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.
Note:
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.

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