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.

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