26, 2009 - - Salmon River, NY
really is migratory month. You've got the salt fish running southbound
down the coast, then you also have the freshwater lake fish making
a trek upstream into their favorite tributary. And of course you've
got us to greet them.
The last few days we managed to get away from the grind and head
northward where the silver run eastward into the Salmon River.
It has been a few years since we've hit this fishery up, so we
were lookin' forward tagging a few steelies.
Overall the fishing got better each day we were on the river
due to basically, just figuring out where the fish are. Upstream
is the name of the game, but so too are the fisherman. Downstream
and more mid-river - - say Pulaski up through Pineville has fish,
but you really have to work for them. They are there, and definitely
When we fished the 2A to Pineville stretch we only swung streamers.
Due to the lighter crowds we had plenty of water we could work
over. A black bugger produced a few fish, and moved a handful
more. Interestingly the better hook-ups came just after we would
twitch or animate the swing in some sort of way.
Upstream of Pineville we used an estaz egg nymph rig. This is
not the most exciting method to get into fish, but it did produce.
Our mornings appeared to provide a bit better fishing than the
afternoons....so be prepared to hit the water early.
Lastly, the Salmon River needs some serious rain. Not only to
get rid of the death (chinooks) and decay (and stench) laying
all about, but it would do wonders with bringing in some new fish,
and moving about the ones currently in the river. I'd imagine
after the next highwater event, the fishing will really turn on.