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: High water

03-09-2004, 10:12 AM
What's a reasonable way of wade fishing the Salmon river with the flows at 1500+ CFS, like they are having now?

03-10-2004, 07:27 AM
First step is to make sure your life insurance is paid up.:hehe:


03-10-2004, 09:14 AM
And you have a good PFD but make sure of the life insurance first.

I don't fool around in high water anymore no fish is worth it, been there and done that as they say.

Be careful.


03-14-2004, 06:25 AM
Went driftboating for a day at 1500 and was exposed to a whole new set of holes and lies, and holding water. Also spent a day wading the Douglaston run @900(Altmar) and had a blast day fishing pocket water on the flats. Very light pressure, with only 1/2 doz cars at the Douglaston parking lot. Cooold, though. I had to do a lot more jjumping jacks than I would have liked.
We were getting most hits on the swing, and not on the drift. Good stonefly hatches on the snow.

03-15-2004, 11:04 AM
Hi Josko-
Sounds like you had a good trip-glad to hear it. I'm considering trekking over to the SR this week, and had a couple of questions. It appears 900cfs will be the story all week- were you able to wade all the way down to the Meadows at 900? How is the shelf ice down there (DSR)? Glad to hear they were slashing on the swing- were you using sinktips/weight/ weighted flies? Any info appreciated...
aka John


03-15-2004, 11:06 AM
On the swing? That'll get me to make the drive as well. Sure is getting nice out lately, I saw the first blue heron yesterday and a few buzzards, lots of geese and a few robins.

03-15-2004, 11:31 AM
I'll be there in the next couple of weeks as the Sandies continue to "Defrost"

Glad to hear you made the best of the high water!

03-15-2004, 12:35 PM
The DSR was closed below the Josh hole, and for good reason Below that it looked like 4' thick ice slabs were randomly piled on each other on both sides - I wouldn't want to go there. We did OK at the Josh hole and even better in pocket water higher up on the flats. There is a greeat deal of snowstill; the Tug hill area has at least 4'-5' on the ground.
I found the river at the DSR easily wadable and crossable @ 900 cfs (That's 900 cfs at the Altmar dam - it looked more like 1500 cfs below Pulaski with all the tributaries and runoff. Still, no big deal crossing pretty much anywhere. The water was gin-clear and fun to fish.
Sinktips and (gasp!) chuck 'n duck where there was no backcast room. Very small (10-12) dark stones and egg flies worked for us.

03-15-2004, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the details, kind of what I pictured, but it's great to hear the first-hand scoop. The best part was " -only six cars in the parking lot":D Again, report appreciated! Will post report when I return, may not go til next week, loose ends keep popping up:(