Monday, August 29, 2011

This past week we have enjoyed a pleasant break from the hot water. This has also helped to lower the water temperatures on the Salmon River. We need to see water temperatures in the upper 60s or cooler for salmon to start to show up in any real numbers. The rain is still coming, even though the pace has slowed some. As of now the water levels at the Salmon River reservoir is in good shape. We should see the normal water release for Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial Day weekend water release is when the minimum water flow is increased to 335 CFS and we look at this as the start to the fall salmon run. However most of the time there is not a lot of fish showing up with this initial water release. We need to have the perfect alignment of conditions to see a big run of salmon. The last two falls the Chinook salmon run get started early. In fact we had fishable numbers of salmon in the river by late August. I do not see this happening this fall. This fall I think the timing of the run is going to be on a more normal schedule. Typically we will see a small run of salmon with the initial Memorial Day water release. After that we see a slow trickle of salmon with the members of salmon running increasing is we progress into September. With all this being said river conditions are steadily in proving. As I always say when it comes to fishing the tributaries, conditions can and do change quickly. Early September is my favorite time to finish for salmon. Even though there's not a lot of salmon running, there are also not a lot of fishermen around.
The trout streams, this is a tough time of the year for the trout fisherman. We been fishing these fish for several months now and the trout know the game. Despite the recent rainfall water flows are still at typical late summer low flows. The bugs are small, a size 22 and smaller. The trico hatch continues and yes they are a size 22 to a 24, small. There are also a lot of midges hatching now, but they are size 24 and smaller. If you are fishing ants and beetles, keep these flies small, around a size 18.
I still have prime dates for September and October available. If you feel the need for a spey casting tune up, now is the time. Also if you are thinking of a fishing tune with the spey rods and sinking lines or a general fishing tune up. Now is the time to consider a day on the water before the big runs get going. This way you will be ready to tack full vantage of the fishing when things really get going. Early to mid- September, we will be fishing for: Atlantic salmon and early Chinook salmon. Bothe fish will be hot when hooked. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

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