Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hear is a run down on what's going on with the fishing. Starting with the Oak Orchard River. Water flows are low and clear, this means most of the fish have retreated back down river into the deeper slower portion of the Oak. These conditions will stay this way until we get a other push of water. You may find a stray fish in the main pools below the dam, however the pickings are going to be slam.
The Salmon River is where we will find the most consistent fishing for the time being. The water flow is going to be running at 500 CFS in till Monday. After that you will need to check with water line to see what changes may happen for next week. Water flows once again flowing in a consistent level, or dropping. We are back to fishing light tippits, indicators and for flies the usual low water stuff. Stay with stone flies, hairs ears nymphs and Caddis, the steelhead in these conditions are going to be more receptive to bug like flies.

Spring Steelhead Fishing
Spring is coming upon us very quickly. So will the spring steelhead run. It has been a cold, snowy winter. We all are looking for to getting back to fishing on our favorite streams and rivers. Those of you that have been following the steelhead fishing, are aware that we once again had a good fall. 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 Oak Orchard River, last spring steelhead fishing one of the best springs that I've seen in years. The Oak 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.

The Salmon River has been receiving consistent strong runs of Steelhead since last October. What has really given me great hope for the spring has been how well this river has fishing 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 sense mid-October, are now going to spawn and then drop out of the river. The Salmon River this spring should ones again produce some excellent Steelhead fishing.

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 - cell-585-233-0436

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The winter weather has settled back in, and the fishing has cooled off a little. The water flow on the Oak Orchard has dropped back down and is now low and clear. When the water conditions get like this the steelhead will work there way back down river, in to the deeper slower water. The fish will remain here until we get another push of water. For now the pest approach is to fish just below the dam and work your way down river, covering all the pools. The lower end of the Oak may still have a few brown trout around looking some think to eat. For flies, stay with egg patterns in size 8 and 10, in the natural colors. Also, stone fly nymphs, hairs ears and large caddis patterns, and white rabbit streamers.
The cold weather is also having an affect on the Salmon River. Water flows are dropping down from 750 cfs to 500 cfs. Also the egg bite that we were expressing last week has virtually gone away. We are back to fishing nymphs and small wet flies, the sizes of these flies range from 12 to 8. The presentation for these flies is the same old technique, use strike indicators, long leaders and light tippits. Keep in mind that takes can be soft and it is easy to miss a take.
Some thing new to think about, spring creek should start to see its first major hatch in about three weeks. This hatch will be a size 20 black Midge. With all the snow and cold weather, we can be fishing dry flies soon. I have been fishing spring creek in March and casting a size 20 dry flies to feed trout in a snow storm.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The fishing this past week has been some of the best, winter fishing I have seen in a long time. I have been running back and fort from the Oak Orchard and the Salmon River. The water conditions on the Oak are about as good as it gets for winter fishing. For now the water is at a medium flow and slightly stained color. There are fish in all of the mane pool from the dam on down. For flies we have been using estaz eggs in chartreuse, Fished under a strike indicators. In the lower end of the Oak there is a few brow trout still around and looking for food. We have been getting these fish with both egg flies and white bunny flies. This quality of fishing in the Oak Orchard River, will most likely hold up for a week or two more. This obviously depends on the weather and the water flows.
The Salmon River, hear too the fishing has been way benter then average. When the weather warms up enough that the ice will clear out of the D.S.R and then the run will fish. Most of the action in this part of the river, has been in the after noon. This tells me that there is still a flow of new fish entering the river all moat daily. We have found the most consistent fishing in the D.S.R. to be concentrated in the upper half of the run. Productive flies for the lower half of the Salmon River have been egg flies; Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs, carpet flies, river row egg patterns, all in size 10 to 8
The upper half of the Salmon River is the same story. All the pools and pockets have steelhead coming and going. The fishing is what I call a study pick, work your way through the pool and see if there is a fish that wants to bite. The fishing pressure in this part of the river has been light. The heaviest concentration of fish is in the fly fishing zone. We have been doing extremely well lately in this part of the river. There is a lot of steelhead starting to concentrate in pools of the fly fishing zone. It is very easy to accidentally follow hook fish right now. To avoid this problem we have been using strike indicators to control our drift. As for productive flies, things are starting to change. Early this week we had a strong egg bite. Now that the water flows have been consistent for a while and all the stray eggs are starting to clean out of the system. As result the fish are becoming more receptive to nymphs and small wet flies once again. This means back to stone flies, hairs ears, and similar stuff. When fishing this part of the river I am using letter tippits. I'm often using 6 pound test or 3X tippits. This is light enough to get the soft drift that I need, but still strong enough, with care to handle a large steelhead.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Cold is Back

The water flows settled back down and it is back to the cold. When the water temperature is as cold as it is, the fish do not know the difference. We are talking about water temperature a round 32 to33 degrees. What a lout of fishermen do not think about is that when the weather is cold as it is now. The water temperature can rise 2 to 4 degrees. The reason for this is that on river and streams that have, springs feeding in to them, water temperature can warm up a few degrees. Spring water flows out of the ground around 42 to 45 degrees as result warming the water temperature. When the air temperature is above freezing, 31degree snow melt is running in to the creek and rivers, quickly dropping the water temperature back down, one more thing to thank about when we go about fishing.
As for the fishing the Oak Orchard River the water flow is still up and the water color is still muddy. The water color should improve by the end of the week. I would suspect that the fish will be spread out from the dam on down river. Concentrate your efforts in the main pools.
The Genesee River is a mess. High water muddy water continues and now ice. One of those winters for the Genesee River.
The Salmon River has come back down and is now running at 750 CFS plus run off. As we hope the reason high water has pulled in a new batch of fresh steelhead. I was fishing the salmon over the week end. The high water did more than pull new fish in. The high water stirred up the River bottom creating a massive egg drift. As result we were able to dial in on the steelhead with egg patterns. The Old standby size 8 nuclear row bug in Oregon cheese did the job. This egg bite will probably last a other week before it dies out. Then we are back to fishing nymphs and small of flies.


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 15 2010. Give us a call and fend off cabin fever.
For available days feel free to give me a call at 585-352-0439 or the fly shop at 585- 352-4775.