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Sept. through April
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Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

10/30/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

BIG SLUG of BIG Steelhead are entering the Estuary from the Lake, as I type this.
BIG SLUG of BIG Steelhead are entering the Salmon River Pulaski NY, as I type this. Running it and spreading out.
Some old'r and some fresher Coho and King Salmon are around. Brown Trout around. Not a lot of Atlantic Salmon, but Im seeing more around then ever before! Water came up a lil from run-off.

This all spell's F. I. S. H. O. N. for you!
How many of you are calling in sick to work tomorrow?

All species are being caught in all the normal Prime Transitional Holding and Prime Fall Holding Habitat's. LOT's in a Transitional Stage moving up the river, as I type this. Ye-Haa!

One of the reason's our Steelhead are so BIG (presently, they are running bigger than normal - average size 8-12 lb.)  is ALL the food they have to eat in the Lake. It's reeeel nice to see we have a healthy Lake.
I'll tip my hat to the D.E.C.!!
One of the reason's of late that has caused the steelhead bite to be off - at times, is many anglers are seeing them throw up Alewives in the lower river. Why would they eat your fly, egg sack or bead, when there stomach's are sooooo full of these bait fish.
You heard it here first!
Ya - thats it, BLAME the Alewives - yukyuk

The above BIG Steelhead was released by this young man. Congrats!
What I found disturbing was some of the other angler's couldn't believe he was releasing it. I'd like to Thank his father for instilling something other than, kill everything. His fish is now a gift to you! (It's nice to share)

Steelhead fishing you ALL the best of Luck!
Randy

The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

10/25/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Very Very nice #'s of Steelhead have entered the Salmon River, NY in the last coupl'a week's!
Some places the Steelhead are in abundance, while other's not. Just need to keep on the move. Work their Prime Fall Lyes, Transitional Holding and then move to the next. That's been our only strategy (besides proper presentation and rigging) that has worked with success, now its yours. :)

Last reeeel good run of Salmon was Oct. 16. Those fish have spread out.
We continue to see some fresh King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead enter the lower River daily. Running it, holding, etc... Somedays we have to wait for them to run to us, while other days we have a lot of them holding with us for the entire day.
Somedays we have to work for them and others are magical with outstandingly good number's.

These Steelhead and Brown Trout will run the river just like the Salmon did. So Transitional Holding water will produce, plus there normal and predictable Prime Fall Holding Habitat's.

Lot's Cold Wet Rain! What does this spell? Steelhead and Brown Trout!!!!! Ye-Haa!!!!!
With this weather pattern, time of year, fish's biological clock, etc... you will see some (fresh Salmon) Steelhead and Browns in some of our other, local streams and creeks that feed into Lake Ontario. Let's just call them Pucker Brush Creek's ;)

Some anglers are finding the fishing slow, ok, pretty good. While other anglers are finding the fishing OUTSTANDING! (All very normal)

Watched an excited youngster lose his fish on the bank and then dive into the shallow water. Wrapping his arms and legs around the fish as he rolled around in the water and happily giving it a bear hug :)

Steelhead Fishing Forecast:

We will continue to see many more Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase during Nov. and after. Supplying us ALL with many great fishing opportunities all Dec. Jan. Feb. March and April! (Interested?)

I've already booked a lot of trips for next Fall for Salmon and Steelhead and am already scheduling my days off. Get your  preferred date for 2015. (It sucks to be so popular - yukyuk) Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)
Steelhead fishing you ALL the best of Luck, Randy
Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for steelhead and Brown Trout Wow, so silver. Now you know why we call them the silver bullet or dime bright. This fresh run chromer is almost translucent and you can't buy a fresher looking Steelhead on this river. Congrats!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Znh0OM9jiA
Jimmy Cliff - I can see clearly now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGV9Bl6CGg

**Stolen fishing equipment from the Salmon River NY Upper Fly Zone**
Ton's of fishing gear was stolen out of a seasoned Salmon River angler's car in the U.F.Z. on approx. 10/20. (Approx. 3 - $4,000 worth of stuff) If anyone heres anything, or anyone approach's you to sell you some fishing gear, (try to take down there license plate and description of them and vehicle) please contact the Pulaski State Police Dept. Please share - post this on any other web-sites (maybe yours?) that deal with this area or let any of the local business's (Oswego also) know.
My guess is they wont try to sell it locally, probably Oswego, Water Town or Syracuse - Pawn Shops or on-line? Thanks, Randy

Replies to above post:
Don't forget to watch E-Bay; even check for local selling boards. Every local town seems to have their own version of swap/sale boards. Nobody steals that much equipment for their own use.

After being a cop for over 28 years have found there is no end to what they will steal for a $20 return. There is also no end to pawn shops willing to fork over $20 for stuff worth far more. They can run in from Watertown or Syracuse in a half hour and get enough for a night or two of their needs.
When my house got broke into right after retirement I found some of my stuff many miles from home in such places- the thief's arrested were also from miles away. If I lived up there and it happened to me -would be in the City looking in pawn shops real quick.

Randy, That suck's hopefully it wasn't your gear?? Mike

Thankfully no. These guys had to be either reeeelly dumb or Pro's with all the car and angler traffic we have all over the river presently. Usually this stuff happens (rarely) in the dead of Winter. When very few anglers are around and anglers park in the woods away from any of the main roads. I usually always park myself and my clients next to any main roads in the Winter time and walk the extra 100-300 yards to the river when Im not useing the drift boat.

The Life and Colors of the Magical Silver Bullet:
This one species of fish gives us all the largest over abundance of adrenaline racing up our spines than most others. If you have a bad heart I would not recommend fishing for them. (Kidding, one time someone thought I was serious ;) They are addicting and have caused many an angler to stand out in sub freezing temperatures, blizzards, pouring rain, day in and day out. I know I do. They are smart and challenging to catch, but also very predictable in their ways.
Due to this challenge the rewards are substantial upon landing one. Within seconds of hooking one up, your odds of landing it have already begun to decrease :)

From the Archives - Last Years Oct. 26 Fishing Report:
While in the drift boat I checked out one of many area's where the fish hold during the middle of the day. (Transitional holding) It's length is approx. 1/8 mile long. From the head of the hole - run, it was LOADED! All I could see were SOLID Steelhead packed tightly together. As I drifted this section, it was 1 here, then 3, then 6, then 2 then 8 then more and more and more for an approx. 1/8 mile stretch. This particular area is what I use to gauge the pulse and or barometer of #'s of what's moving in the river,  etc.. The very next day off the boat I noticed all new Steelhead w/ the same numbers. At least 100 Chromer's each day (in this one area) filtering up the river, spreading out. PLUS, all the rest of them in all the normal spots for this time of year, water level, life cycle, etc.... Steelhead average 8-12 lb's. Some honka's I saw were those 16, 18, 20lb'rs! Yesterday,  every single chrome hold'n spot I could see, had a few to many! Ye-Haa!

Outdoors: Salmon River Hatchery continues to thrive - http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/sports/recreational/2014/10/20/outdoors-salmon-river-hatchery-continues-thrive/17634033/

Newbies try fly-fishing - and are hooked, too - http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20141023_Newbies_try_fly-fishing_-_and_are_hooked__too.html

Steve's Testimonial:
Randy: Just wanted to let you know that we all had a good time Fishing and being Guided by you off the drift boat. We learned alot too. I re-rigged my reel that night with a Cortland shooting line and hooked a lot of fish . On Thursday I hooked a bunch of kings (over 10) and I landed two steelhead, one of which was 30 inches and perfectly silver!  Thanks for all your help! Steve Saliga
Steve say's, it doesn't get much better! Congrats on that beauty of a Silver Bullet! (Released for your future fishing pleasure, it's nice to share:)

More Testimonial's
with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom.
With MANY MORE Steelhead to COME! - Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 12 miles of river!
Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead and Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook, depending on the species your are )

Did you know?
If you look at all the license plates in all the angler parking lot's along the Salmon River NY. You will, on any given day see more out of State plates then NY plates. Also, you will see more NY plates around all of the other local Steelhead and Salmon streams and creeks that are not publicized that much.

Did you know?
Approx. 12 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey, 80% of anglers were keeping these steelhead and not practicing C and R. 20% of our Steelhead anglers were.
Approx. 5 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey the above percentages were reversed. Only 20% of anglers were keeping these Steelhead while 80% were putting them all back and practicing C and R. Hmmm!

Ever Wonder why we have sooo mannnny morrrre Steelhead around now, compared to 15 - 20 years ago?
I'm no fish biologist. But, I'd guess its for numerous reason's.
1. Genetically stronger Strains?
2. Creel limit of 1 Steelhead per day per angler.
3. Size restriction to keep.
4. Pen rearing project's. Letting the fish get larger before being released. Less predation?
5. More anglers practicing C and R. Nobody likes Shrinkage! :)
6. More bait in the lake?
7. The hatchery folks are putting steroids in the water? ;)
I'd have to guess that its a lil of all of the above, plus some I missed

Mail Bag: (Fish Imprinting, Best Day's, Month's for Steelhead and River Access)
I watched Coho and Kings leave the main river to traverse a trickle of a Pucker Brush creek for days on end.Why they leave the main river to swim in a trickle is the question.Could it be that the theory is that they return to within 15 ft of where they were spawned? If so, nature never ceases to amaze me.

I'm guessing the males may have sensed a female, ready and waiting. I'd traverse a trickle myself for good women!
These P.B. Creeks are loaded with that special rock. Instinct, biological clock, what is naturally ingrained from the strain (where they came from)
Ive never heard of the 15 ft., but never know.
When the fish go thru smoltification (lose par marks and turn silver at approx. 6 inch's) they imprint on the scent of that water. Each individual piece of water has its own unique flavor to which most fish will sense and return too. Just like a snow flake, unique, is how it was explained to me.
Molecular structure of H20? Migration Route pre-installed say's scientist.
So yes, they do return to where they went thru smoltification and is why they will traverse a trickle to follow that scent.


Hey Randy, what's your favorite month or time of year for Steelhead? Ben

Hi Ben, most anglers like Nov. the most for steelhead. Thats when they are the most acrobatic and visually stimulating (jump's, somersault's, tail walks, bullet runs, etc....) But its also when the river is the most crowded w/anglers, which offers you less fishing opportunity. I like Dec., Jan., Feb and March for your greatest steelhead fishing opportunities.
WHY?
We lose some of the fishing pressure with some anglers that are hunting, fair weather anglers are wearing their skirts-yukyuk, December holiday family obligations, Dec. business holiday obligations and only a few of us "Full - Time" guides will be working.
All of above affords you greater opportunity as a steelhead angler. And thats why I like the middle of the Winter the most for steelhead. The next period I like is April. Lil warmer and sight fishing is an optional treat. Randy

Hi Randy, I have been planning to make trips up to the salmon R for probably 8 to 10 yrs and havent made it yet. I hit 18 mile creek a couple of times right around this time of yr...but am interested in getting knowledgeable enough to make annual trips up to the Salmon R (about half the drive). I have all the gear.
I am interested in getting a handle on where, how to fish the Salmon from shore in areas where I can wade fish without killing myself (58 yrs old, in pretty good shape but my knee joints have some wear and tear)
Any suggestions on areas I could target? If you have some good ideas on locations to point me at and think I would benefit from scheduling in some time with you, please advise. Are weekdays much better (crowdwise) than weekends?
Any insight/recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Joe

Hi Joe, Mid-week always best, less angler pressure so more fishing opportunity for you. If flexible, try not to fish on a Holiday or around it.
Any place where there is a bridge crossing the river. Any place where there is a road that runs along the river. They also have a number of public parking area's adjacent to some of the holes. A map would show you these area's nicely or do a search on google. I'd start there.
Happy Hook'n, Randy

Fish Fighting Tip's from the Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, I was fishing a popular spot. A lady with some guy friends started to fish above me. She hooks a Steelhead and just stands there. The fish moves down the hole and she just lets it sit there. Tying up the hole and know one could fish as her line was covering the entire pool. This lasted about 15 minutes. No one suggested anything to her. No one could fish with her line in front of everyone. Shouldn't she have "put the wood" to it? Tried to stay even with it? Unhappily, Fred

Well Fred, Lot's of new fair weather anglers out on Sat. (Good for the local economy!) We were all new once :) Thats how I usually look at it. After 30 some years of guiding, it keeps me from getting irritated. :)
On a funny note:
Some of us have a term of endearment for anglers who just stand there with a fish on below them for a long time, in a good spot with other anglers being polite and giving that angler room, unable to fish as there line is in front of them.
We jokingly call them "a poser". Like they are posing for a picture, instead of following there fish and trying to stay even with it. Or, like you said, put the wood to it.

Getting it in fast'r and not tying up the fishing for everyone else.
I always suggest to my guest's to stay even or below there fish. (Tires fast'r) Listen to the fish and it will tell you what to do.
If all the anglers in a specific spot can not follow there fish due to deep water, then we all simply take a lil break. Everyone works together.
Once in a blue moon Ill suggest "politely" getting even with it. Better for the fish, better for the angler, for many reasons. Plus, everyone can fish. I always get a thank you in return.
Realistically, I find that if you dont know this and have never had it explained to you, then you simply dont know.
Sounds like the guy's could - should have given her the above tips, then everyone would have been happier, especially the fish.
We were all new once. :) and I probably was a poser then too. Didn't know any better, until it was explained to me. :)

On a reeeel funny note:
Years ago during the height of Salmon season in a very crowded spot, I've heard tails of an angler that would simply walk out into the river and cut there line. :)
On a positive note, maybe our insight will help educate others who are new to this amazing fishery!
Please try to stay even or below your fish. It's better for you, most importantly, because it tires the fish out soon'r. Helping you to land it. Or, put the wood to it! It also helps other's around you who would like to continue in there enjoyment of fishing. Randy

Seaguar Fluorocarbon  Like nothing you'll ever see.
Sea. gets its strength and flexibility from two exclusive unique floro. resin's in patented double structure technology. Enouph of that tecno stuff
If you want to use the exact same leader - tippet material that I do for steelhead, then this is the exclusive floro. I use in the Winter time. I think it is also the most expensive. I get paid to guide anglers like yourself and feel its my responsibility to offer you the best shot at catching fish. Thats why I only use the best materials, etc.. made, simple. It is not brittle in the Winter time like some other really good floro.'s are. The diameter for lb. test beat's ALL other's (except for Orvis Mirage @  http://www.ORVIS.com) for its strength and non brittle Winter qualities. (Scientifically confirmed, non bias) If you want to use the same floro. as most of the world's TOP guides, then Seaguar is the ticket. I could type all day long on the advantages you'll have, type all day long about all of the experiment's Ive run. All day long about, well, you get my drift. I only use the best materials, etc.. in my guide business. In many many cases, this one product can make the difference.
http://seaguar.com/

Today's Guide Humor:

The funny part about my client today was as we were waiting for first light so we could legally fish, my guest pull's out his cell phone and makes a call in the dark. Hmmm, I wonder who he could be calling at this hour? Turns out he was calling in "sick" to work?
I hope his boss doesn't follow my websites "Fishing Reports" page @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html ;) Got'a love it! Fish on! :)

I like my %!
90% of our Salmon are dead and stinking up the river for your enjoyment!.
(Credit Joel DeJong Art Studio - http://artbyjoel.wix.com/watercolorart)
5% are dead, but jus dont know it yet.
4% are still fresh enouph to give you a good tug.
.05% are in a transitional stage
.05% are still to come
(Jus my humorous %, and yours may differ - yukyuk)
Ever see an angler accidentally hook a very dead and moldy Salmon as it is happily floating down the river in the current? Most of us all yell, fight it, fight it! The angler is soooo excited that they play it until everyone around start's to laugh and they realize what has happened.
The angler smiles, all in good fun!
Its funny how a very dead, big Salmon moves in the current to make you think its alive when its on the end of your rod.
As a guide, I hate the part where I have to remove the hook! P-YU!!

Leaves:
If you land 4 different colored leaves, by yourself, in a single day, then you got a Leaf Grand Slam  - Tuff to do, but fun to try - Sorry, those Trophy Chub's dont count ;)

Lesson for the day:
Its harder to catch fish when you are not using a hook. Please remember to check occasionally that you still have one on :O

Drift Fishing w/ Fly or Spin Rods Part 2:   
Author Randy Jones

There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait/bead with a fly/spin/center pin rod for steelies. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.
Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I've heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up.
That's why this presentation technique is so popular, especially during the winter months. It gets your fly/bait/etc.. into the strike zone faster and keep's it there longer than almost any other presentational technique - tool.
It works in every condition you will ever find on a river.

Correct speed of drift:
Imitating an egg-nymph dead drifting along the bottom at the same rate of speed as the bottom water column is imperative to successfully hooking up. This is achieved by looking where you're mono butt section enters the water. (Your fly line (running line) should NOT be in the water for many reason's) It should be moving slightly slower than the surface current. This matches the bottom current speed close enough. Making your offering look real enough to even the Smartest fish.
Jim Rusher once told me that in the wintertime it is sometimes advantageous to slow your drift down even further. This allows the lethargic fish time to move slightly for what it thinks is an easy meal.

Correct depth of drift:
When I first cast into a new piece of water my first question is how deep. This determination is achieved by raising or lowering rod tip until light ticking of weight on bottom rocks is felt. The next step for me is to look at the distance between the surface of the water and end of fly line.
(I prefer to run a 10 ft. butt section of 10-12lb. test straight mono for steelhead, so fly line never touches the water on the drift. Fly lines float and are larger in diameter than mono, causing it to have many negative effect's when fishing in this manner if its in the water.)
By this distance, between fly line and water I know exactly where it should be on each successive cast. Allowing me to set up immediately for each additional cast to achieve the perfect drift. The end of the fly line act's like an indicator. Most angler's do not prepare their drift in advance,  before they reach the 12 O'clock position. (This is where I start every drift and where I can control it) By using the end of the fly line as an indicator it is easy to prep your drift in advance of the 12 O'clock position. Allowing you to run the most productive drift possible. The next question I ask myself is am I weighted correctly?  

Weight:
Your goal is to match the bottom current flow. Most anglers use to much weight and slogggg along the bottom, which has many negative effects. You simply want to lightly tick occasionally.

Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
In my opinion, when drift fishing correctly the line between tip of rod and weight should be a straight line. If you try to dead drift with a bow in your line, you not only create additional drag which speeds up your drift making your fly look unnatural but also makes for a lot of unnecessary snags on bottom. (Your rod tip should be as high as you can get it (for many reasons) and the fly line should be totally out of the water) With out a straight line (slack) your weight is simply slogging along the bottom looking for the quickest and easiest rock to call home for good. A lot of the time if you have slack in your line you will not feel the ticking sensation due to the vibrations not being transferred up through the line. There are about 20 other negative things that happen when you have a bow or slack in your line. Remember; with line straight from tip of rod to weight you will be lightly tapping the tops of the rocks. Cutting down on drag, giving it a more natural drift by imitating the correct bottom speed, feeling those pauses and hesitations better, detecting the take better and getting hung-up on bottom less.

Angle of rod tip to line:
To achieve a maximum dead drift and cut down on snags the rod tip should be directly over the line. If rod tip is in front of line then you will be prematurely initializing the swing and probably ending your drift prematurely. Also, if weight runs into structure, you will be pulling it into it and creating a worse snag than if rod tip was over line and twitched directly up and over obstruction on pauses and hesitations.      

The lesson for today was to hold the rod tip as high as possible to cut down on the amount of line entering into the water. (High sticking) Every time the rod tip was held low several negative things happened.
1. First and most importantly no fish were caught.
2. The fly would swing through the hole, instead of dead drifting through it. There by making our tasty morsel look more like a speeding bullet than something that was naturally moving along the bottom at the correct speed that was edible.
3. The weight would not bring our fly into the strike zone, due to the current bowing the line and keeping it all off bottom.
4. A low rod tip puts more line into the water creating a sub-surface bow which has many negative effect's. Basically, not allowing you to achieve your desired and most productive dead drift.

The above article has some exceptions to it. There are even more advanced techniques to add to the above article that will further your success rate. I guess I'll save those for my guest's ;)
Happy Hook'n:
Randy Jones

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If you like fishing for steelhead during the Winter, please stop back.

• Winter Steelhead On The Salmon River
 By Randy Jones - The Salmon River is located in Pulaski, New York on Lake Ontario's Eastern Shore. Its reputation for large runs of fish of incredible average size is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.

• Gearing Up For Winter Steelhead
 By Randy Jones - The Fall Steelhead comes into the river for one reason.

• Angling Tactics For Winter Steelhead
 By Randy Jones - Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you to be more in tune with your fishing. Putting all of this together consistently will put you into the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish!

• Factors To Consider When Fishing For Salmon River Steelhead during the Fall, Winter and Spring.
 By Randy Jones

More Steelhead Rambling's for your complimentary viewing pleasure coming this season:

Fly Presentation Technique, Detecting the Take and Proper Weighting
The Perfect Drift -  Drift Fishing Correctly with Fly Rod:
Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
Common causes to common concerns:
My 3 main suggestions:
Fishing in Jan. and Feb.? Are you nuts? -Yup: 
Slush - Planning your fishing day around it:
Equipment:
Pressured Fish:
F.A.Q.S
Creeks, Streams, Rivers, Diversions and Brooks: Winter into Spring
Fish Fighting Techniques: I guarantee you'll learn some new stuff, and may not want to try. If you're afraid to experiment and try something new, then  please, do not read on.
If I only had 1 fly to use all season that works for all species of fish that run the Salmon River, this would be it
Winter tying tips:

The above and a hole lot more coming to your virtual fishing computer screen this season, complements of Salmon River NY Guide Randy Jones with over 30 years professional guiding experince.
There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting........ This fish catching machine awaits you. (John Halnon Pro. Photo Credit's)
The Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered, this is a fabulous water chariot.
At 16 feet, this 285 pound guided drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days.
While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River.

Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. Fishing you a safe stay and return home. Thanks for your service!
May the wind be at your back, blue skies ahead and all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Exciting action shot of a dime bright Oct. steelhead taken on the Salmon River NY using a fly rod with my guest. The thrill of the fight and the rewards of landing an Incredible Trophy Steelhead. Congrats! (Released)
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

10/18/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Very nice run of King Salmon, Coho Salmon and some Steelhead and Brown Trout entered the lower river over these last 3-4 days. Plus all the ones that entered over the last coupl'a month's. Fish ON, BABY!
Thursday - Best run of fresh Salmon so far this season entering the river! (For more on this, please see below - WEEK in REVIEW - Highlight's and Ramblings)
The entire river, in all habitat's are producing. Jus a couple, So-so, OK to Good #'s of all species of fish that call the Salmon River NY home, are in a transitional stage presently, resting along the way. While some are in there Prime Holding Fall Habitat's.
(More on where you can find these transitional fish in the below article - Length of time any fish will hold (current break) while in transition is determined by)
As usual at this time of the year, most of our Salmon are on the old'r side. With a few to a "good number" of fresh ones in the bunch that are transitioning up the river as I type this.  

Presently, you have the option of targeting Salmon, Brown Trout or Steelhead. Great time to try for a Grand Slam anywhere on the river!
If your targeting Brown Trout or Steelhead in the middle to upper part of the river, keep your expectation level on low. That way if you hook up with a Steelhead, it'll be a BONUS! Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing will improve in the upper river on a weekly basis.
Nov. is when I normally start to target them. They will be from the top of the river to the bottom in normally, good numbers. Offering you, the best opportunities. Providing you are in the correct Fall Habitat for these species. Hmmmm, maybe that will be next weeks article?

We pretty much have a chance or rain, heavy showers, sprinkles and low light almost everyday this coming week. This..... plus some more run-off, always helps with fresh fish entering the river, running it and spreading out.
If I had to guess, I'd say this should bring in the bulk or balance of most of the Salmon. Plus a nice continuation of Steelhead and Brown Trout entering and running the river.
(Might be time for you to call in sick to work?
- yukyuk)

Some anglers are finding the fishing slow, ok and pretty good. While other anglers are finding the fishing OUTSTANDING!

I've already booked a lot of trips for next Fall for Salmon and Steelhead and am already scheduling my days off. Get your preferred date for 2015. (It sucks to be so popular - yukyuk) Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)
Randy

Nice loop - If fly casting and steelhead fishing was only this easy ;)

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Eric Clapton - Willie And The Hand Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRTvQd-CHbg
Rock Me Baby - BB King/Eric Clapton/Buddy Guy/Jim Vaughn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4OXrmxDp44
Dime bright Metal Head caught off the drift boat in the cow pasture w/ Ken. Congrats!

It's always a fun time to fish @ this time of the year. Decisions - Decisions:
Most Salmon are turning there attention to that special rock. A few more fresh Salmon entering the river, running up and spreading out. All habitat's producing. Increase of Steelhead and Brown Trout entering the river daily, running it and spreading out.
With ALL these opportunities and at this time of the year. I usually have to decide on which species I plan to target for the day and bring the correct rod. Salmon and Steelhead share some of these habitat's, while other types they do not.
Many times during these dates we are in-between the Salmon and Steelhead. Lil bit of everything. I usually carry 2 rods. One is rigged and heavier for Salmon and the other is rigged and lighter for Steelhead and Brown Trout.
I wouldn't want to fight a big 30 plus pd. King Salmon on a 5-6 weight (lighter rod for steelhead) or conversely, a Steelhead on a 9-10 weight (heavier, stronger rod for Salmon)
If you had a 8 weight rod (in the middle) You could use it for any species of fish. You would just have to either lighten or tighten your drag according to the fish you are targeting. Along with changing your rigging.
During the next week and 1/2, it's always a fun time to fish. Decisions - Decisions ;)

Nice URL, errrrr, I mean Iron Head for Mr. Ken Card. Congrats!

Interesting recent King Salmon comment from a Proffessional: This one comes from a 37 years fishing and guiding friend on the Salmon River NY - He stated, that he couldn't ever remember a Salmon season like this one.

Presently - Lil Guide Tip:
Approx. % of fish we are visually seeing and counting in each type of Habitat, over most of the river, daily, off my drift boat and others. Also while standing in the lower, upper river and w/ over 30 year's guiding experince.
80% of the salmon are on there special rock - spawning, 15% transitioning, 5% or less still to come. (Jus my opionion and yours may differ, never know ;)
90% of your Steelhead are in a transitional stage, 10% are holding in there Fall Habitat AND MANY MORE 1,000's to COME!  -  (Guaranteed)
90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the anglers.
90% of the fish go through 10% of the river.
As Lou Tabory once said, there is a lot of empty water out there.

WEEK in REVIEW - Highlight's and Ramblings:

10/11 and 12- A few Salmon and steelhead entered the lower river.
Mon. - Few Steelhead up top presently. So adjust your expectation level up there if targeting Steelhead. More to come!!!  Ye-Haa!!! :)
Tues. - Top to bottom of river we have Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout. The numbers of Steelhead and Brown Trout will increase weekly, sometimes daily. All this rain they are forecasting will cause some run-off and help to get some more fish into the river.

Wed.  - Nice push of King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead entered the lower river. Im happy that the holiday is over so more of those Steelhead and Brown's will have a lil more breathing space with less anglers on the water as they enter and run it while spreading out.
Over the Holiday a lot of these Trophy fish were caught and released. Released into your cooler - yukyuk ;) These fish have a pretty hard time migrating from your freezer back into the river, so I'm told, but yer never know ;)
With fewer anglers and more anglers releasing there Trophy Steelhead. It will help tremendously in providing you with ample opportunity to tangle with many of these Trophy fish this Winter.
By releasing your Steelhead, it may be a gift to another angler as your fish may have been a gift to you. Lee Wulff


Thurs. - Best run of fresh Salmon so far this season entering the river!
Water level on the river rose by approx. 75 cfs @ Pineville and approx. 150-200 cfs in the lower river, caused by run-off from all the rain. Water was also off color, which is another key ingredient to normally help induce a good run.
If you are fishing this weekend or this com'n week and want to stay on top of the last BIG run of Salmon that entered the river Today. Remember that they swim 2-3 miles per day. By locating yourself in the river in the proper spot, you can be into'm reeeel nice! Just by leap frogging them daily.

Friday - A few Salmon and steelhead entered the lower river.

Family King Salmon. Kept one for the dinner table. Congrats!

Even with fewer fish, there's no such thing as a bad weekend at Salmon River - http://www.ldnews.com/sports/ci_26746775/outdoors-even-fewer-fish-theres-no-such-thing

NICE Local TV News Video! Fishing season underway on the Salmon River. http://www.localsyr.com/story/d/story/video-fishing-season-underway-on-the-salmon-river/74808/kD_02oFnTUKwqrl4maOIkg

Speaking of Leaves:

Jim Rusher, past owner of Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel on Rt. 13 and World Renowned Professional Guide and Spey Caster here and up North for Atlantics once told me. When targeting Steelhead in the fall. Never throw anything (fly or bait) that resembles the color of the leaves. If you were a fish with all the colored leaves drifting into your face, you might not want to eat anything that resembles them. Similar to trash being thrown into your face and avoiding it. :) Hmmmm!

Salmon Slang:
Zebra's - Palominos - are what some of us call old'r Salmon. Salmon all die once they spawn. As they mature once in the river they start to get white area's on them and are NOT safe to eat. They will still take you 5-10 minutes to pull in. Like pulling in a bus!
If they are a solid color, then they are ok to eat and will fight much harder. We have many of those old'r Salmon thru out the river presently as well as some fresher.

Tying Glow Bug Tip:
For those of you with Steelhead on your mind, Id like to share with you a fly tying tip that has saved me countless hrs on the vise. It has also enabled me to tie professionally looking flies, in mass production style in no time at all.
The Steelhead comes into the river for 1 reason in the Fall, to eat Salmon roe (Egg's) The glow bug is one of the hottest flies going at this time of the Year to imitate these eggs. The tool I use is called “ The Amazing Glo Bug Dispenser.”  It contains several fluted straw like pieces that allow you to tie different sized eggs. It compresses the yarn to make each egg perfectly round and tight. My personal record for mass production was 100 flies in 2 hours while consuming several frosties at Pulaski Country Pizza. The last few came out a little uneven as the light was fading. Ha!  http://www.tcoflyfishing.com/TCO_Fly_Fishing_L5_Product.cfm?productid=4434
(I have recieved no compensation for my proffessional endorsement of this fine product. Jus felt like sharing some neat stuff with you)
Husband and wife enjoying a Trophy Salmon filled day. Congrats!

Lets see if you have been paying attention to some of my previously posted ramblings? (I'm watching, so no cheating like you did in school ;)
Today's Adult Fishing Quiz:
(Please fill in the blank or move your mouse over it or past the Q for the answer's)
There is no hoe like a Coho.
There is no nookie like a Chinookie.
How many Steelhead are you allowed to keep per-day, per person and what size does it need to be? (Please note - Some area's have special Reg's) -
1 steelhead per-person per-day, 21 inch's or bigger. By releasing your Steelhead, it may be a gift to another angler as your fish may have been a gift to you. Lee Wulff
What is it called when you land all of the 4 main species of fish that are in the River now, by yourself, in a single day? Grand Slam
What are the 4 main species of fish that are entering, running and holding in the River presently, that you would have to land to get a grand slam? Coho Salmon, King Salmon, Steelhead and a Brown Trout.
What Trophy fish that you might land, does not count towards a Grand Slam?  A Trophy Chub! ;)
When you accidentally hook a fish in the butt, what do we say about that fish? It had a very fast digestive trac. It ate it and then it got stuck on its way out. ;)
What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, when ALL you reeeelly wanted was a fishing report? (No foul language, please! ;) Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide - Randy Jones with over 30 years full-time guiding experince ;)

Holy Cow-A-Bunga Dude, nice King Salmon headed for the smoker. Congrats!

My professional #1 Cure, Scent and Color, Etc.....  for your beads, skein and egg sacks. This was recommended to me over 25 years ago by a fishing professional friend Jeff Pierce, who I've guided and also who has fished with many of the TOP guides from around the WORLD.
PLUS, his many many years of experimentation and use on Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout, locally and world-wide.
http://www.pautzke.com/index.php (I have recieved no compensation for my proffessional endorsement of these fine product's. Jus wanted to share some nice stuff with you all)

Length of time any fish will hold (current break) while in transition is determined by:
The #1 determining factor in the length of time any fish will hold in a current break is determined by the quality of the current break.
Also, what it had to go thru to get there. A great place to fish to any fish that are in a transitional stage would be above shallow rapids combined with a hole at the top. They all want to rest after all the energy used up to run these rapids.

Another Prime Current Break - A hole is comprised of numerous current breaks:
1. The head of the hole at the drop.
2. The hole within the hole (this is like a magnet and also where many fish will hold thru out the Winter, hint-hint :)
3. The tail of the hole where the water moves slower.
4. Any boulder's in the hole that break the current flow.
5. The seam's of the hole. (Where the fast water meets the slow water)

Rapids:
These are all comprised of small and large pockets that the fish will normally rest-hold in as they navigate there way up river. Normally, they are only in here for a short period of time. As they have one thing on there mind, to find a quality current break where they can be safer, hold and rest comfortably for a longer period of time, sometimes all Winter in the case of Steelhead. Many times I've guided these pockets for Steelhead. Hitting one shortly, then the next, for normally unpressured uneducated Metal. Checking to see if anyone is at home that wants to play. It's a fun way to cover a large area of rapids and is often over looked by the average angler. Kind'a like'a box'a chocolates, never know :)

Big - Small Surface and Sub-Surface Boulders in a run:
If they are on the path that the fish are taking, normally they will hang out here. These can be seen visually but also sub-surface, none visual rocks. By looking at the surface flow will many times tell you what is sub-surface that you cant see. Many anglers walk by the sub-surface current breaks and allows you to find unpressured uneducated fish.

We interrupt this program to bring you......
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programing.....................

Most fish use the current and the depth of the water to navigate the river. So any current break on this route is a prime resting, holding location that should be fished while we have fish that are in a transitional stage. We will have fish in a transitional stage all Fall, Winter into Spring.
The determining factor in the length of time any fish will hold in the above current breaks is determined by the quality of the current break.
Weather, bright sun or dark, rainy, over cast day. Angler fishing pressure. What it had to go thru to get there. Depth and speed of water. Life cycle. Are other influencing factor's.

This relates nicely to Transitional Fish and Current Breaks:
We started off blind casting with an obvious presence of fish in an area that they would hold - rest in after running the shallow rapids and also while they were in a transitional stage resting in the tail of a narrow channel. As it got lighter out we did some sight fishing and blind casting in the rapids - pockets, prime transitional temporary resting holding water. As it got even brighter out and the fish stopped moving for the day, we moved to the tail of a rippled run or hole. Depth of water (safety), no strong current's to help them rest and a nice place to hold for the day until the next low light period.
It was stacked with the fish that had run that morning and decided to hold in this prime "transitional" current break. The water was BLACK with fresh Salmon tightly packed. The bottom of the river looked to be moving and it was about the size of your garage. Ye-Haa!
I'm not bragging, but, we hit fish in all of these specific Transitional Habitat current breaks thru out the entire day. All we did was simply listen to what those fish were plainly telling us to do.

I sincerely hope this helps you in your search for the sometimes allusive steelhead or Salmon while they are transitioning up the river! Randy

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see more Steelhead, Brown Trout and a few Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY.
With MANY MORE Steelhead to COME! - Guaranteed - Concentrated in "only" approx. 12 miles of river!
Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead and Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Clint's Testimonial with Pic's:
Randy, Thanks for the great photo of the HOG you and I landed. This year was particularly enjoyable for me. Even though there were relatively few fish caught up and down the river by others, due to low water and fish volumes, it was amazing how effective our group was.
I did not see anyone even come close to the amount of fish we handled and, in many cases, landed. As a bonus, I certainly learned a lot about handling a fly rod in just a couple of days, something relatively new for me. Thanks for your patience and consistent sharing of techniques.
Bottom line; best guide, best location, best dates, best gear,---big fish! I am thinking we need to rebook out at least until I will be too old to move--the only excuse not to be out on the river with "The Man". See you next year if not before on the Salmon River. Thanks! Clint Woods
Clint with a Trophy King Salmon of approx. 30 lb's. caught on the Salmon River Pulaski NY while wade fishing with a fly rod that's headed for the smoker. Congrats!!
Clint with a Bright fresh Chromer landed with a fly rod while wading the Slam'n Salmon River. C and R into cooler ;)  Congrats!
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html

First Steelhead Ever!  from the  Mail Bag:
Randy, I hooked my first steelhead swinging a streamer. The strike was so strong that before I knew what happened, I was in to my backing. I swear that it took a long time for my heart to stop racing! Needless to say I am now hooked and will always remember that first steelhead. Jeff
Hi Jeff, Congrats on your first steelie! What an amazing adrenaline rush! Into your backing in a blink of an eye! Memories!!! Did you land it? If you have a picture Ill post it on my site? Best, Randy
Randy, I managed to land it after about a 15 minute battle using a 9 weight rod. Thank you again, Jeff

WOW!! Nice dime bright Steelhead Jeff. Are you for hire? ;) That silver bullet, inspirational color's and the water sparkling is unique and makes it reeeeelly stand out amongst 100's of other fish photo's. Cool photo!
I'd frame it and hang it on your wall. I'd also email it to ALL of my fishing buddies. Bragging right's for sure! Thanks for sharing, so other's can enjoy it also! Randy

Today's Guide Humor:

I fish.... I  didn't have so much of this white space to try to fill for you every week - yukyuk

Here is a link my funny and sarcastic client Warren sent to me ;) 
http://www.netknots.com/html/fishing_knots.html
He said that I might be able to use it. :O I just started tying knots last week, so Im still learn'n how to tie a good one.

A brightly colored up Male Coho Salmon (ready to eat an angler :) caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. This is one of my favorite pictures from my Trophy page @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/TrophyCase.html
Isn't the kype and color markings incredible? We call it a Jimmy Duranty nose. This angler accidentally just happened to end up in its mouth when I took the photo.
My client ended up submitting it in a magazine photo contest and won first prize! He kept the BMW and all I got was this picture. Dam!
Guide drift boat fishing report for Salmon River

Wife fish'n joke:
The only reason men like to go fishing so much is that it's the only time they hear someone tell them, "Wow, that's a big one!"


Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.

Silver Bullet, Chromer, Iron Head and Metal Head are all nick names for your Steelhead. The color and speed of their amazingly fast runs is also why we call them a silver bullet. If it's a reeeel fresh Steelhead, we use the term Dime Bright.
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

10/16/14 - Immediate Update!

BIG Salmon run today!
Best run of fresh Salmon so far this season entered the Salmon River NY today! Ye-Haa!
Water level on the river rose by approx. 75 cfs @ Pineville and approx. 150-200 cfs in the lower river, caused by run-off from all the rain. Water was also off color, which is another key ingredient to normally help make a good run.

10/11/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Credit - https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto

Over the last week we have seen the most consistent good #'s of King Salmon, Coho Salmon and some Brown Trout and Steelhead enter the river on a daily basis. (Please see below Week in review - Highlight's: for more detail)
These fish have all spread out on the river. Providing everyone with ample opportunity. The entire river, top to bottom has fresh fish in it. Besides all the ones that entered, ran and spread out on the river over the last 1-1/2 month's. All habitat's will be hold'n!
These fish will be in all stages of the run - spawn. The river will have old'r and fresh fish from one side to the other (within reason) and from the top to the bottom.
A few anglers are catching more Steelhead then Salmon! Some are even getting the "rare" Grand Slam! (Grand Slam - By yourself, in a single day, you land 1 of each of these - King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead - Sorry, those Trophy Chub's dont count!)
Some anglers are finding the fishing slow, very normal. Some are finding it ok. While other anglers are finding the fishing OUTSTANDING!

Todays Top Secret Tip: (Shhhhhhh!)
Biological clock of the fish ticking, days growing short'r, low light, rain, sprinkles and a VERY strong West wind helped to cause a VERY VERY nice run on Thursday!
If you are fishing this weekend and want to stay on top of the last BIG run of Salmon that entered the river on Thursday, remember that they swim 2-3 miles per day. By locating yourself in the river in the proper spot, you can be into'm reeeel nice every day!

Salmon River fishing update: Slower today, but likely to heat up this weekend - http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/10/salmon_river_update_fishing_slowed_today_but_will_probably_heat_up_this_weekend.html#incart_related_stories
Fishing derby, live music and fish-cleaning contest set for Salmon River Festival and Sportsmen's Expo - http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/10/this_weekends_salmon_river_festival_includes_fishing_derby_sportsmens_expo_--_ev.html

We'll leave a light on for ya!
Randy
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)
T.A. Mckinney with a nice King Salmon. Congrats! The look of total satisfaction and awe as we revived, released and watched a keeper swim away.
Savoring its beauty and gracefulness. Released for you and to produce more offspring for you and your children's future fishing pleasures. ( It's nice to share :)

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Dave Grohl - Acoustic - Times Like These - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w0JiLKQ3-o
Foo Fighters - Times Like These - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzmNRtIp8k
Foo Fighters - All My Life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ04WbgI9rg
Live on Letterman - Foo Fighters - All My Life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zoV_2ctjR4
Mr. Brown Trout with a very happy client. Congrats!

Week in review - Highlight's and Ramblings:

10/11/14
Slow in the lower end (bottom of river) on Friday. A sprinkling of  Salmon and Steelhead entered the river. Normally, on these dates you will see a very nice increase of Steelhead entering the mouth of the Salmon River.
If fishing the bottom of the river now. I usually fish the mornings run for Salmon. Then, depending on what happens. I can either stick with targeting Salmon or switch over to targeting steelhead. If the Salmon run is slow, sometimes you'll be amazed at the #'s of steelhead you can catch!
If the fishing is slow in the lower end. Another option - By approx. 10 am I'd probably jump in my car and head up river to fish for that last BIG slug of Salmon that entered the river on Thursday.

10/10/14 - 3am - Immediate Update:
Very VERY nice run of fresh fish into the lower Salmon River NY on Thursday! Almost Non - Stop Action ALL Day!!! (I'd call in sick to work ;) Fish On!
A friend played with 25 fresh running fish over the course of the day with his friends playing with about the same numbers. (Location, location, all species, hitting a Grand Slam)
Another report from another credible source said they were into fresh running fish in the lower end, ALL DAY!!
The interesting part about today and what we havent reeeeelly seen that much of this season. Is the majority of fish that were running the lower end did NOT stop to rest mid-day.
They kept on the move all day! Lot's of rooster tailing Salmon up the rapids, providing anglers in the right spot some of the best fishing all season!

10/9/14 Morning Report:
Besides sprinkles, some rain and low light. Look at the Wind direction and strength! This strong West wind direction off the Lake and into the Estuary, push's the water in the Estuary towards the rivers mouth and gives the fish a sense of deeper water. Many times it can help induce a stronger run!
Add in their biological clock telling them to enter and run the river to the above. It normally spell's, F.I.S.H.  O.N.  B.A.B.Y.!

Today
Scattered sprinkles after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Tonight
Scattered sprinkles before 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

10/8/14 - Salmon River Update:
Second big salmon run of season took place this morning - http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/10/salmon_river_update_second_big_salmon_run_of_season_took_place_this_morning.html

10/8/14 - 4 pm Immediate Update:
One of the Best run's of fresh fish into the lower Salmon River to date! Great action, if you had a good spot! Fish On!

10/8/14
Yesterday in the Lower River, had to put yer time in. One here, one there. Had 6-7 Salmon on in 6 hour's of fishing, that were running the river. More in the Estuary and Lake to come!

10/7 Update:
Salmon are top to bottom of the river with fresh fish entering daily. Biological clock, lot's of low light and rain in the forecast, which will help the continuation of fresh fish entering the Salmon River. Filling it up with even more fish for you.

10/6
Bottom of River, had to work for'm today. Most of those fresh Salmon that entered recently that are in a transitional stage are mid-river. Nice action in this area presently and below over the last coupl'a days.

10/5
Lower River, approx. 2 miles up from the mouth. In one of the best "compression" - "funnel" spots for fish that are in a transitional stage to rest, as they run the river. Nice push of fresh fish came in the previous evening. First 2 hours almost non-stop action! Then a trickle of Salmon with one here one there, had to work for'm for remainder of day.

10/4 - 5:30pm Immediate Update
Not a major run, but a very good slug (best yet!) of Salmon entered the river last evening and thru the entire day in the lower end! Water came up approx. 100 cfs due to run-off  in the lower end of river. 

Amazing! River Snorkel: Wild Steelhead
http://vimeo.com/97819813?utm_content=buffer9adc1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer


It's Steelhead Vise Time:
Salmon River Egg Fly - This is a simple yet effective egg pattern that will save you time and money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6jy8OxNIRw
Toms 60 Second Red Head - Egg Sucking Nymph Fly - Combines the two favorite sources of food. Works on all species of fish that swim in the Salmon River NY over our 8 month season http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html

Today's Fishing Tip:
Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see:
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.

Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see more Steelhead, Brown Trout and Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY.

Today's Humor:


Today my guest's laughingly suggested that instead of calling the best spot in the hole the "Hole within the Hole". To call it Randy's G Spot. Today we reached maximum pleasure by fishing some of the finest, most enjoyable, exciting G spots on the river.
The only trouble we had was finding it. :0 (I know, pretty lame :)

Todays Local Fly Fishing Shop Joke:
I heard this joke the other day from a guide friend. He said that this local fly fishing sports shop has about 40 sign's out front stating that they DO NOT clean fish!
So almost everyday they have an angler (who doesn't see there 40 sign's that say they DO NOT clean fish) walk into there shop and ask them if they clean fish. They usually say... Why, is your fish dirty? yukyuk
(Next time I go in there, I'm going to tell them my fish is dirty and would they clean it for me ;)

Mail Bag:
I jus got a nice phone call from an angler who only knew me thru my fishing report's. He just wanted to thank me. THAT, put a smile on my face! :)

Randy, Could you suggest a good pair of polarized sunglasses for fishing the Salmon River?

How To Select Glasses for Fishing: Polarized glasses help eliminate surface glare so the angler can see into the depths. The best all around lens color for fishing is amber, especially on bright days. Yellow is good for low light or dark days.
I have found the #1 color lens is a yellow'ish - amber'ish for the Salmon River.
(I use Orvis http://www.orvis.com) A quality pair of glass's (lens color) is important. I think the color lens for the type of water you are fishing is #1. Amber works, but the other helps you to see even better for a number of reason's. :) Best Fish's, Randy

Randy: Kudos on a fantastic website.  Your humor, expertise, and obvious love of people make visiting your site a real treat.  I especially like your honesty.  When the fishing sucks, you tell it like it is.
I've been fishing the Salmon River for 7 or 8 years now and have become fairly adept at hooking into a goodly number of fish  - on most trips.  Notice that I didn't say anything about LANDING them.  That's a totally different issue for me, especially when trying to tail a fish.  But I'm getting there.
I have to admit, however, that I'm still lost on river terminology - what in the world are "pockets and slots???"  Is there any chance that in your next series of ramblings, um, I mean discourses and treatise on the finer points of piscatorial pursuits, that you could explain what pockets and slots and other such nonsense really are? Thanks in advance. Jerry
P.S.  One of these days, when my wife ups my allowance, I plan on booking a trip with you.  'Til that day, I'll have to fish vicariously through you and your guests.  Keep up the great work.

Hi Jerry,  Im happy to hear you enjoy the web site and also the river.
Briefly, a pocket is normally a small hole in the river bottom that acts as a current break for the fish to rest in, as they transition and run up the river. They are normally found in rapids. A slot is also a hole,  but is longer, then it is wide. An example of a visible pocket would be directly behind a rock (s), boulder or behind some white water (below pic.). Pockets come in small to large sizes. Best Fish's, Randy


This is a long run of BIG pocket like stairs that the fish climb. Resting after each step. This angler is hooked up to a Salmon while fishing these pockets.

The relationship between transitional fish and structure during low light periods and bright sun.

Where to fish? --This covers all species of fish that are in a transitional stage that are entering, running and holding in the river.
Most fish use the contour of the bottom, deepest water and current to navigate. They travel virtually the same route, day after day taking a lot of the guesswork out of it. Normally the deepest part of the river is where they will travel. Once you've made this determination, the next step is to search out their holding, resting points. The length of time they will normally hold in any particular type of structure is determined by the size of the hole, qaulity of the current break, pocket, depth, speed of water, stage of life and what they had to travel through to get to that point. Also fishing pressure and weather is a consideration. To narrow your search down for one of the best spots, consider any deep water just above a long stretch of rapids. (These fish get tired from running the rapids and are looking for a nice place to rest.) These normally are the tails of pools were there is rippled water and depth to offer security, and a break from stronger currents. These are the areas were they will be for the longest period of time allowing you the most shots. To improve your odds even further, look for channels or areas where the majority of fish travel and hold in a small area of the tail end of the hole. Not only will you have 95% of the fish passing by in a narrow area offering you the opportunity to present your bait or fly to almost every fish, but you'll also have them sitting in front of you for the longest period of time, allowing the best odds in the house for hooking up! I call these areas funnels. Other areas to look for are heads of pools, white water on a sunny day. Depressions on the river bottom were they could hide underneath the faster current. Pocket water, surrounded by rapids.
Remember to fish the resting, holding areas during the run, which is normally during low light periods. Look (fish) for them in the shade, deep rippled water, white pocket water during the high noon sun. If heavy fishing pressure is present, fish for them in the white water.

The fish hold-rest in the deep tail of this pool after running the rapids below. Also under the deep fast white water at the head of this pool.

Its hard to see but this angler's spey rod is doubled over with a King. Notice all the white water he is fishing with the bright sun overhead?

Another angler hooked up in the HEAT. An area loaded with big boulders, pocket water, surrounded by white water.

This pool has depth and fast white water to make it a prime lie for ALL species of fish, anytime of the day, anytime of the season.

This is a long run of BIG pocket like stairs that the fish climb. Resting after each step. This angler is hooked up to a Salmon

Notice the white water and SHADE.

The fish run out of this hole and rooster tail up the right side of photo. At the top of the rapids there are 2 slots. Both are used by the fish to rest and navigate. This spot offers the observant angler an opportunity to site fish, as they slowly work their way up the slots. These slots are 4 feet wide by 30-40 feet long. While they normally do not stop completely in these slots, its still an example of how transitional fish run up the deepest part of the river. Then rest once at the top.

Another prime lie for transitional fish. Shade, white water, depth, offering them safety and a place to rest in the hole.

With the high 1 o'clock sun most fish were spending the middle of the day in shade covered water, underneath the fast oxygenated white pocket water or the deeper darker holes.
Hope this helps in your fishing adventures!
Randy
Tight to a Steelhead! Im hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy hat. Fish ON, baby!

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Entertaining Salmon River Pulaski NY fish story's.
1. Salmon River NY Count Down
2. Salmon River NY - Day One Coho
3. Salmon River NY - Day Two Kings
4. Salmon River NY - Day Three Steelhead
Filmed here -
Major Coho Run!! (Theirs no HO like a Co-Ho! Did I jus say that? ;) (A must see)
Filmed here - Crank it up, while you crank down your drag.... while enjoying this inspirational Salmon Fishing music video. (A must see)
Filmed here - Nice Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing music video of some Salmon Success and some Not. ;) (A must see)
Neat video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook. (A must see)
Another Altmar Fish Hatchery Video
7 easy and productive egg patterns that catch steelhead and salmon, that you can tie in 60 seconds video. Plus BONUS flies and tying video's!
Spey anglers will like this fishing music video - It's a wade thru life.
"Money may not buy happiness..... ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing" music fishing video.
Salmon cannon launches fish over waterway obstructions. Flexible pneumatic hose helps flummoxed fish return to spawning ground at 22 mph. (A must see)
My Favorite - WARNING, Not for the faint of heart ;) - NEW Fish hook removal - Guide sticks 5 hooks in himself to demonstrate! (A must see)
Big King Salmon - Fishing Fail

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10/4 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

On the Salmon River Pulaski NY it's not Fantasy Land, Yet! (But, yer never know ;)
Lower River - Over the last week, we have seen an increase of fresh King and Coho Salmon and Steelhead entering the lower Salmon River daily.
Entire River, top to bottom - All the Salmon that entered the river over the last 1-1/2 mo's. are spread out, top to bottom of the river and are in the major pools. Minor pools have a few in them, top to bottom of the river. Couple on that special rock. We have a sprinkling of Salmon that are Transitioning up the river also. Lil bit of everything. Look for things to improve on a weekly basis, sometimes daily.
On the Salmon River in Pulaski NY we have mostly Coho Salmon, King Salmon and a few Steelhead, Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon and lot's of those TROPHY Chub's!
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)

Curtis lands an incredible Trophy Brown Trout. (Released for your future fishing pleasure) Notice the bump on the lower jaw? That tells you its a male. Notice the white mouth? This tells you its a Trout. All Salmon will have a grayish black coloration on the inside of the mouth. Thats the easiest-fastest way to tell them apart. Normally, lots of anglers will land a bright silver Coho Salmon and think its a Steelhead. They sometimes look and fight a lot a like. By looking at the inside of the mouth you can easily tell.

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoAO0851FwA
Foo Fighters - Acoustic - Learn to fly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n3vUKp20S4
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0

As usual, around Oct. 1 is when we will start to see the fish pair up and some will be moving to that special rock. What this tells you is that if your blind casting and you hit a fish on one drift, more times than not there will be another one on that exact same drift. Each female could have 1-5 bucks with her.
Lil Guide Tip:
By letting the female go, you can usually keep on catching. If you keep the female, or fight her way down stream, all those bucks have no reason to hang around any longer and they will leave, looking for another mate. This leaves you with no more fish to catch.
Jus like reeeel life, that female is the bait and is the only reason those buck's are hanging around.
It's similar to "last call" at the bar. Once that last girls leaves, you know longer have any reason to hang around. - yukyuk
If sight fishing, normally the lead fish will be the female. I like to leave her be, not present my offering to her and let her do her stuff. I'll target the buck's instead. By leaving her alone, the bucks usually hang around. Providing you with a multitude of ample opportunities to either fill your stringer or C and R a number of hard fighting trophy fish. Fish ON!

Today's complementary Guide Tip:
If fishing the larger pools, remember that most of these fish have become line shy from being fished to on a daily basis. Meaning educated. So scale down the pound test of you leaders - tippet's which will result in more hook-ups. Fish On and On and On!!

I sincerely hope the above guide tips help you ALL to catch a bunch!

Humorous Fish Ramblings:
I  like my dinner cooked for me, served to me and no dirty dish's to clean. Fantasy land. I like my fishing to be served to me the same way. Just like the last few years at this time.
This year, so far, there isn't a fantasy land, YET! (But, yer never know ;)
Just some nice fishing with friends and fellow anglers with the opportunity to hopefully find a few trophy fish to play with each and every day.
If I was an outdoors writer, I'd probably write an optimistic piece on the fishing and say. "The few fish you might play with in a day, makes each one ALL that much rewarding!" Or, the challenges are many, making the rewards even greater!
Then... if you were pulling them in one after the other ALL day long.
Im with you........,
I'd rather being pulling them in one after the other all day long too, like the last few years at this time.  - yuk yuk
Many of us forget, that in England, you have to pay 100's of pounds for a beat. Or, for Atlantics, you might go alllll week without a pull. Or out West, 1 Steelhead for an entire day fishing with a couple of your friends, is cause to go buy a lottery ticket.
I feel incredibly lucky to have this amazing world class fishery at my door step, as Im sure you do also.
I've personally been very happy with the fishing. My friends and I have always managed to play with 4-8 Salmon per outing.
We did spend some time fishing to no fish, but it was fun, all the same. While other times we have had 20 to 50 Salmon to try for.
Dont blame me, the last few years EYE was in charge of stocking the river with fish for you at night - yukyuk. I'm sure you would agree, I did a pretty good job of it!
I wonder who's in charge this year? I want a refund! - yukyuk

The BEST complementary fishing tip I could give you presently:
It helps if your fishing to fish - yukyuk.
Today's Fishing Tip:
Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see:
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html

http://www.yankeeangler.com/TrophyCase.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjDriftBoat.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjVeryBest.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjsalm.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjTopRod.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know. The ground is very dry, but we might see some run-off with the upcoming rain in the forecast. (finger's crossed)

Another NICE Brown Trout. C and R with the back ground bluuuured out. Dont want to be called a spot burner with 1,000's of daily viewers on here! Congrats!

This weeks highlight's:
10/1 - Lower End, 2 hours almost non-stop ACTION! From fish that came into the river's mouth last evening. Best push all season!
Then it turned into a steady constant trickle for the balance of the day of fresh fish entering and running the river. Normally, that's "conservatively" approx. 300 Salmon.
Not a major push or run, thats 2,000 - 3,000, wall to wall as far as the eye can see fish rooster tailing up the rapids ALL day loooong.
With the occasional loud sound of rod's EXPLODING (breaks - sounds like a gun going off in yer face) as the Mighty King Salmon laugh's at you, as it continues its journey up da river.
(P.S. Bring a spare rod, in case your rod explodes while doing battle with these monst'as, as most of us can attest ;)

Sooo Randy, What's the very-very best way to keep my rod from exploding when fighting
and doing battle with a BIG King Salmon? Im glad you asked, Jus hand me your rod - yukyuk ;)

((Great, after my sarcastic joke..... now I feel obligated to write the below for you))

TOP 3 Ways to avoid exploding your rod on any fish, of any BIG size and weight. Im talking from experince here folks ;)
#1 Rule - Rods will easily explode on you when you put your hand ABOVE the cork (hand grip) for extra leverage on rod blank. Sure, on lil trout you measure by the inch, it's never broken. But, how about a 30 plus pound King Salmon. Even a 10 pound Steelhead will cause your rod to break - explode if it's mishandled by you.
Dont blame the manufacture, its your fault! These fish are equal opportunity rod breakers and dont care how much or how lil you spent on your rod. Rods are meant to be flexed fully. So by placing your hand above the cork, it isn't and it will EXPLODE!

2. Check your ferrals thru out the day. (A ferrel is where the pieces of your rod join together) No matter the price you pay for your rod, they do come loose thru out the day. By checking them every few hour's you should be ok.
If your ferrules are loose and your rod is doubled over on a BIG fish, it will break everytime.

3. Remember when your rod fell off the roof of your car? Or, got a nick in it from a split shot or lead eyes on your streamer? Even if you do all of the above, that nick, is your weakest link. I will guarantee you, that that is where it will break when your rod is doubled over on a BIG fish!

In closing,
When you drop your grandmas finest china on the floor, it breaks. Her china was not made to be dropped on the floor. Your rod is no different. If you remember that your fishing rod is similar to your grandma's finest china and follow rules #1 and #2, you'll be ok.

The Perfect Storm?
Rain, low light, days getting short'r and the fish's biological clock ticking. Telling them to run the river to continue on there life's predetermined journey to reproduce and eventual, natural death's.
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/13142?locid=13142&dp=precipdp (Hint - hint ;)

Guest testimonial:
Randy, Just a quick note to say thank you for a great day. Beth and I are truly appreciative to have been able to spend the day with an individual such as yourself. Your knowledge and sincere love of the trade you have chosen is unmistakable. Your product and means of delivery surely has a lasting, positive effect on your clients and fellow fisherman up and down the river daily. Your are truly a first rate ambassador of our great sport of fishing. By the way, my forearms still hurt from landing 10 salmon in one day. WOW! Thanks again, Rob and Beth
PS -  I landed 6 from daylight to 11am. Man do people around get irritated when your catching them like that.

A perfect weekend to fish -- but are the salmon running in the Salmon and Oswego rivers? http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/09/a_perfect_weekend_to_go_fishing_--_but_are_the_salmon_running_on_the_salmon_and.html

Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see more Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY.

Today's Humor
The way you fish, you'd have better luck catching a fish if you took up golf! This abuse comes free of charge today, sooooo please stop back, if you dare... - yukyuk

No fish were hurt in the writing of this report. Im a trained proffessional, so please dont try this at home ;)

Hears a "clean" joke my sister just sent me:
Men's Minds Just Work Differently
A caring husband sees his wife is busy in the kitchen and offers to help.
He: “My dear, what can I do to help you?”
She: “Take this bag of potatoes, peel half of them, and put them in the big pot to cook.”


Today's Mail Bag:

Not trying to break your balls, I swear...but I just gotta (although I'm pretty sure you know already this and are just dumbing it down for your constituency).  From Strunk & White:
1.  inches = more than one inch.  "inch's" is possessive...implying what follows belongs to the inch or something wacky like that.

2.  Same for aquatics.  aquatics = multiple aquatic insects.  "Aquatic's" = possessive..."The acquatic's shape and color are attractive to a fish."

3.  "It's" = no such thing - I think you just use "its" for everything - no apostrophie ever when using any permutation of its.

I will now piss off and go kiss my own ars...figured you could take or leave the grammar lesson.

Thanks much for your help. Im actually pretty (reeeel) bad at proper grammar. spelling, puntuaction, etc... I have clients who are editors and they say I give them HEADACKS with my reports.
I think I got all D's in that department in school. Must be because of my parents bad genes, or chromosomes or something like that. (ha)
Ya, thats it. Ill just blame them. Want THEIR email address?
Thanks again for your help!  Randy


Congrats Les, on that nice fresh Steelhead! (Released for your future fishing enjoyment, it's nice to share :)

Drift Fishing w/ Fly or Spin Rods Part 1 - Steelhead Salmon
There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait with a fly/spin rod for salmon or steelies. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.
          Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I've heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up. That's why this presentation technique is so popular, especially during the winter months. It gets your fly/bait/etc.. into the strike zone faster and keep's it there longer than "almost" any other presentation technique. It works in every condition you will ever find on a river. (High-low water, cold-warm water, any species, clear-off color water, fast-slow moving water, close in far out, no room for a back cast, crowded conditions, etc…)
        You only want to lightly tap your weight on top of the rocks, (3 light ticks is sufficient) giving your rod tip a slight bounce or 1-2 in. twitch when feeling a slight pause, stop or hesitation. Many times the fish do not slam your egg or fly but instead mouth it before spitting it out. This feel's like a pause or hesitation while you are on your drift. In my opinion, it is critical to concentrate on detecting the pause or hesitation that happens when a fish lightly pick's up your bait or fly. Pre-setting the hook immediately before it has a chance to spit it is critical while you are checking to see if it is a rock or fish. If you slightly twitch the tip of the rod (3-4 inch's) on the pause, then you are pre-setting correctly. If it's a rock, you have just gotten over it, and kept your fly on the bottom. If you fully set, then a lot of the time you have moved you weight and fly so far of the bottom, that your drift is over.  If its a fish (snag) then your line will not move and stop which means you should immediately fully set the hook. I pre-set the hook with a twitch, then set, if line remains still.
         The first lesson I was ever taught when fishing for steelhead or salmon using this technique is if you pre- set on the pause or hesitation, and pull up a leaf, then you are detecting the slight pause or hesitation correctly. If you wait every time for your line to stop before you set, then you are missing fish. I always tell my clients- when in doubt, pre-set the hook, and if the line doesn't move, PLEASE (politely) set it!
         Not a day goes by when you can watch other anglers fishing and see there line pause with no reaction by them. Or watch the line stop dead for 3-4 seconds with no reaction. The reaction to the take has to be immediate or fly is spit out. Many fish are lost and simply never hooked up because many, many anglers are all waiting for that BIG BANG of Fish On.
A blind man can easily detect the take when the fish slams it, but it's the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish that are concentrating mostly on the pauses and hesitations, in my opinion.

Here are several ways to help you detect subtle takes. (Pauses and hesitations)
1.  Watching the line in the water as it moves down stream on the drift. You will normally always see it, before you feel it.
2. Feeling with your rod hand on cork.
3. Lightly touching your rod hand index finger to line. This will only work proficiently if the line is coming straight off the reel to your first rod guide. If your in the habit of making those lil trout loops (what I call them) after you've cast, then it does not work.
4. Holding the line in your other hand. The line should be held in your fingertips for greatest sensitivity.
5. There are some seasoned Steelhead angler's who don't watch their line in the water on the drift. Instead they look at their rod tip through the entire drift. Letting the slight movement of the tip tell them what is going on underneath the surface.

Proper Weighting:
I sometimes change my weight 2-3 times without moving from the same spot. I work the water close, then farther out.  Weighting is critical to helping you detect the takes. The key is to lightly tap the bottom, not dredge the bottom. Too much weight and detecting subtle takes is impossible. Most anglers use to much weight.
          
This technique also works in your local streams and river's for trout during high water conditions. Also in the deeper, faster sections were traditional fly lines will not allow you to get down to the bigger fish.
          
Basically, telling the difference between tapping a rock and a subtle take is one of the most difficult skills to acquire, when fishing in this manner. Most anglers are all waiting for the big BANG. Thereby missing 50% of actual takes. If you think about it, doesn't a pause or hesitation always precede a complete stop? When a fish takes and spits your fly, bait it can happen in a split second. By concentrating on your line movement, correct weighting, depth of drift, contact with the bottom,  pauses and the hesitations. You will be on your way too becoming a part of the 10% that catch's 90% of the fish.

Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you all to be more in tune with your drift fishing.
Happy hookin;
Randy Jones

Jeff P. with another bright fresh Steelhead. Congrats! (Released)

Another happy guest with a bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing off the drift boat on the Slam'n Salmon River. Congrats! (Released for your future fishing pleasure, it's nice to share :)

Best of - Sept. Highlight's! (n' other stuff)



(8/18/2014 AP) The N.Y. State D.E.C. jus came out with a new report about 1 Major side effect of eating these King Salmon, Genital shrinkage!

This one might give you a lil more space and help the angler to understand in a fun - polite way, that they are standing - fishing uncomfortably too close to you. (One of my personal favorites)
Sir....., you know.....,  if you stand any closer to me, we will HAVE to get married :)
(Joke credit - Salmon River NY Expert Guide Service Ed Martin - http://www.expertguideservice.com/)



Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U79o7qwul48
Eric Clapton/JJ Cale - Call Me The Breeze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8uk7vlk0sE
La La Blues - Pokey LaFarge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOzmOZQdcYY
Neil Young - Long May You Run (unplugged)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYna-UAt75c



Mid. Sept. to the end of Oct. is great time to try for a "Grand Slam"
A grand slam is when you land all 4 species of fish, by yourself, in a single day, that will be around then. King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and a Steelhead. Not easy to do, but FUN to try!
A combined grand slam is when all of your fishing buddies combined, lands all 4 species.)
How many of you could careless about getting a grand slam and just want to play with a few fish? yukyuk I'd put a grand slam on your bucket list. Bragging rights! ;)

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Definition of fishing habitat term's - as it relates to all species of fish in the Salmon River NY:
Transitional resting - Where the fish rest at temporarily while in a transitional mode. (running the river)
Prime transitional holding - Where the fish will hold for the entire day (usually mid-day) after they have stopped running that morning.
Prime non-transitional holding - Where they will sit for an extended period of time (days and sometimes an entire month) before there biological clock tells them to find a mate and special rock.

Todays Interesting Guide Tip:
This tip comes with a money back guarantee! :)

Soooo, the lesson for today is there are 3 "basic" ways to locate and target these fish. (1 thru 3, in my opionion. 4-7 is advanced )
1. When the Salmon are running, fish there transitional resting points as they make there way up the river. Otherwise, you are fishing to fish that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly, in my opionion.
2. Once they stop to hold for the remainder of the day, fish these prime transitional holding waters.
3. Find these prime non-transitional holding (normally medium to slow deep water) places in the river in Sept. and just fish those. After all, they aren't going anywhere soon. (Approx. Oct. 1 is when you will normally see a mass exodus from this type of Habitat)
4. Find a spot that is a combination of all 1-3. (Or, a spot that has all 3 in close proximity, so you can jump around according to what the fish are telling you to do)
5. Combine 1-4 and find a place above a looong stretch of rapids. The fish get tired after running these rapids. These fish will be in this spot for the longest period of time, offering you the greatest opportunity, all day!
6. Combine 1-5 and make sure that your spot has 98% of the fish in a transitional stage, move into it. This will offer you the greatest opportunity!
7. Combine 1-6 and pick a spot that compresses and or concentrates them. On a dime, like a sardine can, trash can lid or the size of a Volkswagen beetle or bus. This cuts down on all the guess work and allows to to present your offering to all the fish on every drift.
8. The VERY BEST place to fish? Is anywhere I'm not! - yukyuk

By utilizing the above, you will have the most fish in front of you for the greatest period of time in a concentrated area offering you the greatest opportunity to present your offering to ALL of them. Fish ON and ON and ON! - Baby!!
Now you know what "This Guide" look's for normally....................
I hope you found "Todays Guide Tip" entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

This just in! Took the drift boat out to the mouth of the Salmon River and spotted the reason why so few fish ran the River. Turns out that this Hump Back whale was gorging itself on YOUR Salmon. :)
(10/3/2014 AP)  Rare Migratory Whales have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario!

Seal eating our steelhead and salmon from the Salmon River NY I noticed some seals recently out in Lake Ontario eating YOUR Salmon!. ;)
Fishing Reports for all fish swimming in the Salmon River Pulaski NY from this drift boat guide TROPHY Striped Bass are an optional treat that can be caught in the Salmon River NY during the Winter time ;)
Very rare! Only a few run the river every 50 years or so.............
They migrate up through the N.Y. Thruway using an easy pass. ;)
The D.E.C. are looking for the above individual's for leg pulling offenses.
Randy, quick question for ya. You would never try to "pull our legs" on here, now would ya buddy? - yukyuk

Filmed Here - Major Exciting Coho Run!! (Theirs no HO like a Co Ho! Did I jus say that? ;)
Huge Coho run on Sept 17, 2011 in Douglaston Salmon Run Pulaski NY. This video was shot at about 10:30am. These fish had been coming up like this for an hour and continued until we left at 3:30pm. The glare makes it hard to see how many fish were moving though but my guess is that over 5000 came by us in 5 hours. Wave after wave of 100 fish came every few minutes. At some points there were 1000 fish swirling in circles going up and down for an hour before they continued up river.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EhaekUW-Rs

Filmed Here - Can't wait to get up here and get yourselves some King Salmon? Nice Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing music video of some Salmon Success and some Not. ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AXi_GIyR3nk

Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto

Filmed Here - Fun Stuff:
Crank it up...... while you crank down your drag.... while enjoying this inspirational Salmon Fishing music video.
This is a series of clips of myself and my buddy Brian salmon fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Enjoy! All the fish in the video were caught during the same 5 day trip. The first week of October. I look forward to that trip every year. I have only missed it once 3 years ago when my daughter was born. I've been going up for over 25 years now. Its always a good time. Luckily the year I missed was the year they had the crazy high water that wiped out the town wall. Guess it was a good year to miss!
I use the head mount (can be a little shaky) the chesty (sometimes rod and arms block view but more steady) small and large tripods and I made a couple of pole mounts. The filming is the fun part the editing is the work part. Have fun and good luck! Fish ON!!
(Watch Full Screen :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFfQY6iXdz8  Video Credit - Capt. Justin and Brian @ http://www.driftersportfishing.com/

Neat video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QYIkgYiDAI (Yup, I already know what your'a think'n, sorry, it's illegal to fish there ;) What's interesting is that those fish are trying to get up the brook. The Hatchery put's that gate across it so the fish will run up the Hatchery ladder that is next to it and into their tanks. Thats how they get all there fish, fish egg's, etc.. every year to restock. Interesting!



These fish are BIG!
Up here, if you fish here long enouph, you will see anglers useing a small net. The netter usually takes 20 swipes at the fish before they get it into the net and thats ONLY if they dont fall in the water while trying. (sound familiar?)
Then, the nets are soooo small and our fish are sooooo big, that normally they can only fit the head of the fish in the net.
Then, sometimes the fish will break the mess netting and fall completely thru it back into the water, losing it and then you get to listen to the angler curse out his fishing buddy for -------- it all up (this site is rated pg ;)
Or, what I find even funnier is when they do finally scoop up that fish and are as proud as a peacock, due to the weight of the fish, the net handle breaks in two.
Never a dull moment on this river!
(I was new once too and the above was written in fun)
I use Cumming Nets - I know a lot of Guides on the Salmon River NY and Cape Cod. All agree that Cumming Nets are quality tools. They have a wide variety of choices for all species of fish and fishing styles. Call (810) 736-0130 http://www.cumingsnets.com

Safety related to Wading Video's:
I even learned a few new tricks!
http://dryflyguy.com/wading-safely/

Kids Corner:
hi my names anthony i live in rome ny and i go up to the river almost every weekend your web site has helped me ALOT so i just wanted to say thanks and im 15 so i have school and my homework tonight was to write a poem and i did it on the river and here it is i hope u like it.

The Altmar Salmon
Many fish go up to spawn
And many Anglers come along
with their poles and their gear
Some might even bring a beer.
As the river Twists and Bends.
As the drift boats come and go
the fishermen will move back slow.
When a fish gets a hook
All the fishermen will take a look.
as the real goes screaming by
in a fight not to Die.
Some of the fish may touch the sky.
Soon the day will start to end
but another one will come again
Anthony Darcangelo

Nice one Anthony, I hope you get a good grade for that one. I liked it. You are a pretty good writer. Want a job writing for me? Thanks for adding a smile to a lot of fisherman's faces with your poem. Best Fish's, Randy

Off Topic, but I can relate:
“Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith
“Only the weak attempts to accomplish what he knows he can already achieve.” – Stella Juarez
Credit http://inspirationfeed.com/inspiration/quotes-inspiration/60-motivational-quotes-for-sport-lovers/

Quotes From Billionaire Mark Cuban
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.”
“Doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.”
(Credit - http://elitedaily.com/life/motivation/quotes-from-billionaire-mark-cuban/727103/)

My 2 girlfriends Heather and Treasure wore something very special for all of you. (Please dont tell the wife, she keep's it loaded! ;)
Join me for another fishing adventure abourd our heated drift boat on the Salmon River near Pulaski NY with a fishing guide (Joke credit Gregorio Chojna @ https://www.facebook.com/Chojna)
Superb Salmon and Steelhead fishing with drift boat guide on the Salmon River using a fly or spin rod Two incredible reason's you should use Mustad Hook's, the b-est there is! SHARPEST Site on the Web - http://www.mustad.no
Hi randy, i was curious, is your mustad hooks rep available to meet.  =]  larry
Yes, you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht.  Randy
Salmon and Steelhead drift boat guide fishing the salmon river pulaski ny

The lights go out, but the river does not sleep. There be monsters in there, and I'll try again tomorrow. (Credit - http://flyfishin.blogspot.com/2006/10/salmon-river-day-one-coho.html)

I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe and knowledgeable fishing.
May the wind be at your back, Rain like HELL and all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy

Steelhead season is just around the corner. Give me a ring! 315-963-2065. Emails are best.

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Besides the below.... Enjoy an assortment of the BEST professionally edited Fishing Music Video's from around the World from 100's of social media sites I've cherry picked for all of you. PLUS much more!
Index:
Entertaining Salmon River Pulaski NY fish story's.
1. Salmon River NY Count Down
2. Salmon River NY - Day One Coho
3. Salmon River NY - Day Two Kings
4. Salmon River NY - Day Three Steelhead
Filmed here -
Major Coho Run!! (Theirs no HO like a Co-Ho! Did I jus say that? ;) (A must see)
Filmed here - Crank it up, while you crank down your drag.... while enjoying this inspirational Salmon Fishing music video. (A must see)
Filmed here - Nice Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing music video of some Salmon Success and Some Not. ;) (A must see)
Neat video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook. (A must see)
Another Altmar Fish Hatchery Video
7 easy and productive egg patterns that catch steelhead and salmon, that you can tie in 60 seconds video. Plus BONUS flies and tying video's!
Spey anglers will like this fishing music video - It's a wade thru life.
"Money may not buy happiness..... ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing" music fishing video.
Salmon cannon launches fish over waterway obstructions. Flexible pneumatic hose helps flummoxed fish return to spawning ground at 22 mph. (A must see)
My personal favorite - WARNING, Not for the faint of heart ;) - NEW Fish hook removal - Guide sticks 5 BIG hooks in himself, all over his body to demonstrate! (A must see)
Big King Salmon - Fishing Fail
Reeelly Cool! Condit Dam Removal Time Lapse Video. Making room for runs of fish to there spawning habitat's up river from dam.
Off Topic, but a funny dog video. Lets pray before you have your food.
Definition of "Fish" joke.
Video of Gloucester, MA and Cape Cod (Harwich, Chatham area) Published on Mar 21, 2012. This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation.
Fishing & Hunting in Oswego County, NY: Dipping for Smelt
I promise you'll learn some'tin new, I did. A History of Ontario Steelhead  Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine.
#1 most popular,  Damsels in Distress, Very cool and unique fish feeding music video! I crawled on my stomach with my camera to the waters edge, hit record, and watched what was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.
#2 most popular,  Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
Spey anglers will like this steelhead fishing music video. From the moment we're born, to that moment we leave this life. It's a wade through life. It's all about that journey, from moment to moment.
"Money may not buy happiness.....  ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing". Spring Fly Fishing on the Eagle River in the Vail valley. Colorado's premier guide staff spends the day fishing. Filmed by Mike Tatro of Tatrofishfilms.
Funny humorous "Kids" (educational) video on a life of a fish. (I must be a kid, cuz I liked it. yukyuk) A parody of "I will Survive". This educational video takes an inside look into the lives of salmon, their dangerous journeys, emotional struggles and ironically, their eventual deaths.
Photo's taken by Oswego County NY Tourism from the Grand Opening of Tailwaters Lodge ( Rest, Bar, Tackle Shop and Convention Center) On the Salmon River Altmar N.Y. It's a nice look inside! 5 star!
Salmon are born with a migration route pre installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
Nice fishing video, The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break, seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
Fishing is an Adventure,  Haven’t had your morn'ns cup of Joe yet? This fishing adventure video will wake you up! Turn up your volume!!
Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
To read this amazing fish story that I was apart of:
To read the rest of the fish story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
Alternative definition of fly fishing
"Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
Arctic Extreme Performance Undersuit. (I bought one and it work's great! Lil pricey @ $300) I have recieved no compensation for endorsing there product, jus felt like sharing some warm stuff!
You C and R guy's will enjoy this humorous article.  As I was admiring the iridescent green dorsal, contrasting rosy cheeks and with silver mercury lateral lines, the Captain of the boat smacked the creature in between the eyes with a bloodied  and crude ax handle. THUD!! again. “There, I got ‘em. Now he won’t slip outta yer hands.” HOLY SH T!! REALLY?!!??
BIG King Salmon Fishing Fail Video,  Wait for it ;)
Funny Doritos Video Ad,  Three Guys Go Fishing
Off topic, but a fun talking dog video who wants, gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.


Out on my 16 foot heated drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great! We also fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov

Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Thanks for yet another great day on the river with my brother. There's a reason I've been fishing with you for the last 8 years and keep on coming back. You are simply the best guide on the river bar none. You should have heard my brother on the drive home telling me how much he learned from you yesterday. He really appreciated your time and patience and how you carefully explained the ins 'n outs of how to consistently catch salmon. He had not fished the river in over 10 years and, after setting up in the dark and receiving the Randy Jones crash course on salmon fishing, he proceeded to hook up on the SECOND CAST!! Then another 2 in the first 30 minutes of fishin'!! Yeehaa!! After years of fishing with you, my answer to how many hookups I had that day is always "I have no idea" or "I can't remember". Usually give up after reaching double digits...
Nice King Salmon caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

My niece Kate say's, The fish's are thiiiiiiiiis..... BIG!

Gift certificates are available for Trips
Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.

The fishing of your dreams..............
...........we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeel
Pick up a great fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend, fishing loved one (s) or even your fishing self for the Salmon River.
You work hard so you deserve it right? Maybe a nice subtle hint to your loved one will plant the seed. That's how I do it. :)
Come wade or drift boat the world-renowned Salmon River, NY, for hard fighting salmon and steelhead during the splendor of the Fall, Winter and Spring  seasons. Whether it's steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new anglers and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fly/spin fishing. For novices, I place emphasis on fly-spin fishing skills and supplement the day with knots, fly-bait selection, fish habitats and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.

The below fish calendar was put together by a good friend, mentor, 15 year local guide Jeff Pierce.

Coho Salmon landed on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a fishing report drift boat guide
Jeff P. with a bright fresh (unofficial record for pound test of leader used) Coho, caught and released while wading the Salmon River NY with a fly rod. - (There's no Hoe, like a Coho! Did I jus say that?)
To read this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of: http://www.mustad.no/action/field_reports/nyfishst.htm For a great Coho Fly, please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions. This is what he caught the above Coho on. http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/jeffscohocandy.htm

The following are general and depend on temps and water levels:
June - August
Skamania (a summer run strain of Steelhead)
Atlantic Salmon in small numbers
Chinook also start to show as early as July on high water but number's grow with good water conditions in late August.

September
Chinook and Coho start coming in in good numbers
Steelhead start coming in in decent numbers
A few Browns start showing

October
This is the prime month for Chinook. They come in in large numbers now.
Coho are also coming in in good numbers.
Steelhead really begin showing in good numbers now
Browns also start coming in in decent numbers but Nov. is peak for them.

November
Most of the Chinook are dead or near dead but a few fresh stragglers do come in. While the Coho run is over for the most part, they remain in decent shape and hold up longer than the Chinook. This is a great time for Steelheaders as the Salmon crowds are gone and the numbers of Steelhead are normally good.
The Brown fishing is also pretty good, although not as good as tribs more to the west.

Dec - Feb.
This is obviously the coldest period. The fishing can be great for Steelhead depending on water temps and levels. You are best off fishing from late morning through the afternoon at this time of year as the suns rays help to warm the water slightly, making the fish a bit more active. Browns are often caught this time of year as well.

March - April
The water starts warming and the Steelhead start coming in in greater numbers. The spawn begins as the temps rise and often a small run of Browns come in to feed on bait fish and Steelhead & Sucker eggs. Don't be surprised if you hook a Chrome freight train that takes you for a ride. There are SPRING run Chinook in small numbers that show up at this time. If only the State would process some of these fish to build the spring numbers.

May
This is a GREAT time to target drop-back Steelhead. These are spawned out Steelhead who are now eating everything in sight as they work their way back to the lake. The numbers of fish caught in a day at this time of year can be amazing. The first Skamania and Atlantic's can be caught at this time      as well.
Hope this helps a bit . . .Jeff

Salmon River Pulaski New York

Credit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html
The Salmon River, located in Oswego County, stretches 17 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar to where it empties into Lake Ontario at Port Ontario. There are 12 miles of Public Fishing Rights along the river. The Salmon River offers some of the finest sportfishing in the country. Two  major fish records have been set in the Salmon River: the Great Lakes record Chinook salmon (47 lbs. 13 oz.) and the world record Coho salmon (333 lbs 4 oz.).

General Fishing Information
Chinook and Coho Salmon
Maturing Chinook and Coho salmon returning to the Salmon River usually begin to stage off the Salmon River mouth in late August. Chinook (or King) salmon are the main attraction this time of year. The fish range in size from 15-30 lbs., averaging around 18 lbs. The Great Lakes record Chinook salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 47 lbs. 13 oz. Coho salmon are generally smaller and range in size from 3 to 10 lbs., averaging around 8 lbs. The world record Coho salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 33 lbs. 4 oz. Trolling in the estuary with spoons, dodgers/flies, cut-bait and plugs works well for these staging fish. Salmon usually begin entering the Salmon River around Labor Day.

Once salmon enter the river they are no longer actively feeding. Despite this, they do exhibit behaviors that make them vulnerable to traditional sportfishing techniques. One of these behaviors is aggression, or territoriality, and the other is their attraction to fish eggs or egg shaped lures. The peak of the spawning run usually doesn't occur until the latter half of September and the first half of October. Fish are generally spread throughout the river depending on the spawning stage they are in. Some fish will be making their way upriver (often referred to as running), holding in deeper pools and actively spawning. Fish engaged in the first two activities can be caught on egg sacs, egg imitating flies or plastics and streamers. Fish that are spawning, especially the males, can become very aggressive and will strike gaudy streamers swung past their spawning redds.

Steelhead
The Salmon River offers the opportunity to fish for two strains of steelhead, the Washington strain and the Skamania strain. The Washington, or winter run,  begin entering the Salmon River in late October and continue through Spring. They feed aggressively on the abundant salmon eggs in the Fall, thus making it a very good time to go steelhead fishing. Using egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are your best options. Fish that entered the river in the fall will hold over in the deeper pools of the river throughout the winter. Fishing the deeper pools with egg sacs, egg imitating flies or nymphs works well this time of year. Warming periods during the winter may bring new fish into the river. Spawning usually takes place during mid-March and through early April. After spawning the fish begin to drop back to Lake Ontario. These fish can be very aggressive. These fish feed heavily because they are hungry and finished spawning. They can be caught on plugs, spinners, flies, egg sacs and night  crawlers. Summer run skamania steelhead begin entering the river around June. They tend to run during periods of increased flow. Your best chance to encounter fish is after a heavy rain or planned water release from the hydro plant. The fish remain in the river until they spawn the following spring.

Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic salmon were native to Lake Ontario. They are fall spawners and start their spawning run as early as July. Atlantic salmon can range from 5 to 20 lbs. Fishing techniques are similar to steelhead fishing methods.

Brown Trout
Brown trout enter the river from mid-September to mid-November. Brown trout are also on a spawning run, but will feed heavily on salmon eggs. It can be difficult to target brown trout, but one option is fishing down stream from actively spawning salmon with egg sacs and egg imitating flies and plastics. Brown trout range from 2 to 20 lbs.

Fisheries Management
The five major game fish are Chinook and Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon (or landlocked salmon), brown trout, and steelhead. Smallmouth bass are also found in the river. The Salmon River is stocked yearly with around 300,000 Chinook salmon, 80,000 Coho salmon, 120,000 Washington strain steelhead, 40,000 skamania strain steelhead and 30,000 Atlantic salmon. Natural reproduction does take place in the Salmon River but to what extent this adds to the fishery is not known. The Salmon River is an important part of the Lake Ontario salmon and trout fishery. Some of the returning salmon and steelhead to the Salmon River make their way to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. These fish are then used for egg collection and the resulting fish are stocked into many Lake Ontario tributaries, along with the Salmon River. A total of 1.76 million Chinook salmon are stocked annually by NYSDEC into Lake Ontario.

This could be you! Ye-Haaaa!
Pulaski NY This is one of my all time favorite Spring steelhead photo's. Anton with a Trophy 16 lb. approx. Spring Steelhead Big'ol Buck. Congrats!! (Released)

A Superb sampling of some of my past edited Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guided drift boat.
Tues. - 2 very experienced expert S.R. anglers, hit 21, yes, that was 21 Steelhead off the drift boat!
Wed. - Over a dozen Steelhead played with off the guided drift boat.
Thurs. - Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the drift boat!
Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the guided drift boat. Tues. they played with 18 Steelhead and Wed. they tangled with 15 Steelhead. My guest's have continued to find around a dozen Steelhead each day to play with, almost every trip. Sometimes, even a few more! Same as last year. These are VERY strong averages and not the norm if you look at the last 10-15 years :)

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

We continue to see reeeeel good Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, NY. This past week we averaged between 12 and 16 Steelhead per day off the guided drift boat. Ye-haa! I'd obviously recommend coming up! Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing plenty of shore angler's finding a good number of fish also. That's always nice to see! Every spot that myself and other's are fishing, are with Steelhead. We still have Steelhead in transition, so those spots are still producing nicely.

Brown Trout Fly Fishing Report

Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible fishing experience. At times we had a dozen 2-4  lb. Browns within a 10 by 10 foot area of the water. Sighted over 75 - 85 Browns over the course of the day with not another sole around. LOADED!! :) Incredible opportunity ALL day. I hope you all have the chance to some day experience this truly magnificent fishery! Today we felt as though we were in Alaska, and NOT around one of the most popular fishing area's in the country! The fish we played with and landed were WAY to many to try to keep track off. Don't ya just hate when THAT happens? :) ALL of these fish are just waiting here for YOUR, perfectly cast (aheeeem ;) bait or fly.

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report

Wed. Dozen Steelhead played with off the guide drift boat! Thurs. Another approx. Dozen Steelies played with off the guide drift boat! Friday 16 Steelhead off the guide drift boat!

Fishing Report Drift Boat Guide Steelhead

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guide drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :) Tuesday - Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river. Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time. Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel

Enjoy Incredible Fishing for Trophy Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout with Salmon River NY Drift Boat Guide useing Spin or Fly Rods
Enjoy wade or drift boat fishing on the world renowned Salmon River in Pulaski NY for hard fighting salmon or steelhead during the splendor of the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Whether it's trophy sized steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fishing. For novices, I place emphasis on Fly/Spin fishing skill and supplement the day with knots, fly/bait selection, fish habitats, and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your fishing skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.
I have a firm belief 100 % of my energy and time should be focused on you and helping you attain your goals, during our time together and not fishing along side you.
I am a thoroughly proficient and professional year-round fly/spin fishing guide with 30 + years of fresh and salt water experience.

Outstanding Guided Drift Boat Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY for Steelhead, Brown Trout or Salmon
September through April
The Salmon River is located in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario's eastern shore, 30 miles north of Syracuse. Its reputation for large runs of Salmon - Steelhead and incredible average size of all species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.
Fishing report Guide enjoys useing the drift boat for Steelhead and Salmon

September 1 - October 31 -
Tackle busting King Salmon averaging 10-20 lbs. will amaze you with their freight train runs. Trying to harness the raw power of a 12 lb Coho Salmon running in 20 different directions in a blink of an eye will keep you on your toes (and hopefully not on your back!)


October 15 - November
- Brown Trout. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound and not by the inch.Drift Boat fishing report Guide offers NY Steelhead They have entered the river to spawn and will weight from 3-10 pounds. While they are not as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional trophy of a Fishing life time.


October 20 - May 1 - Steelhead 8-15 lbs.
The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River NY. They'll take you into your backing in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics that will live in your memory forever.

Winter - This is one of my favorite Drift Boat Guide Fishing times of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead continue to come into the river from the lake. A winter Drift Boat trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the river and experience it's beauty. The end of February, March and April are great Steelhead Fishing days as new Fish move into and out of the river on a daily basis. As the Salmon River temperatures rise, so does the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows.
We can Spin or Fly Fish for Salmon or Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat.


I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.


Quality Fishing Testimonial for the Salmon River NY catching Steelhead or Salmon with Drift Boat Guide
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been there. But perhaps this will help!
Superb Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River NY Randy, Thank you for several memorable trips this year on the Salmon River NY. The highlight of the year was definitely the outing on the Salmon River during September with my son for salmon. Never have I experienced such numbers of large and aggressive Salmon in all my 45 years of fishing. I estimate we had over 60 hook-ups on King Salmon and caught and released 12, two of which were between 30 and 35 pounds. Close behind was the spring drift boat trip for Steelhead on the remote stretch of Pucker-brush Creek. Seeing over 2 dozen Steelhead off the drift boat in a one mile stretch, with no one else around, reminded me of Alaska. After those experiences, I decided traveling to the Northwest Territories for lake trout and grayling or to Labrador for brook trout are a thing of the past and I will concentrate on the quality of fishing available in New York State. If you ever need a recommendation, I would be pleased to provide one. Dick Koelling
Note: If you don't recognize "Pucker-Brush Creek", it's one of many of my secret creeks where Steelhead abound in a beautiful , pristine environment without many or even any other anglers.


Enjoy Superb Trophy Steelhead Trout Fishing off the Drift Boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Guide
The Guide Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered this is a fabulous water chariot.

Amazing Fishing Reports for Salmon and Steelhead from this Drift Boat guide working the Salmon River in Pulaski NY

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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At 16 feet, this 285 pound guide drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days. While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River NY. When the Steelhead or Salmon are concentrated in particular locations wading is the preferred option. At
other times a drift boat is the only way to get to the fish. While I will give booking anglers a recommendation, you may want to experience one method over another.

A past trip:
My 2 guest's experienced their first time Steelhead fishing. They came back amazed at the numbers of fish we played with but most importantly, the knowledge they gained.
For them, the fish were second to achieving a rock solid Steelhead fishing foundation on which to build. That was their main goal, to which we succeeded! I think we played with about 10-11 Steelies for the day. Just icing on the cake. :)

My slowest past trip:
My 2 guest's were very experienced. We had three or four on and off reeeel quick. One that pulled hard and fast before breaking off. And landed One. Ouch! Never know :)

Another past trip:
Hit Steelhead in 3 out of 5 spots today. Played with about 8 total for the day. The 2 spots we didn't hit any fish in were only fished for about 5-10 minutes.
Im sure there were fish there, and we would have found some if we had stayed longer, but we were only looking for some McDonald's fish. (Fast and easy:)

And yet another past trip:
My guest's decided to fish a 1/2 day instead of our full day because of the impending weather forecast. They got out of town before it really hit, which made me feel better. In our 1/2 days fishing we tangled with 5 Steelhead. Not bad!
We went on a Nantucket sleigh ride. We gave chase in the boat and were surrounded with a very narrow river, fast water, log jam's, fish running under the boat in about every direction, boulders, fish moving from one side of the boat to the other, my oar blades, rapids, tree's, you name it.
We had to zig and zag our way through this obstacle course with a mad and dashing Steelhead on. Pheeew! Finally that steelhead had had enough and gave up. It was netted nicely off the side of the drift boat as we slowly drifted down the river in its currents.
Talk about a Chinese fire drill!
It would have been a hilarious show to watch as I tried to run the oar's, anchor, missing all the obstacles, reminding my guest about the over hanging tree branches and net while keeping everyone safe and upright in the boat all at once. :)
What a fight, what an adrenaline rush, DAM, I love this job!

Guest testimonial:
Randy, We would like to thank you for the two outstanding days of guiding. We hooked and landed more fish in the first day with you than in our 5 years of fishing the Salmon river combined. Many guides are eager to display their knowledge but few are as willing to share their knowledge as you were. The things you taught us about the Salmon river were invaluable. Upon returning home, fellow fishing friends asked us about our guided days with you. Our opinion was that we probably learned in 2 days what it would have taken us 10 years to learn on our own. We feel that if you enjoy salmon or steelhead fishing then you owe it to yourself to at least spend a day guided by Randy Jones. We will never forget those two days and look forward to joining you again. Thank you and tight lines, Michelle, Joe and Jerry

Steelhead Salmon guide fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Bright fresh Spring Steelhead (Client - Dick Koelling photo credit)

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Trout Unlimited Chapters: (P.S. I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
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Also:
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Web Site Testimonial: Randy, Your knowledge and willingness to share it without condition is simply marvelous for everyone, but mostly for the fish. You should be commended for helping make this magnificent fishery what it is.

THANKS! I'm simply sharing my true fishing passion's with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making my fishing report pages the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 20 some years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 30 plus years of full-time, proffessional guiding insight, experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques with you all. Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support!

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Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass. (More not listed here)
Covers, feature articles and guide profiles in: Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers, N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting and Salmon River Success Magazines.
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Paid featured guest speaker at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
I have had the pleasure of being interviewed with some of the top fly fisherman, fly fishing Author's of the World. (Lefty Kreh, more not listed here)
Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
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Outstanding Steelhead Salmon guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Author Randy Jones (Photo courtesy of  http://www.ORVIS.com  fishing catalogue)
Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools.
During the summer, Randy can be found wade guiding the S.E. (and beyond) Cape Cod area's, where sight casting on the flats to trophy Striped Bass is his specialty.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and Kings.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie

Fishing reports for the Salmon River "The Salmon River, where Memories are Made"

RATES: SALMON RIVER Sept. to May - Wade or Drift Boat
One Angler:.....$225
Two Anglers:...$300
Orvis Fly Equipment - Spin rods provided (Flies included)
Pulaski Hm: 315-963-2065

Fly Fishing reports for Salmon
RATES: CAPE COD May - August  - Wade flats, beaches, bays and ocean islands.
One angler -  $275
Two anglers -$350
Orvis equipment -Spin rods and flies, bait, lures provided

Cape Cod Hm: (508)  Pulaski Hm: 315-963-2065

Salmon or Steelhead Fishing Reports
Hamming it up while "sightfishing" to Stripers on the Monomoy flats while tight to a keep'a!
                                                 See ya ladder,
                                                            Randy

E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065


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