Tuesday, December 30, 2008

High water

The warm weather and ran over the last few days as definitely done a number on the rivers and streams. If you have not already guessed it, everything is flooded. The good news is that water flows have pretty much crested and is already starting to settle back down to a good fishing level. With weather patterns turning back to normal freezing temperatures this will help to speed the process up. The water may have spoiled some fishing plans his week. However this blast of high water is just what is needed to keep the winter fishing going. Before the high water hit Oak orchard river was fishing quite well for this time of the year. Oak Orchard river has received its legendary but limited Christmas run off Coho salmon. Plus the normal mix of Browns and steelhead. Hopefully we will be able to get back to fishing by possibly the end of the week. Sandy Creek has already started to settle back down from this past high water event. The way Sandy is looking right now I would give Sandy about three to four days.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Icy River

Sandy Creek is starting to ice up for up for the winter. There is still some open water in the upper part of Sandy, however water and ice conditions can change daily depending on whether. The most productive fishing has been at Oak Orchard River. Water flows for the Oak have been fluctuating around a moderate flow with decent water clarity. Not much has changed with the Oak, fish the pools. There is still a decent amount a Brown trout spread out through the pools, with a few steelhead mixed in. Most of the Brown trout are now down river in the deeper slower pools. For now we are catching more Brown trout than steelhead, this will change once water flows increase. We are catching most of our fish for last few days and the deeper slower pools. Productive flies are white bunny flies and egg patterns in the usual colors of chartreuse, Oregon cheese and orange. The Genesee River remains high in on fishable. The way the river is looking down River I do not expect the Genesee to be fishable for at least a couple more weeks.

Winter fishing tip -- obviously daring the winter water temperatures are extremely cold. It is not on the usual to have water temperatures on the liquid side of 32 degrees. With extreme cold temperatures like this any raise in temperature even so slightly that you cannot detect it, is still going to help. Even though there may be a quick bite at first light. I will often for go this and fish from midmorning to mid afternoon, concentrating on fishing efforts on the warmest part of the day. Most days fish will start a slow but steady bite around 9 a.m. and this will continue in till somewhere around 3:30 p.m. by late afternoon the light is coming off the water and we are cold and pretty well covered with ice, deftly time to call it a day.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


The rain that we received over the past few days, December 8-9 has given all of our streams and rivers a good shot of water. Water flow for the Oak Orchard River has come up to a medium-high flow with about 2 feet of visibility. This increase in water flow should draw in a new batch of steelhead from the Lake. Water temperatures right now have been fluctuating between 34 to 38 degrees. With water temperatures this cold, water visibility will need to be approximately 1 1/2 to 2 feet. The general rule of “foot” that I use is that I can see my foot in about knee-deep water. Flies for the Oak, nothing much has changed despite increased a more flow. Stay with your favorite egg patterns and streamers.
Genesee River has been fishing on the slow side until now. With the rainfall past few days, water levels have come up above productive fishing levels. The way things look I suspect it will be about two weeks before water levels drop back down into production fishing levels.
Sandy Creek has had an increase in water flow earlier this week. Water color is still off but the levels are okay for fishing. If you are interested in fishing Sandy, do not expect much and concentrate your efforts in the pools. The big key for Sandy is to cover as much water as possible and hope for a steelhead or two.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Winter Is Here

The canal water is over now. We are once again dependent on rain and snowfall for our water flow. The Oak Orchard River's water flow has dropped off slightly since the canal water has ran out. However the water is still flowing at a moderate level which is good for fishing. With all the rain and snow we have been receiving, I suspect water levels are going to remain good for a considerable time in the future. Both brown trout and steelhead are spread out through the pools from the dam on down. The fishing has not been anything overly exciting, however if you are willing to fish hard and cover several pools you will find the fishing is best described as a slow pick. Productive flies for the Oak Orchard River are nuclear roe bugs in colors of oregon cheese and orange, estaz egg in colors of chartreuse and butterscotch. For the slow water try fishing with white bunny flies and woolly buggers in colors of white, brown and black.
The water flow at Sandy Creek is moderately high with a slight stain color to it, this is a excellent fall water for Sandy. Too bad we can't get this water flow in early November. Water temperatures for Sandy Creek have been fluctuating from a low of 34 to a high of 38 degrees, depending on weather conditions. As for now, there is a few fish scattered throughout the Creek. However trying to find these fish is not easy. We need to cover a lot of water in hopes of intercepting one of these fish. Productive flies for Sandy Creek have not changed much, your favorite egg flies in size 8 and 10 fished under strike indicators have been the most productive.

A great Blue Heron fishing on the Sandy

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cold Weather -- Continues

Cold weather and cold water temperatures continue to plague the fishing. Water temperatures at both Sandy and Oak Orchard river remained and the upper 30 degree mark. This is still to cold for the Brown trout to finish their spawning. We are catching a mix of Brown trout that have not finished spawning and that are spawned out. These Brown trout that have not finished spawning are waiting for a good warming trend, sounds just like us. Both us and the fish right about now can use a little bit of global warming. A few days of warm whether will raise the water temperatures into lower 40 degrees range this will trigger the remaining Brown trout to quickly finish their spawning.
Starting with Oak Orchard River, water flows for now remained excellent. Water temperatures are holding around 38 degrees. The fishing is now centered on the pools, the cold water has sent the all of the Brown trout into the deeper water to wait out the cold weather. The pools are holding a mix of Browns that have yet to spawn and have spawned out including a few steelheads. The fishing pressure has dropped off significantly, however because most of the productive fishing is now centered on the pools the Oak still has a lout of fishing pressure. The spawned out Brown trout are starting to going on the feed. Flies for the Oak Orchard River are; your favorite egg fly patterns and for the slower water try white bunny flies.
The conditions at Sandy Creek are very similar to those at Oak Orchard River, cold water temperatures. The canal release has been going on now for approximately 1 week. Even though the water temperatures are extremely cold the extra water has to be helping.
Despite the extra water from the canal, the fishing at Sandy Creek has been very challenging. Because of the cold water temperatures we have been concentrating our fishing efforts in the pools. Mid November on Sandy Creek is steelhead time. Hopefully the fishing will get back on track soon. Productive flies for Sandy are the same as we have been using at the Oak Orchard River, egg patterns and white bunny flies.

Note; December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cold Weather fishing

The cold weather that came in over the weekend is having a major effect on the fish. Water temperatures are still dropping, as a result the bite has slowed down. The rapidly cooling water temperatures have put the fish in to a temperature shock. It will take a day or two for the fish to settle down and go back on the bite once the water temperatures stabilize. Hopefully the water temperatures will not be so cold that fish go to a winter pattern of sitting in the pools and waiting for warm water temperatures. There is still a lot of Brown trout yet to come into the rivers. Sandy Creek has been affected by this cold snap more than any other of our rivers. Right now the water temperature in Sandy Creek is at 38 degrees and dropping. This is cold enough to stop the spawning activity. We will need a few days of above normal temperatures to warm the water back up so the Brown trout can finish their spawning.

Oak Orchard River is faring a lot better when it comes to water temperatures. The reservoir on the Oak is acting as a heat source and has lessened the effect of the sharp drop in water temperature. The fishing pressure on the Oak has lightened a bit this week which is fortunate for us. Even still most of the fish activity does not start until late morning early afternoon. Until conditions change the best approach is to think of our rivers and streams as though they are in a winter fishing condition. Concentrate your fishing efforts in the pools and slowdown and fish these pools methodically. The Genesee River has been fishing well for steelhead and the remainder of the Chinook salmon run. The wet weather that came through last weekend left a lot of rain in the southern part of the state. As result the Genesee River is too high to fish for now. Hopefully in a week or two water levels will come back down and we may resume fishing the Genesee.

Note; I still have November, 28, 29, 30 available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Hunt Continues

Unfortunately we did not receive much rain this past week, as a result water flows in all of our streams and creeks remain the same. So the hunt continues, we are still covering a lot of stream to find a few fish. Fortunately, we are now starting to find more female Brown trout starting to run up stream. This will help to settle down the male Brown trout and keep their focus on one particular spot in the river bottom. It does not take many female Browns to change the focus of the male Browns. From biting on each other to focusing on the female browns. Once the male Brown trout start focusing on the female Browns, they will become very receptive to a fly.
Oak Orchard River remains just as crowded with people as always for this time of the year. Some days we are able to find short stretches of water that is not packed with people. When this happens we are able to work the structure water and do surprisingly well. Hopefully the fishing pressure will start to die down in a couple of weeks. Once this happens we will be able to fish Oak Orchard River the way we need to, and do well in the process. Productive flies for this week have not change much we are still doing well with white bunny flies, and of course our favorite egg patterns in the usual colors of Oregon cheese, orange.
If you intend to be fishing Sandy Creek over the weekend, it would be wise to not fish far from the bridges. This weekend is the opening weekend for deer hunting. There will be deer hunters out and about. I would suggest either fishing Oak Orchard River or stay very close to the bridges, it is the deer hunters turned to use the woods. So we will let the deer hunters the have the right away for a couple weeks, and then we will be back to normal.

Note; I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Monday, November 10, 2008

Brown Trout

The water flows in sandy have not changed at all. Most of the fish are still holding in the estuary. Fortunately earlier this week, a few male brown trout braving the low water starting to make their run up river. These Brown Trout are scattered throughout 7 miles of sandy creek. Once you find them there is no guarantee they will bite. Often all a male Brown Trout wants to bite on is another male Brown Trout. The trick is to annoy the Brown in to biting. We do this by constantly drifting a fly in to the face of the male Brown. I compare this to a game of tag. Once the female Browns start to make their run the behavior of the male Brown trout will change and they will become more receptive to biting on a fly. Even when Browns are spawning they will take advantage of every feeding opportunity. All of our streams and creeks bottoms are saturated with salmon eggs. Normal spawning activity will stir up these eggs and this is a feeding opportunity that Brown trout will not pass up.
Oak Orchard River -- The fishing pressure here has still been very heavy. However despite the heavy fishing pressure the Oak has been fishing fairly decent. There is a mix of both Brown trout and a few Steelhead. The best time to try and fish the Oak is in the afternoon when the early morning fishermen are starting to thin out. Even at the Oak your best approach is to hunt around and try and spot a fish and then fished to that particular fish. Not much has changed with the fly selection, size 6 white zonkers, nuclear roe bugs size 6 and 10 in colors of Oregon cheese, orange and estaz egg size 8 in butter-scotch. The important thing to success right now is finding cooperative fish. The way the weather forecast is starting to look like, water flows may improve soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tough fishing

The fishing on Sandy Creek has been very challenging this week. Water flows are as low and clear as they were last fall. Sandy had a little rain and a slight increase in water flow last week and a few Browns moved up river. But this did not last long, and Sandy dropped back down. At the level Sandy is flowing now most of the Brown trout are reluctant to leave the estuary. The few Browns that are working their way up river are scattered far and wide. As a result we are forced to cover a lot of water every day to find a few fish. The Brown trout that we are finding are mostly large males. Large male Brown trout can be challenging to get them to eat a fly. Often all these big Browns want to bite on is each other.
On the bright side, I have high hopes that the wet weather that is supposed to come this weekend will raise the water flow on Sandy. This will trigger a good run of Browns. The reports that I am getting is there is a lot of fish activities at night in the estuary. It is also time for the female Browns to start running. With the addition of the female Browns this will help to settle down the male Browns and both groups should go on the bite.
Oak Orchard River remains extremely busy. The fishing pressure on the Oak this time of the year has always been intense, this past week has been no exception. The Genesee River is at an ideal fishing level and it is time for the typical Genesee River steelhead runs. There are plenty of salmon by the falls, and a few steelheads scattered about the rest of the river. Productive flies have been, egg patterns in colors of orange, Oregon cheese, butter-scotch, white bunny flies size 6 and 4 for the Genesee River.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Snow Fall

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Because of all the rain that fell earlier this week and the snow fall mid week water flow has once again been increased to 1350 CFS. Judging by the amount of snow that has fallen on the Salmon River watershed I suspect water releases may increase more. This week has been a very challenging week of fishing. Despite this we have managed to land several quality Steelhead and an occasional Brown trout. Fishing pressure has dropped off dramatically. The salmon fishermen have finally given way to the Steelhead fishermen. With salmon spawn all but done we are now having as much success fishing flies on the swing as we are dead drifting egg patterns. The egg bite is finally starting to settle down. Fly patterns have not changed much, we are still using nuclear roe bugs in orange and Oregon cheese. For wet flies, a size 4 Brown and copper woolly bugger has been the hot fly this week.

The last week of October has turned out to be the most challenging week I've had fishing the Salmon River this fall. I have often stated that conditions can change dramatically from one day to the next. This week has been a excellent example of this. I have experienced pleasant sunny days, heavy rainfall, high water and now one of the biggest snow falls I have seen for the month of October. To give you an idea what this all looks like, in the lower river, at the DSR, there was about half to 1 inch of snow. Head up river to the fly fishing zones and now you're looking at 14 inches of snow. Head further up river to the Salmon River reservoir and now you're looking at over 2 feet of snow. Talk about a week of classic steelhead fishing weather and we have had it all.

This past week finishes up my stay at the Salmon River for this fall. It has been a good fall on the Salmon River this year, excellent water flow some of the best flows we have seen in many years. A good run of Chinook salmon, as good of a fall run of Steelhead as last year, of course all of the Brown trout we caught. I will now be heading back home and fishing Sandy Creek for fall run Brown trout and Steelhead. I will be fishing Sandy through the month of November. I will wait until December to start fishing Oak Orchard River, at that time the fishing pressure will be greatly reduced. I will also be making trips back up to Salmon River for some December early winter Steelhead fishing also.

Note; I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Big Water

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY:
We received heavy rain fall last Saturday, as a result the water flow went from 335 CFS to 750 CFS over the weekend. The rainfall we received over the weekend was close to 3 inches. With that much rainfall the water flow has been increased to 1150 CFS. This release is scheduled to run through Thursday night. After that we will have to see as there is more wet weather on the way. Water flows of this level can make the fishing a little challenging, especially with all the leaves in the river. It will take most of a day for all the debris to clear out. However water flow increases will often trigger new fish to enter the river.

We are continuing to catch quality fish every day, some days we do better than others however the fishing remains consistently good. Chinook salmon are now becoming scarcer every day as a result the heavy egg bite is starting to settle down. This has allowed us to fish with a swinging wet fly more effectively, especially in the lower river. Upper River, we are still experiencing Steelheads and Browns that are heavily keyed on to egg patterns. I suspect this will continue for some time to come especially with the fluctuating water flows. Each time the water flow increased the river bottom is shifted slightly. As result large volumes of eggs are knocked loosed and sent adrift. This could cause a river-wide egg bite for the first day of the water flow increase. Something to keep in mind this winter each time water flows are increased.

Productive flies have not changed much we are still having our best results with nuclear roe bugs in colors of Oregon cheese and orange for egg patterns. When fishing egg patterns we have been using 8 pound or 3X tippet and when we can get away with it we will fish as heavy as 10 pound or 2X tippet. For wet flies fished on a swing our best producer has been a brown and copper size 4 Wooly bugger. Other flies are Mr. rubber legs, green but picket pin and black stone flies. When we are fishing with a wet fly on the swing we have had to go to 12 pound tippits, and still on occasionally will get broken off on to take.

Note: I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Friday, October 24, 2008

Big Brown

About the photograph, this exceptional Brown trout was caught by Jeremy. It weighed in at 16 pounds. Male Brown trout this big are extremely rare, I will only see a small handful of male Browns that way in at over 15 pounds each season.

At least for the Salmon River the salmon are now becoming scarce. I now only see an occasional salmon entering the river, when fishing the DSR. The large concentrations of spawning salmon have pretty much died off. There are still a few pairs of salmon finishing up with their spawning, here and there in the upper river. For the most part the salmon run for the Salmon River is over. Hopefully most of the salmon fishermen will soon realize this and go home. There is still a fair amount of fishing pressure in the top half the river, hopefully this to will soon taper off.

Water flows have remained constant over the week as of now water release is at 335 CFS this water flow will continue through the weekend. The only fluctuations we've had in the water flow has been from rain runoff. So far this fall we have enjoyed some of the best water flows in years.

The cool weather has continued to cause the water temperatures to drop over last few days. This has also kept the fishing pace slower than last week. However air temperatures, water temperatures and the fish are all starting to acclimate and the fishing is starting to come back to normal. We are still experiencing the best fishing from midmorning through the afternoon. The late start is from water temperature fluctuations, once water temperature start to warm up around midmorning this usually triggers a bite.

Productive flies: flies for both the Steelhead and Brown trout have been very consistent, unlike the salmon fishing this fall. For egg patterns Oregon cheese and orange nuclear roe bugs size 8. For wet flies green butt picket pin size 2, brown and copper woolly buggers size 6 and 4, Mr. rubber legs size 4.

Note: I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Monday, October 20, 2008


We have had a series of extremely cold nights. Morning air temperatures have been down round 26 degrees, and it has taken most of the morning for the frost to melt. These last few cold nights have caused the water temperature in the river to drop as much as 5 degrees over a single night. A water temperature drop, of this much and this fast has a significant effect on fish behavior. It will take a few hours for water temperatures to start to climb back up. Most mornings the fishing does not start to pick up in until mid to late morning. I have ever been a big fan of early morning starts, and this is one of the reasons why. I see no sense in getting up very early in the morning, and then having to wait a few hours for the Sun to melt off the frost and warm water temperature up before the fish even start to bite. Hopefully the water temperatures and the fish will acclimate to the weather patterns and the fishing will get back on track soon.

What about the fish? Steelhead continue to be the dominant fish in the lower river, some days outnumbering the salmon. We are also continuing to catch Brown trout on a daily basis. I have no idea why we are seeing so many Brown trout this fall. Most days I am seeing more Brown trout in a single day, then I would see for entire fall in the past. The upper river still has salmon spread out on any suitable piece river bottom for spawn. The way everything is looking I suspect there will still be at least one more week of heavy salmon spawning activity. Mixed in with all of the spawning salmon are the Brown trout and Steelhead. These fish are taken full advantage of what is now a massive glut of salmon eggs. This is where you will need to match the hatch, fish with egg patterns, such as nuclear roe bugs. Stay with colors Oregon cheese and orange. Other productive fly patterns have been Mr. rubber legs, Brown and copper woolly bugger, black stone flies.

These two photographs show a relatively small lamprey eel that we removed from a Brown trout. These eels are a major problem in Lake Ontario. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic population explosion with the lamprey eels both New York State and Canada has been trying to find ways to get these eels back under control. Most of the fish we have been catching have been attacked by these eels. Some fish have several scars from previous attacks. If the fish gets attacked too many times it can die from it, in fact the lamprey eel was considered to be one of the many factors contributing to wiping out the Atlantic salmon from Lake Ontario.

Note; I still have November, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall Steelhead

As if on cue the Steelhead are showing up, right on schedule for the Salmon River. We have had consistently excellent Steelhead fishing over the last few days. Most of the action is taking place in the lower river, in the DSR. There has not been a lot of salmon spawning in this section of the river. As a result the steelhead, are not as keyed in to eggs as they were last fall. This has allowed us to use a variety of flies and techniques to fish for the Steelhead, such as a slow swing presentation, using wet flies. This is not to say that egg patterns are not taking their share of fish, egg flies such as the nuclear roe bug are taken more than their share of Steelhead. But it is nice to have an opportunity to swing flies to fall Steelhead that are chrome bright and fresh from the lake. Fall Steelhead like this is a real handful once they feel the hook.

Brown trout continue to show up in surprisingly large numbers for the Salmon River. I have said in the past, that Brown Trout are a bonus fish. This fall we have been putting a Brown Trout or two in the net almost every day. Right now if you wanted to catch a Brown Trout you would have a very good chance of doing so. Normally when we are fishing for Brown Trout we would be using roe patterns (egg flies). At least for now we are catching Browns on a variety of flies. Besides egg flies: woolly buggers and Mr. rubber legs are getting the job done on the Browns. I have not narrowed down any one particular fly pattern that these Brown trout prefer over anything else. Just like the salmon fishing this fall you need to figure out the fly patterns almost every day for the Browns.

Steve Ortiz with his giant steelhead weighing in at 18 pounds. This fish was caught with a size 4 brown and copper woolly bugger, a fly also known as Steelhead crack.
Back in July I was talking about some of the large Steelhead that were being caught out in the Lake. This past summer it seems like there was more Steelhead caught that weighed in at over 20 lbs than any summer I can remember in the past. With a one fish steelhead limit in the rivers and a lot of conservation-minded fishermen out in the lake, it makes me wonder what we might see in the river this fall.

Note: I still have one day available in October 25 we will be fishing for steelhead. For November Brown Trout and Steelhead I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Busy weekend

Columbus Day weekend is the busiest weekend for the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. After this weekend traditionally the fishing pressure gradually decreases. This does not mean the salmon run, or for that matter the fishing, is over for Salmon River. At this point I figure we have had approximately one half to three quarters of our salmon have already entered the river. For the salmon fishermen this means there is still some great fishing yet at hand. Salmon continue to trickle in at a slow to moderate rate. With water flows at 500 CFS it is hard for most fishermen to notice the salmon running. This fall there is more than enough water and the salmon and they are spread out all across to the river and from top to bottom of the river. This does not make migratory fish too obvious for the casual observer. Unlike last year, low water flow forced the salmon into small channels. For the next couple of weeks there will still be fresh salmon moving up river. Anywhere along the river there is gravel there will be spawning salmon digging. Salmon have been spawning for almost 2 weeks and there is some ratty looking salmon hanging around the spawning gravel. These fish are easy to spot and avoid.
The steelhead fishing continues to improve every day. We are now starting to hook into steelhead everyday. With water temperatures in the upper 50 degree range early October steelhead are extremely hot and sometimes it takes a little bit of luck to put a hot steelhead in the net. Most of our steelhead activity is still centered around the lower river. The numbers of steelhead in the up river is steadily improving however we have not spent much time fishing there because of the fishing pressure. The upper river and the fly fishing zones are the most busiest locations along the Salmon River right now.
We are also catching a Brown trout or two every day, this is more Brown trout then I have seen on the Salmon River in many years. Hopefully this is a good sign for the up coming Brown trout run in November.

Productive flies: this week the fly patterns have started to become a little bit more consistent. Top producing patterns are Brown and copper woolly buggers size 6 and 4, Brown and copper with a orange bead head Mr. rubber legs has produced more than its share of steelhead the last few days. With all the spawning activity from the salmon, orange, Oregon cheese nuclear row bug's size 8 are becoming more productive every day.

Note: I still have one day available in October 25 we will be fishing for steelhead. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Rain Continues

Salmon River Pulaski N, Y - The rain continues to fall, it is mostly lake effect rain. The lower river will see cloudy skies and the upper river will see steady rain. The more you go in land the more rain there is. All of this rain has filled the reservoir back up to capacity. For now the water flow is at 750 CFS plus run off. The water flow will be reduced to 500 CFS until this coming Thursday. From there we will have to see what happens. At this water level the salmon can be heard to spot when they are running. As a result many fishermen will think there is no salmon moving and will not fish one particular spot for long before moving on. Steady but light to moderate runs of salmon continue to enter the Salmon River on a daily basis. Steelhead are now starting to show up a little bit more consistent now. Some days they are there and you can find them and other days the steelheads are nowhere to be found, but the steelhead fishing is starting to improve. With this water flow it will take Chinook salmon approximately 2 days to make the run from lower River to the fly fishing zones. The fly fishing zones are becoming extremely busy with fishermen and new salmon that are showing up every day. Along with the Chinook salmon there is also a few Brown trout being caught along with the occasional steelhead. The spawning activity is also increasing daily. We are still on the front end of the Chinook salmon spawn. On a normal fall Chinook salmon spawn will last in approximately 3 weeks. Majority of salmon will spawn out over the next two weeks. By the middle of this month the Chinook salmon run for the Salmon River will be all but over. As I stated earlier, steelhead are just starting to make their appearance in the river. The fall steelhead run will go well into November. Productive flies for us the past few days have been nuclear row bug's in colors orange and Oregon cheese in size 8, Brown and copper wooly buggers size 6.

Brown trout in the Salmon River are not very common. The state stocks Browns every year for the Salmon River. However for some reason only known to the Browns them selves, only a few return each fall. If you are interested in fishing for Lake run Brown trout salmon River would not be a good choice. Brown trout in the Salmon River is what I refer to as a bonus fish each fall I will only see a couple dozen being caught.

Note; I still have one day available in October 25. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Changing Conditions

Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Over last few days we have been having a series of lake effect rainstorms. This recent weather pattern has dumped over 2 inches of cold rain. The affect of this has dropped the water temperatures in the river down into the mid 50 degree range. All the rain that has been received has also kept the water flow up. The Salmon River continues to flow at 750 CFS. When the river is flowing at this level it can be difficult to spot fish migrating up river. The last few days there has been moderate runs of Chinook salmon. Because of the higher water flow these fish often go unnoticed by most of the fishermen. There should be plenty of fish dispersed through the entire river system by now. Along with the salmon we are starting to encounter more steelhead, this is right about on schedule for fall steelhead. Most of the steelhead that we are starting to find are around spawning salmon eating eggs. This time of the year, steelhead are fresh out of the Lake, chrome bright and full flight. Landign a fish like this can be a big challenge. The fly fishing zones continue to receive more and more fish every day. The spawning activity is increasing daily.

Productive flies -- Trying to nail down a series of fly patterns has continued to be a challenge. My suspicion is this will continue for the fall, at least with salmon. We have been catching most of our fish with Brown and copper woolly buggers size 6. Coho candy size 4 have been the most productive flies recently. The spawning activity with the salmon egg flies are now becoming more important.

Atlantic Salmon -- Hope For The Future

The Atlantic Salmon is the original salmon for all the Great Lakes this includes Lake Ontario. The original strained of Atlantic salmon was lost around the turn of the sentry. The reason for the salmons disappearance was a combination of over fishing, damming of their spawning rivers and the introduction of foreign of species, all took their toll. As an indigenous species to New York state DEC are required to have a management program in place to bring back the Atlantic salmon. The process of reestablishing these fish has been a long and painful process, with very little success to show for the effort. The process has been plagued by bad fish stocks, politics and poor management judgment, forage fish issues in the lake. These problems and challenges are nothing new when it comes to fisheries management.
Over last few years the Salmon River Pulaski N, Y has been the one location that the department has been concentrating their efforts. Reason for the Salmon River is not because of politics or anything else, it is because this river offers the only remaining habitat suitable for the Atlantic salmon to have a chance at a self sustaining reproducing population. One thing is for certain the Salmon River can and does produce phenomenal Atlantic salmon par. Unfortunately these young of the year fish all migrate out into the Lake Ontario where they will feed and a forage fish called L. *eiss. These forage fish have a nutritional deficiency that the Atlantic salmon are very sensitive to, as result the survival rate in the Lake is extremely poor. As a result the D. E. C. has been working with different strains of Atlantic salmon to find a group of fish that is more tolerant to lakes forage base. Another technique the department is going to be employing is to take the few surviving Atlantic salmon that returned to the Salmon River and spawn these fish as their own strained. The hope that is that the fish them selves will be part of the solution to several of the problems that plague this wonderful fish. Hopefully in a few years we will have enough Atlantic salmon entering the Salmon River to make a great summer fisheries.

I caught this Atlantic salmon in the DSR this past September 26. The fish weighed in at 8 pounds and took a fly I call Coho candy, a pink and black fly. Not exactly a traditional Atlantic salmon fly, but I'm still pleased to see the fish. There was also one all are Atlantic salmon caught that day. A small sigh of hope for the future.

Note: I still have one day available on October 25. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jump start

The power company has increased the water flow to 750 CFS on Friday night and will run until Wednesday night. The increase in water flow has triggered a moderate but steady run of Chinook salmon and Coho salmon on Saturday, there also has been a few steelhead added into the mix. The fish activity for Sunday had dropped off slightly near the DSR. However there was a decent run through the DSR on Sunday afternoon. After that the fishing has slowed back down dramatically. This is nothing new, the salmon run when they decide to run and unfortunately they do not post their schedule on the internet for all of us. It will take two to four days for these fish to spread out through the river. Right now there is a big void of fish in the mid section of the river, hopefully this will change soon. For me the biggest challenge has been trying to figure out what flies the salmon want. It seems every day I have to go through the process of figuring out a successful fly pattern. What worked yesterday does not necessarily mean it will work today.
The fly fishing zones continues to fish halfway decent. The upper fly zone has a mix of both Chinook and Coho Salmon, however I have not seen any steelhead here. The lower fly fishing zone is an other story, there we are still catching a full mix off steelhead, Brown trout, and both salmon. The fish activity in both of these fly fishing zones will be heating up very quickly. I have started to see spawning activity increased in both of the zones. The increased spawning activity from the salmon will also help to concentrate the steelhead.

Note; I still have one day available in October 25. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com