Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wrapping Up The Kings


It's mid-October and the fishing is fired up all along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, including Western New York. Even though water flows in all of the Western New York rivers and creeks are low, salmon are managing to work their way through the system. Oak Orchard is probably the most productive of all the rivers as of now. The Oak Orchard has received runs of both Chinook salmon and Brown trout.

At the present time, I am still fishing the Salmon River, concentrating my efforts on Steelhead. Over the past week we have had a few changes to the fishing. The first, and to a great relief to most fishermen, is the water flow. Currently the water flow is finally at the fall minimum flow of 335 CFS. Looks like we finally got enough rain to get the reservoir and the river back to the levels we need. Hopefully we will continue to receive more rain throughout the remainder of the fall. The second big change is that most of the Chinook salmon have now finished spawning and are quickly disappearing. It has been a salmon run to remember. The salmon are finally clearing out of the river and we are definitely into steelhead season. Just because the salmon have spawned and died off, does not mean their influence has gone away. The river bottom is totally saturated with salmon eggs. The egg bite in the upper portion of the river is intense. The best approach to fishing in the upper river is to use a nymph fishing technique with egg flies. The egg patterns I'm still using are nuclear roe bugs. The best productive size and color over the last few days has been a size 8 Oregon Cheese. When the wind is blowing, a lot of leaves are falling into the river. Brighter colored flies such as chartreuse can make a big difference.



For those you who like to swing flies concentrate your efforts in the lower river. Even though dead drifting egg patterns is still very effective. Newly arriving steelhead have not been exposed to the heavy concentrations of stray salmon eggs yet and are more inclined to chase a swinging fly. All I can say for fly selection for swinging flies is --experiment--. My suggestion would be to keep your flies under 3 1/2 inches long. Keep moving and cover a lot of water.



Note:
I have no more dates available for the month of October. Thank you everyone! Dates open for November are 23,24,25,27,28,29,30. The November dates will be fishing the Western New York tributaries for Lake run Brown trout and steelhead.

Also keep in mind that one of my guides will be available to do Salmon River trips  through the month of November. Rick is an outstanding fly fishing guide.

Please feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl. The number is 585-352-4775. Or call my cell at 585-233-0436

Monday, October 15, 2012

Release The Hounds (Water)


The big news is that we finally got an increase in the water flow. At least for now, we will be having a water flow of 285 CFS. We've also had a sharp drop in water temperatures. I have recorded water temperatures as low as 44 degrees. This is quite cold for this time a year. Water temperatures have typically been right in the mid-50 degree range.


The massive salmon run that we have enjoyed over the last few weeks is finally starting to slow down. Right on schedule. However this is not to say that there's not a lot of salmon spread out through the entire river. We will definitely be seeing small runs of Chinook salmon for the next couple of weeks. The same woolly bugger program is still producing all the salmon we need to catch. With all the spawning that's been going on, now we can add egg flies to the mix.


It is now becoming steelhead season. Right now the biggest challenge in the steelhead fishing is working around all the spawning salmon. My favorite comment for this time of the year is that we are fishing around the 20 pound fish to the 10 pound fish. The increase in water flow has had a terrific effect on the steelhead fishing. First the increase in water flow is pulling fish in front of the Lake, new fish are constantly on the run. At the same time with all the salmon spawning from one end of the river to the other end. The increase in water flow has created a massive egg drift. You guessed it, big-time egg bite. The steelheads are keyed in on all the stray salmon eggs in the river. Over the last few days our most productive flies have been, orange nuclear roe bugs. We're also catching fish with a variety of estaz egg patterns, all in a size 8.

Note:
I have no more dates available for the month of October. Thank you everyone!
Open dates for November are: 23,24,25,27,28,29,30. The November dates will be fishing the Western New York tributaries for Lake run Brown trout and steelhead. Also keep in mind that one of my guides will be available to do Salmon River trips also through the month of November. Rick is an outstanding fly fishing guide. Please feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl. The number is 585-352-4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436

Monday, October 8, 2012

Salmon River Holding Strong


True to form for the month of October, salmon fishing is starting to fire up all along the lake shore. Despite the low water flows, Chinook salmon are starting to show up in a few of the Western New York tributaries. Both the Genesee River and Oak Orchard River have received good runs of salmon.

I am still fishing the Salmon River, and will be until the end of the month. The salmon run is still holding up. We have seen some slow-down in the run activity. One day the run is all out and the next day, very little to no movement. There is so many salmon in the river that it doesn’t matter. We are still getting all the action we want.


Despite the low waters salmon are making their way through the entire river system and have even reached the upper fly fishing zone. (Note: the lower fly fishing zone still remains closed.) We are seeing a fair amount of steelhead recently in the lower river. I will be concentrating my efforts more on steelhead over the coming days, and the way the conditions are looking, I think my biggest challenge will be fishing around all the salmon.


Over the past week the Salmon River watershed received a little more rainfall. However the ground is still extremely dry. I do not anticipate a change in water flow yet. We still need a lot more rainfall to get us out of this intense drought. The river water flow is still holding at 185 CFS. Obviously the fish do not mind this water flow. The upcoming weather forecast is for cooler weather and a little more rain. Every bit helps.

We're still having good success dead drifting and swinging woolly buggers in a variety of colors and sizes. We have been working between three colors, black/silver, brown/copper and olive. When fishing in low light conditions, the darker colors are working the best. In bright sunny conditions olive woolly buggers have been devastating. Depending on the day and the mood of the fish, the size will very between a size 4 and a size 6. We have been constantly experimenting throughout the day, to see which combination of fly size and color will be the best producers.

For the Chinook salmon it is now prime spawning time and the river bottom is quickly filling up with eggs. With the huge run of salmon we are experiencing this fall, we are going to have a big egg bite.  Obviously we are now using a lot more egg patterns. As of now we are primarily using size 8 nuclear roe bugs. We have been recently having our best success with the color orange but I suspect the number of eggs lying around the color Oregon Cheese will become my hot color soon.


Note:
I have only one date available for  fall fishing on the Salmon River: October 27th. The following November dates will be fishing the Western New York tributaries for Lake run Brown trout and steelhead:
November 7,23,24,25,27,28,29,30.
Please feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl. The number is 585-352-4775 or my cell at 585-233-0436