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

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