Saturday, October 22, 2016


It’s been a while since my last update. As you can imagine I’ve been on the water a lot lately. If you follow my blog, you know my statement that conditions can and do change quickly. True to form this is exactly what has happened. We have gone from low water drought conditions, to high water flood conditions. We’ve been begging for some rain and that’s exactly what we got. I often say be careful for what we ask for, we may just get it. When all this rain finally settles out, we are going to receive approximately 7 inches of rain. This is a lot of rainfall without being generated by a hurricane. As of now I am still fishing the Salmon River. We are making a shift from salmon fishing to steelhead fishing. We had a great salmon run hopefully this will continue on to the steelhead run. As for water flows, as you can imagine, water flow is up. Water flows went from the minimum flow of 185 CFS a present flow of 1800 CFS. This is not adding the heavy runoff. The run off was so heavy that Douglas salmon run closed operations down due to high water flows for Saturday October 22nd, A rare event to say the least.  As for the fishing, the salmon run was very good run to say the least. We had fish trickling in almost daily, which made the fishing consistently good with just a little bit of effort. Over the last two days I’m seeing a sharp drop off the new salmon coming into the river and a slow but steady improvement in the steelhead fishing. Keep in mind we will still see a few new salmon trickling in periodically and of course there is salmon spawning all through the river as of now. At this stage of the game we will concentrating our efforts towards steelhead fishing. I would like to tell you the type of water and a few techniques we are using catch these steelhead, But the game has changed. One thing is for certain Standard flies will produce, egg patterns in colors of Orange, Chartreuse, and her Oregon cheese. Egg sucking leech, I like the Orange heads on this fly pattern.  For the high water break out all the fun stuff we like to swing. It will take a couple of days to figure out the new patterns with the steelhead fishing. Conditions can and do change quickly.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The biggest change over the past week is the water flows. The water flow started out at 335 CFS, now is reduced to 185 CFS. The drought continues to have its effect. Hopefully we will get some heavy rains soon. Please note; with the present low water flows the lower fly-fishing zone on the Salmon River has been closed. As you can imagine this reduction in water flows is having a big effect on the fishing. Fist the fish are still on the move, the paste of the run has been picking up over the last week or so. This is normal for early October to see heavy runs of salmon; it is now the peak of the run. Obviously with the fishing, we have had made some adjustments to the low water. Nothing-unusual most of our adjustments are basic fishing 101. Low water salmon are more spooky, now, so we needed to back off the fish and make longer cast, lengthen our leaders and of course lighten up on the weight.  Often all we need to do is use a bead headed fly and a little line handling skills. This is often more than is needed to get the fly and keep the fly deep enough for the fish to eat it. The further off you can fish, the more relaxed the salmon will be.  Relaxed salmon will bite more aggressively and well stay in their respective holding location considerably longer. Keep in mind that at this stage of the salmon run, spooked salmon will often react by continuously pushing upriver. We are now in early October and the salmon spawning activity is growing on a daily basis. We should be at pick spawning soon. We are on now occasionally starting to see a few steelheads showing up. Hopefully these fish will keep their normal schedule. The fly pattern that seems to be developing, is at first light in the morning we are having good success with bright colored flies like size 6 crystal willy buggers in colors of bright pink, Purple and occasionally chartreuse. After that once the water gets lit up by the sun, We need to drop down in tippet size. At this point we are fishing size 6 willy buggers or other patterns of equal size. Also picking flies with the flash that is tone down has also been effective. With the spawning now going on, egg flies will now become important addition to the fly box. 
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At this time I still have some prime October days open ,27,30 ideal dates for fishing Steelhead. Please feel free to give me a call [Cell 585-233-0436] and discuss any concerns and your options.