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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

September 24, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Short Report:
Over this last week we have had a combination of so-so, ok to good days of fresh Salmon (Kings and Coho's) entering the river, for this week. Which is normal. We are starting to see more consistency. The entire river is filling up nicely with Salmon! No major run yet.
For the first time this season Im happy to report we have Salmon Top to Bottom of the Salmon River in all the normal spots. Not a lot yet, but enouph to give all anglers opportunity, no matter where your a fish'n.
My friend Troy and guest with a BIG King Salmon. Congrats!

TODAY'S Salmon Fishing Tips:
Basic Fish Movement related to Current Breaks:
As usual, fish are running up the river while resting in their Temporary Transitional Holding Spots (Small C.B.'s - pockets) for a short amount of time, before moving to the next pocket. This movement normally continues until approx. 9:30 - 10 am.
Temporary Transitional Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

Then holding for the middle of the day in their Prime Transitional Holding Locations (larger pockets, small pools and runs) and the Largest Pools and Runs.
Prime Transitional Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Then in the evening at approx. 6pm, they continue running again.

This precise movement will happen everyday for the next few weeks. Throw in optimal conditions and they could run all day.

I normally move around to these different and precise locations (C.B's), depending on what the fish are telling me to do.
Or, you could jus fish the Pools for the ones that are Holding and have all of their needs met for the next 2-3 weeks, before they hit the gravel.
Prime Holding Pools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

In closing, the fish use these C.B.s to rest and conserve energy while running the river and holding in it for an extended period of time and so should you while your fishing up here. There is a lot of empty water out there.
Best Fish's,
Randy

BIG SALMON RUN! Here is a Video I made for you that helps explain what helps and encourages the Salmon to make a BIG RUN! - (Might help you plan your trip?) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS

Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival this Nov. all Winter into Late April

Steelhead season is just around the corner. Give me a ring! 315 963 2065. Emails are best
- randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.

My Steelhead Open Dates to Guide:
Nov. 1. (This will be gone by next week, if not sooner)
Dec. 2, 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-27, 29-30. (These open dates are being booked almost daily)


LOOONG REPORT - Hope Yer in a Comfortable Chair ;)

Sept. 15 - A small run of about 100 Chinooks entered the mouth of river. Best day so far reported in Pulaski - Ball park area. (these would be the ones that entered the mouth of river over the previous 2 days)

Sept. 16 - Salmon movement slowed considerably today compared to Thursday, entering the mouth of the river. Approx. 25 spotted.

Sept. 17 - Estuary a lil slower with a few Salmon. Barely any fish entering the mouth. Some anglers fishing the lower - lower river spotted and played with some, while others did not.
Down town Pulaski and Ball Park area was slow, so-so to ok (for this early) with approx. 30 Salmon hooked up with approx. 40 spotted running up the river. Some anglers found the fishing slooow in this area.

Got a report yesterday that some Salmon in better #'s are finally making their presence known up river. Great news, cause there weren't many up there earlier this week when I floated it (which is normal for this week, up river)
All the ones that came in this last week will be filtering in up there starting Monday, with more after that daily. There are Coho and King Salmon up there now!

Last weekend was generally so-so. Depending on experince level, right time, right spot.

Monday we had a better push of approx. 100 to 200 fish enter the lower river. The fishing in the town of Pulaski and above in the Ball Park area was pretty good.

Tues. A fair # of fresh Salmon entered the river last evening - night. Anglers are doing good in the lower end of the river with a pretty good push. Best run so far this season. Plenty of fish! The fishing is the best presently from 2A down.
Lake Ontario - Still a pile of fish out in 100 ft of water and closer, in front of the Salmon River.

Wed. - Nice, steady, normal push of approx. 200 Salmon entered the mouth of the river.

Thurs -Approx. 300 fish entered .

Fri. - Another normal run of Salmon #'s entered the river today.
Drift boat Up river we are seeing some King and Coho Salmon in transition - running the rapids during low light periods. Some holding in their mid. day spots. While most others are in the pools.
BIG Fat Steelhead from the Winter. Congrats!

Todays New Angler Tips for Salmon and Steelhead:
Increase the odds of landing your Trophy Salmon when others are near - Call your fish out!:

When the river gets busy during Salmon Season, its much more enjoyable when all anglers fishing and hooking up communicate well with each other.
This cuts down on someone accidentally casting over your line when your fighting your fish and causing you to lose it, in all the excitement.
5 Basic LOUD Communicating Terms:
1 - Fish ON!! (Don't be a sissy and whisper it, know one will hear you ;) HOLLER IT and be PROUD!
2 - Com'n Down! - Means the fish is running down river, so those anglers below you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
3 - Com'n Up! - Means the fish is running up the river, so those anglers above you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
4 - Com'n across! - Means the fish is moving across the river, so the opposing anglers across from you should either pull there lines out of the water and stop fishing or at least be aware that your fish is in there area.
5 - Fish OFF! This is a polite way of letting those anglers that stopped fishing to allow you to fight your fish, to be able to fish again.
Repeat the above as needed

If everyone communicates, then it makes for a fun and exciting time and allows everyone an increased chance of landing that TROPHY fish of a lifetime, when other anglers are present.

P.S. - The person with the Fish On always has the right of way and all other anglers should be aware at all times of what is going on around them. This means up river, down river and across the river.
Even tho the angler with the fish on has the right of way. That does NOT give them the right to blindly walk right thru where you fishing. I always back-up towards the bank and follow - fight my fish up or down the river, communicating with others as needed.
Some folks dont call out there fish, so thats why its important to pay attention at all times. I'd hate to be the one responsible for breaking off the only fish the angler hooks all day and vise versa.
If someone DOES cast over your line while your fighting your fish, then 99.99% of the time, its because either YOU didnt call it out (repeat if necessary) or LOUD enouph or the angler was standing in the rapids and could not hear you or the angler is older and a lil hard of hearing or they are new and didnt know any better.

Its never done on purpose, mistakes happen and no one is perfect........... so its reeeelly no big deal and should be treated as such, in my opionion.

Now, if the same guy cast's over your line 3-4 times, then........... ;)


Very Common - New angler standing to deep in the hole, causing the fish not to hold and blow right past you hurting everyone in the pool:
My first step is to ask the angler (who is obviously new) if I might offer him a few tips on how he could catch a few more fish.

I find being overly polite, works much better than the other way...... ;)

Then I explain how he could increase his odds of catching a few more fish if he was to take a few steps back so the fish will stop and hold. They have always been very appreciative and usually thank me again after they hook-up or hire me for there next guided trip up here.
We were all new once and I was probably guilty of standing to deep in the excitement of it all.

Superb Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead from Mar. - April! Holy Cowa Bunga!! (Released)

Todays Humor and Fishing Etiquette:
Are YOU a Poser? ;)
Some of us have a term of endearment for anglers who just stand there with a fish on below them for a long time, in a good spot with other anglers being polite and giving that angler room, unable to fish as there line is in front of them.
We jokingly call them "a poser". Like they are posing for a picture, instead of following there fish and trying to stay even with it or putting the wood to'm.

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

Well Fred,
Lot's of new fair weather anglers out on Sat. (Good for the local economy!)
We were all new once :) Thats how I usually look at it.
After 30 some years of fishing here, it keeps me from getting irritated. :)

I agree, put the wood to it.
Getting it in fast'r and not tying up the fishing for everyone else.
Or, like you said, try to stay even or below the fish. (Tires fast'r) Listen to the fish and it will tell you what to do.
If all the anglers in a specific spot can not follow there fish due to deep water, then we all simply take a lil break. Everyone works together.
Once in a blue moon Ill suggest "politely" getting even with it. Better for the fish, better for the angler, for many reasons. Plus, everyone can fish.
I always get a thank you in return.

Realistically, I find that if you dont know this and have never had it explained to you, then you simply dont know.

Sounds like the guy's could - should have given her the above tips, then everyone would have been happier, especially the fish.
We were all new once. :) and I probably was a poser then too. Didnt know any better until it was explained to me. :)

On a reeeel funny note:
Years ago during the height of Salmon season I've heard tails of an angler that would simply walk out into the river and cut there line. :)
On a positive note, maybe our insight will help others who are new to this amazing fishery!
Best Fish's,
Randy
For more FUN on this, check out Salmon Timehttp://www.salmontime.com/index.php?threads/are-you-a-poser.595/


Another angler standing uncomfortably to close to you?
During the height of Salmon Season, in a good spot, some anglers will stand uncomfortably to close to you. I figure in this scenario, if I have a rods length between myself and the next angler, Im good! (In my opionion)
BUT, if the angler wants to try shoulder to shoulder when you were there first, here is a funny comment you can try, that might get ya a lil more room!
You know sir, if you stand any closer, we will have to get married ;)
For more FUN on this, check out Salmon Time - http://www.salmontime.com/index.php?threads/what-do-you-do-when-anglers-stand-uncomfortably-to-close-to-you.899/

Another Monst'a Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY! Holy Cowa Bunga!! (Released)

Mail Bag Humor and Tip to not Break your Rod:
Hi Randy, Mark and I are excited to go fishing with you later this month in the drift boat, Steve
Hi Steve, Me too! Please remember, you should be on your diet now, so I don't have to row your fat ass's around all day (yuk-yuk)

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

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

TOP 3 WAY'S to avoid EXPLODING your rod on any fish, of any BIG size and weight. Im talking from experince here folks ;)

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

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

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

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

Husband and wife out enjoying a fun Fishing Winters day. Nice looking Steelhead. Congrats! (C and R into cooler ;)

TODAYS ADVANCED Fishing VIDEO - Might help ya catch more fish?
Whether its a:
1. Temporary Transitional Resting Spot - Which is where the fish stops at temporarily while in a Transitional mode (running the river)
2. Prime Transitional Resting Area - Which is where the fish stops to rest mid day.
3. Prime Holding Location - Which is where the fish holds for an extended period of time. Days, a month and for Steelhead and Brown Trout all Fall, Winter and into the Spring.

They ALL have 1 main and critically important thing in common. They all are Current Breaks.

A Current Break is a structural - change of water speed in the river.
The #1 determining factor on how long a fish will sit on these Current Breaks, is solely determined by the qaulity of the Current Break
Because all fish in the Salmon River use these C. B.'s to conserve energy and rest, then so should you when your fishing here.

Todays Video is on Foundational and ADVANCED Fish Locations for locating and targeting the most fish on your trip up here. This is one of my favorites and its critically important for your fishing interest's!
You'll normally only get this type of advanced fishing info. by paying a guide for it. So this one is on the house! - You guys owe me BIG TIME for this BOULDER! - How about remembering me when you want to hire a guide up here or your referring some friends for a guide here?
By the way, These tips comes with a money back guarantee!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4 - Please SHARE and Subscribe.

Soooo, the lesson for today is there are 3 Basic and 4 Advanced ways to locate and target Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon when they are running the river and holding.

Basic:
1. When the Salmon and Steelhead are running, fish there Temporary 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. Fish the pools. After all, they aren't going anywhere soon.

Advanced:
4. The best is to find a spot that is a combination of all 3 of the above Basic's. (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 everything Ive jus mentioned above 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 a long period of time, offering you opportunity all day!
6. Combine everything Ive jus mentioned above and make sure that your spot has 98% of the fish in a transitional stage, move into it. This will offer you a Ton of opportunity!
7. Combine everything Ive jus mentioned above 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 car, bus or garage. This cuts down on all the guess work and allows you 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 everything Ive jus mentioned, 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 I look for when guiding folks like yourself!
The Mighty Slam'n Salmon River NY.

Other Prime examples of Resting C.B.s that the fish will use while transitioning up the river are:
1 Head of the hole.
2 The seams on either side of the main flow in the hole. (Thats where the fast water meets the slow or what we call frog water)
3 Any big boulders or large rocks in the hole.
4 Deepest part of the hole.
5 Tail of the hole.
6 The seam on the inside bend of the river.
7 Behind a shallow area that breaks the current.
8 Any big rocks or boulders that are in the deepest part of the river that the fish use to navigate it.
9 A lil 4 to 6 inch drop in the rivers bottom.
10 Tree's that have fallen into the river that are creating a seam.
11 There are more CBs, but these are the main ones, unless I forgot one of them. (hay, what do you want for free!)

To simplify all this, the fish use all the current breaks in the river. BUT, probably 90% of the river they simply swim thru it and dont stop. These areas should be avoided like the plague. As Lou Tabory once said, There is a LOT of empty water out there.

The fun part about some of these CBs is some are not visible to the naked eye and can only be found by:
1 Time On the Water.
2 Have an experienced friend show them to you.
3 Float over them in some type of water craft.
4 Find them when you bump into them on your drift while fishing.
5 Wade around in the river. Thats how I originally learned the entire river one summer. I walked and waded the entire length over 3 days with a note pad and pen in low water. I even asked a guy what the name of the pool was that I was studying and he told me it was called the Sportsmans pool. Him and I still laugh about that day, many flies ago.
And finally
Higher a guide. I always enjoy explaining in great detail the CBs and habitat on the river to my guest's. My primary goal when guiding you is to help you to become self-sufficient, so you dont need my help anymore. Your knowledge of habitat is one of the key components to achieve this. One of the highest unspoken complements Im paid on this river is seeing my past guest's out fishing a spot on there own, with success! I get a LOT of referal  business from those folks.

In closing:
What makes all CBs so interesting and challenging to understand as an angler is:
1 Some CBs are only used by the fish while in a Trans. Stage while running up the river or down it. Some for only a few seconds, minutes to all day.
2 Some CBs are used for several days, an entire Month to 5-6 months.
3 Some CBs are only used in the Fall before the water temp. drops. Some CBs are only used during the Winter, after the water temp. has dropped. And finally some CBs are only used during the Fall for Salmon, November for Brown Trout and the Spring for Steelhead. So some CBs are only used during certain stages of the fish's life.
4. Some CBs are only used during certain water flow levels. Low, medium and high water changes the CBs that the fish key in on and use. Our water levels are always changing and the fish change along with it and so should you.

Folks, What makes an experienced steelhead or salmon angler on the Salmon River?
One of the most critically important things is to have a complete and thorough understanding of is CBs and when and how the fish use them.  This knowledge will definitely put YOU into the 10% of the anglers that catch 90% of the fish, here on the Salmon River.

I sincerely hope you found Todays video-post Entertainingly Informative or Mildly Education and helps you to better understand these productive fishing C.B.s on the Salmon River and helps you, to catch more fish.
May all YOUR doorknobs smell of BIG Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout!


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ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Magical Spring Steelhead Day!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)

3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about
to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

Humor:

I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!

My Video Jokes
for Today  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12YczdG2a8
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Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

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September 16, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Short Report:
This last week has been the best yet for better #'s of Salmon entering the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. (Which is normal)
Over the last week anglers have found the King and Coho Salmon fishing either sloooow, so-so, ok, good to pretty good for Mid. Sept. Most of the action has been in the lower river.

We have some Salmon in transition - running up the entire river daily. (King Salmon on average will run 1 to 3 miles per day. And Coho Salmon can run the river in a single day)
Temporary Transitional Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

We have some Salmon holding Mid. Day in there Prime Transitional Holding Locations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

And some that are stopping along the way and holding in the larger Pools. (Normally, these fish wont be leaving these pools until approx. Oct. 1. If the BIG run is late, like last year, then they will start to leave these Major pools Mid. Oct.))
Prime Holding Pools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

If fishing the Salmon River anytime soon, I'd recommend either "gambling" the lower river for fresh Salmon running up it or the Prime Holding Locations (Pools) in the rest of the river.

As usual for Mid. Sept. we are seeing more Salmon staging in Lake Ontario closer to the mouth of the Salmon River. More Salmon moving into the Estuary of the Salmon River. And more Salmon entering and running the River Daily.
Add in the other Salmon (Kings and Coho's) that have entered the river over the last few weeks. And its starting to add up with many more thousands to come! Ye-Haa!

Normally during Mid. Sept. you will start to see a probable average of 25 - 50 to 75 Salmon enter the river each day. With a possible 100 to hopefully 150, if all conditions perfectly alien. (weather, water temp., fish feel like running, etc..)
Following week, normally, you'll start to see a probable average of 50 - 75 - 100 each day. With a possible 150 to hopefully 200, if all conditions perfectly alien. (weather, water temp., fish feel like running, etc..)
Last week of Sept., normally on average 150 to 300 Salmon each day. With a possible 1,000 to 3,000 (Major Run!) on the last couple days of Sept. or into the first week of Oct.
(Please note the # of times I said, normally, probable, average, possible and hopeful. The above is for a normal Salmon season. Since its Mid. Sept. its to early for anyone to know exactly :)
BIG SALMON RUN! Here is a Video I made for you that helps explain what helps and encourages the Salmon to make a BIG RUN! - (Might help you plan your trip?) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS

Crystal Ball Fishing Forecast:
Sat. evening, night and Sunday we could have our first ok - descent - push or run. Or at least the best #'s of fish entering the river this season. (Rain, etc...)

Lower Fly Zone is Open - (Please see the Special Regs. for fishing either of the Fly Zones, if your new up here)

Todays Humorous thought provoking Q - Fishing reports from the bottom 3 miles of river:
If you have 2 anglers fishing the top of 3 mile stretch, 2 anglers fishing middle of 3 mile stretch and 2 anglers fishing bottom of 3 mile stretch.
And each group of 2 anglers reports they saw 3 Salmon to the person writing fishing report. Would that make 9 salmon total sighted or the same 3 fish sighted, running this 3 mile stretch for the day?
Jus my "humorous observational spin" from reading a fishing report for this "great fishing" 3 mile stretch :)


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, the gift that keeps on giv'n :)
Steelhead season is just around the corner. Give me a ring! 315 963 2065. Emails are best - randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.


LOOONG REPORT - Hope Yer in a Comfortable Chair ;)

Not many anglers fishing, but the few that are, that know the lower river like the inside of there pocket are doing so-so, ok to good! Depending on fish #'s. (For this early, with early season #'s)
Some anglers aren't catching a thing, except a nice fishing day on the river with opportunity;) 

9/13 Upper Salmon River Report:
I used the drift boat to float from Altmar to Pineville to have an early peek. I had a couple friends join me from Project Healing Waters that helps the Vets out. I didnt fish, but thoroughly enjoy the day with friends who did. We saw a few Salmon here and there in the early season spots, but mostly none. Hooked 2 up and lost them. Saw 1 roster tailing up the shallow rapids at high noon. We wont count the Trophy Suckers or Dace my friends landed off their fly rods.

Only 12 other anglers out over this approx. 3 mile stretch, along with those Turkey Buzzards and several Osprey. Very Slooooow and Very normal for this early up there. Recommend down river for now.

One thing I couldn't figure out. Why did those Turkey Vultures keep circling above us old farts, all day, down the river? I think they were waiting for us to die! ;)

For anyone floating this section in a water craft -  Clear sailing with no new dangerous stuff on this section.
1 new BIG tree is laying 1/2 way across and directly on top of the best part of the Upper Trestle hole. You can squeeze by it.
Also BIG tree stretching 1/2 to 3/4 way across the river at lower Fridge. You can squeeze by it also.


Today's Lower River Ramblings:
After 12 years or more (almost daily) of standing, watching, studying, counting fish and species to report to you in mid. Sept. in a Pinch area (compressed area that 98% of the fish stop for a spell) in the lower river, just above the mouth.
What I always found sometimes frustrating and or funny is... Sometimes in the am. there will be so many boats in the Estuary that it seems to sometimes have a negative effect and sometimes causes the Salmon to not feel all that comfortable to enter the river, until the evening when less boats are present.
Presently, those fish in the Estuary dont HAVE to run as there biological clock is ticking, but not to the extent where they feel like they HAVE to enter the river.

Also, repeat the above and throw in anglers standing at the mouth of the Salmon River, causing those fish that want to run getting spooked and turning around and going back into the Estuary and waiting until the evening when no anglers are standing at the mouth of the river.

Sooo, sometimes thats why the morning run in the lower end might leave you wanting, while other times your gamble pays off 10 fold. Its also the reason sometimes you will get more entering the river during the evening or at night.

I usually see the above having more of an effect on fish wanting to enter the river on weekends. (More anglers in the river and boats in the Estuary)

Its always funny (on occasion) at first light in the lower river, at this time of the year, by the mouth, when your filled with anticipation, when all of a sudden you see 100 Salmon rooster tailing down river thru the rapids when they have been spooked by anglers. Back into the Estuary.
What's also funny, I have never heard of anyone who cast's at the fish running down river ever hook one up. Thats coming from a few anglers with more experince than myself who have tried. Maybe you'll be the first! ;)

Trophy King Salmon await you! Holy Cowa Bunga Stan!! (Released)

Good short read about why possible decreased Salmon Stocking.
Recent studies have shown that Chinook salmon raised by sportsmen in "net pens" for three weeks prior to stocking survive twice as well as those stocked by traditional, direct stocking methods. In addition, approximately half of the Chinook salmon in Lake Ontario are naturally reproduced, "wild" fish. In addition, New York and the Province of Ontario stock a combined 2.36 million Chinook salmon each year. Improved survival of pen-reared fish and the contribution of wild fish resulted in an additional six million Chinook salmon per year over the yearly average. While the high numbers of Chinook salmon have produced record-breaking angling, the population is increasing demand on Chinook salmon's primary prey, the alewife.

While the impact of relatively poor alewife survival in two successive winters was not apparent in 2016, DEC experts are concerned with its impact on the size of the adult alewife population in 2017 and beyond, as well as the adult alewife population's ability to sustain the large numbers of trout and salmon in the lake.

Alewife, which have limited tolerance to cold temperatures, are not native to the Great Lakes. The extremely cold winters of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 resulted in poor survival of alewife produced in those years.
Meeting's to discuss above, etc... - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/163ee18


9/9 Article - What's the status of the Salmon River's fall salmon run?
http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2016/09/whats_the_status_of_the_salmon_rivers_fall_salmon_run.html#incart_river_home

Amish Boat Launch at Pine Grove on the Salmon River
https://www.facebook.com/THEREVVOLUTION/videos/1013812738701347/

Work on the "River Trail" in Pulaski that runs next to the High Bridge Pool is coming along nicely. The black-top path is 8 feet wide. They have the main beams installed on one of the 2 bridges. Looks pretty heavy duty for a foot path.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207860692176678&set=pcb.10207860725177503&type=3&theater
Credit - SR Angler Paul Moore - https://www.facebook.com/paul.moore.77920526

20th Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House & Family Day, September 24, 2016
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/162eb1d


A GREAT way to start your morning off over a cup of Joe!
Here are a few Salmon River Fishing Report websites I enjoy, that you would like also.
Nice Current Salmon River Chat room I enjoy. Ask a Q or follow the threads that interest you - http://www.salmontime.com/index.php
This site gives you a reel nice over view of the entire area's fishing, plus more - https://www.facebook.com/SteelHead101?ref=profile

These folks give good reports for the fresh fish entering the mouth of the lower river where they are located - http://www.douglastonsalmonrun.com/Fishing-Report.aspx
Here are some Local Shops that all have Unique Fishing Report Content, written by Expert Anglers in the know:
Whitaker's Sports Store and Motel - https://whitakers.com/blogs/daily-report
All Seasons Sports - http://www.allseasonssports.com/category-s/2093.htm
Fat Nancy's Tackle Shop - https://fatnancystackle.com/blogs/river-report
Salmon River Sports Shop - https://www.facebook.com/salmonriversportsshop?ref=profile
Fishing all of the above Business's a profitable season! Randy Jones

Coupl'a Trophy King Salmon headed for the smoker. Congrats!

Mail Bag - Testimonials and Best Steelhead Mo's:
Randy we both look forward to fishing with you again soon, it paid off this morning with Ethan doing a great job and landing a really nice salmon at the exact spot where you showed us and where you said we should fish on our own the next day.
Thanks again for a great day, Rob Shaner

Hi Rob, Super! Please tell your son Ethan I said Congrats! Was it a loooooong drive home for you? yukyuk

Randy, Thank you for having us. We great time and weather was superb !!! My Nephew and I are considering coming back again for steelhead, he is very committed and determined to land a big fat Steelhead...me too!
Prob. January or early Feb? What do u think and what is best time for Oncorhynchus ? Thank u, Pete


HI Pete, Any of those Month's are good, but Nov. and Dec. is also reeeel good and a lil warmer. Jan. and Feb. can get on the frozen, freezing cold, uncomfortable side. If you wanted Jan. or Feb. I'd recommend checking the weather first and then contact me. Those months I always have a lot of openings and booking me last minute is a great way to hand pick a nice day where you will be more comfortable. Also, less chance of me canceling the trip due to dangerous or very uncomfortable driving or weather fishing conditions. Best, Randy

ALSO - Best... in my opinion, is personal preference. All months are good steelhead Mo's.
Nov. - Lil warmer than later Mo's. More anglers fishing, which sometimes means less opportunity. Some of the spots will have anglers or guides in them, so we move to the next spot.
Also, this Mo. and into the latter part of Dec. is when the Steelhead fight the hardest and are the most visually stimulating to watch. Speeding bullet runs 100 feet or more, water spraying off their backs, tail walking dances across the pool for 20-60 feet, rocket ship jumps - 4 feet into the air (sometimes they do this 3-4 times), somersaulting 3-4 times back to earths atmosphere before splash down - (like a cinder block) with water spraying 20 feet in all directions.
And finally, hopefully you'll still be on your feet and not on your back with all these silvery and fresh Steelhead antics.

End of Dec. and all Winter into the Spring, they all still fight hard, but due to the water being colder, they can sometimes be a lil sluggish and not so many jumps and speeding bullet runs. Also its colder, so you there are less anglers and guides working, which means more opportunity of optional areas to fish.
So you can see why I call best, personal preference. They are always here Nov. thru April. Best, Randy

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
By 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


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 :)
1. How do fish climb a fish ladder without any hands or feet?
Answer: 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?
Answer: 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.

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! ;)
Answer: Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Randy Jones with over 35 years guiding experince ;)

Neat "old" video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook: (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!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QYIkgYiDAI

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

Trophy Fall Brown Trout are an optional Treat. Congrats! (Released)

TODAYS VIDEO - Might help ya catch more fish?
Whether its a:
1. Temporary Transitional Resting Spot - Which is where the fish stops at temporarily while in a Transitional mode (running the river)
2. Prime Transitional Resting Area - Which is where the fish stops to rest mid day.
3. Prime Holding Location - Which is where the fish holds for an extended period of time. Days, a month and for Steelhead and Brown Trout all Fall, Winter and into the Spring.

They ALL have 1 main and critically important thing in common. They all are Current Breaks.

A Current Break is a structural - change of water speed in the river.
The #1 determining factor on how long a fish will sit on these Current Breaks, is solely determined by the qaulity of the Current Break
Because all fish in the Salmon River use these C. B.'s to conserve energy and rest, then so should you when your fishing here.

Todays Video is on  Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pool Current Breaks that all species of fish use after they have run the river and found a perfect C. B. holding location to be used for an extended period of time on the Salmon River.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

They're pretty much the deeper pools and runs we have on the Salmon River. They are easy to find. Just look for the most anglers and or the angler parking lots that are all around and usually a short walk to these major pools. The internet and local shops around here also have maps of the larger, more well know pools on the Salmon River.

Typically, these areas are fished once we've had some fish enter and run the river and are starting to hold in these Prime Locations. These locations should be fished all Fall, Winter into the Spring and well normally have the largest concentrations of fish for you to catch..

Remember what I said earlier about the qaulity of the C.B. determines the length of time a fish will hold on it? These Prime Holding Locations provide the fish with everything it needs to meet and satisfy there survival instincts for an extended period of time.
A Prime Holding Location consists of:
1. Deep water for safety from predators.
2. A good enouph C. B. to decrease the amount of energy it needs to expend to maintain this position.
3. Enouph food in the case of our Steelhead and Brown Trout.

Our Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area's and Temp. Trans. Resting Spots do not provide the fish with these qualities and is why they are only used by the fish for a short amount of time.

One simple fishing strategy would be to just fish these pools for the day as these fish are not going anywhere soon, and leave the Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area's and the Temp. Trans. Resting Spots to someone else.

These area's were covered more thoroughly in previous videos, so check'm out, share with your friends and please hit the subscribe button.
The Mighty Slam'n Salmon River NY.

Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

If your looking to book a fishing trip for this Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

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These site's offer informative articles, based on my years of almost daily experience on the river. About flies, fly fishing, spin fishing, rigging, float fishing, techniques and finding fish.
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I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

September 9, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Over last weekend when they increased the water flow to 750cfs on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. We recieved an increase in the number of King and Coho Salmon entering and running the river. (Which is normal)
Nothing to get excited about (in my opinion), but its a start for this early.
Some anglers found some Salmon to play with and land, while many-most others did not. Thats Salmon fishing during early Sept.
Jus my opinion from doing this over the last 26 years - Due to this increased (deeper) water flow and off color water over this last weekend, I'd say there were actually a few more Salmon that entered the river than what was being reported.

Monday the water level was back to a normal (cleaner) flow of 335cfs and even more Salmon were noticed entering and running the river than over the weekend.
Jus my opinion
from doing this over the last 26 years - More Salmon were spotted Monday then the weekend, which was a direct result of the water level dropping (shallower - easier to spot them, than in a higher flow) and the water clarity was cleaner (easier to see'm)

Tues. thru Thurs. we had a few more Salmon enter the river each day. (All normal for this early) Thursday afternoon we had an approx. 100cfs bump up in the rivers water level from run-off created by some heavy - heavy Thunderstorms. This always helps to bring a few more in!

"Typically" at this time of the year you will see a few singles enter the river and "maybe" a few small pods, daily. (Maybe more, maybe less, "usually less", but yer never know ;)
Mid. Sept. is when you will normally start to see a slight increase of Salmon entering the River. With a crescendo of salmon #'s towards the end of Sept. into Oct.

We continue to receive Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in Lake Ontario. We have a few Salmon staging in the Estuary of the Salmon River. All are getting closer to entering and running the Salmon River. Anticipation - Ye-Haa!!

If you enjoy solitude while your fishing with the "possible opportunity" of hooking up to a Trophy Reeeeel Scream'n Slam'n Salmon. Then the next couple of weeks are tailored especially for you.

If you want to fish when we will have more fish and more anglers in the river. Hold off until late Sept. or the first 1-3 weeks in Oct.

Photo Collage of - One day in the Fall:

Jeff Pierce hit a "Rare" Grand Slam on the day this Steelhead photo was taken by me years ago. (Grand Slam = All by yourself in a single day you land a Brown Trout, Steelhead, Coho and King Salmon.) - Sorry, your Trophy Chubs dont count - yukyuk)
He also would have had a new line class record for this 22 pd. Coho he landed, but didnt have his I.G.F.A. hand book with him to know it qualified. (There is no HO like a Coho, did I jus say that? ;)
Another small (yukyuk) 21 lb. Coho landed by Jeff on this day. I think I need a bigger net!!
Nice Brownie for Geir Sivertzen - Mustad Scandinavian - Sales Manager
Group photo of Gier, Bob and Jeff with a Big Coho. Congrats!


Today's Tips:
I'd fish from the Ball Park down, before they get a sunburn ;)
1) Try early AM. for hopefully 1 or 2 running up the river, stopping along the way in the Temporary Transitional Holding Locations to rest briefly, before moving to the next.
2) Mid. morning (approx. 9:30am.) you could try the Prime Transitional Holding Spots where they will rest mid-day.
3) And then maybe a few drifts into a Prime Holding Location, were 1 or 2 might be hanging out.

If your not familiar with the previous 3 "critically important to your fishing interest's" Habitat Holding Location Terms for all Species of fish in the River. Then these 3 video's I made, will explain each one in ( to much ;) greater detail. Enjoy!
(P.S. After watching the first video, you can skip the Repeated Intro. on the 2nd and 3rd by starting at approx. 1 min.  10 sec. and end at approx. 3 min. 2 sec.)
1) Temporary Transitional Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
2) Prime Transitional Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
3) Prime Holding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6


Mail Bag:
Randy, Thank you so much for the update. I am coming this Friday for a few days with like 15 people. Should I wait or still come up? Marco
HI Marco, Its still early - mid-Sept. Not many fish in the river now. I wouldn't make a special trip unless we get a BUNCH in today or shortly. Randy


Take your kid fishing to a new safe spot in Oswego County
Below is my reply to a mother who is new to the area and wanted to take her daughter fishing locally, that was safe.

There are tons of safe places for kids to fish. I'd start with the below link listing all of your fishing opportunities with locations, access points, fish species, etc.... for Bank fishing.
The NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation Website (D.E.C.) has a TON of really good info. on all the fishing area's for Oswego County and Oswego area. - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html

Like you, I would keep my kids away from fishing any deep or fast water that is at their feet or in very close proximity. I'd stay away from jetties, canals, walking out into a fast moving river, etc...
Also, any time we get a lot of rain. You will see all the local creeks, streams and rivers rise with faster currents, deeper water. Many times some of our larger rivers will have dams on them that will release more water.

Lots of beautiful safe lakes, ponds and rivers that are shallow next to the bank.

Something I've done before when fishing a new area is to stop into a local fishing tackle shop. Their local knowledge of the fishing and safe areas for kids to fish is invaluable.
Maybe pick a spot off the DEC website, then google a close by tackle shop. Call them or stop in before fishing?
FISH ON!!
Randy


Lake Ontario Landlocked Salmon Restoration
http://www.lakeontariooutdoors.com/stories/news-story/lake-ontario-landlocked-salmon-restoration/

Using a drone to catch a Monster Bass! EPIC!!! Could this be the next step in fishing on the Salmon River for Steelhead or Salmon? You would need a BIGGER Drone! ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iba7kCnkFos


Headed for the smoker. Congrats!

TODAYS VIDEO - Might help ya catch more fish?
Whether its a:
1. Temporary Transitional Resting Spot - Which is where the fish stops at temporarily while in a Transitional mode (running the river)
2. Prime Transitional Resting Area - Which is where the fish stops to rest mid day.
3. Prime Holding Location - Which is where the fish holds for an extended period of time. Days, a month and for Steelhead and Brown Trout all Fall, Winter and into the Spring.

They ALL have 1 main and critically important thing in common. They all are Current Breaks.

A Current Break is a structural - change of water speed in the river.
The #1 determining factor on how long a fish will sit on these Current Breaks, is solely determined by the qaulity of the Current Break
Because all fish in the Salmon River use these C. B.'s to conserve energy and rest, then so should you when your fishing here.

The fish normally use the deepest water in the river and the current to navigate it. Its like a road map and rarely changes. By studying fish movement up the river it well also provide you with a detailed road map for your optional fishing locations and fishing strategies.
So any C. B. that is on this path is normally used by the fish. Whenever we have fish that are in a transitional stage running the Salmon River, then these locations should always be fished by you.

Todays Video is on Prime Transitional Resting and Holding Current Break Areas that all species of fish use during the middle of the day while running up or down the Salmon River.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

These locations are normally bigger than a Temp. Trans. Resting Spot, but smaller than a large pool or Bigger run or channel. They normally look like small pools, runs and channels or BIG pockets.

Remember what I said earlier about the qaulity of the CB determines the length of time a fish will hold on it? These Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area's provide the fish with a better CB then the Temp. Trans. Resting Spots, where they only stop for a short period of time.

Typically, these areas are fished during the middle of the day once the fish are tired from running all morning and or dont feel comfortable or safe to continue running the river. Usually once the days light hits the water, will causes them to think about holding for the remainder of the day. This  stoppage of fish normally occurs around 9:30 approx., goes all day, and then they leave these areas to continue on there journey up the river around 5:30pm. If you not finding any fish in these Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area's then your next strategy would be to fish the Prime Holding Locations where they will hold for an extended period of time.

These locations will be covered more thoroughly in our next videos, so check'm out, share with your friends and please hit the subscribe button.

Todays Tip:
Fish one of these Prime Tran. Resting and Holding area's all day.
While the fish are in a transitional state in the morning, they will still stop to rest in these. Once the run has ended for the morning, then you will have fish filter in and stop in your spot for the remainder of the day. Providing you with greater opportunity!
Most anglers are normally in the pools and many times you can have these area's all to yourself.

The Mighty Slam'n Salmon River NY.

Nice King Salmon! Congrats!

Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

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I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Gift certificates are available for Trips

September 2, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Short Fishing Report:
Top to bottom of the Salmon River is fishing sloooow, which is normal for this early. But you never know!


Long Fishing Report - Hope yer in a comfortable chair - My sprint.... turned into the NY - Boston Marathon once again ;)

This last week we've had none, one or two, too a few King Salmon enter and run the river in the morning. (Normal for this early)  I'd guess approx. 4 Salmon during the morning was about the best - biggest #'s sighted running the shallow rapids in a day, so far. I havent seen any reports for #'s of Salmon sighted while entering and running the river in the evening low light periods. Thats not my shift ;) But, you can always figure a couple, maybe more came in during the evening rush hour ;)

These low #'s of Salmon presently, will increase in #'s as the Month proceeds. Building into a Crescendo!

The few fish that are in the river presently and the anglers that are fishing are doing the best in the lower river. Ball Park area down to the mouth of the Salmon River. Nothing to get excited about this early, in my opionion. But... if you lived locally, had nothing better to do, knew the lower river like the inside of your pocket, it might be worth a few hours of fishing around. A few folks have landed some.

River Water Level Report:
Wed. evening they raised the water level in the River to 335cfs. from the summers flow of 185cfs. This always helps to bring more in! It's still early tho.
I here the reservoirs have hit their target water levels for a normal flow of approx. 335cfs for Salmon Season. We still need rain, so please do your rain dance!
Until 10:00 PM, Fri, 335 CFS

From 10:00 PM Friday until 4:00 PM Sun, 750 CFS ------- With the increase water flow (750cfs) happening Sat. and Sunday. You may see a few more Salmon react to it and enter the river. BUT, you will also see an increase of anglers fishing due to the Holiday. Sometimes this weekend can be good if your in the right spot (lower river) and sometimes this weekend can be a dud. (more anglers than fish) Never know! Good luck if yer com'n up - FISH ON!

From 4:00 PM Sun, until 11:59 PM Mon, 335 CFS
I've seen 1,000's of Salmon enter this early when the river flooded out for a week. But, 335cfs and 750cfs, is no where near a flood.

Have the salmon started running yet up the Salmon River? ( September 04, 2015 )
Even tho this is last years, it's still pertinent and credible to date - Sept. 4 - as it relates to our 2016 white water release of 750cfs over this Weekend.
http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/09/salmon_river.html

What helps to bring more Fish in?
Cooler days and nights drop the river water temp.
Higher water flows from the Dam or even run-off from rain.
As the days grow shorter, it helps!

Out on Lake O. the reports are good! Size and numbers, staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River.
Trophy Salmon River Family King Salmon, headed for the smoker. Yummy!

King Salmon Mail Bag Qs:
Hi Randy, It's Mike Greer, you have guided me a few times for Steelhead. I was hoping you could give me some helpful tips about where to fish the river for best chance of success. I know the water is low and the weather has been warm, but I also know there are a few fish in the river and a few entering daily.
Again, thanks for all the teaching points of how to read the water, drift techniques, fish behavior and all those Steelhead we caught were a BONUS! Best Regards,  Mike

Hi Mike, Presently, I'd recommend the lower river. Ball Park, down thru Town and below to the Black Hole (by the water treatment plant) and if you dont mind paying to fish, I'd recommend the DSR. Good Luck! Randy

Randy, I hear Pulaski will have a Dancing Bear when the Circus comes to town? Joe
Yes! You can see it by standing on the Short Bridge in Pulaski, during the height of Salmon season. Its also free and should be on everyone's buck list. Randy

Randy, where is the VERY best place to fish for King Salmon during the Salmon Run on the Salmon River, NY? Thanks, Mike
Thats an easy one Mike, anywhere Im NOT fishing!!! :)

So Randy, how does the rain effect the fish? Mom
They usually go under da bridge, so they don't get wet.

Randy, I know your extremely busy, but when is the BIG RUN of King Salmon going to happen? Thanks, Frank
Frank - I'd recommend you ask da fish dat Q! **Please stop sending me all those emails about when the BIG RUN is going to happen! (yukyuk)**

The Slam'n Salmon River NY, where Fish Memories are Made!

TODAYS VIDEO - Might help ya catch more fish?
Whether its a:
1. Temporary Transitional Resting Spot - Which is where the fish stops at temporarily while in a Transitional mode (running the river)
2. Prime Transitional Resting Area - Which is where the fish stops to rest mid day.
3. Prime Holding Location - Which is where the fish holds for an extended period of time. Days, a month and for Steelhead and Brown Trout all Fall, Winter and into the Spring.

They ALL have 1 main and critically important thing in common. They all are Current Breaks.

A Current Break is a structural - change of water speed in the river.
The #1 determining factor on how long a fish will sit on these Current Breaks, is solely determined by the qaulity of the Current Break
Because all fish in the Salmon River use these C. B.'s to conserve energy and rest, then so should you when your fishing here.

The fish normally use the deepest water in the river and the current to navigate it. Its like a road map and rarely changes. By studying fish movement up the river it well also provide you with a detailed road map for your optional fishing locations and fishing strategies.
So any Current Break that is on this path is normally used by the fish. Whenever we have fish that are in a transitional stage running the Salmon River, then these locations should always be fished by you.

Todays Video is on  Temporary Transitional Resting Current breaks that all species of fish use for a very short amount of time while running up or down the Salmon River.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

These special C.B.s are used in the exact same way by the fish as you or I would when climbing a long steep Mountain, 500 flights of stairs or dragging 3 King Salmon on a stringer weighing 75 pounds up a hill or up a flight of stairs after a long rewarding day of fishing. We would take short lil breaks along our route, which is exactly what our Salmon River fish do when running it.

A prime example of this would be any long stretch of rapids. These are like climbing a long flight of stairs to the fish. Stopping behind the boulders in the pockets to rest until they decide to continue on to the next pocket. They can sit in these pockets for a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on how much energy that had jus used to get there.

Remember what I said earlier about the qaulity of the C.B. determines the length of time a fish will hold on it? These Temp. Trans. Resting Spots do not provide a good enouph current break for them to hold on it for an extended period of time, so they just use temporarily while steadily transitioning up the river.

Typically, these areas are fished during low light periods, mornings and evenings. When the fish feel safer and we have fish running up the river. Or, all day if we have a lot of low-light, rainy, stormy weather or the water level in the river has come up. Once your run has ended, then your next strategy would be to fish the Prime Transitional Resting and Holding area's where the fish will rest mid-day or the Prime Holding Locations where they will sit for an extended period of time.

These locations will be covered more thoroughly in our next videos, so check'm out, share with your friends and please hit the subscribe button.

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

Salmon River Lighthouse Hill Dam and Powerhouse.


Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

If your looking to book a fishing trip for this Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
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These site's offer informative articles, based on my years of almost daily experience on the river. About flies, fly fishing, spin fishing, rigging, float fishing, techniques and finding fish.
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I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

August 26, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

It's Starting!
On the Salmon River in Pulaski NY over this last week a "few" early season King Salmon have been spotted making their migration up the River. A few caught and a few dead ones along the bank.


River Update:
After some recent rain, the run-off caused the water level in the Salmon River to come up approx. 100 cfs. We had a few Salmon react to it and enter to run the river.
They should be cooked "well done" and "out of breath", by the time they hit the Ball Park. During August in these low water flows, hot water temps. and low oxygen levels.
Presently - Normally, but not always, not enough Salmon to make a special trip up here this early, under these conditions.................... But, if you lived locally and wanted to wet a line.... I'd fish from the Ball Park down, before they get a sun burn ;)
I took a short look see around the lower river and didnt see anyone fishing the Town Pool, nobody in the Stair Case area, couple anglers in the Black Hole and a few more anglers in the DSR.

The BIG Water Flow Level Question for Salmon Season is will we see our normal flow of 335cfs? Or possibly 285cfs? Or even a lower flow of 185cfs.
I checked with my friend who is on the Water Advisory Commission for a Crystal Ball Water Forecast for Salmon Season. He stated that presently, things are on schedule for a normal release of 335cfs. But, we need more rain.
In closing I'd say we will need a couple more weeks before we all will be updated on probable future Water Flow Levels for Salmon Season. Do yer Rain Dance!

Anxiously Awaited! - First Salmon Internet Awards Ceremony:
The first Salmon to be spotted in the Salmon River Rooster tailing up the shallow rapids at the mouth goes to - Paul Moore on Aug. 23.

There seems to be a 3 way Tie for the First Salmon to be landed on the Salmon River on Aug. 24 with Pic. proof on all.
1. Guide Shane Muckey Reported - first Salmon of 2016, caught by Craig in Pulaski.
2. Salmon River Sports Shop Reported - First fish out of the river, picture provided by one of our customers.
3. DSR Reports - One of their anglers caught the first salmon of 2016!

Presently, there is a discussion on the Net of who caught theirs first..... to take the Grand Prize! ;)

Out on Lake Ontario:
A Fair # of Salmon are being Reported as moving shallower in the Eastern end of Lake Ontario. Moving closer to the mouth of the Salmon River. These fish are getting ready to make the annual journey upstream.
Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel Reported - The positive news is that the fish look good and are healthy with some really big fish around this year. When these fish hit the river we should have some real tackle busters this season.

It's been a 'banner year' for summer salmon fishing on western Lake Ontario - (Some Eastern Lake O. stuff also)
http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2016/08/its_been_a_banner_year_for_summer_salmon_fishing_on_western_lake_ontario.html

Rains and Stormy Weather:
During our last Big storm (1/2 of the best part missed us) we recieved some rain, but not enouph. Tornado warning's went out for the Redfield area. A buddy of mine was fishing a tournament in the area and got some nice Pic.s of the funnel cloud reaching down towards the ground. No reports of major damage. There were also Tornado warnings to the East of Syracuse with nothing touching the ground.
Got some much needed rain. Then dry again. Do your rain dance!

Nice early season King Salmon by T. A. McKinney. Congrats!

Oldie but Goody - Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River
What many here don’t know is that the salmon they’re catching and the salmon that gave the river its name are not the same fish.

Lake Ontario was once known as the world’s greatest freshwater fishery for Atlantic Salmon. And the Salmon River was one of its best spawning streams, says Fran Verdoliva of the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation.
"Through the colonization period and the settlement of this area... you saw the Salmon River commercial records showing as many as 3,000 salmon a night taken out of the river, average weight almost 15 pounds," said Verdoliva.
But the Atlantic salmon were gone by the end of the 19th century, victims of over-fishing, pollution, and the mill dams that kept them from getting upstream to spawn. By the 1960s, Lake Ontario was dominated by alewives -- a small, invasive fish whose population exploded with no larger fish to eat them. 

Enter the very hungry and prolific Pacific salmon.
"Pacific salmon at that time were still readily available from the northwest... it was a fish that could grow to a very large size quickly," said Verdoliva.
Cohoes, chinook and steelhead salmon were introduced. They’re still stocked today, but they also reproduce in tremendous numbers on their own.  With so many large fish now in the lake and river, the fishing industry took off, to the tune of almost $30 million a year in the Salmon River alone.  And those salmon being pulled out -- they’re all the non-native Pacific variety.

Well, almost all.

Volunteers now help stock Salmon River tributaries with thousands of Atlantic salmon fingerlings. Each fish has a fin clipped for identification. It is part of a federal research project to find the best way to reintroduce Atlantics to their native habitat.
Jim Johnson runs the Tunison Lab of Aquatic Science in Cortland, where the fish were hatched.
"Right now the sole effort in New York is in the Salmon River drainage," said Johnson.
He says having Atlantics in the mix can help the ecosystem resist the next nasty invasive species that shows up. Plus, there is an added benefit because Atlantics start their spawning run earlier than the Pacific varieties.

"There’s real hope it can be an economic boost to the upstate New York economy, especially in Oswego County, to have thousands of Atlantic salmon returning and providing a fishery in the summer months which is really not a very viable time right now," Johnson said.
And that has already begun to happen, because New York state itself has been stocking a few Atlantics for the past 15 years. Six hundred adults were caught last year.  And recently the DEC’s Verdoliva has started to see what had not happened here in more than a century.
"For three years we found natural reproduction of the Atlantic salmon in the salmon river," said Verdoliva.
They did not find any this year, but Verdoliva thinks the eggs may have hatched early because of the warm winter.  Still, he hopes to one day see a self sustaining population of Atlantics.

"Having a fish that through man's use disappeared from this system, and being back there, we should be very proud of that," said Verdoliva. "We’re very proud of what we’ve done with the introduction of other species into the system. We’ve been very successful. This would be like the crowning jewel on top of it."

The U.S. Geological Survey is also studying the possibility of reintroducing small forage fish for the Atlantic salmon to eat, another step in establishing a healthy, sustaining population of what was once known as the king of fish.  

Credit - http://wrvo.org/post/reintroducing-atlantic-salmon-salmon-river#stream/0



Todays Video is about the 3 basic things that will help encourage and induce a nice run of Salmon and Steelhead into the Salmon River and then a run up it. These are also Clues on how to forecast and possibly predict YOUR best fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
BIG SALMON RUN!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
The 3 basic ways are:
1. Mother Nature
2. Man made incentives
3. The Fish's biological clock
Lets expand on these in greater detail

Mother Natures Signature Clues would be:
Wind direction. A VERY strong West wind can push the water into the Estuary and make it a lil deeper, causing the fish to feel more comfortable to enter and run the river.
Low light - mornings, evenings and stormy weather - cloudy, rainy, a very small or non-existing 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 to 100 cfs, that might be all that it takes to help induce a good run.

Man Made Incentives to cause a good run of fish to enter and run the Salmon River are:
Those Folks up at the Dam releasing more water. That always helps! Dam water releases normally coincide with Mother Nature or follow her.

The fish's biological clock is always ticking:
As the days grow shorter, it helps!

Perfect Storm scenario that Ive witnessed and hopefully you will to is:
A strong rain storm with a strong 20 knot West wind. Pushing the water in, providing low light conditions all day and even more in the morning and evenings, run-off from the rain and possibly more water being released out of the dam and this happens when the fish's biological clock is ticking and encouraging them to enter into the next stage of there life.
If you get a combination of a couple or a few of these, usually, NOT ALWAYS, it will mean a nice fresh run of fish entering the river and running it.
Bottom Line - They will run when they are good darn and ready! (So STOP sending me all those Emails about when the BIG RUN is going to Happen! - Har har ;)
But what  we've just talked about always helps to cause a nice run of fresh, hard fighting Salmon, Steelhead or Brown Trout to enter and run the Salmon River.

I sincerely hope todays video helps YOU to have a lil better understanding of what encourages the fish to enter and run the river and helps YOU to catch a BUNCH of BIG Trophy Brown Trout, Salmon or Steelhead!





Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

If your looking to book a fishing trip for this Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

My sites Draw Thousands of visitors a day. They are worth a visit!
My SR Fishing Report Web site - http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
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These site's offer informative articles, based on my years of almost daily experience on the river. About flies, fly fishing, spin fishing, rigging, float fishing, techniques and finding fish.
Q's? - http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

August 18, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Slam'n Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report
Our first King Salmon up the Salmon River in Pulaski NY is near. 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, BUT 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.

Starting in late Oct. is when we will start to see our first "Silver Missile - Rocket Ship" Steelhead in decent #'s. We continue to fish for them all Winter into the Spring.

2013 Aug. 7th Mail Bag:
Randy, Went this AM fished above the Salmon River till 8:30, saw three, hooked two, both broke me off. 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

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.



Current Local News:
"Possible" DEC Salmon Stocking Cuts and Continued Monitoring and Treatment of Steelhead.
Last Wednesday the DEC invited local business people to attend an information meeting at the Salmon River Hatchery about their "probable" future plans for your fish.
Meeting Highlights
The DEC are looking to do a "probable" decreased stocking of Salmon. Due to more Wild Salmon being in the system and also due to a bait fish concern in Lake Ontario.
No probable changes on Steelhead. More wait and see.

As usual, I support the DEC in their decisions. They get paid to scientifically study this stuff 24-7 and only want what's best for you, the States $ fishing pockets, the Lake O. interests and all Trib. anglers.

New Long Bridge Walkway
They are building a new platform/walkway trail from Town, all the way down to the Black Hole.
A board walk will be great for Tourism! Besides the short bridge during Salmon season. That boardwalk would be a great place to bring friends who are new to the river. Plus, I'd say its one of the more scenic spots on the river.
https://www.facebook.com/paul.moore.77920526/posts/10207660210404759?pnref=story

VIDEO PREMIERE!
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video! ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
Please SHARE and Subscribe.

Web Site Testimonial:
Randy, I recently discovered you and your writings. You Rock!! Your writings resonate with so many. The humor, the professional POV and experience you share is invaluable.  Hope to secure a spot with you soon. Jim
Thanks for your many kind and generous words Jim! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :) Randy

First Salmon landed on the Salmon River NY this year!
Look what I caught yesterday, it even made the papers!

AP Wire - 8/18/2016 - Pulaski man lands the World's Largest I.G.F.A. Record Fish!
The biggest confirmed fish ever caught on rod and reel belonged to Randy Jones, who was the inspiration for Captain Quint in Jaws. It was a 3,427 pound great white King Salmon caught yesterday that took him 20 hours to land on the Salmon River NY. This beast started towing him in his drift boat from the Upper Fly Zone down river 12 miles into the Estuary. Then out to Lake Ontario, up to Canada and then back. (approx. 100 mile journey) Then all the way back up river 12 miles to the Upper Fly Zone, before he was able to land it.

When interviewed for this article Jones said, It blasted off towards the heavens like a rocket ship. That fish was sooooo big, that when it jumped, the water level in the river dropped by @ least 5 feet!
Then cart wheeled back to earths atmosphere, like a jugglers baton. Then Splash down, sounding like a big cement truck with water spraying in all directions for a good 100 feet!
All the anglers with in 10 miles could hear it and looked on in disbelief! Some even ran scared to their cars, it was that BIG!

Then it did a majestic, distinguished, solemn, magnificent, grand, splendid, resplendent, glorious, sumptuous, impressive, august, noble, awe-inspiring, monumental, palatial; statuesque, Olympian, imposing, marvelous, sonorous, resounding, heroic -
 jaw dropping tail walk across the pool for 500 feet!
(Reprinted with permission, Syracuse Gazette Times, Mike Silly - Outdoor Writer)

Late to bed, early to rise; fish all day, make up lies........... :)
You lie about the size of your fish and I'll swear to it! ;)


Eric Clapton Lands Biggest Salmon of the Summer
https://journal.amberjack.com/2016/08/eric-clapton-lands-biggest-salmon-of-the-summer/

Great Steelhead Video:
Randy, We are working on a new movie called running the coast. We are finishing up editing on a 1500 mile journey from Virginia to Maine and back. Here is our latest.

A River North: Andy Mill tracks down steelhead in remote British Columbia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7BJpWsYQg8&app=desktop
Jamie, Enjoyed all aspects of your Video, which was Amazing! Makes mine look stupid! Thanks a lot! ;)


When is the King - Coho Salmon Fishing guaranteed to be the BEST on the Salmon River NY? - Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday.

First off, when fishing for Salmon on the Salmon River there is no such thing as Guaranteed or Best. Only what Monthly time period is normally, but not always, the most consistent year after year. Included in this would be angler personal preference.

Early to mid. Sept. Salmon fishing "usually" means less anglers and normally less fish. Later in the Mo. and Oct., it means more anglers and more fish, so it all sort'a even out's.
Normally, prime time is last week of Sept. and first week of Oct.
Last year, the Salmon came in late and mid. Oct. was great!
So its tuff to forecast, but late Sept. and early Oct. is over all, normally the best most consistent, but also with the most anglers.
Trophy Male Coho Salmon with Spawning colors aglow, ready to eat an angler. That get THAT BIG up here ;)
BIG SALMON RUN! Here is a Video I made for you that helps explain what helps and encourages the Salmon to make a BIG RUN! - (Might help you plan your trip?) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS


When is the BEST time to fish for Steelhead? - Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday.

There really isn't any BEST for Steelhead, its all angler personal preference.

I start guiding for them at the end of Oct. Which usually means less anglers and normally less fish. Later in Nov. it means more anglers and more fish, so it all sort'a even out's.
In Nov. we start to see more Steelhead and more anglers. It's the busiest angler Mo. Temps. aren't to cold yet and its also when the steelhead fight the hardest with speeding bullet runs, tail walks and somersaults.
Dec. is always good due to folks doing business and family holiday stuff and its a lil colder = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.
The middle of the Winter can be magical with only the most die hard steelhead anglers out during these colder Mo's. = Less anglers = more opportunity for you.
Spring Steelhead (Mar. and April) it starts to warm and we see more anglers out. The Steelhead's appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the river to lake Ontario. Sight fishing is an optional treat.

AMAZING Steelhead Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=2

Interesting Email Q's about Most Exciting Species and Best Time to Target
Hi Randy, I am looking to get into some some salmon/steelhead fishing this fall. I was checking out your website and it looked like something I definitely want to do. I am looking to book a trip for my self and a friend. We are both fairly experienced anglers, however we've never really fished for salmon/steelhead. What time of year would be best to book a trip? Also what type of trip would you recommend? Thanks, Drake

Hi Drake, Super! All you need are chest waders plus a fishing license. I'd recommend we take the Drift Boat to cover-fish more water and to learn more water. So you'll have plenty of spots to fish on your own when you return.
Salmon - Best is last week Sept. and first week Oct. (Crowded) These dates book a year in advance for me. I could refer you to one of my endorsed guides who has more open dates if this interest's you?
Steelhead - Best is anywhere from Nov. all Winter into April. There really isn't any best time, jus personal preference. Mid-week is always best! (not on or around a holiday) Best Fish's, Randy

Randy, Do you think one is more exciting than the other? We both like to cast, and would love to hook into fish with a good fight. They both look like awesome fish, just wanted to see if you thought one was more fun. Drake

Drake, Great Q!
King Salmon pull steady and HARD! Rod doubled over stuff. They are bigger than the steelhead and sometimes reach over 30 lbs..
But
For exciting, then Steelhead would be my top choice! They are visually exciting to watch and fight as they tend to rocket 4 feet out of the water, somersault a few times, re-enter earths atmosphere with a BIG splash down with water spraying 20 feet in all directions, maybe do a lil dance - tail walk across the pool for 30-40 feet with the sun reflecting off its silvery sides and zippy, speeding silver bullet runs with water spraying off there backs. In a blink of an eye these Chromers can be up, down, across the pool and hopefully you will still be on your feet and not on your back.

Pretty exciting stuff! Recommend Early Nov. thru Mid. Dec. for this type of fight. Winter and Spring they slow down a tad but are still good fight's.
Since your new and if you have the time, you could book 2 trips. One for King Salmon and a later date for Steelhead? Pretty amazing stuff! Best fish's, Randy

Fish Seasons:
The Salmon River in Pulaski, NY is 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off Interstate 81. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City.
We fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon and (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 mostly Nov.
Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx.

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.

September 1 - October 30
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. 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 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.



Funny Fishing

The art of Jigging, Casting, Trolling or Spinning….While Freezing, Sweating, Swatting or Swearing.

Teach a man to fish......... and you can get rid of him for an entire weekend.

FUNNY!
My U-Tube stats say 50% of you liked this Video and 50% of you disliked it. Guess there is always room for improvement! I'll try harder next time :)
Fishing guide Randy Jones Bungee Jumps NAKED off long bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)
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Ever heard these?
W.C. Fields Quote: (you youngsters may need to google his name)
When he was asked what he spent all his money on?
Broads, Booze and Gambling, the rest I wasted.

W.C. Fields Quote on Death:
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

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

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

"Money may not buy happiness..... ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing"

Please stop back for more detailed info. on the fish and the run as we get closer. If anything Major happens... Ill post it here.

If your looking to book a fishing trip for this Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

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August 14, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

This Summers Lake Ontario King Salmon Charter Boat Reports:
These Lake reports are normally an indication of what's to come in the Salmon River NY this Fall.
All the reports I've been getting over all are ok, good to great! Better than last year, more of'm and a more consistent - average BIGGER Size! Ye-Haa!
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Your Current Salmon River NY fishing report's:
Mostly Bass with some Brown Trout around. There is a small chance presently, that you could hit a Trophy Atlantic Salmon in the river!

Hit quite a few good size (2lb+) Bass everywhere from 2A all the way up to Trestle. Using a center pin and spinning rod.

An expert S.R. angler friend did ok while fly fishing below 2A, swinging streamers.
On the surface, using Hornberg and Quill Gordon's, size 10-12.
Caught 1 Atlantic Salmon - 18 inches. 2 Browns at 14-16 inches. 3 Bass and lost the 2 BIGGEST fish after an approx. 2 minute fight. (He couldn't tell what they were)

Currently the Water on the Salmon River is at a low flow of approx. 185cfs.
If you lived locally or were not traveling far. The Salmon River might be a fun fishing option for you this summer. Never know, FISH ON!

Salmon Season Drought Water levels?????
What effect could a "possible" low water flow on the Salmon River during Salmon Season have on YOUR fish?
Over 25 years, I've fished 2 entire Salmon Seasons in below normal "drought' water flow levels on the Salmon River, NY.
1 yr. - Lower river, fish came thru as usual. Another Yr. - Up river, fish came thru as usual.
Normally, low water (within reason) wont stop their naturally ingrained instinctive behavior to run the river to lay eggs and reproduce.
I'd swim thru a trickle of water myself, for a good women! Hows about you? :)

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If your looking to book a fishing trip for this Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones



July 10, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

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Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival this Nov. all Winter into Late April
Nice colored up Male Steelhead. What a beauty! (Released)
All Smiles with these 2 Steelhead! (All Released)
I think it was a toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb's. Fish kept for the dinner table.

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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.
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Drift Boat on the amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY while fishing for steelhead There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting....... This fish catching machine awaits you. (John Halnon Pro. Photo Credit's)
The Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered, this is a fabulous water chariot.
At 16 feet, this 285 pound guided drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days.
While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River.

Guest Testimonial's:
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 :)
 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 as we had to go back to work sometime.
 Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:) Tim and I 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

Thanks for your many kind and generous words Ted! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :) Randy

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 today, 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 Friday. 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

May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Randy Jones
 
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
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You Never Know
(From the basement Archives)

Sometimes finding a pod of steelhead is only a foot step down river or the next hole around the bend in the river.

Well,  today we took that one step, we fished that next hole around the bend in "The river where memories are made."

"Fish ON" were the first words Al shouted after his first cast of the morning. Then another and another. Long story short, Al by himself played with 14 Steelhead today and one small brown. We got lucky and found a pod of mostly dime bright Steelhead that fought as hard as any Nov. Fish.
I kept complaining that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd just get comfortable in my drift boat chair, I'd have to get up to try to net his next fish. Darn, I hate when those fish are stacked up like that. Can't a guide get any rest around here? I'm going where there are not so many fish next time.
That annoying sound of the drag screaming all day long really started to bother me after awhile.

Al told me he had been fishing the river since 78 and that he had never - ever played with so many Steelhead in one day!

I explained to Al that Steelhead fishing was not supposed to be this easy and for that reason I thought that there were just too many fish here and we should go someplace else. Someplace where there may or may not be any fish and if so, maybe just 1 or 2. Someplace where we would really have to work for them hard like we have been doing all week. He agreed that "I should GO" and he would stay there and fish. :)

Last time Al fished with me he brought a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks only retain 20-30% of what they hear or read, he wanted to make sure he did not forget a single chrome hold'n spot over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at, explained in great detail, showed him. All was written down with a exciting, feverish, exactness.

One of the highest compliment's was paid to me by AL as he stated, Randy, you know that spot you showed me by such a such a tree. You said stand here, cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect one to bite anywhere from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30 foot length?
I went back to both of those spots and every time I go there I get into some fish.
One day alone I hit six fish in that one spot using spin rod, floats and egg sacks. And I was the only one there. I've never seen a single drift boat or person stop and fish it.
 
(Al didnt know this....... but that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1 to 5 fish in each day and the same for the hole directly below it, several years back, one Nov.)

Our Salmon River Steelhead get this Big. My guest's played with 7 or 8 steelhead in this one lil spot useing a fly rod, in approx. 1 hour fishing time. Talk about EXCITING!!!!! (All released)

Catching some "Lake Effect" Chrome on the Salmon River NY.

Tight to a Steelhead! Im hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy hat. Fish ON, Baby!

Winter Solitude
Nice Steelhead. Congrats Mark!! https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkTarnawczyk/posts?cfem=1

Guide's job is his life
by Morgan Lyle For The Daily Gazette

Want an idea of the demand for a good "Full-Time" steelhead and salmon fishing guide on the Salmon River?

"I have already had to start scheduling my days off, a year in advance, believe it or not," said Randy Jones, aka, "the Yankee Angler," one of only a handful of "Full-Time" guides who take people fishing on the Lake Ontario tributary from the start of salmon season in September right through to the end of steelhead season in the spring.

There are good reasons to envy the lives of fishing guides. They make a living doing what the rest of us do for fun. Their workplace is a drift boat on a river, and their only boss is Mother Nature.

But most fishers also realize it can be a tough life, one that could burn a person out on fishing altogether. Jones used to work every weekend and holiday. Now, because his guide business is so successful and popular he takes those days off and only works mid-week. He's in bed every night at 8 and up every morning at 3.

All through the winter, long before most people have clicked their remote car starters and sat down to a cup of coffee, he's backing his boat-trailer into the inky river in the frigid dawn, with an anxious, bundled-up client dreaming of leaping silver.

Even at the slowest times of the year, Jones is competing with dozens or hundreds of anglers for fish. The Steelheads are tricky to find, difficult to fool and very challenging to land.

When he's not out with clients (some of whom have precious little fishing experience), he's working on his web site or lining up the speaking engagements at Trout Unlimited functions and other gatherings that help promote his business and keep his schedule full.

So it was nice to learn that the daily grind hasn't blunted Jones' passion for the sport. When I asked him when would be a good time to get some pictures of him on the river, he said,"I've got a day off scheduled Wednesday. Let's go out in the boat."

"It takes an enormous amount of time and energy," he said. "But what originally got me into the sport as an angler is still there, the  love of being outdoors, the excitement of the fight, the challenge of it all. Basically just having a love of the sport that I haven't lost after 30 years and sharing that passion with others who have the same interest's as I do.

Least we feel to sorry for the man, let's remember that during the four months of the year he's not guiding on the Salmon River, Jones takes people sight-fishing for striped bass on the sunny, sandy flats of Monomoy Island on Cape Cod.

"From a marketing and sales point of view, it's been an invaluable geographical placement. I market and promote myself all over New England and beyond, and a lot of my clients who fish here on the Salmon River go down to the cape with me," he said. "Both fisheries are at their prime at opposite ends of the year, so it allows me to run my profitable business on a year-round, full-time basis."

Jones, 55, an Iowa native who lived and guided in Vermont for 12 years before moving to Pulaski, may be one of the best-known of the hardy Salmon River guide corps. Randy has 35 plus years of experience as a fishing guide, which has helped him to acquire a vast and diverse knowledge base. While he's relaxed and good-natured with clients, as a good guide should be, he is also very much a hard-nosed businessman, always on the lookout for an advantage or a new way to promote his name.

His Web sites:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClgsjJbH_nloBgp7eIWrwyg
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
https://plus.google.com/+SalmonRiverNYGuideRandyJonesMexico
https://www.flickr.com/photos/salmonriverpulaskinyguide
http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
Draws thousands of visitors a day. It's worth a visit: The site offers informative articles, based on Jones' years of daily experience on the river, about flies, spin fishing, rigging, techniques and finding fish.

As free as he is with general advice, Jones keeps things like honey-holes and productive fly-patterns secret, to be shared only with his clients. He doesn't waste a client's time on a hole that was pounded the day before, and he watches each cast carefully, to make sure the sport has covered a good lie thoroughly before moving on.

Most of Jones' clients seem to land fish. But of course, there is more value to fishing with a guide than simply being chauffeured to a good spot in a heated boat. You learn things it would have taken you years to learn by yourself, and you can come back confident and informed on your own.

What's it like to be a guide? "It can be a variety of different things, from total satisfaction that you've taken someone with lots of experience to no experience and brought their fishing ability level up to meet their expectations or above, the same way a teacher would feel when their students get an A on a test, to the thrill and the excitement of the fight, to the rewards of running a profitable business, to sometimes the feeling of inadequacy when you have a slow day on the river," he said.

Jones can be reached at (315) 963-2065. Along with his own business, he offers a referral service to 6 other local top guides that he keeps busy while taking his client over flow.

Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY
Tight to a Steelhead!                                       (John Halnon - Professional photographer credit)
The Schenectady Gazette.,Schenectady, NY. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Ron's Steelhead Fishing Report and Testimonial:
Amazing Steelhead and Salmon fishing reports from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing guide Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r. (Weighed 17.5 lb's) Congrats!
I will remember this day for the rest of my life!
It started out crisp and clear in the morning as we started our Drift Boat Trip down the river. My companions were Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones of Yankee Angler, and my best friend Jim Ciantar .
We stopped at a couple of holes to fish but with little success, and I mean little. The second place we stopped Jim and I teamed up to take six fish ranging from 3-6 inches long. We all got a pretty good chuckle out of that. However it gave Randy an opportunity to work on our techniques. The proper cast and drift is crucial when fishing the Salmon River. Randy is one of the finest teachers I have come across. He has an uncommon blend of humor, patience, and knowledge which is rare. He explained his tactics and why he uses them. Steelhead location and why they are there. Also seasonal changes regarding Steelhead location, all invaluable fishing information.
The third spot we hit was awesome. Which by the way, Randy was rushing to because he knew some Steelhead were there. Within a couple of minutes after dropping the Drift Boat anchor I hooked up with a real burner Steelhead, but lost him. The Fishing had been slow up to that point but Jim and I managed to hook up five more Steelhead in the next couple of hours. We worked the hole from both sides in and out of the Drift Boat. All the while Randy was coaching us on how to properly fish the hole and where the Steelhead lay up. Before we left that hole I managed to hook and land this 17.5 pound beautiful male steelie. (Who will spend the rest of his days on my wall) It has taken me nine years and a lot of time and money to get that fish. My first good steelhead. Truly a fish of a lifetime. Jim also hooked a nice silver bullet Steelhead about 12 pounds, but lost him at the net .
I have been fishing for a long time, and for many different species, from marlin to pan fish. In those years I have had some really great days. This certainly was one of the best. The combination of beautiful weather, great people, cooperative fish on a scenic river, well that is pretty hard to beat .
For those of you just getting started in salmon and steelhead fishing, do yourself a favor. Hire a Guide. It does not have to take nine years like it took me. I highly recommend Randy, he is a true professional and a real good guy.
Ron Scheer, Vernon C.T.
Drift boat steelhead and salmon fishing report guide on the Salmon River, NY
My guest Ron w/a Reeeel Burning Trophy 17.5 lb.Steelhead Hum Dinger Honk'a. Congrats Ron! Ron, Thanks for your report, kind and generous words! Boy, I'll have a hard time fitting my head thru the front door after that one ;) Randy

A Superb edited sampling of some of my past weekly Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat or Wade Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guide 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 drift boat.
Thurs.
- Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the guide drift boat!
Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the 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. 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 Guided Fishing Report

Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible guided 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 bait or fly. :)

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

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

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guided drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :)
Tuesday
- Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the 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 guided drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)

Gift certificates are available for Trips
Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.
Pick up a great fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend or fishing loved one (s).
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.
Having some guide fun with John who is an ol' client and buddy of mine on the Salmon River NY with a lil steelhead.
Hi Randy; Well you did it again, only this time a little better. The day was a good one, the knowledge you taught us allowed us to catch and land many Steelhead. We went 2 for 6 on Steelhead fishing on our own..Skip was the first to hook up and he landed a nice female Steelie.It gave him quite the fight, and if I must say I did a great job of netting it .We left the first spot you showed us and went to another one and it was my turn. I hookedup three times with one nice female coming to the net. She was almost as big as the male I caught the day before with you.
Once again you came through  for us. We now have the confidence to find the fish and catch them on our own, Skip and John
 
HI Skip and John, Ive seen how you fish. I'd recommend going to McDonalds and ordering a fish sandwich :) Or, take up golf, you might catch more :)
Lot's of room at those round circular cement pools at the Hatchery :) Randy

 
Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY. Fish guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead or salmon fishing off drift boat Jen decided to spend some "quality time" with her boyfriend while he fished here for steelhead during the Winter.  (yukyuk)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon River Pulaski New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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.

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

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

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

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

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

By Randy Jones

Feel free to contact my references regarding my presentations and experience:
Trout Unlimited Chapters: (P.S. I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
Finger Lakes TU, NY
Iroquois TU, NY
Chenango Valley TU, NY
Scranton TU, PA
Catskill Mt. TU, NY
Tug Hill TU, NY
Southeast TU, MA
Greater Boston TU, MA
Northeast TU, MA
Croton Watershed TU, NY
Clearwater TU, NY
Mid-Hudson TU, NY
Iron Furnace TU, PA
Stan Cooper TU, PA
Thames Valley TU, CT
Hammonasset TU, CT
Chittenango TU, NY
Also:
Orvis-Manhattan, NY
Orvis-Boston, MA
Green Mt. Fly Tiers Assoc. VT
Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
Central NY Fly Fishers, NY
Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
Also:
Rochester Sportsman Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Albany Outdoors Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Wilmington Sportsman Show MA.  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
(More not listed here)

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 25 years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 35 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!

Bragging Rights: Professional Affiliations:
Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass. (More not listed here)
Covers, feature articles and guide profiles in: Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers, N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting and Salmon River Success Magazines.
(Many more not listed here, some World Wide Distribution in different languages)
Many World Wide Internet Fishing Sites and News Feed's.
Paid featured guest speaker at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
I have had the pleasure of being interviewed with some of the top fly fisherman, fly fishing Author's of the World. (Lefty Kreh, more not listed here)
Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
(P.S. I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
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)

VIDEO PREMIERE!
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw
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I made these for you.
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Money Back Guarantee!  Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Temporary Transitional Resting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6                          
3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
Humor:
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!
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ENJOY some of my Best Fish Photo's over some 25 years of guiding "Full-Time" here on the SLAM'N Salmon River NY :)
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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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Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie ;)

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

Phone #315 963 2065  Email: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers Fly or Spin Fishing.
Orvis Fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Gift certificates are available for Trips

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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Phone #315-963-2065

Enjoy Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
for Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly on the Salmon River NY
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