Tuesday, April 19, 2011




We had one of those spring storms. Cold, high winds, heavy rains and for the final round, snow. All this is, Mother nature letting us know that April is not over yet. Just to make things more interesting, the water flows on the Salmon river was increased to 4200 CFS. The water were flows up for the week end. This high water flow is nothing now for this time for the year. We have seen bigger water releases in the past. By Monday morning water flows were reduced to 1800 CFS, back to a normal spring time water flow. There is no substitute for time on the water and for hard earned experience from many seasons. We have learned how the steelheads reenact to the different water flows. The big secret to fishing high water is understanding, how high water takes away opportunities and also gives as opportunities. The water temperature is holding around the 42 degrees. Water temperatures like this will prolong the steelhead spawn. Obviously giving us more time to fish, be for they start to drop back to the lake. The way the steelhead run is progressing and cold water temperatures we are going to have some great steelhead fishing in early May.

Do too the high water and fish that are trying to spawn. We have been concentrating our efforts on the gravel beds and back channels. Anywhere current speed, water depth and river bottom are is suitable for spawning. It is kind of ironic, the river was at flood stage and we were fishing the small water. Because the Salmon river does produce a considerable amount of wild steelhead every year. I do not like to fish to the female steelhead's while there are actively spawning. However I do fish to the male's. One of the big tricks to avoid catching the females is to fish big flies. Stay away from dead drifting egg patterns and nymphs. Use these flies when you are fishing the pools.

As you can imagine we are using a wide variety of flies right now. Along with the normal collection of egg patterns and stone fly nymphs, we are now starting to have more success swing large intruder style fly patterns. The important thing is to match up right flies with the right water. Keep experimenting until you find something that works.

The trout streams, water flows still remain high and water temperatures are also on the cold side. I was thinking that we would be seeing consistent hatch is of Hendrickson by now. However the recent cold snap has put everything on hold temporarily. Probably just as well, considering the fact, water flows need to come down. It has been a long cold spring so far. We will have to see if we get enough warm weather next week to get the bugs popping.

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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