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AdirmanMarch 31st, 2018, 2:48 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504
So I fish the salmon river in the fall during the salmon run butbhave never fished it in the spring or summer. Anybody have any idea/ personal experience with the dominant hatches up there/ aquatic bug life up there? I’ve seen a few stone shucks upnthere here and there but that’s about it.
WbranchMarch 31st, 2018, 8:08 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
The Salmon River in Pulaski does not fish very well for trout other than during the salmon and steelhead season. I've heard it gets very good smallmouth in late April and early May when they run the river to spawn. Big 18" - 20" smallmouth. I have though caught steelhead into late April both drop backs and fresh fish.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
AdirmanApril 1st, 2018, 4:40 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504
Yes, the Steelhead is what I would target , do you know what they would be feeding on mostly up there?
WbranchApril 1st, 2018, 11:56 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
You can never go wrong with salmon egg imitations and big stoneflies. Steelhead are predisposed to eat an egg. If they see one in front of their face they will eat it! They just can't ignore them. You can use Blood Dots, Sucker Spawn - blue, chartreuse, and pink is always good on the SR, Krystal Meth, various colors of Estaz makes a very good egg attractor fly. For Stones I would use large #8 & #6 brown and black patterns with lighter bellies.

I don't know if you would do this (I do and have no qualms doing so) is to use trout beads. They are plastic eggs with a 1/16" hole going through the center. They come in 6mm, 8m, and 10mm diameters. There is a special way to rig than and you can find many YouTube videos "How to rig a Trout Bead".
I fish them under an indicator with a couple split shot based on the flow volume. It might not be fly fishing in the truest sense but you are still using a fly rod, reel, line, and leader. They are deadly and 100% legal in NY.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
AdirmanApril 1st, 2018, 5:01 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504
Sounds good, what kind of indicator do you like for for fishing the beads up there?
WbranchApril 2nd, 2018, 10:33 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
I love the new "Air-Lock" indicator. It beats the heck out of the "Thingamabobbeer" and most any other indicator on the market. No more leaders butts that look like corkscrews. The Air-Lock has a little split and threaded shaft on it and a threaded nut. You remove the threaded nut (do it on land because it is easy to drop!) and insert the leader into the slot. When you screw on the nut it squeezes the leader in place and it WILL NOT move. It will hold tight even on 5X.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
AdirmanApril 2nd, 2018, 2:13 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504
Very nice, thank you Sir 😊

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