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Report from Wednesday, November 14.

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Salmon River and Western N.Y. Rivers and Streams

Fishing for this season’s big brown trout was great on Oak Orchard River and the area’s creeks or streams in western, upstate New York from Thursday to Saturday with Jay Peck Guide Service, Jay Peck said. This was near Rochester, and beginning during the weekend, colder weather chilled the creeks, shutting down the angling there, though the Oak still fished fine for the trout and a few salmon. Anglers kept busy with them. A few salmon in decent shape, not yet dying from spawning, still kicked around in the Oak. Warmer weather or some rain will pick the creek fishing right back up. The creeks have been low and clear and probably will continue to be for a while. Jay’s trips mostly fished egg flies to catch the browns in the Oak and the creeks. Two hours east, steelheads were scattered along the Salmon River, upstream to downstream. You would hit a few fish and move on, covering water. Jay’s guides are fishing there, and one of the guide’s trips went 3 for 10 on the steelheads Sunday and 5 for 14 on Monday. This river also became cold around the weekend because of weather, and that was tough on the fishing. But the temperature was stabilizing by early this week. A few inches of snow fell along the river Saturday. More fell in some places, including a substantial amount south of Lake Erie. A few flakes fell along the trout waters Jay fished, but wind blew 30 to 40 m.p.h. there. On Sunday, rain and snow fell, and weather was just wet. Salmon River was 43 degrees early this week, Jay thought, and the river flowed at 500 cubic feet per second. The river’s steelheads were hooked including on egg flies, small Intruder streamers, steelhead streamers and a few stoneflies, a whole mix of flies. Jay fishes for the browns, big fish because they summer in Lake Ontario, in fall until the waters freeze. Then he fishes for steelheads on Salmon River throughout winter. That’s a big river that never really freezes. Both the trout and steelheads winter in the rivers and creeks, because forage is more abundant there than in the lake in winter. Jay specializes in fly-fishing and catch-and-release, and books trips that fish with conventional tackle with his other guides.