Tuesday, April 26, 2011





The weather will not give us a break. We get one nice day and then pay for it with three absolutely cold, wet, windy miserable days. What can I say, classic of the steelhead weather. Those of you who have been dreaming of a Hendrickson hatch, you are going to have to continue dreaming. Hendrickson's are hatching on a few trout streams such as Oatka Creek. But of course water flows are way too high for fishing. Judging by how much rain we've had, and the upcoming forecast for this week. We will be lucky to be able to fish that hatch by the weekend. We will have to keep an eye on the water levels. Fortunately for us the next hatch will start to come off in about two weeks. This hatch is a size 16 blue wing olive. By then water flows should be at a good fishable level, I do not know what there is about an olive hatch, but the trout do love to eat these bugs.

Back to steelhead fishing, the weather has been working us over good. While the forecast for this week is calling for a big bunch of rain. As a result were going to have to watch the water flows through the week closely. Already this week water flows have been fluctuating between 3200 CFS down to 1900 CFS This may still sound high to most fishermen but keep in mind, the steelhead like high water. It is also spawning time and the fish use the river differently this time of the year. Due to the cold weather water temperatures have not wormed up much. Temperatures are still around 42 to 44 degrees. Water temperatures that are hovering around this temperature range, are warm enough to get the steelhead spawning. However the water temperature is not to warm, to trigger all the fish to spawn at once. So far, all the female's that we are catching still have eggs. The spawning process is slowly progressing. I know there is some spawned out fish in the system, but we have not run across any yet. Probably due to where we are fishing in the river, the upper river. I have heard of reports of both fresh steelhead and Brown trout in the lower river over the last few days. We will be investigating this report over the coming week. The fly box is still the same. For swinging flies, big woolly buggers, egg sucking Leach's, intruders in your favorite color combinations. When fishing the pools egg flies have been the hot fly, in Oregon cheese. Also we have been catching a lot of fish lately, with big black stone flies. Some days the fish do not seem to have a strong preference for one fly over the other, as long as the fly was presented properly. The weather forecast for this week is to be considerably warmer then it has been. Water temperatures are going to warm up considerable. Warming up the water a few degrees is going to help to turn pace of the fishing up.

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