Monday, October 25, 2010



We have had consistent rain full over the past week, nothing heavy but just study wet weather. Somehow the water releases have remained consistent at 750 CFS. By the time you add the runoff to this number, the lower river is flowing around a thousand CFS. I suspect we will see a water release over the next few days. If this happens there would be know doubt a good run of steelhead. Even though water flows have remained consistent we are seeing a study trickle of fresh steelhead entering the river daily. Some days are definitely fishing better than others. I contribute a lot of the inconsistent fishing to water temperatures. I’ve seen water temperatures as cold as 45 degrees. Some days water temperatures have fluctuated as much as 5 degrees. Temperature fluctuations like this will definitely put the fish off. The way the forecast is for this coming week, wet as always but consistently warmer. I do not think we will see the water temperature fluctuations that we experienced last week.

The lower portion of the Salmon River is finally clearing out of spawning salmon. This has made swinging flies for steelhead far more productive. We can finally cover a bunch of water and expect steelhead to move to or flies. As for the upper proportion of the river, there is still a fair amount of salmon still spawning. As result the egg bite is still very intense in this section of the river. This is nothing unusual, the intense amount of spawning this section of river experiences every fall. The gravel gets totally saturated with eggs. With each fluctuation in water flow, eggs are knocked loose and sent a drift. We will experience this all through the winter.

As you would expect most of our fish this week have been caught with egg flies. Not much has changed, size 8 flies, in the standard colors of orange, chartreuse, Oregon cheese. We did hooked a few fish using Brown and copper buggers and black bunny flies.

I still have prime days available for November, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. 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, October 19, 2010




We head over 2 inches of ran this week, but fortunately the water flows stay at 750 CFS over the weekend. It did rain hard enough to put some color back in to the water. This was only a temporary event, the water clarity quickly cleared back. This is telling me that the dirty water is clearing out of the reservoir. We should have the clear water of the Salmon River back soon. The numbers of salmon are quickly shrinking now. I still see an odd fish or two entering the lower river. But for the most part, the salmon run is over for the Salmon River. This does not mean that there is no salmon in the river system, on the contrary the upper portion of the river still has a lot of salmon spawning. Judging by condition of the fish and the intensity of the spawning, in other week the bulk of the spawning should be winding down. As always it is not usual to see a stray batch of salmon working the river into November. For all practical purposes it is now steelhead time.
Over the last few days, most of our fishing for steelheads has been done with strike indicators and egg flies. The reason for this is two fold, first of all with the salmon spawning, the river is full of eggs. Basically we are matching the hatch. The second reason is that we have had some good old-fashioned windy October whether. When this happens the river fills with leaves, making it almost impossible to swing flies across the current with out leaves getting hooked on the fly. By dead drifting your flies, everything, that is your fly and the leaves all travel at the same speed. This allows you to make a good presentation without tangling in to leaves. The only time you will have problems with the leaves is when you pick up.
Productive flies, as I've said there's a lot of salmon eggs throughout the river. As result we are fishing a lot of egg patterns. Orange and Oregon cheese are our two best colors and as always size 8 nuclear row bug's. Size 8 estaz egg in butterrum is also catching its share of fish. When conditions are favorable and we are able to swing flies, Brown and copper buggers and the hot nose bunny fly have been the two top producing patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. The days are the 25,27,28, this is prime steelhead time. I also have days available in November, this is fishing for giant Brown Trout in the western New York tributaries. 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.

Friday, October 15, 2010




Sorry about the delay in posting a new update. Busy chasing fish. The high water is finally starting to settle down. We should be seeing water flows around 750 CFS this week. One thing we have not had to worry about is low water. Along with receding water flows. The water clarity is slowly improving. I should finally get a good look at what has changed with the river. What has not changed is the fish. This past week I have seen a steady increase in the number of salmon that are now spawning. The egg bite is definitely getting under way. We are also catching a larger number of steelheads, than normal for this time of the year. We are definitely having an early start to the steelhead season. Most of the spawning is going on in the upper river. The bulk of the salmon ran during the high water event. This is no big deal, all this means is that, the salmon ran the river a little faster than normal. Hopefully the lower and middle portion of the river will not see as much spawning activity this fall. This way we can enjoy fishing for steelhead with a more traditional method of swinging flies. It always amazes to me how fast steelhead will keyed into eggs. Once this happens it is hard to get steelhead's to chase a fly. When the steelheads do get keyed on the eggs, I find the best way to present an egg fly to these fish strike indicators. I use strike indicators more of a tool to control the drift, then to detect the take.

When fishing the high dirty water flows, we were using a lout of dark flies. Egg sucking Leach's in black with pink eggs, block Willie buggers were of best producers. For egg flies size 8 estaz egg in chartreuse and butterrum, were the best egg flies. As water drops and clears this week we will have to see which parents are going be are best producers. I suspect it is getting time to start fishing nuclear row bugs in Oregon cheese. Those of you who are familiar with this fly know what I'm talk about.

I still have prime days available for October. Especially later in the month, this is prime steelhead time. 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, October 4, 2010



A lot has happened over last few days on the Salmon River. To start with we had over 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. When you add that to an overflowing reservoir, you are going to have a big water releases. When the water started to go, things did get out of hand. Water flows at one point reached 28,000 CFS. This is not a mistake, 28,000 CFS. Water flows like this will definitely leave a mark. There has been a major rearrangement on the Salmon River. However the fish are there, even in the peak of the water flow the salmon were running. At one point, I was watching salmon cross the Pineville parking lot. Salmon would swim out of the woods across the parking lot and back into the woods. I always knew salmon and steelhead like high water but that was a little extreme. The following day water flows receded considerably and we were able to get a day of fishing in. Despite all that happened we still caught fish.

The watercolor has been off, approximately 2 and half feet of visibility. For most fishermen that are used to fishing the clear water of the Salmon River, this can be disorienting. However the muddy water is actually good for the fishing. As high water flows the fish are pushed to the soft seems near the shoreline. The off colored water provides cover for the fish and keeps them at ease. As result the fish are more prone to take a fly.

When the higher water flows and dirty water, we have stayed with larger flies and darker colors. Size 4 egg sucking Leach's and bunny flies have been the best choice so far. I suspect we will start to see the egg bite picking up over the next week or so. Until then with the water flow fluctuations, we need to adjust on a daily basis with the fly patterns.

I still have prime days available for October. Especially later in the month, this is prime steelhead time. 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.