Salmon River, Pulaski NY- As Spring slowly materializes the opening of the upper fly zone in Altmar will attract many anglers looking to hook into some fresh lake run fish to the Salmon River. My recent trip last fall has me anxiuos for more!
After the early ride from northwestern CT I feast my eyes for the first time on one of the most fantastic Great Lakes fishery along with the rising sun. I throw my gear on and as soon as I reach the river I am greeted with the smell of dead fish from the recent runs of salmon. These ghastly beast are strewn about the river with the current faintly animating their dead flesh as they stink to high heavens! The smell doesn’t last long though, my predatory instincts override my sense of smell as I begin to assess the river.. after seeing a shadow here and a shadow there, the potential of this fishery becomes immeditately apparent (Dorothy, you are not, in Kansas anymore!).
Dead drifting egg patterns, small Stonefly nymphs, and Sucker Spawn type flies account for a good number of fish and when combined with a 6 or 7 weight fly rod, decent reel, and floating line, are all that is really required to get you in on the action there.
Weight is an important factor here and any angler should be in possession of a container of lead-free shot, to get his flies down to the bottom of the river. No need to worry about some crazy 60-70ft presentation you think those steelhead guys might be doing. A short upstream czech nymph cast and deadrift presentation works well on runs where fish periodically move through and rest along current seams.
For many fisherman this place truly holds the “Fish of a Lifetime” and will leave most angler chomping at the bit for a return visit. This was a great trip, I would highly recommend to any fishing fanatic that has never been there to drop what you are doing and to plan a trip to the Salmon River, Pulaski NY this spring and renew your vows of “Chasing Chrome” with back breaking rod bends, ferocious runs, and epic battles these Great Lakes trout and salmon have to offer!I anxiously wait for my next opportunity to return to the Salmon River and enjoy its great fishing. Hope to see you soon on the river! There are some great photos already in our Flickr’ stream located at the bottom right hand corner of our website.