Sunday, March 29, 2009







The spring fishing on the Oak Orchard River seems to be running about seven to 10 days ahead of schedule. This is prime time for the Oak Orchard you can find steelhead anywhere from the dam on down River. Wherever style of fishing you prefer, swinging flies in the pools or sight fishing in the ruffles, this is the time to do it. Fish activity levels have been inconsistent over last few days. The fish activity will turn on, but exactly when is known only to the fish. You have to show up, have faith and stick it out, eventually steelhead will turn on. The last few days the best fishing has been the afternoon. Water temperatures have been holding in the mid 40 degree range. At this temperature range there has been a slow trickle of steelhead's coming and going on the gravel beds. Everyday we are finding a fair number of new fish spread out on these gravel beds spawning.

The Salmon River Pulaski NY- For now the water release is at 1500 CFS. The water flow at the Pineville gauge is reading 20020 CFS and rising. There is a lot of sown to melt off all the way up the river. The weather is looking wet for this week and the water release is most likely going up. The water temperatures are for now at 36 degrees. If the sown milts off fast enough the water temperature will drop. The water flow is turn up to mush, this week it just may make the fishing little challenging. As for the fishing, not much has changed. Keep the fly on the bottom. Egg flies and nymph are still tacking there share for fish. You need to slow down the drift and keep the fly on the river bottom.

Note I April 7 8 9 has opened up for the Oak Orchard. This is prime time, sight fishing or swinging a fly. April 16 17 19 20 26 for the Salmon River is still open. April is spawning time and there louts of steelheads in the upper river waiting to spawning. If you have any questions feel free to call. 585-352-4710 or call the shop at 585-352 4775.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spawning Time





Despite the cooler air tempers the water temperature has held up surprisingly well. We will have to see what the up coming rain will do to all the streams and rivers. I do not think the rain will cause to mush trouble with the Oak Orchard River. As for the smaller streams and creeks, a good shot of rain is what's needed to rejuvenate the fishing. The water temperature is 44 degrees, ideal for spawning. This means the steelhead can be any where there is gravel and a good flow of water over it. We now have ideal conditions for sight fishing for steelhead. The water clarity on the Oak Orchard River is what we referred to as a heavy staying. A mixed blessing for sight fishing, the water color can make it a challenge for spotting fish. However the off color water acts as cover for the fish, helping to keep the steelhead comfortable and active. The best fishing is happening from morning to mid afternoon. Once good light is available groups of steelhead are being found on the gravel beds from the bottom of the turbine channel on down river. By mid afternoon most of the spawning activity has wound down and most of the steelhead have retreated to the various pools. Productive flies for fishing around the gravel beds in the morning are woolly buggers, egg sucking Leach's, little rainbow streamer. Fishing the pools try egg patterns and large stone fly nymphs, if the suckers become too much of a nuisance try swinging woolly buggers or bunny flies.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Salmon River





Spent the last three days fishing the Salmon River. The water flow was on the high side, about 1800 CFS and the water is still clod. The water tempers are ranging from 33 degrees to a high of 37 degrees. These conditions will continue for at least two more weeks. There is still a lot of sown in the woods and along the river bank, yet to melt off. Time will tell how fast the snow will melt off this spring. Basically this is normal conditions for late march on the Salmon River, about tow to three week behind the Oak Orchard River. As for the steelhead fishing, there is a lot of fish spread out from the DSR all the way up the river. The largest concentration is in the upper river throw the fly fishing zones. The fishing was slow this weekend with the fluctuating water temperatures and the increase water flow on Friday. Because of these conditions the most productive technique right now is bottom bouncing nymphs and egg patterns. Last weekend the steelhead were showing a preference for egg patterns that represented leached out salmon eggs.
The fishing conditions for Oak Orchard River, has moderated over the past weekend. Water flows have continued to come down and water color continues to slowly clear. The water temperature has fallen back in to the upper 30 degree range from a high of 42 degrees. This 42 degree water temperature did trigger a few steelheads to start spawning. However with this drop in water temperature, the steelheads have put the spawning activity on temporary hold. As soon as water temperatures get back into the lower 40s they will returned to their spawning beds. For productive flies, stay with egg patterns and large nymphs for fishing the pools. When fishing in the riffs and runs try fishing with woolly buggers, bunny flies, large wet flies and streamers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Steelhead Update



All of the smaller streams are now in ideal fishing conditions. Along with good water flow and color, water temperatures are now ideal for spawning. The high water from the past two weeks has allowed steelhead to spread out through the streams and creeks. There is plenty of steelhead to be found however the fish need to be found and this may require a little walking. A few of the smaller creeks are starting to become very clear, care is needed to not spook fish. Sandy Creek is still slightly high and the water color still has a good stain to the water. Ideal water conditions for fishing Sandy this time of the year.
Oak Orchard River -- Water flows for the Oak have remained off color and very high. Water flows are still high enough to make wading treacherous, if you intend to fish the Oak over the next few days, wade with care. The good news for the Oak Orchard river is the water temperature. The last few days the water temperature has been hovering between 36 degrees to a high of 39 degrees. Despite the high dirty water flows, the fishing on the Oak Orchard is about to take off. Keep in mind it is spring and fishing conditions can and do change daily.
Productive flies, with the warming water temperatures, the fly box is expanding quickly. A wide assortment a fly pattern are now becoming successful. For actively spawning steelhead try swinging streamers, bunny flies, woolly buggers. When fishing the pools try egg patterns and large nymphs. You will need to experiment with color and fly size, affective patterns can and do change daily.

April steelhead fishing

Steelhead fishing in April is steelhead fishing at its peak. Water temperatures have finally warmed up above the 40° mark at this water temperature steelhead start to spawn. Even though the fishing conditions this time this year, can be high and dirty. Most people would think that this is less than ideal conditions. Reality is April provides some of the best steelhead fishing for the entire run.

Sight fishing is one of the more exciting methods of trout fishing. Spotting a fish and then trying to entice that particular fish into taking, is an exciting way to fish. When you add to the fact that trout you are fishing to is a 10 pound steelhead the excitement increases even more. You can watch the reaction of the fish to the fly and the tack. It is when I am sight fishing for steelhead, that I do a lot of my experimenting and fly patterns development.

This is exactly how I go about our steelhead fishing for the month of April. We look for groups of steelhead holding in the gravel beds, and then pick and choose which fish we are going to fish for. When the steelheads are on the gravel beds, they are aggressive and well take a fly presented on the swing very well. High water events are often helpful now. These water conditions provide cover for steelhead and putting the fish at ease. With a little practice is amazing how easy you can still spot fish in these conditions of high and off color water. It is this time of the year I often say fear no mud. Even with these conditions I am able to find and catch fish. This is sight fishing at its best.

My normal fishing routine is to fish with a 10 foot seven or eight wait Rod with a wait forward floating fly and a 10 foot leader. We will carefully look over gravel beds that have a proven record of producing fish. As fish are spotted we then carefully fish to individual fish that we would like to attempt to catch. Generally speaking steelhead that are located on the gravel beds are the more active fish in the given run. As individual fish become tired or inactive they will drop back down into the pools. Often these fish will then be replaced by a more active steelhead. Sight fishing on the gravel beds this time of year, is not just an exciting way to fish. But also the fishing action can be more consistent throughout the day.

If you're interested in sight fishing for steelhead. I have several prime dates still available for both fishing the Oak Orchard River and a few dates left for April fishing on the Salmon River. If you're interested, or have any questions. Please feel e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com or that are yet give me a call at 585-352-4710. You may also call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Still High And Muddy




We have had a lout of rain over the pass week, about 3 inches of the wet stuff. As a result everything still is high and muddy. It will be interesting to see what we have for fish once the water flows start to improve. When the air temperatures we've been having water temperatures should be ideal for drawing fish in from the Lake. Hopefully we will be back to fishing in a few more days.

April steelhead fishing

Steelhead fishing in April is steelhead fishing at its peak. Water temperatures have finally warmed up above the 40° mark at this water temperature steelhead start to spawn. Even though the fishing conditions this time this year, can be high and dirty. Most people would think that this is less than ideal conditions. Reality is April provides some of the best steelhead fishing for the entire run.

Sight fishing is one of the more exciting methods of trout fishing. Spotting a fish and then trying to entice that particular fish into taking, is an exciting way to fish. When you add to the fact that trout you are fishing to is a 10 pound steelhead the excitement increases even more. You can watch the reaction of the fish to the fly and the tack. It is when I am sight fishing for steelhead, that I do a lot of my experimenting and fly patterns development.

This is exactly how I go about our steelhead fishing for the month of April. We look for groups of steelhead holding in the gravel beds, and then pick and choose which fish we are going to fish for. When the steelheads are on the gravel beds, they are aggressive and well take a fly presented on the swing very well. High water events are often helpful now. These water conditions provide cover for steelhead and putting the fish at ease. With a little practice is amazing how easy you can still spot fish in these conditions of high and off color water. It is this time of the year I often say fear no mud. Even with these conditions I am able to find and catch fish. This is sight fishing at its best.

My normal fishing routine is to fish with a 10 foot seven or eight wait Rod with a wait forward floating fly and a 10 foot leader. We will carefully look over gravel beds that have a proven record of producing fish. As fish are spotted we then carefully fish to individual fish that we would like to attempt to catch. Generally speaking steelhead that are located on the gravel beds are the more active fish in the given run. As individual fish become tired or inactive they will drop back down into the pools. Often these fish will then be replaced by a more active steelhead. Sight fishing on the gravel beds this time of year, is not just an exciting way to fish. But also the fishing action can be more consistent throughout the day.

If you're interested in sight fishing for steelhead. I have several prime dates still available for both fishing the Oak Orchard River and a few dates left for April fishing on the Salmon River. If you're interested, or have any questions. Please feel e-mail me at jay@jaypeckguides.com or that are yet give me a call at 585-352-4710. You may also call the fly shop at 585-352-4775.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rain And High Water



Form Saturday noon on, we have had a lout of rain. As you can guess, all of the creeks and river are now muddy, and over there backs. This time around, the rain and high water is not all that bad. There is no snow to melt off and keep the water temperature ice clod. The water temperature is now in the mid to upper 30s and if the weather helps possibly the 40s. The water temperature in the smaller creeks, are way warmer than the lake’s water temperature this will plow the steelhead in. There should be a good run of steelhead coming in on this high water flow. The smaller creeks are now going to fish will, as son as the water drops. Look for spawning fish if the water temp is 40 or above.
As for right now the way the weather forecast is looking we are going to have a few more days of rainfall. Once the rain stops, it is going take three to four days for the smaller streams and creeks, just to come out of the fields. After the water comes down, it will take a few more days for the water color to clear up.
Oak Orchard River, here we have some good news, yes the Oak is extremely high and muddy, unsafe and productive for fishing right now. The good news is all those relatively 40 degree warm rain, has helped to remove a lot of ice from the reservoir. Once the ice is clear from the Oak Orchard River reservoir, water temperatures will have a chance to improve. Until the ice is gone it is almost impossible for water temperatures to rise much above 34 degrees. The way the ice on the reservoir is looking and the weather forecast for this week, I suspect most of the ice will be gone by the end of the week. We are in for a parade of wet weather, this means we will be fishing in some high off-color water flows. With decent water temperatures these water conditions should not be an issue.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

More Current Conditions



For once, this past cold snap has not shut all of the fishing down. The smaller streams and creeks did not lock back up again with ice. Water flows on Sandy Creek are at ideal levels for fishing at this moment. As always fishing Sandy at this time of the year is a coverage game. The more pools you fish through the more fish you have a chance of catching. Flies for Sandy; stay with size 6 bunny flies and size 8 egg patterns.

The Oak Orchard River was not affected by the past cold snap. Water flows on the Oak continue to slowly come down and clear. Fish remain spread out through all the pools from the dam on down river. Most of these fish have experienced at least some fishing pressure by now. It would be recommended to fish with lighter tippits and smaller flies for the time being.
Salmon River, water flows on the Salmon River is being increased to day Friday. Water flow for this weekend will be 1150 CFS. The increased water flows will help to wake up the fish in the upper River and poll some new fish through the lower River. Your best fishing over the weekend will most likely be found in the lower River. The DSR has been expressing good fishing on a consistent basis. This may be a good weekend to consider fishing this section of river. For flies try black stone fly nymphs, egg patterns, bunny leeches.

There is still days available if anyone is interested in taking advantage of our winter fishing special

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Daring the winter months the productive fishing time daring the course of the day is much shorter. Typically during the winter most days there will be approximately 6 hours productive fishing, before light conditions and cold temperatures shot the fishing down.
We are offering a winter fishing special for guide trips. One person will be $200 and two persons will be $300, this is a saving of a $100. This is for the home streams only. Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek, Genesee River and multiple days, for the Salmon River. This special also includes local trout streams Oatka and spring Creek. We meet at 8 to 8:30 a.m. and on the water by 9 a.m. and fish straight through to 3 p.m. take advantage of the best part of the day. We will be running the special until March 20 2009. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.