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Sept. through April
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Phil Leonardi                                                                Bill Cody
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Jeff Pierce                                                        Capt. Bill - 20 lb'r!

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The smile says it all. Nice colored up male Steelhead.

Fishing report for salmon on the Salmon River NY
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Todays Guide Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY. Drift boat fishing guide has steelhead salmon spin fly fishing reports on Salmon River Pulaski Altmar NY

Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

9/27 Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Look for more fresh Salmon to enter and run the Salmon River in Pulaski NY this come'n week.
Thursday we saw a slight increase of small pods of fresh fish entering the lower end, Ye-Haa! Tick - tick.
Friday, Repeat of Thursday in the lower end. Small Pods moving thru.
As usual -
1. Right spot
2. Right presentation
3. Right rigging, you played with some fish. Maybe even hitting a "Grand Slam". Otherwise it was tuff! This statement hold's true for the entire river.
By putting the above together consistently, will help put you into the 10% that catch 90% of the fish, even if the fishing is on the slow side ;)
I've personally been happy with the fishing at present. 4-8 Salmon everytime out fishing with friends over this last month. We found them all in the prime holding habitat. (If we put 1 - 3 together, we found some fish to play with. If not, we didn't - yukyuk)

If I was fishing the river this weekend or next week. I would fish the largest, deepest, major holes from the top of the river to the bottom and try to stay in the fast water, you'll be glad you did!
Or, I might fish the lower river and hope for a good run of fresh Salmon entering it. Sometimes its like a box of chocolates down there, never know.
Or, go for a walk, you'll be glad you did! Try some of there Transitional holding water's mid-day, especially with all this sun.
Humor - If yer sit'n on yer favorite rock, waiting for Salmon to come rooster tailing up the rapids into your spot, it might be a looong wait. All you'll catch is probably a SORE BUTT! - yukyuk (But, yer never know.... ;)
In the Salmon River 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!

Lower River - Over the last week, we have seen small pods of fresh King and Coho Salmon entering the lower Salmon River daily.

Lake O. - Larger #'s of Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake.

Estuary - Drift boats in the Estuary are doing good on Salmon, especially at night. A few more Salmon being spotted in the Estuary as it is loading up.

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.

The BEST complementary fishing tip I could give you presently:
It helps if your fishing to fish - yukyuk. I'd fish where WE KNOW, we have the largest concentrations.  (Jus my opionion and yours may differ ;)

I like Jim's Testimonial
talking about the high's and low's of fishing on this river. Especially when the run is sloooow. The ONLY reason for Jim's "Grand Slam" on a slooow day, was he consistently put together right spot, rigging and presentation. (Interested?)
Randy, Every time I go fishing, the optimist in me says "This might be the day."  Athletes pray for days like this, hoping they play in "the zone." I think fishermen do too. Surely, this is what keeps many of us thrashing the water with a piece of string. I can count on one hand the number of days when this has happened. Two of them have been with you. The first was two years ago, Oct. 8, when I hooked 40 or 50 fish, including a 35 lb male king that now sits above my fireplace as an reminder of that one remarkable day of fishing. The other was last year. Not only did I land a pair of nice Kings, I also caught my first Cohos, a beautiful male brown and three fall-run steelhead -- my first grand slam on the Salmon River. All told, I had maybe 20 hookups, while my buddy Myles had almost as many and landed cohos, a brown and several steelhead.
It wasn't as if this was a great day on the river. I saw many long faces and shaking heads as other anglers came up empty, lost lead and flies to the river bottom and called it quits by midday. The credit for my experience is all yours. I know there are many fishermen who can work the Salmon River and catch plenty of fish, especially when a run is on. I can do it on my own sometimes. But putting it all together when the fishing is slow as you did is a testimony to your skill, knowledge and hard work. Looking forward to my next trip with you and the chance to yell "Fish On"! Regards, Jim
Nice bright fresh steelhead. Congrats Jim!

I Wonder?
I wonder if the Hatchery folks are anxious about getting all there egg's for their quota?
I wonder if the powers that be, might be considering a higher water flow to help to bring in more fish to help with their egg quotas?
I wonder if the powers that be, might be considering a higher water flow to help to bring in more fish for you?
Hmmmmmm...................It wouldn't surprise me in the least, if they did raise the water levels in the near future to achieve all of the above. You heard it here, first! yukyuk

Local News - DEC's Salmon River fish hatchery in Altmar has open house set for Saturday
http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/09/salmon_river_fish_hatchery_in_altmar_has_open_house_set_for_saturday.html

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know ;)
Weather  - Clear sailing with lows in the 50's and high's in the lower 70's. No rain in the forecast. Darn!!

If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)

Boy, those Go Pro camera's take some nice shot's!
Nice King Salmon, landed by Mark Tarnawczyk from Canada on a center pin - float. Congrats!

Trophy King Salmon. Congrat's! (Photo Credit's: My buddy Mark T. - https://plus.google.com/+MarkTarnawczyk/posts?gl=us&hl=en)

Today's Old School Classic Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Bob Marley - Jammin  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFRbZJXjWIA
Bob Marley - Lively up yourself  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a2J9ZAdM0w
To the Snaggers - Bad boys bad boys awachigonadu when the D.E.C. comes for you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on9TXY8kYyk

Week in Review:
Sun. - Slooowest day, down low on the river this Sept. from my credible fishing report guide friend. Didn't even see one fish rooster tailing up the rapids. His clients didn't touch a fish. His gets the fish running by him in the morning, that came in last night.
Hopefully they are doing better below him with fresh fish that entered the mouth of the river this morning? He his grabbing his drift boat now to try someplace else.
We have some low light and are getting some rain now, so hopefully that will help!

Mon. -  
Water came up 40 cfs due to run-off @ Pineville with a lil more water below it, after yesterdays rain. Might get some more moving? Low light until Tues. morning, which always helps!
The report from the lower river, from a credible guide source said the fishing was a lil better than the last few down there. His 1 client landed a BIG Coho, BIG King Salmon and lost a bright fresh steelhead.
5 other anglers who were being guided next to him, hit 3-4 fish at first light and that was it for them. He also said he could see a bent rod once in awhile up and down the river. Not bad and an improvement! I'd guess the small increase in the water flow from run-off helped!

Tues. - Same ol same hole, down low, duplicate of yesterday, slow for most, but not all. Few fish played with here and there. Beats a sharp stick in the eye - yukyuk!
Today's Complementary Guide Tip:
If fishing down low. Get a good spot where the fish will rest at as they run in the morning. Around 10 am. start to move and cover all the prime transitional resting locations where most (few presently) will be at middle of the day, until the next low light period. With this present weather pattern of sun, most will stop there run mid - morning and hold in these locations. Or, fish any of the larger pools on the river.

Wed. -
Dead in the lower end. A credible source with one of the best spots reported in that his client didn't touch a fish in the first 4 hour's of the morning and that he didn't see any fish moving. Hopefully they had more action above or below him.

Thurs. -
Best day in the lower end of the river in the last 4-5 days. 3 of my guide friends clients each played with 4-6 fish, thru out the day in the lower end. We'd call it a steady trickle, with one here, few over that's way and a couple over this'a way. Noticeable increase.
At this time of the year, this usually means a more steady flow and better #'s of fresh fish entering the river daily, running it and spreading out. Ye-Haa!

Fri. -
Repeat of Thursday in lower end. Small Pods moving thru.

Sat. -
I Couldn't go fishing today because of YOU! (yukyuk) Its my scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to post all this fish porn for you. (Feel'n guilty? Didn't think soooooo...... ;)

Complementary Guide Tip: (specific places)
Approx. % of fish we are visually seeing and counting in each type of Habitat, over most of the river, almost daily, off my drift boat and others.

15% Transitional Stage - Transitional Resting - Where the fish rest at temporarily while in a transitional mode (running the river) and also Prime Transitional Holding - Where the fish will hold for the entire day (usually mid-day) after they have stopped running that morning.

85% 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.

?% on that special rock. Normally we will start to see a few transitioning from the deeper pool's onto that special rock.

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.

Nice Current Promotional Piece for Fishing the Salmon River NY:
Another fall fishing extravaganza that should be enjoyed by every Connecticut fisherman is the salmon/steelhead fishing in neighboring New York State. Pulaski, N.Y., is the hot spot of my day as I glance to my right while typing and remember the day I caught the 15-pound brown trout hanging on my office wall. Yes, big browns are also a part of the Lake Ontario fishing experience as they mix with the salmon and steelies running up the Salmon River and other streams from September until long after the snow flies. Most Connecticut tackle shops are well-versed in the equipment and methods utilized in this fishery and are happy to help prepare for a trip.

The drive to Pulaski takes about four hours, so its good to plan for a few days. I also recommend that first-timers hook up with experienced anglers or hire a guide. There are also plenty of tackle shops in that area which will happily outfit you or make arrangements for a guide or you can do it over the internet simply by googling Pulaski steelhead fishing ( https://www.google.com/#q=Pulaski+steelhead+fishing ) to see a wide list of guides and services.

While some guides work the Salmon River from shore, a drift-boat trip is a great way to begin as well. These trips usually combine wading the river and fishing from the boat itself, but guides can get you to the fish as they stage along the river. Neither is Pulaski the only spot as many rivers and streams along Lake Ontario and other of the Great lakes offer similar fishing.

Right now, salmon and brown trout are the dominant species in the river. Steelhead will follow in late October and fishing continues until the deep freeze turns the river to slush. Weather plays an important part in controlling water levels, so be sure to check with a source that knows before making the long drive.

Battling salmon and steelhead is fresh water fishing that many anglers only dream about. The New York experience brings this unforgettable fishing home for many Connecticut anglers at affordable prices. Anglers who don't take advantage of trips like Rhode Island for salt water and New York for salmon and steelhead are really missing out.
(Credit - http://www.thehour.com/sports/outdoor/fishing-plus-enjoy-all-the-season-offers/article_a7ed5753-285e-5170-b531-9262c6a3f8c6.html

Today's Humor

Salmon River Baptism and Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Thanks again for your instruction and patience Monday. I think I must have had at least 15 hook-ups and that's a conservative estimate.  I do know they were too frequent to take time for lunch. Anyway, I can't thank you enough for sharing your considerable knowledge with me. 
It was a blast! Best regards, Howard

Dr. Howard Beemer did a swan dive into the deep dark, fish filled waters of the river today. Everyone clapped and gave him scores of 6's and 7's for style and grace. Howard did feel a lil slighted on the scores. He thought it was at least a solid 10.
There was so much water in Howard's waders that when he regained his composer, the water level of the river dropped by at least a foot. After he dumped all the water out of his waders, the water level went back to normal.
I snuck the below picture before Howard saw me.
After he noticed the flash of the camera from across the river, he hollered, HEY RANDY and gave me a not so flattering middle finger salute. ;)
 

Todd was honored and flattered to receive the distinguished award of being the first person I know of to fall in the river 4 (that's not a typo) 4 times in a day while tight to a fish!
When interviewed at the awards ceremony afterwards he was asked, what happened?
His response was, well, I fell but didn't think of the cold water up to my chin, or the cold water hitting my private parts. All I could think of was, I've got to land this fish! So I jumped up and was rewarded with the biggest Salmon of my life!
He then added; if I had to do it all over again, I would!
Stay tuned for more on this never-ending fishing trip with your host and guide, Randy Jones.

Fish Tail's:
Im planning on making a BIG time investment for next years Salmon Fishing. I will be offering E-Commerce products from this site. The first item will be a custom autographed pair of Salmon River Baptism - "Adult Water Wings".
All of my clients will be expected to wear them for next year. My guests who fell in this year will be required to wear 2 on each arm next year while fishing ;)

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 Fishing Tip:
Please see all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)

Theory of Skeinitivity
Average size King Salmon caught by this youngster. Caught using a spinning rod w/float and skein. Congrats!
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Interesting Skein Thought's  from a World Traveling Fishing Professional:
Jeff Pierce

Jeff Pierce 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

Jeff, why is it those Salmon come to the Skein so well, when we have all been taught over the years that Salmon do NOT eat when they enter into a river system?

Theory of Skeinitivity
I wish I knew but if I had to guess it would have to be scent and taste.  I can tell you that there are guys around me using eggs sacs and they catch 1 fish for every 15 that I hook into.  There are now some who have watched me these past 3 years hammering fish on skein and are now fishing skein themselves.  They use store bought cures and they do pretty well. The cure my buddy from Oregon sends me however out fishes the skein that everyone else is fishing.

Here's why I think it's scent.  Egg sacs put very little scent into the water.  Skein is oozing/milking the whole time you're fishing it (and it's moving).  If you drift a hole with washed out skein you might not get a bite in 20 drifts.  Almost every time you put a fresh piece on and run the same drift, you get a take. The real neat thing is when you miss a fish once or even twice. We have found that that fish (assuming it's that same fish when the float goes down in the exact same spot) will take a chunk of skein repeatedly until they feel the hook.  Yesterday I had a bit of a tangle so on two consecutive drifts I could not reel up the slack and set the hook when the float went down in the same spot.  I took the time to fix the line, rebaited and ran the same drift.  When the float got to the same spot, bam, the float went under and a 25lb hen King was on.  Also, if you just let the float go under and do not set the hook the fish will totally swallow the bait.  Sunday I was proving the point that the Salmon will eat so when my float went down I did nothing for 10 seconds.  I then reeled up the slack and had a nice 20-25lb hen King.  When I landed her the line went down her throat and you could not even see the hook.
We hook several Kings like this.  It seems as though once they get a taste they want more.

I don't think it's aggression because we catch just as many hens as we do males and the hens are rarely aggressive when in the rivers, they leave that up to the males.
Color - I can tell you that I do best with a deep flame pink/red color but orange does work at times.  But, there can be guys fishing egg sacs the same color as my skein and they are not catching fish.
The area I fish is pretty murky most of the time so they must smell it before they can see it.

Yes, the fish are "supposed to stop eating" when they hit the river but they are definitely eating the skein.  We never foul hook a fish and the fish are not getting flossed as most are hooked well inside the mouth.  In the past three years I have introduced several buddies to this fishing and all of them are in complete awe that the Salmon come to this skein so well. They said that they would never have believed the Salmon would eat something so well once in the river if they had not seen it themselves.  How can you not be amazed when you hook up 30 or more Kings and Steelhead in 3 or 4 hours of fishing and no one else is catching anything.  Yesterday my buddy and I landed a total of 17 fish in 2.5 hours and we only saw 4 other fish landed (all but 1 foul hooked) total among the 20+ other anglers.  It's like this every single time we go there.

You really need to come over here on a day off (if you ever have one to spare) and see for yourself, you'll be amazed.

Today's Mail Bag: Skein Continuation -
Hi Randy, I enjoyed the info you posted about fishing with skein and floats.  My friends and I have used skein for years and it does trigger salmon hits. Today I fished a backwater pool at Oswego, using the skein and bobber. I caught the same salmon three times (in the mouth each time).  It was a fairly fresh male Coho, but I've used skein for trout as well. So much for the theory that salmon don't really hit....
I enjoy all your postings and yours is the first web site my friends and I look at when we cruise the net.
Thanks for all the good info.. Fred

Hi Randy,
I can add to your article about Salmon Skein fishing.  In Alaska (where I guided Kings for 9 seasons) we did a lot of egg and bobber fishing.  We also would even troll eggs!  It is amazing what those things do to fish.  We will use egg sacs early on when we do not have fresh skein, but once the run hits we only use globs of fresh skein, with a little bit of preservative in it.  You must keep the eggs cool, and they must be kept clean and not allowed to sit in inches of water and fish slim for best results.  Freezing is not a good idea.

If you get a quiet hole loaded with Kings you can get them in such a frenzy they will hit (yes a mean hit not you snagging them in the mouth) anything that is red colored.  I have even watched 30 pounders come out of the water and take our bobber (colored red) under like it was a brook trout eating a dry fly.  Egg skein on a quiet hole is amazing.  If you keep the fighting fish out of the holding fish you can catch every last one of them out.  One day I had guest catch a large male.  He had two hooks already in his mouth from break offs only moments before.  All of the hooks were on the inside of his mouth, and the size hook we use is a 1/0.

The egg skein as a King sees it is like a combination of some addictive drug and sex to us (no I'm not a drug user, but I assume from stories it does just stupid things to you).  Anyway if you get the stuff in front of a King is amazing in terms of success.  We even troll it by snelling a hook and having a jet plane diver several feet infront of that to take the eggs down.  Then we just back troll it down a run, hole, or slot, and bang as soon as it gets in front of some big old king you got it going on!

A huge problem with it is you have to kill a lot of female fish in order to have enough skein to fish all day.  IF everyone on the salmon river were to fish skein,  I do not think there would be any females getting to the hatchery.  It is really sad that lots of female fish have to get harvested because they are going to get used as bait. Despite it's great effect on fishing I think it might have very catastrophic effects on the King fishery on the salmon river.  I have not read the rules but is it even legal on the Salmon River?  Have you ever tried fishing with it?

I guess you may not want to use this on the web because many people may actually try using skein, which might be the greatest fish catcher ever, but it also takes the lives of a lot of fish that might otherwise get caught several times and go on to be used as a brood fish.
Tight Lines, Todd

Jeff, Fred and Todd, Thanks a bunch for you professional insight on this fish catching technique. Im sure a few folks will try it and have success with it. I've never used it on our Kings, but it does produce! Especially in the Estuary of the Salmon River. It is a hammer for steelhead!
(FYI - Everyone, please read the Reg. book as it relates to Salmon River NY. Egg taking, fish cleaning and egg possession amounts, also if there is anything new Ive missed. Dont want to see any of you getting a "dummy" ticket ;)


Nice lil Brownie. (Fish Released :) Congrats!

The below Water Release and Forecast Graph's are what I look @ every morning before heading out the door to guide you. You should also check them for many reason's. MOST important, Your life... could depend on it!
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200 - This is a "live" water level gauge at Pineville, approx. 3 miles below the dam. Water level's will be a lil higher further down river from run-off and Trout Brook's influence.
http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=365123 - Check this for water forecast's. Please remember that this is ONLY a forecast and water levels could be different.
NORTH BRANCH SALMON RIVER AT REDFIELD NY
Here is a "live" gauge on one of the feeder streams - branches that run into the Salmon River Res. system. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04249200 It gives you an idea of run-off. Heard a rumor that in the future we might get another live internet gauge on the other branch?

Ok, Ill be the bad guy (and probably the only local Biz.) that talks about something know one likes to talk about. (I hate posting this warning every year, as it brings back sad memories...... If it helps jus one of you to think twice, then it's been worth it!)

Please take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and review these professionally done videos on everything related to fishing - safely wading the Salmon River NY and surrounding water's.
Some anglers may have been able to survive, had they viewed this.
Wading safety tips, it could not only save your life. But the life of a child, family members, fishing  friends or someone who is floating down river and needs YOU to rescue them. (I even learned some new stuff!)

Safety related to Wading Video's:

http://dryflyguy.com/wading-safely/

Added Safe Wading Tips:

1. Turn Around!!! No fish is worth it!!!!!
2. Know your water and structure better than you know the inside of your pocket. This includes knowing exactly what the water level is and forecasted .

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'm taking reservations for this Oct. Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.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, blue skies ahead and all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy

Tight to a Steelhead! Im hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy hat. Fish ON, baby!
Steelhead season is just around the corner. Give me a ring! 315-963-2065. Emails are best.

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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!
Partial 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 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

A Multitude of Photo's (w/comments) of all the Trophy Fish you can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season! (A must see)
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This 30 plus lb. King Salmon is heavy. Would you please hurry up and take the dang picture! ;)
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9/20 Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

In the Salmon River 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 I was fishing the river this weekend or next week. I would fish the largest, deepest, major holes from the top of the river to the bottom and try to stay in the fast water.
Or, I might fish the lower river and hope - pray ;) for a good run of fresh Salmon entering it. Sometimes its like a box of chocolates down there, never know ;)
Look for more fresh fish to enter and run the river this come'n week, guaranteed!
Lower River - Over the last week, we have seen a trickle of fresh King and Coho Salmon entering the lower Salmon River daily.
Lake O. - Larger #'s of Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake.
Estuary - Drift boats in the Estuary are doing good on Salmon, especially at night. A few more Salmon being spotted in the Estuary as it is loading up.
(If your intrested in hiring a drift boat guide for the Estuary, during the day or night, I have a couple of my Endorsed guides I could refer you too.)
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. 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.
Nice time to fish if you are not concerned about #'s. (Jus my opionion and yours may differ) Presently, over all, most river anglers (but not all ;) are finding the fishing slooow. Primarily, it depends on where you set your expectation level at as it relates to the #'s of fish we have in the river, presently.
When are we going to get our first BIG run?
With the way this month is going, I guess you'd have to ask the fish that ;)
Recent River Work - They filled in a lot of the pot holes in the angler fishing lots, they bull dozed out the river rocks at the bottom of the drift boat ramp and pushed it around in the lower fly zone.
The town of Pulaski and the surrounding area is all prepped and ready for our first big run of Salmon and also our first BIG run of anglers! Tent's are out, open sign's are up, all the fish cleaning stations are operating, tackle shops are all stocked up for you, fresh coat's of paint and your favorite beer is on ice.
We'll leave a light on for ya!
Randy

Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead This fish catching machine awaits you! (John Halnon Photo Credit)

Complementary Guide Tip:
(specific places)
Approx. % of fish we are visually seeing and counting in each type of Habitat, over most of the river, almost daily, off my drift boat and others. (Disclaimer - yukyuk - Your % may differ ;)

10% Transitional Stage - Transitional Resting - Where the fish rest at temporarily while in a transitional mode (running the river) and also Prime Transitional Holding - Where the fish will hold for the entire day (usually mid-day) after they have stopped running that morning.
90% 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.
0% on that special rock.

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.

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know ;)
Weather  - Sat. night thru Mon. chance of rain. This low-light always help's to get some more Salmon moving into the river.

If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, please stop back once in awhile :)

Family King Salmon. Congrats! As the sun rose to another day on the water, it made me realize how very lucky I am. To do what I enjoy and share it with all of you. Thanks, Randy

Today's Funky Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Eric Clapton - Get Ready - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQWzIStXy-4
Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U79o7qwul48
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RvR3j535qc

Week in Review:

Sat. - Lot's of rain! Sometimes we have more anglers than fish, for this early and on a weekend. But yer never know! Hopefully you all got to play with some! Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Sun. - With a lot of rain, the run-off caused the river to rise 40 cfs @ Pineville. Friends fishing the bottom of the river off their boat didn't see to many. They each played with 3-4 and landed 1 King (15 to 20 lb. average) and 3 dime bright feisty fresh Coho's. (8 to 12 lb. average)
Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Mon. - Those fish that entered the river last week have spread out on the river and some will be in the middle section of the river. Lower end of river, 1 here, one there, trickle, had to work for them.
Upper end of the estuary there were pods of Salmon pushing water (wave) up and down and around. Not many biters today, played with a couple, my buddy got skunked. From the Rt. 3 bridge down to the Lake (approx. 1-1/2 miles) in the Estuary there was a consistent number of Salmon rolling and splashing on the surface.

Tuesday - For the last coupl'a weeks, we have pretty much had a sprinkling of Salmon entering the lower river daily. These #'s will increase. Add in the ones that have entered the river over the last month or so and we pretty much have a sprinkling of Salmon from the top of the river to the bottom.
A seasoned, well respected, credible guide friend reported in that his guest's played with 4-5 Salmon in the lower river this morning early, then it died fast. He grabbed his drift boat and floated the upper - middle section of the river and found some more Salmon for his very happy clients to play with.
It's always nice to have options and move around presently. That's what I would recommend if your fishing here now and want to increase your success rate. My guide friend was in a spot that gets the fish that entered the river last night, running by him in the morning. So there weren't enouph fish to hold there interest's. These Salmon normally travel 2 to 3 miles per day.
With some rain and low light this morning, I'd guess those anglers fishing closer to the mouth of the Salmon River probably saw more fish?

Today's lil Trick:
Some of us and the more seasoned Salmon River anglers communicate with each other with walkee talkee's when fishing a mile or so apart.
Many times after communicating with your fishing friends, you can walk up or down the river by a mile where your friends are fishing and find a nice group - run of Salmon. Neat lil trick!

It's funny and interesting how being 1 mile in 1 direction or another can make a difference sometimes with fish that are in a transitional or holding stage for the day.


Todays interesting tid bit:
Normally by approx. 10 am. on a sunny day is when those transitional Salmon will slide into there transitional holding locations until the next low light period. As an angler, you should do the same :)

Wed. Morning Report - Same'ol same hole ;) Very few Salmon entered the lower river yesterday. 20% chance of some rain and sprinkles for tonight into Thursday morning. It wont cause any run-off, but the low light in the morning might get a few more Salmon committing to entering the river from the Estuary. Whir's that crystal ball of mine ;)

Credible Guide's Wed. Afternoon Report  - Lower River - First hour in the morning it was dead in this particular spot. Then for the next 3 hour's it was one here, 1 there, steady trickle until the run ended. Approx. 8 Salmon were played with during this time period between his 2 clients. Occasionally you would see a bent rod up or down the river during this time.

Thurs.
- Those fish that entered the river last week have spread out on the river and some will be arriving in the upper section of the river. Sat. night thru Mon. chance of rain. This low-light always help's to get some more Salmon moving into the river.
Lower End - A credible source fishing the lower river said it was the slowest day all week down there, where he was at. He was in his drift boat in the upper river by 11am. Few fish entering the lower river.
Upper - Middle section of river - A couple of friends joined me for a day's drift boat trip down the river. Nice relaxing day with a few fish played with.
It was great to get an incredible view of all habitat's over a 6 mile section of the river as we floated down it in the drift boat, to report back to you.
Hope your chair is comfortable, while I do ALL this work for you. - yukyuk
Presently - Approx. - Upper - Middle - Lower River:
90% in the major pool's
10% in a transitional stage
0% on that special rock
Estuary: The boats are finding some players.
My friends who fished with me today off the drift boat ended up fishing on there own until dark and got to play with a few more Salmon in one of the Major Pool's up river.

Fri. - In the lower river, it was the slowest day all week for fresh Salmon entering the river. Played with a couple. Slooooow.

Sat. - I Couldn't go fishing today because of YOU! (yukyuk) Its my scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to post all this fish porn for you. (Feel'n guilty? Didn't think soooooo...... ;)

There's no Nookie like Chinookie (Did I jus say that?)
Outstanding Steelhead from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY incredible Steelhead fly fishing guide A BIG male "Chinook" King Salmon. Unique view! Photo complement's of my client, Karl A. Mueller, III (All fish released for you, your friends and or your children's future fishing pleasure. It's nice to share)

What encourages the fish to decide to enter the river? - Clues on how to forecast or possibly predict your best fishing in the lower end.
Mother Natures Signature Clues:
Wind direction - Very Strong Wind out of the West - This can push the water in and make it a lil deeper, causing the fish to feel more comfortable and enter the River.
Low light, morning and evening's and stormy weather (cloudy, rainy, a very very small or nonexistent moon over night and early morning)
Higher water levels - natural rain and snow run-off. If natural run off causes the river to just rise 50-100 cfs, that might be all that it would take.

Man made Incentives to Enter and Run:
Those "Dam People" (yukyuk) releasing more water. Dam water releases normally coinciding with Mother Nature or following her.

Fish's Biological Clock
- tick tick
As the days grow short'r, it helps!
Bottom Line - They will run when they are darn good and ready, so STOP sending me all those emails!! - yukyuk ;)

Example - (FYI - sometimes none of the above-below happens and just like last August, we had some fish enter the river and run it)
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200
410 cfs at "live" Pineville before the rain to 470 cfs "live" Pineville after the rain. Thats a 60 cfs rise in the water level at Pineville caused by run-off.
Then, figure more water entering the river further down thru run-off and Trout Brook, which would bring the water level up even more. Probably over 100 cfs.
Then figure this into the equation - West wind around 20 mph.
Soooo, combine the wind direction and higher water flow and suzzam!!! major run or good run entering the lower end.
Now, stick with me...... lets also add into the above the fishes biological clock that is ticking daily, suggesting that they make there run into and up the river.
Next step is "low light". There are 2 low light periods everyday - yukyuk. Now add in an overcast, drizzly, rainy day and sometimes they will run all day.

If you get a combination of a couple, few or all of the above, usually (not always) it will mean a nice fresh run entering the lower end. Sometimes you roll the dice in the lower end and its just like a "Box of Chocolates".
I sincerely hope this helps you a lil more in understanding what encourages them to "first" enter the river and help you to catch a BUNCH of fish!!
Drift Boat on the amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY while fishing for steelhead There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting for you! (John Halnon Photo Credit)
Today's Mail Bag:
Another techie question, any thought on what to do when the fish just goes to the bottom and sits there? I had one that started a run and then decided to sit in the bottom of a pool, since I am using 10-lb. leader you cannot horse it. Thanks, Jay

Hi Jay, Briefly, If the Salmon gave you a good head shake on the surface when first hooked, normally it’s in the mouth and it’s a waiting game. I always get even or below the fish and bend my rod down stream (The down and dirty) This puts the maximum amt. of side pressure on fish and helps tire it sooner. If the fish is accidentally hooked in the dorsal fin it will sit there forever and not move. It’s like your hooked to a rock. These fish are big, so if its in the mouth its a waiting game.

Randy me and a couple of guys are coming up Oct 5, from Pa. They want to take a boat out in the estuary to avoid some of the crowds on the river.  I am undecided about the whole boat thing.  I enjoy wading the river and the ability to move around and chase the fish.  Maybe you can ease my mind  on this matter.  Is it an effective way to fish for the salmon or would we be better off fishing the river.  they think it will be better since the fish will be fresh from the lake and not pressured like mid river salmon.  I’m afraid they will mostly be past the estuary by the time we get there.  Any input and techniques would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the report I look forward to reading what's going on and cant wait to get there. Fish On! Tim

Hi Tim, GREAT Q's!
(You jus made my fishing report page as others will enjoy your Q's also)
I personally enjoy the river more, like you. But, the boats in the Estuary are fun and productive also. Yes, your dates are considered "prime-time" so the river is always crowded, unless you go for a lil walk, like I do or use the drift boat. It's hard to forecast or predict fish movement, biological clock, etc...
But, normally (my opionion and others may differ ;) Oct. 5 is when we are normally seeing our last BIG runs of Salmon or jus a lil before your date. There will still be Salmon in the Estuary, but #'s?
By Oct. 5 the entire river will be alive and loaded with Salmon from the top to the bottom. From one side of the river to the other, within reason. All habitat's will be producing. The Salmon will be in all stages of the run. Transitional resting, transitional holding, non-transitional prime holding and also on that special rock. On your day, there will be more fish in the river than the Estuary.
BUT, here in lyes the catch - More fish in the river, but also more anglers. Less fish in the Estuary, but also less anglers. I feel your pain- yukyuk
If I was fishing on your date, (only my personal preference) I'd fish the river. Go for a walk and get on a "good spot" in the dark.
Great Q. Tim and Im flattered that you enjoy the report's! Randy

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Randy, Believe me, I think of playing hooky and going fishing almost every day!  Having a great trip like the last one with you, only makes it worse. My dad and I truly enjoyed fishing with you. Your knowledge of the river, your expertise, and your jokes, all added to the enjoyment of the trip.
All the fish we caught were a bonus! Thanks, John
Thanks John, It was a reeeel pleasure fishing with you and your dad. Lots of fun! Randy

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Interesting and Unique Image
Drift Boat fly Fishing Report (Photo credit Gregorio Chojna @ https://www.facebook.com/Chojna)
Hope a train doesn't come along, or those fish wont be the only thing getting tenderized ;) You can tell that these are Salmon by the grey, blackish insides of there mouth's.
A Trout (Brown or Steelhead) would have a white mouth. Thats how you can easily tell them apart.
The 2 fish on the left are King Salmon and the fish on the right is a Coho Salmon. You can tell the Salmon on the right is a Coho by the pronounced Kype.
We call it a Jimmy Durante nose. (You youngster's may need to Google the name. yukyuk)
Guide drift boat fishing report for Salmon River

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. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct.

Today's Fishing Tip:
Please see all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)

Web Site Testimonial:
Randy, Just want to tell you that we appreciate your efforts on keeping your web site current and "honest". Your reports are exactly as we found when fishing the same days you have reported, both at DSR and the other parts of the river.
Thanks, credibility is something that is not easily achieved on this river ;) Randy

Today's Humor
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W.C. Fields Quote on Death:
(you youngsters may need to google his name)
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

When he was asked what he spent all his money on?
Broads, Booze and Gambling, the rest I wasted.

Quote on Prejudice:
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.

Quote on Trust:
Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.

Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.

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I have 2 peek viewing times.
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Sept. 13, 2014 Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report

Welcome Back to YOUR Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report's!
Over the last few days we have seen an increase of Salmon entering the river. Looks like its finally beginning to happen with larger #'s of Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake. Drift boats in the Estuary finding a few more players. A few more Salmon being spotted in the Estuary. A few more Salmon entering the lower river, running it and spreading out. (Transitional resting and Transitional holding)  Few more fish transitioning up into the mid-upper river. Besides the ones that already entered and have spread out on the river, top to bottom that are in the major pools. Minor pools have a few more in them, top to bottom of the river. Lil bit of everything. Look for things to improve on a weekly basis, sometimes daily. Nice time to fish if you are not concerned about #'s.

For the Salmon that have just entered the river over these last few days, fishing anywhere from the 2A bridge down, might get yer a bite or two :)

My friends and I played with approx. 13 Salmon on Monday off the drift boat in 1 spot where we spent most of the day knowing this would be the largest concentration of fish we would find on this day. Didn't touch a fish anywhere else we fished.
Spotted one here, few over there, but mostly none. ;)
I'd have to give our day an A+ for the numbers of fish that are around presently! On my first drift, Fish ON! My buddy had 4 on in about 1/2 hour off the drift boat, then we fished the bank and played with some more until the spot went dead.
We could have played with more in this spot if we had moved a lil and covered some new and exciting water, but we wanted a change of scenery. We almost had the entire river to ourselves, Great fun! Great weather! (But, the company could have been better - yukyuk)
Wed. - We played with 3-4 Salmon in the lower river during the mornings run. Then used the drift boat to hit a specific prime lye that has plenty of Salmon in it, that are not going anywhere soon. Played with another 5-6 Salmon before calling it a day and hitting the drift boat ramp.
Thurs. - First reeeeeel noticeable run of ok numbers of Salmon entering the lower river, not a major run, yet...... tick - tick.
We fished the middle section of the river and found some Kings and a Brown Trout. (Transitional resting, transitional holding and most were in the major non-transitional holding spot's) We played with 7 or 8 of'm Ye-haa! ;)

Water is forecast
@ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know ;)
Saturday - Occasional showers. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Boy, that weather forecast could spell a nice run???
Big'ol King Salmon caught on the Slam'n Salmon River NY while wade fishing with guide Randy Jones. Congrats!

Today's Tunes:
Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Peter Tosh - Johnny Be Good - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8WRzdN43BI
Etta James Hound Dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gNtvg_3TNA

Week in review:

Sunday - The low light and rain we recieved Sat. didn't produce anything major down low, as we all had hoped it might. A few more Salmon entered the river and are on there way up it.

Mon. - Took the drift boat down the river to take a peek and do a lil fishing. Largest concentrations were in the major pool's, few in the minor pool's and even fewer in a transitional stage.
My 2 friends and I played with approx. 13 Kings and Coho's out of a major pool. Didn't see much to get excited about in all the other habitat's. Few other anglers out enjoying the beautiful weather, with some having success while most other's not.

Tues. - Small improvement of #'s of Salmon entering the lower river from the Estuary. Improvement of #'s of Salmon being seen in the Estuary.

Wed. - We played with 3-4 Salmon in the lower river during the mornings run. Then used the drift boat up river to hit a specific prime lye that has plenty of Salmon in it. Played with another 5-6 Salmon before calling it a day and hitting the drift boat ramp.

Thurs. - Few more Salmon in the Estuary and entering the river. Few more Salmon being landed in the Town area that entered the river yesterday. Few Brown Trout and Steelhead around, besides a few Atlantic Salmon and TROPHY chub's! ;)
First reeel noticeable run of descent numbers of Salmon entering the lower river, not a major run, yet.
We fished the middle section of the river and found some Kings and a Brown Trout. (Transitional resting, transitional holding and most were in the major non-transitional holding spot's) We played with 7 or 8 of'm Ye-haa! ;)

Fri. - Fishing is still on the sloooow side, over all, but you never know..... Few around. From the Town area down river produced the most action unless you were in one of the major pools up river or caught a push of fish running by you during low light periods, top to bottom of river.
Nice trickle of fresh Salmon entered the river.

Sat. - I Couldn't go fishing today because of YOU! (yukyuk) Its my scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to post all this fish porn for you. (Feel'n guilty? Didn't think soooooo...... ;)
Nice King Salmon kept for the dinner table. Congrats! All other's released for your fishing enjoyment. It's nice to share ;)

The Post-Standard
Salmon are suckers for fly fishers' wares. They'll hit on all types of flies right now. 
By J. Michael Kelly - Staff writer

Fly fishing for Pacific salmon in Lake Ontario tributaries isn't as difficult as it appears to non-practicioners. In fact, there are at least three effective ways to go about it you can chuck and duck, rely on a strike indicator or swing a few coneheads through your favorite riffle.
And don't worry about that burst of jargon; translations are just a few sentences away.
Keep in mind that the 10- to 30-pound chinook salmon and the smaller but equally feisty coho salmon that swim up the Salmon River and other Great Lakes feeder streams this time of year to spawn can be caught on many things. They are especially vulnerable to artificial flies made of real fur and feathers or synthetic materials such as tinsel and fake hair.

"They'll hit all sorts of flies," said Fran Verdoliva, the former tributary fishing guide who is now the Department of Environmental Conservation's Salmon River program coordinator.
Verdoliva is partial to neon-bright, weighted streamer flies, himself. But Mike DeTomaso, the manager of the White River fly fishing department at the Auburn Bass Pro Shops store, takes his share of salmon on small artificial nymphs and fingernail-size yarn puffs called glo bugs. And Pulaski guide Randy Jones generally uses simple flies, made of Estaz tinsel chenille, that closely resemble nothing in nature but seem to irritate salmon into hitting them.

The three anglers employ different methods and tackle, as well as radically diverse fly patterns.
Jones' bread-and-butter method is the running line. A running-line expert uses one or more split shot to quickly sink a fly in swift, deep water. Instead of a thick fly line that would retard the sinking rate, the method calls for a thin-diameter line that knifes through the water with minimal drag.
The running-line method is sometimes referred to as "chuck and duck" because its aficionados have to watch out for the split-shot missiles they're slinging past their own ears.
Jones contends the rig is perfect for the tumbling, white-water pools and pockets that are common throughout the Salmon River and often ringed tightly by anglers.
"The quicker your fly gets to the strike zone, any species of fish, anywhere in the world, which is about a foot to two feet above the bottom, and the longer it stays there, the better your odds of catching some fish," said Jones.
He hands his clients long rods, and instructs them to raise the sticks high immediately after completing a cast. The angler should then follow the line with rod tip held high.
To facilitate a long drift and improve the odds of landing a hooked salmon, Jones employs either a standard 9-foot, 9- or 10-weight fly rod or a two-handed, 13-foot spey-style fly rod. His leaders usually have 2- to 4-foot-long tippets rated at 10-pound test or lighter.

DeTomaso likes spey rods, too, but he attaches a bright orange plastic foam bobber onto the butt segment of his tapered leader, and uses only one or two small split shot, either BBs or 3/0-size weights, to dangle the fly directly beneath the float, which is called a "strike indicator."
With the marble-size indicators he uses, DeTomaso can recognize the most subtle interference with his drifting fly. Any sudden wiggle or wobble of the float may mean that the fly is merely stuck between two rocks, or it could be the start of an epic battle with a biting salmon.
To put the fly in the spots where salmon rest, DeTomaso relies on a spey rod or a 9-foot-long fly rod and a floating, tapered fly line. Typically, only the lower half of his leader is allowed to sink during the drift; the leader butt and fly line are usually at the surface, making for a smooth pick-up and a quick repeat cast.
"I get a more natural drift with a strike indicator and I also like the fact that I can use less weight than you do with the running line," DeTomaso said.

Verdoliva has used both the indicator and running-line tactics to take salmon but now is more apt to employ a weighted fly, a sinker-less leader and a floating line, especially when he's fishing water of medium depths and speeds.
Traditionally, salmon flies were weighted with wraps of lead or copper wire around their shanks, but Verdoliva now has boxes full of streamers which sport barbell-shaped "lead eyes" or tungsten cones "coneheads" secured just behind the eyes of the size 2 or 4 hooks. These flies sink quickly but are more streamlined and easier to cast than the lead-wrapped patterns of yore.
"I guess you could say they're fly fishing's version of a jig," said Verdoliva.  If he has trouble getting one of his weighted flies to the bottom in a given spot, Verdoliva either pinches a small BB shot on his leader, which is usually tapered to about a 12-pound tippet, or puts a short, quick-sinking piece of line called a "shooting head" between his fly line and the leader butt.
Reprinted with permission, The Post - Standard

Nice fresh scenic Steelhead with the http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html drift boat in back ground. Congrats! (Released)

If you like fishing for steelhead during the Fall, Winter or Spring, 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.
If any of you have a particular fishing subject that you would enjoy me writing about or commenting on. Please leave it on one of my social media sites.

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. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct.

Today's Fishing Tip:
Please see all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)

"Kids" Salmon River NY Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo...  bad if your not, I got some wrong too :)
(To find the answer, please hold down the left side of your mouse and scroll past the Q)
What cfs water flow do we call "a gate"?  --  750 cfs
What do you call it when a fish smokes you and you lose it?  --   Getting Spanked!!!!!!
When can you legally start to fish in the morning?   --   1/2 hour before sunrise
How many Steelhead are you allowed to keep per-day, per person and what size does it need to be?   --   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
If someone is a reeeeeeally bad fisherman and never catches any fish, what fishing joke can you tell them to make them feel better?   --   The way you fish, you'd have a better chance of catching a fish if you took took up golf!
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 guiding experince ;)

Guide Humor and lil Tip:
When I see these, easily accessible Prime non-transitional holding spots loaded up with fish and anglers. I sometimes think that maybe some fishing folks think these fish are air lifted by a helicopter in a BIG net and then dropped into these places.
They actually have to run from the bottom of the river to the top - yukyuk. They use the depth of water and current to navigate there way up river. So by going for a lil walk above or below these popular and crowded area's during "prime time" and finding there route and resting locations.
You can have a reeeeeel nice fishing time all by yourself on even the busiest day up here. Thats how I do it :)
 I sincerely hope this helps you to understand the movement of fish a lil better and hopefully catch'a bunch!

Today's Humor

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

Town Pool ;)
This is a popular crowded spot during "Prime Time" Salmon Season on the Salmon River I've never fished. If your new to the river and want to view The Salmon River Circus ;)  Walk over and stand on the short bridge in the town of Pulaski. It's a must see!
Fish Tail:
I was told a funny story about this spot. 2 anglers were fishing across from each other and they both hooked the same fish. They started yelling at each other that it was HIS fish, the other angler would yell back, NO, its mine. (On this river, who ever has the stongest line usually wins) They both pulled soooo hard, that they clotheslined that poor Salmon. Meaning that the Salmon was elevated out over the water while they both pulled as hard as they could from both sides of the river. Never a dull moment on this river and the guy with the strongest line won! - yukyuk

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

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)

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Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy

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Sept. 6, 2014 King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River Pulaski NY

Most of the King Salmon are in the pool's, top to bottom of the Salmon River NY. Few in a transitional stage, top to bottom of river. Few entering the river and transitioning up it daily. Water dropped to approx. 350 cfs last Sunday (Aug. 31) @ 10 pm. and since then only a sprinkling of Salmon have entered the river. Soooo, this tells you that the Salmon that entered during our last, loong high water period have had plenty of time to all spread out on the river. From the top to the bottom.
These fish have all found a prime holding lye until approx. Oct. 1.

Last year on Sept. 14, I counted approx. 350 Salmon in all habitats over a 3 mile stretch of the upper river from the drift boat. Last year between Sept. 4 - 7 was are first noticeable decent run of Salmon entering the river.
This year? Any day now......Never know.. ;)
If you were fishing anytime soon, I'd still set my expectation level on low and look at any Salmon caught as a bonus. Nice time to fish if you enjoy solitude and are not concerned about #'s.
There's a few around, one here, none over there, 15 or so in this specific habitat spot, sort'a stuff. Never know......
We also have lot's of Bass, a few Atlantic Salmon, Skamania Steelhead and an occasional Brown Trout around in the River for you to try for presently. O' I almost forgot, we also have some Trophy Chubs!
King Salmon average 15 to 20 lb's. with some smaller but many larger!  I'm always amazed that an angler can simply walk to the rivers edge and pull out a 30 lb. Salmon.
Good reports out on the Eastern part of Lake Ontario. More Salmon are arriving daily. Salmon fishing on the Lake has been over all good with some Lake Trout, Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.

Week in review:
Sat. - We had a few Salmon entering the Salmon River and running it, as forecast and predicted ;) A few anglers got to play and land some. Few Salmon caught below, in and above the Town area. Few Salmon in the Estuary. Couple Salmon spotted up river. Get'n itchy?
As usual on a holiday weekend, more anglers fishing, so more hooks in the water = more fish ON!! (Nothing amazing to report yet, same ol same hole for this early in the season. One here, none there, one over that'a way and none over this'a way stuff ;)
Some anglers reported no fish caught and no fish seen, while others found one and or saw a couple.

Sunday
- Water forecast said, 750 cfs thru Tues. At approx. 10 pm Sun.. it had drop to approx. 335 cfs.

Mon.
- Same'ol same hole ;)

Tues.
- Heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast for Tues., then clearing. This forecast looks nice! Some low light and rain, then clearing and sunny (better to sight fish, if thats your game ;)
Hmmmm, got your gear all ready, check your waders for any leaks?

Wed.
- 350 cfs

Thurs.
- Salmon Sprinkled top to bottom of the Salmon River NY. Most are in the prime non-transitional holding pools, with a few transitioning up the river and stopping in there transitional resting spots and prime transitional holding. (See last report for explanation of these habitat terms)
Recommend covering - working numerous fish locations on the river for best results since they are spread out. Or, jus fish the major pools, as they wont be going anywhere soon and thats where most - some - a few, are at presently ;)
With jus a few entering the river daily, presently, in my opionion and yours may differ, you'd do better fishing anywhere on the river in the pools for those fish that came in with the last big water release.
BUT, you never know...... down low..... Sometimes its like a box of chocolates;)

With every week that goes by you will see an increase of the #'s of fresh Coho and King Salmon entering the lower river, running it and spreading out over the entire length of the Salmon River.

Fri.
- 350 CFS - Few Salmon being caught from Altmar down thru the lower end of the river and some not ;)
This just in - Nice Current Salmon Read, Report's and Opinion's (I agree with Fran, normal year, not behind) - http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/09/the_annual_fall_salmon_run_up_lake_ontario_tributaries_seems_a_little_behind_sch.html

Sat.
- My day off the water to post all this fish porn for you and also. You can only turn your underwear inside out sooooo many times, before you HAVE to do your laundry ;)
Next week Ill float the river again in the drift boat and give you an update on #'s and the predominate fish habitat's they are in! (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Until 11:59 PM today, Sat, 350 CFS
Today - Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 71. South wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

This could make something happen down low?????
Trophy King Salmon Some Trophy King Salmon with some very happy clients who caught these in late Sept. on the Slam'n Salmon River NY with Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones.
All the rest of the fish landed were released for your children's and your future fishing pleasure. It's nice to share! Congrats!!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Koko Taylor - Let the good times roll - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLoXPM5zMOE
Rehab - Bartender Song (Sittin' At A Bar) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdEvL6jxUYA Unedited Original - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_0pw-LeloU

Mail Bag Salmon River NY:

The following question was asked to me by someone who was really interested to learn the correct way to fish, so he could show his children. I will always make time for anyone out there, who would like to learn how to fish for these magnificent fish. This was a great question that I find a lot of folks don’t realize, so I thought I would share it with you.

Randy, I was up fishing on Sunday. Saw some good fish. I am having trouble getting them to take a fly. By the time I get a shot at them, they are very pressured. It doesn't make a difference what fly I have on or what size tippet I am using or what length leader I have on. Any time the fly gets anywhere near them, they dodge it. What's going on? What should I do different? Thanks for your help

(As usual, just my opionion and yours may differ :)
Your situation is quite common. Your fish were doing what I call, "Parting like the Red Sea". They were actually telling YOU, that your rigging or presentation was off. (Those are the two main reason's)
I listen to what the fish are telling me, (Where is that medicine my doctor prescribed me for this condition ;) then adjust if needed.

Here's what I do:
First off, if those fish are not interested (after making adjustments to your presentation and rigging) I LEAVE them and look for others. Do it ALL the time. You might have 100 Salmon in front of you, but only a few of them could be aggressive players. Some will strike and other's wont. Why waist your time.

1. Stay in medium to fast water.
2. Try to fish above or below the gauntlet's. Work the water between 2A and Pineville. Most people fish were the river is most easily accessible or where they see the most cars parked. Stay away from those areas. What most people don’t realize is if they simple walk a short ways they will escape the crowds and pressured fish, on even the busiest holiday weekends. Providing them with a more qaulity experince. Simply look for the deepest part of the river, run, pocket water or rapids and where there is the most current. This is normally what most fish use to navigate the river, day in and day out. Once this road map is figured out. It's as simple as spreading soft but'a on a warm muf'n!
3. Pd test of leader - tippet is determined by speed, clarity of water, species of fish, fishing pressure, fresh or educated fish.
4. Use the bright flies at dawn and dusk. Chartreuse, pink. If you find fish that have not seen any pressure then go bright.
5. Anytime you can disguise what your fly, bait or lure is tied too, any species of fish, fresh or saltwater, anywhere in the world, you will increase your odds. I use Seaguar Fluorocarbon - http://www.seaguar.com/ All of the TOP Fishing Guides from around the World use this stuff.
6. Slow water, go longer tippet-leader and lighter Pd. test. (4 foot max. leader length from bait, bait imitation or fly to any added weight) - (check regs for special reg's area's) To put more distance between weight and main line as they can see much better in the slow water. Then they will concentrate only on your fly or bait. And not spook off your main line and weight.
7. Try to keep as much distance from the fish as possible as they are a little smarter than most folks give them credit. Distance also allows them to feel safe and comfortable and not so pressured. They are much more likely to stay longer, giving you more shots.
8. Presentation is everything. I find the Kings the least aggressive so putting it in their face is best. Whether you are spin fishing, swinging it with a sink tip, floating line or dead drifting (drift fishing). Adjusting any added weight or mending always helps! Everyday, when site fishing is possible we find some fish that no matter how many times you present your stuff to them or how many times you change your stuff, they simple are not interested. These fish are left. Why waist yours and mine valuable fishing time :)

Hope this helps, if not e-mail me to discuss further. I’m glad you’re taking the time to learn how to do it right! I'm always more than happy to help anyone who wants to learn how to fish. Happy Hookin; Randy

Randy, Your technique description is excellent.  One point that I do not see explained is how to wade. Point #7 touches on this, but it needs more clarification on wading.  Nothing bums me out more than seeing a guy standing in the run. I know the ( ----- run ) like the inside of my pocket.  I snorkel it and clean it during the summer.  The greatest depth is 4.5 feet for a brief moment and the rest averages 3-3.5 feet. This is true for much of the Salmon River.  If an angler is up to his hips, he is in too far.  The fish hold on either side of the fast water.
An angler should work the inside first and then fish his way across the river.  If he moves into the water to far he will spook the fish on his inside of the run.  If someone is across from him and they move out to far, the gauntlet effect takes place. The fish just zip through the run.  If everyone is staying back, the fish take their time. They rest in the hole. Everyone catches fish.
I would love to see you do more writing on the wading subject.  A few weeks ago the area by the island below the --- pool was so disorganized that it was unfishable.  Guys were out to their waist, literally in the run.   When I fish this area, I'm normally very close to the island or on the ridge above the first shoot.  There are other things like crossing the river.  It is dangerous and the best place is usually the tail of the pool, but you should not cross through someone's drift.  If you feel it is the only place to cross, ask the opposing angler. Thanks

You are absolutely correct and I couldn’t have said it better.
I wanted to write something about this earlier as I can see people standing way out in the run above ---. Those fish either turn around in the early season or blow by them. If someone stands in the lane that 80% of the fish travel, they spook and don't sit and hold correctly. Destroying everyone's fishing opportunities around them. No biggy. I would like to think that these anglers are simply new. Like we ALL were once.
I m always supper polite, and ask them if they realize how the hole works. If they say no, (which is obvious because of were they’re standing) I explain the hole, where the fish lay or travel and that if they back up they should have a fish on shortly. Ill then make a polite suggestion as to were it would be better to stand so THEY will have a better chance to catch fish as well as everyone around them. It works every time like magic and then everyone catches fish! Most folks who obviously are new, are excited and grateful for getting a helping hand. I’m not concerned in the least, if this is the only hole that this person knows and that they will be fishing next to me for the next few days. The hole can only fit so many folks comfortably and if that person is there then that’s great! At least they wont be standing where they should be fishing so we all can enjoy this amazing fishery. Fish on... Baby!! :)

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. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct.
Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead My guest, Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb. plus King Salmon. Caught while wade fishing with a fly rod in early Oct.
Top Secret Tip for the day: See the rock's out of the water over Stan's right shoulder? We call those Flinestone chairs. I build them to be able to sit down, hold my net and be close to the action. Any place you see these chair's would be a good - guaranteed place to fish.
Why would anyone take the time or energy to build them in a bad spot? Some of us have been known to kick them over at day's end so as not to give away a prime spot. (Sneaky lil devils aren't we :)

"Kids" Salmon River NY Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo...  bad if your not, I got some wrong too :)
(To find the answer, please hold down the left side of your mouse and scroll past the Q)
What do we call a 1 year old Salmon? -- Jack
What do we call a 1 year old Steelhead? -- Skipper
When I say, "special rock". What type of rock am I referring too? -- Gravel-where they will spawn
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 guiding experince ;)


Last Years Sept. 14 Report, Hmmmmm!

9/14 Fishing Report from this Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Drift Boat Guide:
Salmon are top to bottom of the Salmon River. Nice flow of fresh Salmon (w/ a few Trout) entering, running, spreading out and holding in the Salmon River NY.
I used the drift boat on Monday from Altmar to Pineville and visually counted approx. 250 Salmon, plus approx. 100 more that I could not see, but knew they were there. Biggest slug of Salmon ran into the river Sept. 4-7. Plus more over our last month.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a celebrity guest friend. Solitude, lot's of Trophy Salmon. Doesn't get much better! (Well, the company could of been better, yukyuk ;)
We could see everything. We saw 1's and two's, three's and 4's, pods of 6 and 7's. 50-60 in this spot, another 50-60 in another spot. 100 Salmon here and another 100 over there. Salmon running, holding, rolling, splashing in most of the prime spots.
All the way down a 3 mile section of the upper river. Almost all spots were holding. It looked more like the end of Sept.

All the Salmon that entered the Salmon River NY over the last month were the ones we were looking at. That other Larger slug of fish that entered the Salmon River last Wed. thru Sat. are running, spreading out and some will be arriving further up river today.
They say..... it takes some of those King Salmon approx. 7 days to reach the top while the Cohos can do it in a day.

Coho Fish Tail:
Many many years ago I heard this Coho story from Jim Rusher - https://www.facebook.com/JimRusherSpeySchools and http://www.jimrusher.com/ (past owner of Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel)
He said, there were sooooo many Cohos at the top of the river, that they put them in a truck and drove them back to the bottom of the river and made them run the Salmon River all over again. True story????????

The surprising part of the day for me was seeing Salmon rooster tail up the shallow rapids during the high noon sun. Only a few anglers out and in one 2 mile stretch we only saw 1 angler that had hiked in. :)
What type of Habitat had the highest concentrations? Were they in transition resting? Prime transitional holding? Or Prime non-transitional holding?
They were in all of them!

My celebrity guest friend new ever pebble in the river. I anchored in a spot called the - hole. My friend didn't know about it so I figured I'd explain it to him and why it was such a nice lil hole. See that long stretch of rapids below us? Those fish get tired running those rapids and this is the first spot they come to, to rest. The hole is the first current break. See all those BIG boulders above this hole breaking the current? Those are your second current break's. I then rowed over to the hole so we could take a peek into it, to see how many Salmon were in it. Would you believe we didn't see one!
I had to chuckle to myself after I just went thru how good this lil hole was. Guess its like a box of chocolates out there sometimes ;)

Steelhead Fish Tail:
A seasoned S.R. angler friend of mine was fishing the lower end of the river recently w/ a friend. They spotted a pod of Salmon making their way up river. It was sunny out and in the bunch of Salmon were 2 steelhead. (These Steelhead are bright silver when they first enter the river and are easy to see, especially when they run by you in the shallow rapids and its sunny) My friend pointed them out to his buddy who was fishing upstream, cast was made and an approx. 16 lb. Steelhead ate it!
He said that steelhead did a reeeel scream'n run for about 100 feet w/ water spraying off its back. Then decided to do a 4 foot ballistic missile jump showing its colors and then a somersault like a jugglers baton, back to earth's atmosphere before a cinder block splash down. Then it did an incredible tail walk dance across the pool with the sun reflecting off its silvery sides.  (Boy, I should be a writer, NOT! ;)
Fish was gently revived and released for your future fishing pleasure. They also played with a few Salmon and even landed a 10 lb. Brown Trout. (All fish released) Congrats!

Todays Humor
T.G.I.F. actually means - Thank God I Fish


Joke Credit's - https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto

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...

Prime Non-Transitional Holding
Something I ve never written about, but learned many years ago, and ......... thought that you might enjoy :)
Studying the fish's biological clock that relates to all species of fish that we fish for over our 8 month season.

Sooooo, early one Sept. the river floods, know one is fishing. A week later the water recedes to a fishable level and low and behold, thousands of fresh King and Coho Salmon had taken advantage of this high flow and had entered and ran the river.
There were only a few of us locals and guides that had discovered that all of the prime non-transitional holding waters of the Salmon River were holding 100's of fresh Salmon in each individual piece, top to bottom of the river.
So, I found a hole in early Sept. in an out of the way place, that had approx. 300 fresh Salmon in it. I knew these Salmon were not going anywhere as they had found a nice spot to hold in until there biological clock told them to hit that special rock.
This spot had no gravel, but offered them the type of habitat that would give them everything they needed.
1. Deep water for safety from predators.
2. No strong currents so they could comfortable hang, with out exerting to much energy.
3. Looking for a mate.

What I noticed was every morning when we would get to this spot early in the dark and wait for legal fishing time, you would hear them rolling in the hole and also hear the males fighting while splashing on the surface.
Everyday that went by, getting closer to Oct. 1, you would notice a few less Salmon breaking the surface in the hole. Until finally, around Oct. 1 there were only a few left doing this.
Randy, .......  BUT, ............  where did they all go to?...................   I'm glad you asked ;)
They all simply moved to that special rock, preparing for the next stage in their lives.

The average angler would never notice this unless you were standing on your favorite rock, in the dark, everyday-same spot for a month straight, like I did. This same thing happens with our Steelhead in the Spring time.

The funniest part of this story for me was this hole had no official name, unlike many of the holes on this river. So I named it the $$  money hole.
I made soooo much darn $$ money guiding on this one spot, in an out of the way place during the entire month of Sept. to fresh Salmon that were not going anywhere ----------that I thought the my name was rather fitting.
:)

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 :)

From https://www.facebook.com/jimi.radesi?fref=hovercard (Thanks JIM!!) - Credit - https://www.facebook.com/inkedmag

I'm taking reservations for this Sept. Oct. Fall Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
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.

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August 30, 2014 King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River Pulaski NY

Some more early King Salmon entered the Salmon River in Pulaski NY over our last high water period. We will see a few more fish entering and running the river every day or so.................
If you were fishing anytime soon, I'd still set my expectation level on low and look at any Salmon caught as a bonus. Nice time to fish if you enjoy solitude and are not concerned about #'s. Theirs a few around, never know...............
Normal...... never know...... forecast...... High water, low light, rain, strong West wind, biological clock ticking, Salmon moving closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake daily...........Could mean our first good push of Salmon??
Presently, I'd fish mid. to low on the river, usually mid Sept. is when you will find "some" players up river. Heard a rumor a King Salmon was caught in Altmar recently.

A very experienced local fishing friend fished yesterday and landed a Brown Trout, Bass and a TROPHY Chub! That chub was the most rewarding, as he caught it on one of his own hand tied flies. - yukyuk
Another very experienced local fishing buddy of mine hit a couple of Steelhead recently.
A local expert guide friend hit several King Salmon off his drift boat while running plugs.
And a few other folks have landed a Steelhead or Salmon and a few other anglers have spotted some - few King Salmon running the river.
Besides a few Atlantic Salmon, the above species are in the river for you to try for presently.

Once the water drop's and its a sunny day (see fish better) I plan to take the drift boat out to float the Salmon River and have a look. I'll report back to you what I see and also if anything major happens you should know about immediately!

Good reports out on the Eastern part of Lake Ontario from the Charter boats. More King and Coho Salmon are arriving daily. Salmon fishing on the Lake has been over all good with some Lake Trout, Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.
The Salmon Charter boat's on the lake are inching there way closer to shore and fishing shallower. Which tells you we will start to see a few more Salmon in the Estuary, entering the river and running it. Won't long now, Fish ON!!!

My guest with a Nice looking King Salmon caught here on the Salmon River NY. (Fish Released into cooler :) Congrats!!

Today's Tunes: Listen while you do your virtual fishing on here
Eric Clapton/JJ Cale - Call Me The Breeze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8uk7vlk0sE
Eric Clapton/JJ Cale After Midnight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Tiqv4Irjs

8/30 Water Update
We had 1,500 cfs earlier in the week and then they dropped it to our current flow of a gate (750 cfs)
Until 11:59 PM Tue SEP 02, 750 CFS - This is only a forecast, so if you plan to come up and fish I'd (as usual) double check it and always be prepared for it to change. Sometimes without any internet notice or the incorrect internet forecast, as was the case earlier this week.

Todays Humor
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/)



Best of - August Highlight's!



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

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!

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.

Anglers Landed More than 100,000 Salmon from Salmon River last Fall – Salmon and Oswego Rivers Had a Spectacular Fall Season:
http://oswegocountytoday.com/anglers-landed-more-than-100000-salmon-from-salmon-river-last-fall-salmon-and-oswego-rivers-had-a-spectacular-fall-season/


A BIG Trophy King Salmon with a very happy client who caught it in late Sept. on the Slam'n Salmon River NY with Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones. All the rest of the fish landed were released for your children's and your future fishing pleasure. It's nice to share! Congrats!!

Fish Tails..................?
Seal eating our steelhead and salmon from the Salmon River NY I noticed some seals recently out in Lake Ontario eating YOUR Salmon!. ;)

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. :)
(8/8/2014 - AP)  Rare Migratory Whales have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario!

Randy, quick question for ya. You would never try to "pull our legs" on here, now would ya buddy? - yukyuk

(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! ;)

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! ;)
Salmon River NY Guide 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 :)
Steelhead season is just around the corner. Give me a ring! 315-963-2065. Emails are best.

Fishing 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, it's fish, fishing methods, tactics, and fly patterns 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

I'm taking reservations for this Sept. Oct. Fall Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
 
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There are only so many days in a year and I'm getting more requests for guided fishing trips than I am able to do. I have a endorsed guide referral service, so that I will be able to guarantee you a competent replacement.
You will be guaranteed a guide who is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and gives 110 percent. Most importantly, with my recommendation, they represent me.

Anywaaaaaays,  thats my story for today and Im sticking with it.

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!
Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
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.
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.


Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
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.

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August 23, 2014 King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River Pulaski NY

Another "few"- "early" King Salmon have entered the mouth of the Salmon River Pulaski NY recently. They are working there way up river. If you were to go fishing, I'd recommend anywhere from 2A down. Keep your expectations low, any fish would be a BONUS!
Otherwise its one here, none there, none here, none over there stuff, which is normal for this early. And thats only if your in the right place at the right time and either got lucky or have experience. Nice time to fish if you like solitude and are not concerned about #'s.
Few Salmon jumping and rolling in the Estuary.

Water Update:
Since Monday 8/18 - 1,500 cfs
High Water brought in some more King Salmon. How many? I guess you'd have to check the Hatchery's camera # counter at the mouth of the Salmon River. ;)
((Predicted forecast only, actual flows could be different))
Until 9:00 AM today, 750 CFS
@ 6 am. Sat. Pineville is still showing a flow of approx. 1510 cfs with an actual water release of approx. 1,200 cfs.
From 9:00 AM today until 9:00 PM 500 CFS
From 9:00 PM today until 11:59 PM Thu, 350 CFS
(I guess by Thu, they mean Thursday?)
A flow of 350 cfs thru Thursday should - normally, help to bring a couple more King Salmon into the Salmon River.
(P.S. We have a lot of water around, soooooooooooooooo?...............check your flows. Slight chance of a lil more rain, then clearing mid-week with a chance of more rain later this week)
Nice King Salmon caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. (Douglaston Salmon Run - http://www.douglastonsalmonrun.com/Home.aspx - Lower River)

Today's Tune:
Listen while you do your virtual fishing on here
La La Blues - Pokey LaFarge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOzmOZQdcYY


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

Guide complementary Tips for Today:
1. Reel seat backing off on fly and spin rod's. This is a normal occurrence no matter the price you pay for your equipment. I check it often thru out our fishing day. I use a rubber band to help keep the reel seat from loosening up. It's no fun when you are fighting your Trophy Steelhead or Salmon of a lifetime and your reel fall's into the water. It's funny when you see it happen to other's, but not yourself ;)
2. Rod ferral (s) loosening up while fishing with either a fly or spin rod. This is a normal occurrence no matter the price you pay for your equipment. I check it often thru out our fishing day. Many rods have been broken when this normal occurrence happens and the un-attentive angler does not check them thru out the fishing day. Loose ferrules, fish on, rod breaks or lose ferules, yanking on the rod to get unstuck, rod breaks.
3. Main line twist, on spinning rods. This has many negative effects on your rigging and fishing. The best way to get rid of your main line twist is to take off anything that is attached to your main line. Let your mono out into the waters current and then reel it back up. Simple!
4. Ferrals are stuck together and you can't get them apart. I learned this trick a few years back and it works like magic! Simply place your rod into the cold river's water. This normally always helps them to come apart more easily. Or, leave them outside over night and with the cool'r morning air temp's it usually help's them come apart.

Mail Bag - Salmon River NY:
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 or weekend's.
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

Today's Humor
(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!

Humorous Future fishing forecast ;) - Don't even need my crystal ball for this one - yukyuk
A few more King Salmon will enter the river next week and run it, spreading out.
Some more King Salmon will enter the river the following week.
You will start to see more King Salmon rolling in the Estuary and running the river after that.
Following week, the charter boats on the lake will be working closer to shore, more King Salmon in the estuary and some more running the river.
Mid Sept. we will start to see a few at the top end of the river, with more entering the river, running it and spreading out.
The following week, my email's, websites and phone will blow up with Q's about where you should fish and if there will be any fish left in the river when you arrive - yukyuk
By the end of Sept. the Salmon River will have King Salmon and Coho Salmon from the top of the river to the bottom. All spots will be hold'n! LOADED with fish and anglers.
Pheeew! That was a tuff forecast ;)
(After 30 plus years of professional guiding, nothing reeeeeally ever changes that much)


My favorite weather channels for up here. I view every morning @ 3am. before heading out to guide you.
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Pulaski&state=NY&site=BUF&textField1=43.5653&textField2=-76.1282&e=0#.U_HgWOl0yUl
http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/Pulaski+NY+13142:4:US

The below Water Release and Forecast Graph's are what I look @ every morning before heading out the door to guide you. You should also check them for many reason's. MOST important, Your life... could depend on it!
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200 - This is a "live" water level gauge at Pineville, approx. 3 miles below the dam. Water level's will be a lil higher further down river from run-off and Trout Brook's influence.
http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=365123 - Check this for water forecast's. Please remember that this is ONLY a forecast and water levels could be different.
NORTH BRANCH SALMON RIVER AT REDFIELD NY
Here is a "live" gauge on one of the feeder streams - branches that run into the Salmon River Res. system. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04249200 It gives you an idea of run-off. Heard a rumor that in the future we might get another live internet gauge on the other branch?

Not fishing related
, but.....  with all this white space to fill for you.........
New kitten stuff
Just took in a abandoned stray kitten of approx. 4-5 month's. My neighbor found him in his barn. Around here, its not unusual for idiots to dump cats on the side of the road. Skinny with flees, ear mites but the Vet says all is swell with some meds.
He is all better now and all he does is play HARD! sleep, eat a ton and poop a lot. What a life!
Fish someone would take me in
- yukyuk
I've been walking him daily around the big yard to get him used to it and where the door's of the house are at. He likes climbing tree's like a monkey, and then figuring out how to get out of them, with awkward success!
He likes chasing butterflies, ant's and caught his first insect in the yard. Only problem was it was a bee, stung him, jumped 4 feet in the air and ran like a bullet to the front door. He has since passed on the opportunity to attack more bee's. (Smart Kat!) Surprisingly found out what's at the bottom of the toilet when he slipped and fell into it. He is learning the word no. I had to give him 5 time out's in the lonely bathroom the other day after he figured out how to bypass my 100% cat proof barricade around my fly tying desk. Dam Cat!! yukyuk
Named it Ace. Short for Ace of Spades
High energy, best card in the hand, black and white cat.
(When the mice see Ace coming, they wont have a chance!) - http://www.art-of-gambling.com/ace_of_spades.htm
His favorite toy is a fake mouse attached to my fishing pole, cast out into the yard and retrieved fast.
As I sit typing this, I have 2 adult Turkeys and 16 youngster's, 15 feet outside my office window in back yard. Ace is mesmerized from his window perch over looking them around the bird feeder.
Ace say's HI,   21qwsqavvvvfcytgg+  as he walk's across my keyboard, again!!! Dam Cat!!!!! ;)

Guest Testimonial: Randy, had a great fishing trip with you. Your knowledge, patience, and professional attitude gave us everything we had hoped for and more. Thanks again, Bob

Guest Testimonials w/ pictures can be viewed @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html

Any Salmon or Steelhead Questions? (Please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html or email or call 315-963-2065)
Salmon: Sept.-Oct.
Equipment: ( I supply all Orvis rods, reels and spin outfits ) Fly rods for Salmon should be 9-10 wt. Reels should have 200 yds of 30 lb. test backing. Disk or cork drags are preferred. ( No plastic parts) Spin rods should be able to handle 15-18 lb. main line with strong drag system on reel.
Spinning Mainline for Salmon I exclusively use Ande Mono clear 15lb. test. http://www.andemonofilament.com
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way, allowing you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But, this will only work in some of the water.
Line: Cortland Running line 30 lb. test. http://www.cortlandline.com
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Swivels: Size 12 or larger.
Weight: Variety of Water Gremlin split shot in #2-#7 to bb size. http://www.watergremlin.com/
Tippets - Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8-12 lb. test http://www.seaguar.com/
Flies: You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your catch rate :)
Should you decide to tie some up yourself I would recommend the following. Mustad hook #37132 or Mustad Signature series CO68 Wet/nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short - size 8. I prefer to use big, obtrusive, bright, flashy colors. Working off their instinctive aggressive, territorial behavior. Simply rap 4-5 times estaz grande http://www.glissengloss.com around the hook and tie off. Preferred colors are Estaz grande in red, chartreuse, fluorescent hot pink ( A must for coho!)
Mustad Hooks - Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks have superior strength, quality machined and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable! http://www.mustad.no
Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short
Many of my friends who are guides use this exact same hook when tying up a variety of different patterns for all species of fish that call the Salmon river home. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon or Steelhead. A great thing about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no other hook manufacturer has ever done.  Every hook within the series is proportionally correct.  This means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.  This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.  So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon, you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead.  Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Waders w/ cleats: Wet wading is an option. I prefer Orvis lightweight breathable stocking foots with Henry Fork wading shoes with studs.
For your personal safety, please make sure you have some type of cleats, corkers or spikes on your wading boots (shoes)
Polarized Sunglasses: Amber or yellow are the preferred color lenses. Side shields are a necessity when sight fishing. They can be picked up at Whitakers. I like the Orvis http://www.orvis.com/ Nylon, Yellowish - Amber. These are not only needed to sight fish, but more importantly for your safety.
Fishing License: Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license.

I'm taking reservations for this Sept. Oct. Fall Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Endorsed Referral Guides:
There are only so many days in a year and I'm getting more requests for guided fishing trips than I am able to do. I have a endorsed guide referral service, so that I will be able to guarantee you a competent replacement.
You will be guaranteed a guide who is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and gives 110 percent. Most importantly, with my recommendation, they represent me.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable virtual fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
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.

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August 16, 2014 King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River Pulaski NY

A few more King Salmon are in the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Lots of substantial rain this week with run-off brought a couple more King Salmon in. Strong West wind and a higher water release from the dam always helps! Throw in low light and it spells S-A-L-M-O-N.
Few around, nothing to get excited about jus yet ;) Won't be long now...... :)
If I were to target some King Salmon, I'd fish anywhere from the R.R. Bridge - Ball Park area down and keep my expectations on low. Any fish would be a bonus! (You'll find jus a couple, a lil higher up on the Salmon River NY)

This week's Water run off, release, forecasted level's, strong wind directions and current - future weather pattern's:
Tues. 185 cfs
Tues. thru Wed. water went up approx. 200 cfs, combined with a strong West wind.
Until 11:59 PM today, Thu, 500 CFS with run off, it was approx. 700 cfs at Pineville and a lil higher below that.
Wed. and Thurs. strong west wind
Friday - Lot's of hard rain! 500 cfs plus run off, strong west wind.
Until 9:00 PM tomorrow, Sun, 500 CFS
From 9:00 PM tomorrow until 11:59 PM tomorrow, 750 CFS
Water's off color ;)
More low light, cool night time temp's and rain in the forecast thru Sunday morning. Then clearing with a forecast of more rain later in the week. More Salmon? I'd confidently vote YES! But.... normally.... don't expect to many. Wir's that Crystal Ball of mine ;)
(After 30 some years of proffessional guiding, nothing reeeeeeeally ever changes that much ;)
8/18 Update @ 3:30 am. - Until 11:59 PM today, Mon, 1,500 CFS - Surf's Up! Exciting water level.

End of Sept. and early Oct. is when we will have the most fish in the Salmon River NY for you. BUT, also the most anglers. I like early - mid. Sept. with normally fewer fish, but also a lot less angler's.
Mid. 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! ;)

My client Clint with a Trophy King Salmon caught on the Salmon River Pulaski NY while wade fishing with a fly rod that's headed for the smoker. Congrats!!

Today's
rainy day Tunes: Listen while you do your virtual fishing on here
Neil Young - Long May You Run (unplugged)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYna-UAt75c
Old Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_pru77ZsGE
Bonus -
Harvest Moon (unplugged) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMjDc8MJotU
Cinnamon Girl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAdtUDaBfRA
Trick Q, which one is the best ;)

DEC Announces That 2014-15 Sporting Licenses Are Now Available  http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/c98e0c

Salmon River NY Fishing Report, Chamber of Commerce
Thirty thousand fishermen/women came to fish in the Salmon River NY, between August 15th and October 29th of this year, 2013.  Many of our businesses said it's been the best year for them, since the beginning.
That does not include those people who  fished in Lake Ontario this past Spring and Summer.

Today's Fishing Tip:
Please 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)

Today's Humor
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

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught

Q: How do fish party ?
A: Seaweed

Dam Cat!!
If any of you left a message on my answering machine this past week, please call again or email. My new kitten accidentally hit the delete button when he was trying to figure out where your voice was coming from. (True story, dam cat! - yukyuk)

Fisherman and the Mermaid
Three fishermen were fishing when they came upon a mermaid, the mermaid offered them one wish each so the first fisherman said: "Double my IQ" so the mermaid did it and to his surprise he started reciting Shakespeare.
Then the second fisherman said: "Triple my IQ" and sure enough the mermaid did it and amazingly he started doing math problems he didn't know existed.
The third fisherman was so impressed he asked the mermaid to quadruple his IQ
The mermaid said "Are you sure about this? It will change your whole life!" the fisherman excitingly said "Yes" so the mermaid turned him into a woman...


Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto
Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto
Fish Tails?
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

Monster Salmon pulls angler into Salmon River NY! (Epic First Story (Reprinted with permission - AP) in 8/8/2014 Fishing Report)
For the rest..... of this AMAZING Fish Tale....... ;)

Angler Survives Amazing Journey!
Reprinted with permission from the Toronto Sun Times
Toronto, Canada (AP). 
Michigan angler Wayland Swain described the perils of a horrific journey he recently made quite by accident.  According to Swain, the journey began on the banks of the Salmon River in upstate New York.

“My son and I went fishing with this lunatic, Randy “The Yankee Bungler” Jones, who claimed to be a fish guide for the Salmon River.  We thought he was harmless.  In fact, he has his picture plastered all over the Orvis catalog.  It’s enough to make you ill.

“I hooked into a leviathan of a fish, and was doing quite well until that fool of a guide snuck up behind me and put a net over my head.  I admit Jones surprised me.  It was the first time I think he’d moved all morning.  Most of the time he just sat there surrounded by a growing pile of beer cans, saying, ‘Try casting over there’, as he’d pitch an empty into some spot in the river.  Anyhow, I still held onto that fish, though, and was playing him quite well.  I nearly had him ashore and was just preparing to haul him in.  When that fool of a guide saw that, he broke the handle of the net off and used it to push me into the river.”

At that point, Swain began the epic journey that will land him in the Guinness Book of Records, both for the longest distance traveled landing a fish, and for the largest fish taken on light tackle in freshwater.

“I landed a smaller fish earlier, some twenty to thirty pounds, and Dim-wit the Wonder Guide took my picture holding it.  It was so heavy, I couldn’t stand up straight for the photo, but held onto the creature anyway,” Swain reported.  “This smaller fish was apparently the progeny of the bigger fish that I later tied into.  Apparently, it so angered the monster that she decided to take out her wrath on me.”

Thus began Swains journey into history.  After being pushed into the river by what Swain describes as a con artist of the lowest moral and ethical standards, the monster fish began a desperate flight for freedom.  Heading down the treacherous rapids and rills of the rushing Salmon River, Swain was dragged along for a period.  With heroic effort, he got to his feet and water-skied behind the monster fish for some considerable distance.  He managed to jump several large boulders, only to lose his footing on an old roe sack discarded by a bait fisherman.  Even then, he managed to keep the end of his rod elevated.  As a result, the monster fish was unable to free herself from the line.

A matter of an hour later, fish and man, now tied together by a thin line of 8X tippet, entered Lake Ontario.  In an epic journey, they negotiated the length of the lake some nearly 300 kilometers (approximately 175 miles) in total distance.  Nearly twenty-four hours later, they arrived at Mississauga, south of Toronto, worn out and exhausted.  The incredible journey averaged nearly 10 kilometers per hour (7 miles per hour) if the shortest distance is taken.   Swain’s hands were locked to the fishing pole and had to be pried off by Canadian rescue workers using the “Jaws of Life”.  The condition is described in the scientific literature as “Angler’s Claw”.

“The biggest problem was getting the net off and still keeping the tip of the rod elevated”, Swain noted.  “I managed to cut away the netting from around my head with my belt knife” he reported.  “The fish zigged just as a monster wave hit me and I lost the knife.  I’m going to get that charlatan of a guide to replace it for me.  It was an heirloom from the Case Factory, and is no longer made.  Replacement is going to cost that fool of a guide nearly $2,000.00 (U.S.)”, Swain stated.

Local Police Lieutenant Ed Quick commented, “After that heroic crossing of the lake tied to that monster fish, it was a wonder that he had the strength to land the beast.  Twenty-four hours is a pretty long time to battle a fish.”

The fish, all 307 centimeters (121 inches) or in excess of 3 meters (10 feet) of it  was caught and released on the Canadian side of the Lake.  The fish was reported to be tired, but apparently happy.  Only estimates are available for the fish’s weight, as there was a concern about damage to the fish if she was removed from the water for the extended period required for an official weigh-in.  These estimates, however, place the fish in the 180 to 200 pound class, clearly the largest of the salmon species ever taken.

Said Swain from the car provided to drive back to Michigan, “It was an interesting experience, but not one that I’d want to repeat.  If I ever see that Jones character again, I’m gonna get him.  He’s gonna pay for that knife and for the time I lost out of my life in the company of that fish.”


Swain’s son declined to comment when contacted about the story, saying only, “It’s a shame that the fine sport of fly fishing has been reduced to the level of shady guides and blood-feuds.  Sparse Grey Hackle and his peers surely would weep to see such a legacy these days.”
(FYI - The above story was jokingly written by Wayland Swain and his son in response to my jokingly original story, Monster Salmon Pull's angler into Salmon River NY)

Web Site Testimonial:
Hi Randy-- just wanted to say how much we appreciate your hard work and knowledge you impart in your reports.! I live in N Carolina now and read your reports all the time!  Thanks,  Reggie
Hi Reggie, Thanks so much for your words of support. Greatly appreciated! Randy

Randy, Just wanted to write you a thanks for your commitment to keeping us informed on the Salmon River situation. It is an asset to people like myself who have a couple hour drive to get up there... SO thank you and safe fishing to you all. Pritch
Hi Pritch, Im very happy you enjoy and trust my reports. Credibility is something not easily achieved. I receive 100's of emails a year stating basically what you have. I am very appreciative and very flattered by the kindness of everyone's words of support and encouragement.

Guide Testimonial:
Randy, Thank you once again for a truly enjoyable day on the river.  As an Orvis endorsed guide, I continuously strive to provide my clients with a quality fishing experience that not only produces fish but helps ensure success in the future. Your knowledge and expertise on the Salmon River, steelhead habitat, and techniques and presentation, will enhance my future fishing trips for years to come.  The information and techniques you helped us learn will not only ensure many successful steelheading trips in the future, but also gave me some new insights into fish behavior that will help in almost any fishing situation.
I have spent a lot of time around other guides and your level of professionalism, teaching ability, and extensive knowledge of the river truly set you apart from the rest of the pack. 
Thanks again for sharing your expertise and I look forward to our next trip together. Nick

Thank you Nick, My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :) I was flattered when you told me that I was your first and only choice when you decided hiring a guide here. :) Im very lucky and grateful for all of you out there that feel the same. :) Randy Jones

I'm taking reservations for this Sept. Oct. Fall Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Endorsed Referral Guides:
There are only so many days in a year and I'm getting more requests for guided fishing trips than I am able to do. I have a endorsed guide referral service, so that I will be able to guarantee you a competent replacement.
You will be guaranteed a guide who is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and gives 110 percent. Most importantly, with my recommendation, they represent me.

Anywaaaaays
, thats my story for today and Im sticking with it.
No fish were hurt in the writing of this report.
Im a trained professional, so please do not try this at home ;)

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!
Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
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.
 
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage! Randy

August 8, 2014 King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River around Pulaski NY

A few early King Salmon entered the Salmon River Pulaski NY over our last high water period. Nothing to get excited about. I wouldn't plan a special trip up here yet.
We have a couple of King Salmon, lot's of Bass, a few Atlantic Salmon, Skamania Steelhead and an occasional Brown Trout around in the River for you to try for presently.
If you lived locally and knew the water (habitat) like the inside of your pocket.
Understand about Transitional resting, Transitional holding and Prime non transitional holding spots. (Please see 8/1 King Salmon, Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report for more on this)
Have your presentation skill's honed to perfection.
Understand the importance of correct rigging for the Species of fish you are targeting.
Then it might be a fun day for you to explore. Just keep your expectation levels on low. That way if you hook up with a fish, it'll be a bonus!

Water Update, (forecast only) 185 cfs

Today's Tune: Listen while you do your virtual fishing on here
Fishin' Blues - Taj Mahal  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34uTxRECOUg
(Image Credit Roy V.T. Untalan @ https://plus.google.com/u/0/110376801069589582351 Roy post's a lot of good fishing stuff, maybe you should visit or follow him)

Today's Fishing Tip:
Please 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)

Fish Tails
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. :)
(8/8/2014 AP)  Rare Migratory Whales have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario!

Randy, quick question for ya. You would never try to "pull our legs" on here, now would ya buddy? - yukyuk

Today's Humor:
I tell people all the time if I knew how hard it was getting old , i'd have stayed young. (Joke Credit - Tim Donahoe)

Fun Stuff:

Crank it up, while you crank down your drag.... while enjoying this inspirational Salmon Fishing music video, filmed here.
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/)
Drifter Sportfishing 9/16/2013 Cape Cod Bay Striped Bass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrM9ekrOWO8

(Stellar job guys! Do you give lesson's on G-Pro, mounts, tripods and most importantly editing? Trip in the drift boat in exchange? It's on my bucket list :)

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

Chinook King Salmon Video
from the American River, CA at the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqR2g8darqs

Fishing Report's Testimonial:
Randy, I just wanted to say thanks for your fishing reports…….I have taken your advice on some of the techniques and it has been helpful…….am going to tie some of the Toms 60 second red heads - (http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html)
for next trip whenever that might be, probably this sept…..but I  like your reports and advice….thanks… John

Monster Salmon pulls angler into Salmon River!
Reprinted with permission - Syracuse Gazette, Pucker Brush Creek, N.Y. - Mike Silly- Outdoors Writer
(AP)


Guide Randy Jones risks his own safety by attempting to lasso a client with net to keep him from being dragged into river by monster fish.

In the above photo Wayland is tied into a monster Salmon that by size more resembled the Loch Ness monster than the usual autumn King. Wayland yelled, "Help Randy, I've got a monster on here and its pulling me into the river." (best to imagine this panicked cry done in a Scottish brogue) "I canna' hold 'er much longer Cap'n. HELP!"

In my attempt to keep Wayland from being pulled into the river by this world record Salmon, with no thoughts for my own safety and well-being, I threw the net over his head. Unfortunately the fish was too strong and my guest too weak from the battle.  Despite my best efforts to save him, all was lost when suddenly my net handle broke! In went Wayland into the deep, angry white water rapids. He did a perfect belly flop but still managed to hang onto the rod.

As one eyewitness reported later, "Between the strong deep currents and this beast of a fish, all we could see was his rod tip sticking out of the water by a foot as it started downstream."   Witnesses fishing further down reported that Wayland was able to briefly gain his feet for a short time and ski behind the demonic salmon.  However, it appeared that after skiing over several large boulders he lost his footing on an old roe sack discarded by a bait fisherman and resumed his submerged journey.  Last sightings reported seeing his baseball cap surrounded by little tiny bubbles headed at a high-rate of speed towards the open water of Lake Ontario.

As a professional guide of the highest moral and ethical standards, I am extremely worried about this situation involving my former client.
Therefore, if anyone finds a old gaffer in a water-logged ball cap zipping around the river or the Lake tight to a monster Salmon but still with his tip up, please email.....    I would like to get my net back!

Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.

For the rest..... of this Amazing Story.......  Join me next week!

I'm taking reservations for this Sept. Oct. Fall Salmon, Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Endorsed Referral Guides:
There are only so many days in a year and I'm getting more requests for guided fishing trips than I am able to do. I have a endorsed guide referral service, so that I will be able to guarantee you a competent replacement.
You will be guaranteed a guide who is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and gives 110 percent. Most importantly, with my recommendation, they represent me.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
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.
Reservations and Deposits: Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within  7 days of booking. Mailed to: Randy Jones  87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114

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The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage! Randy

August 1, 2014 - King Salmon Fishing Report for the Salmon River around Pulaski NY

First King Salmon up the Salmon River Pulaski NY is just around the corner. Time to double check all your knot's, bolts, screws, washers, drag's and all the rest of your stuff. These King Salmon are BIG and well put your gear and mostly yourself to the test.
They average 15 to 20 lb's. with some smaller but many larger!  I'm always amazed that an angler can simply walk to the rivers edge and pull out a 30 lb. Salmon. (If anything important to your fishing interest's happens around here, Ill update it here)
Good reports out on the Eastern part of Lake Ontario. More Salmon are arriving daily. Salmon fishing on the Lake has been over all good with some Lake Trout and Brown Trout in the mix. (I have a few Endorsed Charter Boat Capt.'s I'd be happy to refer you too)

7/31 Water Update, (forecast only) Should bring a few Kings in.
Due to rain, they pushed the water to 335 - 350 cfs on Tuesday.
Until 9:00 PM today, 350 CFS
From 9:00 PM today until 7:00 PM Mon, 750 CFS
From 7:00 PM Mon, until 9:00 PM, Fri AUG 08, 350 CFS
From 9:00 PM, Fri AUG 08, until 11:59 PM, Fri AUG 08, 185 CFS

Last year we had our first noticeable small run of approx. 40 King Salmon enter the Salmon River around August 7. Another past year we had a flood in early Sept. and Thousands ran the river. Remember that last reeeelly good flood we had? Salmon were swimming in peoples basements and anglers were fishing in the parking lots off the Salmon River. We normally see a few here and there, run the river in August and then more and more into Sept. and Oct. Along with some Steelhead and Brown Trout.
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Jus found this in my Basement Archives from last year:

Mail Bag: Aug. 7 Randy, Went this AM fished above the (edited for content - yukyuk)  till 8:30 , saw three, hooked two, both broke me off.  I thought of trying behind the old Ames but didn't want to walk. Joe

HI Joe, Thanks for the report! Waters so warm, they would have been fully cooked by the time you landed them. Would have made for a nice shore lunch. yukyuk Heard that there were more that ran from someone who stayed longer than yourself.  Another friend said he was in the lower river the day you were. He fished form 10:30 until 4pm and saw 6 fish. That low light and heavy steady rain certainly did the trick. Best Fish's, Randy

On August 7 we had our first noticeable small run of some King Salmon into the Salmon River NY. (Approx. 40) Water is to remain low at 185 cfs and the water temp. is  HOT.
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High water releases from the Salmon River NY Dam are scheduled for August 2-3 and also August 30-31. Normally brings some in. How many? Whirs that crystal ball of mine. Also, if we receive a lot of rain and they raise the water levels on the river, it normally brings some in. So, keep an eye on the water levels if you might be hoping to plan an early trip up here. http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=365123 - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200
   
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
Complements of: http://article.wn.com/view/2014/07/26/Forget_The_Fishing_Boat_Alaskans_Scoop_Up_Salmon_With_Dipnet_e/

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.

Lake Ontario Landlocked Salmon Restoration - http://www.lakeontariooutdoors.com/stories/news-story/lake-ontario-landlocked-salmon-restoration/ Complements of: http://www.lakeontariooutdoors.com/ (Pick up a subscription while your there, tons of good stuff to read ;)
Also:
Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum
By Spider Rybaak
Fishing museums are rare. Of the handful in existence, NY boasts two of the finest, both located on world famous trout streams. Oswego County has the most complete: The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum.
Truth be told, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, on the banks of Willowemoc Creek, a tributary of the Beaverkill,  which flows into the East Branch of the Delaware River, is more famous. That’s mostly because it’s been around for about 20 years longer, is located in the Catskills, the cradle of American fly-fishing, and is only about 50 miles from New York City.
But the Salmon River is rapidly becoming the top salmonid stream in the world— it’s already the most famous in the Lower 48 states. Another, equally important factor that’ll propel the SRISFM into the front of the pack is its inclusiveness; it covers all aspects of fishing, everything from casting and spinning  reels, to trolling rods, eel spears, lures and trout creels.
In fact, Fred Betts, a Central New Yorker who boasts one of the finest creel collections around, gave a lecture on their history last Sunday, February 16. He brought the cream of his collection to show the evolution of fishing baskets, and how each change benefited anglers.
Betts’ talk was part of the facility’s newest program, “Afternoon at the Museum.” An open house held every third Sunday of the month, the series will feature speakers on a litany of fishy subjects.
The next talk, given by Mike Riordan, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on March 15, and will cover the history of fishing line, from the braided horse hair lines of Ancient Rome to today’s super braids.
Riordan, president of the museum, says it’ll by open at 2 p.m., giving folks a little time to wander through the exciting displays before the speaker’s presentation, which will be given at 3:30 p.m.
But there’s more to the place than fishing equipment. The walls are plastered in fine art. Everything from fanciful Romantic era fishing scenes to realistic oils by greats like Maynard Reece is represented.
Run by volunteers, the hours of operation aren’t set in stone. However, the lobby contains loads of literature and is always open.
The museum is located at 3044 State Route 13, a few miles east of Pulaski. For more information, call 315-298-2213.
Visit http://www.salmonriverinternationalfishingmuseum.org./ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857

Anglers Landed More than 100,000 Salmon from Salmon River last Fall – Salmon and Oswego Rivers Had a Spectacular Fall Season:
http://oswegocountytoday.com/anglers-landed-more-than-100000-salmon-from-salmon-river-last-fall-salmon-and-oswego-rivers-had-a-spectacular-fall-season/

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

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 journies, emotional struggles, and ironically, their eventual deaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV30UZ9aF04

Tyler Young catch's some big'ns! That'a Boy! http://www.flyty.com/salmon.html

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! Also http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21663.html

Kids Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo...  bad if your not, I got some wrong too :)
(To find the answer, please hold down the left side of your mouse and scroll past the Q)
1. How do those fish climb a fish ladder without any hands or feet? A fish ladder is actually like a small creek with water running thru it. The fish don't know the difference, so they just swim up it. It's just like the rapids in the Salmon River that the fish swim up.
2. Why do they go up a fish ladder into the hatchery? Study's have shown that every piece of water in the world has its own unique scent. Just like a snow flake, unique. If the fish can't get up that Brook, then they follow the water's unique scent up the ladder into the Hatchery.
This is also how all those fish find there way from Lake Ontario back into the river. As well as any other body of water they imprinted on (remember) when they went thru Smoltification (grow up). Pretty neat!

((You kids dont have to read this. This is for all the OLD people  yukyuk))
Environmental endocrinology of salmon smoltification.
Abstract
Smolting is a hormone-driven developmental process that is adaptive for downstream migration and ocean survival and growth in anadromous salmonids. Smolting includes increased salinity tolerance, increased metabolism, downstream migratory and schooling behavior, silvering and darkened fin margins, and olfactory imprinting. These changes are promoted by growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor I, cortisol, thyroid hormones, whereas prolactin is inhibitory. Photoperiod and temperature are critical environmental cues for smolt development, and their relative importance will be critical in determining responses to future climate change. Most of our knowledge of the environmental control and endocrine mediation of smolting is based on laboratory and hatchery studies, yet there is emerging information on fish in the wild that indicates substantial differences. Such differences may arise from differences in environmental stimuli in artificial rearing environments, and may be critical to ocean survival and population sustainability. Endocrine disruptors, acidification and other contaminants can perturb smolt development, resulting in poor survival after seawater entry.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/0207/Salmon-are-born-with-a-migration-route-pre-installed-say-scientists
Interesting Stuff: Marcus Welker is a 4th year PhD student at Dartmouth College studying salmon migration in the Northeast United States and southern Quebec, Canada. His hypotheses and methods are both surprising and fascinating.
http://blog.scienceexchange.com/2014/01/science-exchange-stories-marcus-welker-phd-at-dartmouth/

3. What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, googles smoltification and gives you an abstract, 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 guiding experince ;)

The Salmon River Fish Hatchery is a must see when your up here. Say Hi to "Celebrity Award Winning" Fran Verdoliva (Past Guide and now Salmon River Coordinator) while your up that'a way.
Verdoliva selected for NYSO Hall of Fame
Fran Verdoliva of Mexico has been selected for the New York State Outdoors-men Hall of Fame for his work in promoting ethical salmon fishing, his work on publicizing the fishery in Oswego County, and helping the cause of conservation. **Congrats Fran!!!**
Seal eating our steelhead and salmon from the Salmon River NY I noticed some seals recently out in Lake Ontario eating YOUR Salmon!. ;)
Randy, quick question for ya. You would never try to "pull our legs" on here, now would ya buddy
? - yukyuk

Hatchery to receive funds for infrastructure repairs
ALTMAR — In celebration of the start of trout and salmon season in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced hatcheries will receive $4 million for critical infrastructure repair needs in the hatchery system.
**The article basically said that at the Altmar fish hatchery, they would receive almost 1 million dollars to repair a leaky roof and also purchase 2 new stocking trucks.

Temperatures hinder stocking tributaries
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:00 am PULASKI — Warm temperatures during egg collection at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in the fall will result in no Coho salmon fingerlings being released into the tributaries this year, according to hatchery officials.

My 2 girlfriends Heather and Treasure wore something very special for my first official report 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

Old Kallet movie house in Pulaski renovated and ready to rock.

The renovated Kallet Theater on North Jefferson Street in Pulaski, like its 1939 predecessor, is intended to be a multipurpose community space as well as a venue for live performances. The Kallet’s renovations include an upstairs bar and lounge. The history room in the Kallet Theater features photos of the $1.5 million renovation. The theater reopened in November. The Kallet’s seating space is versatile, making the theater suitable for any number of purposes.
Check it out - https://www.facebook.com/kallettheater

Fun Stuff
http://visitoswegocounty.com/
http://www.cnysummer.com/

Past Guest Testimonial:
Randy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge to make our trip an unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 hookups, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 - that is more fish on in a single day than some people have for an entire season. I'm a true believer in that hot spot on "Pucker Brush Creek - geo. location #9.0.02%" :) As a matter of fact Tim and I went back on our own the next day - and the fish were there waiting for us just like you said they would be.  Again we had a combined count of over 10 hookups - and Tim had the hot hand that day with his 6 weight fly rod.  Our only regret was that we did not have enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage areas you showed us - we had to go back to work sometime. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:)?:)  Me and Tim have been coming up there for over 15 years, and yet we still learned a few valuable lessons from you - thanks again.  I'm just sorry that the season is almost winding down - definitely want to get back up there for another trip. I would highly recommend you to anyone - beginner or experienced steelheader - it's the combination of little things and techniques that make all the difference in the world.  Feel free to pass on my contact information if you need any references for anglers - I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism, knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime. Thank You, Ted
Ted, Congrats on your success! Thanks for your many kind and generous words! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :)Randy

Local Summer Trout Fishing Option's around here. (More not listed here) I enjoyed fishing both of these area's this summer. You can wade fish these or use a float tube. (Some Reg's apply)
West Canada Creek: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9236.html  Special note: The water level can fluctuate on you, so pay attention.
You can also use a drift boat on here, as I did. But, you need to pay special attention to water levels (1,000's cfs is a safe bet for a drift boat) and your launch and pull out area's. I'd bring a rope to drop your drift boat in and take it out, as I did. Also, the water can fluctuate on you.
Fish Creek: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Fish%20Creek&state=NY More info. on Fish Creek: http://www.fishcreeksalmon.org/

Nice Read: http://flyfishingconsultant.blogspot.com/2010/12/salmon-and-steelhead-and-some-brown.html  (This is not an all inclusive piece, but the author does have some very nice info. and tips in here. He offer's tons of articles on his website. Nice Job Rob!)
He also has a nice facebook page, guides and does pod cast's also! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Snowhites-Fly-Fishing-Consultant/328342487223?sk=timeline

Which Hand is the “Right” Hand for Reeling? (Randy's Opionion - This article also goes for spin anglers. Do you cast with one arm and switch the rod to the other arm to reel in? I professionally believe you shouldn't do this, whether a fly or spin angler, for many reason's ;)
Written by: Phil Monahan - http://www.orvis.com/news/
One would think that, after 25 years of fly fishing, I would be immune to ridicule for reeling with the “wrong” hand. But there I was just last month, on a boat off the coast off Lido Key, with a seasoned fly-fishing guide goofing on me. One of my fellow anglers even tried to explain to me why I was “doing it wrong.”

As a lifelong right-handed caster and retriever, I have been subjected to this kind of ludicrous lecturing on a fairly regular basis. And I’m sure that many of my fellow right-reelers have endured the same fate. So I’m gonna lay it down nice and slow right here: You should reel with whichever hand feels the most comfortable to you. You are not compromising any part of the fishing experience by using one hand or the other.

I have heard a million times that I shouldn’t reel right because (gasp!) I have to change hands on the rod every time I need to reel in. This is ridiculous for at least three reasons. First, how often during the course of a day of trout fishing do you actually get a trout on the reel? (Okay, in saltwater this one doesn’t apply.) Second, if you’ve ever watched a Saturday-morning bass-fishing show, you may have noticed that most baitcasting anglers switch hands after every single cast, and it doesn’t seem to bother them. And third, the millisecond it takes to shift the rod from the right to the left hand isn’t going to cause you to lose any fish. Oh yeah, and here’s a fourth reason: Shut up and mind your own business, Mr. Fly-Fishing Rules Man.

Another reason I’m not supposed to reel with my right hand is that I should use my stronger arm to fight the fish. However, no less a luminary than Lefty Kreh has argued that you should reel with whichever hand you can reel fastest with. Not to mention that tiring out your casting arm by fighting multiple big fish would surely lead to feeble casting by the end of the day.

All that aside, most fly reels come set up for left-hand retrieve, but changing them to right-hand retrieve is usually a snap. If you have the manual for the reel, the directions are in there. If you don’t have the manual, go to the manufacturer’s Web site to see if you can download a new manual. If you still can’t figure it out, take the reel in to your nearest fly shop, where they’ll surely do it for free. (Don’t forget to buy something you need as part of the bargain.) Then go fishing, and don’t listen to the “leftists” who comment on your new, more comfortable setup.

How many of you reel with the same hand you cast with?
Complements of: http://www.orvis.com/news/

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Anywaaaaays
, thats my story for today and Im sticking with it.
No fish were hurt in the writing of this report.
Im a trained professional, so please do not try this at home ;)
Now get back to work before the boss catch's you on here. (Unless of course, you ARE the boss, then stay as long as you want)
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!
Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
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.
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.


Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy

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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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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.
 
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The fishing of your dreams..............
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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.
Fly fishing Pulaski NY steelhead guide has Salmon River guide steelhead fishing report off drift boat for steelhead Curtis lands an incredible Trophy Brown Trout caught in Nov. (Released for your children's 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.
Hog Steelhead caught from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing report salmon guide Good stuff Les, Congrats again! Mustad Hooks, the best their is!

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)
Another one of Anton's day's out with me steelhead fishing during the Winter:
Anton was my 1 guest using a fly rod off the drift boat on Sat. He Hammered'm! He played with approx. 16 Steelhead. Ye-haaaa! Within the first 10 minutes the drift boat across from us had 3 Steelhead on. It wasn't long before Anton had his first Steelhead on for the day, of many. After the next 15 minutes of no fish for us to play with we decided to get out of the boat and work this productive spot 5-6 feet at a time. Working our 30 foot window of opportunity. We picked away at them. After Anton and I had moved down approx. 100 feet from where we had started off the boat, we found a pod of Steelhead in this normally productive area! Why leave fish to try to find fish. Pheeew, now I could relax and enjoy the view. I watched Anton's presentation thru out the day and suggested a few reminders and tips. Try this, then like magic, "Fish On". We both would chuckle.
At one point we were hitting Steelhead on almost every drift. Wow! Then, all of a sudden nothing! We poked around for the next hour with not'a nibble. Looked at my watch and it was time to hit the drift boat ramp.
All the other boats and shore anglers were all smiles as we slowly drifted down the river past them in the drift boat, joking and laughing. It was nice to see everyone out enjoying this world class fishery! Even saw a few family's out with the kids having fun.
Drift Boat fishing for steelhead with a Salmon River Pulaski NY guide offering fishing reports Another one of many, Day for Kings! Congrats again Anton! All fish released for all of you to enjoy! Mostly old'r darker educated male and female Steelhead with one freshy in the bunch
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 in Nov. Congrats!

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! :)
With the drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY 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. You youngster's may not recognize the name, so google it :) 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!
Amazing steelhead fishing with a drift boat guide around Pulaski NY Nice April Buck Steelhead. Congrats!!
Incredible fishing reports from this steelhead guide Nice Silver Bullet Steelhead. Congrats!

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This drift boat guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River NY for fish Fishing report drift boat guide for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY 16 year ol' Matt with one for the smok'r!
First Mate Matt, dad Capt. Jerry and myself 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 Mid-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

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

Drift Boat fishing reports Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Drift Boat Salmon River NY fishing reports (Congrats on that Nice URL, errr, I mean Steelhead! ;)

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.

Flattering Drift Boat Fishing Testimonial's for Steelhead and Salmon Guide Randy Jones on the Salmon River NY
To quote a Drift Boat Guide that I know, our trip yesterday was O U T S T A N D I N G, in every sense of the word.  Although I live just an hour away from the Salmon River NY, I have only fished the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for four years.  I feel very comfortable with my Salmon "catching" expertise, but the elusive Steelhead is a different story.  I am still at the low end of the learning curve when it comes to chromers.  Yesterday we made some major progress on the learning curve, correcting some things I was doing wrong, and fine tuned some other points. PLUS we hit ten Steelhead and landed two.When "out of staters" come to the Salmon River NY, they have to pack a whole season into two or three days---well, yesterday, I packed a whole season of experiences, thrills of victory and the agony of losing a 16# Steelhead at the net in one very enjoyable, eight hour Guide Drift Boat trip down the Salmon River Pulaski NY. I appreciate your patience, guidance, and sense of humor. Thank you for an outstanding day, Dave

Guide Fish's for Salmon or Steelhead off the drift boat on the amazing Salmon River NY Dave, tired and sore, in Oneida.

Randy, What a great day, just when I thought I knew a little something about steelhead fishing I had to fish with you.  You really are a class act.  I really appreciate you sharing your expertise and patience as well as some of your "honey" holes with me.  I would encourage any steelhead fisherman, novice or expert, to fish with a guide even if it's just once, and if they can get Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones they're in for a great day.  There is so much to learn about this sport and you can trim years off the "learning curve" by fishing with a real pro such as yourself. Thanks again for the fun and truly a learning fishing experience.  And thanks for not mentioning that "hog" that snuck through the hole in your net, John

Drift Boating in Pulaski NY Salmon River for Steelhead Superb guide fishing reports from Pulaski NY Salmon River running a drift boat for Steelhead or Salmon

Drift Boat Fish report Guide What a honk'a! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead for John. Great way to end the Fishing Day!
Steelhead Fishing Pulaski NY 20 lb. Spring Buck Steelhead! Ye-Haa!
Brown Trout Fishing Report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with drift boat guide Nice Male Brownie! Congrats!!

Guest Testimonial: Randy, Thank you for the great fishing trip. My Dad and I had a blast. Thanks again. See you soon, Joe Jr.
Spring Buck steelhead landed on the salmon river pulaski new york river with drift boat fishing report guide Joe Jr. with one of many, beauty of a Spring Buck Steelhead. Congrats!
Fishing Report for Big Brown's on the Salmon River NY with guide with drift boat Another nice Brown Trout! Congrats!!
Fishing Report for Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead in Pulaski NY Another big'ol 20 lb. Buck Spring Steelhead!
Fish An ol' guide joke I like to tell my clients after they have landed a steelhead and they ask me how big it is. I tell'm, you lie and I'll swear to it ;)
Steelhead or King Coho Salmon on the Salmon River around Pulaski NY Trophy Steelhead of many. Congrats!

Guest Fishing Report and Testimonial:
Hey Randy, It's Wes. You guided my brother Willie and I out a couple weeks ago for steelhead off the drift boat. I've been wanting to write you about steelhead fishing on my own, after being guided by you. Well the only thing I can say is on that day, I was "that guy", the one angler everyone hates due to them hooking up so much. I caught 3, lost 3 @ the net, and fought a half dozen more, while only seeing 2 other guys even hook up, and the river was the busiest w\fisherman I have seen this year. So Thank You ! I am no longer hoping to hook up, I am expecting to.
The only bad thing I can say about what you've done is that I find myself missing a lot of work lately, haha- take care Randy. Thanks again. Wes
Congrats Wes!!!!!!!  I'm soooo happy for your success's! Best Fish's, Randy

Superb Steelhead fly fishing reports with a drift boat guide Congrats on that Fine Steelhead!
Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Congrats!
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing reports off guide drift boat for steelhead Nice lake effect snowy male steelhead. Congrats!
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!
Big fish on the Salmon River NY with fishing reports in Pulaski NY What a beauty! Congrats!!
King and Coho Salmon caught from the drift boat while fishing with guide on the Salmon River Nice steelhead pic. from a recent trip. Mike tangled with approx. 16 steelhead! Wow! A day for Kings! Congrats Mike!!

Steelhead - Hero or a Zero?  Reading water 101:
This spot had changed since the last time I had fished it. Would it be for better or for worse?
Listen in.... while I discuss what had changed and how we were able to determine (before we fished it) whether this spot would hold good numbers of fish and what were the distinguishing features that told us so.
1. The small pool or large pocket was approx. only 40 feet long by about 20 feet wide. I love and specifically look for these tight holding spots. Not much guess work. They are either there or they are not.
2. This location also had deepened by a substantial amount. Approx. 9 feet deep! Depth of water can play a very important role in any type of fishing. The depth of water makes the fish feel safer from predators.
3. Many times when the water comes up, if the fish are not in a very good current break for that flow. They will slowly slide down the river looking for a more suitable, comfortable current break to help them to conserve energy, feel safe and hopefully have a constant flow of food.
   This is a life saving move. This particular spot is known to hold fish that have slide down from up river when the water level rises. Since the level of water had just jumped, I knew (hoped) this spot would be hot as it had been before, under the same scenario.
4. This spot also had a seam running right over the top of the hole. (A seam is where the fast water meets the slow water.) It allows the fish to conserve its energy in the slower water while never being far from the source of food, faster water.
5. This location had 5 current breaks working for it.
   1. The head of the hole where it was shallower, breaking the current.
   2. The actual hole.
   3. The seam running over the hole.
   4. The tail of the hole, where the water moves slower.
   5. And the "hole within the hole". This is like a magnet for the fish and can be exact as fitting a key into a lock. The more current breaks the better, in most cases.
6. This area (current break) was exactly on the fish's transitional, migration route that they take year after year. The Rt. that they normally take is the deepest part of the river and where there is the most current. This is what they use to navigate their way up the river. A holding or transitional holding area (current break) for the fish will normally always be in this Rt.
7. Finally, this spot was one of those triple your pleasure, triple your fun places.
   1. It was a prime lye holding area.
   2. A transitional holding area
   3. And a place for those steelhead that didn't have a qaulity current break above this spot, in this increased water flow. To slide down river into it.

This spot had all the marking's of a good magnet to hold a lil or a lot of Silver Metal Chrome. We call them a prime lye. Safety, no strong currents and food.
So, was I to be a Hero or a Zero......?
(yukyuk)
Sure enough, it was not long before we had our answer. "Fish ON!" This continued on for the remainder of our stay.

Eric's one goal was to land a steelhead, we accomplished that easily. Guess we didn't need the extra 7. (yukyuk) Yesterday Eric used a fly rod, set-up for high sticking and hit 8 total steelhead when the water was at a high 1,800cfs. Congrats Dr. Eric! (All fish released for your future fishing pleasure)

More current breaks:
A big rock or boulder combined with current flowing around it in their travel lanes. (This is also called a pocket) A big tree or tree stump that has fallen into the river, combined with current, that is in their travel (migration) lane. It can and is something as simple as a 4-12 inch drop in the river bottom.
Some seams are visible while others are sub-surface and not visible to the naked eye.

When I go fishing, I take all this and more into consideration. In my opinion, steelhead fishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding types of fly/spin fishing you will ever experience.
Hope this helps in your search for the Silver Bullet! Fish On!! Randy

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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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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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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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Enjoy Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
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