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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Waiting For A Run




Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - The water flows remain at 335 CFS this will continue until the weekend. After that who knows, we need rain. For now water temperatures remained decent in the upper 50 degree range, cold nights have been helping to maintain decent water temperatures. There still has not been a run of salmon of any consequence for almost 2 weeks. Most mornings at first light there will be precious few salmon scattered along the length of the DSR. Once the sunlight hits the water the salmon somehow managed to disappear. All the action for now is centered around both fly fishing zones. These fish are starting to show the effects of heavy fishing pressure. There is still some very good fish to be caught. In fact we have enjoyed a nice mix big of Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, steelhead and Brown trout. It is possible to have a great lakes grand slam and catch all four fish not just on the same day but from the same run. Because of the fishing pressure, we've had to lighting up in the tippets and go down to 3X and drop our fly size down. Instead of swinging size 4 wooly buggers and size 2 wet flies, we are using a high stick nymphing technique and strike indicators. The flies that we are using are size 8 black stone flies, infected pheasant tail's size 8 and wet flies size 8 and 6.
There is a lot of fish sitting out in the estuary of the river, eventually these fish will make there run up River. Exactly when is anybody's guess put we are overdue for a run. Hopefully we will have a run sown.

Note; I still have prime days available in October 10, 25. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have 18, 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

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bluebird Weather





Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - We could use some rain, right now the water flow is running at 335 CFS. I do not expect this water flow to last much longer. My feeling is we will be seeing a decrease in flow down to 285 CFS. This may seem low, however compared to last year, it is still a very good flow to fish. The salmon will have absolutely no problem running the river.
The beautiful early fall weather has been making the salmon fishing challenging. Blue skies, bright sunny days do not make for good salmon fishing weather. Weather conditions like these are one of the reasons why the salmon are reluctant to migrate out of the estuary and up into the river. However we are talking about fish, and once we think we have the fish figured out, they change all the rules. Despite the bright weather, the salmon could and have in the past all of a sudden start moving upstream for no apparent reason. Productive flies have been; Brown and copper, black and silver woolly buggers size 6 and 4, Coho candy, boss. This is basically the story for the lower portion of the river.
Up river is another story, both the lower and upper fly fishing zone is full of salmon and there is small mix of steelhead and a few Brown trout. Some of the salmon especially in the upper fly fishing zone have been there for a few weeks. You have to fish through the pool to find a salmon that is willing to play. However new salmon arrive each night. Because of bright sunny weather most of the salmon movement is happening at night. This goes for the entire length of the river, including the DSR. Productive flies for this part of the river have been; black stone flies size 10 through 6, black and silver woolly buggers size 6, green butt black bear size 4.

Note; I still have prime days available in September 28 and October 8, 19, 25. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have 18, 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

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hot September Salmon





Monday, September 15 The Salmon River received a major run Chinook salmon. This is the largest run of Chinook salmon to enter the Salmon River so far this season. The run started at first light, and when we left the DSR at 5:30 p.m. large numbers of fish were still making their way through. The fishing was fast at times furious and mending. Water temperatures in the lower 60s can make for very aggressive and hard fighting Chinook salmon. The fast and furious part of the fishing was that the salmon were chasing the flies, the maddening part was that many of these salmon often kept the flies. September salmon are hot fish, they do not say in one spot long when they are hooked. On this particular day the salmon were explosive and our landing percentage was very poor. The best producing fly of the day was a black and silver woolly bugger size 6 Brown and copper woolly bugger produced its share of bites also.
The fishing the following days was more of a back to normal routine. Small groups of salmon entering the river, and salmon spread out through the entire system working their way up river. Monday's big run of salmon has spread itself out into several smaller groups. To reconnect with one of these groups of salmon requires a little bit of exploring each day. Once they enter the upper river these pods of salmon will start to regroup. Both the upper and lower fly fishing zone is now starting to fill up the salmon.
The fishing pressure is mostly concentrated on the lower River in the DSR. The way it looks there is twice the fishing pressure in the DSR than and the rest of the river. This is still a good time to fish for salmon and still stay out of the crowds.

Note; Interested in experiencing Chinook and Coho salmon fishing I still have prime days available in September, 22, 23, 28 and October 3, 8, 19, 25. If you are thinking about fishing for November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have a few days left for November 18, 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

Sunday, September 14, 2008

On-And-Off Fishing




The fishing the last few days has been a on and off deal. The weather has played a big part of it, warm water temperatures and bright sun. Even on days when there was not a lot of fish activity, you still can find a few salmon sitting in the pockets and deeper pools. A good fishing tip for slow days is, if the fish are not moving then you need to move. Do not sit in one spot and wait for some thing to happen, go hunting and find some fish that will play.
There has been some good rain from Friday night through Saturday night. This rain has caused an increase in a water flow of about a 100 CFS. The increase in water flow has brought the water temperature back down to 61 degrees and has triggered a good run of fish through the DSR today Sunday. When fishing on bright sunny days stay with size 6 black and silver or Brown and copper woolly buggers. When fishing the deeper pools and pockets you may want to try a size 4 boss or a size 6 or 8 stone fly.
The best fishing has been the lower river in the morning and the upper river in the afternoon. I do not expect this pattern to change in the near future. The lower fly fishing zone will open at first light on Tuesday morning, this will gives us another option. Opening day in the lower fly fishing zone will experience intense fishing pressure. If you're interested in fishing the lower fly fishing zone consider waiting a few days for the fishing pressure to calm down.

Note: If you are thinking about fishing for November Brown trout, you will need to act soon, I still have a few days left for November 20, 26, 28, 29, 30 are still available.
I still have prime days available in September 20, 23, 28 and October 3, 8, 25. If you are interested in experiencing Chinook and Coho salmon fishing, 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, September 11, 2008

First Good Run




Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Rainfall on Tuesday morning has caused a temporary increase in the water flow. The Pineville water flow gauge is reading 449 CFS. This is about 100 CFS all rough from the rainfall. The combination of rainfall, increased water flow and cooler air temperatures has lowered the water temperature to 64 degrees. This combination of conditions was needed to trigger the first strong run off Chinook and Coho salmon of the fall. The salmon that started their run on Tuesday entered the lower portion of the DSR about mid day. If these fish keep moving, they should be found in the ballpark on up river to the paper mill by Wednesday. Generally speaking I figure it takes three to four days for Chinook salmon to migrate the length of the Salmon River. Coho salmon run the river much faster than the Chinooks; it will take the Cohoes about 1 or 2 days to run the river.
The same routine still goes: fish early to mid morning and then again mid to late afternoons on bright sunny days. During cloudy rainy days, it may pay to spend most of the day on river. Low light conditions helps make the salmon feel more secure and they have a tendency to run more on these gray days.
Productive fly patterns are still as varied as the fly tyers and the fishermen themselves. However the standard stuff has still taken more than their share of fish. Starting with Woolly buggers in size 6 and 4 and colors of black and silver, Brown and copper, dark olive are producing their share of fish. Other flies such as comets the boss in size 6 and 4, wet files such as green butt black bear, green butt picket pin, fall favorite, copper diamond all in size 6 and 4. You need to experiment with your flies and match the fly pattern for the water conditions that you are fishing.

Note; I still have prime days available in September and early October. If you are interested in experiencing some early Chinook and Coho salmon fishing. Call me at the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Friday, September 5, 2008

Warm Week




This past week was a warm one as a result the salmon fishing has slowed down a bit. This is nothing new for this time of the year. Early September salmon fishing will experience a few slow days. Bright sunny weather and warm water temperatures are the main reason for the slowdown in the fishing. The Water temperature has increased about 3 degrees this week. As a result the water is not able to hold enough oxygen to keep the salmon comfortable. When this happens, the few salmon that do enter the river will do it under the cover of darkness. This is when the water temperatures are a little cooler and the dark of the night will provide the security salmon like. Once the morning light hits the water surface these salmon will head to the nearest deep pool or pocket and then hold up for the day. This is why your best approach is to fish from about first light until mid morning and then from late afternoon until dark. There is no sense pounding the water during the middle of the day. Bright sunlight and warm water temperatures are not ideal conditions for salmon fishing.
This coming week may be an interesting week of salmon fishing. The weather forecast is for cooler air temperatures and possibly some hurricane rain. The hurricane rains would be an ideal scenario right now. A large shot of rainfall from a hurricane would flush out all the warm water and most likely trigger a strong run of salmon. Whenever we have received heavy rainfall from a hurricane it has produced excellent fishing all along the lake.

Note: If you are thinking about fishing for November Brown trout, you will need to act soon, I still have a few days left. November 8, 9, 19, 20, 26, 28 & 29 are still available.

I still have prime days available in September and early October. If you are interested in experiencing some early Chinook and Coho salmon fishing. Call me at the fly shop the number is 585-352- 4775 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back To Salmon Fishing



The salmon run is off to a good start this year. We have had good rain and cool weather this past month. As a result the water temperature is 66 degrees, warm but not bad. The water flow for the weekend started out at 750 CFS and this water flow was running for over a week and then finally on Monday, the flow dropped back to 335 CFS. With all this relatively cool water and excellent water flow the Salmon River has an excellent run of salmon for this time of the year. Keep in mind, I'm comparing conditions as for an early September's go. This is not red hot salmon fishing, but there is more than enough fish to make the effort worthwhile. Right now, it is more of covering a lot of water and getting a fly in front of as many salmon as possible. This may sound simple but, for September Chinook salmon fishing this is the key. The fishing pressure on these fish right now is very light and they are not temperature stressed. As a result, once you find a fish, the chances are it will be a biter.
The DSR is receiving small runs of Chinook salmon more days than not. There is not one particular pool and the lower river that has a large concentration of salmon. When there is no fish actively moving, you will need to cover a lot of water to find a salmon or two. Lately, there seems to be a few salmon that have been entering the river under the cover of darkness. These salmon can be located anywhere along the DSR, fish any of the deeper pocket water and of course the pools. Mid river and up is where the salmon are starting to concentrate in a few of the deeper pools. The challenge here is to find salmon that is willing to bite. Some of these salmon may have been holding in the pool for more than a few days as a result they become what we refer to as stale. A stale Chinook salmon is reluctant to bite but they will do a lot of jumping during the evening hours. Keep in mind, once the salmon start to run again they will become good biters. Sometimes it will take a change in water flow to move these salmon out of their pool. But, once they start to move again there attitudes towards biting a fly will most certainly improve.
Both fly fishing zones have large concentrations of Chinook salmon and a few Coho salmon. There is also plenty of summer run steelhead in both the upper and lower flyfishing zone to make the fishing interesting. Some of these salmon have been sitting in the zones for more than a few weeks. There are also a few new fish arriving on a daily basis. Keep in mind that the lower flyfishing zone does not open up until mid September. However, the upper flyfishing zone is open and having some reasonably good fishing. As I said earlier, the Salmon River for early September is considered the fishing as good as it can get. This is my favorite time to be in the river. There is very little fishing pressure, pleasant weather to fish in and this year, more than a few salmon spread out from top to bottom. Of coerce finishing the day out trying to catch a summer run steelhead.
Note; I still have prime days available in September and early October. Also, if you are thinking about fishing for November Brown trout, you will need to act soon, I still have a few days left. If you are interested in experiencing some early Chinook and Coho salmon fishing. Call me at the fly shop the number is 585 - 352 - 4775 or e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com