Sunday, February 3, 2013

We had a warm wet but quick, turn in the weather. This has brought the water flows way up. Early in the week we had a break in the extreme cold, we were able to fish comfortably. Plus the cold helped to bring the water flows back down to a fishing level. As a result we had a good week of fishing. But with the worm weather we gut sown melt and a lot of needed rain. Finally we gut the round of high water we been waiting for. Starting with western NY, everything is blown out for now. The highest water flows we have seen in three years. This is doing a good job cleaning out the rivers. No doubt there is new fish on the way. The oak may be fishing by mid-week at the earliest. The water flow will come down fast, but the water color needs to improve, that will take time. We should see a good run of fish in. last time I was on the Oak, it fish very good. There was a run of fresh steelhead in. I suspect there will be a good number of fish spread out from the dam on down river, in all of the pools. For flies try the standard stuff. Egg flies in size 8 in fluorescent colors such as chartreuse orange. Woolly bunny are a good option, a size 6 white woolly buggers and white bunny flies in the same size is always a good choice. As the water flow drops. Down size the flies and go to natural colored egg flies. The Salmon River is on exception, the warm wet weather has sent the water flows flying. The Salmon River water flow crested at 2800 CFS last week one of the highest flows we have had in a long time. There is a good number of fish in the upper river as of now. With this round of high water, there is no doubt that new fish are running in. As of now the water flow is at 1600 CFS plus run off. A pit high for us to do any winter fly fishing comfortably. The water flow will most likely be coming down soon. As for flies try the standard stuff. Stone fly nymphs and other creepy crawlers - Nymphs like bugs in sizes 12 to 6. On days, when the sun gets on the water, do not hesitate to try swinging fly keep the flies around 2 to 3 inches long.

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