Thursday, April 8, 2010

The warm weather has done its work. The water temperature has warmed up considerably, as of now the water temperature for the Oak Orchard River is in the mid 50s. We have only about week or two of steelhead fishing left for the Oak. Water temperatures in the mid 50s, will accelerate the pace of the steelhead's spawn. Ones the fish finish spawning there is no reason for the steelhead stay around. The Oak does not hold steelhead for long after they finish spawning. The warm water temperatures, has also trigger a heavy run of suckers. Fish an egg fly in a pool and you will hook on practically every cast. The pest way to avoid getting in to a lot of suckers, is to swing flies off the river bottom. Swinging flies will not stop the suckers from eating the flies, but this will slow them down some. The flies we have been using, has not changed much. We are using two different groups of flies, one for fishing the pools the other 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 and big buggers. This is also where you're larger spey fly and steelhead wet flies will be most productive.
The reports from the Salmon River are very encouraging. Water temperatures and flows are good and the steelheads are on the spawn. I will be heading to the Salmon River next week and will be fishing the salmon until mid May.

Note; The following days for April have become available for 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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