No cold is too cold when your catching fish like this!
Its been mighty cold as of late, but for those who venture out in the blustery winds and freezing temps can be greatly rewarded with some great Steelhead fishing! With the Salmon River flows being quite low (for the most part) this winter, Smaller flies and lighter tippets have been key for any Fly Angler, in having a truly successful day on the water. I will start fishing with 6lb fluorocarbon and if the action is slow I will bump down to 4lb making these beasts tough to land.
“Last thanksgiving I got a chance to fish Chinook salmon run in the lower Sacramento River in Ca. north of my in-laws and locked onto this brute”, said Bill in his email. I open up this picture in the email named Packing and I definately knew who was packing after seeing that fish. Its me packing up and moving to Sacremento California! What a fish, I can only imagine that thing ran a time or two! Great catch and I saw it just in time as a primer for some Steelhead Flyfishing in Pulaski over the first of April. Look forward to seeing you soon on the river Bill. Tight Lines!
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.