Well, the rain surely came and stirred up the fishing pot for most of the past several weeks. Every river that I am familiar with turned a dirty brown color. Many overflowed their banks and started carrying all sorts of debris such as logs, summer garbage and trees which were cut away from river banks.
While these rivers have been in high-water mode, salmon have been working their way upstream. Fish will seek the path of least resistance. This means, when water is flowing swiftly, fish will keep out of the fast current and occupy less forceful water generally located near the banks.
They are also going to occupy pockets of water where they can rest and avoid the density of silt in extreme muddy rivers.
Now that we have experienced some less than torrential weather conditions this past week, these rivers are coming into fishing shape. It will take, however, some time before they will get to a low-water state.
The main factor for anglers will be water clarity. Water that is slightly off-color will go to the advantage of the angler. It will provide enough cover and offer enough visibility to make takedowns a common happening in water where salmon are present.
When fishing off- colored water, anglers tend to do well with a larger lure. Lures with color will attract salmon that are territorial and will strike at anything that seems to invade their space. Because the water is colored, it removes the element of fish becoming spooked by nearby anglers on boats.
My personal thought on fishing colored water is simply to get out and do it. If visibility is in the two to three foot range there is always a good chance at hooking into a fish.
As rains persists, the rivers will remain high, yet they will tend to run clear. I think everyone would agree that “gin” clear is again an undesirable extreme.
A nuisance in October is dealing with leaves that have blown off trees. Leaves readily load up on terminal tackle and require that anglers to check their offering regularly. It is a seasonal occurrence which lasts until trees have shed their foliage and these leaves have worked their way downstream.
Since so much water has come down and all rivers have risen, it is a good estimate anglers can pick their spot to fish. We can no longer be saying that more rain is necessary to move fish.
Normally a weekend such as this would attract many fishers and conditions could be crowded at the more popular locations expect for the fact that deer hunting may distract some.
So, my perspective is that if anyone is able to get out and do some salmon fishing this would be a good time to do it. The stars are lining up.
That means water is dropping and is in good shape, fish are present and crowded conditions should be lessened. All this could point to some fishing productivity; not to mention the fact of simply enjoying the great outdoors.