. The Henriksen hatch continues to come off around mid afternoon. Keep in mind as water temperatures increase the hatch will come off earlier in the day. As always we fish when we have a chance, if you can't fish the afternoons when the bugs are hatching. Then consider fishing in the mornings, with nymphs. There's often what we call a nymph drift prior to the actual hatch. On some steams this is when most of the trout will feed the heaviest. Right now mid morning might actually be the best time to fish, when it comes to the best time to catch fish.

Note; The following days have become available for the Salmon River in April, 25. 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, 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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