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Big water, big fish, big fun at Tailwater Lodge

Pop quiz: OK, grab a map and point to Altmar, N.Y. That’s what I thought. I couldn’t do it either. But people who know fishing in upstate New York can do it in (forgive me) a New York minute.

The Salmon River in Altmar is one of the greatest salmon and steelhead fishing destinations in the Northeast. While there, the Tailwater Lodge and their top notch staff are there to make your trip one you’ll never forget.

The Salmon River is a tributary of Lake Ontario. It was named for the epic runs of Atlantic salmon that it once supported. Now, it is the epicenter of fishing for both chinook (king) and coho salmon fishing in the Northeast. Beginning in late summer and early fall both kings and cohos begin to move into the river. These are big, strong fish that you’ll readily find in the 25 pound range — the fish of a lifetime.

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River is unlike any other experience in the northeast. The fish enter the river soon after the king salmon have begun to spawn and will stay in the river system until spring when they return to the lake after spawning. This is the fish of dreams— the fish of a thousand casts. Steelhead are a truly acrobatic fish with strong runs, and fishing for them is characterized by heart-pounding action. 

Tailwater Lodge is the place for big water, big fish and big fun. But what about the accommodations?  You’re going to love this part. Once the former Altmar Elementary School, Tailwater Lodge is a unique destination all its own. Their luxurious guest rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation so you can be ready for whatever adventure the next day has in store. Combine this with a full service spa, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, restaurant, bar and fly shop, you’ll find everything you could possibly ask for right there.

Tailwater Lodge is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge and a Trout Unlimited Business member.

Tailwater Lodge (L)

Altmar, N.Y., 13302

(315) 298-3434                                                                  



By Walt Gasson.