Thursday, September 22, 2011

Salmon River Update

The fishing on the Salmon River has made a considerable turnaround from last week. Last week the runs have stalled out and we were not receiving any new fish entering the lower River. As of last Friday the salmon have started to run consistently, so far the fish have not missed a day. Generally we have been receiving a consistent trickle of fish. Some days are obviously better than other days but the fishing has been consistently good. We have been seeing a study flow of Chinook salmon; however most of fish have been Coho salmon. By now you can expect to find good numbers of fish spread out through the entire river system. Both fly fishing zones are quickly filling up with Chinook and Coho salmon.

The Salmon River watershed has been receiving some rain over the past week. However the rainfall has been insignificant and water levels in the reservoir are still a concern. Seems like we're always in need of some good rainfall this fall. Water flows can be hard to predict, but so far water flows have remained at 335 CFS. I suspect this 335 CFS water flow is going to remain in effect for some time. This water flow is probably the most convenient flow for most fishermen when it comes to fishing for salmon.

Productive flies: has been a big challenge. I have not been able to narrow down a fly selection to a small group of three or four effective patterns. I have been forced to carry a large selection of flies. Some days it seems almost impossible to figure out just what the fish wants. It seems like each individual fish wants something different. The few patterns that I have been able to diagnose, is that early-morning in lowlight conditions the Coho salmon prefer something pink. As for the Chinook salmon, they have been just as inconsistent on fly patterns. For now you need to do a lot experimenting.

 Note: I still have prime dates for October available 3,4,6,14,15. 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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