I fished from the Staircase to Ellis Cove. There was fish movement early in the morning but around 9 AM or 10 AM it started to rain. It was steady light rain for about 20 minutes with with some wind then the water cooled off. It seemed when the rain started the fish movement slowed down and in some lower parts of the river just halted. It rained off and on through out the day and after the initial movement of fish there was no major movement of fish from Douglaston Salmon Run to 81. Seems like 2a and Papermill to Sportsman there was a small and steady movement of fish.
The fish seemed to be in deeper holes and in fast water. They were killing it down from the Long Bridge and they were fishing the deep pool and the fast water. The guys who were fishing the deep pool before the rapids were doing well but the guys who were in the rapids and sight fishing were doing the best. Unfortunately, there was lots of fish that were being strung up after they were foul hooked. In fast and rapid water there will always be foul hooked fish but once you know you have a foul hooked a fish you should not fight it and break it off. That is part of the regulations but also part of being an ethical fishermen.
Due to the rain and expecting that somehow that would trigger more movement I continued to fish through out the day without a break or lunch. That was probably a mistake. I should have stopped and taken a midday break. After waking up early and fishing getting that break is so important. Seems like days where I take a small nap in the car I can fish longer and have a higher hook up rate. Yesterday, the rain and hunger just got to me in the afternoon and I left around 5. Usually 6-9 AM and 4-8 PM seem to be when I get my hook ups but I was just plain tired at 5 PM and left.
I hooked up 5 times but nothing to hand.