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    Hi,

    I live in Massachusetts and have heard about the great (fall) fishing in Pulaski NY for some time but I have never attempted it. I just found out that I will be doing a job in Wheatfield on the weekend of 18 November and wanted to give it a try. I prefer flyfishing but don't know where to go or what to use Rt 90 is my route home but I wouldn't mind taking a detour to Rt 81N to experience the local flavor. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Take care,
    Dan

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    Hi Dan,

    I wanted someone with current knowledge to answer your post but also want you to know it was read here. If you don't get some heads up replies by tomorrow drop me a PM and I'll tell you what I can. It's been years but the river still follows basically the same course and the fish are still swimming up from Lake Ontario so what I know will still be valid.

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    Where to start.

    well, now that salmon season is virtually over, silly season has also virtually ended.
    There will still be some salmon tricking in, but i'd say its mostly steelhead fishing up there now. you might get a fresh salmon when you're there, most will be zombies if there are any left.

    If you want river maps, i have PDFs I got from another forum, just shoot me a PM and i'll send them from my work computer on monday. I'd advise you to check it out, but if you ask the type of question you just asked here, i.e. saying you're a rookie, they will rip you to shreds. Some of the folks on there dont like their spots to be burned.

    Most of the river has public access, and there are numerous parking facilities along the river at those spots. Standard privacy laws apply, i.e. you access the banks to the high water mark, but for the most part this will not be a problem as the practically all the banks are state owned.

    There are a couple sites you can check out for local reports.
    Douglaston Salmon Run
    Whitakers Fly Shop
    1880 House

    Google these spots and you'll get decent reports for the river daily.

    There's a good number of tackle shops, but if you're a fly guy like me, i'd say head to Whitakers which is just off 81 at pulaski heading east on Route 13
    In Altmar, (also east of 81 on route 13) there is shop of great repute called Malindas...they have no website, but every forum or post i read recommending fly shops in that area are glowing about Malinda.
    There are a couple other stores in Altmar as well.

    Ok.
    If you have any more questions i'd be happy to help. I'm heading up there Nov 11 for the weekend. Cant wait.

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    Wheatfield as in the small town just outside Buffalo? If that's the case, let me know closer to when you're getting here and I (or my buddies) can try and put you on some fish. If you're talking a different Wheatfield, I may be less help, but I'm starting to learn some spots near where I am at in Buffalo.
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    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the replies. I love this site. When I say that I am a "rookie" that only applies to the area. I have never wet a flyline in the state of New York. I don't blame anyone for protecting their good spots and I would never dream of treading on waters that are near and dear to the local talent without permission (or company). I have heard about the place for years and just thought it might be a good time to hit it as I may be driving close to it on my return trip home. The species of fish is not what is important to me, rather just a place to have a chance of catching something. I spoke to a guy a couple years ago and he stated the following; "Pulaski is great but the fish are really hard to catch, you always hook up but landing them is the problem. Salmon are tough and the place is always crowded". (I said) I heard that there are plenty of big browns too...........Oh sure, he said, "but who cares about the browns? You can catch them any time". Imagine?

    gatortransplant, yes, that is the place.
    s fontinalis, I will take you up on that offer.

    Take care guys and thanks again for the replies,
    Dan.

    PS>>>>>>shout out to HardyReels, thank you as always for your reply. You are the best.

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    Dan, Wheatfield is 20 minutes north of me, I used to live 5 minutes from there. While I actually AM a novice, I've started learning some waters around me and if I can't get out of the water with you, I can point you toward some spots. Again, just let me know.
    - A.J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s fontinalis View Post
    Where to start.

    well, now that salmon season is virtually over, silly season has also virtually ended.
    There will still be some salmon tricking in, but i'd say its mostly steelhead fishing up there now. you might get a fresh salmon when you're there, most will be zombies if there are any left.

    If you want river maps, i have PDFs I got from another forum, just shoot me a PM and i'll send them from my work computer on monday. I'd advise you to check it out, but if you ask the type of question you just asked here, i.e. saying you're a rookie, they will rip you to shreds. Some of the folks on there dont like their spots to be burned.

    Most of the river has public access, and there are numerous parking facilities along the river at those spots. Standard privacy laws apply, i.e. you access the banks to the high water mark, but for the most part this will not be a problem as the practically all the banks are state owned.

    There are a couple sites you can check out for local reports.
    Douglaston Salmon Run
    Whitakers Fly Shop
    1880 House

    Google these spots and you'll get decent reports for the river daily.

    There's a good number of tackle shops, but if you're a fly guy like me, i'd say head to Whitakers which is just off 81 at pulaski heading east on Route 13
    In Altmar, (also east of 81 on route 13) there is shop of great repute called Malindas...they have no website, but every forum or post i read recommending fly shops in that area are glowing about Malinda.
    There are a couple other stores in Altmar as well.

    Ok.
    If you have any more questions i'd be happy to help. I'm heading up there Nov 11 for the weekend. Cant wait.
    I'll be in Albion, on The Oak the weekend of the 11th....hope some browns are still there!!
    Homer

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharkin View Post
    When I say that I am a "rookie" that only applies to the area.

    Never thought of it any other way.

    I often check forums for info when i'm not fishing my local waters. And i've found that some are more helpful than others.

    You'll do ok here - everyone is more than accommodating. Tons of great stuff to be learned, chats to be had and, my favorite, flies to be swapped. If you tie, i recommend getting in on some of the current swaps (Winged wet and Steelhead are two of the most recent). You'll not be disappointed by the outcome.

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    Dan,

    I'm certainly not an expert on the Salmon River, but since I live in the area and have been there on more than a few times, let me give you these suggestions. If you want to fish in Pulaski, then hit up All Seasons Sports or Whitaker's. Based on what I have seen in other forums, stay away from Yankee Fly and Tackle like the plague. There are a number of fine holes in Pulaski to fish, however they are not strictly for fly fishing.

    I've heard good things about the Douglaston Salmon Run from a guy I know who has a yearly membership. If you want a place that limits the number of people and you don't mind paying a little to fish, then this is a great place.
    Douglaston Salmon Run, World-Class Salmon Fishing

    If you go up to Altmar, then hit up Melinda's. She knows her stuff, is a great help and has fantastic prices to boot. She is located at the Lower Fly Fishing section. Altmar has 2 fly only sections, and if you come in November, both are open. The upper closes on Nov 30th. There are usually quite a few people fishing but no where near what I saw a few weeks ago when it was a "combat zone" out there. You won't ever be alone up there, but you won't be elbow to elbow either. If you want to move out of the fly fishing areas, there are a number of nice pools between Pulaski and Altmar.

    Here are some resources you can use:
    This is good if you want to know the flow rate of the river.
    USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 04250200 SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY

    Here are maps of the river for planning where to go:
    FishSalmonRiver.com -- A FishUSA.com Regional Site -- Angler Maps

    Here are the DEC Regs for Lake Ontario Tributary's and the fly fishing sections of the SR:
    Great Lakes Tributaries Regulations - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    If you have any more questions, let me know.

    Lee

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    Hi Dan,

    I have a good friend with a house in the Oswego area. He mentioned this afternoon that the Brown and Steelhead action in the area is pretty hot as the kings have pretty much run their course. I might suggest stopping in to the hatchery and talk to folks about spots to access. Upper fly zone etc. Fat Nancy's is a pretty full service shop but, I can't speak for the quality of information you might obtain there. Couple words of caution. Wear cleats, use a staff..!
    I may be up visiting my buddy that weekend. drop a note and I'll also be glad to assist further if we get a chance to hookup.

    Tight ones...
    Carl

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