Thursday, February 28, 2008

Weather Permitting

Weather permitting the Oak Orchard River has been fishing fairly well. This is just as well sense the Oak Orchard River is still the only river we have in fishing condition at this time. The water flows on the Oak are now starting to drop and clear. Once the watercolor becomes to clear for the steelhead, they will once again drop back down river. In till then stay with naturally colored egg flies, 6 and 8 pound floral carbon tippets.

Another option is to fish spring Creek. The trout at spring Creek are quickly coming out of there winter doldrums and are going back on the feed. On sunny days there is a image hatch on spring Creek, these images are a small blonde color size 30. If these bugs are too small for you, pink scuds and crust bugs make productive standby fly patterns that will almost always produce a few trout.

This Saturday at Coleman's fly shop, we will be holding a fly tying demonstration. The demonstration starts at 1 p.m., I will be doing the fly tying demonstration this Saturday. If you have found Caddis hatches frustrating to fish, I will be showing a few of my favorite Caddis patterns and talking about how I fish them.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Another Cold Week

Spring steelhead fishing is not far off. The photograph – a steelhead for the Salmon River in med April

This has been another cold week, more fly tying. The Oak Orchard River is in good fishing condition. The ice in not a problem and the water flow and color is about ideal. The weather for next week is going to be warmer so hopefully we can get back to fishing. It will take some time for the ice to clear out of Sandy Creek, but once this happens we will be able to enjoy a mixed bag of spring run Steelhead and winter holdover Brown trout.

This Saturday at Coleman's fly shop, we will be holding a fly tying demonstration. The demonstration starts at 1 p.m. the tying subject for this Saturday is Pete Collins, he will be tying his flies for the Genesee River.

Spring Steelhead Newsletter

Even though it may not look like it outside, spring is coming upon us very quickly. So will the spring steelhead run. The way the rivers have been fishing this winter, it is starting to look like the spring steelhead run is already getting underway. If you have been following the steelhead fishing since last fall, this is not news to you at all. Last fall we experienced one of the best fall runs of steelhead ever. The best part of this is that the fishing has continued to be far above average right through this winter. I see no reason not to expect the quality of the fishing to carry on into the spring.

The fishing access issues for the Oak Orchard River have been cleared up. It is going to be good to be back fishing the Oak once again this spring. The Oak Orchard River has a reputation of producing fantastic spring run steelhead fishing. As long as the Oak receives strong water flows I suspect we are going to have good steelhead fishing starting in March. The same goes for Sandy Creek. Once the ice clears out, we will be able to enjoy a mixed bag of spring run Steelhead and winter holdover Brown trout.

I have high hopes for this spring, forward steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. The Salmon has been receiving consistent strong runs of Steelhead since last October. What has really given me great hopes for the spring has been how well this river has fished all winter. I'm looking forward to fishing the Salmon River once the steelheads start their spawning cycle. Just think about it for a minute..... Steelheads have been piling in to the Salmon River since mid-October, and are now going to spawn and then drop out of the River. The Salmon River this spring should produce some of the best Steelhead fishing we have experienced in a long time.

My spring fishing schedule is as follows. I will be fishing the rivers in the Western end of like Ontario, Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek and when possible the Genesee River. I will start fishing these rivers as soon as the ice leaves and go until the 15th to the 20th of April, depending on fishing conditions. At this point I will move to the Salmon River at Pulaski New York. I will fish the Salmon River until mid to late May, depending on how well the Steelhead runs last. After this, I will be back home and fish the local trout streams.

Final note, if you're interested in fishing with me this spring, please consider getting in contact with me soon so you can ensure the dates that you would like to fish. My spring calendar is starting to fill so it would be wise not to wait too long.

For more information, contact:
JAY PECK 585-352-4710

Friday, February 15, 2008

Good Week To Tie Flies

The cold weather this week has not made for good fishing. Despite the high water, sandy creek quickly froze back up and the Genesee River remains high. The only good news is the Oak Orchard River. The Oak is the only river, that is in fishing condition. The water color is still muddy but the water is clear enough to fish. The water color will improve through the week Stay with egg flies, in your favorite color for the muddy water, size 10 to 6 and of course white streamers size 6 to 4. Not much for fishing, a good week for fly tying.

This Saturday at Coleman's fly shop, we will be holding a fly tying demonstration. The demonstration starts at 1 p.m. the tying subject for this Saturday is Jason, he will be tying his midges.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another Round Of High Water

The Oak Orchard River finally got what it needed, a shot of high water. This should freshen up the fishing. The oak will be at flood level for about two days before it starts to come down. The way the weather looks, it will be the middle of next week before we will be able to fish the Oak. Hopefully it will not be to cold to fish by then. One we get back to fishing the Oak, the water will most likely be muddy. Fish egg flies size 8 to 6 in your favorite colors.

The warm weather has flooded sandy creek and the ice has been washed out on the upper portion of the creek. The lower portion will be ice free soon if it is not already. I do not think we will be able to fish Sandy by the way the weather forecast is looking for next week. Back to the winter cold, this time a year it doesn't take much to freeze Sandy Creek back up.

The Genesee River has been fishing the past week. With the warm weather the Genesee River has gone the same way as the rest of the rivers. Yep -no need for guessing the Genesee River is flooded.

Note: The weather for this weekend is going to be cold and the rivers are too high to fish. This Saturday at Coleman's fly shop, we will be holding a fly tying demonstration. The demonstration starts at 1 p.m. the tying subject for this Saturday is saltwater flies. Most of the flies that will be demonstrated are for striped bass and bluefish.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Time To Tie

If you would like to know how to tie these flies come to Coleman's Fly shop this Saturday at 1 pm. I will be doing a fly tying demonstration. I will show steelhead flies that you can use right now for winter fishing. Plus a spey fly or two and two of my favorite steelhead patterns that I tie on tubes.

Time to get back to fly tying! The fly boxes need to be filled. With all the steelhead that are showing up this winter, we are going to go through a lot of flies this spring.

Not much has changed with the Oak Orchard River. Water flows remain low and clear, and the way the weather looks conditions are not about to change. If you are thinking of fishing the Oak, concentrate your efforts on the lower portion of the River. You can try fishing a few small egg patterns, size 12 to 10 under an indicator. Another option would be to work streamers up against the bank and in to the middle of the River for a Brown trout. As always streamers size 6 to 4, and of course any color is good as long as it is white.

The biggest change is with the Genesee River, the Genesee is now flowing below pace flow. What this means, is that Genesee River is at an excellent flow for fishing. Flies for the Genesee: glow bugs size 8, colors orange, chartreuse, apricot, you can also try black and brown, white woolly buggers in size 8 and 6. I recommend concentrating your fishing efforts from table rock on down through the pocket water. Strike indicators and long leaders [approximately 12 to 14 feet long] is the best way to fish as section of the Genesee River at this time of the year.

Note: There is still room in all of our fly tying classes. The classes are small and there are two instructors. The classes start February 6 at7 pm, for more information call the shop at 585-352-4775