Friday, April 20, 2012

It may not feel like it, but the steelhead fishing is still going on. Water flows on the Salmon River is still flowing at 285CFS. We need rain. Despite the low water flows I am able to drift the river with my new drift boat without much trouble. Covering a lot of water has now become the name of the game. I am now seeing very little spawning activity. Even though, for now there is still a good number of fish holding in the upper fly fishing zone. Water temps have warmed up, in the last few days. Into the upper 40s to the low 50 –degree range. The warmer water temperatures have help to get the fish interested in chasing a swing fly. I have also been seen large numbers of baby Chinook salmon all through the river. These little fish are a main source of food for both the steelhead and the resident Brown trout. When it gets right down to it the feeding frenzy is getting under way. Hopefully we will be able to take full advantage of the opportunity. Lately the productive flies have been stonefly nymphs, black and silver woolly buggers, and recently the copper brown woolly bugger is starting to take hold. Hopefully I can improve upon my baby Chinook salmon fly. We can always use another high producing fly pattern in our box. All of the area trout streams are in good fishing condition. There is still Hendrickson hatching with good spinner returns in the evenings when conditions are favorable. Keep in mind, for mayfly spinners to return air temperatures must be above 60 degrees with calm wind conditions. When you have these conditions you can count on a spinner fall at dusk. Along with the Hendrickson's there's also a blue wing Olive hatch going on at the same time. If the fish are not eating the big bugs, then fish a size 16 Olive. As of now I would have to say the hatches on our trout streams are running approximately 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Time will tell if the schedule continues. As for the Salmon River, it is looking like there will still be decent numbers of steelhead around for the month of May. At the very worst, the bugs will be hatching and the resident Brown trout will be on the feed. Over the past few springs we've also seen the front end of our Atlantic salmon run. Early to mid-May in the Salmon River has become an interesting time to fish. As of now I am scheduled to be on the Salmon River until early May. If interested in experiencing some of this fishing please feel free to give me a call my cell number is 585-233-0436 Note: I have finally done it. I now have a Facebook account. I have a bad habit of slowly adapting modern technology. I will be using Facebook for more daily updates and whatever's.

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