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
Fishing the Salmon River from late August to mid October.
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
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.
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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

This upcoming week will most likely see a lot of changing in the fishing conditions. I often say conditions can and do change quickly, right now the way things look some one may have just lit the fuse on the steelhead bomb. Water temperatures are right on the edge of triggering spawning activity. As of now oak Orchard River is in ideal fishing condition, high water flows and heavy stain to the water. This can make looking for fish a bit difficult, however the stain conditions will give steelhead the security they need to remain active throughout the day. In These conditions, all we need to do is take our time and search carefully. Eventually the fish will show them selves. When fishing the Oak, use larger flies. I like to say it’s time to break out the fun stuff. In the dirty water of Oak Orchard River the larger brighter flies are always going to be more effective.
The Salmon River, water flows have been steadily increasing as of now the release at the damn is 1500 CFS. Please keep in mind at this time of year water flows can change quickly. You will need to keep an eye on the flows daily and just your fishing plans accordingly. I do anticipate water flows increasing in the short term. Water temperature has been in the mid to upper 30 degree range. Close to spawning temperature but not there yet. As result, the fish have been a bit crabby. Ones the water temperature comes up to spawning temperature the fish behavior will change dramatically. Until then, a bit of persistence is your best approach. We have been getting Fish to eat a variety flies from egg patterns to nymphs, our best producing pattern has been large stonefly nymphs with rubber legs. We are at the very beginning of the spawning activity, As a result the bulk of the fishing activity will be focused at the upper portion of the river. There will still be a trickle of fish coming through the lower of the mid portion of the river but these fish will be spread out in moving fast. As a result we will need it cover as much water as possible to find these new fish.
 As we all know, trout season has officially opened. For now my concentration is still going to be with the steelhead fishing. However I will make note of the trout fishing conditions while the steelhead season continues. For now there is not much going on in the trout streams, other than water flows are high. We do need a few weeks and some warm water temperatures before we see the first big bug hatches.
We still have plenty of time available for early to mid May. Please keep in mind 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. Please feel free to give me a call so we can discuss your options cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 18, 2018

It may not look at but spring is coming. The steelhead fishing is gaining momentum quickly, despite the cold and the snow. Starting with Western New York, Oak Orchard River and the surrounding creeks. Water flows have dropped off over the past week in the Oak. Despite the low clear water flows there is a few fish still hanging around. Water temperatures are at winter conditions temps, Fluctuating somewhere between 32 and 34 Degrees.
These fish have been hanging around for a little bit and as result they are a little touchy. We need to fish to these fish very carefully using good presentation and smaller egg patterns. Once we get some warmer weather and a little snowmelt, Water flows will increase and the pace of the fishing on oak Orchard will quickly improve. As always, from this point on water flow fluctuations is going to be the main contributing factor to the quality of fishing. As for the surrounding creeks, water flows have been fluctuating a little bit more. As a result there is a decent number of fish in the system but they are widely scattered throughout. You’ll need to cover a lot of water to find a few fish. For now concentrate your efforts the pools and any deep pocket that you cannot see to the bottom.
The Salmon River has been fishing consistently good, over the past couple of weeks. As of now water flows are at 750 CFS release from the dam. There is some runoff mixed in with the flow, however water flows are at a very comfortable fishing level. Water temperatures remain cold, fluctuating between 32 to 36 degrees. I anticipate these conditions holding into this coming week. As always a lower section of the river fishes completely different than the upper section of the river. Starting with the lower portion of the Salmon River, steelheads are spread out through this section of the river. You’ll need to fish fast and cover as much water as possible. Concentrate your efforts in the main pools, Focusing on the inside soft water, classic winter water. Even though fish numbers are not as high in this portion of the river, they generally are more willing to take a fly. The upper river, this is where the majority of the fish are. Also the majority of the fishing pressure is located.  Normally the steelheads in this section of river are considerably more difficult to catch. However at this time, the winter stoneflies are hatching. This stonefly hatch will get the steelhead eating.  The stonefly hatch will be going for the next 3 to 4 weeks in the upper river. As you can imagine size 10 and 8 Stone fly nymphs in colors dark olive and black are going to be the flies to fish. I suspect this pattern is going to continue until either water flows increased due to Snow runoff, Or water temperatures rise into the low 40 degrees and trigger spawning activities.


We still have plenty of time available for March and in to May. Please feel free to give me a call so we can discuss your options for the Springs steelhead fishing cell 585-233-0436