Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Back on the Salmon River

We made the move to the Salmon River, more on that later. Starting with western NY, Steelhead fishing continues on the Oak Orchard, however the water is very muddy. The fish are hard to see in the mud but they are there. I suspect there will be steelheads coming and going for two more weeks. If the muddy water is heavy, remember the fish are still in the same spots they were before the water went up. For flies, use the big colorful flies that we like to tie.

The trout fishing on the inland streams should be going by the end of the week. Water flows are quickly coming into fishing conditions. I would expect to see the first hatches of this trout season soon. The two mayflies we should be seeing will be Quill Gordons and Hendricksons. Expect to see these mayflies hatching mid-day.

The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River has been challenging. Not because of lack of fish, but due to river conditions. Cold water temperatures have made the fish reluctant to take. One day they are seriously on the bite and the next day they could care less...typical steelhead. Now we are dealing with extreme high water conditions. As of writing this report the River has blown up to over 4000 CFS and will go as high as 7,600 CFS. This will most certainly bring in the last of the Steelhead. Extreme high water events such as the one we are experiencing now, generally do not last much longer than 24 hours. And since water temperatures have improved considerably, I expect to be back on the water very shortly. Probably in a day or two.

Once we get back on the water, we should be finding steelhead spread out and spawning on the gravel beds. We can also find fish starting to go back on the feed holding in the pools. For now both due to the high water and spawning related habits, most of the fish are in the upper river. Productive flies are egg patterns. We have been doing well with a size 8 Oregon cheese nuclear roe bug. Black stone flies and size 6 black woolly buggers have also been taking more than their share of fish.

Judging by the way things are looking, we are going to have good steelhead fishing into May this year. If you are interested in experiencing some steelhead fishing before these fish head back to the lake, I still have a few dates open and Rick is always available. Feel free to give me a call. My cell number is 585-233-0436

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring is slowly cropping it way in. The steelhead fishing in Western NY is finally starting to tack off. The water temperatures has wormed up to the 40 degrees mark. Because the water has been slowly warming, the spring steelhead run has been more of a trickle than a run. This is not all that bad of a thing. A slow run will last longer, even though the fishing is not as fast pace as some would like. The fishing is consistently decent. Allowing everyone a chance to get some good fishing in. My biggest concern is water flow. We have not had any significant precipitation in over two weeks. As for now, so far so good, water flows are low but fishing. We do need some rain.  We are funding fish on the gravel and in the pools. For flies, we are having our best results with black woolly buggers when we are fishing on the gravel. When fishing in the pools we are having our best success with egg patterns.
The Salmon River;  With the recent cold snap, spring runoff has been slowed. As of now the water flow is at 500 CFS plus run off. There is a snow base of over 6 feet in the Salmon River watershed. Once runoff starts, I suspect water flows are going to increase significant. We will need to keep a watch on water conditions. For now there is a significant amount of fish in the upper River. There has been some limited spawning activity, however once snowmelt starts, water temperatures will drop significantly, putting a stop to spawning activity. The runoff water from the melting snow will be cold enough to make the fishing difficult. Most of the time, this will last for a week or two, then water temperatures improve and the fishing will turn back on. For now stonefly nymphs are the most productive fly patter. Stay with size12 to 8 in black.
Not; I still have openings for April 9,10,11, May 9,10,11,12,13,14,15. The May fishing will be swing flies for drop back steelhead and by mid-May there will be the first of the Atlantic Salmon.  All this with a bit of trout fishing mixed in. If interested please feel free to give me a call my cell number is 585-233-0436