Autumn Steelhead Trip on the Salmon River

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November 19, 2015 6:00 pm to November 22, 2015 12:00 pm

Dave SteelheadJoin us in November for a trip targeting steelhead on the Salmon River in upstate New York. The cost of the trip is $285. Our lodging dates are November 19th to the 21st, which runs Thursday night through Saturday night. Included in the package are day passes for fishing the private water of the Douglaston Salmon Run (DSR) on the 20th and 21st (Friday and Saturday). Contact Dave Surowiecki (dave [dot] surowiecki [at] cvtu [dot] org) if you’re interested in attending this trip. There are only 6 seats left.
By mid to late-November most of the chinook and coho salmon have made their spawning runs and died, but the steelhead fishing is really hitting its peak. The crowds usually associated with salmon fishing in Pulaksi will have dissipated a bit, and new policies at the DSR limit the total number of passes at this time to just 65 anglers per day, which means that there will be a lot of water available to fish. For those who are not familiar with the Salmon River, the DSR owns the rights to the first 2.5 miles of water upstream from Lake Ontario. So in the fall, the fish that you encounter in the DSR are most likely to be fresh from the lake, chrome, and hopefully not yet wise to the ways of the fly fishermen.
We have reserved two houses on the Douglaston property, with room for 8 anglers. The price per person is $285, which includes three nights of lodging and two days of fishing on the DSR property. The DSR passes are optional and you can opt-out if you wish ($50 per pass/day), but at this time of the year, the DSR water is usually a good bet.
The general plan is to arrive sometime on Thursday afternoon, or evening, if you drive up after work. We will fish the DSR on Friday and Saturday, and then we can all make our own call on the Sunday fishing. From experience, the river really clears out on Sunday afternoons, and if you stay until the end of the day sometimes you can have nice stretches of water all to yourself.
If you haven’t fished for steelhead on the Salmon River before, it is definitely an experience. Frustrating, difficult, amazing, challenging, and sometimes as easy as you like, what keeps me coming back is the fact that any given day up there has the potential to be one of the greatest fishing days of your life.
Take a look at a few of the fish I caught on the river this past season…