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.

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