Water flow: LOW
Visibility: 36 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Early morning, late afternoon.
Best stretch: Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Sportsman, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Schoolhouse, Upper & Lower Fly Zone.
Best access point: DEC Public fishing access lots off NYS RT13, RT2A, RT52.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Streamers, egg patterns, nymphs.
Fish species: Steelhead, Brown Trout
Fishing season: SPRING
Nearest airport: Syracuse International Airport (SYR)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 7 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Salmon/Steelhead WF
Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink Tip
The Salmon River is without a doubt, the most famous salmon and steelhead river in the entire northeast. The salmon river is hydro electrically controlled and the water levels can vary based on rainfall, snow melt or drought. There is 13 miles of public access and 2 miles of privately controlled access where anglers can purchase a daily access pass. Labor Day weekend signals the start of salmon season ...
with a scheduled water release. With the increase in water level the salmon begin their annual migration. Most of the true spawning areas/gravel bars are upstream of the Pineville bridge and that's where the bulk of these fish end up. Chinooks and Coho are fall spawners and they die after spawning. By November they are pretty much gone.
Steelhead are spring spawners, but the first of the winter run fish show up with the salmon. November and December see more steelhead entering the river system. These fish will over winter in the river and provide us with a winter fishery. January and February are reserved for serious fisherman. Lots of snow...dress warm...sleep in a bit longer and carry hand warmers.
Spring comes eventually, in March or April. The spawning process begins and can provide plenty of action as the water temperature rises along with the arrival of mild weather. Once these fish have completed spawning, it's like a slow down stream migration as they feed all the way back to Lake Ontario.
Woolly Buggers on the swing.
Average temperatures for this time of year.