Thursday, September 29, 2011

The salmon continue to come in at a slow trickle, on the Salmon River. There is a good number of fish in the river. Early in the week Coho salmon made up most of the run, but later in the week Chinook salmon started to make up the larger portion of the daily run. Most days the fish are moving around first light, and continuing on to mid afternoon. This is a good dose of fish. It does not seem to bother the salmon if it is sunny or cloudy, they still keep tricking in. as long as the water temperature do not get to warm, the fish will continue to enter the river on a daily basis. I have noticed that water temperature this week had a lot to do with how strong the fish were trickling in. Water temperatures are still in the mid-to low 60s, warm for salmon fishing. One of the advantages of this tricking run, is the fish get spread out throw out the whole river. For now any of your favorite pools you like to fish, you will find fish there. The salmon that are in the upper river are a lot more difficult to get to take flies. Many of these fish have been sitting in the pools for almost three weeks. Longer salmon sit around in their pool, the more reluctant they are too to eat a fly. Once the spawning starts this will all change.
Water flows are still at 335 CFS as of now. Hopefully we can maintain this water flow. Reservoir levels remand a big concern. We only received a half inch of rain since my last report. This is insignificant to have any effect on the water flows. Ones again, we need rain. We will have to see what this last round of rain will do for us. Hope fully water flows will remain at 335 CFS for the upcoming week.
Productive Flies: we have been using the large variety of flies. Once again we have been forced to constantly experiment with fly patterns. One pattern that is starting to consistently show itself is that during low light periods flashy flies have been more productive. Also flies with the color hot pink mixed in, has been working for Coho salmon. For Chinook salmon we have been doing fairly well with the standard black and silver, brown and Copper Willie buggers in size 6. Obviously staying with the brighter colors and flashier flies, during low light periods, go with the more earth colored flies when the sun is on the water.
I still have prime dates for October available 6,16,17,21,22. 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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