Thursday, April 14, 2011

We finally got some rain about ¾ of an inch of rain overnight. This has given the rivers and creeks a much needed shot water. The water flows were starting to get on the low side. This will go a long ways helping with keeping the fishing going at the Oak Orchard River. However I do not think the steelhead fishing will last too much longer. That 50 degree water temperature speeds up the spawning process. I still think we have about a week of good fishing to go, after that it will be strays and a few late runners. This is about on schedule for the Oak. Mid April is normally the end. It has been a good run of steelhead this spring for the Oak. Those who want to continue fishing the Oak Orchard, there is going to be a lot of suckers for the next few weeks. But May is smallmouth bass time and at times there can be a lot of smallmouth bass in the pools.

I am now fishing the Salmon River on a daily basis. The spring steelhead fishing is just starting to get going. Water temperatures have finally reached the critical 40 degree mark only a few days ago. The upper River is now a very busy place with spawning steelhead. Just about every gravel bed that has an decent flow of water over it, has or will have steelhead on it trying to spawn. Lower River has been fishing very well over the past week. With fresh steelhead movie through daily and there has also been a few large Brown trout wander in from the Lake to feed. If there is any of these Brown trout around ware you are fishing, you are most likely going to get a bite from one of these fish. These fish are in to feed and are not too picky about what they eat.

The water flows has been steadily increasing over the last few days. Early in the week water flows were at 750 CFS however due to warm weather and recent rainfall water flows have been steadily increasing and now are at 2500 CFS. How long will flows stay and will things either increase or decrease, I really have no guess.
High water flows can be intimidating, however using a little bit of understanding of what steelheads are trying to do right now, that is spawning. You can very quickly find ideal fishing. High water takes options away and high water gives you options. I have spent a lot of time in the spring fishing the Salmon River in some pretty high water flows and had some great success.

The trout fishing may have its first hatch of the year soon. Water temperatures are still on the cool side, but warming slowly. Once the water temperatures reach into the 50 degree mark, the Hendrickson hatch will start. Right now, water flows on Oatka Creek on the high side. Potentially the water flow can reside down to fishable levels by the end of the week. We also could potentially have a mid afternoon hatch Hendrickson's also by the end of the week. Keep in mind Oatka Creek has one of the earliest hatch of Hendrickson's of any other trout stream I know of. Spring brook will continue to be Midges, scuds and potentially a few blue wing olives. As always when fishing Spring brook, you need to just go and see what's going on and adjust to it.

I have days available for early May this is May 1, 3, 4, 5,9,10 11, 12 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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