Water Flow: 1780 cfs and dropping Water Temp: 50-55 Hatches: BWO's, Hendrickson's, Stoneflies. Fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable is comparable to early spring conditions. Concentrate on close to the bank in the pocket water with bigger nymphs ( Pats' Rubber Leg, Mop's and hotspot attractor patterns. Streamers tied on jig hooks with tungsten bead jigged and stripped have been working well in the deep soft water. I have limited dates available in June (I'm taking a fishing vacation to Montana at the end of the month ;-) ) and early July. If you haven't booked your dates for the Fall on the Salmon River, don't wait I have very few open dates thru early December, below is what I have open. September 14,15. October 26,27. November 2,3,8. December 1,14,15,16. I will being doing a handful of afternoon trips in late Sept thru the first week of Oct during the salmon run. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in that. *** Please note*** My new phone number to contact me is (518) 495-2965 call or text for trips or information.
The 2018/2019 Salmon River season is a wrap and what a great season it was. I want to thank everyone who booked with me this season. I know I converted more clients over to swinging flies this year and looking forward to teaching more clients the swing game was strong this year. If you haven't booked your dates for the fall, don't wait any longer. I have only 2 days left for the Salmon Run and only a couple of days open thru mid December.
It's hard to believe we're down to about two and half months of steelhead fishing left this season and what a season. If your looking to get in on the action before it ends in early May now is the time to book a trip. Here are my open dates I have left - March 24, April 6,7,13,14 & 28. I will begin trout trips on the Ausable May 15, if your interested in any of these dates email me or message me on social media.
Paul's Guide Service and the Douglaston Salmon Run have teamed up again for a Winter Special now thru March 31, 2019. To book it or more information send me a message or e-mail me here.
Brookfield is going to a new website for the flow forecast. I've screen shot a few views of it, note the new phone number too. The new site is safewaters, click here and bookmark it for future reference.
Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River has been very good this fall, good numbers of fish and multi year classes from 4lb fish to fish in the mid teens. Some of the fish up river are starting to settle into winter holding water, but lower in the river there are plenty of fish moving up river in transitional holding water. I will be teaming up with the Douglaston Salmon Run running another "Winter Special", look for that coming out soon. You can e-mail me for details now if you want to get in on it sooner. Echo Flyfishing is coming out with some new spey rods for 2019 check them out at Echo Flyfishing. I'm looking forward to adding a few of these to my arsenal for 2019.
Steelhead are here now! The lower end of the Salmon River is fishing really well for steelhead as they migrate up the river to feed on salmon eggs. Seems this years run is bigger and kicking butt!
The 2018 Salmon Season in the Douglaston Salmon Run is starting to wind down on the lower end of the river. It's been a good run overall with a few good runs and a steady trickle everyday making everyone happy. Recent rains will help provide some cover for the steelhead entering the river and flush out some of the leaves that have started to drop already setting up some great fishing. My November is booked solid and early December is getting there, so If you want to get in on some great steelhead fishing in mid December when the crowds start to disappear contact me about a trip now before it's too late.
You maybe ready for the fall run, but is your gear? Checkout the "Gearing Up For Fall" article I recently wrote on Echo Fly Fishing. Looking to book a trip? Shoot me a email to discuss one.
Reports from the lake this summer have been incredible, charter captains are report easy limits most days. Looks like another great salmon run this year. Now is the time to book your fall dates if you haven't already. Limited dates available.