Friday, September 29, 2006

Update For The Salmon River

As of 9/29/06 the Salmon River in Pulaski,NY is running at 750 units. This is higher than normal for fall salmon fishing. The sharp increase in water flow has triggered a run of salmon. Fishing high water is not the same as it is with trout fishing. Tributary fish, like salmon, will be more active during high water. When fishing high water, remember the salmon will follow soft water seams. Do not spend your time fishing in the heavy water. Salmon do not like to sit in it, and they will quickly move on.

The fishing pressure is moderate for the Salmon River, with the heaviest from the D.S.R. [Douglaston Salmon Run] up to the route 2A bridge and the fly-fishing sections. The middle river is quiet and is producing a few fish. The upper fly-fishing section is filling up with Salmon. This part of the river has been fishing best in the evenings. The best flies have been egg flies size 10 to 8. If these flies don't work try some nymphs like a copper John or black stone fly's size 10 and 12.

The lower river has been seeing off and on again runs of Chinook Salmon. Most of the time, the salmon are just tricking up river slowly. This can make for some good fishing if you are willing to hang out where the salmon are naturally moving through. Along with the Chinook Salmon a few Brown trout are being caught here and there. The best flies are woolly buggers in black and brown size 6 and 4. Black stone flies in size 8 to 6 have been working good the last few days along with comets like the boss and copper comets, sizes 6 and 4.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Salmon River Update

As of 9/22 the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York is running 335 units. This is excellent water flows for this time of the year. Despite excellent water flows, salmon have been slowly trickling in the last few days. Even though there has been a few fresh Chinook salmon every day the bite has been slow. Fishing hard for three or four fish a day. It is amazing how fast the fishing can change from one day to the next. Late in 9/21 a run of salmon came through the D.S.R. and these fish were biters. The run of salmon has continued to run through today.
A few Steelhead are still being caught in both the upper and lower fly fishing section. With the normal selection of flies good old woolly buggers are still working as usual. As for Coho salmon, a few fish are being caught at the D.S.R. and the fly fishing section.
The fly selection for the past week has been; woolly buggers in black, brown, olive in sizes 6 to 4, green butt black bear and Dave's A.S in size 6 to 4 for Chinook salmon. Infected pheasant tail and Coho candy for the Coho salmon in size 8. As for the Steelhead, they are still responding well to woolly buggers and standared Steelhead wet flies.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Salmon River Pulaski N.Y

As of 9/12 the Salmon River in Pulaski New York is running 185 units. This is low water for this time of the year, however the salmon will still easily pick their way up river. As for today, the Salmon River had a good run of Coho Salmon with a few Chinook Salmon mixed in. Plus there have been reports of Steelhead being caught all through the river. The Coho Salmon are being caught with small pink flies, such as an Infected Pheasant Tail in size 8 or 10. The Steelhead are responding well to wooly buggers and standard wet flies. The best results are coming when the flies are fished on a swing. With low water the grease lining techniques work the best in these conditions. Plus all you will need to use is a slow sink tip to get your fly down. Just because the river is low, does not mean that the fishing will be poor. However you will need to make a few adjustments for the conditions, such as concentrating your fishing efforts to the pocket waters and the heads of the pools where the water surface is broken. Put in your fishing time in the morning and evening, avoiding the mid-day. Consider dropping the fly size down to sizes 6 and 8, and your tippet size down to 10 pound test may be even 8 pound test and of course use fluorocarbon for your tippets. Remember to try and stand as far away from the fish as possible when you fish.