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.