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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Salmon River NY (Nov 9-12) tips?

I'm joining some friends in the Pulaski area to fish for a couple of days on the Salmon River next week.

I haven't been there before. I fish primarily for Atlantics as far as anadromous fish go, so have much less experience swinging a fly for these lake Ontario run rainbows and browns (if you could call then anadromous).

I know from my younger days of growing up near southern Ontario creeks that nymphing and bobber fishing is the most effective fly fishing tactic for these fish, but I'd prefer to fish the swing on this trip and take the hit in hookup numbers.

Any suggestions for sections of the river that are conducive to the swung fly?

Also, I wasn't planning on bringing any flies more complicated than black and olive wooly buggers +/- cones or pink/orange beads unless there's something that I simply MUST tie or bring. Suggestions?
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I would focus on pineville down. Don't waste your time with the flyzones. The lower is a complete joke while the upper is actually nice but has become very crowded as well.

If you don't mind spending a few bucks, I would think about doing a day on the douglaston run on the lower river. While there can be a lot of people there, it is limited to a certain number of anglers so it may not be as crowded as upriver sections.

I guess you are fine with those flies. Probably not my top choices, but I don't see why they wouldn't work.
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I agree with troutpunk, Pineville and down is good swinging water, but there are a few runs upstream that are worth while but you'd have to get there before other people.

your flies should work fine. I would make sure to bring something akin to a egg sucking leach or a pink and white combo. ive also had some good luck on a black and copper for a color scheme

when you get in town you should hit up Malinda's in altmar. she has a great fly shop and has a lot of knowledge on the river

hope you run into some fish

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i second the shout for stopping by malinda's . great shop , knowledgable , friendly and and spey nation sponsor i believe .
good luck , the salmon's a bit busy this time of year .

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Walk 10 minutes from most parking lots and you should be able to find some open water. Steel are moving in and can be found top to bottom. Be prepared for other people to step in below you. Not many swingers so, other anglers don't understand what you are doing. They will step in 20 feet below you and start chuking lead with no clue. They will even watch you for 10 minutes and then step right into your swing zone and end your dangle down. Most fly fishermen will give you 20 feet of room but, most spinning guys chucking and duking will only give you 10 feet. Pinners seem to understand swinging more than others since they run long drifts when able.

Still some clean, strong kings and cohos in the river, gear up accordingly. I was swinging flesh streamers 6 days ago and took a good number of cohos, steelhead, kings and 1 brown behind a scandi and a 5.6 ips VersiLeader. Weighted flies didn't work for me on that trip but, the scandi with unwieghted flies was hot.
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Going on a Monday - Thursday you should find slightly less people
however it will still be busy. If you are used to having plenty of swing room you may get a bit frustrated. Keep walking and you should find water but as the poster above said you may not be able to keep it long. Fact of life at the SR this time of year. If I were you definately go to the DSR (Douglaston Salmon Run) at least once if not more. Weekday rates are lower and you have a better chance at swinging. As far as flies go I always found buggers to work. Make sure you throw a few white in there. Intruders in Black/blue, Black/purple and White/pale orange. Bunny leeches, egg sucking leeches all work.
Again, make sure you head to Malinda's. Malinda is to the east as Poppy is to the west in my opinion.

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