Sunday, October 12, 2008

Busy weekend

Columbus Day weekend is the busiest weekend for the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. After this weekend traditionally the fishing pressure gradually decreases. This does not mean the salmon run, or for that matter the fishing, is over for Salmon River. At this point I figure we have had approximately one half to three quarters of our salmon have already entered the river. For the salmon fishermen this means there is still some great fishing yet at hand. Salmon continue to trickle in at a slow to moderate rate. With water flows at 500 CFS it is hard for most fishermen to notice the salmon running. This fall there is more than enough water and the salmon and they are spread out all across to the river and from top to bottom of the river. This does not make migratory fish too obvious for the casual observer. Unlike last year, low water flow forced the salmon into small channels. For the next couple of weeks there will still be fresh salmon moving up river. Anywhere along the river there is gravel there will be spawning salmon digging. Salmon have been spawning for almost 2 weeks and there is some ratty looking salmon hanging around the spawning gravel. These fish are easy to spot and avoid.
The steelhead fishing continues to improve every day. We are now starting to hook into steelhead everyday. With water temperatures in the upper 50 degree range early October steelhead are extremely hot and sometimes it takes a little bit of luck to put a hot steelhead in the net. Most of our steelhead activity is still centered around the lower river. The numbers of steelhead in the up river is steadily improving however we have not spent much time fishing there because of the fishing pressure. The upper river and the fly fishing zones are the most busiest locations along the Salmon River right now.
We are also catching a Brown trout or two every day, this is more Brown trout then I have seen on the Salmon River in many years. Hopefully this is a good sign for the up coming Brown trout run in November.

Productive flies: this week the fly patterns have started to become a little bit more consistent. Top producing patterns are Brown and copper woolly buggers size 6 and 4, Brown and copper with a orange bead head Mr. rubber legs has produced more than its share of steelhead the last few days. With all the spawning activity from the salmon, orange, Oregon cheese nuclear row bug's size 8 are becoming more productive every day.

Note: I still have one day available in October 25 we will be fishing for steelhead. For November Brown trout and steelhead, I still have, 26, 28, 29, 30 is still available. December is wide open, Call the fly shop the number is 585-352-4775 my cell number is 585-233-0436 or e-mail me at

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