Addicted and Avid
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Salmon River NY Lake Champlain Tribs
Spey Fishing the Salmon River from October to May
I started fishing spey flies and bugger variations only on the Salmon about 3 years ago. I don't even know if I can find my eggs and glo-bugs anymore and that's ok with me. I've found that swinging medium to larger speys, even some sizable intruders works in October and November when the water temps are in the very low 50's and mostly mid to high 40's. Once the river really begins to cool, then I swing smaller versions of some of the same speys. In December, January and February and early March, when the water temp is hovering around 33 -36 degrees, I fish very sparse small speys and soft-hackles (size 6 - 10), SLOWLY and let them hang longer. I do a lot of mending with a floating line and no weight on the leader. Basic black, purple and then brightly colored small speys and soft-hackles seem to work pretty well. Even in the coldest months, you don't need to hug bottom, unless you want to spend most of your time sharpening dulled points and/or changing because you lost the fly to a rock, log or ball of 30lb test salmon line from the previous fall season. If you want to swing egg imitations, then tie up some double-egg sperm flies on a small salmon hook and swing through a faster trough of water where fish may be looking up as much as down for food. But, control the speed. In late March - April and especially in May, big anything, like large marabou speys, black or orange General Practitioners and Wooly Buggers from 1 1/2" to 4" work pretty damn well. Also, a brown and yellow marabou spey with a dark topping 1 1/2" to 3" long in October and November should get you some bigger browns, and the occasional steelhead.