Friday, September 27, 2013

We are wall in to the salmon run this year. It is no secret that we had an early start. This week has been a little frustrating for fisherman new to salmon fishing. Unlike last year where the runs were consistently heavy and lower water flows made the fish visible, this year we are experiencing a more typical salmon season. This is not all that bad.

Water flows are still holding at 335 CFS. We have received little over an inch of rain last weekIt has been dry for a little over a week; the rain amounted to nothing more than maintenance. As for the 335 CFS water release, this is an excellent water level for salmon fishing.

High enough flow to keep the fish comfortable and moving through the river and low enough for us to easily fish.

So what does a normal salmon season look like? The salmon run pattern has been a decent trickle of fish from first light until mid-day. Some days we will see a second push of fish happening in late afternoon, however this second push of fish is not as dependable as the morning push. What I like about this is there is good fishing every day; you just need to know how to make it happen.  With these daily push of fish there is salmon spread out from one end of the river to next.

For flies and we have been using a range of patterns. The one consistency is that the salmon seem to prefer a smaller fly. Our most productive flies have been tied on size 4 wet-fly hooks. Green butt black bears and comets all seem to be working at any given time. I have also noted that a presentation with more of a dead drift is producing more fish this fall. Small woolly buggers tied on size 6 streamer hooks and at times I have been tying on size 4 wet-fly hooks. As for colors the standard black, brown and olive are all taking their share of fish.


I currently have open dates October 27, 28,29,30,31steelhead time for the Salmon River,November 26, 27, Brown trout time.

Also please keep in mind I do have other days available with two exceptional guides that are working with me this fall. Interested please feel free to give me a call, cell is 585-233-0436 please be persistent I am often in bad cell coverage. Keep trying we will eventually connect.

Friday, September 13, 2013

This past week has been a very interesting week to fish for salmon, on the Salmon River. Most days we were experiencing strong morning runs of fish. This is nothing unusual for mid to late September, not early September. What makes these runs even more special in my mind is that all of the salmon are wild fish. We have not seen a single hatchery fish. All of the hatchery released fish in this year class of salmon have their adipose fin clipped. Also what has been getting my attention is that the sizes of the fish are averaging several pounds heavier this fall. I contribute this to a strong forage base out in the lake. We are off to a good start to the salmon run.
Water flows for this fall have been excellent. Normally the objective is to maintain a minimum water flow release of 335 CFS. This has been the case so far this month we had consistent water flows. It is good to see the Salmon River with good water flows once again, unlike last fall.
The run beaver of the salmon is of a more normal pattern. We will see good fish movement on the morning and tapering off some time, around mid-day. As for flies the standard woolly buggers in sizes 4 and 6 are doing the job. However I have been getting better results with smaller flies.  I have been using a variety of wet flies tied in size 4 and 6. Green but black bears and variations of the silver Hilton are two excellent example.
The biggest challenge over the last couple of days has been the weather. We had a short period of extremely hot weather. As you can imagine water temperatures took a massive upward spike. The temperature spike was over 10°, water temperatures went from 62° all the way up to 74°. With water temperature spikes like that even the early morning fishing became a real challenge. Fortunately the

Weather patterns have changed and cooler weather is here and water temperatures are responding accordingly.
As of now I do have open dates available for September these days are September 21 and 22 this is prime salmon time. October 27, 28,29,30,31 prime steelhead time for the Salmon River. November 26, 27, brown trout time.
 Also please keep in mind I do have other days available with two exceptional guides that are working with me this fall. Interested please feel free to give me a call, cell is 585-233-0436 please be persistent I am often in bad cell coverage keep trying we will eventually connect.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It has been sometime since my last update, in fact way too long. A lot is starting to happen. The Salmon River has been receiving small runs of salmon over the past three weeks. However as we all know when it comes to tributaries fishing conditions do change quickly. Over the past weekend, there has been a sharp slowdown in the pace of the fishing. I contribute this to the warm weather we have been in joying over the past week. A little weather, some rain, and the salmon will be right back to the normal routine.  Judging by the upcoming weather reports this should be happening in the next couple of days. Also over the past weekend the conservation water releases on the Salmon River, has begun. This means minimum water flows will go from 185 CFS to 335 CFS.
 This increase will normally trigger a run of salmon. However this weekend the fishing was extremely slow. Whatever reason, the salmon decided to not show up. What fish were already in the river quickly moved into fly fishing zones. For now most of the salmon are located in the upper fly zone. Keep in mind that the lower fly zone will not open until mid-September.
What is going on with the trout fishing? We had a incredible month of August. Most years I have shut down trout fishing operation, due to low warm water conditions. These low water conditions are typical for us month of August. This year the water conditions have been exceptional. Most of the fishing is concentrated in the mornings and evenings. Small may flies in the morning size 22 and 24 in the evenings try fishing with ants and beetles.
I am now booking dates for September and October. I still have a few days open for both months. However if I am booked on the days that you would like. I have a couple of great guides that will be working with me this fall. More about this guides later. If I am too busy to fish with you, I can make the arrangements for you. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions my cell is 585-233-0436