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.

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