Friday, October 24, 2014

Water flows still are at 350 CFS really. However we have had rain on and off all week, nothing heavy but enough to create a tiny bit of run off. Being late October, an other element to water conditions is now leaves. We have had a few days where in late afternoon leaves have become a slight issue. However the trees seem to be slowly dropping there leaves and the wet weather has helped keep the lease stuck to the ground.
This past week has been all about steelhead fishing. However I would have to rate the steelhead fishing as, technical. What I mean by this is that if you know the water well, and understand the fish. The fishing has been very good. However for the average fisherman the past week has been fair at best. This is very typical of late October November steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I have been finding concentrates of steelhead spread out through the entire river. We have been finding most of the steelhead hanging out where the salmon have been spawning. For the salmon, at this point most of the salmon have already completed they’re spawning and died off. This is not to say that there is no more salmon running in the Salmon River.  For now most of your salmon and spawning activities will be concentrated in the up river in the fly zones.
The fishing in West New York has definitely picked up. Water flows are still very low, however fish are starting to enter all the rivers and creeks. There is a mix of Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead. The fishing should steadily improve as we enter the month of November. Hopefully we will receive enough rain to bring water flows up.
Productive flies, for this week have been a mixed bag of stuff. This year we did not have the normal intensive spawning of salmon. We have been able to use a variety of wet flies and intruders. Swinging flies has been very effective so far this fall. Where we do have salmon spawning the egg bit is definitely going on.  In these locations we are going back to the basics of fishing with egg files and using our nymph fishing skills. For the most part we have been keeping our egg patterns about a size 8, but we have had to experiment constantly with colors.
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I have dates in November,24,26,28,29,30 available, this will be fishing for Lake run Brown Trout and steelhead. Anyone that has any questions, Feel free to give me a call at your convenience cell is 585-233-0436

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Water flows are still holding at 350 CFS. Plus now we do have some runoff to enhance the water release flows. However I do suspect a water flow increase this coming week, do to rain fall.
Time is moving fast. We are well into the month of October. Finally a lot is starting to change with the fishing.  The biggest change this past week has been with rainfall. We have received enough rain to refill the reservoir and caused some runoff. The runoff the in the lower river was very dirty at one point. In fact the water looked like spring runoff in Western New York, muddy brown. Water conditions like this on the Salmon River is very rare. The day that we had the dirty runoff there was enough runoff to trigger a large run of salmon that lasted for two days. The run was big enough to shut down the steelhead fishing while the salmon made their way through.
The steelhead fishing was back on track as soon as the big salmon push moved through. As I said before every fall is different. This year there is not a lot of salmon spawning in the river, especially the lower river. This has a big effect on the steelhead fishing. Normally we will have a big egg bite going on by now, all through the river. This fall we are still picking fish with egg patterns in the lower river. However the larger flies that we enjoy fishing on the swing have been more productive, at lest in the lower river. The upper river is where most of the spawning is happing, the egg bite is going on there.
Productive flies, for this week for steelheads has been Black stoneflies, orange, pink egg flies. we have been using size 8 and10 egg patterns. Also try fishing intruders and colors or combinations of Black, Purple, orange, hot pink. For the most part keep your flies about three to 3 ½ inches long. For salmon the standard Willy buggers in black and silver, brown and copper, olive. This week we did our best in lowlight fishing conditions with pink and purple estaz woolly buggers. The best size this week for Willy bugger fishing is a size 6.

Note;

I still have prime dates available, In mid October,21,22,24,25 for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I also have dates in November 20,21,22,23,24,26,28,29,30 available, this will be fishing for Lake run Brown Trout and steelhead. Anyone that has any questions, Feel free to give me a call at your convenience cell is 585-233-0436

Sunday, October 12, 2014



Starting with the Salmon River. We did receive some rain this week, however the rainfall did not amount too much more than maintenance. As a result water flows remained constant at 350 CFS.  The weather forecast for this week is predicting some more rain. Hopefully we will receive enough to create some run off and possibly an increase in waterfalls.

The salmon fishing continues to be spotty. One day we will have a strong trickle of fish flowing all day, the next day no salmon movement at all. At best the salmon fishing has been and still is spotty. However when the salmon fishing is on we have been enjoying good salmon fishing. This is not to say that there is a full out run and you can catch salmon anywhere in the river with anything you want. When these strong trickles of salmon are happening, you still need to be in productive water and fishing it correctly. The salmon run is still running way behind schedule. This also goes for the spawning activities; we are still only seeing limited spawning mostly in the upper river. At this Point I am focusing most of my activities in the lower portions of the river. We have been finding our best salmon activity to be around first light to late morning that is if there is not much salmon movement. After that our fishing efforts turn to steelhead.

The steelhead fishing is a different story. I would say that the steelhead fishing is definitely running about a month ahead of schedule. Steelhead fishing has gotten consistent enough that the salmon or not actively running we are focusing on fishing for steelhead. This is nothing new, and I said in previous update we are experiencing good Steelhead fishing. However over the past week the steelhead fishing has improved sharply. The past week more new fish are coming in to the river. We are starting to have consistent fishing in both ends of the river. As of now I have not received any reliable reports of the quality of the steelhead fishing from the middle river.

Productive flies, for this week has been Black stoneflies, orange, pink egg flies, and of course the standard Willy buggers in black and silver, brown and copper, olive. This week we did our best in lowlight fishing conditions with pink estaz woolly buggers. The best size this week for willy bugger fishing is a size 6.

Note;

I still have prime dates available, In mid October16,17,18,21,22,24,25 for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I also have dates in November 20,21,22,23,24,26,28,29,30 available, this will be fishing for Lake run Brown Trout and steelhead. Anyone that has any questions, Feel free to give me a call at your convenience cell is 585-233-0436

Sunday, October 5, 2014



This past week we have finally received a little rainfall. This rainfall was not enough to cause much of an increase in water flows. However I fear this rainfall is insignificant to keep water flows at consistent levels, unless we receive more rain soon. For now water flows remained consistent at 350 CFS
Looks like the salmon fishing has started to turn towards a positive. Late last week we had the first real run of salmon. Hopefully from this point, we well have study flows of fish.  The few salmon that has been in the river have started to spawn. Spawning activity is right on schedule,  hopefully the salmon biological time clock will keep the run moving along for the rest of the month. If at this point the salmon continue move into the river on a daily basis. We will have consistent fishing from top of the river to the bottom of the river. On the Salmon River, It takes approximately 3 to 4 days for a salmon to reach the lower flyfishing zone in the upper river. With this in mind we can often project where particular groups of salmon are located along the river.
The steelhead fishing continues to move along, way head of the normal. At this point one can expect to catch a steelhead or two in the fly zones, granted you are fishing the appropriate pools and runs. This is not to say steelhead fishing has become a guaranteed. For now the steelhead fishing is running ahead of the normal time schedule.
 Productive flies, for this week has been Black stoneflies, orange, pink egg flies, and of course the standard Willy buggers in black and silver, brown and copper, olive. This week we did our best in lowlight fishing conditions with pink estaz woolly buggers. The best size this week for willy bugger fishing is a size 6.

Note;
I still have prime dates available, In mid October16,17,18,21,22,24,25 for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I also have dates in November 20,21,22,23,24,26,28,29,30 available, this will be fishing for Lake run Brown Trout and steelhead. Anyone that has any questions, Feel free to give me a call at your convenience cell is 585-233-0436