SALMON RIVER PULASKI NY DRIFT BOAT GUIDE FISHING REPORT: Oct. 18 -2012
The water level is forecast to be at 335 cfs thru today. We also have some run-off. More rain forecast for tonight into Friday. The Pineville gauge is reading 500 cfs as I type this. Still a few fresh Salmon running the river. Most are on that special rock. All Salmon die once they spawn, so I'd guess that at least 90% have reproduced and are now in Salmon heaven or on there way shortly. Boy, weren't they fun!!
I've already booked some trips for next Fall and am already scheduling my days off. It sucks to be so popular (hehe:)
Still a few anglers targeting Salmon, while we are seeing more anglers starting to target the Steelhead and Browns. The river has fish in it top to bottom, as it will have all Fall, Winter and Spring :)
Egg Sack's, Skein, egg imitation pattern (bead or fly) or a streamer pattern would be a likely choice to use for the fish presently. All presentational tec. working. Some better than others. Care to learn?
If targeting Steelhead presently, the first tip I was ever given was to fish water that is rippled, 2 to 5 feet deep. Everyday we are seeing more fish enter the river, running it and spread out, top to bottom.
I saw some sleet for about 10 seconds the other day and we also had our first frost. The leaves are past peek on the river and falling daily.
Speaking of Leaves:
Jim Rusher, past owner of Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel on Rt. 13 and World Renowned Professional Guide and Spey Caster here and up North for Atlantics once told me. When targeting Steelhead in the fall. Never throw anything (fly or bait) that resembles the color of the leaves. If you were a fish with all the colored leaves drifting into your face, you might not want to eat anything that resembles them. Similar to trash being thrown in your face and avoiding it. :) Hmmmm!
Monday - Sloooow for us, we had a small presence of fresh Salmon and opportunity. Started off by blind casting into a transitional holding - resting current break, then sight fished temporary transitional holding water - rapids, as some fresh Salmon made there way up river. Fished holding water as the fish stopped moving. Fishing the upper end. Few Salmon here and there running - holding, just not the #'s we were looking for. All fresh, no one around at all, entire area to ourselves. The higher flow of water had moved some of the fish around that had been holding, which is often the case when the water level changes. The fish just re-adjust to these changes, just like we would and should. Changing there use of the many different current breaks that we have on the river. Nice article below on habitat, current breaks.
Next weeks Tips and Ramblings will be on - Length of time any fish will hold (current break) while in transition is determined by:
So stop back :)
I watched Coho and Kings leave the main river to traverse a trickle of a Pucker Brush creek for days on end.Why they leave the main river to swim in a trickle is the question.Could it be that the theory is that they return to within 15 ft of where they were spawned?If so,nature never ceases to amaze me.
I'm guessing the males may have sensed a female, ready and waiting. I'd traverse a trickle myself for good women!
These P.B. Creeks are loaded with that special rock. Instinct, biological clock, what is naturally ingrained from the strain (where they came from)
Ive never heard of the 15 ft., but never know.
When the fish go thru smoltification (lose par marks and turn silver at approx. 6 inch's) they imprint on the scent of that water. Each individual piece of water has its own unique flavor to which most fish will sense and return too. Just like a snow flake, unique, is how it was explained to me.
Molecular structure of H20?
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