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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-21-2009, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Salmon River, NY April 24-26

I am planning on fishing the Salmon, Pulaski, NY river this weekend. If you could provide us some advise, it will be greatly appreciated

1. Is it worth making a 5 hour trip now?
2. Tackle? Is it Skagit head with sink tips to cast heavy flies or shooting scandi head with floating poly leader?
3. Any part of the river to fish that you advice.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-21-2009, 09:01 PM
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Salmon River

There is a guide in Rhode Island. Only guides in RI. He has a ton of info on the Salmon River. He has fished there going on three decades. Bob Hines. maybe??? He is quite friendly, open with info, a great person. Tell him Dave from Alaska said hello please.


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there should be good numbers of fish and relatively spreadout if you dont mind hooking drop backs occasionally. try and get attention of eastern spey on this site as he has the local real time insight to current holes fishing best. skagit or short spey should be fine. tips size and length dependant on water flow. local report and water flow links can be had at id be there myself this weekend if i wasnt happily booked to fish with friends round newaygo. pm me is you would like info on local spots that usually produce well on the swing without all the crowds of the upper river and lower fly zone. DSR near mouth of river has pay water at 25 bucks a day. it has nice pool or three to swing but really this time of year fish will be throughout the syste. best time to go fishing is anytime you can and this river is definitely worth the drive. there may even be some skamania and atlantics in the mix. the lake run browns are huge and ive personally seen much larger than my best of 17 lbs chrome come to hand.

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The river should be at 1800cfs out of the gate this weekend, which means about 2100cfs in Pineville with spring runoff. Tons of fish in the river top to bottom. The water is high and slightly stained-PERFECT! The water temp is hovering around 40 now so a heavy chunk of t-14 isn't really necessary. ALthough you will probably catch a few more fish. T-11 or t-8 should be good enough. In this flow, most of the fish are within 20' from shore anyways so pay attention through the dangle! Muddlers, egg leeches, skagit minnows in white or black will all work. Upper river will be crowded and DSR should be basically void of people. Although there are a TON of fish in the upper end still. Let me know where you'll be on Saturday, I will be fishing for sure this weekend!!

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I'd go with Zack's sound advise and give Melinda a call .Drop into her store ,she's an enthusiastic supporter of 2 handed rod fishing .A word of warning .Leave your credit card in the car and just go into her store with cash .She has everything under the sun !!


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Fishing Salmon River, Pulaski, NY

I fished there for three days, 4/20 to 4/22. Water at 1800 cfs. Impossible to fish main river. Had to find softer water in back channels. Also fished some of the smaller tributaries. There are definitely a lot of fish in the river and tribs. A friend and I hooked about two dozen fish and landed only about five. Hard to fight them in such high water.
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Thanks and Guide recommendations

Thanks a ton for your response.

I fished the Salmon River at Pulaki and Altmar past weekend. Water level at 750 cfs and water temp touched almost 50. Wow!! What a FANTASTIC fishery. Hats off to all the non profit organization, the fisheries management, supporters and people of and around Pulaski, NY to make that happen.

Just loved the Staircase. I have fished quite a few rivers in the US but this section had almost every water formation that you read in steelhead fishing books. Whenever time and $$ permitted I buy a plane ticket to the West. Little did I know that a superb fishery existed three hours drive from home.

And Brian, you are right, I should have left the credit card in the car while visiting Melinda's. Anyway, now the damage is done. Way exceeded my monthly fly tying budget and the boss wont be happy. I am going to tie some of the Eumer tagtubes. Anybody fished them? Concepually it sounds ineteresting.

Next time, I would like to hire a guide. Even though I did well, I thought I could have done better in those fluctuating water temp and the various depths. Any recommendations on a guide? Half the time I was guessing and not assessing my system . I am looking for a guide who could take an intermediate level spey caster like me and from whom I can learn a few thing about fishing that river swinging flies. I am NOT interested in a guide who would take me to a specific hole/seam with the most ideal conditions and we catch fish by the hour or half-hour (I know of at least one such guide). I am interested in fishing different water conditions, attempting to undertand the environment and exactly how to address the fishing on hand. Okay!! I am spoiled, or the bar has been set, by Mike Kinney.

Any information will ge greatly appreciated.

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Glad you had fun and the staircase is beautiful when there is room. The entire river is beautiful and has many faces. The staricase can be alot different during the fall when the kings are around and that area stays fairly busy into early winter.

Guides (not listed in any order)

Paul Conklin
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Patrick Ross

I'd also ask Malinda about guides on the river...giver her a ring!!
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You might want to come up to the Salmon River Spey Clave II on Saturday June 20th at the Pineville parking lot. The one last year was excellent. Alot of west coast rod manufactures came with all their latest rods to test out.
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Good point about Speynation paul.

I'm also an NY fishing guide but the guys above have more experience spey casting and know the river a little better since they have been fishing it longer.
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