There is really only one way to shake a winter fishing jones. Distractions like sliding down the side of a mountain, reading fishing rags, heading to sportsman shows, and drinking can only go so far to cure the winter blues. The only real tonic is to step into the river.
|Fat Nancy's- If they don't have your bead, you don't need it.|
If you head to Pulaski, NY consider a stay at Whitaker's. Rooms sleep three, and go for around $75 per night. They rent Korkers, which you are going to want unless you have a pair of rubber soles with some pretty aggressive traction (i.e. cleats & studs).
It beats the Super 8, but doesn't have the waffle iron and fruit loops at the free continental breakfast. It does have a really kick ass fly shop in front of the log cabin "motel" that carries just about anything you forgot to pack, including your NY fishing license (that goes for $15 per day) and a good assortment of flies. For breakfast check out Timbers Diner, just down past the Dunkin' Donuts on Port Street. They serve up some solid breakfast grub (on the greasy side, of course) and the waitresses are more than happy to fill up your travel mug with coffee for the road.
|Whitaker's Sport Shop and Motel|
As for the fishing, river access is pretty easy to figure out. Public access areas are well marked with big parking lots and river maps that are readily available at most fly shops (including Whitaker's). Another good fly shop to check out is Melinda's in Altmar. They will give you the low down on the bite, and they are a spey junkies dream come true with a ton of two handed rods, lines, etc... They also carry some pretty cool, hard to find tying materials that you cannot find around here (custom dyed electric blue goose biots anyone?).
|Salmon Rot- Got Flesh Flies?|
|The Big Bend.|
For flies, egg patterns such a glo-bugs and estaz are a solid choice, and pegging beads under indicators make a good rig. Just be aware that you cannot fish the hook below the fly in the lower fly fishing only zone of the Salmon River (located in Altmar), so pegging is not an option there. And don't ignore the bugs. Stoneflies, caddis, as well as general and steelhead style attractor nymphs are all going to produce hookups when presented properly.
|NY Buck. That blew up my reel.|
Have fun out there.