The Douglaston Salmon Run, as it operates today, was started in 1988. This catch-and-release only area is a low-fishing-pressure environment. The entire 2.5 mile stretch on the Salmon River in Pulaski New York has been in the Barclay family since 1807 and access was originally unrestricted. By 1987 thousands of people a day were fishing this stretch and the overfishing was taking a serious toll. In 1988 the Barclay family decided to manage the land and manage the natural resource. Today, the number of fishermen are limited on a daily basis and also over the entire season. The decision was made to focused on fishing for sport, conservation, ethics, and a family friendly atmosphere. The Douglaston Salmon Run is a great place to teach the next generation to enjoy and respect the sport of fishing and the environment. The Barclay’s, Garrett Brancy (the manager), and Emily Studdert (assistant manager) are invested in the future of the fishery and specifically the atlantic salmon and trout. The only fish that can be harvested from this stretch of the Salmon River are king salmon and coho salmon.
To book with Douglaston Salmon Run click or call Garrett at 844-895-0669
The on-the-water staff patrols the river, monitors adherence to the rules, provides pointers to anglers with passes, and prevents trespassers. Think of a pass to the Douglaston Salmon Run like a ski resort lift ticket. Passes can be purchased for a single day, a week, or the whole season. The river patrol is a lot like the ski patrol!
The number of anglers allowed on the private water fluctuate throughout the year, depending on the season. During salmon season, September and October, up to 250 anglers will fish the private water. Then when steelhead season rolls around in November and December that number drops to 65.
The magic of the Douglaston Salmon Run is only half due to the catch-and-release management and the exclusive access. The other half is…. Location Location Location! The Douglaston Salmon Run is on the lower section of the Salmon River where the fish first enter the river from Port Ontario. The fish are at their freshest and haven’t been pressured by anglers yet. The angling opportunities are unparalleled.
The Douglaston Salmon Run is not just a stretch of private water. You can book one of the 7 lodges on the property that are available for rent, complete with kitchens. The lodges accommodate 4 to 7 guests and daily housekeeping services are available.
Garrett Brancy manages the property. Garrett started fishing the Salmon River with his family when he was just 10 years old and credits this special place with igniting his love for fishing. By high school Garrett and his dad were coming up to the Douglaston Salmon Run every weekend. Eventually Garrett attended SUNY in Syracuse. During college he worked at a tackle shop and even started his own tackle line. When he graduated with a natural resource management degree, with a focus on recreational resource management, he found his dream job managing a little slice of heaven.
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