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.