Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The fishing on the Salmon River continues along as we would expect. Water temperature this week has cooled off sharply. Water temp is around the mid to the upper 50s. The best water temperatures we had so far. This coming week is going to be warmer than this past week. Hopefully the water temperatures will not warm up to much. This week we had steady runs of Chinook salmon, obviously some days are better than others. However we did experience good fishing every day. We're now seeing just a few Coho salmon now and then. I suspect we've seen the bulk of the Coho run for now. Some falls we get a late run of Coho salmon but that is hard to predict. I have only seen a small hand full of salmon trying to spawn. However I have been fishing the lower river. There may be more spawning activity up river. We should start to see the spawning activity pick up, this coming week. Over the last few days, we are starting to see more and more steelhead showing up. Hopefully this is a good sign for steelhead fishing later this month.
The rain has helped with the reservoir levels, how much I am not sure. We get a little over 2 inches of rain this week. Hopefully further up river in the water shed there was more rain fall. The rain fall came over a few days and did not cause much run off in the main river. But we should see the 335 CFS water flow for the upcoming week. This water flow is a comfortable level for most salmon fishermen to fish.
Productive Flies: This week the fly box has started to look like it should. Fishing the lower river: During low light periods flashy flies have been more productive. Also flies with the color hot pink mixed in, has been working for both Chinook salmon and Coho salmon. when the light gets on the water go to more earth colored flies we have been doing fairly well with the standard black and silver, brown and Copper Willie buggers in size 6 and 4. Fishing the upper river: The same flies are working in this part of the river, but go smaller in size. Also try fishing black stone flies in sizes 10 to 6. There may be some spawning starting in this part of the river. It may be time to try some egg flies. As always experiment with the fly patterns.
I still have prime dates for October available,16,17,21,22,23,24. 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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