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Fly Fishing North Branch of the Salmon
River New York
The North Branch of the Salmon River flows from the
Tug Hill Plateau into the Salmon River Reservoir at
Redfield, New York. It has a decent population of native
brook trout and also receives an additional stocking of
brook trout by the State of New York. This stream has a
huge amount of public fishing rights that is almost nine
miles in length.
There is a 33 foot strip of land on one or both banks of
the stream that is available for fishing purposes only.
We should note that this is only because the land
owners are willing to do this. If property is damaged, I
feel sure many would change their minds so be careful
not to damage this right in any way.
This link will provide a very good map of the river and
the public access.
This stream can be great to fish anytime of the season.
Spring provides the best time to fish the North Branch of
the Salmon River. Hatches are present most days and
the brook trout can be taken on the surface if the water
is above 50 degrees.
The fishing generally slows down some during the
summer but is still good early and late in the day.
Fall is the second best time to fish for the brook trout.
These fish spawn during the fall and turn into their
bright, beautiful spawning colors.
Fly Fishing Guide to the North Branch of the
Fly fishing the North Branch of the Salmon River is fairly
easy. This stream consist of mostly pools with short
riffles and a few runs between them. (Click Here to
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating,
floating 5 or 6 weight fly line for cutts and
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths, 0X-5X in
71/2 to 9 foot lengths for cutts.
10# and 12# / 0X to 5X for cutts
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
rods, and 5 or 6 weight rods for cutts
For 7 to 10 weight lines, or for 4 to 5
weight lines for cutts
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.