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. 

Note:
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



Tuesday, September 12, 2017


This week has been a good week, especially considering it is still early September. The Salmon River watershed received approximately 2 inches of rain this past week.  As a result water flows were increased to 500 CFS Plus significant run off. At this point water flows from rain runoff has receded, I also expect the release to be throttled back to the fall minimum flow of 350 CFS soon. We also have been having some cooler weather than normal, water temperatures have been excellent ranging from the high 50° to 60° mark. Salmon are continuing to come into the river, some days are better than others. But overall the fishing has been consistently good. When you take into consideration the time of the year. The fishing his been excellent. Early September Chinook and Coho salmon can be a serious handful once hooked up and this week has been no exception.  Along with the Chinook salmon, we are presently hooking up with decent numbers of Coho Salmon. The word from the lake is that there is a lot of Coho salmon yet to come in to the river. At the piece the salmon are coming into the river system. It will not take long before entire river will have good numbers of fish from one end to the other. Production flies; it is still early and I have yet to 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 in that try it and see what happens stage.
Note:
I still have prime days available for mid to late September. This is salmon fishing at it’s best. They’re still way off from spawning and when hooked up they are very angry, lots of fun.  Also still have days available for October. These dates are for mid to late October steelhead fishing.

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It is not too often that I can accurately predict to start of salmon season. This time I did it, just as predicted with the water released this past weekend, we had an excellent early season run of salmon. It is not every year we have such a good start to the fall salmon run. As I’m writing this update there is a nice jag of fish from mid river on down for the Salmon river. Going into this upcoming week water flows are now at fall minimum flow of 335 CFS. Judging by the weather forecast I have no doubt this water flow will stay for sometime to come. Water temperatures are also in excellent shape low to mid 60°. When you combined good water flows and ideal water temperatures, Fresh salmon from the lake. You have the perfect storm for a bunch of angry salmon when they are hooked up. Landing these angry brutes over last few days has been challenging to say the least. Right now is an ideal time to fish for salmon with minimum fishing pressure in high quality fish. I am at this point raining the early salmon season as fishing as but as good you can expect. Keep in mind at this point we will be fishing for 2 to 6 Fish today, But you’ll have lots of River to yourself to do it. As for productive flies; our best success has been with darker patterns such as size 4 woolly bugger’s first thing in the morning followed by an interesting lineup of various size 4 and size 6 wet flies. Also keep in mind at this stage of the run the fishing is more of a morning game. Hitting the water about 6:30 AM in fishing around noon. We are definitely off to a good start.

Note:

I still have prime days available for mid to late September. This is salmon fishing at it’s best. They’re still way off from spawning and when hooked up they are very angry, lots of fun. If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436