Rapidan Chapter member Fred W. Fox fished the Salmon River (Oswego County, NY) on Columbus Day 2011 with his wife’s cousin Bob. Ideal conditions for central New York, daily highs 80 -81 deg. F. at Syracuse airport with clear skies and spectacular fall foliage. River flow 335 CFS, 60 degrees.
Bob arranged for a guide and we entered the river before 5:00 AM in the village of Pulaski, staked-out a good run, stood in the cold river and waited for dawn. Guide Dave explained the technique; swinging egg patterns just off the bottom with spin tackle, 12 lb. test. During this demonstration, Dave hooked a nice Chinook salmon and handed me the rod. The fish barreled upstream peeling off line against the drag, eventually turned downstream and broke off. We repeated this lesson again but with Dave’s help and a huge net, landed the good-sized Chinook. I was feeling bad about keeping this beautiful specimen I had not personally hooked, but while posing for a photo, it thrashed out of my grip and was gone. Read more »