Friday, November 10, 2017

It has been a while since my last update starting with the Salmon River the fishing started out with some of the best steelhead fishing we have seen in over 3 yeas, and then it all changed. Late in the week we got slammed with a major rainstorm.  This storm dumped over 6 ½ inches of rain in 24 hours. Just as the weather service said we got flooded. As of writing this update, River conditions have not comes back into fishing conditions. I do suspect that within a few days conditions well improved considerably. This recent round of heavy rain and minor flooding is nothing more than a minor in convenience. Losing a few days of fishing is a small price to pay for setting up good fishing conditions for the next couple of months. Once water flows come down we will find steelhead spread from the upper fly zone all The way down river. The Salmon River in the surrounded rivers will be having decent to good steelhead fishing until winter conditions takes hold.
This is the time in the fall when I make my move from the Salmon River to the lake Ontario tributaries of western New York.  For the next few weeks I’ll be focused on fishing for Lake run brown trout. Those of you who have had the opportunity to Fish for these fish know how special these brown trout are. Once again heavy rainfall has had an effect on the tributaries on the west end of Lake Ontario. However the effect is not the extreme, that we have experienced on the Salmon River area in the east end of the lake. Fishing conditions have and are quickly improvement. Brown trout are starting to move into the creeks. First week of November is when we see  the biggest fish. Going forward productive flies; for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, it will be a mix of wet flies and small intruders. Those of you who want to swing, stay mid river, low river for you best results. Up river that will be a egg bite for sometime to come, Standard egg flies are going to be it. For the brown trout fishing, it will be fishing egg flies for the next few weeks.
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I also have dates available for Rick, in November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him. Rick will be focusing on the Salmon River and the surrounding smaller rivers for the steelhead fishing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

This week has been a transition week for the Salmon River. The end of an incredible salmon run, the start of the steelhead run. Those of you who head the opportunity to fish the salmon run with me, know exactly what I’m talking about. Massive numbers of fish ran the river, and the Guide service salmon record was broken twice this fall. Going in to this fall the previous record was 37 pounds. This fall we landed a 38 ½ pound Chinook salmon in early September two weeks later we top that fish with a 43 pound salmon. An incredible fish the size of which I thought I would never see. As I said this is been an amazing salmon run. Now the steelhead is starting to show up. Each day I am becoming more confident we are going to have a decent to good run of steelhead. Earlier these fish were incredibly crappy. However water temperatures finally cooled off, and I figured it out their behavior and adjusted. Which is normally what happens with crappy fish, we adapt to their behavior. For now most of the steelhead are still in the lower to mid River.  It will not take long for these fish to start showing up in the upper river including the fly zones.  With the waterfalls that we had this fall there was minimal spawning in the lower river. As a result when the steelhead first come into the river they are not is dialed in on eggs. We are experiencing some wonderful classic fishing with a swinging fly. I suspect for the lower River this is going to be fishing this pattern for sometime to come. Ones the fish get in the mid river they will become more keyed in eggs.
Productive flies; this week the A lot of fun swing variations of small intruders in the lower river. Flies are approximately 2 and half to 3 ½ inches long. I personally like to tie them on plastic tubes, Colors are a mixes of pink, purple, black, white and olive. Did find that pinks and purples were good early today colors, midday olives and black worked excellent. For egg flies size 8 and 10 are working just fine. As for the colors the standard Oregon cheese, orange and chartreuse, pink are working just fine.
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I also have dates available for Rick, in November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him. Rick will be focusing on the Salmon River and the surrounding smaller rivers for the steelhead fishing.

If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Monday, October 9, 2017

It has been a while since my last update, long busy days on the water. After a long period of hot dry whether we’re finally getting a little rain. So far the rainfall has not mounted too much run off, the ground is a bit dry. Little luck the rain will become a more of a regular event and we can see an increase in our water flows. As of now water flows have remained at a release of 335 CFS, However this water flow has very little extra run off with it. Water temperatures still remains, warm for this time of year, Temperatures fluctuating between upper 50s and low 60 degrees mark. Despite the warm water temperatures salmon spawning activity is happening all up and down the river. We are still receiving light trickles of fresh salmon almost daily, but the pace of the run has slowed down. There is at this time a lot of salmon from one end of the river to the next. We are focusing most of our salmon fishing efforts in the heads of the pools and in the fast flowing runs.  The salmon are not spending as much time holding in the deeper slower portions other pools anymore. They are focusing on and around spawning habitat.
We are starting to see more steelhead every day. Hopefully this will continue, still guardedly optimistic. Over the pass week there were reports of both steelhead and occasionally a big brown trout being caught, including a few from our groups.  It is early yet for steelhead but things can you do change quickly, Especially when it comes to steelhead fishing.
Productive flies; this week have been more oriented towards egg patterns. Egg sucking leeches and size 4 with black bodies, Orange, chartreuse, pink have been the best colors for this pattern. As the spawning pace increases egg flies are now becoming the daily standard. For now size 8 eggbeaters and nuclear row-bugs in colors of Orange in chartreuse I getting the job done.

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I still have a few prime days available for mid to late October 21,22,27,28,29. These dates are steelhead fishing. The fish are fresh from the lake in full of flight. October steelheads are some of the hottest Fish of the entire tributary season.
I also have also have dates available for Rick, October and November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him.
If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436



Thursday, September 28, 2017


This past week has been a hot one when it comes to the weather. We had air temperatures that were well in excess of 80° every day. The hottest driest weather that we’ve had all year, enough to remind me why I’m not a big fan of summer weather. The hot temperatures were definitely negatively affecting the fishing with all this heat. The last few day’s this past week, we had water temperatures in the lower river excess of 70°. Salmon being what they are, will do what they do. The salmon continued to trickle into the river system despite the warm water temperatures. However it did affect both how they moved to the fly and there performance when hooked. We head to significantly slowdown our swing speed and the type of water we were fishing. Our best action came from to heads of the pools and pocket water located in faster river currents. The reason for this is, this type of water will have more oxygen due to the physical education from the River currents.
Our friend and guide Rick Smith, spend some time floating the upper river Rick and is groups reported seen impressive amounts of salmon throughout their float, and the salmon willingness to eat a fly.  This included the lower fly zone where they started there fishing day. It is definitely enjoyable to report there’s plenty of salmon throughout the Salmon River, especially after experiencing a couple lean years. This coming week I am anticipating a sharp increase in the pace of the fishing. The last week of September first week of October, we traditionally see some of our largest runs of salmon, prime time. Also we finally get a break in the weather. Air temperatures are supposed to be  over 20° cooler from this point on. This will bring water temperatures back down to ideal temperatures for the salmon. Also there is some rain in the upcoming forecast, which never hurts.
Production flies; The old stand buys such as Wooly burgers in black and olive, sizes 4 and 6 are doing very well. I have also had a few occasions where the add stuff performs very well. So for flies, do not hesitate to do the try it and see what happens game.  I have been fishing the lower River and have not noticed any spawning activity yet. However there could be some happening in the upper river, fly fishing zones. Once spawning activity starts, egg patterns will become a very productive fly, the best color when spawning first start is orange. 

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I still have a few prime days available for mid to late October. These dates are steelhead fishing. The fish are fresh from the lake in full of flight. October steelheads are some of the hottest Fish of the entire tributary season. I also have also have dates available for Rick, October and November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and  Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him.

If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This past week the salmon fishing has slowed down. However for this time of year the fishing is still very good. I contribute the slowdown to weather conditions. This past week was a warm one. Probably some of the warmest driest weather we’ve had all season. Of course right when you want the cold wet weather to start, it gets hot and dry. Water temperatures have been and are still slowly warming up. As of now for temperatures are in the mid to upper 60° mark. The good news is water flows have remained a constant 500 CFS release. One of the patterns that I’ve noticed is that one day the fishing will be slow, not a lot of fish moving but plenty of fish in the pools. The next day we will have a nice study trickle of fish throughout the day. As most of you know, I spend my fall fishing in the Douglaston salmon run. Days that the fish are not actively moving the water on the DSR will empty out of fish. This is normal behavior, but not this fall. Lower River traditionally does not hold fish for long, at this stage of the salmon run. One of the trends this year is salmon are staying in the pools for extended periods of time. This is very helpful trend on slow days. If the fish are not moving, we need to move. This fall, if the fish are not moving at least they will be holding in the polls.  
The rest of the Salmon River is fishing about the same. There is salmon distributed from one end to the other end of the river. Even the upper fly zone has fish holding in it. A final note this past week the lower fishing zone is now open. I recently took a look at the hatchery water. There is an impressive amount of fish already at the hatchery. We are definitely having an outstanding salmon season. Also this past week both steelhead and brown trout were caught in the DSR. Very early for these fish, which gives me great hope for the upcoming Brown trout and Steelhead run.
Production flies; I have not see a pattern when it comes to flies. However the old stand buys such as Willie burgers in black and olive, sizes 4 and 6 are doing very well. I have also had a few occasions where the add stuff performs very well. So for flies we are still doing that try it and see what happens is still going on.
  
Note:
I still have prime days available for mid to late October. These dates are steelhead fishing. The fish are fresh from the lake in full of flight. October steelheads are some of the hottest Fish of the entire tributary season. I also have also have dates available for Rick, true October and November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and  Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him.
If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436