Sunday, March 29, 2015

I heard a rumor the other day. Someone said it is now spring. You couldn’t tell by the way the weather has been, this past week was cold and we even got a few inches of snow. However that being said the upcoming weather forecast is definitely more spring like for this coming week. Starting with western New York, water flows have been high in all of the rivers and creeks. Run off from snowmelt is starting to become less of a issue.  Water flows are starting to moderate over the next few days. We were able to get on the water for a few days, earlier this week. Fishing is challenging due to high water, Cold-water temperatures and muddy watercolor. However we ware able to move a few fish despite these conditions. At this point all we need is an increase in water temperature and we will be big in the steelhead fishing game.
Salmon River: the water flows are still 350 CFS plus snowmelt run off. Some days that run off can be higher, as much as 200 CFS. Sooner of later the water flows will come up, We need to continue to monitor water flows for now.  We are still doing very well with stone fly nymphs in the upper river. There is a winter stonefly that is hatching right now. When the bugs are out and about the fish are on the bit.  For the most part this is like fishing midges in a spring creek, you need to be on the drift. The fish have been feeding on the bugs all winter.  I suspect this pattern will continue right up until runoff hits the river. As for lower and mid river there is nothing new going on here. Slow trickle of fish continue to move through these two sections of river. Due to the lower concentrations of fish we need to cover as much water as we can to find cooperative Fish. Keep in mind water temperatures are very cold it is still fishing in winter conditions. Fish a very slow swing and keep your fly as deep as possible. Ideal fly patterns for swinging are bunny leech and small intruders, keep the fly length somewhere between 2 to 3 inches long. Up river stay with stone fly nymphs in size 8 to12. 

NOTE:

I still have dates available. Starting with this week, April 1 this Wednesday and April 3 this Friday on the Salmon River. On the Oak Orchard April 13,14,15,16,17 we will be fishing for steelhead and we will have ideal conditions for sight fishing. With the late spring we are experiencing, the month of May is looking like a great month for fishing for steelhead with a swinging fly.  As of now I have these dates open May 7,8,9, 11,12,13,14,15. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Monday, March 23, 2015

Looks like we are completely iced out in all of our rivers and creeks. Starting with western New York; as of now all of our rivers and creeks are flowing very high and off color. We also have a fair amount of snow yet to melt off, so snowmelt conditions are definitely going to continue for at least another week. This is nothing unusual for this time of the year.  Looks like we are going to have a normal time schedule for this springs steelhead run. We should see water temperatures and water flows improved by the end of this coming week, weather depending

Salmon river; so far the fishing remains very consistent. Water flows are still at 350CFS, how long will the flows remain constant is the question. Sooner or later spring run off is going to hit the Salmon River. Until then there is a slow trickle of fish working their way up river. Over the past week the lower and mid River sections of the Salmon River are now starting to get a few fresh fish holding in the more productive pools. As of now there is no real concentration of fish in any one particular spot from Lower River to mid Rivers. Best strategy for fishing these sections of the river is to swing flies; we need to cover a lot of water fast to find a cooperative fish. Keep in mind water temperatures are very cold it is still fishing in winter conditions. Fish a very slow swing and keep your fly as deep as possible. Ideal fly patterns for swing are bunny leech and small intruders, keep the fly length somewhere between 2 to 3 inches long. Up river stay with stone fly nymphs in size 8 to12. 

Note:

I have days available for late March early April, fishing oak Orchard River and the surrounding creek. There is also days available for mid April into made May on the Salmon River. If interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Looks like the weather has made a big change. We have head above freezing weather. We have lost a lot of sown over the past week. Starting with western New York; the ice has cleared out of all of our larger rivers. The smaller rivers and creeks are still a mixed bag some are still locked up and others are flowing freely. River conditions are changing rapidly, we still need to monitor our favorite rivers close. Please note as I’m writing this update the Genesee River access through Seth Green is still closed, concerns about ice and rocks falling from the edge of the gorge. The best I can tell you, if you’re suffering from cabin fever and need to get out, it is worth at least checking out conditions on your favorite water. Keep in mind conditions can and do change quickly. If we are not fishing our river or creek, we will soon.
The Salmon River; water flows are still at 350 CFS; we will need to continue to monitor water flows as the spring thaw continues. Ice conditions on the Salmon River have improved considerably over the last few days. As of now the only section of river we have to worry about ice is the bottom section, primarily the Douglaston salmon run. Even here I suspect this will clear over the next few days. Along with the ice clearing out, we have also lost a lot of snow, walking along the banks of river has becoming considerably easier. With all the snowmelt flowing into the river, water temperatures have taken a plunge. As result the fishing has become last consistent. The fishing is happening one day and quiet the next. This on and off fishing can be easily predicted. It is all about the melting snow. When we get a lout of melting snow flowing in to the river, the water temps drop. Keep in mine; snowmelt is nothing more than liquid ice.  Warm days means melting snow means hyper cold-water temperatures, the fish do not like to be chilled down.  This may mean on warm days the best fishing will be in the mornings, before the cold snowmelt water hits the rivers.

Note:

I have days available for late March early April, fishing oak Orchard River and the surrounding creek. There is also days available for mid April into made May on the Salmon River. If interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. Cell 585-233-0436

Sunday, March 8, 2015



Looks like old Man Winter might be loosening his grip at least ever so slightly. The long-range weather forecast is for some considerably warmer weather; Temperatures might actually get above freezing.  However I do not think, this so-called warming trend, will be enough to get the western New York Rivers and creeks flowing. But hopefully weather patterns are finally starting to look like spring.
As of now there has been a few small changes with the fishing. Once again the only game in town continues to be the Salmon River. Water flows on this river have increased slightly this past week. Flows have increased to 350 CFS, this is not a big flow increase, but it is some. The increase in water flow has not negatively affected the steelhead fishing. We are still concentrating all of our efforts in the upper river. The stone fly bite we have been experiencing, continues to be popping, nothing has changed here. We are using a variety size 10 and eight Black and golden stone flying nymph patterns. I suspect this pattern to continue or intensify until spring snow run off hits the Salmon River. We have also seen the first true signs of spring this week. That is a stonefly that I refer to as winter stone. This is actually more of a group of Stoneflies, than an individual Stonefly. There is a size range to this group of stoneflies, ranging from a size 16 to 8. What does this mean to us, first the rivers are starting to wake up, spring is coming. Second this bug activity get the fish into a grabby mood, when you see these bugs on the snow you know there is bite going on. Spring is coming and we will be on the water soon.

                                                 Spring News Letter
                                                        Jay Peck
                                       Jay peck guides 585-233-0436

I hope this letter finds everyone in good spirits. I know at this time we’re still in the grips of winter. However, despite all the cold and snow spring will eventually come. With spring so will the spring steelhead run.
Looks like the strong runs of steelhead, we were experiencing this pass fall is continuing through the winter. Judging by the quality of winter steelhead fishing we are experiencing right now, I am anticipating that we will experience a better than average spring steelhead season.

We are getting the snow that we need and the snow just keeps coming. As of now, there is about 8’ snow pack on the top of the Salmon River water shed. Even Western New York has a good snow pack growing. Looks like we will have the run off we need to get the spring steelhead runs going.
As of now, it looks like we will be on a normal spring steelhead schedule. I will continue my fishing efforts between the Salmon River and Western New York rivers until mid to late march or until the spring run off hits the Salmon River.  Once this happens, I will concentrate my efforts in the western New York temperatures, which is not as negatively affected by spring run off.  I will concentrate my fishing efforts here until mid April. Then move to the Salmon River for the rest of the steelhead season, finishing up by mid May. I still have prime fishing date available for both for the Western New York Rivers and the Salmon River.

If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call
Cell 585-233-0436
Jay Peck

             My spring fishing schedule is follows

Now until mid March - moving between the Salmon River and Oak Orchard and Sandy.
Mid March to mid April – fishing Oak Orchard and Sandy

Mid April to mid May – Salmon River

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ones again not much is changed over the past week. Winter tight grip remains. Nothing new here, all of our river and streams in Western New York are still locked up in ice or experiencing low water flows. The only open water is the Genesee River. Here too, not much has changed. Keep in mind, if you intend to try and fish the Genesee River use caution do to shelf ice. What is happening in Western New York? is that we are getting a lot if sown. As of now we have about 3’’ of sown on the ground. Ones that sown start to melt off, it will not take long for the fishing to get going. I suspect the fishing to take off about mid-March and go until mid April this coming spring.
We are continuing to concentrate our fishing efforts on the Salmon River. Here to not much has changed, we are still experiencing excellent winner steelhead fishing in the upper river. Looks like we got the Salmon River winter steelhead fishing program dialed in, for now. I do not like to make statements like this. It seems like once I do, the rivers and Fish conspire against me and change all the rules without notification. However over the past month when weather conditions allow we have experience excellent steelhead fishing, Using stone fly nymphs. I am hoping this pattern will hold up until spring run off hits the Salmon River. For now water flows remained constant at 285 CFS. I do not foresee a change in these flows for the upcoming future. The snow pack for the Salmon River watershed continues to grow. As of now the snow pack is over 8 feet deep and growing.  I suspect that spring runoff will start on the Salmon River around late March this year. Taking this to account, I am planning on moving from Western New York to the Salmon River around 20 April. This will allow us to take full advantage of the steelhead fishing in Western New York, while missing all the high cold-water flows from the snowmelt on the Salmon River. Mid April water temperatures should be improving on the Salmon River and the steelhead fishing will be turning on.

Notes:


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. Cell 585-233-0436