Re: NY's Salmon River in October
I can't speak to the season as I've only done the March timeframe. I can assure you there is a lot of water to fish for free outside the DSR and it can fish equally as we'll. I believe the big browns from the lake will have moved in by then but hopefully someone from that region can confirm as it may be more towards November.
Either way you might want to bring nunchucks and bear spray. Not for the wildlife but for the combat fishing. That timeframe ensures your going to be in a zoo. There are also some smaller tribs close by that fish well if not blown out and don't draw nearly the same numbers.