My buddy and I are fly anglers; we have been coming to the Salmon River for the past five years, and we’ve had awful luck. On year two, we booked a guide, and had a terrible experience. We did not get the person we thought we were booking with; camped out the entire day in the upper fly zone, and hammered the same run all day. So, we were skeptical when we decided to give a guide another try. After doing some research, I gave Paul a call, and after getting off the phone, I was optimistic that this was going to be a much better experience. I’m happy to say it was, and that Paul is a superb guide. We fished with Paul on November 22, 2013. He is a friendly, relaxed, and professional fishing guide. His knowledge of fly fishing for steelhead, and of the river, is incredibly impressive. His gear, flies, and equipment are all excellent. He brought along some switch rods that were strung up Skagit style, showed us some spey techniques, and we played around with them for a bit, which was fun; Paul is also an expert spey fisherman. However, what struck me most was how hard Paul works; he is absolutely determined to get you into fish. After five years of steelhead despair, we finally got it done. This would not have been possible without Paul, and I would not hesitate to use him again, or to recommend him to anybody making a trip up to the Salmon River. Jim M. New York, NY
December 9, 2013
November 11, 2013
Switch Rods are a big part of a steelheader’s arsenal on the Salmon River for indicator fishing and swinging flies. While most try to do both with one line, its been pretty tough to cast a indicator rig and then cast a sink tip and heavy tip and a decent size fly with one line. Rio came out with the solution, “Switch Chucker”. The 7 weight line weighs in at 465 gr, the head is 25′ followed by a 14′ handling section then 61′ running line. I have it set up on a two TFO 7110-4 with Ross CLA 5′s and it will throw a indicator and shot 60′+ with ease. Then you can loop on a 10′ section of T-8 and it cast’s 60′- 70′. The perfect line for the switch rod owner who likes to do both.
The Salmon season is behind us now and the river is full of Steelhead. We started out mid-October with low warm water and plenty of steelhead that weren't eager to bite. Now on November 1st we have really high water and good water temps and the outside temp is 68 (not bad huh?) and a river full of eager to bite steelhead. Once the flows settle back down we will be set up for a great fall/winter season. My November is full and I have some December dates still open. If your interested in a trip, please call or e-mail to discuss it. Paul
September 16, 2013
This year there are some really big king salmon making their annual spawning run up the Salmon River. We have topped the 30lb mark over a dozen times this season. 44" x 25" 42" x 24"
Fishing over the weekend was pretty good, alot of bent rods and happy clients. This year there are a lot of BIG, Tackle Busting kings in the river. Don't be afraid to bump up your tippet and make sure your knots are tied well. I have September 21 open and October 5,6 for Salmon and October 20th open for Steelhead. Give me a call or email me to book a trip. Paul
August 28, 2013
The time of year everyone is waiting for is upon us - the salmon run. The Annual white water release is back on this year after a years drought. The release this weekend should pull some fish in the river. Until 9:00 PM tomorrow, Thu, 185 CFS From 9:00 PM tomorrow until 9:00 PM Fri, 335 CFS From 9:00 PM Fri, until 9:00 PM Sun, 750 CFS From 9:00 PM Sun, until 11:59 PM Sun, 335 CFS Salmon have been making their way into the river for a few weeks now, not a big run yet, but enough to keep your attention. There has been a good number of BIG kings caught on the lake the past few weeks, so bring your A game and some spare equipment. I do have a couple of days open, so if you haven't booked your trip, now is the time. Paul