Thursday, September 15, 2011

The last good run of salmon was last week. Since then the salmon have been slowly, very slowly trickling in. I would describe the fishing as of this moment, as basically the run has temporarily stalled out. This is nothing new we usually see this happen at least once every fall. There are many reasons for this to happen. It can be as simple as salmon being pushed back out into the deeper water do to conditions and warm water temperatures in the Lake itself. Or salmon doing what salmon like to do best, keep us guessing. Keep in mind we're still early into the salmon run. Things can change quickly. The good news is that there is salmon spread out through the entire river. All of the main pools are at least holding a few fish for now. Most of the salmon have been sitting in their pools for at least a few days now. When salmon become sedentary and incident in there pools for more than a day or two they can become tough to catch. In this situation it is best to concentrate your efforts on the heads of the polls were fast water first enters the pool. Even though there may be more salmon sitting in the main part of the pool, the salmon that are sitting in the fast water are generally more active. These few fish are potentially in the best mood to bite.
Water flows have been holding steady at 335 CFS for now. Water levels at the reservoir are starting to get low. Hopefully we will get enough rainfall to recharge the reservoir levels. If this happens we will most certainly see the salmon run start back up once more. The Salmon River area is and has been receiving some rain recently. Also cooler weather is forecasted for over the weekend.
Water temperatures are slowly but steadily cooling down we have seen water temperatures as cool as 62 degrees in the morning. The nights are cool and the water temperatures are slowly improving. Keep in mind that, ideal water temperatures for salmon is from 52 to 55 degrees. I always say it is amazing how fishing conditions can change from one day to the next, when it comes to fishing the tributaries.
Productive flies have been a size 4 black Bunny Leach, black and silver woolly bugger size 6. We have also had some luck with a salmon fly, that I call a tug toy. I would have to say the best fly recently has been processed. Stick with it and keep your flies swinging to the fish, sooner or later one seems to grab the fly.
I still have prime dates for September and October available. 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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