Thursday, September 13, 2018

Every fall is different each fall has its challenges. We are fishing to the same Fish in The same river, but every fall is completely unique in its own way. This year we had a lot of hot weather to start out with. In fact I suspect we will still have some hot days ahead. But the fish are finally coming into the river system. We have recently had our first real run of Chinook salmon for the year. The quality of the fish are spectacular both size and condition. Over the coming weeks we should see a study increase in the numbers of fish running on a daily basis. Looks like we’re off and running with this falls salmon fishing campaign. Water flows have remained at a constant 335cfs and I suspect this will continue for sometime to come. The recent rainfall was not significant enough to cause any amount of run off. We certainly can use a lot more rain. Water temperatures are starting to cool off significantly from the previous hot water. Water temperatures in the lower river fluctuate about 10° on a daily basis. Temperatures can be as cool as 60° in the morning. Upper river water temperatures are more stable however as of now fluctuating around 70°. Some cool weather will solve this problem fairly quickly. As of now most of the fish are in the lower river. It will not take Long for these fish to be strong out through the entire river system. Also keep in mind this coming weekend the lower fly-fishing zone on the Salmon River opens. As of now we’re having the best luck with olive, Black willy buggers, in size 6 and 4. A little persistent always goes a long way make a successful day this time of year.

NOTE;

 I still have prime dates available for last minute September 19 just opened up. October I have time available for the rest of my guide team. November 26,27,29 is open for Brown trout. So if you still thinking of fishing this fall give me a call I should be able to make arrangements for you. Cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Judging by the way things are looking, we may just have a early start to the salmon season. Over the past week there has been small groups of salmon making her way through the Douglaston salmon run. Most of these fish are observed working there way through the run early morning. There has also been two steelhead, that have been caught in the lower River over the last week. My thought is these are summer run steelhead. We normally see these fish sometime around mid September. Water temperatures are at normal levels for this time year. Upper river it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is the water temperatures are between 72 and 73 Degrees, however lower River water temperatures can fluctuate 10 degrees this time of the year. As a result morning temperatures in the lower river can be as cool as 62 to 65, Very comfortable for Lake run fish to enter the river this time of year. This coming weekend will be the start of the fall conservation water releases. I suspect we will see water release on Saturday and Sunday 750 CFS then on Monday water flows settling down to the new base level of 350 CFS. This water release over the upcoming weekend is definitely going to trigger some fish to move into the river. For now this is what’s going on, the pace of the fishing will be quickly accelerated over the next few weeks.
NOTE;
 I still have prime dates available for September and October. Also I have plenty of time available for the rest of my guide team. So if you still thinking of fishing this fall give me a call I should be able to make arrangements for you.
If interested; I do have upcoming Sunday September 2 open. If anybody like to take advantage of the weekend water release. Should be a good opportunity to tangle with a fresh Chinook salmon.
Cell 585-233-0436

                                            Fall Newsletter 2018
                                   
This has been a hot and dry summer. At the time of writing this newsletter, we are starting to get a little bit more rainfall. However your guess is as good as mine as to what the water flows will be like this fall. As always it will not matter to us what the water flows are going to for this fall, we will adjust and enjoy the fishing as we always do.

Salmon fishing:
I anticipate this fall’s salmon run to be as strong as last year. I have been receiving very good reports on the salmon fishing from the lake since May. The lake fishermen are reporting large fish and good numbers of salmon. There has been a confirmed report of a few salmon being caught in the Salmon River already, following some heavy rain. Hopefully we will see an early start to run like last season.

Steelhead fishing:
I have not been getting a lot of reports from the lake fisherman regarding steelhead. This is due to the fact that the salmon fishing has been so productive, the lake fisherman have not been targeting the steelhead. This is good news for us. The steelheads have not seen the heavy fishing pressure that they normally experience on the lake. When I do occasionally get a report, these reports have been very promising.

Brown trout fishing:
As for the brown trout, the same thing goes. Fishing pressure has been light for the Brown Trout this summer due to good salmon fishing. The few lake fishermen that have, targeted Brown Trout are reporting quality fish. 

Atlantic salmon fishing:
The Atlantic salmon numbers have been poorer than anticipated this summer, however recently a few Atlantic salmon have been trickling in. We normally see a limited run of Atlantic salmon this time of the year. Hopefully we will have a population of Atlantic salmon to fish for. I intend to run the late August early September salmon fishing program. We will split the day fishing for Chinook salmon in the mornings and Atlantic salmon in the evening.

Overall impression is this fall’s fishing is going to be on par with last year, with the potential for some larger than normal fish. We may have to work around some low water but that has never been an issue for us, especially when you consider that low water conditions favor the fly fisherman.

Fall fishing schedule:
Atlantic Salmon:
Fishing the Salmon River late August to mid September
Salmon:
Fishing the Salmon River from late August to mid October.
Steelhead:
Fishing the Salmon River from mid October to November.
Brown Trout:
Fishing Western New York tributaries until late December.

At this point I still have ideal days available for September, October and late November.

For more information, or to answer any questions:
 Please contact Jay at Jay Peck guides, Cell 585-233-0436 or e-mail jaypeckguides@gmail.com
Enjoy the fall!

Jay at Jay peck guides

Friday, August 10, 2018

                                            Fall Newsletter 2018
                                   
This has been a hot and dry summer. At the time of writing this newsletter, we are starting to get a little bit more rainfall. However your guess is as good as mine as to what the water flows will be like this fall. As always it will not matter to us what the water flows are going to for this fall, we will adjust and enjoy the fishing as we always do.

Salmon fishing:
I anticipate this fall’s salmon run to be as strong as last year. I have been receiving very good reports on the salmon fishing from the lake since May. The lake fishermen are reporting large fish and good numbers of salmon. There has been a confirmed report of a few salmon being caught in the Salmon River already, following some heavy rain. Hopefully we will see an early start to run like last season.

Steelhead fishing:
I have not been getting a lot of reports from the lake fisherman regarding steelhead. This is due to the fact that the salmon fishing has been so productive, the lake fisherman have not been targeting the steelhead. This is good news for us. The steelheads have not seen the heavy fishing pressure that they normally experience on the lake. When I do occasionally get a report, these reports have been very promising.

Brown trout fishing:
As for the brown trout, the same thing goes. Fishing pressure has been light for the Brown Trout this summer due to good salmon fishing. The few lake fishermen that have, targeted Brown Trout are reporting quality fish. 

Atlantic salmon fishing:
The Atlantic salmon numbers have been poorer than anticipated this summer, however recently a few Atlantic salmon have been trickling in. We normally see a limited run of Atlantic salmon this time of the year. Hopefully we will have a population of Atlantic salmon to fish for. I intend to run the late August early September salmon fishing program. We will split the day fishing for Chinook salmon in the mornings and Atlantic salmon in the evening.

Overall impression is this fall’s fishing is going to be on par with last year, with the potential for some larger than normal fish. We may have to work around some low water but that has never been an issue for us, especially when you consider that low water conditions favor the fly fisherman.

Fall fishing schedule:
Atlantic Salmon:
Fishing the Salmon River late August to mid September
Salmon:
Fishing the Salmon River from late August to mid October.
Steelhead:
Fishing the Salmon River from mid October to November.
Brown Trout:
Fishing Western New York tributaries until late December.

At this point I still have ideal days available for September, October and late November.

For more information, or to answer any questions:
 Please contact Jay at Jay Peck guides, Cell 585-233-0436 or e-mail jaypeckguides@gmail.com
Enjoy the fall!

Jay at Jay peck guides

Thursday, July 26, 2018


It has been way too long since my last update. As many of you can imagine I have been on the water a lot over the past few month. The trout season has been challenging with all the hot dry weather and low water.  Many of you know you, I like to say, We just need to adapt. The recent rains are definitely over due, all of our trout streams and rivers. Certainly benefit from the rains. Even though we have received some significant rainfall we still need to be careful, temperature still remain an issue. We need to continue to take care while we’re trout fishing and be mindful of water temperatures. As of now we are definitely in the middle of our Summer hatches, trico and Isonychia along with ants and beetles are the main menu of bugs. Concentrate you’re fishing efforts during the morning this is both when we have an ideal water temperatures and the trico are also on the water. Outside of a little bit of bass fishing there is not much more going on this time of the year. The only other fishing news I have is that I am getting excellent records from the lake fisherman. They have been having consistently excellent fishing for salmon. Both numbers and size of the fish, conditions are definitely looking good this fall salmon season. I will have more information for everyone soon regarding how this  falls fishing is looking. We could be fishing for salmon within months time, Four weeks from now.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

This cold spring is just dragging on. Hopefully this upcoming week we will see change in the weather patterns. As of now, judging by my observations the steelhead season is running 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule.  The steelhead are still actively spawning. The spawning activity is being dramatically dragged out due to cold water, temperatures. As of now the water temperature on the Salmon River has been fluctuated between, 38 to 41°, this is right at the edge of temperature where spawning start. At this pace I suspect we will be observing steelhead spawning for another two weeks. This is definitely dragging out the steelhead season. As of writing this update water flows on the Salmon River are at 1500 CFS, I suspect water flows will start to come down within a few days. Water temperatures have been fluctuating as I said earlier around 40° give or take a degree or two. Keep in mind as I always say conditions can and do change quickly. We will need to constantly monitor water flows and water temperatures going forward. As of now we have been concentrating our fishing efforts in the afternoons late into the day, and covering a lot of water. This allows us to take advantage of the best water temperatures and gives the river time to quiet down on the morning fishing pressure. Judging by the way this spring steelhead season is progressing, we could have some excellent May steelhead fishing.  This is an excellent opportunity for that last chance and a steelhead and do it on the swing. Swing season is coming fast, for the guide service this is our favorite time of the year to chase steelhead. Fishing pressure is way down and the steelhead are hungry and chasing flies.
When it comes to Productive flies, we have been throwing the fly box at them.   Some of our best producers have been, Golden stoneflies, Black and silver Willy buggers, and a variation of a Green butt black bear when the fish get a little grumpy. As of now oak Orchard River is for all practical purposes done with that steelhead run. You might find a stray steelhead, but most likely lots of White suckers. The small mouth bass should start to show up in a couple weeks.
As for the trout fishing, the Hendrickson hatch has been coming off the trout streams a bit sporadically, mostly due to water temperature. This goes for the feeding activity of the trout. As of now the Hendrickson hatch has been coming off early to mid afternoon.
This Cold Spring in slow start, can work to our advantage, dragging out the hatch cycles, giving us more fishing opportunity.
Note;
We still have plenty of time available for early to mid May. The way this spring is progressing, there is going to be plenty of opportunities for that last chance at a steelhead. Steelhead fishing early to mid May is what we refer to as swing season, the best times of the year to fish for steelhead with a swinging fly. We are going to be on the river swinging flies for steelhead. This is a unique opportunity.
Please feel free to give me a call so we can discuss your options, also please keep in mind that where I’m located on the Salmon River cell phone coverage is poor, Please be persistent. cell 585-233-0436