Sunday, May 9, 2010

This will finally wrap up the end of a long steelhead season. You've got to love steelhead fishing, great fish and a long season. We caught our first steelhead the season last October and only now, we're finally seeing the end. The season was no different than any other season. Good days and tough days, and plenty of opportunities and challenges. This spring was a prime example of throwing us a few new challenges. The biggest challenge, we are all aware of is the usually warm spring. The steelhead spawning cycle started way earlier than normal and finished fast. The way the spring fishing has progressed I would say that everything is about 2 to 3 weeks earlier than normal. However I do love irony, as I'm writing this on the banks of the Salmon River, mothers day morning, there is about inch of snow on the ground and more falling, you got to love mother nature's sense of humor.

This spring most the interesting and biggest challenge was dealing with all the baby Chinook salmon. As I have said in previous updates, the Salmon River is infested with these little fish. These little salmon were a double edged sword. They helped to keep the steelhead around, by providing a large forage base on which the steelhead could feed on. The problem was there was so many of these little guys, the fly got lost in the masses. We were basically dealing with a classic trout fishing quandary, big hatches, lots of food, satisfied fish.

As always we seem to work through the challenges and figure out the puzzle. We enjoyed, good steelhead fishing with warm weather and green leaves on the trees, a rare opportunity, that we only get to enjoy for a couple weeks each spring.

It is now time to put away the steelhead gear and start looking at the trout streams. I will be back home trout fishing. We will be seeing the first of the light Caddis on Oatka Creek very soon, if they are not are ready hatching. There may also be a few leftover blue wing olives in the afternoons and Hendrickson spinners in the evenings. Sulpurs, Gray foxes, Much Browns are just around the corner. Some of the best dry fly fishing is about to start.

Note; For the trout fishermen, keep in mind I now back home fishing the local trout streams. 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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