Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The recent warm weather has done its job. Water flows in all of our creeks and rivers has had an increase in water flow. For many of these rivers, this increase has been enough to pull in some new fish and freshen up the older fish. The water flow on the Oak Orchard River was very low before the thaw. Fortunately for us when the water flow did come up on the Oak, we did not lose much visibility. Water clarity remained fishable. There is still a mix of brown trout and steelhead spread out through all the pools from the dam and down river.
The Salmon River water release has remained steady at 500 CFS, throughout the recent thaw. The salmon did experience approximately 150 CFS increase do to runoff. Obviously this helped a lout to freshen up the fishing. The biggest concentration of fish is from the lower fly fishing zone on down river to Pine vile. Obviously this is nothing new for this time of the year. The important thing to keep in mind is that the DSR is reporting study fishing throughout the run. What this means is that the Salmon River is getting a steady trickle of fresh fish almost on a daily basis. If you are looking for a little bit of solitude, mid river is the place to go.
Productive flies have varied widely depending on the river and the fish you are fishing. For the Oak Orchard River, egg patterns have been the name of the game especially for steelhead. If you are looking for that last chance Brown trout consider fishing with bunny flies or woolly buggers, for colors try block, olives, and of course white been the best color for winter. Flies for the Salmon River, are as follow; egg patterns, and assorted nymphs. For the upper river keep your flies on the smaller side, 12 and 10,


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 2011. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
Give me or the fly shop a call. My cell is 585-233-0436 the shop is 585-233-0436


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