2017 Salmon Run: Upset angler wants littering ‘slobs’ to clean up act (video)

Elaine Supp loves to fish and is thoroughly enjoying this year’s fall salmon run on the Salmon River, with several huge salmon to her credit.

However, the 35-year-old Pulaski woman is absolutely disgusted by thoughtless anglers who litter the river’s banks with tons of trash during the fall salmon fishing season.

“These fishermen claim to be sportsmen, outdoorsmen and that they love the outdoors and fishing – and yet they don’t really care about the river and how it looks,” she said. “You can’t just blame the out of towners. Locals do it, too. There are slobs everywhere.”

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Supp, a one-time,national snowboarding (boardercross) champion who now shares her fishing adventures on her “Fish Girl Outdoors” Facebook page, decided this fall to take matters into her own hands after seriously getting into salmon fishing for the first time. For the past four Mondays, she has posted a #cleanupyouract notice on her Facebook page, along with message that she’ll be on a certain part of the river each time picking up garbage. She has shared the message on various other Salmon River fishing-related Facebook pages.

Supp works as a retail manager at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse in Watertown. She said she gets out of work too late on Mondays to fish, so she decided that would be a good evening to pick up trash.

Since she started doing, Supp said she’s received “hundreds of messages” from people thanking her. Others, she said, have been inspired, telling her that they went up on other evenings and picked up garbage themselves. All Season Sports recently donated some garbage bags for her and other volunteers to use. A local drift captain also volunteered to pick up bags of collected garbage left long the river’s shore and take then it to the local transfer station.

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This past Monday evening, she inspired three local anglers – L-R, Travis Hoyt and Mitch Butler, both of nearby Williamstown, and Justin Bristol, of Richland — to spend more than an hour picking up trash along the river banks on the backside of the ballfield (the Clam Shell, ice skating rink area) on the river near the downtown Pulaski area.

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Supp said she was pushed over the edge when she recently got a new puppy and took if for a walk near the heavily fished Trestle Pool area of the river.

“The area is beautiful, but then I realized there were so many hooks, line and broken glass on the ground. Stuff everywhere. If a kid, or an animal gets caught up in this, they’re going to get hurt. I had to do something,” she said.

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Derek Pisik and Elaine Supp return from the south side of the Trestle Pool with four bags of garbage they collected in about a half hour. – David Figura | dfigura@nyup.com

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