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New York DEC Enacts Emergency Fly Fishing Rule To Protect Fish

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Altmar, NY (WIBX) - There’s some bad news for those who have taken up the increasingly popular sport of fly fishing.The Department of Environmental Conservation has enacted emergency regulation, forcing the closure of the Lower Fly Fishing Area on the Salmon River.

They say it’ due to unusual warm water temperatures and low water flow. Officials hope the closure will ensure that adequate numbers of salmon enter the DEC’s Salmon River Fish Hatchery, to provide eggs for salmon stocking.

The quarter mile section of the Salmon River’s Lower Fly Fishing Area is located downstream of the Salmon River Hatchery and upstream of the County Route 52 Bridge in Altmar. More information on this regulation can be obtained by contacting DEC’s Cape Vincent Fisheries Station at fwfishlo@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or call (315)654-2147.

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