Saturday, September 19, 2015

It has been a slow start to the salmon run on the Salmon River. The week started out with just a few fish moving each morning in to the river, not much to fish to.  Earlier this past week, larger groups of salmon started to move into the estuaries. Over the last few mornings these groups of salmon have started to move in to the lower river. And make there way throw the DSR. Looks like this coming week we should see some decent numbers of Salmon starting to run the river.
Over the past week the lower fly-fishing zone has reopened, for now there’s only a few fish in both upper and lower fly-fishing zones. For now the fishing pressure is very light especially mid week, we are basically fishing for a fish or two a day. Still, a very pleasant time to be on the water, especially before things get busy.
As for files we are using wooly buggers, primarily in earth tone colors brown, copper, black, olive.  It is more important to cover as much water efficiently as possible then the fly we are using at this time.  When there is just a few fish in the system, we need to fish through as much prime fish holding water as possible. Doing this will increase our chances of crossing paths with cooperative fish. When the fish are not moving or very few fish are moving, we need to move.
Over the past weekend we received a decent amount of rainfall, over 2 inches. Unfortunately we have been very dry lately all this rain amounted to is what I call maintenance. We definitely still can use more rain. Water flows have remained at a constant 335 CFS, fall minimum flow.
Up coming spey casting clinic on the Salmon River, there is still room available for October 3 Saturday, starting time 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Meet at 2.A fishing excess parking
My guidebook remains open, and there is still of prime days available for
October dates 17,29,30 for both salmon fishing and steelhead fishing.
November dates 28,29,30 Open. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing. Note; Rick Smith, many of you already know Rick, Will be available to do trips on the Salmon River and the surrounding Creek for steelhead.
December remains wide open, this can be an interesting month to fish with lots of opportunities and light fishing pressure.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me cell 585-233-0436

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