A note from Simeon Myers:
“The 5AM alarm brought me out of a deep sleep like an air raid siren blaring inside my skull. After a quick inventory, I headed off to the river to meet the boys. A quick exchange of hand shakes and wry smiles, we all knew what we were here for. Salmon season was in full swing (pun intended) and it was time for our annual meet up at #DouglasSalmonCamp. A quick rig-up in the parking lot under head lamps, and we made our way to the water. The flows had been bumped the night before and the river was raging. After a quick assessment of our desired crossing, we wisely opted to head downstream and take the long way around, which was still on the dicey side.”
“Hook-ups began immediately at daybreak, with John Isola putting the first fish in the net. While the fishing was slightly on the slow side for most of the day, the quick witted company more than made up for it. Stream side coffee, jerky, beautiful views, and plenty of laughs with fishy friends fueled our souls and gave our bodies the energy needed to cover miles of water in search of fish.”
“Switch it up. While mindless repetition can definitely yield some results on the Salmon River, constant adaptability is what leads to the greatest success, particularly on slower days. Sometimes a slight shift, a few steps to left or right, can be all it takes to get that fly in the pocket exactly where it needs to be. Changing flies and presentation often, adjusting weight for different flows, and using as little weight as possible will lead to more quality hook-ups. This will significantly improve the odds of landing fish, while losing far fewer flies. Employing these tactics will also give an angler a much better chance at catching the much sought-after trout that move through the system.”
This week’s Angler Story of the Week from Simeon Myers, follow him on instagram @troutsongs. Photos from @john_isola on the Douglaston Salmon Run in Oswego County New York. Be sure to follow @douglasflyfishing for more content from Simeon and Salmon River updates.