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: Tying for Pulaski

10-18-2006, 02:47 PM
I'll probably head up to Pulaski sometime bewtween now and Christmas and am wondering what go-to patterns for the area I should be tying. Somehow whenever I'm up there, water's near 32 and it's too cold to swing flies, so I end up bottom-dredging.
What half-dozen or dozen patterns should I stock up on?

10-18-2006, 10:11 PM
rushers steelhead stone nymphs are my fav they have trigger of pom pom egg as well as small black stone body which hatch and crawl around on the snow under your feet. great one fly for pulaski in my opinion. green caddis in the sun is one of my other favs. most of my friends are into egg suck leeches. i like lil oregon cheese micro eggs dead drifted on south sandy in higher winter flows

10-21-2006, 11:55 AM

I have taken steelhead in Jan and Feb swinging flies up there. Don't be afraid to bring the big flies up with you and let them swim.


10-21-2006, 03:46 PM
ditto to Gillie's post

10-23-2006, 09:37 AM
Streamers on "slinkies" swing beatifuly.....:)

10-23-2006, 12:57 PM
Thanks gfuys. I'll be up the first week in December, staying at the 1880 house and fishing with Dave Barber. It's be great to meet up with others from this board up there.

10-26-2006, 12:39 AM
Dave Barber is probably one of the better/best guides on the Salmon. If you ask him he will tell you the patterns that will work for your trips time frame. Give him a call a week or two in advance to see if there is a pattern that has suddenly turned on and become the "HOT" fly.

10-26-2006, 06:44 AM
Yes. We do this every year. Dave describes some new fly over the phone, I tie a bunch, and then we have a good laugh over the differences between what I tied and what he had in mind. :smile:

Jim Miller
10-31-2006, 06:45 PM
Since you asked. These are my Fall-Spring Steelie boxes for the Salmon. They all work for me. ;)
River is high now at 1800+ runoff ..... but when it receeds ..... I'll be there! :D
Let me know when you plan on coming to NY .... we can meet up. :)




Gregory DeFoe
11-01-2006, 07:25 AM
Nice selection Jim. I usually am on the river the last week of Nov. Cancelled this year due to high water and weather, first time in 20 yrs. The Salmon has been running about 2000+cfs below pineville and the tribs are mostly blown. The reason for the high water on the Salmon is the repair work being done on the dam, they have to keep the water down. Scheduled completion is NOV.7 but sources in the area estimate about a week behind sched.
My bags are packed and truck is loaded I'M READY!!!

11-01-2006, 07:28 AM
High water has probably brought a better than average share into the river from the lake and washed a lot of the salmon stink downriver too. Might make the drive myself... maybe a SR clave (wasnt someone talking about that recently?)

11-01-2006, 07:46 AM
this weather has our schedule suddenly wide open for this time of year. we would be up for something anytime, lots of new toys to play with. see what can be done to put something together before winter really sets in. any sunday would be perfect or even saturdays.


11-01-2006, 09:01 AM
I'll be up the first week of dec and again the last week, staying at the 1880 house and either fishing with Dave Barber or XC skiing. It's be fun to hook up woth someone from this board.

Gregory DeFoe
11-01-2006, 01:41 PM
I believe someone was talking about a mini clave or get together over Thanksgiving. Regardless of when I'm in. If I gewt any advance info on the dam repair completion I'll post. I'm sure when the work is done the flows will come down to about 335 cfs for a while as they refill.

11-02-2006, 06:19 AM
Check me in too, only problem weekend will be the weekend before Thanksgiving, guess most will be busy then anyhow.

11-02-2006, 10:29 AM
been absolutely impatient for steelie action. was to go up last week with new wife for her first time to see what im so crazy about. made call at last minute to cancel coming to reason that putting first timer in 23oo cfus in 37 degree temps with sleeting rain not best idea to fall in love with ff steelhead. of course i would have gone if it was myself or with the other ff freaks i know. instead drove her into a spa B+B at last minute and she loved the surprise that i wasnt crazy enough to drag her into river fishing under such horrible conditions.

i accumulated some good hubby fish time off with that move. but it only got the fire to fish hotter. going up 11/10 with a motley crue of new dads and ff bums who of course cant watch the river to make their reservations, so cannot reschedule this date. hope the flows come down so eagerly as hoping to swing the douglaston water with ernest.

one of yall spoke about a construction project on dam as sourse of high flow, is there a contact number or site where i can find realistic date of completion. if the flow still high when we go i might suggest a float trip if cannot swing the lower river. would like to make reservation early so i dont find myself in the unemployment line of the lower ff area all weekend.

funny how many flies you can tie when you get pumped for steel!

Gregory DeFoe
11-02-2006, 12:02 PM
Don't know of any contact# for construction project. I have some state dec contacts that I call from time to time. You might call Whitakers shop they may have info. If thay dont get much rain the tribs should be ok Sandy creek was downfrom 1300+ to 650cfs this am.
If I get any info on the dam construction I''l post. but it probably wont complete on sched Nov 7


Gregory DeFoe
11-02-2006, 12:03 PM
Don't know of any contact# for construction project. I have some state dec contacts that I call from time to time. You might call Whitakers shop they may have info. If thay dont get much rain the tribs should be ok Sandy creek was downfrom 1300+ to 650cfs this am.
If I get any info on the dam construction I''l post. but it probably wont complete on sched Nov 7


11-02-2006, 01:06 PM
Cool info here on the Flows on Salmon, DAM IT WILL BE GOOD WHEN it comes down!!!!

Jim can I rent your fly box one weekend?

I'll be up with Tie-Die the weekend of the 10th, and fishing the Wedneday before Turkey Day until the Sunday. Who knows where I'll be, as for flows, regardless I'll be grilling a turkey river side at some point during the day......

11-02-2006, 02:37 PM
Just make sure you leave the Jameson's at home Randy.:hihi:

11-02-2006, 04:21 PM
I still have a little left in my flask, what I am worried is that Wild Tukey 101 will be flying that weekend......

11-02-2006, 04:28 PM
That may be worse Randy.:devil:

Jim Miller
11-02-2006, 08:24 PM
Fished the Salmon R. today. Water is still very high (1800 + runoff). But lots of fish in the river.
Went 3 for 5 on Steelies... biggest I'm guessing around 14lbs. Played with some salmon too. Actually still some fairly fresh ones around if you seek them out.
Had my favorite spots all to myself... no one around!
Overall a great mental health day!

36 degrees .... snow squalls ... must be steelheading season. :eek:

11-03-2006, 12:09 AM
This is starting to sound like a major clave is brewin'....

Jim Miller
11-03-2006, 10:40 AM
Since this was a tieing thread. Caught the fish on peach and cerise glow bugs.
And my stonefly varient w/ a hot pink or orange thorax. See box pics above. :)

11-03-2006, 04:59 PM
nice report jim. i remember my very first steelie trip. quiet fluffy snow all morning. was beautiful to see the river under the blanket of snow. i take was suttle but she ran so fast upstream the mouse spray on the water was unforgettable. i thought about monsters living in a trout stream and i was hooked for life. they are my ultimate quarry. congrats on good day out there. nice no guys from jersey with triple hooks and white rods. steelheaders unite!

11-08-2006, 11:01 AM

Thanks for sharing, I almost took a few casts in the Lachute this past weekend but it was raging!!

At 1800 were you doing the chuck and duck? Does anyone have good swinging tips for on the Samon, particulary at 1800? I am headed up in a few days and any words on ecouragement to keep me on the swing would be helpful.....

Jim Miller
11-08-2006, 11:22 AM
I did both. Swung some speys & buggers on a fast sinktip, but had most success w/ C&D. Look for the seams and softer water. Areas where back water/eddies meet fast main current, diversions. Saw many fish close to the shore in softer water. Have your drift come right down that seam & on the bottom. :)

Hope to either fish the Salmon OR Montauk this weekend. Will see what the weather holds......

By the way.... with the salmon dying off ..... your "namesake" fly pattern should produce.

11-08-2006, 02:26 PM
Thanks Jim, Yes the FleshFly we'll see if I can conjure one up. That was first fly I ever tied... Any rumors on what the flows will be? or a status to the Dam repair?

Jim Miller
11-08-2006, 03:41 PM
Don't know much about the dam situation.

These are the best links for water flows:

projected and anticipated:

actual and instantanious in Pineville: (includes runoff)

anything else is conjecture & hearsay! ;)

Hopefully it will be down for the weekend????!!!!!
Good luck up there!

12-02-2006, 07:08 AM
I'll be up next week, staying at the 1880 house and fishing with Dave Barber, most likley the Pineville to Pulaski stretch. It's be fun to meet up with anyone from this board.

12-08-2006, 03:15 PM
Salmon river fished very well monday-wednesday this week, although it snowed heavily on monday and tuesday (Pulaski had 16" in 3 hrs Tuesday p.m.) Two of us had double-digit steelhead hookups each day (18 on monday) plus a dropback Skamania, ~10 lb native rainbow, 2 brown trout and a couple 'jacks'.

12-24-2006, 07:05 AM
FWIW, I'll be at the 1880 house all next week. (12/25 - 12/30) It's be fun to fish with someone from this board.