Tuesday, December 20, 2011



The fishing continues to be very stable for all streams and rivers in Western New York. The biggest challenge, has been dealing with the wild fluctuations in water temperature. Water temperatures have been fluctuated from as low as 34 degrees to highs in the low 40s. Dealing with These water temperature fluctuations has certainly been a challenge. Water flows from the past rain event has settled down in all of our streams and smaller rivers. The only exception is the Oak Orchard River. The Oak Orchard River still flowing on the high side and is slightly off color. I suspect these conditions will persist for the foreseeable future. The upcoming weather forecast for this week is for more rain. This is going to recharge everything and passably give us some more money runoff. Until then, there is fish spread out all through the Oak from the dam on down river. The Oak Orchard is a good place to fish during cold snaps. The reservoir is providing some buffering when it comes to water temperature fluctuations. The smaller creeks and rivers also have fish spread out throughout their pools. However these waters are more prone to harsher water temperature swings. Considered fishing these waters during warmer weather, when water temperatures are warming slightly. Productive flies have been, egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, orange, Oregon cheese in size 8, are very productive. Also bunny flies and woolly buggers in size 6 are producing a lot of Brown trout.
The water flow on the Salmon has gone back up to 750 CFS. The rain that we recently received plus a little snowfall earlier in the week has gotten everything flowing again. Water flows have as high as 1800 CFS, but this should not last long in the flow should start to come back down soon. The 750 CFS water flow is a decent flow for this time of year. Enough water to keep the fish comfortable and moving, yet low enough so that we can easily fish.
There is a slow but steady trickle of fish coming throw the DSR. This makes for decent fishing mid river, where the fishing pressure is lighter. The upper river is where of the most steelhead are, but the fish hear will experience the most fishing pressure. As long as the water flows are stable. Stay with stonefly nymphs and caddis type nymphs. Keep these flies between size 12 to 6. If and when the water flows go up, just like it has recently. The increase in water flow will stir up the rivers bottom. This will create an egg bite, obviously go with your favorite egg flies.
Fishing Tip:
We are now finally seeing the fish settling in to a winter fishing pattern. This is slowly moving there the river and spending more time sitting in the pools. The cold water temperature slows everything down. As a result we must slow everything we do down to the fish’s space. This means the speed of our drift and how fast we work through the pools that we intend to fish. When fishing the pools consider using strike indicators. The purpose of using the strike indicators is not to tell you when a fish is chewing on your fly, but to help you control your draft. This is why I like to call these strike indicators, drift management devices. We can use indicators to help keep the fly drifting in the right location within the pools. Also when fishing under an indicator the angle of the leader is more vertical, as result you hang up less on the river bottom. This allows you to fish a slower draft. When the water is as cold as it is during the water the slow drift is important.
I have prime dates available for January. We will still be catching a few Brown trout, along with steelhead. I will be fishing between Western New York and the Salmon River, depending on the quality of fishing and your traveling convenience. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing.

Thursday, December 8, 2011






The wormer than normal weather continues. Along with this abnormally warm weather we have now started to get some consistent rainfall. As a result of this recent rainfall, all of the Western New York rivers and creeks are now out of fishing condition. I suspect this will only be a temporary setback. Depending on how comfortable you are fishing and high off colored water. The smaller streams and creeks will be fishable for you within a day or two. We will need to give the bigger rivers such as the Oak Orchard more time. We should see an influx of new steelheads and possibly few brown trout, with this recent push of high water. The way this falls fishing has been we can expect the fishing to continue to be good. By now most of the brown trout are done spawning, and on the feed. This recent push of high water, will stir up the bottom and send the remaining of stray eggs adrift. This will keep the egg bite going strong for at least another week. Productive lives, obviously egg patterns in colors of chartreuse, orange, Oregon cheese and size 8, are very productive. Also bunny flies and woolly buggers in size 6 are producing a lot of Brown trout.
The Salmon River has also received its fair amount of rainfall. Water flows this past week has been at or above 1000 CFS. Water flows should start to come down this coming week. As we would expect the recent water flows have pulled in a patch of new fish. There is nothing new with the dispersal of the fish. The main concentration of the fish being upriver and groups of fish disburse from the mid river on down. The same goes for the fishing pressure. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is to be more seasonable. That is temperatures starting to hover around the freezing mark. This will pull water temperatures down into the mid-to low 30 degree mark. With these cooler water temperatures, it is not unusual for it to be midmorning before the fish become active. Also mid-to late afternoon is wind you can expect to have your best action of the day, the late day bite. When we have these colder days is best to have a later start to the day and plan on fishing through to late afternoon. When water flows are increased this time of the year, expect to experience a strong egg bite. However this egg bite may only last a few days. After that the fish are going to key in on the aquatic insect life. This is where stonefly's in sizes ranging from 12 to 6, Will become very productive.
I still have prime dates still available for December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Monday, November 28, 2011






The weather has been wormer than normal for the month of November. This has helped to keep the fishing going. The biggest challenge is the water temperatures are fluctuating, several degrees during the day. This means the best fishing is in the afternoons, most days. This is normal for late fall, the water temperatures need to warm up, after the cold nights. When the weather forecast is for warm daytime temperatures, you can always plan on a good afternoon bite.
This past week we received a good shot of rain fall. This has had a big influence on all of our rivers and streams in Western New York. All the streams and rivers ware actually flowing muddy for a few days. This recent shot of water has helped to recharge the fishing. This will almost guarantee us, two more weeks of excellent Brown trout fishing. At this stage I suspect about three quarters of the brown trout are through with their spawning. This means two things for us. First the amount of eggs that are being knocked loose has been reduced sharply. The second concern is that the Browns diet will now expand to other food sources. This means it is time to carry a larger selection of flies. Besides standard egg flies we have been using all fall. It is now time to start carrying, flies such as big stonefly type nymphs and wilily buggers, bunny flies. The spawned out brown trout will now be looking for bigger bites of food. This is where the bigger files such as the wilily buggers and bunny flies come in to play.
The Salmon River also got the same good shot of rain last week. The water flow went up for a few days. This also helped the fishing. The water releases are still holding at 335 CFS. The biggest help has been the reduction in fishing pressure, especially in the upper river. When the fishing pressure is reduced it is amazing how the fishing takes a turn for the positive. New steelheads and brown trout are entering the river on a daily bases, reports coming from the DSR have been extremely good. For productive flies, stay with egg flies and stoneflies nymphs in the upper flies. If you in to swing flies, stay mid river on down. The fish have not seen as mush fishing pressure, or as keyed in to eggs. Steady flows of new fish, reduced fishing pressure, we should see some good late November early December fishing for the upcoming week.
I still have prime dates still available for December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011





We are still doing well fishing for brown trout in the Western New York tributaries. This is despite the fact that we have not received any significant rainfall in two weeks. As you can imagine, all the streams and rivers are getting really low and clear. Even though we recently received some rainfall, this rainfall had little effect on any of the water flows for the Lake Ontario tributaries. However we did receive significantly more rain in the Southwest part of the state. This caused the Lake Erie tributaries to temporarily go out of fishing condition. Due to low water conditions we have to cover a lot of river between fish. It is amazing how a 10 pound Brown trout can disappear in ankle-deep water. I described the fishing we been doing lately as a big game of hide and go seek. When fishing in these challenging conditions. The best techniques you can use this to simply stay back away from the fish. Also if the Browns seem to be reluctant to take any of the standard egg flies consider trying stonefly nymphs or hairs here nymphs. We've even had really good luck with size 12 Copper John's. It seems like at some point during the Brown trout run they seem to get tired of eating eggs. When this happens some sort of nymph pattern between sizes 12 to size 6 seems to solve the problem.
Water flows on the Salmon River is still holding at 335 CFS and judging by the amount of rain that was received in the Salmon River watershed. Water flows will most likely stay at current levels. Over the past week the DSR has received a steady flow of fresh steelhead almost daily. Along with the steelhead Brown trout have recently joined in with the mix. The upper river has been seeing a lot of intense fishing pressure lately. The fishing pressure has been significant enough to natively affect the fishing. It is best to concentrate your fishing efforts from mid river on down. Once the steelhead entering the upper river and is exposed to the intense fishing pressure, the fish have a tendency to shut down. As long as there is a steady flow of new fish entering the river is best to concentrate your efforts in the lower river. Even though there is fewer fish, these fish will certainly be in a more receptive mood. When the weather is warm and the water temperatures are up. Swinging flies is a good option when fishing the lower river. When using this technique you need to experiment to see which patterns will be working best, however keep your flies somewhere between three to 4 1/2 inches long. Also the egg bite continues, stay with your favorite egg flies in size 8 to 12. Also when in doubt try fishing black stonefly in sizes ranging from 10 to 6
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011






It is good to be fishing back home ones again. The brown trout fishing has been some of the beast I have seen in a few years. All of the rivers and creeks in Western New York could use a good shot of rain, water flows are getting low and clear. Despite these conditions there are small groups of Brown trout spread out throughout all of the water systems. As of now most of these are male Brown trout. These are some of the largest Browns of the entire run. Most of the browns we are catching are running larger than normal. So far we have seen very few female Brown trout, however I expect this to change within the next few days. If the weather cooperates and we get some decent rainfall, we will see some good runs of brown trout, in all of the rivers and creeks. Even though I have not seen many salmon there have been a lot of salmon spawning previous to the Brown trout showing up. As a result there are a lot of eggs in the system. As you can imagine egg flies are definitely the way to go, for fly patterns. We have been having the best success with Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs and burnt orange estes egg. All of these egg patterns we are using are in size 8, for now. If the water flows do not improve soon we will be forced to drop a fly size down.
The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River had slowed down over the past week due to cold weather. We were experiencing very cold nights and having frosty mornings. As a result water temperatures were constantly falling. Obviously this will shut the steelhead fishing down. The last few days have been considerably warmer and as a result water temperatures improved sharply and so has the steelhead fishing. The best fishing recently has been in the lower river. Most of the action the last two days has been happening during the afternoons. I suspect this is the result of warming water temperatures. Your best water temperatures this time of the year will happen during the afternoons. Obviously this explains why the afternoons bite is so productive. The upper river has not been seeing the same quality of steelhead fishing. I suspect this is a combination of several factors. There is still a lot of fishing pressure in this part of the river, also there is still a lot of salmon spawning. I suspect there is a glut of eggs rolling around the river bottom. At times there can be so many eggs in the system that you fly can get lost in the mass. Obviously the egg bite is still going strong. So stay with your favorite egg flies. And I did not forget to mention that the, water flows are still holding at 335 CFS.
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



The fishing on the Salmon River has taken a turn over the past week. The cold weather that we have been experiencing has caused sharp water temperature drops. These water temperature fluctuations have been as much as 6 decreases in the lower River. This time of the year it doesn't take more than 2 or 3 decreases to shut the fishing down. We dealt with this water temperature fluctuation, by fishing the upper river near the reservoirs in the morning. We can use the reservoirs as a heat sink to buffer the worst of the water temperature fluctuations. Until late afternoon and then we make a move to lower river to take advantage of warming water temperatures. When this happens it will often turn fishing on in the lower river. These water temperature fluctuations are normal for this time of the year. We will often have to deal with big temperature swings during cold snaps. Understanding this and learned how to manage these conditions is all part of fishing during late October and November.
Water flows are coming back down. The Salmon River is now back to flowing at 335 CFS. Looks like the fishing will be back on track for the upcoming week.
The egg bite is going strong in the upper river. Over the past week or so, we must have had a run of Coho salmon sneak past us. Lower fly fishing zone has been full of spawning Coho salmon over the past week. In amongst all of these spawning salmon we have been able to find a few steelheads. With the moderating water temperatures I suspect this egg bite will be spread all the way down through to the Pikeville access point. The egg bite is starting to die down in the lower river, enough so that when the water temperatures are favorable swinging flies are now becoming productive once again.
I am now back home fishing for Brown trout in the Western New York tributaries. Fortunately we have received some decent rains last week and have received good runs of Brown trout. We are definitely off to a good start for November. Unfortunately many of our streams and creeks need a steady flow of rain to stay in good fishing connection. Hopefully the weather patterns from November will start to get wet.
For my Brown trout fishing I will primarily stay with orange and Oregon cheese nuclear row bugs. These are also excellent egg flies to use on the Salmon River. Flies for swing for steelhead, stay with wilily buggers, Bonnie leeches, intruders. Keep these flies somewhere between 2 1/2 to 41/2 inches long.
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. I also have a great new guide working for me that will continue to do trips on the Salmon River, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Salmon River watershed



The Salmon River watershed has finally received enough rain to cause an increase in water flow. Water flow has been gradually increasing to1000 CFS Wednesday October 26. I would strongly recommend from here on that you pay close attention to water flows. I would also recommend checking with water line before you intend to fish, verifying water flows. This increase in water flow has clean out the river of dead salmon and the leaves that have been plaguing us.

The higher water flows as drawn in a few late running salmon. However the numbers of salmon are small. At this point the members of salmon within the river itself are now dropping off significantly with the spawning winding down. With the increase in water flows, steelheads continue to trickle in on a daily basis. At this point there is steelhead spread out to the entire river from top to bottom. All of your favorite pools are now holding at least a few steelheads. We have been seeing and catching a few brown trout lately. These are more of a bonus fish, than a fish that we would target.

Even though the salmons spawning activity is winding down. There are a lot of stray eggs lying loose in the river bottom. This recent increase in water flow has sent these stray eggs adrift, as a result creating a strong egg bit with steelhead. Fishing your favorite egg flies is going to be the most productive fly patterns. With the high water flows at this present time, concentrate your efforts along the current seems. We have been using strike indicators to help control our drift and keep our fly in the strike zone.

We have been having the best success with orange nuclear role bugs and daring lowlight periods go with chartreuse egg patterns. We have also been having some success swinging flies in the lower river, with a higher water flows. The best success is coming from small intruders and skirt flies. Keep the flies somewhere around 2 ½ to 4 1/2 inches long.

Over the next few days, I will be finishing up my schedule time on the Salmon River. After this I'll be moving back home to Western New York to fish for Brown trout. I will continue to report on the Salmon River along with the Western New York tributaries. I also continue to make forays back to the Salmon River depending on fishing conditions.

I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. For more good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Saturday, October 22, 2011




The steelhead fishing on the Salmon River continues to pick up the pace almost daily. All of my fishing efforts are now concentrated on steelhead fishing. By now steelheads are now becoming spread out through the entire river system. With the intense salmon spawning you can find steelhead almost anywhere there's a large concentration of salmon. Look for these fish in the cuts, slots and pockets around spawning salmon. Keep in mind that the egg bite is on. The river is becoming saturated with eggs. Most days we have been fishing egg patterns under strict indicators for our best success.
The rainfall that we received in the Salmon River watershed, over the past few days has not been enough to cause any significant run off. However not to sound too fussy, we did receive enough to maintain the present water flow. The present water flow is still at 335 CFS, this will most likely stay this week for at least another week. This has been one of the most consistent water flow we seen in years.
The biggest improvement this week in conditions has been the water temperature. Cold weather has dropped water temperature down to the mid-50 degree range. This is where the water temperature should be for the time of the year. The mid-50 degree water temperature is also ideal for steelhead fishing. This water temperature has turned on the steelhead, when hooked they have been exploding.
The crowds have also started to drop off significant, all through the river. However the fishing pressures in the fly fishing zones remain high. This will remain this way for a week or two. Ones the salmon stop spewing, the crowds will lighten up.
Chinook salmon continued to trickle in almost daily. However I have noticed the pace of new salmon entering the river to have slowed down. This is normal for this time of the year. My best guess is that we have the vast majority of the salmon in the river now. The salmon are definitely in full spawned. Anywhere there's suitable spawning habitat you will find salmon spawning there.
As you can imagine our most productive flies are now egg patterns. We have been having the best success with size 8 nuclear role bugs, in colors of orange and oregon cheese. Occasionally we have been able to have some good days swing flies for steelhead. When this happens we have been having the best success with Leach patterns in size 4. As always do not hesitate to experiment and try your favorite egg patterns.
I still have prime dates still available for late November and December. This is Brown trout and steelhead fishing in western New York along with the Salmon River. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. For more information go to jaypeckguides.com – good fishing and hope to see you this fall.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Columbus Day weekend has come and gone. Traditionally Columbus Day weekend is the busiest weekend for fishing pressure for the entire fall. This is not to say that the crowds are gone from the Salmon River. The fishing pressure is still very heavy in the upper river, this includes both fly-fishing zones. This section of the river will remain busy for at least another couple of weeks. However, if you are Looking for some sanctuary from the crowds consider fishing mid river on down. We are still receiving, light but study runs of salmon entering the river almost daily. These trickling runs of salmon do add up to a lot of fish very quickly. The fresh run salmon are starting to have that bronze color look to the fish. Don't let this darker color fool you these fresh fish are still eating a swinging fly and fighting very hard. The Chinook and Coho salmon spawn is definitely under way. I have observed salmon spawning through the entire river system. The largest concentration is obviously in the upper portion of the river. However anywhere there is suitable spawning habitat, there is salmon spawning there. It will not take long for the river to become saturated with eggs. This is also when we start to see steelheads and we are doing just that. We are seeing more steelhead every day and they are now making up part of the daily catch. We are off to a strong start to the steelhead season. It is looking like we are going to have another great steelhead season.

Water flows remain at 335 CFS and I suspect that the water flows will remain this way for the upcoming week. Hopefully upcoming rain event will be significant enough to give us some runoff; this will definitely kick the steelhead run into high gear. Due to the warm weather we were enjoying over the last few days today. The water temperatures have increased back into the mid 60 degree, hopefully this coming week water temperatures will cool back down. The ideal water temperatures we are looking for at this time of year is somewhere between 50 to 55 decrease.

Productive flies: this past week has been fairly easy for me to figure out what flies the salmon want. The good old standbys were proven why they take up so much space in my fly boxes. Fishing the lower river: We have been doing fairly well with the standard black and silver, brown and Copper Willie buggers, in size 6 and 4. Also try fishing egg sucking leeches in the same sizes. Fishing the upper river: The same flies are working in this part of the river, but go smaller in size. Also try fishing black stone flies in sizes 10 to 6. With the spawning going on, throughout the river. It is time to try some egg flies.

Note: I still have prime dates for October available,,21,22,23,25,27, Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011



The fishing on the Salmon River continues along as we would expect. Water temperature this week has cooled off sharply. Water temp is around the mid to the upper 50s. The best water temperatures we had so far. This coming week is going to be warmer than this past week. Hopefully the water temperatures will not warm up to much. This week we had steady runs of Chinook salmon, obviously some days are better than others. However we did experience good fishing every day. We're now seeing just a few Coho salmon now and then. I suspect we've seen the bulk of the Coho run for now. Some falls we get a late run of Coho salmon but that is hard to predict. I have only seen a small hand full of salmon trying to spawn. However I have been fishing the lower river. There may be more spawning activity up river. We should start to see the spawning activity pick up, this coming week. Over the last few days, we are starting to see more and more steelhead showing up. Hopefully this is a good sign for steelhead fishing later this month.
The rain has helped with the reservoir levels, how much I am not sure. We get a little over 2 inches of rain this week. Hopefully further up river in the water shed there was more rain fall. The rain fall came over a few days and did not cause much run off in the main river. But we should see the 335 CFS water flow for the upcoming week. This water flow is a comfortable level for most salmon fishermen to fish.
Productive Flies: This week the fly box has started to look like it should. Fishing the lower river: During low light periods flashy flies have been more productive. Also flies with the color hot pink mixed in, has been working for both Chinook salmon and Coho salmon. when the light gets on the water go to more earth colored flies we have been doing fairly well with the standard black and silver, brown and Copper Willie buggers in size 6 and 4. Fishing the upper river: The same flies are working in this part of the river, but go smaller in size. Also try fishing black stone flies in sizes 10 to 6. There may be some spawning starting in this part of the river. It may be time to try some egg flies. As always experiment with the fly patterns.
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I still have prime dates for October available,16,17,21,22,23,24. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall.

Thursday, September 29, 2011




The salmon continue to come in at a slow trickle, on the Salmon River. There is a good number of fish in the river. Early in the week Coho salmon made up most of the run, but later in the week Chinook salmon started to make up the larger portion of the daily run. Most days the fish are moving around first light, and continuing on to mid afternoon. This is a good dose of fish. It does not seem to bother the salmon if it is sunny or cloudy, they still keep tricking in. as long as the water temperature do not get to warm, the fish will continue to enter the river on a daily basis. I have noticed that water temperature this week had a lot to do with how strong the fish were trickling in. Water temperatures are still in the mid-to low 60s, warm for salmon fishing. One of the advantages of this tricking run, is the fish get spread out throw out the whole river. For now any of your favorite pools you like to fish, you will find fish there. The salmon that are in the upper river are a lot more difficult to get to take flies. Many of these fish have been sitting in the pools for almost three weeks. Longer salmon sit around in their pool, the more reluctant they are too to eat a fly. Once the spawning starts this will all change.
Water flows are still at 335 CFS as of now. Hopefully we can maintain this water flow. Reservoir levels remand a big concern. We only received a half inch of rain since my last report. This is insignificant to have any effect on the water flows. Ones again, we need rain. We will have to see what this last round of rain will do for us. Hope fully water flows will remain at 335 CFS for the upcoming week.
Productive Flies: we have been using the large variety of flies. Once again we have been forced to constantly experiment with fly patterns. One pattern that is starting to consistently show itself is that during low light periods flashy flies have been more productive. Also flies with the color hot pink mixed in, has been working for Coho salmon. For Chinook salmon we have been doing fairly well with the standard black and silver, brown and Copper Willie buggers in size 6. Obviously staying with the brighter colors and flashier flies, during low light periods, go with the more earth colored flies when the sun is on the water.
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I still have prime dates for October available 6,16,17,21,22. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Salmon River Update



The fishing on the Salmon River has made a considerable turnaround from last week. Last week the runs have stalled out and we were not receiving any new fish entering the lower River. As of last Friday the salmon have started to run consistently, so far the fish have not missed a day. Generally we have been receiving a consistent trickle of fish. Some days are obviously better than other days but the fishing has been consistently good. We have been seeing a study flow of Chinook salmon; however most of fish have been Coho salmon. By now you can expect to find good numbers of fish spread out through the entire river system. Both fly fishing zones are quickly filling up with Chinook and Coho salmon.

The Salmon River watershed has been receiving some rain over the past week. However the rainfall has been insignificant and water levels in the reservoir are still a concern. Seems like we're always in need of some good rainfall this fall. Water flows can be hard to predict, but so far water flows have remained at 335 CFS. I suspect this 335 CFS water flow is going to remain in effect for some time. This water flow is probably the most convenient flow for most fishermen when it comes to fishing for salmon.

Productive flies: has been a big challenge. I have not been able to narrow down a fly selection to a small group of three or four effective patterns. I have been forced to carry a large selection of flies. Some days it seems almost impossible to figure out just what the fish wants. It seems like each individual fish wants something different. The few patterns that I have been able to diagnose, is that early-morning in lowlight conditions the Coho salmon prefer something pink. As for the Chinook salmon, they have been just as inconsistent on fly patterns. For now you need to do a lot experimenting.

 Note: I still have prime dates for October available 3,4,6,14,15. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

Thursday, September 15, 2011



The last good run of salmon was last week. Since then the salmon have been slowly, very slowly trickling in. I would describe the fishing as of this moment, as basically the run has temporarily stalled out. This is nothing new we usually see this happen at least once every fall. There are many reasons for this to happen. It can be as simple as salmon being pushed back out into the deeper water do to conditions and warm water temperatures in the Lake itself. Or salmon doing what salmon like to do best, keep us guessing. Keep in mind we're still early into the salmon run. Things can change quickly. The good news is that there is salmon spread out through the entire river. All of the main pools are at least holding a few fish for now. Most of the salmon have been sitting in their pools for at least a few days now. When salmon become sedentary and incident in there pools for more than a day or two they can become tough to catch. In this situation it is best to concentrate your efforts on the heads of the polls were fast water first enters the pool. Even though there may be more salmon sitting in the main part of the pool, the salmon that are sitting in the fast water are generally more active. These few fish are potentially in the best mood to bite.
Water flows have been holding steady at 335 CFS for now. Water levels at the reservoir are starting to get low. Hopefully we will get enough rainfall to recharge the reservoir levels. If this happens we will most certainly see the salmon run start back up once more. The Salmon River area is and has been receiving some rain recently. Also cooler weather is forecasted for over the weekend.
Water temperatures are slowly but steadily cooling down we have seen water temperatures as cool as 62 degrees in the morning. The nights are cool and the water temperatures are slowly improving. Keep in mind that, ideal water temperatures for salmon is from 52 to 55 degrees. I always say it is amazing how fishing conditions can change from one day to the next, when it comes to fishing the tributaries.
Productive flies have been a size 4 black Bunny Leach, black and silver woolly bugger size 6. We have also had some luck with a salmon fly, that I call a tug toy. I would have to say the best fly recently has been processed. Stick with it and keep your flies swinging to the fish, sooner or later one seems to grab the fly.
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I still have prime dates for September and October available. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The salmon fishing on the Salmon River is starting to happen. Water flows over the weekend were at 335 CFS. However now the water flows have been increased to 750 CFS. The area has been getting some rain, and the reservoir starting to fill back up. Not only has the recent rainfall increased the water flow, but also has helped to drop the water temperature. For now the water temperature is more important than water flow. Water temperature has been in the mid to low 70 degree range during the past week. This is too warm for the salmon to run in large numbers. However the water temperatures have gotten in to the upper 60 degrees range during a few cooler morning and few salmon have started to run this past week. This recent rainfall and increase in water flow has triggered a good run of salmon. Water temperatures have also improved significantly as a result, the pace of migrating salmon within the river system has resumed a normal pace. At these water flows, typically it will take a salmon 3 to 4 days to migrate through the river. Most of the salmon are in the lower river, for now. You must keep in mind, it is early September yet. There is not a lot of fish spread out through the river yet. But for this time of the fall, the fishing is good.
Because the warm temperatures can be fluctuating, at the upper end of the fish comfort level, the best fishing is from first light to mid-morning. Then again late afternoon until dark, when you can find a few fish starting to move once again.
Ones the salmon get in the river water temperatures will dictate how slow or how fast the salmon will move through the river system. Keeping this in mind will make it easier to predict where we can find the salmon from one day to the next. Of course conditions can and do change quickly. There is a fair amount of rain forecasted for this coming week. Depending on the water temperatures and how much rain we do get will have a big influence on how well the salmon will be running this coming week. Also water flows and reservoir levels are a big concern. This recent big shot of rain has gone a long ways in helping to encourage the salmon to run.
Productive flies have been black leech patterns, and black and silver wilily bloggers in size 4. Nothing new here, these flies are good dependable standby Chinook salmon catching flies.
I still have prime dates for September and October available. Early to mid- September, we will be fishing for: Atlantic salmon and early Chinook salmon. Bothe fish will be hot when hooked. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

Monday, August 29, 2011



This past week we have enjoyed a pleasant break from the hot water. This has also helped to lower the water temperatures on the Salmon River. We need to see water temperatures in the upper 60s or cooler for salmon to start to show up in any real numbers. The rain is still coming, even though the pace has slowed some. As of now the water levels at the Salmon River reservoir is in good shape. We should see the normal water release for Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial Day weekend water release is when the minimum water flow is increased to 335 CFS and we look at this as the start to the fall salmon run. However most of the time there is not a lot of fish showing up with this initial water release. We need to have the perfect alignment of conditions to see a big run of salmon. The last two falls the Chinook salmon run get started early. In fact we had fishable numbers of salmon in the river by late August. I do not see this happening this fall. This fall I think the timing of the run is going to be on a more normal schedule. Typically we will see a small run of salmon with the initial Memorial Day water release. After that we see a slow trickle of salmon with the members of salmon running increasing is we progress into September. With all this being said river conditions are steadily in proving. As I always say when it comes to fishing the tributaries, conditions can and do change quickly. Early September is my favorite time to finish for salmon. Even though there's not a lot of salmon running, there are also not a lot of fishermen around.
The trout streams, this is a tough time of the year for the trout fisherman. We been fishing these fish for several months now and the trout know the game. Despite the recent rainfall water flows are still at typical late summer low flows. The bugs are small, a size 22 and smaller. The trico hatch continues and yes they are a size 22 to a 24, small. There are also a lot of midges hatching now, but they are size 24 and smaller. If you are fishing ants and beetles, keep these flies small, around a size 18.
I still have prime dates for September and October available. If you feel the need for a spey casting tune up, now is the time. Also if you are thinking of a fishing tune with the spey rods and sinking lines or a general fishing tune up. Now is the time to consider a day on the water before the big runs get going. This way you will be ready to tack full vantage of the fishing when things really get going. Early to mid- September, we will be fishing for: Atlantic salmon and early Chinook salmon. Bothe fish will be hot when hooked. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

Wednesday, August 17, 2011



We are now starting to get the rain that we need. The reservoir for the Salmon river was at the same level we head three years ago, when we had the drought. But fortunately the water shed got over 4 inches of rain, last week and even more this week. This is a good start and the rain seems to keep on coming. The cooling weather is helping to get the water temps down. It is looking good for late August trout and Atlantic salmon fishing in the Salmon river. I did not think we will see a water flow increase in tell the first of September, but this is normal. Keep in mind the 185 CFS flows are that bad, in fact we do very well fishing dry flies for trout. We do very well fishing for the Atlantic salmon also with this water flow, we just need the water temps to come down.

As for the local trout streams water flows are still good to fish. If the water is down and clear, it will be good Trico fishing. The Trico are about a size 22 now. If the heavy rains, makes the water flows high and muddy, fish black wilily buggers and catch fish. The dirty water will not be a problem as long as you can see your feet in about 18 inches of water.
There is nothing new going on with spring brook. Same old run down, of scuds and midges. Use scuds in size 16, and midges in size 22 and smaller. If you're getting tired of fishing these flies, try fishing streamers. Fishing pressure on spring brook has dropped off enough that some big fish are starting to show up. It's always worth fishing with streamers, the potential for big fish are certainly there.

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September is coming soon if you feel the need for a spey casting tune up, now is the time. Also if you are thinking of a fishing tune with the spey rods and sinking lines or a general fishing tune up. Now is the time to consider a day on the water

Fall news litter 2011

It may be a little hard to thank about the fall fishing. But fall will be on us soon enough. We will be looking for an early run of Chinook salmon sooner than we think. There is a lot of news coming from the lake fishermen, and it is good. The biggest news is there is a lot of food or bait available for the fish to feed on. One thing that is certain, the fish has had a good growing season.

Judging from what I am hearing from the lake there is no shortage of salmon, both Chinook and Coho salmon. Also there being a lot of food for the fish, we should be seeing some good size salmon, similar to last season. This is supposed to be the short year for salmon, the result from the drought year three years back. It looks like these fish did wall ones they gut in to the lake.

The big news is the brown trout. There has been some good numbers of fish out in front of Oak Orchard and sandy creek. This report is not just at these locations, but all around the lake. I also heard of some very big fish being caught. I have had a confirmed report of a brown trout weighing in at over 20 ponds. I have heard of several more in that size class. This is some big brown trout. As usual water flow will be a big factor when it comes to the fall brown trout run. But the fish are there and with some good water flows we will see some good runs of browns come November.

Steelhead numbers continue to be strong. Lake fishermen are constantly commenting on the large numbers of steelhead, they have been encountering all summer. I have been hearing of a lot of very large steelheads being caught this summer. It looks like the steelhead resurgence continues. Obviously for us fishermen, this is always good news. Fall is when the steelheads are at their best, chrome bright, fresh from the lake and full of fight.

As many of you know I will be starting my fall fishing schedule on the Salmon River in September. Then in November I will be moving back to Western New York to finish up the fall fishing season. This season I intend to start fishing the Salmon River in early September, so we can take advantage of the Atlantic salmon fishers. Those of you who are aware this is a new fishery. September we are seeing Atlantic salmon showing almost daily. By mid-September the Chinook run is normally under way. At this point our primary target will be Chinook and Coho salmon.
Here is how my fishing schedule for the rivers and fish I'll be fishing this fall. As many of you know the schedule is based on where and when the fish are running. I try to stay in the best fishing I can find.

Starting with the Salmon River
Early September to mid-September fishing for: Atlantic salmon
Mid-September to mid-October fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon
Mid-October to November steelhead fishing
November- I am back fishing in western New York fishing for brown trout and steelhead later in the month. However I do occasionally make trips back to the salmon rivers from November throughout the winter depending on fishing conditions and the convenience for traveling fishermen.

As of now I still have plenty of prime dates for September and October. However dates for November are filling fast. Also this year the access fee for fishing the Douglaston salmon run, on the Salmon River will also be included with the daily guide fees. This is a savings of $45 per person. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall



Sunday, August 7, 2011




It looks like our dry spell is slowly loosening its grip. We had some thunder showers over the past week. These rain showers have not done much to help improve water flows in a lot of our rivers and streams. Fortunately most of our rivers and streams are still at fishable level even though the flows are on the low side. Keep in mind water flows that are slightly on the low side are ideal for the trout to efficiently feed on the Trico hatch.
The Trico hatch continues hatching right along as one would expect. Some days the fish are touchy and hard to catch other days they are very cooperative. On bright sunny mornings you can expect the trout to be a little touchy. For obvious reasons I think the bright sunlight makes the trout feel exposed. We have experienced our best success fishing on mornings when the sky is overcast. Seems like the little bit of cover the cloudy skies give the fish, makes all the difference. When the fish get extremely touchy on bright sunny mornings we need to make a few adjustments. Going to letter tippet such as 7x fluorocarbon tippet material helps some. Also some of these mornings it just may be you have to work at it a little harder that morning.
For those of you, who are fishing the afternoons, stay with the standard. The ant and beetle routine. Cover any water that looks fishy, and play extra attention to any spots that are shaded. Also keep in mind these bugs hit the water with a splash, hitting the water with your fly is part of the presentation. The fish expects to hear the bugs hit the water.
There is nothing new going on with spring brook. Same old gig of scuds and midges. Use scuds in size 16, and midges in size 22 and smaller. If you're getting tired of fishing these flies, try fishing streamers. Fishing pressure on spring brook has dropped off enough that some big fish are starting to show up. It's always worth fishing with streamers, the potential for big fish are certainly there.
September is coming soon if you feel the need for a spey casting tune up, now is the time. Also if you are thinking of a fishing tune with the spey rods and sinking lines or a general fishing tune up. Now is the time to consider a day on the water before the big runs get going. This way you will be ready to tack full vantage of the fishing when things really get going. Early to mid- September, we will be fishing for: Atlantic salmon and early Chinook salmon. Both fish will be hot when hooked. Interested, please feel free to contact me, cell 585-233-0436 or feel free to call the fly shop and talk to Carl the number is 585-352-4775. Hope to see you this fall

Sunday, July 31, 2011



We have had some passing thunder storms this week. We defiantly need all the rain we can get. If you are on the water when the rain comes, it could put an end to the spinner fall for that morning. Sometimes the Trico spinners will get washed in to the water other times they seem to just disappear. Either way the feeding activity will not last long, unless there are a lot of bugs on the water to start with. The rain that we got so far will not cause any increase in water flows for now. We need a lot more ran than we have gotten to do that. So far all the fly patterns have stayed the same. Size 20 Trico, ants in size 16 to 18 or beetles in sizes 16 to 12, are still doing the job.
Tip: Fishing to spooky trout.
As I have said many times, we have been picking on these trout for over three months now, they know the game. We have to be on top of our game. Becomes the flies are small, trout will often hang just under the water surface while they feed. When trout feed like this, they can be very sensitive to any type of disturbance. This means sloppy wading, bad casting even normal mending of the line will send the trout running. We need to change our thinking when we get to the stream. We now are stalking the trout. The wading part is self explanatory. But when it comes to casting the fly to the fish, this is where most of us lose it. Most of us have a tendency to cast the fly to far up stream. By the time the fly gets to the fish the current has caught hold of the fly and the fly is being pulled across the water surface. We normally solve this problem by mending the line. The issue with this is that the trout are feeding just under the surface, and will be easily spooked by mending the line. Compensating for this is straight foreword, just cast the fly closer to the fish about one foot from the feeding fish. You will not upset fish that are actively feeding just under the water surface. They will not notice the fly landing on the water. You will get the best part of the drift as the fly goes over the fish. When the current catches the fly, the fly will be behind the fish. Safely swinging away from the fish.

Friday, July 22, 2011



It has been some time since my last update. I have been out fishing, went to Florida to do some tarpon fishing. As you can imagine the weather was hot, but the tarpon were on the fly. Make a good cast and a good presentation and the tarpon would eat the fly. There is nothing easy about tarpon fishing. The fish are fussy about the fly. Once they eat the fly, the tarpon has a boney mouth. It is hard to set the hook. The fish are big. They will put up a monstrous fight, making a 12 weight fly rod feel like a light weight. There is not much that can compare to sight fishing to a fish that is 4 to 6 feet long.
I am back home and back to fishing for trout. The Trico are on and the trout are feeding on the bugs. This is going to be some of the best dry fly fishing we are going to have this season. Water flows are on the low side, but good for this time of the year. For the trout to feed efficiently, the water flows need to be on the low side. Keep in mind, with the water flows and the fact that we have been fishing for this trout for about three months they are spooky, they know the game. Light rods, careful wading and fine leaders are the name for the game for us.
For now the tricos are a size 20, most of the time we should be able to get away with this size. When the fish get fussy we may need to go with a size 22. But most of the time we can get away with the size 20. I have found that when the trout are not taking the tricos, I go to an ant in size 16 to a 18 or beetles in sizes 16 to 12. These flies will work later in the day if the wind the air temperatures increase. We need warm air to get the bugs moving and the wind to knock them in the water.
Spring brook is still fishing as always. Normally we would be having trouble with weeds. But this is where the geese have come in handy. They have kept the watercress, eating out of the way. There is no weed in the way and there are some really nice fish hanging around. May flies are done hatching for the year, but midges and scuds are what is on the menu for the trout. This time of the year the trout will feed heavy for a day of two and then be off the feed for a day. So you have to go and see if it is happening or not. Stay with size 16 or 14 scuds and midge patterns size 20 and smaller, some days you cannot use small enough midges.
We are still offering our hatch special. We will be fishing the morning trico hatch. Meeting somewhere between 6 and 7 am and fishing through the hatch, ending somewhere late morning, noon. If interested call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or you can call my cell at 585-233-0436.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011




The dog days of summer are here. The main hatches of spring are over. The even spinner falls are now become inconsistent and light. We are now fishing the morning shift. The streams and rivers are now benefiting from all the wet weather we had in the spring. Most of our streams have a good flow of water for now, despite how dry it has been. True to form for this time for the year, we need rain. Water tempers have not been a big concern, in till now. Most of the trout streams have benefited from strong flows from ground water.
Most of the summer hatches, come off early during the early morning hours. This is normal for the summer hatches. For now we are seeing some olives size 22 to 24. The Trico hatch will get going with in the coming week. Hear to this a size 20 fly. This is technical fishing long litters and light tippets. Also keep in mind that we have been picking in these fish for a few months now. They know the game, wade slowly and do not hit the water with the cast. Most of the summer bugs are small with the expectation of the Isonychia, this is a size 10 fly. Keep in mind that this fly dose not hatch in big numbers or is present on all of our trout waters. However where these flies do exist they are an excellent fish getter. Along with thefor mentioned flies, it is time for ants and beetles. These are a good choice for mid to late morning when the sun gets on the trees.
If the evenings are your time to fish, then stay with rusty spinier in size 18 to 20 white wolves size 14. You may want to try fishing brown and olive wilily buggers in size10. The bigger trout will be feeding in crayfish instead of all the small bugs.

Monday, June 20, 2011


For once not much has changed with the fishing, everything is moving along like it should. The hatches are on course despite the fact that the hatches are all still about a week behind a normal year. The most productive fishing has been fishing the evening hatch and spinner fall. Nymph fishing is still very productive on Oatka Creek, so don't be surprised that you do not see much surface action during a hatch. The same goes for the upper Genesee river, you will see slow fishing until late in the day. After that the bugs and the fish turns on for about two hours and then you are in for some great fishing. Everything is right on schedule for Spring brook, you can see hatches of sulphurs and a size 18 few blue wing olives starting mid to late afternoon, with everything ending with a spent fall. Lately we have our best result during sulfur hatch fishing sulfur mergers.
Fortunately we have not had a lot of hot-water yet. Water flows are as good as it can get with all of the river and streams. Everything is looking good for some good late season trout fishing.

A reminder that spey nations is holding its annual event at the Pineville parking lot on the Salmon River this Saturday, June 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. going until 4 p.m. this is a free event so come and join in. There will be spey manufacture representatives with their equipment for you to try out. Along with spey casting demonstrations and a lot of good fun. Do not forget to bring your waders.

Thursday, June 9, 2011




Finally we got bugs. More importantly water flows in all of our trout streams are finally down to ideal fishing levels. It has been a historic wet spring, but finally everything seems to be falling into order. This also includes the trout waters of the Catskill Mountains. The beaver kill and the West branch of the Delaware, plus all of the rest of the trout streams in the region are in excellent fishing condition. However the weather forecast this week is for a couple of days with scattered thunderstorms. Hopefully these storms will have little effect on the water flows.
Our local trout streams now have their sulfur hatch underway. Along with the sulfur there are also gray foxes, March Browns and blue wing olives hatching. Not to mention several different caddis also hatching along with these may flies. You will most likely notice additional bug's hatching, other than the ones that I mentioned depending on where you are fishing.
Something to keep in mind, while you are on the river fishing. Our trout waters have been extremely high since the opening of trout season, almost 2 1/2 months. Obviously the trout did not sit there and wait for the water flows to come down before they would feed. Because of this a lot of fish will key into feeding on the nymphs. Do not be surprised, if you see minimum surface activity during a hatch cycle, the trout are most likely keyed onto the nymphs. This is normal for a wet spring like the one we having. A good selection of nymphs such as pheasant tail's in size 16 and hairs ears in 16. I have found that a size 10 hairs ear is a perfect match for the march brown nymph. When fishing nymphs, dead drifting is not the only productive method. Try swinging the nymphs to the surface on the end of the drift. This is a perfect presentation to match emerging mayfly or caddis.

We have a new fisheries that is starting to come into its own. This is Atlantic salmon on the Salmon River. I will be returning to the Salmon River soon to fish for the Atlantic salmon. Because of the newness and sensitivity of this fisheries I may not do a lout of posting of my activities. If you're interested the best thing to do is call. I also have openings for fishing for local trout streams and exploring the fishing back on the salmon river. I can be contacted through my cell phone at 585-233-0436 or through the fly shop at 585-352-4775