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Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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We skunked hard, but...

Other than being a little cold, the weather was great. Probably too sunny.

Saw a bunch of fish get caught by spin fisherman floating egg sacs. We fished from the Lower Fly down through Ellis and Schoolhouse.

Only successful fly guys were using light tippet and small stones and PT nymphs. This goes against most of the online reports that claim lots of flourescent nonsense. Maybe other times of the year, but not in low clear water. As a matter of fact, the only strikes I got came on gold ribbed hares ear, copper john, and black stone. All size 10 or less.

Water was low (256 CFS) and the fish were finicky, barely taking the fly. Its a hard river to get a good drift. Next time I'll take some sinking tip and lighter tippet/leader.

If you've never been there, I would suggest a summer or fall trip first to get the lay of the river. Hiking through 3+ feet of snow to get from spot to spot is tiring. The wading is easy in most spots, but can get tough real quick. Lots of little cuts and holes. Apparently, people up there like to fish very close together, so don't be surprised when you find people 3 feet from each shoulder. Mostly polite though, just watch out for the drift boats.

We stayed at Whitakers which was fine for the money, but there are other places in town that are closer to water and food/drinks etc. Salmon River Tackle, 1880 House, and something "Sportsman" to name a few.

Eddies Place had some good grub.

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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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awesome picture.

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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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I'm sorry to hear that you skunked but at the same time I'm glad I haven't gone up because of the low water. It's been 2 months or so since I've been up to Altmar. The 285 CFS discharge is really hard to fish, especially when fly fishing. I fish the same areas you have covered and prefer 750 but 500 will do.

No big deal.....give it a month or 2 and it'll be in full swing with the drop backs and big browns cruising!

Thanks for the Report

Posted on: 2011/2/13 20:00
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Sorry you got skunked. It happens to everyone up there. That water is low.

Just a heads up, don't book the Fox Hollow Lodge. Didn't like how it was run.

Posted on: 2011/2/14 12:30
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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No worries on the lack of fish.

We were scouting it out for the spring and fall.

I'll watch the flow rate and get back at them in a month or so.

Whats a good pattern for the big browns?

Posted on: 2011/2/14 17:43


Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Sanctuary,
Some of the holding water is different in the fall than in the winter. You may find fish there now but not in the fall, just keep that in mind...

jeff

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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Sanctuary,

Nothing fancy for big browns. Strange as it sounds, I've done the best with browns in the spring while there are stoneflies hatching and the water is low. I did best with orange and blue egg patterns, mostly mcfly foam variations. They wouldn't touch a stonefly.....mine could have been too big though.

Posted on: 2011/2/15 7:15
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Lopan -

What is wrong with Fox hollow lodge?

I found it to be great!! Rodger still own it?

Very nice guy he was, and the cabins were clean and cheap!

First class for that area i thought.




As for the fishing..its a game find the fish make a good drift if you are lucky your box will have the right patterns. It can be one color one hour and another the next..size and color can change with temp and light and the mood of each fish.

Browns can be caught on all types of flies just like the steelhead...in any water condtion, low or high.

Low water just means you need to fish a certain area in a certain way. I don't get into (How to) details..learning it is half the fun..

Posted on: 2011/2/15 9:59
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Your report sounds pretty much like the same result a bunch of us had from trip back in October. For all intents and purposes, four of us took a "skunk" with the exception of RickinPA's steelies. We didn't have the success that any of us hoped, but I still think we walked away with an enjoyable weekend. I believe the river was running around 500 CFS when we fished, so I can't even imagine 285. I'm sure wading was much easier, but as mentioned, those fish had to be picky!

Hope you have better luck next time and get into 'em. From what I've seen and read, the SR will own you for awhile until you catch onto what's working. Just then the fish will figure it out too and you'll be back to square one. Such is fishing I suppose...

Posted on: 2011/2/15 11:12


Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Maybe I had a bad experience, but when we got there we put in our beer and about half a dozen hoagies. We come back and everything was gone. He said he thought it was a tip from last guys there. I wasn't buying it. Like I said, maybe a bad one for me, but it jaded my view of the place.

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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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With this current warm up it was supposidly a Banner last 2 days on the Upper end of the river Fish stacked up and guys fighting over them.

Posted on: 2011/2/18 19:30
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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For me, it's been a pretty unproductive year for me on the SR.

Small PTs, Stones, and Caddis larve do really well in the lower fly section. The water comes out of the hatchery a little warmer in that location and as a result caddis's break there silk and try to hatch. The fish gorge on them.

I couldn't imagine the warm up being great for the river. Little creeks around here were swollen and chocolate milky, can't imagine the fishing to be great up there now.

Posted on: 2011/2/18 21:35


Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Do agree you would think it would be milky as well. I heard the report at A & G outfitters yesterday when I was getting a new pair of waders, but a local guy called the shop owner and was on the phone with him telling him that the upper end was holding fish all stacked up meaning sharing the same pools and the guys were fighting over them... So maybe you wouldn't cal it a banner day but I guess for the guy calling with the report he thought it was... Take it for what it's worth

Posted on: 2011/2/19 8:05
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Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Enlighten me on this river. i would like to go up in a few weeks. What can i expect/need?Flows, Fish, flies, access, the whole 9 yds. I fish the tribs in erie, i would just like to expand my steelhead fishing and SR is a litle closer for me.

Posted on: 2011/2/27 0:52


Re: Salmon River, Pulaski NY, 2/11/2011

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Here's a start: http://www.flyfishingconnection.com/nysalmon.html

Make sure you visit some of the local fishing shops to enhance your experience!

Posted on: 2011/2/27 14:41



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