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Old 10-26-2013, 06:16 PM
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Made it back up to NY for another salmon season here earlier in October and man was it a blast!! Although conditions were off for a spell at first and that slowed the fishing considerably, things quickly picked back up once the rains finally came. And when the rain came, the fish came, by the hundreds... The salmon are always fun to catch but tiring on the arm after several dozen a day... However, it was a strong push of cohos this year that really made it all worth while. Cohos on the stringer always makes for a good day on the river in my book! Fun to fight and great for the smoker, I was content to fill my freezer with several from this recent trip.

Then we have the steel... What can I say..?!? Don't let anyone try to convince you these Ontario steelies are in any way inferior. They will empty your reel just as fast as fish from other parts of the country! You really need to be on your game to bring them to hand. Being in shape to chase them down so you don't run out of backing also helps... And then sometimes there is just nothing you can do. I still managed to lose several big fish this trip that got the better of me, especially with the higher water. However, there were some that reluctantly found their way to shore for a quick photo opp. Unfortunately, now I have to sit tight and wait for spring until I get to see another flash of chrome... I can hardly wait!!



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A beautiful day on the river...


First fish of the trip, off to a good start...


Anytime I have cohos on the stringer, I'm happy...


Even more cohos from another day...


A hard hitting fresh male king...


Crappy cell phone pic is all I have of this one but what a beast she was... !!!


Now this is a good looking brownie!!


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Old 10-26-2013, 06:26 PM
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Also some great small steam coho action as well...


Not too bad for my first drift of the afternoon at one of my favorite runs...


Later on that afternoon, same run but even better...


A nice fresh little male who was quite the fighter...


Another nice little male who fought a bit harder...




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Old 10-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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Nobody, and I repeat nobody should be aloud to catch that many nice fish in 1 trip (insert sarcastic smiley here). Awesome pics of some huge fish. Looks like you didn't quite have the river to yourself. You look a little shellshocked in the pic with the big one. Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:55 AM
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Wow Good stuff

While that looks like a bunch of fun, I don't know if I could ever be happy catching 3-4 inch fish ever again
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:05 PM
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Great post, I see what they mean when they say we were lined shoulder to shoulder on opening day. Please give a rundown of gear required to catch and land these bad boys. thanks!
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Looks like you had some close company there for at least one day...

Outstanding report though, definitely on my bucket list!
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:01 PM
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Those pictures are great. I hope to get in on some of that action one year

That section of river reminds me of the base of miller island on the Clinch
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:02 PM
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Hey, I'm just trying to do my part... someone needs to pick up the torch and try to keep this S&S forum alive. I guess I now feel somewhat obligated... and I also get the chance to catch huge fish in the process.

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You look a little shellshocked in the pic with the big one.
Buzz, that is a very accurate description.. haha I believe I was!! This beast had my biceps burning by the time I got her in. She was easily 30lbs+ and even gave my 10wt. quite the workout!! Rough measurement was somewhere around 40".

Regarding the crowds: Folks, remember that this is around what is considered 'peak' salmon season, Columbus Day Weekend time. You are not going to be out there by yourself!! It is a fact of life and just part of the experience that is, salmon season on the Great Lakes.

Regarding gear: As I have mentioned before, a good strong 9wt.(or 10wt) a solid reel with a good drag, 12-15lb leaders, some weight and egg patterns #4-#8 is really all you need... of course backup rods and reels are almost always a must. Having a net always helps as well. Now this is of course for chasing larger salmon with normal water levels...

When strictly fishing for steelhead, I am now using a 10'8" switch rod that is the equivalent of a 6wt. A good 9'6"-10' 8wt. as a single-handed rod would be ideal and more than sufficient. I will admit that I'm a little bit under-gunned at the moment for fish that weigh up into the teens but c'est la vie... I'm just getting started. Leaders and tippet (fluoro) will be 6lb to 10lb, depending on water conditions. Fly assortment = whatever you can get them to hit!!


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Thanks for all the great photos. I grew up in Syracuse which is fairly close by. I used to fish the Salmon as a boy. This was before the salmon and steelhead had been stocked in Lake Ontario. Back then it was primarily a trout fishery with a lot more privacy.
Now I live in the midwest close to the SE Wisconsin tribs. I don't normally fish them because combat fishing just isn't my thing. Of course the chinook runs are done, maybe I should give them a try.
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Thanks for all the great photos. I grew up in Syracuse which is fairly close by. I used to fish the Salmon as a boy. This was before the salmon and steelhead had been stocked in Lake Ontario. Back then it was primarily a trout fishery with a lot more privacy.
Now I live in the midwest close to the SE Wisconsin tribs. I don't normally fish them because combat fishing just isn't my thing. Of course the chinook runs are done, maybe I should give them a try.
It is a really great fishery although it can be a little crowded at times. If you find yourself back up there one day and need any fishing info, let me know. As far as your current location... I know that if I lived anywhere even remotely close to a trib that had steelhead, I would certainly be out fishing it...


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