Monday, April 11, 2011




The Oak Orchard River is still fishing. I gave the steelhead fishing on the Oak about one more week, before things start to wind down. I am seeing a lot of spawned out steelheads now. The weather for next week is going to be warm, water temperatures are going to go way up. When the water temperature gets over 50 degrees the steelhead spawn will burn out in about a week. In tell then fish continue to be spread out throughout the fast water and still doing there spawning thing. With the water temperatures reaching ideal temperatures for fish activity, swinging flies is the ideal presentation. We have been doing very well with the little rainbow streamer and big woolly buggers. If you do not want to mess with the suckers, do not fish with egg flies and nymphs especially in the pools.

The Salmon River is progressive along nicely. Spawning activity is increasing daily as water temperatures have finally reached 40 degrees. The warm weather over the last few days has helped considerably with the water temperatures. Along with the warm weather, runoff from melted snow has returned. Fortunately water temperatures have remained stable. As a result of the snow melt runoff, water flows have increased to 1200 CFS. If we receive any significant amount of rainfall, I foresee water flows to increase even more. Because water temperatures are now about 40 degrees, high water flows are not going to be that big of an issue. I have spent a lout of time fishing the Salmon River in high water flows. As result I have learned how to take adverse of these conditions and use it to our vantage. For flies, black stone flies, woolly buggers, are doing most of the work.

The trout streams are quickly coming into fishable conditions. If we do not get any heavy rainfall and the warm weather continues we should be seeing the first hatch of the season on Oatka Creek that being the Henriksen hatch. Obviously we'll have to see if water flows on Oatka will be suitable for fishing. Unfortunately most of the time water flows are way too high to fish during this hatch. The bugs never know what the water flow is, they just hatch.

I have days available for early May we will be fishing for drop back steelhead on the Salmon River. This is some of the best steelhead fishing with a swinging fly for the year. If you ever wanted to try your hand with a spey rod, this is the time to do it. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775

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