Saturday, October 22, 2011

The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River continues to pick up the pace almost daily. All of my fishing efforts are now concentrated on steelhead fishing. By now steelheads are now becoming spread out through the entire river system. With the intense salmon spawning you can find steelhead almost anywhere there's a large concentration of salmon. Look for these fish in the cuts, slots and pockets around spawning salmon. Keep in mind that the egg bite is on. The river is becoming saturated with eggs. Most days we have been fishing egg patterns under strict indicators for our best success.
The rainfall that we received in the Salmon River watershed, over the past few days has not been enough to cause any significant run off. However not to sound too fussy, we did receive enough to maintain the present water flow. The present water flow is still at 335 CFS, this will most likely stay this week for at least another week. This has been one of the most consistent water flow we seen in years.
The biggest improvement this week in conditions has been the water temperature. Cold weather has dropped water temperature down to the mid-50 degree range. This is where the water temperature should be for the time of the year. The mid-50 degree water temperature is also ideal for steelhead fishing. This water temperature has turned on the steelhead, when hooked they have been exploding.
The crowds have also started to drop off significant, all through the river. However the fishing pressures in the fly fishing zones remain high. This will remain this way for a week or two. Ones the salmon stop spewing, the crowds will lighten up.
Chinook salmon continued to trickle in almost daily. However I have noticed the pace of new salmon entering the river to have slowed down. This is normal for this time of the year. My best guess is that we have the vast majority of the salmon in the river now. The salmon are definitely in full spawned. Anywhere there's suitable spawning habitat you will find salmon spawning there.
As you can imagine our most productive flies are now egg patterns. We have been having the best success with size 8 nuclear role bugs, in colors of orange and oregon cheese. Occasionally we have been able to have some good days swing flies for steelhead. When this happens we have been having the best success with Leach patterns in size 4. As always do not hesitate to experiment and try your favorite egg patterns.
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 information go to – good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

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