Thursday, September 30, 2010

High Water





As always every fall has its challenges. Looks like, the challenge for this fall is going to be high water. We have had persistent rains over the last few days. Then add this to the recent heavy rainfall that we have experienced. You can imagine what happens to river levels. The Salmon River has been flowing at 500 CFS for the past two weeks. This water level is both friendly to the fishermen as well as the fish, as a result we have experienced better than average fishing. Do to the heavy rainfall, the water level for the Salmon River on Thursday, September 29, has been increased to 1800 plus run off. In this situation the runoff is significant. Our president concerned, an increase in water flow may be warranted. All we can do is wait and see. This being said, what well all the high water do to the fishing? Basically, said it on fire. A big blast of water flowing into the Lake this time of the year is going to suck in large volumes of fish. In fact this increase in water has triggered a major run of fish. It may take a day or 2 for the water levels to return back to normal. But when it happens the fishing will take right off.

Along with a steady flow of Chinook salmon and Coho salmon, the steelheads continue to make a strong showing for themselves. I expect to continue to see fresh runs of Chinook salmon for another two to three weeks. However I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of Coho salmon that continue to arrive along with the Chinook's. As many you know the month of September is salmon fishing time. In the past I expect only to see a small handful of steelhead at the most. This fall I see more steelhead than ever for the month of September. I hope the trend continues throughout the fall. October is steelhead fishing time, things are looking good.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have remains being the work force of the fly box. With the high water flows I am using the larger flies. Run off the last few days has stained the water color, hot pink, orange, even purple has been helpful in the dirty water. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink, color for this fall seems to be hot pink. For steelhead, the same flies that we are using for Coho salmon are producing just as well for steelhead. With spawning still two to three weeks away I have not yet started to use egg patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 23, 2010




Over the last few days the water flows has been at 500 CFS. The water flow is predicted to drop back down to the normal fall flows of 335 CFS, later this week. I have hoped that this increase in water flow would have shaken up the pile of fish that are sitting in the estuary. But as usual fish are fish and they do what they do. No big runs of salmon yet, however the fish continue to trickle in a slow but steady pace. The good news for this is that every day the fishing continues to be good. Right now we're having a good next of both Coho salmon and Chinook salmon. I'm also seeing more steelheads than normal for this time of year. Looks like a good sign for steelhead fishing later in October. For now it is a study flow of Chinook salmon and Coho salmon with a bonus steelhead thrown in for good measure. With fish continuously trickling in on a daily basis there is salmon spread out through the entire river system. The highest concentration is obviously in the fly fishing areas. Because some of the salmon have been sitting in this part of the river for considerable time now, fishing here can be a little tricky. With good presentation and persistence the fly zones are producing more than their share of fish. I have been spending most of my time fishing the DSR. Here the salmon are fresh from the Lake and more prone to take a fly on the swing. The fishing pressure remains moderately low during the week, however weekend traffic is picking up.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have remains being the work force of the fly box. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink. When Coho are around it doesn't seem to matter is long as the fly has some hot pink mixed in. For steelhead, the same flies that we are using for Coho salmon are producing just as well for steelhead. With spawning still two to three weeks away I have not yet started to use egg patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


The fishing continues to be better than average. We have seen light but steady runs of fish daily. There is no big push of fish at one time. The fish just keep trickling in for most of the day. This is making for some consistent fishing. Work the water and you will get in to a few fish. There is a real potential for a heavy push of fish. The reports coming out of the estuary is that there is a lot of salmon in and waiting to move. Who knows what will trigger these fish to move, but they will go when they are good and ready. We have seen Coho salmon and now a few steel head next in with the Chinook salmon. This is very early for the steelhead, but good fun when hook.

Water flows continued to remain consistent at 335 CFS, for now. We have received consistent rainfall over the past couple weeks. The rainfall that we received few days ago has raised the water level to overflowing in the reservoir. Water flow prediction for this coming week is three days of water flows at 500 CFS starting on Monday. This should put the fishing into high gear. As always cold windy and rainy weather always makes for good fishing.

For flies, so far size 6 and 4 black and silver buggers, and black and copper bunny flies in the same size, have been the work force. When it comes to Coho salmon this fall they seem to definitely have a preference for hot pink. When Coho are around it doesn't seem to matter is long as the fly has some hot pink mixed in.

If you're interested in seeing just how big some of these fish are, I still have prime days available both September and October. Keep in mind that the normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


During the past week we had three days of so-called bad weather. Northeast wind, passing rain showers, just what we need to get a few fish moving. That's exactly what happened, nothing heavy but just a nice light steady push of fish. This made for excellent fishing for this time of the month. Keep in mind early September can be a little unpredictable however we are experiencing some good study salmon fishing at this time. Easy to get spoiled with the fishing we've had over the last few days. Along with the Chinook's salmon we are also seeing a few coho salmon. The cool weather systems has driven the water temperatures down into 60s. With temperatures like this the salmon will not be overly stressed, but warm enough where they will not run through the river to quickly. It has taken almost a week for the first of the salmon to work their way up river. The result of all of this is that, there is salmon spread out throw the entire length of the river. This also spreads out the fishing pressure. The largest concentration of fishing is located in the DSR and for now the fishing pressure here is not that heavy.

I have mentioned that the Chinook salmon seem to be larger than normal this year. This is turning out to be true. I have seen more salmon over 30 pounds already this fall then I would normally see an entire fall. It will be interesting to see if this trend of large fish caring on with the Brown trout and steelhead. As always we will have to weight and see.

I am starting to see a trend with the flies. First the fish are definitely bigger and stronger, as result we are using larger than normal flies. Size 4 black and silver woolly buggers have become the standard. We have also been having success with some larger bunny flies, some of these flies are close to four a half inches long. The salmon are definitely showing a preference for a big target. This is fortunate considering the large fish.

If you're interested in seeing just how big some of these fish are, I still have prime days available both September and October. Keep in mind that the normal guide fees will include the access fees for two people in to the DSR. This is a $90 value. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell at 585-233-0436. Or call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.
Please keep in mind when try to contact me on my cell phone. I am often in and out of good reception zones. Please be persistent or leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Monday, September 6, 2010



The last few weeks have not provided much fishing opportunities. This is nothing new for this area. Hot weather, and the natural cycle of some of our streams will often shot the fishing down. This doesn't mean that we lost our fish, it just means a change is coming.

It is September and we are back to fishing for Chinook salmon ones again. Over the Labor Day week end the Salmon River had a 750 CFS release of water. Most of the time this will trigger a small run of salmon. Do to high water temperatures and fish being fish, we did not see many salmon moving on the first morning of the water release. However the second morning we had a small run of fish. I account for the drastic change in fishing to the drastic change in weather. Heavy rains, high winds and colder air temperatures drop the water temperature down approximately 4 degrees. You need to keep in mind it is early yet, and we are fishing the very front end of the run. I have often said, this is my favorite time to be on the river. Even though there's not a lot of fish around. The salmon are at their best fresh from the lake and full of flight. The fishing pressure is light, and you can fish ware you want, for now. As we progress through the month the fishing is only going to improve.

The upper fly fishing zone still has a few Atlantic salmon around, however as the number of Chinook salmon picked up the Atlantic salmon will move out of the way of the Chinooks. For some reason these two salmon do not like to hang out with each other. The way things look I will give the Atlantic salmon about two weeks before they get crowded out by the Chinook's.

As for the flies, it is early yet and I will need time to figure out what the fly patterns are going to be. Until then I will rely on the usual stuff, woolly buggers and bunny flies.