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Default Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

My old east coast fishing buddy just sent me this

If you were planning a trip to the Salmon River where I used to fish you better wait awhile.
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let's put on our waders and jump in Ard!!
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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

Off-colored water - dark fly,...or is is light fly? I can't ever get that one straight. So, where do all the fishies go when it blows out like that? I suppose the fin-in bars and such are packed...

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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

Dont know if I mention it on the forum but I was supposed to go on a trip to fish the West Branch of the Ausable river in NY in july but the river was to warm to fish.

I was supposed to be leaving to fish the Beaverkill early tomorrow morning and guess what got canceled? The rivers flowing at around 24,000 cfs. Guide from the fly shop said we'll try to go in 2 weeks one more time. Hopefully conditions are better.

The good news is I just got some hackle in the mail.

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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

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Off-colored water - dark fly,...or is is light fly? I can't ever get that one straight. So, where do all the fishies go when it blows out like that? I suppose the fin-in bars and such are packed...

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Kelly,

I'm thinking you need a type 6 tip with at least 4 or five BB size split shot on a very short and stout leader and your choice of white or black for the fly.
The fish who are there will be either close to shore (this is bad because when the water drops many will be lost) or they will be anchored behind a boulder or in a defilade on the bottom and they will wait it out. Otherwise I have spent a significant amount of time in a Hotel bar that is visible in that clip I think.
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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

When I first viewed that crazy water volume it reminded me of this video of two crazies: Alec Baum running the Main salmon at 54,000 cfs Memorial day weekend 2008. Super unreal footage highsiding like madmen in big water. Big water at its best!

Here is another crazy drift boat ride down Lochsa Falls, Lochsa River, ID

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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

I am amazed that they didn't swamp and sink that boat! I've done some pretty stupid trips during high water and we managed to sink several different boats. Luck had it that I was always able to come up with a bow line and retrieve the hulls. Now I don't like to take unnecessary risks, I have been lucky.
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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

My father-in-law, who lives in NY, told me this morning that there has been around four inches of rain in the past few days and that salmon were reportedly being seen at the mouth of the river.
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Ard: It is a pretty crazy stunt, but if you look closely they have stripped everything out of the front and back to reduce the weight. Hog Island took one of their hulls out to Maryland and had the Coast Guard certify the hull, basically they put 5,500 pounds of weight in the hull and drilled holes in the bottom and then 18 hours later pulled the weight off and to pass certification the hull has to rise on its own to the surface. It is the only drift boat with Coast Guard certification. Of course you can swamp the boat but I don't think you could sink it without jamming it against something.

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Default Re: Salmon River at 20,000 cfm;

Yeah NY got the rain I have been wishing for!! Well ok maybe not enough for that!!!
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