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.

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

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