Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The salmon fishing on the Salmon River is starting to happen. Water flows over the weekend were at 335 CFS. However now the water flows have been increased to 750 CFS. The area has been getting some rain, and the reservoir starting to fill back up. Not only has the recent rainfall increased the water flow, but also has helped to drop the water temperature. For now the water temperature is more important than water flow. Water temperature has been in the mid to low 70 degree range during the past week. This is too warm for the salmon to run in large numbers. However the water temperatures have gotten in to the upper 60 degrees range during a few cooler morning and few salmon have started to run this past week. This recent rainfall and increase in water flow has triggered a good run of salmon. Water temperatures have also improved significantly as a result, the pace of migrating salmon within the river system has resumed a normal pace. At these water flows, typically it will take a salmon 3 to 4 days to migrate through the river. Most of the salmon are in the lower river, for now. You must keep in mind, it is early September yet. There is not a lot of fish spread out through the river yet. But for this time of the fall, the fishing is good.
Because the warm temperatures can be fluctuating, at the upper end of the fish comfort level, the best fishing is from first light to mid-morning. Then again late afternoon until dark, when you can find a few fish starting to move once again.
Ones the salmon get in the river water temperatures will dictate how slow or how fast the salmon will move through the river system. Keeping this in mind will make it easier to predict where we can find the salmon from one day to the next. Of course conditions can and do change quickly. There is a fair amount of rain forecasted for this coming week. Depending on the water temperatures and how much rain we do get will have a big influence on how well the salmon will be running this coming week. Also water flows and reservoir levels are a big concern. This recent big shot of rain has gone a long ways in helping to encourage the salmon to run.
Productive flies have been black leech patterns, and black and silver wilily bloggers in size 4. Nothing new here, these flies are good dependable standby Chinook salmon catching flies.
I still have prime dates for September and October available. 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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