Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This past week the salmon fishing has slowed down. However for this time of year the fishing is still very good. I contribute the slowdown to weather conditions. This past week was a warm one. Probably some of the warmest driest weather we’ve had all season. Of course right when you want the cold wet weather to start, it gets hot and dry. Water temperatures have been and are still slowly warming up. As of now for temperatures are in the mid to upper 60° mark. The good news is water flows have remained a constant 500 CFS release. One of the patterns that I’ve noticed is that one day the fishing will be slow, not a lot of fish moving but plenty of fish in the pools. The next day we will have a nice study trickle of fish throughout the day. As most of you know, I spend my fall fishing in the Douglaston salmon run. Days that the fish are not actively moving the water on the DSR will empty out of fish. This is normal behavior, but not this fall. Lower River traditionally does not hold fish for long, at this stage of the salmon run. One of the trends this year is salmon are staying in the pools for extended periods of time. This is very helpful trend on slow days. If the fish are not moving, we need to move. This fall, if the fish are not moving at least they will be holding in the polls.  
The rest of the Salmon River is fishing about the same. There is salmon distributed from one end to the other end of the river. Even the upper fly zone has fish holding in it. A final note this past week the lower fishing zone is now open. I recently took a look at the hatchery water. There is an impressive amount of fish already at the hatchery. We are definitely having an outstanding salmon season. Also this past week both steelhead and brown trout were caught in the DSR. Very early for these fish, which gives me great hope for the upcoming Brown trout and Steelhead run.
Production flies; I have not see a pattern when it comes to flies. However the old stand buys such as Willie burgers in black and olive, sizes 4 and 6 are doing very well. I have also had a few occasions where the add stuff performs very well. So for flies we are still doing that try it and see what happens is still going on.
  
Note:
I still have prime days available for mid to late October. These dates are steelhead fishing. The fish are fresh from the lake in full of flight. October steelheads are some of the hottest Fish of the entire tributary season. I also have also have dates available for Rick, true October and November. For those of you do not know Rick Smith, He has been working with me for over 10 years and is an excellent fly fisherman and  Guide. I have no doubt you will enjoy your day on the water with him.
If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436



Tuesday, September 12, 2017


This week has been a good week, especially considering it is still early September. The Salmon River watershed received approximately 2 inches of rain this past week.  As a result water flows were increased to 500 CFS Plus significant run off. At this point water flows from rain runoff has receded, I also expect the release to be throttled back to the fall minimum flow of 350 CFS soon. We also have been having some cooler weather than normal, water temperatures have been excellent ranging from the high 50° to 60° mark. Salmon are continuing to come into the river, some days are better than others. But overall the fishing has been consistently good. When you take into consideration the time of the year. The fishing his been excellent. Early September Chinook and Coho salmon can be a serious handful once hooked up and this week has been no exception.  Along with the Chinook salmon, we are presently hooking up with decent numbers of Coho Salmon. The word from the lake is that there is a lot of Coho salmon yet to come in to the river. At the piece the salmon are coming into the river system. It will not take long before entire river will have good numbers of fish from one end to the other. Production flies; it is still early and I have yet to see a pattern when it comes to flies. However the old stand buys such as Willie burgers in black and olive, sizes 4 and 6 are doing very well. I have also had a few occasions where the add stuff performs very well. So for flies we are still in that try it and see what happens stage.
Note:
I still have prime days available for mid to late September. This is salmon fishing at it’s best. They’re still way off from spawning and when hooked up they are very angry, lots of fun.  Also still have days available for October. These dates are for mid to late October steelhead fishing.

If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It is not too often that I can accurately predict to start of salmon season. This time I did it, just as predicted with the water released this past weekend, we had an excellent early season run of salmon. It is not every year we have such a good start to the fall salmon run. As I’m writing this update there is a nice jag of fish from mid river on down for the Salmon river. Going into this upcoming week water flows are now at fall minimum flow of 335 CFS. Judging by the weather forecast I have no doubt this water flow will stay for sometime to come. Water temperatures are also in excellent shape low to mid 60°. When you combined good water flows and ideal water temperatures, Fresh salmon from the lake. You have the perfect storm for a bunch of angry salmon when they are hooked up. Landing these angry brutes over last few days has been challenging to say the least. Right now is an ideal time to fish for salmon with minimum fishing pressure in high quality fish. I am at this point raining the early salmon season as fishing as but as good you can expect. Keep in mind at this point we will be fishing for 2 to 6 Fish today, But you’ll have lots of River to yourself to do it. As for productive flies; our best success has been with darker patterns such as size 4 woolly bugger’s first thing in the morning followed by an interesting lineup of various size 4 and size 6 wet flies. Also keep in mind at this stage of the run the fishing is more of a morning game. Hitting the water about 6:30 AM in fishing around noon. We are definitely off to a good start.

Note:

I still have prime days available for mid to late September. This is salmon fishing at it’s best. They’re still way off from spawning and when hooked up they are very angry, lots of fun. If you’re interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Monday, August 28, 2017

Looks like the fall lake run fishing is getting off to an early start. As many of you already know there has been a few stray Chinook salmon trickling into the Salmon River over the last few weeks. River conditions and water temperatures have been cooler than normal for this time of year. Coming into this weekend, Labor Day weekend I am anticipating seeing at a decent shot of salmon. Water flows for this coming Friday night are supposed to increased to a release of 750 CFS from 185 CFS. With river conditions and Salmon activity, it is very possible that this weekends fishing can be interesting to say the lease.
For the trout fishing not much has change them same bitch of bugs. However for this time of year, water conditions are excellent. Just keep in mind, the trout know the game. Fish carefully, be sneaky and use long leaders.
Note:
For the upcoming Labor Day weekend I still have Saturday September 2 in Monday September 4 open.  If you’re interested do not hesitate to call. Cell 585-233-0436
I also still have prime days available for mid to late September. This is salmon fishing at it’s best. They’re still way off from spawning and when hooked up they are very angry, lots of fun.
For those of you we have not received my fall newsletter here it is:
                                   
                                     Fall News Letter

Fall is coming. We will be fishing the tributaries before we know it.
It never ceases to amaze me how fishing conditions can change from one year to the next. The way conditions are shaping up waterfalls should not be a problem this fall. I’m sure everyone has heard about the lake levels and shoreline flooding. As of now the lake levels are coming down and we should not have any trouble with Lake levels this fall. As for the rivers we should not have any issues with water flows, at least low waterfalls. Also the fishing reports I am receiving from the lake fisherman are extremely good this year. In fact some of the best reports I have heard in a few years. The lake fishermen have been recording both good numbers of salmon and decent sizes of these salmon. We have good too high water falls in all of our rivers throughout the summer. Also have good water temperatures, suitable for the salmon at this this time. As of writing this newsletter the Salmon River has had a few Chinook salmon in the River system already. Judging by the conditions, I am anticipating an early start to the salmon run this fall. Time will only tell but conditions are looking good.
Also I have been hearing about a fair number of steelhead showing up in these catches. Us steelhead fishermen need to keep in mind that right now the Lake fisherman are concentrating on salmon, not steelhead. As a result I would expect the numbers of steelhead being caught right now to be low. However the steelhead fishing has been way better this summer out on the lake than it has been the last three years. Hopefully we will see a sharp improvement in the rivers this fall.
When it comes to the brown trout, I am hopeful. I do know that the brown trout did not get beat up by the Lake fisherman this year. Earlier in the spring lake levels are so high lake Fishman were not able to launch there boats. There was not much fishing activity this year focused on the brown trout. This could mean more fish for us. Also if the wet weather continues into November like it has this summer. We could be in for some great November brown trout fishing.
This fall we will be once again offering our late summer early fall mix bag fishing. This is fishing salmon in the morning for either Atlantic salmon or Chinook salmon depending on availability. Then heading off to the Brook trout water for an afternoon of trout fishing. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for some solitude.

Fall fishing schedule;
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 of Jay Peck guides, Cell 585-233-0436 or e-mail jaypeckguides@gmail.com
In joy the fall
Jay at Jay peck guides


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We are finally seeing some dryer weather, If it only last for a few days. Looks like all rivers and streams are coming into or now in good fishing conditions.
True to form the trout are in the Midsummer picky mood. Some things never change, the trout knows the game. We need to be on our game this time of year. All the summer hatches our hedges are now coming off and all of our trout waters. Bugs will vary from watershed to watershed but generally speaking, Look for Tricos in the morning this is a small mayfly a size 20 and comeback in massive swarms, depending on air temperatures you’ll need to be in order summer between 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM and expect the fishing to be over by mid to late morning. Ware there is Isonycnia this will be a late evening hatch. This is a large bug a size 10. I have my best luck fishing a Isoncnia nymph, and then at desk shifting over to a rusty spinner.
Even though it is midsummer, and we have trout fishing and May flies on our mind. Salmon season is only 3 weeks away. It may seem early but it is not, especially if you have to make arrangements for lodging. Also the preliminary reports that I am receiving from the lake fisherman is very encouraging, they are experiencing very good salmon fishing out on the lake. Things are looking hopeful. The high water levels, that we’ve been hearing about on the lake is not affected the fish stacks at all. If anything the Lake high water levels has helped how are caused. Because of flooding a lot of boat traffic is not been able to access the lake until recently. The fishing pressure family has been unusually light. Also over the past two weeks there has been an extremely light trickle of salmon coming into the Salmon River. One of those deals where if you hunt hard enough, you just might find a salmon. Right now all I can say is everything looking good for some early to mid September salmon fishing. Hopefully this trend will continue.
Note;
Early fall we are offering a mixed fishing day. Fishing for salmon in the morning. This can be fishing for Chinook salmon of Atlantic salmon, depending on available.  For the afternoon, heading off to the brook trout water, for some dry fly fishing. we will be offering this until mid September when the salmon fishing becomes more consistent.