Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Looks like Old Man Winter has a tight grip on us once again. Not a whole lot has been going on with the fishing this pass week. Everything in western New York is pretty much shut down. Either locked up with ice or is in extreme low water conditions. About the only game for Western New York is the Genesee River. Even here ice is a big concern between the shelf ice and slush ice in the river, fishing the Genesee River has been a bit dicey. We are going to need a lot more snow, ironically and a good warm spell to get the rivers and creeks flowing. For now the only real fishing we have is the Salmon River. Even here we are dealing with low water flows. The Salmon River has been flowing at 285 CFS. This is the winter minimum water flow for the salmon river. Even hear I do not foresee a flow increase any time in the near future. However as always we should constantly monitor waterfalls while planning our winter fishing trips. I have spent some time fishing the lower fly zone last week. We had the best action dead drifting black stoneflies nymphs about a size 8. Like I said not a whole lot going on at this time. Looks like we are going to get a lot of Fly-tying done over the next couple of weeks.
Notes:
I do have a few notes to pass along, First we have finally posted three videos from Lost River Productions on my website. Please feel free to go to my website and have a look. Go to  jaypeckguides.com

My Guide calendar is now open and I am taking dates for the upcoming fishing season, from spring through fall. If you’re planning on fishing with me please do not wait, get your dates.

I will be holding a Steelhead spey fishing clinic on the Salmon River
The school will be March 14,15 2015. We will meet at the Douglaston Salmon Run visitor center for more information, Feel free to call
                                          Steelhead Spey fishing clinic          
                     Douglaston Salmon Run                           Jay Peck Guides

                         1-315-298-6672                                     585-233-0436

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This past week was another cold week, with not much fishing. Starting with Western New York, as you would expect, all of our small Streams and creeks are still locked up an ice. For now Our fishing is centered on The Genesee River and Oak Orchard River. The Genesee River Water flows have been fluctuating a bit over the past week. Some days, waterfalls are suitable for fishing and other days it is not. We are going to need to evaluate the river conditions on a daily basis. Keep in mind there is considerable amounts of shelf ice along the Genesee River. Caution is needed. Water flows have Drop this past week. As result this water drop has not helped the fishing. There is a few fish spread in the pools from the dam on down river. Due to the recent water flow decrease, most of the fish are down river in the deeper water. Fishing hear to we need to work around some ice. There is some shelf ice, but it should not be much of an issue.  As for flies, I do not expect much has changed, as always experimentation goes a long ways. Egg flies in your favorite colors and bunny streamers.

Water flows on the Salmon River this week has come down even more. As of now the flow is at 285 CFS, this is the winter minimum flow. At this level, we can expect to have icing conditions during cold spells. On cold days, in the lower river this can be a problem all day. Best solution for dealing with the ice problem is to fish up river. Even the coldest morning the slush ice is only a temporary in convenience. The slush ice generally clears up by mid morning.
Productive flies; with the low water flows and the cold winter temperatures, nymphs stone flies. Also keep in mind that for whatever reason this winter you’re doing extremely good with the swinging fly. We have been having a best results with Intruded style flies. Keep these flies about two half to three and a half inches long. As always experimentation when it comes to color patterns.


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                                          Steelhead Spey fishing clinic          
                     Douglaston Salmon Run                           Jay Peck Guides
                         1-315-298-6672                                     585-233-0436

What you will learn from our school:

Class outline:

Day one –
Steelhead biology and river ecology; 
How to Use this information to find steelhead
Equipment:

Afternoon of day one -  Outdoor classroom
On water casting instruction.

Day 2 –
       Outdoor classroom, On the water
Putting it all together.
Reading the water
Presentations.
Selecting where we fish and why

The school will be March 14,15 2015. We will meet at the Douglaston Salmon Run visitor center [Office] 8:30 am both days.

The cost is $425.00 per person for the two days. This will Include Lodging, River access, and of course the clinic. For anyone who needs equipment, there will be some equipment available. To reserve your Spot in the clinic a $225 Deposit is required. For more information, or to answer any questions Please contact Jay of Jay Peck guides, Cell 585-233-0436 or e-mail jaypeckguides@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This past week was not a good week for fishing. Old Man Winter did a really good job of letting us know what season it is. But with extremely cold temperatures and high winds did not make it comfortable for being on the water. Starting with western New York, As you can imagine all of our smaller creeks and streams are totally locked up with ice. As of now all of our open water consist of Oak Orchard River and the Genesee River. A word of caution here, If you intend to fish the Genesee River. There is considerable amount of shelf ice. This ice can, will break out from underneath you, not the good time for a swim. There is also some shelf ice on the Oak Orchard River, but nothing to be overly concerned with. Water flows on both rivers are in good fishing Levels. As for flies, I do not expect much has changed, Egg flies in your favorite colors and bunny streamers.

The Salmon River; we head a water flow of over 1200 CFS for most of the week. As of now the water flows are at 750 CFS. I suspect the water flow to either maintain this level or start to come down over the coming week. As always, we’ll need to constantly monitor the floats. Also keep in Mind that on cold morning there can be considerable amount of slush ice flowing in the river. On cold days, in the lower river this can be a problem all day. Best solution for dealing with the ice problem is to fish up River. Even the coldest morning the slush ice Is only a temporary In convenience. The slush ice generally clears up by mid morning. As always, experimentation and persistence was more important than one particular fly pattern. With the recent round of High water flows, we may find that there is a strong egg bite going on Also keep in mind that For whatever reason this winter you’re doing extremely good with the swinging fly. We have been having a best results with Intruded style flies. Keep these flies about two half to three and a half inches long. As always experimentation When it comes to color patterns.

Note;
The days are now shorter so is the time we spend on the water each day. I am running my winter special from now until March 15. The fishing day starts around 8:30 AM, on the water bye 9 AM until 3 PM. This is designed to take vantage of the best part of the fishing day. Interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Call 585-233-0436

February 2, 2015 through March 16, 2015 Our advanced class is a course on how to tie imitate the hatch fly's and how to fish them. Will address from nymphs, emerges, duns and spinner . We will tie all the Major hatches for most of NY and Pa. Waters timing of the hatches water temperature for the various hatches. Interested or have any questions please feel free to give the shop a call. Call 585-352-4775

The "Introduction to fly tying for beginners" will give the novice fly tyer a great introduction into the world of fly tying. Fly tying books and videos can be a very good resource, but only after you have learned fly tying basic techniques - which we will teach you. Personal fly tying instruction, right at your elbow to assist and answer your questions, something books and video can’t do. This class is also beneficial for the fly tyer who needs a refresher course in fly tying techniques and the handling of new materials.
Interested or have any questions please feel free to give the shop a call. Call 585-352-4775


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Judging by the way the weather forecast looks for this week. Winter is not going to be too collaborative for fishing. However the good news is that we received a good shot of rain all through the region earlier this week. Looks like Westin New York Tributaries are finally going to have some decent water flows. As of now we are seeing Water flows rising relatively quickly in all the tributaries. With a sharp increase in Water flows we are going to have a lots of discolored run off in all of our river and streams looks like the cold weather is not going to really hurt us much. It is going to be the end of this coming week before most of our river and streams become fishable anyways.
Ones the weather turns around and we get back on the water, fishing conditions should improve. Look for a fresh run of steelhead in all of the Westin New York Tributaries. Productive flies; not much has change; we are still having good success with white streamers when it comes to the Brown Trout. We will need to do a little experimenting to find out what colors are working the best, on any given day.

The Salmon River has been flowing at 750 CFS this week. When we add run off to this flow, we have a little more water that is comfortable for winter steelhead fishing. Water flows has come up 1200 CFS recently.  Despite this, the fishing over the past week has been decent. Fish are being fond all through the river. However judging by the weather forecast for this coming week. The Salmon River area is going to be receiving whole lot of snow. Plus with the colder weather icing is going to be a constant issue on the river itself. During this cold snap concentrate your efforts in the upper river.
As always, experimentation and persistence was more important than one particular fly pattern. With the recent round of High water flows, we may find that there is a strong egg bite going on

Note;
The days are now shorter so is the time we spend on the water each day. I am running my winter special from now until March 15. The fishing day starts around 8:30 AM, on the water bye 9 AM until 3 PM. This is designed to take vantage of the best part of the fishing day. Interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Call 585-233-0436

February 2, 2015 through March 16, 2015 Our advanced class is a course on how to tie imitate the hatch fly's and how to fish them. Will address from nymphs, emerges, duns and spinner . We will tie all the Major hatches for most of NY and Pa. Waters timing of the hatches water temperature for the various hatches. Interested or have any questions please feel free to give the shop a call. Call 585-352-4775

The "Introduction to fly tying for beginners" will give the novice fly tyer a great introduction into the world of fly tying. Fly tying books and videos can be a very good resource, but only after you have learned fly tying basic techniques - which we will teach you. Personal fly tying instruction, right at your elbow to assist and answer your questions, something books and video can’t do. This class is also beneficial for the fly tyer who needs a refresher course in fly tying techniques and the handling of new materials.

Interested or have any questions please feel free to give the shop a call. Call 585-352-4775