Monday, April 9, 2012

Been fishing the Salmon River for steelhead over the past week. True to form for steelhead fishing, the fishing has been at times a little challenge. Earlier in the week the fish went into a serious funk. Water temperatures were steadily dropping over three days. The temperature drop was so severe that it actually shut down the spawning activity, and the fish dropped back in to the pools. During this three-day temperature drop, water flows dropped off from 500 CFS to 285 CFS. This water drop certainly didn't help the steelheads mood. As you can imagine this started a lot or rumors about what's going on with the steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. Typical of spring steelhead fishing conditions can and do change quickly. Water temperatures stabilized, the steelhead acclimated to the change in water flow and the fishing picked back up. Over the past week I have observed a lot of steelheads still holding in the upper fly fishing zone and a steady flow of fish through the lower fly fishing zone. Also the upper portion of the open River is also holding a decent number of fish. I fish the lower river in the DSR and did well despite the cold water temp we head that morning. As of now there is a lot of fish in the Salmon River. However you have to fish smart. Water flows and temperature swing, are having a big impact in the steelheads behavior. This is the main reason why a lot of fishermen are experiencing tough fishing. Productive flies have been black stonefly nymphs in size 10 to 6, black woolly buggers in size 6. These two patterns have been taking the majority of our fish. A size 4 black copper woolly bugger is starting to take its share of fish. This pattern has been most effective in the lower river, were most of the drop back steelheads have been hanging out.
The local trout streams in Western New York, time to go fishing. We are seeing midday Hendrickson hatches on practically all of our trout streams. Water flows are at excellent fishing level especially for dry fly fishing. This is turning out to be a great spring for fishing the Hendrickson hatch. There is not much to say about the trout fishing, other than go fishing. Do not forget to follow me no face book.
I do have time available throughout the month of April and in to may. This is for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. If you have any questions about fishing the Salmon River or are interested in some of my available time please feel free to give me a call on my cell, number is 585-233-0436 or you can call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number for the shop is 585-352-4775

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