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KILSONG Club Member

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 posted 09/19/2012 01:48 PM  

I plan to test Black Hole freshwater rods for salmon or steelhead fishing on a drift boat in Salmon River or other rivers in Upstate NY in two weeks.
Any member knows a good drift boa guide there ?
Thanks in advance.


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 posted 09/20/2012 12:18 PM  

Do to the low water flows at the Salmon River maybe you should consider the Niagara River.They do not use drift boats but aluminum boats with outboards and bow mount trolling motors to control the drift.The river varies between 5' of water to 100' in a very small stretch.You can also fish the Niagara Bar where the river flows into Lake Ontario.Out on the Bar they mostly downrigger fish. Many varieties of fish many different ways to fish.Great place to try out your rods.

Joined: 07/03/2002
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 posted 09/21/2012 07:49 AM  

drift boats

I've used Andy 315-591-4578 and kevin 315-342-4861. Both guys fish Oswego as well as the salmon river what ever you prefer. Stayed at the best western in Oswego and they picked me up at the hotel. Caught lots of fish. Both guys are pleasant to fish with. Good luck.

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Location: On The Water
 posted 09/23/2012 08:18 AM  

I was up there last week water level was very low all the charter boats are fishing lake Ontario
KILSONG Club Member

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 posted 09/28/2012 02:56 PM  

Thanks guys for the info.
Water lever is still too low.
So I decided to fish in Douglaston Salmon Run on Sept 30 as fishing is hot right now. You have to pay $45 for a pass to fish DSR, but it is worth as they limit to 350 fishermen a day. I tried to stay at a lodge in the DSR, but all are sold out.
Thanks for all the info you guys gave to me.

Here is a fishing report on Sept 27 in Duglaston Salmon Run.

What else is new? It was another fantastic day of fishing from top to bottom on the run. I’m going to start a complaint box for everyone telling me their arms are sore! We again saw a mixed bag of species today with a few less coho and steelhead than yesterday, but more kings. I don’t know where they’re coming from but the estuary is still full of fish waiting their turn. The forecast predicts another cool night in the mid 40’s with rain showers and overcast skies tomorrow.


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 posted 09/28/2012 04:41 PM  

Hey Kil prepare yourself for quite a show up there. If its the same as years ago everybody and their mother will be there. The fish can be fun and challenging but not good to eat. Be prepared for the weather because it can be varied rain snow. Take pictures of the crowd. Good luck.

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Location: staten island
 posted 09/28/2012 05:58 PM  

WOW ! $45.00 for a pass. I remember putting 5 bucks in the mailbox to park in the lot or walking down from the Black Hole & fishing the Little Black or the Glide for free. Nice water though. Brings back memories.

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 posted 09/28/2012 06:15 PM  

If you're smart look into the Oak Orchard as an alternate.
KILSONG Club Member

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 posted 09/29/2012 11:35 PM  


arrived at Salmon River and went to Salmon Hatchery first.


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 posted 09/30/2012 08:39 AM  

Thats insane
KILSONG Club Member

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 posted 09/30/2012 10:59 PM  

Douglaston Salmon Run 09-30

I fished privately owned Douglaston Salmon Run which is two and a half miles at the lower end of the river today. I decided to fish Flat which is closest to the parking lot because there were lots of salmon there and the bottom of the river was very slippery the the area was pretty crowded.
I started fishing around 10:00 am and ended by 2:00 pm. My mission was accomplished to test Black Hole inshore Magic Eye and Hyper rod with salmon during four hour fishing.

DSR accept only 360 fishermen a day. The pass cost $45 a day, but it is worth.
parking lot of DSR

Magic Eye P782S (length: 2.34 m)

I also brought a heavier Magic Eye rod, but I decided to use lighter P782S after observing many fly fishermen use light fly rod for salmon without any problem.
I fought several king salmon in 20 - 25 lb range with the rod, but I couldn't land them. I didn't bring a landing net because the purpose of the trip is test the rod and I didn't want to keep them.
15 lb mono was used for testing.

It was so much fun to fight big salmon with a soft and light rod.

Hyper BH713S-MH (length: 7'1" line rating: 8 - 16 lb)

the action of this Hyper rod is very similar to original GLoomis rod. It is very light and sensitive, stiff with fast action.

This post edited by KILSONG 11:24 PM 09/30/2012

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 posted 10/02/2012 12:35 PM  

Mission accomplished!up

Thanks for sharing your trip and results. Smile

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Location: Bay Ridge Brooklyn
 posted 01/03/2013 11:14 AM  

What kind of jig or lure did you use?Thanks

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Location: Just below the riffles.
 posted 01/14/2013 10:30 PM  

combat fishing is simply nuts. i get why people do it but its exactly the type of experience i go fishing to avoid.

7 months of fishing, 5 months of writing.

Joined: 12/02/2012
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 posted 01/15/2013 07:02 AM  

i have fished some of the pools in the pictures in late November and especially the pool in town and at times we were the only ones their
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