Thursday, October 27, 2011

Salmon River watershed

The Salmon River watershed has finally received enough rain to cause an increase in water flow. Water flow has been gradually increasing to1000 CFS Wednesday October 26. I would strongly recommend from here on that you pay close attention to water flows. I would also recommend checking with water line before you intend to fish, verifying water flows. This increase in water flow has clean out the river of dead salmon and the leaves that have been plaguing us.

The higher water flows as drawn in a few late running salmon. However the numbers of salmon are small. At this point the members of salmon within the river itself are now dropping off significantly with the spawning winding down. With the increase in water flows, steelheads continue to trickle in on a daily basis. At this point there is steelhead spread out to the entire river from top to bottom. All of your favorite pools are now holding at least a few steelheads. We have been seeing and catching a few brown trout lately. These are more of a bonus fish, than a fish that we would target.

Even though the salmons spawning activity is winding down. There are a lot of stray eggs lying loose in the river bottom. This recent increase in water flow has sent these stray eggs adrift, as a result creating a strong egg bit with steelhead. Fishing your favorite egg flies is going to be the most productive fly patterns. With the high water flows at this present time, concentrate your efforts along the current seems. We have been using strike indicators to help control our drift and keep our fly in the strike zone.

We have been having the best success with orange nuclear role bugs and daring lowlight periods go with chartreuse egg patterns. We have also been having some success swinging flies in the lower river, with a higher water flows. The best success is coming from small intruders and skirt flies. Keep the flies somewhere around 2 ½ to 4 1/2 inches long.

Over the next few days, I will be finishing up my schedule time on the Salmon River. After this I'll be moving back home to Western New York to fish for Brown trout. I will continue to report on the Salmon River along with the Western New York tributaries. I also continue to make forays back to the Salmon River depending on fishing conditions.

I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. 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. For more good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

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