Monday, January 24, 2011

Been busy at fly tying desk
It has been a while since I have done an update. Looks like we found our selves in an old-fashioned winter. Oak Orchard River has been somewhat free of ice, when winter weather allows the fishing has been spotty. Most of the fish have dropped out of the pools and migrated back down river into estuary portion of the Oak. This is nothing new and once we have a thaw and an increase in water flow these fish will move back up river. When the weather gives us a chance to fish, try fishing down river were water flows slow and deepened. In this water try working white streamers, there is always a few hungry Brown trout hunting for something to eat.
Winter weather got a good hold on the Salmon River. There is approximately 2 to 3 feet of snow along the river banks. Along with this the water flows have receded to the winter minimum flow of 285 CFS. Even though it has been a long time since we seen low water flows like this. Many of you know this lower water flow is actually a good flow for us fly fishermen to fish during the winter. We are able to fish through the majority of the pools effectively with these water flow levels. The best presentation for now is to use strike indicators. As for flies with this study water flows the steelheads are keying in on nymphs primarily stone flies. Occasionally we will picked up a fish with egg patterns but for now nymphs or the way to go. With all the snow and cold weather slush and ice is a major concern. Concentrate your efforts in the upper River, the slush and ice will not be as bed here to long as it is not to cold or snowing too hard.
Spring Creek is the one place that cold weather has no affect on. Because of the spring water, water temperatures stay in the mid 40 degree range. The challenge here is dealing with the more than normal moody trout. Try fishing small pheasant tail's size 20 small Midge patterns size 20 and smaller and of course pink scuds size 16.

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever. The shop 585-352-4775 my cell 585-352-0436