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.

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