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.

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