Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The fishing on the Salmon River has taken a turn over the past week. The cold weather that we have been experiencing has caused sharp water temperature drops. These water temperature fluctuations have been as much as 6 decreases in the lower River. This time of the year it doesn't take more than 2 or 3 decreases to shut the fishing down. We dealt with this water temperature fluctuation, by fishing the upper river near the reservoirs in the morning. We can use the reservoirs as a heat sink to buffer the worst of the water temperature fluctuations. Until late afternoon and then we make a move to lower river to take advantage of warming water temperatures. When this happens it will often turn fishing on in the lower river. These water temperature fluctuations are normal for this time of the year. We will often have to deal with big temperature swings during cold snaps. Understanding this and learned how to manage these conditions is all part of fishing during late October and November.
Water flows are coming back down. The Salmon River is now back to flowing at 335 CFS. Looks like the fishing will be back on track for the upcoming week.
The egg bite is going strong in the upper river. Over the past week or so, we must have had a run of Coho salmon sneak past us. Lower fly fishing zone has been full of spawning Coho salmon over the past week. In amongst all of these spawning salmon we have been able to find a few steelheads. With the moderating water temperatures I suspect this egg bite will be spread all the way down through to the Pikeville access point. The egg bite is starting to die down in the lower river, enough so that when the water temperatures are favorable swinging flies are now becoming productive once again.
I am now back home fishing for Brown trout in the Western New York tributaries. Fortunately we have received some decent rains last week and have received good runs of Brown trout. We are definitely off to a good start for November. Unfortunately many of our streams and creeks need a steady flow of rain to stay in good fishing connection. Hopefully the weather patterns from November will start to get wet.
For my Brown trout fishing I will primarily stay with orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs. These are also excellent egg flies to use on the Salmon River. Flies for swing for steelhead, stay with wilily buggers, Bonnie leeches, intruders. Keep these flies somewhere between 2 1/2 to 41/2 inches long.
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. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on 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. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

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