Thursday, December 2, 2010

The fishing this week has been tricky or more accurately described as tough. There is no doubt that we had to be on top of our A game this week. The fish have been about as finicky as they can get. The fish have been fussy about flies size, color, and presentation. There are a few reasons for this behavior. The first is that, water temperatures has been extremely cold this week. For most of the week, water temperatures have been in the mid 30 degree mark. This is water temperatures that we would expect to see during the winter. This cold water drives the fish off the gravel beds and puts a stop to the spawning. This mends the flow of stray eggs slows down. Not to mention the cold fluctuating water temperatures put the fish in to a major funk.
Most of the time the fishing does not turn on until mid day, by then water temperatures have warmed up one or 2 degrees. However the fishing was still very difficult. By difficult I mean bites are very soft and often hard to detect. These soft bites often result in fish shaken us off during the hook set. This is bad enough on its own but when you add a Brown trout's ability of shaking the hook. You can imagine we have been having an a lot missed fish lately.
As always conditions do change quickly and dramatically when it comes to fishing the tributaries. This week is no exception. Over a 24-hour period we have received about two and half inches of rain and about 4 inches of wet snow to top the whole must off. This blew out all of our local streams and creeks, Oak Orchard is not far behind. The bad news is we will not be fishing for a few days. The good news is this will draw in a fresh group of fish. Looks like the fishing, is off to a good start for the month of December. This recent wet weather has also had a dramatic effect on the Salmon River, water flows peaked at 4800 CFS. Once again another round of big water flows for the Salmon River. Even though everything is very high at this moment, we will be able to be back fishing our streams and rivers within a few days.

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