My buddy has been going up to the Salmon River almost every weekend for the salmon run for the past 2-3 years, and always sends me pictures of monster fish he and his dad catch out there. This year I made it a point to save a vacation day ad get out there!
Left MA Friday after work and headed back to my parents house near Albany. Got there loaded up and then headed out to Pulaski with my dad and brother.
Saturday morning wake up call is at 4:30am and we are at the Douglaston Run parking lot by 5:15. The place is a mob scene...all you can hear is burps and farts, and people putting on their waders for a half hour. At 6am the gate opens to go down to the river and a mass of people exit the parking lot...it was almost like when you're waiting to get into an amusement park and the gates finally open, minus the screaming kids. We hike down a path with head lamps and cross the river to get to our spot, where we wait until it is actually bright enough to see.
The fishing was pretty crazy, there are tons of fish in the river and you can see them everywhere-they even bump into you every once in awhile. The bite was tough because the fish have to be hooked in the mouth, or you have to break off your line or immediately release them. Couple this with my lack of fly fishing experience and light leaders, and you get a pretty frustrating day on the water. I must have hooked up close to 20 fish and didn't land one. Our group did well overall, lots of hook ups, and a few fish were landed with 3 being kept.
Next day was a little better. We all started to get the hang of it a little more, and I started to be able to tell when the fish was caught in the mouth, so I don't fight it for 15 minutes and then realize I have to break the line anyway. Everyone landed fish Sunday, and my brother and I each took home 2.
Overall, it was a great trip and I could not believe the power of these fish, never felt anything like it, which made it so satisfying to land a 25-30 pound fish on 14 pound leader on a fly that I tied.
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