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Guide driftboat fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
The smile says it all. Nice colored up male Steelhead.

Fishing report for steelhead on the Salmon River NY

Fishing Report's for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Drift boat guide has steelhead and salmon fishing reports on the Salmon River NY. Enjoy the drift boat guide spin fly fishing report's.

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Fishing report for salmon on the Salmon River NY

Fishing report for salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River NY
Welcome Back to Your Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report
Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones (Guide and Publisher)

Recently Opened Guide Dates for you. April 23, 24

Mid-week is considered "Prime Time". Email or call - 315-963-2065
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Altmar NY Hatchery Steelhead Update:
Besides ALL the steelhead that are in the Salmon River NY now. Around the end of April there will be THOUSAND'S of Steelhead (8 to 12 lb. average) leaving the Hatchery for "you" to enjoy thru the month of May.
They do a couple of interesting things upon leaving the hatchery, which may surprise you.
Care to learn and experince a couple of these interesting thing's? The best part is "Fish ON and ON and ON!!!    I have some open dates if your intrested. Recommend early May, then mid May.
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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1009 AM EDT MON APR 14 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS EXTENDED THE

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  THE SALMON RIVER IN OSWEGO COUNTY IN CENTRAL NEW YORK...

* UNTIL 1130 PM EDT MONDAY

* OFFICIALS FROM BROOKFIELD POWER INDICATE THAT WATER WILL CONTINUE
  TO BE RELEASED FROM THE RESERVOIR ON THE UPPER REACHES OF THE
  SALMON RIVER THROUGH AT LEAST 1130 PM TONIGHT. FLOW RATES SHOULD
  AVERAGE AROUND 5200 CFS...BUT ACTUAL FLOWS CAN VARY AND CHANGE
  QUICKLY AT ANY TIME.


  THESE RATES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING...BUT
  THOSE WHO UTILIZE THE LOWER PORTION OF THE RIVER TO FISH OR FOR
  OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE INCREASED
  FLOW AND AVOID THE RIVER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


  THOSE WITH INTERESTS ALONG THE SALMON RIVER SHOULD CONTINUE TO
  MONITOR LATER STATEMENTS CONCERNING THIS SITUATION AS THERE IS
  THE POTENTIAL FOR EVEN GREATER FLOW RATES.

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April 12 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

I'm taking reservations for early May. (Interested?) With the steelhead being 1 1/2 to 2 weeks behind schedule (Due to our extended Winter, etc..) Early - Mid May will be some amazing steelhead fishing action. Few anglers around and a boat load of steelhead! Warm temp's and hungry drop backs! Ye-Haa! If you've never fished for steelhead that late, now's a perfect opportunity! The steelhead will all be here, waiting for your perfectly (aheeeem ;) cast fly or bait. yukyuk
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Ye-Haa! Surf's up!
Flows have now exceeded station discharge capabilities and spill gates are now in use. River activities are extremely dangerous and unwise. Do not venture into the river until flows have receded.
Until 11:57 PM Mon APR 14, 4,500 CFS
All published flows are approximate and forecasts are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device. Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks you are assuming by being in this area!
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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
432 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

...FLOODING POTENTIAL WILL INCREASE LATER THIS WEEKEND AND INTO
NEXT WEEK...

MUCH WARMER TEMPERATURES THIS WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK
WILL RESULT IN RAPID SNOWMELT ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE TUG
HILL PLATEAU AND WESTERN ADIRONDACKS. A LARGE QUANTITY OF STORED
WATER IS STILL PRESENT ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE TUG HILL
AND WESTERN ADIRONDACKS WITH A LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF 5 TO 8 INCHES.

WATER LEVELS ON SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE
OVER THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS VERY WARM
TEMPERATURES BRING AN ALMOST COMPLETE MELT OF THE REMAINING
SNOWPACK. RAIN WILL ARRIVE MONDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH
TUESDAY...WHICH WILL PRODUCE FURTHER RUNOFF AND PRODUCE AN
ENHANCED RISK OF FLOODING. THE COMBINATION OF WEEKEND SNOWMELT
FOLLOWED BY RAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK WILL EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A
GREATER RISK OF FLOODING ALONG THE LARGER MAIN STEM RIVERS.

THE INITIAL FLOODING POTENTIAL SUNDAY AND MONDAY WILL BE
RELATIVELY MINOR FROM SNOWMELT ALONE. A HIGHER RISK OF FLOODING
WILL ARRIVE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING THE EXPECTED RAINFALL.

PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING...EVEN ALONG LARGER
MAIN STEM RIVERS...AND AREAS PRONE TO ICE JAM FLOODING SHOULD TAKE
TIME TO PREPARE NOW FOR THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT FLOODING
INTO NEXT WEEK AND LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
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OSWEGO-JEFFERSON-LEWIS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...OSWEGO...WATERTOWN...LOWVILLE
432 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

...FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* A PORTION OF CENTRAL NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
  COUNTIES...JEFFERSON...LEWIS AND OSWEGO.

* FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW MELT FOLLOWED BY RAIN WILL BRING AN ENHANCED RISK FOR
  FLOODING. THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING WILL BE ALONG
  STREAMS AND RIVERS WHICH HAVE SOURCE REGIONS ACROSS THE TUG HILL
  PLATEAU AND WESTERN ADIRONDACKS.

* THE INITIAL FLOOD RISK FROM EXCESSIVE RUNOFF WILL BE ALONG
  SMALLER STREAMS AND CREEKS. EVENTUALLY THAT FLOOD RISK WILL
  SPREAD TO THE LARGER STEM RIVERS LATER IN THE PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE
ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO
FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING
DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV
STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES
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An ol' guide joke I like to tell my clients after they have landed a steelhead and they ask me how big it is.
I tell'm, you lie and I'll swear to it ;)
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Lil Tip:
On the Salmon River NY you should all have your low water spots to fish as they relate to all the current breaks that hold all of our steelhead and salmon. You should also have your medium water flow spots and high water spots. Lastly, you should all have your flood stage spots on the Salmon River NY and or the surrounding area. A lil T.O.W. (time on the water) will help you to reach this ultimate fishing goal.
I've always felt (that within reason) you should never allow Mother Nature to control your enjoyment of this (and surrounding area's) incredible "World Class Fishery." We all simply need to learn how to adapt to our ever changing water flows - levels and how they relate to all our current breaks.
Presently, with this new and exciting water level on the Salmon River NY. I have approx. 30 or more steelhead locations to fish! Ye-Haa!! (Care to join me?)
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Best Fish's,
Randy
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April 5 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Plenty of great steelhead fishing in the Pulaski NY Salmon River area. This last week the steelhead fishing has been reeeeeel good to amazing for my fishing guest's. (Guess we jus got lucky ;)
Anglers are finding steelhead in all the normal places for the current water flow and how it relates to all the current breaks. Noticed most of the shore anglers having success this week. Which is always nice to see! Lot's of steelhead anglers out enjoying this world class fishery.
(Sometimes it's like a box of chocolates on the river, never know ;)
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Sounds like a broken record :)
I do expect the water levels to rise. (Obviously, for your safety, please keep an eye on it and always use caution when fishing here) If your one of my upcoming guest's, all is sweeeell on the river and its steelhead ;) It's all simply the "same ol same hole" scenario for me. More water? No Biggy!
Friday evening, last night we recieved a ton of rain, above freezing air temp's. and very windy. High wind warning out today, Sat. Light rain and even some snow flurries happening now as I peer out my home office window. Less snow on the ground then yesterday. Still probably 1 to 2 feet in the woods. More up on Tug Hill. This morning I notice the local Pucker Brush Creeks are running very high.
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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;)  Please see all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
(For all Photo's and Weekly Updated Fishing Reports, Articles, Humor and Tips on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html)
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This last weeks steelhead drift boat trip reports:

One day my father and son team (first timers) enjoyed another one of many, "Day for Kings". They fought soooo many that once again, I lost count. "Fish" everyday could be like this.
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On another day, I guided 2 brothers who enjoyed there first time steelhead fishing. Early morning we started off happily going thru the ol' learning curve w/ 4-5 steelhead fought. Changed location and found a BUNCH! of hard fighting, jumping, reeeeel scream'n steelhead! Enjoyed another one of many, "Day for Kings". They fought soooo many that once again, I lost count. "Fish" everyday could be like this.
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Dad Chris and 18 year ol son "Head Writer and star high school athlete" Matt enjoyed what could only be called a "Day for Kings" while playing with an alarming # of steelhead for there 2 days with me off the drift boat! Matt's an outdoors writer for numerous publications and plans to write about there experince fishing for steelhead for the first time here. Talk about pressure!
Matt also writes for the Game Commission's Outdoor Report, a weekly column in the local paper, a regional publication and Virginia Wildlife Magazine.
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For the first few hour's of the morning, just a couple nibbles. I started to get nervous. I looked at the sky and jokingly asked the lord out loud, why me. I joked with Matt, that if the day stayed like this, please dont use my reeeeel name in the article. Please make one up ;)
Was I to be a hero or a zero?
Changed strategies and sa-zame, fish on and on again! Phew! Now I could relax and enjoy the rest of the day ;) Fought about a dozen of these metal heads in several different locations off the drift boat on ol' Pucker Brush Creek!
2nd day, changed strategies a lil and it wasn't long before we were into'm like crazy. Fish on and on and on were the most repeated phrase thru out the day! We fished about 5-6 different spots over a 6 mile length of the river and were 100% on finding steelhead in all of the places we anchored the drift boat in! (Mid river down, hint hint ;) Ye-Haa! I'd guess they tangled with over (blank - dont want to sound like we are bragging yukyuk) steelhead this day. Lost count after a while. Don't ya jus hate when that happens?
I can count on about 8 fingers, how many days like this we have had over our 6 month steelhead season. Simply AMAZING!
I jokingly told Matt, that the way he fish's. He would have a better chance of catching a fish, if he took up golf! I got'a grin and a chuckle out of both of'm with that lil good humored jab ;)
I suggested that they should visit the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Altmar. The hatchery is filling up with LOT'S of steelhead. Then, while up that'a'way, maybe stop over in the Upper Fly Zone for a peak. Then drive up to the Salmon River Falls. I'd bet its running pretty good with all the run off.
I hope he writes something nice about the steelhead fishing here (helps the local economy) and also myself (helps my wallet yukyuk). I'll share the article link with all of you once its completed.
In closing, I might add that if it were not for ALL of my guest's incredible angler ability level this week, the above #''s of steelhead would have been much much less. They allllll made me proud to be there guy, guide!
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Mail Bag:
HI Matt and Chris, Thanks again for a coupl'a fun and exciting days, I had a blast! Best Fish's, Randy
P.S. I plan to post my fishing report about our day on Sat., you both should enjoy the read! (I'll post Matt's article once I receive the link)

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Thanks Randy. We had a blast!
I really appreciate your patience with us and teaching Matt a bit about rowing the drift boat. He was really stoked about it!
Matt will definitely send you a link to his article. I'm thinking it might be favorable to the guide ;-)
Let's look for two consecutive days (mid-week) in the Fall. Best, Chris
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Guest Fishing Report and Testimonial:
Hey Randy,
It's Wes. You guided my brother Willie and I out a couple weeks ago for steelhead off the drift boat. I've been wanting to write you about steelhead fishing on my own, after being guided by you. Well the only thing I can say is on that day, I was "that guy", the one angler everyone hates due to them hooking up so much. I caught 3, lost 3 @ the net, and fought a half dozen more, while only seeing 2 other guys even hook up, and the river was the busiest w\fisherman I have seen this year. So Thank You ! I am no longer hoping to hook up, I am expecting to.
The only bad thing I can say about what you've done is that I find myself missing a lot of work lately, haha- take care Randy. Thanks again. Wes
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Congrats Wes!!!!!!!  I'm soooo happy for your success's! Best Fish's, Randy
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Weather Forecast:
"It's going to be breezy unless you're in the area that's windy."
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River Watch:
Watched a very large flock of swallows diving and skimming the river's water. Never seen that before. Couldn't determine if they were taking a sip of water or feeding on some hatching insects. The resident Turkey vultures are all out and about flying over head. Occasionally Im seeing some Turkeys along the river's edge as we slowly float down the river in the drift boat. Looked on in amazement as we enjoyed watching about a thousand snow geese flying over head in formation. Havent seen any of those Eagles that were here not long ago. The maple syrup buckets are filling up fast with perfect temp's.
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River Ramblings:
Heard from a credible source that with what the higher ups (hatchery folks, etc..) are seeing and sampling, that the egg taking may be delayed?
This might also delay all those steelhead from leaving the tanks up @ the hatchery after they have got'n there egg's, etc...? This could (will) cause our steelhead season to be prolonged into the middle end of May? Ye-haa!
End of April and May is a great time to fish here for steelhead, if you enjoy SOLITUDE and a BUNCH of steelhead ALL to yourself!
(Now I probably just pissed off all the locals and the few folks that know this. They would probably prefer that I not mention that lil tid bit on here with thousands of daily visitors. You all owe me big time for that lil nugget)  yukyuk
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Occasionally, I'm finding and adding some (fun stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
https://plus.google.com/105138196910324280417/posts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
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I'm accepting booking's for next Fall Salmon, Sept. Oct. and also Nov. Dec. Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. If I'm not available to guide you, I do have several professionally endorsed guides I could refer you to.
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Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
 
May the wind be at your back and blue skies ahead 
Salmon River NY Guide, Author and Publisher Randy Jones
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat wade, spin fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315 963 2065
E mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day (7 8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day (7 8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
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March 30,  9 am. Quick Update - Get your Water Wings out ;)
Jus a heads up about about our local waters. All the local creeks and streams were rip'n this morning due to rain and run off. (hint - hint ;) We also have a freezing rain - ice, lil snow warning out until Monday @ 1PM. No biggy ;) The Salmon River NY has reacted to the run off and is rising. Making crossing it, ill advised. Please keep an eye on the water levels if fishing here anytime soon. This Spring time rise is very normal, expected, no biggy for me and makes for a great opportunity for you to learn how to fish these higher flows. Jus like I had to do......., many flies ago ;)
Caution should obviously be used.
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A seasoned Pro. angler friend of mine just reported that he hit some nice, bright steelhead mid to lower river yesterday!
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After previously showing this to all of you and signing up for an email Water Alert subscription, I recieved this. It's pretty nice to get an additional "heads up" about any increase in water levels thru Dam released water or run-off. You may want to sign up also. I set my threshold @ 1,000 cfs, so once it went over that I recieved hourly updates by email.
From: USGS WaterAlert <wateralert@usgs.gov>
To: randysjones@earthlink.net
Subject: WaterAlert 04250200 1080 cfs, 'SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY'
Date: Mar 30, 2014 4:32 AM
Streamflow of 1080 cfs exceeds subscriber threshold of 1000 at 2014-03-30 03:15:00 EST
04250200 00060 SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY
Notification interval, no more often than: Hourly
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For Realtime Data at this station:
   http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200
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For Subscription Help:
   http://water.usgs.gov/hns?Y3dCg:04250200
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To Sign up for New Notifications:
   http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert
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Get the latest data from your mobile phone or email:
Text 04250200 to WaterNow@usgs.gov
Send email to WaterNow@usgs.gov with Subject: 04250200 *
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March 29 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Plenty of great steelhead fishing in the Pulaski NY Salmon River area. This last week the steelhead fishing has been reeeeeel good to amazing for my fishing guest's. (Guess we jus got lucky ;)
Some spot's my guest's are having to work for them. Making each steelhead all the more rewarding.
While other spot's it's almost been to easy with numerous steelhead being fought. One after the other.
Obviously, this wouldn't be a truthful fishing report, if I didn't add that some spots left us wanting.......
(Sometimes it's like a box of chocolates on the river, never know ;)
Anglers are finding steelhead in all the normal places for the current water flow and how it relates to all the current breaks.
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Todays Steelhead "Best Tool" (rod) Fishing Tip:
My guest's have been enjoying numerous steelhead by fishing different current breaks in the river and elsewhere by being flexible on the tools that they use. I always like to catch the most steelhead. So by useing the correct tool for the spot, is always advisable, if your goal is to hook up with the most steelhead. Some places are better covered with a spinning rod, even if your a fly purist, like I used to be ;) While other spot's are easily fished with success with a fly rod. Would you try to build a house by pounding all those metal nails with a rubber mallet? Didn't think sooooo. Fishing for steelhead is no different, in my opionion ;)
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On an interesting note about tools (rods). This past week my very experienced guest Mike held the high rod count fighting approx. 16 steelhead all by himself in a single day! He told me that he sometimes try's (with success) for a grand slam on steelhead by useing 4 different tools in a single day.
1. Center Pin
2. Fly Rod
3. Spinning Rod
4. Spey Rod
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Covering, working your water, window of opportunity:

I chucked the other day when I told my clients that we were going to fish this productive spot quickly. We were only going to look for some McDonalds fish. Fast and easy!
We spent 5 minutes covering the head of the hole off the drift boat. Then I'd move the drift boat 20 feet down river, re anchor and we would cover the gut of the pool for 5 minutes. Then I'd move the drift boat a third time, 20 feet down river to work the tail of this spot.  
Each time I moved the drift boat it allowed us to fish fresh water (covering, working your water). Also, my guest's had about a 15 foot window of opportunity to fish for each 5 minute period. (covering, working your water)
Moral of the story? If your a wade angler cover, work your water, window of opportunity. Then take 3 or 4 steps down river and repeat this sequence over the entire "prime" fish holding habitat area.
Test: This one spot had 3 main, basic and "prime" current breaks, can you name them? If not, please re read this paragraph as you just read what they were - yukyuk
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(Photo credit Gregorio Chojna @ https://www.facebook.com/Chojna)
Interesting and Unique Image  Hope a train doesn't come along, or those fish wont be the only thing getting tenderized ;) You can tell that these are Salmon by the grey, blackish insides of there mouth's.
A Trout (Brown or Steelhead) would have a white mouth. Thats how you can easily tell them apart.
The 2 fish on the left are King Salmon and the fish on the right is a Coho Salmon. You can tell the Salmon on the right is a Coho by the pronounced Kype.
We call it a Jimmy Durante nose. (You youngster's may need to Google the name. yukyuk)

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Water flow = Weather (normally)
Presently, we have a forecasted water release off 750 cfs, plus run off. Please check for current flows. I expect this water release to increase shortly, as usual. We are FINALLY back to more Maple Syrup temp's, with some wet weather and run off around.
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Want to use what most guides and seasoned anglers use to keep their waders and gloves dry and comfortable?
http://peetshoedryer.com/index.html
(I have recieved no compensation for this endorsement of there fine product, jus wanted to share some good stuff)
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I'm accepting booking's for next Fall Salmon, Sept. Oct. and also Nov. Dec. Steelhead. (Booked 10 trips jus last week :) Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. (Suck's to be sooooo popular!) yukyuk
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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;)  Please see all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
(For all Photo's and Weekly Updated Fishing Reports, Articles, Humor and Tips on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html)
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Occasionally, I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
New this week:
1. Dipping for Smelt. It's funny when you listen to the ol'timers talk about netting smelt by the truck load back when they were kids around these here parts.
2. Interesting read on A History of Ontario Steelhead from a 2010 article. I promise you will learn some'tin new, I did. (East Asian trout, hybridization, Methuselahs, CFIP, stray rate, bewildering)
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1. 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.
2. "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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
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#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.
3. Salmon are born with a migration route pre installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
4. Nice fishing video, The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
5. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break, seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
6. 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!!
7. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
8. Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
9. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000?
10. To read this amazing fish story that I was apart of:
11. To read the rest of the fish story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
12. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
13. Alternative definition of fly fishing
14. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
15. Arctic Extreme Performance Undersuit. (I bought one and it work's great! Lil pricey @ $300) I have received no compensation for endorsing there product, jus felt like sharing some warm stuff!
16. 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?!!??
17. BIG King Salmon Fishing Fail Video, Wait for it
18. Funny Doritos Video Ad, Three Guys Go Fishing
19. Off topic, but a fun talking dog video who wants, gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.

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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat wade, spin fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315 963 2065
E mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day (7 8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
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March 22 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Boy, I can't remember when we last had extreme Winter temp's. this late in March. (Low of around 7 on Monday) These temp's should allow our steelhead fishing season to last longer and stronger. Hopefully we will have a slow melt down. The snow has a very high water content. With these present temp's and forecasted temp's and weather pattern, it looks like we wont have much run off this coming week until around Thursday. Then temp's are forecast to rebound back to more normal. The maple syrup buckets are all out. I haven't seen those eagles around in the last week.
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Please keep an eye on water levels as we could easily see an increase. The days are getting longer and the snow piles are slowly shrinking and all is great on the Salmon River in Altmar Pulaski NY. Lot's of steelhead anglers are out and about enjoying this world class fishery. This is always nice to see as it helps out our local economy greatly. Thanks for spending your valuable fishing dollars here! The local economy and myself, Thanks You All!!
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There are steelhead top to bottom of many of our local streams, creeks and rivers. Fishing the holes and transitional water has been very productive with plenty of steelhead for my fishing guest's and other anglers. Conditions are all favorable for a stellar Spring. Expect higher water flows shortly, as usual. Know your water better than the inside of your pocket and never blindly wade into it. Some nice steelhead are being caught along the entire length of the Salmon River NY. The entire Salmon River, from one side to the other is alive with steelhead (within reason ;). Few drop back steelhead around with more to come. The steelhead fishing will continue to be good into the end of April, early May, as usual. After 30 plus years of guiding, things never really change that much ;)
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Today's Humor:
I’ve set my “Life Goals” to stuff I’ve already done, so literally every day I’m overachieving!!
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Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and 2 sizes smaller.
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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;)  Please see all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
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May the wind be at your back and blue skies ahead

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March 15 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

What you will learn from my below recent "past trips" is that sometimes "I'm" finding the steelhead fishing very slow, slow, not bad, ok, pretty good, reeeeeel good and occasionally it has been "OUTSTANDING!"
This is very normal and there are several reason's for this fluctuation, that I've written about before. Fishing can be like a box of chocolates sometimes, never know. :)
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Past Trip:
Cold start to the morning with wind chills below zero, normal temp's @ 10, warming up to around 40. What a temperature swing! Thankfully the wind didn't blow as it was forecast, so all we had to do was deal with the normal temp's. Frig'n cold! - yukyuk
Saw a couple Eagles flying over head in the early morning's dusk.
What would today's steelhead fishing adventure aboard the .com drift boat have in store for us? How about a steelhead on my guest's very first drift! Then another and another, Dam, I love this job! This kept up until mid morning.
Then we hit a lull.
I like lull's, learn from lull's, look @ them as positive.
These steelhead were plainly telling us with this lull that we needed to make a change. I listened to them. Were we successful in interpreting what these steelhead were plainly telling us?
Very next drift after we adjusted, "Fish On!" then another and another. This kept up until noon, then we picked away @ them and then nothing for the last hour. Lost count. Looked @ my watch and it was time to hit the ramp. Another VERY successful day of many. Another "Day for Kings!"
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Past Trip:
Saw 1 immature Eagle circling over head looking for some breakfast. Didn't see the rest of them in the normal spots.
Hammered the steelhead! Picked away @ a bunch of them. Changed location and found a good sized pod of fresh steelhead in a small transitional lye (hint hint ;). It was funny, fish on, another fish on and then numerous more, one after the other. It was crazy stupid with steelhead. You could hardly make 1 drift with out hooking up! I can count on one hand how many of these awesome BIG steelhead # day's we have had like this since Nov. Lost count on the #'s of steelhead we enjoyed thru out this incredible day! Amazing! Outstanding! Another "Day for Kings!"
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Past Trip:
Landed some big'ol fatties! Played with a bunch, lost count! Another "Day for Kings!"
Saw 2 adult eagles in there tree, no nest. Also 2 immature eagles high in the tree branch's over hanging the river, keeping a watchful eye on their lunch time ducks and fish.
Trip Testimonial:
Hey Randy, Just wanted to let u know we had a great time! Wes
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Past Trip:
Sun shinning, nice warm day, great company. 2 lil steelhead, other than that, nothing. I'd call it a skunk. Lot's learned. As I've always said, know one can guarantee fish, but I can guarantee knowledge. It's truly the only thing I have total control over ;) Gave my understanding "knowledge filled" guest's a nice $ discount. Guess I should have zigged instead of zagging ;)
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Past Trip:
Low of 25 degree's, so we met early with those nice steelhead fishing temp's. Plus, being a weekend and increased angler pressure, figured it would be best to get an early start. Dr Eric was on board the .com drift boat with me today. Old client, gets out on his own from time to time.
Its always nice to see my past and present guest's out enjoying this Trophy fishery on there own, with success! It's one of the highest unspoken complement's I'm paid. His mother had given him one of my Gift Certificates for a steelhead drift boat fishing trip. (hint-hint;)  I reminded him to make his family's holiday and B-day shopping for him easier. By simply suggesting another G. Cert. for my guide biz. ;) I'm always happy to help out. yukyuk
We did better than yesterday with 4 or 5 steelhead! Saw 2 adult Eagles flying around below Trestle and also an immature Eagle. We were hoping to see the adult's nest, but couldn't. Loads of ducks on the river that those Eagles were hunting for. My guest reminded me that with a lot of Lake Ontario frozen over. That maybe thats why we are seeing so many ducks of late on the river along with these eagles? Watched an adult Eagle swoop down and steal a dead fish from a crow along the river's edge. Pretty neat!
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Watched one drift boat slam into another anchored drift boat. Watched 2 inexperienced drift boat operators, (guides? or privates?) row the river completely ass backwards in a 285 cfs flow. They hit every single rock, boulder, getting stuck on many of them.
Watched them go thru some tight, nasty and dangerous shallow spots ass backwards, threatening all of their lives by possible flipping there boat over in 33 degree water that would have been over their heads deep to swim out and a long hike out to safety.
This is not the water flow or time of year to be learning "how" to row this river. Whether your a guide or a private drift boat owner.
Never a dull day on this river - yukyuk
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Today's guest fishing report and this trip testimonial: (edited for content - yukyuk)
Randy, I enjoyed and learned a lot as always. I went 1 for 3 on steelhead @ (edited for content ;) in the afternoon after I left you using (edited for content ;). This morning I fished the (edited for content ;) 1 for 2 on steelhead.  Nothing on the (edited for content ;), both on (edited for content ;).
Saw one mature and one immature eagle again this AM and then saw 2 circling over the Mohawk River on the way home.
I'll be in touch this fall about another winter trip for next year. Thanks, Eric
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Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Congrats!
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State of the Lake Summary
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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;)  Please see all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
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Plenty of great steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski Altmar NY.
I'm noticing more angler's out on the river, which is always nice to see. Less down, more up. Most folks are tangling with a few. Sometimes more and sometimes less, as usual.
We have "a number" of fresh Steelhead making their way up river as well as a lot that have been in the river for awhile. Both transitional and Winter holding spot's are producing. Starting to see some spawning activity which is normal.
Within the next few weeks we will see approx. 80% of the Steelhead in the river turning their attention to a specific type of rock and current break.
Seeing a few drop backs. These are fish that have spawned and are now on there way back to the lake. Stopping along the way down river in all the normal spot's to feed and regain their strength.
I've seen a fair number of fish that were in a transitional state, moving up the river and holding in the transitional lyes.
Presently, all of the fish in the river are starting to feel their biological clock ticking, making them think and behave a lil differently.
You pretty much have Steelhead that are in all stages (start to finish) of the spawn. (Entering the river, finding mates, pairing up, thinking about building a red, locating themselves to different area's, males fighting over the females, dropping back, etc....)
Each stage is unique. Each stage normally puts different requirements on the fish and causes the angler to adjust. (In my opinion, but what the heck do I know. :)
I hope your enjoying the fishing as much as my guest's and myself have been and I hope to see you on the water with your rod doubled over!
Hoping ALL of the below report's, tips, articles and rambling's entertains and keep's you safe while helping you in your Steelhead quest!
Sharing this info. with you has and always will be a pleasure. :)
Best Fish's, Randy
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New:
1. 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.
2. "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.
3. 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.
4. Photo's taken by Oswego County NY Tourism from the Grand Opening of Tailwater Lodge ( Rest, Bar, Tackle Shop and Convention Center) On the Salmon River Altmar N.Y. It's a nice look inside! 5 star!
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Water Ramblings:

I just found this and subscribed.
Water Alert subscription link - http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/subscribe.html?site_no=04250200&agency_cd=USGS&site_nm=SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY&type_cd=ST&nws=&intro=1&title=Parameters&parms=00060:591:02,
Using USGS Mobile Water Data - http://help.waterdata.usgs.gov/tutorials/mobile
Here is something else I just found.
February 21, 2014 - We have been notified that the problem that commenced on Feb 19, 2014, with erroneous spikes in graphs and measurements for some real-time sites, has been resolved.
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Nice lake effect snowy male steelhead. Congrats! (The best lake effect snowy steelhead pic's are the ones when the angler has 5 inch's of snow on his hat. Which happened in a 1 hour period. I have a few of those float'n around, I'll see if I can find'm for ya.. :)
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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. :)
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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 :)
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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:)
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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!
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What a beauty! Congrats!!
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Occasionally, I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
New This Week:
1. 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.
2. "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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
 (Comment on Pic #8. I like to wade the Salmon River NY while fishing it. So Im a wader. Is this wader wash "special" for us waders to take a shower in? I'm sooo confused! ;)
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1. #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. #2 most popular - Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
3. Salmon are born with a migration route pre-installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
4. Nice fishing video - The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
5. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break - seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
6. 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!!
7. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
8. Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
9. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
10. To read this amazing story that I was apart of:
11. To read the rest of the story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
12. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
13. Alternative definition of fly fishing
14. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
15. 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!
16. 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?!!??
17. BIG King Salmon - Fishing Fail Video - Wait for it ;)
18. Funny Doritos Video Ad - Three Guys Go Fishing
19. Off topic - but a fun talking dog video who wants - gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.

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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat wade, spin fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315 963 2065
E mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day (7 8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day (7 8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
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March 1 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Fresh steelhead are on the move, running the river and spreading out on the Salmon River NY. Old'r steelhead are in all the normal places for this water flow and its relationship to the current breaks on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. We also have a few drop back steelhead starting to show.
On the Salmon River we continue to see reeeel nice steelhead fishing action. Top to bottom of the Salmon River is hold'n some nice fresh and old'r steelhead. Some Prime Transitional holding and ALL Prime Winter holding spots are with steelhead.
The steelhead are in and will be until late April  early May. We have a lil more snow, which will help with our Spring flows and replace what we lost awhile back. Most of it is packed down on the trails to make your travels easier. Roads are in good shape!    
Water is currently at Until 11:59 PM today, Thu, 1,500 CFS (Please check for current flows, as this could have changed)
Friday updated water forecast - Until 9:00 PM today, 1,500 CFS
From 9:00 PM today until 9:00 AM tomorrow, Sat, 750 CFS
From 9:00 AM tomorrow until 9:00 AM Sun, 500 CFS
From 9:00 AM Sun, until 11:59 PM Sun, 285 CFS
(Please check for current flows, as this could have changed)
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Water level's:
The water came up this week as I figured it would. I'm still not used to how they are releasing water this year. Normally, they used to always release more water in advance of forecasted increase of run off. This year they seem to be waiting until we already have a substantial amount of run off before raising the water levels. It could be that they are leaving themselves more room in the reservoirs for any increases.
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Lil Tip: Noticed the other day the ice was out on a coupl'a smaller "Pucker Brush Creeks" that run into Lake Ontario. These P.B.C's are with fresh Chrome! (Deep snow, shelf ice, possible re freezing and slush could cause you to hold off?)
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Recent trip:
The highlight's for the day, besides the beautiful weather, sunny, warm temp's, company and the quality of the fishing. Was both of my guest's played with more steelhead in a single day then they had ever before! Also Chip landed his first steelhead ever. Congrats gentlemen!
I always enjoy being a part of a record setting day and over exceeding my guest's expectations and goals! We were 100 % on hitting steelhead in every spot fished! Fish on! was repeatedly called out thru out the entire day!
What a day! Got up to mid 40's. Sun shining, steelhead and more steelhead for my 2 guest's! They found over 16 steelhead! Another one of many "Day's for King's" this  steelhead season! (All fish released for your future fishing pleasure)
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Ramblings:
I had a first recently. I had to row backwards longer and more times than ever before due to the wind, just so I could continue down the river. We had a high wind warning with gust's forecast around 45 M.P.H. Fortunately, it didn't start until we were about 5 minutes from pulling the anchor and head'n to the ramp. The first big gust blew the drift boat sideways in the river's current. I was concerned it might pull me off anchor. Then all you could hear besides the wind were big limbs and branch's from all the trees falling into the water and woods. There were several area's in the river where I had to turn my boat around and row like heck, just to continue down the river.  Otherwise, the boat was actually being pushed up river against the current. Almost lost my hat several times.  Never a dull day on this river ;)

Nice steelhead pic. from a recent trip. Mike tangled with approx. 16 steelhead! Wow! A day for Kings! Congrats Mike!!
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I've seen several Eagles of late. I'd guess with the major # of ducks recently arrived on the river, that the eagles are looking for a snack! Petty cool! I once went 5-6 years without seeing an eagle on the river.

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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;)  Please re read all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
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Hero or a Zero?  Reading water 101: 
This spot had changed since the last time I had fished it. Would it be for better or for worse?
Listen in.... while I discuss what had changed and how we were able to determine (before we fished it) whether this spot would hold good numbers of fish and what were the distinguishing features that told us so.
1. The small pool or large pocket was approx. only 40 feet long by about 20 feet wide. I love and specifically look for these tight holding spots. Not much guess work. They are either there or they are not.
2. This location also had deepened by a substantial amount. Approx. 9 feet deep! Depth of water can play a very important role in any type of fishing. The depth of water makes the fish feel safer from predators.
3. Many times when the water comes up, if the fish are not in a very good current break for that flow. They will slowly slide down the river looking for a more suitable, comfortable current break to help them to conserve energy, feel safe and hopefully have a constant flow of food.
    This is a life saving move. This particular spot is known to hold fish that have slide down from up river when the water level rises. Since the level of water had just jumped, I knew (hoped) this spot would be hot as it had been before, under the same scenario.
4. This spot also had a seam running right over the top of the hole. (A seam is where the fast water meets the slow water.) It allows the fish to conserve its energy in the slower water while never being far from the source of food, faster water.
5. This location had 5 current breaks working for it.
    1. The head of the hole where it was shallower, breaking the current.
    2. The actual hole.
    3. The seam running over the hole.
    4. The tail of the hole, where the water moves slower.
    5. And the "hole within the hole". This is like a magnet for the fish and can be exact as fitting a key into a lock. The more current breaks the better, in most cases.
6. This area (current break) was exactly on the fish's transitional, migration route that they take year after year. The Rt. that they normally take is the deepest part of the river and where there is the most current. This is what they use to navigate their way up the river. A holding or transitional holding area (current break) for the fish will normally always be in this Rt.
7. Finally, this spot was one of those triple your pleasure, triple your fun places.
    1. It was a prime lye holding area.
    2. A transitional holding area
    3. And a place for those steelhead that didn't have a qaulity current break above this spot, in this increased water flow. To slide down river into it.
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This spot had all the marking's of a good magnet to hold a lil or a lot of Metal. We call them a prime lye. Safety, no strong currents and food.
So, was I to be a Hero or a Zero......?
(yukyuk)
Sure enough, it was not long before we had our answer. "Fish ON!" This continued on for the remainder of our stay.
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Eric's one goal was to land a steelhead, we accomplished that easily. Guess we didn't need the extra 7. (yukyuk)
Yesterday Eric used a fly rod, set-up for high sticking and hit 8 total steelhead when the water was at a high 1,800cfs. Congrats Dr. Eric! (All fish released for your future fishing pleasure)
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More current breaks:
A big rock or boulder combined with current flowing around it in their travel lanes. (This is also called a pocket) A big tree or tree stump that has fallen into the river, combined with current, that is in their travel (migration) lane. It can and is something as simple as a 4-12 inch drop in the river bottom.
Some seams are visible while others are sub-surface and not visible to the naked eye.
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When I go fishing, I take all this and more into consideration. In my opinion, steelhead fishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding types of fly/spin fishing you will ever experience.
Hope this helps in your search for the Silver Bullet! Fish On!! Randy
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Seaguar Fluorocarbon  Like nothing you'll ever see.
Sea. gets its strength and flexibility from two exclusive unique floro. resin's in patented double structure technology.
Enouph of that tecno stuff
If you want to use the exact same leader - tippet material that I do for steelhead, then this is the exclusive floro. I use in the Winter time. I think it is also the most expensive. I get paid to guide anglers like yourself and feel its my responsibility to offer you the best shot at catching fish. Thats why I only use the best materials, etc.. made, simple. It is not brittle in the Winter time like some other really good floro.'s are. The diameter beat's ALL other's for its strength and non brittle Winter qualities. (Scientifically confirmed, non bias) If you want to use the same floro. as most of the world's TOP guides, then Seaguar is the ticket.
I could type all day long on the advantages you'll have, type all day long about all of the experiment's Ive run. All day long about, well, you get my drift. I only use the best materials, etc.. in my guide business.
In many many cases, this one product can make the difference.
http://seaguar.com/
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This could be you! Ye-Haaaa!

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

Another one of many, Day for Kings! Congrats again Anton!
All fish released for all of you to enjoy! Mostly old'r darker educated male and female Steelhead with one freshy in the bunch.
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Salmon River NY Fishing Mail Bag:
Randy, Could you suggest a good pair of polarized sunglasses for sight fishing the flats on Cape Cod or the Salmon River?
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How To Select Glasses for Fishing
Polarized glasses help eliminate surface glare so the angler can see into the depths.
The best all around lens color for fishing is amber, especially on bright days. Yellow is good for low light or dark days. I have found the #1 color lens is a yellow'ish - amber'ish colored lens. (I use Orvis http://www.orvis.com)
A quality pair of glass's (lens color) is important. I think the color lens for the type of water you are fishing is #1. Amber works, but the other helps you to see even better for a number of reason's. :) Best Fish's, Randy
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Randy, Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day....Teach a man to fish and he'll never go hungry (and have a hell of a good time!) Thanks again for sharing your knowledge of the River with us. We still have lots and lots to learn. Bill
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Bill, I thought it went like - Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day....Teach a man to fish and all he'll do is sit in a boat or on the bank and drink beer all day. Randy
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Randy, I enjoy your website. The reports are informative. I may be coming up in March. How is the steelhead fishing in March usually? Thanks, Dan
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Hi Dan, March can be one of the more challenging months for "me". Fish are in transition, sitting in transitional holding resting area's as the run the river. Some are in the holes. Some are around and starting to key in on gravel. Some are on the gravel. And some are even starting to drop back.
Soooooooooo, the whole river is fishable. This spreads the fish out and "for myself", it sometimes causes the fishing to be a little more challenging. Normally I find this to happen over about a 3 week period. Hope this helps, Randy
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Hi Randy-- just wanted to say how much we appreciate your hard work and knowledge you impart in your reports.! I live in N Carolina now and read your reports all the time!  Thanks,  Reggie
Hi Reggie, Thanks so much for your words of support. Greatly appreciated! Randy
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Randy, There are only 2 type of fishing days, great and good. I have never had a fair day. On those days when the fish are few, its easy to spend hours just looking at the water and listening to it churn.
Thinking of the possibilities for the future, and chuckling over the conquests of the past. Watching how mother nature has changed the face of the river, creating a new ripple or a hole.
Ive been experiencing this for 20 years and from this experience it gives me the drive for another couple decades. Thank You, Rod from Waterville N.Y.
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Hi Rod, Couldn't agree more. Sometimes, some of us, including myself get too caught up in trying to catch and not stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. I rarely miss a noticeable sunrise with out a comment to my guests.
One of my favorite times on the water is when Im drifting down the river in the boat through the rapids and pools during the pre dawn hour or just as the sky is starting to lighten a little in the East.
Sometimes its dark and snowy or a fine mist, fog is coming off the water. While other times the moon and stars are shinning bright, lighting up the river, helping me to see my way down it.
I also enjoy the same time period when my guests and I are standing stream side. Just the sound of the water and anticipation of what's to come, as little by little it gets lighter out. Waiting for legal time to start to fish.
Thanks for stopping by and Im glad you enjoy the reports! Randy
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Guest testimonial:
Randy, We would like to thank you for the two outstanding days of guiding.  We hooked and landed more fish in the first day with you than in our 5 years of fishing the Salmon river combined. 
Many guides are eager to display their knowledge but few are as willing to share their knowledge as you were. 
The things you taught us about the Salmon river were invaluable.

Upon returning home, fellow fishing friends asked us about our guided days with you.  Our opinion was that we probably learned in 2 days what it would have taken us 10 years to learn on our own. 
We feel that if you enjoy salmon or steelhead fishing then you owe it to yourself to at least spend a day guided by Randy Jones.  We will never forget those two days and look forward to joining you again.
Thank you and tight lines, Michelle, Joe and Jerry
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This could be you! Ye-Haaaa!
Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
My guest, Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb. plus King Salmon. Caught while wade fishing with a fly rod.
Salmon season starts in Sept. and run's thru Oct. Book your dates now, while I still have some opening's and you can still get your lodging in town. Also taking fishing trip guide bookings for Nov. Dec. Steelhead.
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Occasionally, I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
1. #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. #2 most popular - Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
3. Salmon are born with a migration route pre-installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
4. Nice fishing video - The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
5. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break - seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
6. 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!!
7. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
8. Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
9. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
10. To read this amazing story that I was apart of:
11. To read the rest of the story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
12. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
13. Alternative definition of fly fishing
14. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
15. 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!
16. 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?!!??
17. BIG King Salmon - Fishing Fail Video - Wait for it ;)
18. Funny Doritos Video Ad - Three Guys Go Fishing
19. Off topic - but a fun talking dog video who wants - gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.

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Yup, time to schedule a fishing trip this Spring.
Creeks, Streams, Rivers - Winter into Spring

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

Typically, the other “best time” to fish for steelhead is just around the corner. End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead as there is not only leftover winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of springtime fish. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead. The water temperature will rise along with their metabolic rate, so they will be much more apt to move for a fly or bait. Normally, the whole river, creeks and streams are alive because you're fishing transitional areas and holding-resting points.

When the Salmon River is running high due to run-off, its prime time to walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10-pound Steelie in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Once ice-out has happened in the smaller tributaries that run into Lake Ontario north and south of the Salmon River, it’s a great time to explore! These tribs will all have fresh chromers moving in.

Imagine walking up a small stream 20 feet wide, light colored bottom, crystal clear water, through the forest and seeing 10-20 Steelhead, 8-12 pound average in one to four feet of water and not seeing a single other person all day. Sound like Alaska? Nope, believe it or not there are several areas not far from here where this is possible. Many of the creeks and streams feeding into Lake Ontario have steelies in them, but only a few that I’ve found are hidden away in a beautiful pristine environment without any or many other anglers. Normally the Salmon River will flood at least once during the spring. Knowing the optional creeks and streams in the surrounding area to fish during this flooding can sometimes save your trip. Due to possible increasing angler pressure to these areas, (which they can not handle) names will not be printed. Let’s just call them, "Pucker Brush Creek.”
Bottom line: Any month is a good month, providing the fish are there. Which they always are. Just depends on number's. And no one can forecast that.

Happy Hookin,
Randy
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Anywaaaaays, thats my story for today and Im sticking with it.
No fish were hurt in the writing of this report.
Im a trained professional, so please do not try this at home ;)
Now get back to work before the boss catch's you on here. (Unless of course, you ARE the boss, then stay as long as you want)
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Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. Fishing you a safe stay and return home. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
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May all your door knobs smell of  Steelhead!
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe and knowledgeable fishing.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

By Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat-wade, spin-fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon-steelhead w/over 30 yr's full-time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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I cant guarantee 20'lb. Steelhead, but here are a couple that we found.
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Steelhead Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat Steelhead Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat
A couple of 20lb. Steelhead Bucks from the Salmon River, N.Y. - Ye-haa! (Released for your future fishing pleasure)
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Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead (John Halnon Photo Credit's)
                                          This fish catching machine awaits you!
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Fishing report drift boat guide for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY 16 year ol' Matt with one for the smok'r!
First Mate Matt, dad Capt. Jerry and myself out on my 16 foot heated drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great!
We also fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Mid-Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov
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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 during this time.
I am a thoroughly proficient and professional year-round fly/spin fishing guide with 30 + years of fresh and salt water experience.
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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
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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!)

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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.

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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..
 




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Quality Fishing Testimonial for the Salmon River NY catching Steelhead or Salmon with Drift Boat Guide
I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been there. But perhaps this will help!

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 SeptemberSuperb Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River NY 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.








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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.

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

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

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

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

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(What a honk'a! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead. Great way to end the Fishing Day!)
Good fishing,  John
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Feb. 21  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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It's almost that time - Spring is just around the corner:
Early Spawners - This is the time of the year where we start to see our first, what we call, early spawners. Why is this important to you as a steelhead angler?
Pairing up
- Often at this time of the year, where you are blind casting you will tie into 1 steelhead. There will often be a second or a third in the exact same spot, as they find a mate and pair up.
So, normally where there is one steelhead, there is often another one or two. So cover your water thoroughly to increase your odds.
This tip comes with a $ back guarantee! My guest's and myself have all bought that T shirt. It happens more than you would think!
Fresh runs - We always have a fresh run of steelhead at this time of the year. There biological clock is ticking and telling them its that time in there life to re-produce. Causing fresh steelhead to enter, run and spread out over the entire length of the Salmon River NY.
Spreading out
- This is the time of the year where the entire river comes alive. From the shallows, to the edges of the pools to the pools themselves.
You'll be able to find steelhead from one end of the river to other. From one side of the river to the other. (within reason ;) Spread out. The entire river habitat comes alive.
Spring flows - Higher water, balance of steelhead entering and running this river and other local Trib's that run into the Salmon River or Lake Ontario. Did you know that every single piece of water in the entire world is unique? Just like a snow flake. That's how the fish find there way back.
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Presently, "I'm finding" 85% of the steelhead in the Winter Lyes. 12% in a transitional stage and 3% reproducing. These %'s will change weekly.

Nice bright fresh steelhead. Congrats!
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Until 11:59 PM today, Fri, 750 CFS -PLUS RUN OFF!  I expect this to go higher. How much higher? Where is my crystal ball - yukyuk
Please remember to check your current, actual and forecasted water flows on the Salmon River NY. Please keep in mind that approx. 4%  of the time, they are not always accurate.
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Tuesday trip:
High winds and cold wind chills forecast.
Mark hit steelhead in 1 out of 3 spots and found 7 steelhead to play with. Mark had his presentation down perfectly and was the reason for our success's! Wind never really materialized and it almost got up to 32 degrees. Few folks here and there out enjoying the fishing. Some found the fishing slooow, while others found it ok and a few more folks found it amazingly good! (All fish released)
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I'm always flattered when another guide hirer's me.
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Are you interested in a quality guided bird hunt or a bass fishing trip in Pa? Do you want to hunt for pheasants, quail, chukars, or woodcocks or catch quality largemouth and smallmouth bass? I can provide you with those opportunities.
I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life and began fishing and hunting at an early age. Whenever I got a chance, I was on the water or in the woods doing what I loved--fishing and hunting. After finishing college, I became more proficient at my fishing and hunting skills. I have been guiding clients for the last 13 years . Because of my exceptional knowledge of fishing and bird hunting, you will experience a memorable trip.
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Wed. trip:
Weather man said, high winds, snow, freezing rain and lots of plain ol rain and then more rain. Wind never materialized, snow, freezing rain and plain ol rain never materialized, AND the sunny was shinning brightly. Warmed up to 41 degrees. Few more anglers out enjoying this warm spell. We found fish in 1 out of 3 spots today and landed some beauties! (1 nice one was kept for the dinner table, all other's released for your future fishing pleasure)
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Thursday trip:
22 degrees to start off, getting up to 40's with the sun shinning brightly.
They finally bumped the water up to 500 cfs which everyone, including myself was happy to see. More anglers out enjoying this warm spell. Most hotels have seen an increase in there bookings this week related to these nice fishing temp's. and the #'s of steelhead that are in the river. Noticed a few drift boat guides out fishing on there day off. Also had a coupl'a drift boat guides out fishing with there families. Everyone I chatted with were all smiles.
Mike was my guest today aboard the .com drift boat. The first 1/2 hour was spent relearning presentational techniques that he had forgotten from a trip we did a month ago. yukyuk. On that trip Mike and his buddy hammered the steelhead with 16 on.
I even hooked up 4 accidentally while demonstrating proper presentational techniques. ;)

What would today have in store for us? Steelhead and MORE steelhead! If your not into #'s, then you should stop reading hear - yukyuk.
He tangled with 16 steelhead for today, all by himself, landing some beauties! Mike had his presentation down pat and worked his water like a seasoned pro!
Guess we just got lucky - yukyuk
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I'd like to Officially Welcome our New Neighbors here on the Salmon River in Altmar, NY

Tailwater Lodge and Restaurant - Grand Opening - http://www.tailwaterlodge.com
The Tailwater Lodge is the newest adventure for The Woodbine Group.  Under re-purposing construction on the banks of the famed Salmon River in Altmar, NY, Tailwater Lodge emulates an Adirondack Style Lodge with world class fishing. 
On site will be a full service restaurant and bar, Pro Shop "The Woodshed," with a Guide Liaison, Captain Chris Yard of Irish Knots LLC for guides and guests to make the most of their fishing excursion. 
With 42 well-appointed Adirondack Lodge style guest rooms, fishermen and families will discover a unique week or weekend to take in the gorgeous views and catered guest experience.
https://www.facebook.com/TailwaterLodge
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The Woodbine Group
Meet the owner's of Tailwater Lodge in Altmar NY
http://blueistories.blogspot.com/2013/08/hello-checking-in.html
In the Drift Boat Fishing the Salmon River Altmar NY
Angela Moonan with a "Fish ON" while doing some charity work for one of many of our local causes.
Angela who grew up in Pulaski is excited to be a part of the growth of services and resources available to families who call Pulaski "Home" and Visitors and Guests who travel to her home waters.
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Angela  (who is doing Tailwater Lodge social media) called me the other day for a lil P.R. Chat and also asked if she could use some of my current Salmon River Photo's to dress up there facebook page. Being a good fishing neighbor, I said sure.
I'd like to thank Tailwater Lodge and Angela for the "surprise" ad they included w/ my photo's.
Fishing you Success and Welcome to the Fishing Neighborhood,
Randy
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Interesting Salmon River NY Fishing Mail Bag Question:
Randy,
A large rock beneath the surface reveals its presence with a boil or some other telltale sign that can be read by the observant angler. Now, does a 12 pound steelhead reveal itself in the same way? Can the observant angler read the surface of the river and determine the presence of fish?
I was on a drift fishing web site where the author/angler described (with photos) of surface fish  tracks that indicated the presence of salmon or steel beneath the surface. This was by surface texture alone.
Thanks, Rick
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Hi Rick,
Yes, sometimes. I see fish all the time when I drift over them with the drift boat.
An angler may see a steelhead role, flash, boil, males fighting in the Spring, spawning in the shallows, etc..
You can see them also when there is a group of them pushing water, which is what we call it. I guess "surface fish tracks" and also "surface texture" is another way to word it?
It's not all that unusual to the observant angler. Normally, you see this when ever we have a large concentration of fish that are in a transitional state.
I've seen it with both Salmon and Steelhead during there normal migratory run's up the river and sometime down river when they have been spooked.

What’s funny is when you can see a large # of fish rooster tailing up the shallow rapids below you. The anticipation builds as you see them getting closer so you can fish for them!!
Or, you see a large "push" - "wave" of water coming your way thru the calmer water.
Then an un-observant angler walks across the river in there area and they ALL spook down river, pushing more water and then rooster tailing down the rapids merrily along. So much for the anticipation of what WAS coming your way! :)
It looks like a wave moving up or down the river.
Normally it will be a large school of fish, but not always, maybe just 2-3 or a dozen.
Best, Randy
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Rick, On a funnier note. I have had many Salmon run into myself or clients as we cross the river in the dark, getting to a good spot. One time I had a lady by the shoulder to help her cross. She screamed so LOUD, I thought my ear drum was going to explode!
A big ol King Salmon had run into her legs and surprised her as we were crossing. She nearly fell in, thank goodness I had a hold of her :) Never a dull moment on this river! :) yukyuk
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Hey Randy, Which month typically fishes better March or April?
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Its a toss up. If I can get my preferred spots and your presentation is good, that's what really matters.
Early March they are mostly in the Winter holes.
Mid March, they are in the holes, edges of holes with some in the shallows.
Late March and April they are mostly in the shallows (with some drop backs in the holes). Allowing you to blind or sight fish for them.

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Fish Tails:

Jim was very excited to go Salmon fishing today. He had been out celebrating the night before in anticipation of a great day of fishing. As we walked to the hopeful honey hole he told me he had tied on a brand new fly line late last night and was interested to see how it performed. It cost him $69.
Shortly there after Jim was tight to a fresh run "honka" of a 30 lb. silver Salmon River NY King. As the fish ran, he pulled with all his might. The rod was doubled over when all of a sudden his backing knot separated from his brand new $ fly line.
"Fish attached to fly line" were last seen merely headed down river thru the rapids. I asked Jim what knot he had used to tie his line on with and basically got a blank stare in return.
His blood shot eyes and late night partying told me everything I needed to know. At days end I gave Jim a knot tying demonstration.
Moral of the story? Wait until you've HAD a good day of fishing, before going out to celebrate it.
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Tim and Gert had a number of goals or interests for the day. Besides the usual fishing, drift boat and trying to hook into a few steelhead. They also wanted to spend a little time driving around and look at some of the local streams, creeks that hold chrome.
We visited about 7 different bodies of water which probably gave both of them a lifetime of additional area's to fish.
Today sort of went like this:
Do you see those tree's on the bank?
Yes, Randy.
Do you see those bush's on the bank?
Yes Randy.
Those tree's and bush's are not going to move all morning. They wont jump out at you, I promise. So please dont throw into them.
Ok, Randy.
Now, land it just short of those tree's and bush's.
Ok Randy.
Hey Gert, what are you doing stuck in all those tree's I told you about? Hey Tim, what are doing stuck in all those bush's I told you about? Why me lord ;) ;) I need a day off BAD!
We had a lot of laughs today. I got a big kick out of the fact that in a half a day of fishing (the other half was driving around learning some new and exciting water) off the drift boat we tied into 9 steelhead.
The other big kicker was out of the 4 spots we fished, we hit them in every hole. We went 100% on all spots! Ye-Haaaa!
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More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.
Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale". (The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun, from my 30+ years of being a "full-time" - "year round" fishing guide)
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Salmon River Ny Steelhead Fish Report
Anthony with a large Male Steelhead. Notice the bump on the lower jaw and the red stripe? That tells you its a male.
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Riddles:
(For the answers, please scroll past the Q holding down the left side of your mouse) See how many you can get without looking. Smarter than a 6th grader? Don't feel tooooo bad, if your not smart'r than a 6th grader. I didn't get one! - yukyuk
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Why does an Elephant drink more water in January than in February? January has more days than February.
Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly? The word is 'Incorrectly'
There are four days that start with the letter 'T'. Two of them are 'Tuesday' and 'Thursday'. Can you name the remaining two? Today and Tomorrow.
What goes around the world but stays in a corner? A stamp.
Three large people try to crowd under one small umbrella, but nobody gets wet. How is this possible? It is not raining, the sun is shining.
What do you call a Salmon River NY steelhead fishing guide who gives you riddles to solve, when all you reeeeelly wanted was a fishing report? Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones - Taking reservations now for Spring Steelhead Fishing, next Fall Salmon and Steelhead.
http://www.jokerinside.com/category/riddle/
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Fishing reports on the Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing for monster Steelhead and Salmon
Garry with another nice male steelhead. Red rosy cheeks tells you its a male.
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Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY for incredible Salmon and Steelhead with Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
Mickey with another large Male Steelhead. Cowabunga!
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No Korkers Allowed
Occasionally, I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
1. #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. #2 most popular - Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
3. Salmon are born with a migration route pre-installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
4. Nice fishing video - The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
5. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break - seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
6. 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!!
7. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
8. Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
9. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
10. To read this amazing story that I was apart of:
11. To read the rest of the story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
12. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
13. Alternative definition of fly fishing
14. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
15. 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!
16. 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?!!??
17. BIG King Salmon - Fishing Fail Video - Wait for it ;)
18. Funny Doritos Video Ad - Three Guys Go Fishing
19. Off topic - but a fun talking dog video who wants - gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.

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Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

By Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat-wade, spin-fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon-steelhead w/over 30 yr's full-time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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(For all Photo's and Weekly Updated Fishing Reports, Articles, Humor and Tips on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html)
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Feb. 15
  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

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Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY has been REEEL GOOD all season for my guest's and others. As usual, steelhead anglers are finding the fishing either slow, tuff, challenging, ok, not bad, good, pretty good to AMAZING, as usual!
On the Salmon River NY we continue to see reeeel nice steelhead fishing action. Top to bottom of the Salmon River is hold'n some nice fresh and old'r steelhead. Some Prime Transitional holding and ALL Prime Winter holding spots are with steelhead.
We continue to see slush on some of the colder days. (you already know the trick on how to deal with it from some of my past ramblings ;)
The steelhead are in and will be until late April - early May. We have a lil more snow, which will help with our Spring flows and replace what we lost awhile back. Most of it is packed down on the trails to make your travels easier. Roads are in good shape!
Water is at a low flow presently -  Until 11:59 PM Sat FEB 15, 285 CFS (Please check for current flows, as this could have changed)
Nice air temp's coming next week! Lows 20's - High's 30's.
Driftboat fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the guide Salmon River NY
             Nice colors on this Steelhead!
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Today's "HOT" Steelhead Fishing  Tip ;) - Please re-read all of the below complementary Fishing Reports, Tips and Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
Fishing Reports for Steelhead Salmon guide fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
Another beauty Steelhead of many!
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Spring Run Off Tip:
The one thing I have not heard anyone talk about yet is Spring run-off. We always hope for a slow steady melt and not all at once. Usually each Spring the Salmon River will flood for a 3-7 day period.
This is one thing you should always be keeping an eye on and be prepared for.
Having a back up plan in case the river floods. Knowing other, smaller bodies of water. Or, knowing where the fish in the river move to. This is normally one of the keys to success when the river gets flooded and could  possibly save your trip up here. :)
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Fish Tails - Thru these guides eyes

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Important things to remember when fishing the Salmon River:
1. Its better to reel IN a fish than reel OUT a fish.
2. Treat every rock like a fish. When trying to unsnag yourself off a rock and your rock starts to swim upstream its probably not a ROCK! :)
3. Fishing rods are like fine china. When handled correctly they work fine. When you put your hand above the cork on the graphite for extra leverage on a BIG King or Coho Salmon it explodes like a gun going off in your face!
This is very similar to dropping your mother's finest china on a hard floor.
4. Bring a spare rod in case you do number 3.
5. If you do number 3 and its your guides rod, tip them a little extra for the overnight shipping charges they will incur.
6. If your guide asks you to drop your rod tip to make it easier for him to net your fish. Please do not drop the entire rod in the water.
7. Never try to reel a big fish in. Instead, pull it in and use that big powerful flexible lever for what is was intended for. A reel is ONLY used to retrieve slack line.
8. Never tickle fish with your hook. They don't like that. When your line stops, SET THE HOOK!
9. Its harder to catch fish when you are not using a hook. Remember to check occasionally that you still have one on.
10. "The fish you release may be a gift to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you."
                                                                                                                     Lee Wulff
Stay tuned for more important ;) lessons learned on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends. - yukyuk
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My good friend and one of the best wade guides on the river ;) Joey K. (May he rest in peace) told me a story about a Salmon trip.
His client was catching his fair share, when his client's glasses went into the drink. They didn't know at the time a friend of theirs was fishing the hole below them and caught a Salmon with eyeglasses in its mouth.
Salmon was released and glasses were kept. The next day he told Joey of his experience. Joey told him his client had lost a pair yesterday: hence glasses were returned to a very happy angler.
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More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun, from my 30+ years of being a "full-time" - "year round" fishing guide
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Mail Bag from the Salmon River NY:
Randy, not trying to break your balls, I swear...but I just gotta (although I'm pretty sure you already know this).  From Strunk & White:
1.  inches = more than one inch.  "inch's" is possessive...implying what follows belongs to the inch or something wacky like that.
2.  Same for aquatics.  aquatics = multiple aquatic insects.  "Aquatic's" = possessive..."The acquatic's shape and color are attractive to a fish."
3.  "It's" = no such thing - I think you just use "its" for everything - no apostrophie ever when using any permutation of its.
I will now piss off and go kiss my own ars...figured you could take or leave the grammar lesson.
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Thanks much for your help. Im actually pretty (reeeel) bad at proper grammar. spel'n, puntuaction, etc... I have clients who are editors and they say I give them HEADACKS with my reports.
I think I got all D's in that department in school. I'm doing the best I can with only a high school educat;in.
Must be because of my parents bad genes, or chromosomes or something like that. Ya, thats it. Ill just blame them. Want THEIR email address?  Thanks again for your help! Randy

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P.B.C's:
Randy, I'm just curious about what you posted a couple days ago. You mentioned the location of one of your secret creeks (Puck'r Brush Creek). Is there truly a creek behind ames our are you just screwing with your fans?? 
Please keep up the the good job you do with your web site, it truly keeps the salmon river close at hand when I read your reports even when i'm 300 miles away. Thanks for the reports! Eric
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Randy,
Pucker Brush Creek #3.7%* North......c'mon dude, you are pulling our tails  :)  I know guys who have been looking for that creek for years and know what? I think it's but a figment of your imagination. It's your way of not saying where you fish, could be any creek on any given day.
Your topic on handling fish, kudo's to you. Maybe you're not the only one who has a Pucker Brush Creek in their minds. Appreciate your time, efforts and opinions. Mark
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Hi Mark and Eric, Thanks much for taking the time to write.
Yes, Pucker is and always has been made up to protect many of the fragile eco systems in the area that simply can not support additional pressure. Also, not to advertise certain places that are your - mine favorites.
So I do it to protect your spots. I have about 1-30 of Pucker Brush Creeks.:) Some are seasonal, some are fished after certain weather - water patterns, some are fished according to the stage of life that the fish are in, while others are 100% water level dependent.
Have ya been to the one behind the ol Ames building in Pulaski?
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My good ol' friend and Salmon River NY Guide - Joey Kominsky gets the credit for "Pucker Brush Creek" Thanks Joey! (May you rest in peace)

(Joey K. wading out on some beach or flat on Cape Cod with his fly rod, sight fishing to Stripers and Blues - Fish ON Joey!!)
I know that if it was not for the generosity of anglers like yourself and guides like Joey. I would not be here today, sharing some of the helpful things that were shared with me many flies ago. 
Joey and I spent many hour's scouting together. Driving - hiking many many miles, N.S.E and West of here. Searching out and discovering easy (by the moonlight) access to fishing area's where there were no trails thru the woods.
I still walk those trails by the moonlight with my guest's to those P.B.C's and fish he was still with us.
As Joey would always say with a smile and a chuckle, it is.... what it is..... :)
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Sketching Skull Fish Graphic

http://www.hexfishing.com/
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Fishing report from Randy Jones, salmon river pulaski ny steelhead and salmon drift boat fishing guide
Rick with a beauty of a Steelhead. Congrats!
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Joke for the Day:
A  couple of rednecks from Vermont are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly grabs his chest and falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other Vermont redneck whips out his cell phone and calls 911.  
He gasps to the operator, "I think Bubba is dead!  What should I do?"
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions.
First, let's make sure he's "dead."
There is a silence..........then a shot is heard. 
The redneck's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now  what.
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2nd Joke of the Day:
Husband and wife are having a big nasty argument. Husband decides to leave the house.
As he is walking out the front door his wife yells!
I hope you rot in HELL!!!
The husband turns around and replies, does that mean I'm staying?
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Since Im on a roll - 3rd joke for today:
A man walk's into the library and asks the librarian if he could check out a book on suicide.
The librarian says, hell no! You wont return it!
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No Korkers Allowed
Occasionally I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
What's New this week on the below links:
1. A compilation of cartoons I've found. Some old and some new you might enjoy.
2. Nice fishing video - The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
3. Salmon are born with a migration route pre-installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
4. 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.
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Last Week's New stuff:
1. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break - seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
2. Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
3. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
4. If your new, on or into social media, this insightful social media music video may surprise you! Interesting stuff!
5. Today's favorite weather radar link.
6. To read this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of:
7. To read the rest of the story (I guided them) and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
8. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
9. Funny cartoon of freezing your --- off!
10. Snow wont save you from getting a parking ticket, buried photo. Pretty funny ;)
11. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video:
12. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
13. 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!
14. 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?!!??
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A coupl'a week's ago - New stuff:
1. BIG King Salmon - Fishing Fail Video - Wait for it ;)
2. Funny Doritos Video Ad - Three Guys Go Fishing
3. 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!!  
4. Off topic - but a fun talking dog video who wants - gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.
5. Coupl'a fishing cartoon's
6. Alternative definition of fly fishing
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Safety Tips:
Crossing the river @ this time of the year, no matter the flow, is not recommended for your personal safety.
Please
take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and review these professionally done videos on everything related to fishing - safely wading the Salmon River NY and surrounding water's. I even learned a few new tricks!
http://dryflyguy.com/wading-safely/
My Tips:
1. Turn Around!!! No fish is worth it!!!!!
2. Know your water, depth, current and structure better than you know the inside of your pocket. This includes knowing exactly what the water level is, forecasted and any possible run-off or pulsing of water that might mean a return trip later in the day may not be possible.
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Please be careful standing on any shelf ice while fishing. It could break on you and it COULD be over your head deep. ALWAYS know the depth of water underneath you before standing on it to fish.
(Obviously, standing on ANY shelf ice out over the water is not recommended, for your safety)
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Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

By Randy Jones
Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat-wade, spin-fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon-steelhead w/over 30 yr's full-time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail :  RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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#salmonriverny #pulaskiny #salmonriver #fishingguide #fishingreport #fishguide #steelhead #flyfishing #fishing #trout #salmon
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Feb. 8  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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Nothing has changed much round these here part's. Same ol same hole stuff. The steelhead are here and well be until late April - early May. We have a lil more snow, which will help with our Spring flows and replace what we lost awhile back.
Water is at a low flow presently of  285 CFS. (Please check for current flows, as this could have changed)
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My favorite Lake Effect snowy Steelhead photograph.

It's still pretty cold, so it's still not safe for you fair weather anglers to take your skirts off just yet and come out of your Winter's hibernation to steelhead fish  - yukyuk 
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Great "Guest Primary Steelhead Fishing Goal" Mail Bag Q:
The email I was sent was from anglers who had booked a trip w/ me and wanted to talk about there primary steelhead fishing goals.
My reply:
What is your #1 primary goal? (you can ONLY pick one ;)
1. To catch as many fish as possible? (This might mean sitting in 1 or 2 spots all day, (maybe not) working it. This is where most of the steelhead are at in the highest concentrations, compressed. Offering you the greatest opportunity to catch the most, with the greatest opportunity for a wall hang'r.)
(This choice gives you the most steelhead fishing action for the day)
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2. Knowledge of Habitat - Cover, work, learn all the habitat, parking, where to safely cross the river, trails - access, where to stand in each hole, exactly where the fish lye in each spot (sometimes its exact as fitting a key into a lock), etc... over 3 miles, covering approx. 30 spots to allow you to return on your own to fish with success, spend the day w/ a lil fishing, but mostly talking, anchoring the drift boat in every spot, learning. - Knowledge of Habitat (This choice gives you the most steelhead fishing action for the rest of your life)
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Ok, you can have a 3rd choice - yukyuk
3. Lil of ALL of the above? - (sounds like this one may work the best?, up to you guys, your goals are mine) -  Most anglers choose #1, but I enjoy doing #2, nice change from #1. #3 is also popular, but less #1.
Best Fish's, Randy
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Facebook Humor:
Just read that the largest growth on facebook is women 55-65. Guess I should post some of my grandma's fish recipes? - (jus kid'n ladies ;)
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No Korkers Allowed!

Occasionally I'm finding and adding some (stuff) Fish content to my social media links below. Stop over once in awhile to see what's new.
What's New this week on the below links
1. Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break - seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
2. Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
3. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
4. If your new, on or into social media, this insightful social media music video may surprise you! Interesting stuff!
5. Today's favorite weather radar link.
6. To read this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of:
7. To read the rest of the story (I guided them) and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
8. For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
9. Funny cartoon of freezing your --- off!
10. Snow wont save you from getting a parking ticket, buried photo. Pretty funny ;)
11. "Kids" what is lake effect snow video:
12. The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
13. 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!
14. 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?!!??
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Last Week's - New stuff on the below links:
1. BIG King Salmon - Fishing Fail Video - Wait for it ;)
2. Funny Doritos Video Ad - Three Guys Go Fishing
3. 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!!  
4. Off topic - but a fun talking dog video who wants - gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.
5. Coupl'a fishing cartoon's
6. Alternative definition of fly fishing
Please remember to remove your Korkers before visiting
Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones  Author Randy Jones Profile Author Randy Jones Profile  Connect with us!
FYI - If you happen to have a navigation bar on the left of my page and click on some of my links, you may see an error message.
No biggy, @ the bottom of the error message, just click on the bottom link to -  ( Open this content in a new window ) Its safe and no harm will come to you :)
A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation
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Guiding DaveSub- freezing temp's, swimming in 32 degree water and near death experiences. ;) :)
Monster steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced snowy day. (Abominable snowman imitation?)
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12/14
Guiding Dave brought found memories of our best day of Steelheading ever. Last March we started out the morning fishing through the slush. I think it was Pucker Brush Creek South #3.5%? Anyway, by days end we had landed 10 out of 22 fresh run Steelhead!
Today was a combination of re-learning, (it only took him all morning) , fishing, catching and having a lot of laughs.
I kept reminding Dave to cast @ 12 O'clock and that 12 O'clock was straight across the river and not up river! I think he must a been on West coast time, forgot to turn his clock back, uses a digital watch, uses a sun dial or flunked "when the big hand is on the 12."
Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead off the .com drift boat today. Dave ended the day with 7 steelhead hooked up. I kept reminding him I needed a photo for my web site and all day long we came close, but no cigar. Finally in the last hole, on the last fish we managed one. It did not come easy as Dave took a nice fall into the water (we call it a Salmon River Baptism and I "proudly" get mine every single year) while he fought it. He managed to keep his tip up and was rewarded with the below steelhead. Congrats Dave!  
Nice steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
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12/15
Dave joined me again, for another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the .com drift boat. Where do I begin........
Well, how about the very first cast of the morning resulting in a steelhead! We had a fresh 25 lb. King Salmon on,  that took us under a log jam and broke us off. Then a Brown was an unexpected treat. It was a female and full of eggs.
Dave was in Chrome heaven by landing 6 out of 12 steelhead - Ya-hoo! We spent 6 hours working just one hole. I guess all that learn'n yesterday,  paid off  for today's feast of jumps, runs, bent rods and scream'in reel's.
Hog steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
The other highlight (?) of the day will be one I will not forget nor hope to repeat anytime soon. Remember the old saying, up a creek with out a paddle? How about up a creek with out 2 paddles.
There is a spot in the river called the trestle hole. You drift and drop through a slot of fast white water rapids before digging heavy on your oars to miss an intimidating 20 foot high by 6 foot wide cement pillar dead ahead. As we made the drop I was on my second BIG dig on the wooden oars when snap went my left oar blade.
With the white water rapids taking control of our fate,  I YELLED (politely-yukyuk) hold on, were going to hit the trestle! I noticed a slight jump in Dave's normally calm disposition. (I've never seen 300 pounds suddenly jump-jolt that high out of the drift boat chair - yukyuk)
With about 1 second before impact!!  I jumped into a phone booth, spun and turned into "Super Guide Man." I used my right wooden oar blade to fend off and break the impact of an aluminum boat crunching into a solid pillar of  "I hope my life insurance policy is paid up" cement.
Yup, you guessed it, there went my second wooden oar blade with a snap. Whew! I dropped anchor and retrieved the broken blades from the water. The balance of the boat ride down was one of positioning the drift boat at the top of the runs and then drifting with the current w/ my anchor slightly tapping bottom and me poling the boat with my 10 foot net handle safely to the ramp.
Today was just another dull day in this never ending boring virtual ho-hum adventure aboard the .com drift boat. ;)
P.S. I no longer use wooden oar blades. I went to those nice expensive light high modular graphite ones, in case you were worried about your next drift boat trip with me ;)
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12/16
After yesterday's steelhead guide drift boat trip, I was not sure if Dave was going to be a willing participant for another adventure aboard the .com drift boat with new oars.
He came along with me at 6:00 A.M. with out much fuss. We left earlier than planned after yesterdays success's. We wanted to lock-up the HOT spot by getting there early and staking our claim to some PRIME  Chrome hold'n real-estate! It worked in spades as Dave out did himself from the previous 2 days of steelhead fishing. He was 5 for 13 today! We lost most fish to the currents, my bad knots, rubber hooks (he-he) and log jams, but enjoyed the incredible fight of these magnificent fish.
Dave only fell in once today, but boy was it a good one. He went up to his ears while fighting a Steelhead in the 32 degree water. He came out of it sounding like a choir boy, but with the biggest grin from ear to ear.

That's steelhead fishing for ya, it can be addicting. Why else would people brave sub- freezing temp's, swimming in 32 degree water and near death experiences. ;)
Best Fish's,  Randy
(P.S. All fish released)
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From the Archives - Updated - Why are these fish just like you and I?
Keep in mind that we have 2 different types of steelhead in the river. They are the same, but different in the sense that some are in a transitional mode (Moving up or down the river - coming or going) while others are in a holding mode until something says move. (Spawning in the Spring, higher or lower water, temperature of water, predators (us = pressure) etc...
Some of these area's are simply transitional lyes, only used while in transition, area's to catch their breath and maybe hold for the afternoon or night. Before moving on looking for a good prime holding lye, that offer's them everything they need for an extended period to eat, survive or reproduce.

They need the same 3 things that we do to survive.
Safety, comfort from the environment = quality current break and food.
Some habitat's to fish are a combination of transitional holding AND prime holding lyes. These are my number 1 target or high % spot's, normally.
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Why do they stop along the way to rest in the Transitional lyes?
The example I like to use is yourself, climbing a long set of stairs, hauling 3 big ol King Salmon weighing 75 pd's on a stringer behind you. On a hot Sept. day, in your neoprene waders, after a long tiresome - rewarding day of playing with a bunch of big'ol King Salmon, after walking a mile into your favorite spot and another mile walking out. (Just like I used to do on an almost daily basis, back in the good ol days :)
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I know I would take at least a few breaks on the loong walk back and also as I stepped up those never ending, looong stairs back to the parking lot. :)
Sa-zamm, you've got it. :0 The fish are just like you and I.
Every time we stop to catch our breath are the same thing's that I call transitional resting spots for your fish. All species of fish that run this river do the same as we do when needing a break.
These are your transitional resting holding spots that are only used when we have fish that are in a transitional state.
All Fall, Winter and Spring these spot's will produce some mighty nice fishing opportunities for all of you and should never be over looked. Many times the average angler pass's these places by and allows you to fish for fresh,  uneducated, HOT fish.
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You never try to fish for fish while they are in motion, at least I dont, only when they have stopped.
The length of time they will hold in each specific type of structure-current break is determined by a number of factors Ive written about before.
Primarily - The quality of the current break determines the length of time any fish will hold in it.
The spots where they will hold the longest are preferred, giving you the greatest opportunity.
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One of my favorites is a hole, depression, or simply put a current break at the very top of rapids. The fish get tired running the rapids and a current break at the top is like you reaching the top of those stairs. Your tired, out of breath, (at least us ol'farts are :) and happy to be done with them. You might even just stand there for a minute to catch your breath. Just like climbing a hill. The fish are no different.
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On your travels from fishing you need to stop and get your fish cleaned, (transitional stop) then you need to stop and get some ice for your cooler, (transitional stop) then dinner and a beer, (transitional holding) then finally you have reached your lodging for the night. (Prime Transitional Holding)
Then the next day you drive home. Upon reaching home, your what I call "A Happy Fish :) You have everything to survive in one place! (Prime Holding Lye)
The quick stops you made after fishing are similar to fish resting while they are running the river. The length of your quick stop was determined by what your goals were. The fish's goals are the same. Resting only long enough until they feel comfortable enough to move further until reaching there Prime Lye.
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Prime Holding Lye:

1. Safety from predators - Normally this is deeper water, but not always.
2. Food, which can come in many different forms and can be picked up or delivered to you. Normally the most productive, quickest, easiest way I can get my food is the best. The fish are no different. This equates to using the most productive presentation technique that you can deliver your food to the fish the fastest, easiest, most natural looking way possible.
Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed, anywhere in the world, you increase the odds of hooking up.

3. Qaulity Current Break - Allows the fish to use as little energy as possible. Just like us, if we expend more energy than what we receive out of our food sources, we would starve to death.
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In closing, you should always fish your transitional holding resting waters and also your prime holding waters. Or a spot that is a combination of both, for your greatest steelhead fishing opportunities.
Hope this has helped a lil to better understand just one of the many things along this enjoyable path of fishing knowledge.
Good Luck to all of you !
Fish ON!!
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Boy, I need a break after that looooong one!
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Fish Tail's:

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5 Below Zero - Steelhead Fish'n - (Why me lord ;)
When I met my guest's in the morning, I "kindly" begged them to take their $100 deposit back. I tried to hand them a crisp $100 bill to NOT go out into the extreme cold.
They told me they would have none of that and that they were going fishing and I WAS going to take them out and guide them. (Errrrrrrrrr, Brrrrrrrrrrr)
My guests were commercial fisherman and used to the cold. (I had my skirt on..... ;)

With the sunrise came hopes for a good day on the river.

This picture was taken when it was 5 below 0 outside that day. No wind and plenty of sunshine. It's funny how a "Fish On!" can warm you right up!
I had a first today. My guest's were 100% on hooking up in every spot we fished off the drift boat.
We lost 2 fish today that were BIG Steelhead! One had to be about 20 lb's and the other was a solid 16 lb'r. Both were lost due to my guests poorly tied knots. ;)
Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
      Todd with a bright fresh steelhead                                       What a fatty!

Only 2 steelhead were kept for the dinner table. (This was back when there was a 3 steelhead, per person, per day limit - Now its 1 steelhead, per person, per day with a size restriction. This has helped tremendously in providing you ALL with better steelhead fishing.)
Thanks go out to the D.E.C. and all of their support group's !!
The rest were released, never taken out of the water for a picture due to the extreme cold and not wanting their gills to freeze which would have killed them.
As it turns out, it turned into a beautiful sunny day with no wind and got up to a toasty 5 degrees above 0. My guest's got to play with OVER 20 Steelhead. It was one of our best days ever. Congrats again!
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New World Record Fish caught in the Salmon River NY! :O 

Very rare! Only a few run the river every 50 years or so.............
They migrate up through the N.Y. Thruway using an easy pass. ;)
State police are looking for the above individual's for leg pulling offenses.
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One memorable day was shared with Derick and Sally from Aspen, Colorado. Derrick's passion is fly fishing the incredible waters that the West has to offer. Mostly trout measured in inch's. Sally has wet a line on several occasions, but never for Salmon or steelhead. 
Derick had one of the best acrobatic Steelhead on in a while. It was 100 Yds into that orange stringy stuff (backing), low in the run, before it decided to do a little dance for us all. Jumps, somersaults, 15-ft. tail walks, topped the show before giving us an encore performance with some torpedo runs.
I don't think I have ever seen a smile that big!
Sally was the only woman in the pool when the tip of the rod started pulsating up and down as if attached to a ball bouncing down the street. Sally yelled, " I think I've got one?" All the men in the pool politely reeled up and watched as I think they all knew this could be one of the better shows of the day.
Several of the men in the pool gave out a cheer of encouragement. Sally had an original way of reeling------ out the fish. I guess she wanted to give it a chance?
Shortly afterward every guy in the pool was cheering her on and explaining she should reel the other way. Finally at her feet laid a handsome 15 lb. male Coho, bright with spawning colors.  Congrats Sally :)
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Jen decided to spend some "quality time" with her boyfriend while he fished here for steelhead during the Winter.  (yukyuk) 
Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY. Fish guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead or salmon fishing off drift boat on Salmon River around Pulaski
More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
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Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

By Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Feb. 1 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

On the Salmon River Pulaski NY we continue to see reeeel nice steelhead fishing action. Top to bottom of the Salmon River NY is hold'n some nice fresh and old'r steelhead. Proper Habitat (according to the current water flow and its relationship to the current breaks) Presentation and Rigging become imperative to your success's on these steelhead. This tip comes w/a $ back guarantee - yukyuk.
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Until 11:59 PM Fri JAN 31, 500 CFS (Please check for current flows, as this could have changed)
A few lower water flow advantages:
1. This will compress and concentrate the steelhead more. Giving you greater opportunity!
2. The water - current breaks - holding pools, will be much easier to read.
3. Most wade anglers prefer this flow. It's easier to fish, wade, access your spots, safer, most anglers know how to fish this lower flow as they are more used to it and its a lil easier to land that Trophy Steelhead of a lifetime with less current.
4. In some places, you'll be able to cross the river to reach some of your favorite fishing holes. (dependent of current water levels) Holding some steelhead that have seen very lil angler pressure of late. When the water was @ 1,800 cfs (couldn't cross the river) I noticed some folks walking over a mile in deep snow to reach some of these spots. I would always joke with them and ask them if they wanted a ride back to there car in my drift boat :) I'd have to give them prop's for their efforts as normally they would be the ONLY angler fishing a hole that had numerous uneducated, unpressured steelhead in them!
Warning! -  Crossing the river @ this time of the year, no matter the flow, is not recommended for your personal safety.
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Advantages of fishing after a loooong wicked cold spell:
Wicked cold temps have kept many a steelhead angler away, providing you presently with numerous unpressured steelhead. They are alllll here, just waiting for your perfectly cast (ahemmm) fly, egg sack, jig, worm or bead ;)
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Warning! - Please be careful standing on any shelf ice while fishing. It could break on you and it COULD be over your head deep. ALWAYS know the depth of water underneath you before standing on it to fish. I know from experince...... but..... THATS.... another story....... ;)
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Unique Steelhead Photo

Breathing Water by http://belinda-greb.artistwebsites.com               Thanks Belinda!
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Fish Jokes:
I just got a new fishing rod and reel for my wife……best trade I ever made.
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Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.
Zenna Schaffer
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I only fish on days that end in “Y”
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Kids Fish Jokes: (To get the answers, please hold down the left side of your mouse and scroll past the Q) - Or, see how many you can get without looking. Smarter than a 6th grader? ;)

Who does a fish call when his piano breaks? The piano tuna
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Why are fish so clever? Because they swim in schools
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Why is a fish easy to weigh?…Because it has its own scales
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Where does a fish keep his money? In the river bank
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What do you call a fish without an eye? A fsh
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My interpretation of what this 30 mph windy "white out" Lake Effect Snow looks like outside my office window right now. (Minus thumb holding piece of white paper ;)

Heard you guys on the East coast got a dusting recently. ;)
Soooo, this morn'n I head's outside to clean the fresh "Lake Effect" snow off both drift boats. I put's on my snow boot's expecting the 5-8 inch's which was forecast. (Jus a dust'n around these here parts ;)  I get's 50 feet out into it and realize my boots are no longer visible?
So.......  I head's back in and put's on my deeper snow boots. There an old pair of neoprene chest waders I cut off at the knees. I get's another 150 feet out by the boats and realize the snow is up to my thigh's and my deep snow boot's are no longer visible?
So..............  I head's back in a second time and put's on my Winter chest waders, extreme cold Winter parka, arctic mitt's that come up to my elbows and full face fleece mask w/gator.        All was well in the world............
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Inspiring Fishing Quotes
Patrick F. McManus
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.
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Henry David Thoreau
Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.
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Sparse Grey Hackle
The trout do not rise in the cemetery, so you better do your fishing while you are still able.
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I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you. With the sunrise came hopes for a good day on the river.

The adrenaline was over flowing at warp speeeeeeeed. :)
Mark picks up a freshie that had just made it into this spot over the last few days useing a fly rod in 1,800 cfs. I might add, it was his first steelhead ever! What a beauty! Congrats Mark! (Fish released)
Marks Testimonial:
Thanks Randy, I had a great day and learned a lot about Winter Steelhead - looking forward to our next trip, Mark
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From the Mail Bag:
Randy, Nice web pages. What is an Oregon Cheese Egg Fly?
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You roll a piece of oregon cheese into a ball and place it on a hook and wing it out there. If you don't catch anything on it, then you can always eat the cheese!
Just kidding. It’s a color that a manufacture of glow bug yarn has used to imitate the natural color of Salmon, steelhead etc.. eggs. We tie small egg flies to imitate the naturals. Its like matching the hatch???
When the salmon start laying eggs the steelhead come into the river to specifically eat them, so its one of the best flies in the fall. Go get'm! Randy
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Today's Humorous "Social Media Content Marketing" thought:

I laughed recently when ALL the Pro's wrote, Hey, New for 2014, this is what you should be doing to succeed w/your content. I've successfully been doing most of it for the last 15 years and didn't even know it - yukyuk
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Todays Humorous FISH TAILS

Time Out's:
Randy' Thanks for the great trip! We have been steelhead fisherman for a number of years, and I might add with some success, but on Wednesday we were students.  Thanks for not giving us a time out! John and Archie
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Thanks Guys, you don't know how close you both came! ;) (Just kidding of course) Randy
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When was the last time YOU had a Time Out? Your never to old. :)
Multiple choice:
Time outs ;) are something I "suggest" to some of my clients -
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1. When you act up or miss behave, but are to old to spank.
Laughing out loud or smiling to much is probably the number 1 reason for time out's on my boat. This fishing stuff is way to serious to be having fun! - yukyuk
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2. When you don't listen to me. (After I have "politely and professionally"- "politely, repeatedly and professionally" explained the same thing 50 times over with visual aids and such while you continue to not get it?) - (You know who you are, :)
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3. Casting into the same trees on the far bank more than once, after I've explained that most of the time you'll catch many more fish if your in the water. Hey Ken, been back to Ken's grove lately? In Ken's case, instead of suggesting to him to take a time out, I simply named the an entire row of tree's after him. In his defense, he did really only have about a 2 foot window to cast underneath those tree branch's. To this day, those tree's always make me smile from ear to ear and chuckle when I pass them by. :) Boy, if my memory is correct, we hit some nice fish that day, didn't we Ken?!
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4. When you get snagged on the same rock 5 cast's in a row when its 20 below zero and I have to re-tie all those knots. :)

5. When you put my $700 reels in the water when it's below freezing, causing everything to freeze up rock solid and become totally non-functional. (One day, 10 seconds after suggesting that we try our best to keep the reels out of the water, yup, you guessed it.) I told that guest that I was booked solid for the next 50 years so I unfortunately would not be able to take him out again. (Just kidding, of course :)
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6. When you reach out to chip the ice out of the guides you break the tip off my $500 rod. Making my 2 piece into a 3 piece. (This happens a lot more than you would think. Expensive rods are meant to be flexed fully) Or when reaching out the reel drop's into the water freezing it up rock solid. :)
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7. When stopping on the trail to re-tie your shoe laces and you set my $500 rod down and break the tip off my rod.
8. While battling a Salmon you put their hand above the cork and explode my $500.00 rod.
9. Instead of letting the fish run,  you clamp down on the line, palm the reel or hold the handle which breaks the fish off or breaks my $500 rod.
10. All of the above
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Without all the frozen reels, bad cast's, poor presentations and broken rods I would have never come up with the above "Time Out - Fish Tail" joking post. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it!
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More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.
Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale". (The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun from many of my 30 + years of being a "full-time" fishing guide. :)
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The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

By Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Jan. 25  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Fresh steelhead and old'r steelhead abound on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Steelhead are top to bottom of the Salmon River NY. 93% are hold'n in the Winter lyes. The other 7% are in a transitional state.
For your BEST opportunities, fish where most of the fish are compressed and concentrated for this water flow.
I wouldn't leave out hitting some of your favorite and most productive transitional holding spot's either, while we have some steelhead in a transitional stage that have entered the river recently with this higher water flow.
After 30 + years of being a full time guide, this is what has worked the best for my guest's during the Winter time.
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Expect the water to drop further with no rain, no above freezing temp's. or run-off forecasted in the near future.)
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Pulaski NY 7 Day Weather Forecast
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Today Scattered flurries before 3pm, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as -10. Light north wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight A chance of snow showers before 1am, then a chance for flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -7. Wind chill values as low as -25. Northwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday A chance of snow showers, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -20. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Friday Night A chance of snow before 1am, then snow likely with areas of blowing snow between 1am and 4am, then snow with areas of blowing snow after 4am. Low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Snow before noon, then snow showers after noon. High near 25. Breezy, with a south wind around 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Night Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Snow showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Monday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 9. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tuesday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
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Looks like some snow, wind and cold temp's in the forecast? How unusual ;)
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Fishing report Pulaski NY. Fish report guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead salmon off fishing report drift boat in Pulaski NY
Now back to our regularly scheduled programing............. ;)
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Last week Mark fished 2 spots for some fresh chromes. He played w/ a couple older steelhead and found 2 bright fresh steelhead that had just recently arrived due to our last high water period. (As predicted and forecast - such a nice guide ;)
Played w/ 7-8 total for the day with our biggest landed steelhead weighing in @ 10 lb's. bright Silver Freshie! WOW! What a fight! Before you could blink an eye it was 100 feet into our backing off the fly rod.
Didn't think we would be able to pull it back against the current in 1,800 cfs, but we did. Congrats Mark! (All fish released)
It's funny how these exciting steelhead can make you do funny things? Mark is hooked up to a reeeeel burner. He was sooooo excited he backed up 20 feet into the woods with his rod bent and his reeeel drag singing the fishermans national anthem. He was surrounded by trees and bush's?
I excitedly "politely" asked him to come back to the bank to help in fighting and landing his steelhead. Which we did!
I chucked to myself and remembered my first fish here on the Slam'n Salmon River. It's funny who these fish will do that to you ;)
Mark's Testimonial:
Hi Randy, Here is a copy of my first Steelhead - thanks to you. I went back to that same spot on Saturday that you took me to and hooked 8 fish!  Most on (edited for content ;), and a few on a (edited for content ;) ran out of (edited for content ;) in the (edited for content ;) hole. -yukyuk ;)
Had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks again. Mark
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As Usual ;)
Last trip we spent the first hour of the morning learning how to run a proper 100% drift, as usual. No fish were caught during this time period as we had to get thru the ol learning curve first, as usual.
Fish were there, as usual. BUT we wouldn't have a chance in playing with any until we achieved our presentational goals, as usual.
After the first hour, after my last presentational tip, which they both implemented successfully -  ALL HELL Broke Lose w/ one after the other!! We hit 8 steelhead and landed 3, in 1 - 2hr. period!  WOW!!
Fished a coupl'a other spots, I accidentally hooked one up ;) while checking the drift out. Nothing after that, looked at my watch, time to hit the ramp. My professional goals were all met, my clients goals were all easily met, jus another day @ the office :)  Randy

(P.S. One fish was kept for the dinner table and all others released)
Guest Testimonial:

Hey Randy, Once again had a blast and I am looking foreword to our next trip. Joe
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Unique amazing colorful Steelhead Photo!  I've never seen one like that before.
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Todays Dumb Guide Humor:
Today my guest's laughingly suggested that we should call the sweet spot in the run, Randy's G Spot. Today we reached maximum pleasure by fishing some of the finest, most enjoyable, exciting G spots on the river.
The only trouble we had was finding it. :0 (I know, pretty lame :)
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Today's Mail Bag:
Hello,  Your site has been just about the only thing keeping me sane over the past 9 months. Missed the salmon and early runs of steelhead, but it looks like I'll be back in the states around the middle of Feb, providing things don't go too sour down ---------.  My buddy and I, Knowles, are looking to hook up during the end of Feb. until the end, so what have you got open? If you could provide me a schedule it would be greatly appreciated. Later.  LAV
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Turns out there are a few military anglers checking my reports from far away! I'm very flattered and hope what I've written has helped you day dream a lil!

Randy,
I had a lot of 2's yesterday while fishing on the river,  0 for 2 I was, it was 2 cold, 2 wet (baptized myself in 10 degree weather) and 2 hard to walk cause everything was Ice.  Still , Beat the hell out of work. May all your flies get bitten!
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Hi John,  Thanks for the chuckle, you've made the web site again!! Maybe I should just ask you to write them for me!  Congrats!  Randy
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An old photo from the archives I ran across. Can't remember where, when, but its a big steelhead from this river. You can tell its big by looking at my left hand and the gap between my thumb and fingers on the tail.
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Winter Spin Tip for the Day:
When spin fishing in the winter time, being able to see your line while on your drift and using a mono that is soft becomes critical. Having these two advantages well increase your catch rate.
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1. Being able to see you line:
Since overcast, dark days are the norm on the river during the Winter time. A clear mono is hard to follow. A brighter mono will help you visually detect the pauses and hesitations of those light biters or snags.
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2. Using a soft mono:
A stiff mono is almost impossible to use during the winter time because it maintains to much memory. Coils, knots and tangles are the result and when it's cold, it's no fun to be untangling knots instead of fishing. It's imperative to find a good soft mono for winter Steelhead fishing with a spin rod.
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The mono I use and am very happy with is Ande Envoy Premium Mono . It is  pre tested to assure it won't "over test" its IGFA weight class. It is common knowledge that most folks who are going for a IGFA record on mono use Ande. It is specifically formulated to be softer and has super knot strength.
My guest's and I have enjoyed using the "Envy Green" Ande for many years.
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My guests can see it easily on the worst days. Good for low light. If fishing around other anglers in a popular spot, they can see it too. This cuts down on a lot of tangles created when they cast over your line or when you have a fish on, they can easily see where your fish is at.
This normally happens when they can not see your line or are not paying attention. We were all new once. :)
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By using a softer mono in the winter time and taking advantage of the visual aspects of a brighter line in the winter time. It will give you many of the advantages needed to consistently increase your productivity. (jus my opionion ;)
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When your an Author of a popular, unique, content rich website, there is a LOT of white space that needs to be filled ;)
Check out some more fun, entertaining, educational and humorous qaulity content I found for you to enjoy!
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Ultimate Fishing Fail Compilation 2014

Warning for the kids, some foul language. Can't say I blam'm for cus'n - yukyuk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKt8iCCbN3A#t=84
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The life of Juan. Starring in Taken
 - Click on the second picture down.
http://klipastau.com/?p=1519
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On a lighter note - Pro Tips: How to Become a Fly-Fishing Guide

I laughed my butt off when I read this paragraph.
The one thing that most prospective guides fail to realize is that “guiding” doesn’t mean “fishing.” When you take a paying customer out on the water, you are expected to be an instructor, a cheerleader, and—in some cases—a babysitter. The worst-case scenario requires you to choose the fly, tie all the necessary knots, teach the client how to cast, point to where the fish are, and then stand there while the client proceeds to do everything wrong. In some cases, the client will blame you for his ineptitude, and you’ll just have to smile and nod.
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How to properly release a salmon or steelhead, here on the Salmon River NY:

Are you guilty of improper fish handling?
http://drowningworms.com/how-to-release-a-salmon/
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Winter’s Pale Face - Nice relaxing Winter fishing video to enjoy while your drinking your morn'ns coffee and waking up.
http://www.rodtrip.com/featured_video/winters-pale-face/
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This video trailer speaks for itself
http://vimeo.com/83659978
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Salmon River fishing museum hosts first in a series of monthly, open houses
http://blog.syracuse.com/outdoors/2014/01/salmon_river_fishing_museum_ho.html#incart_river
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This may have been Walt's first attempt at a steelhead music video back in 09? Walt Foster Guides out West in Park City, UT. This video is from here. Turn the volume up! Loved it! Great job Walt!! (Spot Burner - yukyuk)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmvUEmFyMKI
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Todays Humorous FISH TAILS

Pulaski New York fishing report. Fish report salmon steelhead guide authors Pulaski NY fish reports off drift boat in Pulaski NY w/Salmon River Pulaski salmon fish guide  
The funniest moment of the day came when Glenn was doing battle with a King. I jumped to my feet, ran down stream and pounced on it with the net. Scooped it up, proud as a peacock and noticed Glen's rod bent over and he was still tight to his fish. (So HE said) When I asked repeatedly, if he was sure he still had one on, he responded with an excited YES several times over! So the Salmon I had in the net was set free. We walked over to where his line entered the water (where I had netted his fish) and stared dumb founded into 6 inch's of water, void of anything alive. Turns out his line had wrapped around a rock and when I netted his fish the hook pulled loose and imbedded into a rock. So Glenn was battling a rock. :)
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Randy, If it's one thing you should have learned from our day on the river, it's that you should make sure to point out to your clients that although from a distance a rock and a Salmon may look alike. There are no similarities up close and they should be 100% sure before they tell you to release their netted fish! LOL!!!!!  Take Care, Glenn
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Fish guide Pulaski NY. Fish guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead salmon off fishing guide drift boat in Pulaski NY
Dave with 1 of many Steelhead. Congrats! (All released)
Congrats go out to Dave who fought and released a magnificent, beautiful sucker of 3 lb.! Dave was very proud, as he caught it on one of his own flies! 
Dave and I had a fabulous day on the river. Sunny, lots of laughs and fish and more fish. We used the drift boat to drift the middle river. We hit fish in 5 out of 7 spots. Dave was nice enough to invite me to fish with him so we were a combined 2 for 10. The higher water made it a little tuff to land them. We watched in amazement as several of the silver fish jumped and gave us a number of reeeeeeeel  smok'n run's. Dave hooked into one fish and as it jumped our jaws came close to hitting the bottom of the boat. It was all of 16 lb's, maybe a lil more. We decided to leave the spot we had just anchored in, to give chase with the boat. I call this a Nantucket Sleigh ride. This would improve the odds of us landing this trophy fish of a lifetime. After a 5 minute tug of war and a boat load of adrenaline running up our spines this honk'a of a fish  neared the boat. Dave pulled up on the rod as I went to net it, but it would have none of that and took off like a bullet and the line broke. We anchored, caught are breath and laughed so loud you could probably of heard us a mile off. What a fight, what an incredible, incredible, magnificent fish!  "The Salmon River, where memories are made"
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More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.
Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale". (The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun from many of my 30 + years of being a "full-time" fishing guide. :)
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Guide Slush Tip- Planning your fishing day around it:
Since it's slushy time again, I'm reposting this from a previous one. If you missed it and are fishing here anytime soon, just might help!
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No it's not the stuff you put in a cone and eat but rather a winter occurrence that causes certain area's of the river to be unfishable.
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Knowing current water -air temp. current water and future water flow level's, tonight's predicted lows with tomorrow's highs will help you decide where to begin your day of fishing.
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Sample:
Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 285 cfs. Evening lows are swinging around 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast) The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the river.
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When slush is present at these air temp's then normally by 10-11 A.M. the lower part of the river will clear out and make fishing possible. If you're ever not sure, than do what I sometimes do and go to the short bridge in town and have a look for yourself, before planning your day. If air temp's do not rise above 20 for the daytime high then you may have slush down river all day.
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If I'm planning to start my fishing at dawn, then I'll start up top. And then later possibly move down river once the slush has had a chance to clear. If certain areas of the river are slushed up and you are the first to arrive after it has cleared than the chances of hooking-up are good. You will be the first angler fishing to fresh fish that have not been disturbed or pressured.
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This same condition occurs on the smaller creeks around the Salmon River in early-late winter. Many an early A.M. trip North has ended with a return trip when slush was not considered. I will always check air temp's the day before I plan fishing the creeks. Often, I will arrive at 10 A.M. and fish while the last balance of slush is clearing and getting first shot at the prime spots.  Fish-on!
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Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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(For all Photo's and Weekly Updated Fishing Reports, Articles, Humor and Tips on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html)
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat-wade, spin-fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon-steelhead w/over 30 yr's full-time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Jan. 18  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

More fresh steelhead have entered and are running the Salmon River Pulaski NY as I type this. Spreading out and settling into all their normal Winter lyes. PLUS all the ones that have already entered and spread out over the entire length, top to bottom of the Salmon River NY over the last several month's. Some Prime Transitional Holding and ALL Prime Winter Holding spots are all with steelhead.
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Current forecasted water flow until Sat? -  1,800 cfs (this is being posted by me 1/16. This water flow could have changed by the time you read this.)
With colder air temp's and no rain or run-off in the near future. We will - should see the water level start to drop shortly, if it hasn't already by the time you read this.
FYI - As always, please remember to check the water line forecast, actual flow @ Pineville and weather before making the trip up. We've had a couple of high water periods and some wicked weather this season.
Also, what is forecast for water levels is not always 100% accurate! So please always use caution.
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Starting shortly, the weather man is forecasting  much coooooolder air temp's for around here into next month.
Have heard and seen lately that they had closed down Int. 81 due to lake effect snow and Rt. 3 by Sandy Creek due to massive ice jam's. Saw on the news last night (Wed.) where some incredible ice flows had come over the river bank and destroyed numerous mobile homes, camp's and storage sheds. Now there concerned about fresh water and possible damage to well's. Those folks up that'a way have had a tuff Winter! Ton's of snow! The video's on the news reminds me of what it usually looks like around here.
Hopefully, mother nature will re-supply us with a much larger snow base with a lot of water content. We lost a lot of it in our last 2 thaws and rainy periods. This well help with our Spring Steelhead river flows.
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Guest Guided Fishing Report:
Randy, can you reeeeelly fish in 1,800 cfs plus run off useing a fly rod? This is a pretty normal Q. My guest's concerns were unwarranted, we did and were very successful in doing so. My guest's played with approx. 15 steelhead over the course of our day. I even accidentally (yukyuk) hooked up 4 steelhead while demonstrating proper presentation to my clients. I "jokingly" told them I was the Tiger Woods of  steelhead fishing - yukyuk. Fish on and then, eventually off, was a pretty normal phrase for the day among ourselves and other anglers. Whenever your fishing with a higher water flow you'll also have more current. Making it tuffer to land them. We were successful in landing some, came reeeel close on others. All in all, another successful steelhead fishing day of many with my guest's!
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Want to see the Salmon River NY in 1,800 cfs during the Winter and what snow we have left after the thaw? Check out this short funny video my guest's made as we floated down the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat the other day.
You might just recognize the guy - guide rowing the drift boat and doing some Impromptu advertising for http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html - The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huyYx8hb2aI&feature=youtu.be
Family comments after I sent them the video link:
People pay you for that?  Looks like too much fun! Mike Jones
OK, Tiger!  Some good footage! Beth
That's the same river you took us on and we thought we recognized the scenery of it. Send more video's, Love, Mom
Cool video. So different in the winter. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to go when it’s so cold out. I agree with Mom – send more videos! Susan
Love it Rand!  I've been laughing my butt off. Thanks. They seem like fun people. Mary
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Thanks again guys! I had a blast! Thanks for the video! Can't wait to do it allllll over again soon.
Best Fish's,
Randy

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On another recent guided trip my 2 guest's were Paul and John. The water was 1,800 cfs plus run off and there preference was to use fly rods.
Hmmm, I wanted to place them on the bank so they could spread out a lil (sometimes its a lil tight fishing from the boat) and keep there feet warmer rather then freezing them in the cold river water. (I had noticed in the dark they were useing pull over lace up boots with breathable waders.) I also wanted to obviously place them in an area that had a large concentration of compressed steelhead in 1,800 cfs. I also had to find a location where we would have this type of habitat where the steelhead would be close to the bank. It's a lil tuff to throw the fly rod 100 feet or more ;) And lastly, in this water flow a spot where the current wasn't RIP'N!
Simple enouph! - yukyuk
As we floated down the Salmon River in the drift boat in the dark, came hopes for a good steelhead day on the river.
I pulled the drift boat over to the bank in the dark in a good Winter Lye that full filled my professional goals for today. Few bundled up anglers out early that beat me to the spot. ;) I introduced myself and politely asked them where they were fishing (first person on the spot gets it ;) I asked if they would mind if I fished 1 guy from the boat and one guy below on the bank, out of their way. They said SURE! I then offered my portable propane heater to them and also my loooong handled net to help them in landing their fish in this higher flow. We chatted a lil about the current fishing, water levels and exchanged pleasantries.
I thanked them  for there hospitality!
My 2 guest's had to "happily" work for all the fish we found. Scattered a lil, concentrated a little, picked away at them. They played with approx. 7-8 steelhead w/ one coming reeeel close to the net before breaking off. No fish were landed but we sure had fun try'n! The anglers above us landed a beauty of approx. 8 lb. female steelhead. (Released) I congratulated the angler on his success. He was ginning from ear to ear and giddy with the excitement of it all!
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Hears a "clean" joke my sister just sent me:
Men's Minds Just Work Differently
A caring husband sees his wife is busy in the kitchen and offers to help.

He: “My dear, what can I do to help you?”
She: “Take this bag of potatoes, peel half of them, and put them in the big pot to cook.”
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This weeks Mail Bag Q's with my reply:
Hi Randy, two of us from Ontario are looking at coming down on Jan 17th. Wondering if you have a winter rate and might be available. Also, curious to know if 2000cfs is good.... from shore, I didn't like it much, but then I don't know that river like you guys do :).
thanks, Paul
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Good morn'n, Im sorry, I just booked it.
Most anglers don't like this flow, to me its just the "same ol same hole" scenario. Tuffer to land'm and following almost out of the question.
Also, less "safe"spots and less "productive" spots available to the shore angler = less opportunity. (Just my opionion) Can't cross the river in this flow :) We do have numerous "high water spots" that are easily accessible - safe - and w/ fish for the shore angler to choose from.

Yes, my Winter rate is offered to you after I observe how you fish. You will be Winter rated on a scale from O to 10. yukyuk
Yes, After 30 years of being a full - time guide and having not raised my rates in 20 years my SPECIAL WINTER DISCOUNT is $1 off full rate! Such a nice guide :) - yukyuk
On a funny note, I never understood why during the coldest - tuffest time of the year to be a guide, guides would offer a discount? I'm happily very successful in my business and guess that's why some guides do offer a discount during the Winter?   
Good luck and have fun! Randy

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Randy, When is the best time to come over and fish for steelhead? Joe
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Hey Joe,
Short Answer

The steelhead are always around during our 6-7 month season. There is no best or better time. Only angler or guide preferences, which do vary for different reason's, in my opionion ;).
Randy
Looooong answer:
Here are MY favorite guiding you times to fish for steelhead and why, other anglers might disagree or have a "best time" for steelhead due to there personal preferences.
My favorite time to fish for them is when YOU will have greatest opportunity. That's in the Winter, less drift boat's, less angler pressure allowing you more opportunity.
Not on a weekend, holiday or around either, so mid-week (T. W or Thursday) during the Winter is best during a warm spell. No high winds (frost bite) or dangerous driving conditions for you to get here.
Then I like April, warmer and sight fishing is an optional treat, during the same mid-week scenario.
Then I like Nov. the least. Plenty of steelhead around, BUT its also when we have the most anglers fishing due to warmer temp's and they fight the hardest then. More visually stimulating due to there acrobatic, speeding bullet runs and fight's. Due to increased angler pressure = less opportunity for you.
I can't speak for anyone else, but "normally" my guest's with my help, always play with a bunch regardless of the month or day over our 6-7 month season. :)
If you check out my fishing report page or my testimonial page off
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html this well confirm this :)
So again, no "best time for steelhead". Just personal preference. They are always here.
Hope this helps a lil, Randy

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Safe Fish Handling Tip: (Jus my opionion)
Please remember to hold your breath. Yup, a fish should not be held out of the water longer than you can hold your breath if releasing it. Otherwise your injuring it and slowly killing it, no matter the species, no matter where in the world you are and also, no matter the water or air temperature.
How long can YOU hold your breath under water, especially after you have just ran a mile and are out of breath? Same for the fish out of the water.
Can you accidentally kill or injure a fish when taking its picture even though it swims off strongly? Sure you can. If you hold it out of the water for to long and also if the air temperature is in the teens or below the gills can freeze. Many times during the Winter during extreme cold temperatures I'll kindly ask my guest's to not take the fish out of the net - water, for a picture if it is to be released. No one has ever had a problem with that once they are told the reason why and are very appreciative. Like all of us, if you've never been told this, who would know :)
By practicing these safe fish handling techniques (plus more) you will be helping this fishery (which we all share) to maintain its excellence for all. Thank you!
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I found some more fun stuff to share with you all on the net recently, great info, video's and music! ( jus try'n to fill more of this DARN white space for ya all to enjoy- yukyuk!)
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Tom Rosenbauer (respected angler, writer, book author plus more incredible credits that would fill half of this page)  is an'ol friend and mentor who does a pod cast for Orvis - If you scroll half way on the index bar, this is where he starts talking about drift fishing with a fly rod and swinging flies, useing beads, etc... salmon and steelhead. It pertains greatly to the Salmon River NY. Keep up the good work Tom! Enjoy!
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/podcast-dead-drift-vs-swing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OrvisFlyFishingBlog+%28Orvis.com%2FNews+Fly+Fishing+Blog%29 
You all may want to sign up for his pod cast's.
My fly fishing clients and myself have been happily useing and endorsing Orvis for over 30 years in my full-time guide service and can't say enouph about ALL of there qaulity product's! http://www.orvis.com
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Comment and my reply taken from Tom's pod cast site, linked above.
Mark comments -  Thanks for the great podcast as usual Tom. Is it common in the Great Lakes tribs for anyone to use a large steelhead or salmon dry like a Bomber or Steelhead Bee as an indicator with an egg or nymph below it in low water? Kinda like a hopper/dropper but for Steelhead? If I had to nymph fish it would be more palatable to do so with a fly on top which I tied rather than a thingamabobber, etc…
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Reply - Randy Jones     
I’m not Tom, but I’m sure he would agree and trust my judgment. ;)
Sure, but you can only fish 1 hook point on the Salmon River NY and surrounding Trib’s to Lake Ontario. No tandems. (Please check the reg. book for all this including weight (depends where your fish’n) and hook gaps, etc….)
Using a bomber is an exciting way to fish, skated across the surface. But, if you only have 1 fish ALL day take a swipe at it, and miss it, you’ve had a good day.
Best Fish’s, Salmon River NY Guide – Randy Jones
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Cool video and music about steelhead fishing out West in the Winter. I've probably watched it 10 times since I found it. Superb job Travis! Loved it!! Turn your volume UP!!!
http://vimeo.com/83369164
Go Pro camera's? I noticed one of the anglers with one of these on his head. Do they really take that type of qaulity video? Amazing, if they do.
Travis can be found @ Sweet Trinity Fishing Guide Service - http://www.sweet-trinity.com/
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Nice complementary educational video on high water fishing. Great tips for salmon or steelhead on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Thanks FishinaddictsNW!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZD27y-gB0ls
Please visit https://www.youtube.com/user/FishinaddictsNW
also @ http://fishingaddictsnorthwest.com/
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Not Salmon River related, but found it funny on a google feed for "most popular" Reminded me of the ol'Benny Hill TV show - you youngsters may need to google his name - yukyuk
https://plus.google.com/110382386209641215595/posts/j3SEL4dZVm3
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Some nice tips on fishing for Trout in the Winter. Keep up the good work Rick!
http://whitetailwoodsblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/winter-trout-tactics.html
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Guide Tip - FYI - A lil trick most repeating seasoned Salmon and Steelhead anglers do up here - Make your reservations early. Often dates are made a year in advance and if you wait to the last minute, both lodging and guide availability will be limited.
I've already had to start scheduling my days off for 2015 :) It sucks to be so popular (yukyuk)
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Todays Humorous FISH TAILS

Fly fishing Pulaski NY. Fly fish guide has Pulaski NY fly fish report for steelhead salmon off fly fish drift boat in NY  
I made the mistake one day of calling my guest's landed Brown Trout "a nice small brown". My client's eyes got real big, he had a very surprised look on his face as his jaw dropped. What do you mean Randy! This is the BIGGEST Brown trout I have ever caught in my entire life! I apologized and said what a BIG beautiful Brown trout it is. :) I guess on this river after awhile, a 3 to 6 lb. fish looks on the smaller side after you get sooooo used to seeing the average fish weight in at 10 to 20 lb's. I'll never make that mistake again. Ever heard of open mouth and insert foot? :)
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While discussing what to do with the rod when I go to net a Big King Salmon in the fast and deep rapids. I instructed my client to always drop the rod tip. Creating just enouph slack so as not to pull the fish away from me, and out of the net.
Soon they're after, as I was ready to net his next BIG King Salmon of many. I yelled (Politely), drop your rod. As I looked on in disbelief (trying not to laugh) my client opened his rod hand and dropped my rod into the rapid filled river??????  Needless to say, the fish was lost but brand new Orvis rod ($500) and brand new ($700) orvis reel was recovered (all scratched up) and a good laugh was had by all!
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More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.
Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.
Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale". (The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun from many of my 30 + years of being a "full-time" fishing guide. :)
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Drift Fishing w/ Fly or Spin Rods Part 2: 
From the Archives -Salmon River Pulaski NY
Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide
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There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait with a fly/spin/center pin rod for steelies. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.
       Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I've heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up.
That's why this presentation technique is so popular, especially during the winter months. It gets your fly/bait/etc.. into the strike zone faster and keep's it there longer than almost any other presentational technique - tool. (Useing floats is another very productive method)
It works in every condition you will ever find on a river.
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Correct speed of drift:

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

When I first cast into a new piece of water my first question is how deep. This determination is achieved by raising or lowering rod tip until light ticking of weight on bottom rocks is felt. The next step for me is to look at the distance between the surface of the water and end of fly line.
(I prefer to run a 10 ft. butt section of 10-12lb. test straight mono for steelhead, so fly line never touches the water on the drift. Fly lines float and are larger in diameter than mono, causing it to have many negative effect's when fishing in this manner if its in the water.)
By this distance, between fly line and water I know exactly where it should be on each successive cast. Allowing me to set up immediately for each additional cast to achieve the perfect drift. The end of the fly line act's like an indicator. Most angler's do not prepare their drift in advance,  before they reach the 12 O'clock position. (This is where I start every drift and where I can control it) By using the end of the fly line as an indicator it is easy to prep your drift in advance of the 12 O'clock position. Allowing you to run the most productive drift possible. The next question I ask myself is am I weighted correctly?  
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Weight:
Your goal is to match the bottom current flow. Most anglers use to much weight and slogggg along the bottom, which has many negative effects. You simply want to lightly tick occasionally.
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Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
In my opinion, when drift fishing correctly the line between tip of rod and weight should be a straight line. If you try to dead drift with a bow in your line, you not only create additional drag which speeds up your drift making your fly look unnatural but also makes for a lot of unnecessary snags on bottom. (Your rod tip should be as high as you can get it (for many reasons) and the fly line should be totally out of the water) With out a straight line (slack) your weight is simply slogging along the bottom looking for the quickest and easiest rock to call home for good. A lot of the time if you have slack in your line you will not feel the ticking sensation due to the vibrations not being transferred up through the line. There are about 20 other negative things that happen when you have a bow or slack in your line. Remember; with line straight from tip of rod to weight you will be lightly tapping the tops of the rocks. Cutting down on drag, giving it a more natural drift by imitating the correct bottom speed, feeling those pauses and hesitations better, detecting the take better and getting hung-up on bottom less.
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Angle of rod tip to line:
To achieve a maximum dead drift and cut down on snags the rod tip should be directly over the line. If rod tip is in front of line then you will be prematurely initializing the swing and probably ending your drift prematurely. Also, if weight runs into structure, you will be pulling it into it and creating a worse snag than if rod tip was over line and twitched directly up and over obstruction on pauses and hesitations.      
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The lesson for today was to hold the rod tip as high as possible to cut down on the amount of line entering into the water. (High sticking) Every time the rod tip was held low several negative things happened.
1. First and most importantly no fish were caught.
2. The fly would swing through the hole, instead of dead drifting through it. There by making our tasty morsel look more like a speeding bullet than something that was naturally moving along the bottom at the correct speed that was edible.
3. The weight would not bring our fly into the strike zone, due to the current bowing the line and keeping it all off bottom.
4. A low rod tip puts more line into the water creating a sub-surface bow which has many negative effect's. Basically, not allowing you to achieve your desired and most productive dead drift.
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The above article has some exceptions to it. There are even more advanced techniques to add to the above article that will further your success rate. I guess I'll save those for my guest's :)
Happy Hook'n:
Randy Jones
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If the water stays up and you are coming up this week to fish, bring your water wings, sleep in and bring a shovel. Snow's in the forecast everyday, how unusual ;)
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Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. We will save a few fish for you all appon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
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May all your door knobs smell of "Happy New Year" Steelhead!
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe and knowledgeable fishing.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.


Author Randy Jones
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(For all Photo's and Weekly Updated Fishing Reports, Articles, Humor and Tips on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html)
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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat-wade, spin-fly fishing report trips on the Salmon River NY for salmon-steelhead w/over 30 yr's full-time professional guide experince, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Jan. 11 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY has been REEEL GOOD all season for my guest's and others. Steelhead are top to bottom of the Salmon River NY. Bright fresh Steelhead transitioning up the Salmon River in Pulaski NY were noticed off the drift boat last week.
As usual, steelhead anglers are finding the fishing either slow, tuff, challenging, ok, not bad, good, pretty good to AMAZING, as usual! We have old'r and fresher steelhead from the top to the bottom of the Salmon River. Care to join me?
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Last guide trip Ed and Jeff enjoyed some great steelhead fishing action. We pretty much fished in solitude, (please see below Winter Solitude article) except for a bunch of steelhead that kept us company. We played with approx. 8-9 steelhead thru out the day.
This was there first time fishing here for steelhead on the Salmon River NY. I think they'll be back :)
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1,800 CFS presently
FYI - As always, please remember to check the water line forecast, actual flow @ Pineville and weather before making the trip up. We've had a couple of high water periods and some wicked weather this season.
Also, what is forecast for water levels is not always 100% accurate! So please always use caution.
We have some more above average temps and rain in the forecast so I wouldn't be surprised if we have this flow for awhile longer? Where's that crystal ball of mine ;)
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Today I wanted a spot that had a presence of steelhead, was easy to fish, safe and would normally have no other anglers present. This was their first time fishing the Salmon River.
I put Jeff in a spot where their weren't any trees or bush's on the fair bank that he might accidentally cast into. Wouldn't you know it, he found every tree and bush to cast into, that I didn't even know existed? (I have a few more gray hairs after that trip :)
I eventually, humorously, had to give him a "Time Out".
Lot's of steelhead were played with and a few nice ones coming to net. Pictures taken, all fish released for your future fishing pleasure. Another rewarding day of many.
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Open dates to guide you. Jan. 17, 22 and then starting Jan. 27 on.
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Complementary Guide Spinning Rod Tip for Today:
Use athletic tape to stop cold hands on spinning reel - rods. A lil guide trick I use during the Winter time is to wrap athletic tape around the cold metal reel seat on my spinning rods. Some anglers actually take a hand warmer and wrap it under this athletic tape for warmer hands during the Winter's Steelhead fishing.
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Todays Humorous FISH TAILS
Pulaski NY fish guide. Pulaski NY fish guide authors Pulaski NY fish guide reports off drift boat in Pulaski NY w/Salmon River Pulaski salmon fish guide
John told me a funny story about his wife and a 15 lb. Steelhead in April. It takes place in an area I had guided them the day before that was loaded with fish and no anglers. Turns out that as John rushed for the net, he ripped a big hole in his waders and cold water rushed in. When he dove for the fish with the net, he fell in. When he tried to net the fish for the third time, he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock. Fish was netted, picture was taken and fish was released. I'm sure Johns wife was very appreciative of his efforts. :)
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Monster Brown:
At one point during the day Bill said, Hey Randy, come here quick. I see a BIG Brown Trout. I walked over and peered into the crystal clear water and looked at what Bill was excitedly pointing at. Look at the size of that one,  Bill commented. I said, Hmmmm, Bill I dont see it. Right there, right off the tip of my rod, dont you see it? It's a monster Brown, could be a new world record! As Bill was pointing at it with his rod I noticed his hands were trembling with the excitement at the possibility of bragging rights to his fishing buddies for years to come if he was able to catch it.

I said, O, now I see it, yes, that is one of the largest Browns I have ever seen! That could be a real nice wall hanger. Bragging rights for years. Boy, wont your fishing buddies be jealous!

Both Chris and I started to snicker because what Bill was pointing at was a very dead and very severely decaying King Salmon just laying happily on the bottom of the pool. We both egged him on and suggested he make a cast for it, but shortly there after we explained to him what he was really seeing. His face turned a little red and we all laughed. Of course we were laughing with him and not at him. How long you been fishing this river Bill? Had your eye's checked lately Bill? :)
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Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.
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Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale". (The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun from many of my 30 + years of being a "full-time" fishing guide. :)
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This weeks Mail Bag:
Randy, Good morning, just another steelhead enthusiast from New Jersey who enjoys reading your articles.  My brothers and I fished the Salmon River last week and between the three of us we landed 28 Steelhead and proud to say released 28 Steelhead Trout. We consider ourselves avid fishermen with Steelhead fishing being our favorite type of fishing. Given your expertise, can you please take a look at the enclosed photos and let me know what you feel the fish may weigh? Thanking you in advance, Robert
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((Pictures were unfortunately not posted here for all of you to enjoy. No time to photo-edit as the photographer displayed this popular location plainly in photo. Dont want to advertise YOUR favorite spot on here.)) Such a nice guy-guide!
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Hey Rob, Congrat's!! I'd guess both over 12 lb's. That female is a fatty! You know the ol'guide say'n, you lie and Ill swear to it!! Best Fish's, Randy
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Randy, Thanks for the quick reply. We were given something special last weekend. Saturday, I landed 3 and must have had a dozen other hook ups. The difference was Sunday when I landed 10 and still had another 10 or so hook ups. I can’t put into words the zone I was in and the euphoria that filled by body.
I’m still trying to put things into perspective. I’m thinking between the warm weather, changing of the barometric pressure and the fact that the Steelhead are still making there way into the river made for an unforgettable weekend. I’ve been fishing the Salmon River for 25 years now and between the Steelhead, Salmon, Pike and Smallmouth, this was by far the absolute best. I’m heading up again this weekend for another go. Take care, Robert
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Randy, thanks for taking the time to respond.
I'll need to shop around for polarized glasses with sidesheilds, though… as well as waders. Outside of Orvis, do you recommend any other wader companies?
Ditto goes for boots… I still have a good pair, but they are with felt (carpet) soles… I'll be needing ones with cleats. Easy enough.
Regarding fly-fishing lessons, would this be something that could be done at a custom rate? I would be looking forward to learning the basics to bring back with me to start fly fishing in Italy.
In addition, as a guide myself, I enjoy teaching my clients and sharing my knowledge (for my niche - in Italy)… and as a customer I really enjoy learning from my guides. If something could be worked out where we could do some private lessons the day before and then do a day fishing the next day (spinning… but also using what I learned with fly casting) — learning about fishing the Salmon River in the process — that would be absolutely perfect… and a real pleasure.
Of course, your time is money - so whatever you think is a fair rate for a beginner lesson I'm OK with. Thanks in advance, Randy.  I'll be looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best, Peter
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HI Pete, For this river a yellow amber lenses (I like plastic frames for less weight) works best due to the dark bottom, low light, contrasting colors stuff, but anything to protect your eyes will work.
For the Winter waders I like -
Taken from my fishing report page:
Waders other Winter steelhead anglers, guides and I like and use in the Winter time. http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=157697280 This will actually make your feet sweat, on even the coldest day and water temp's up here. You cant beat the price to stay comfortable and nice and toasty warm when steelhead fishing during the Winter time up here.
The one warning I will give you is that if you do any walking for any distance you will perspire like crazy. And as we all know, thats not the best. But, if you layer with fleece, etc.. it wicks that moisture away from your skin keeping you warm and dry all day. Thats how I do it and am comfortable when its in the single digits and the water temp. is a coupl'a degrees above freezing. If I was doing that mile walk to the meadows, I wouldn't use these.
When my guest's are shivering in the boat and they ask me how I'm doing. I hate (yukyuk) telling them that Im as comfortable as if I was wrapped up in a blanket sitting in front of a warm fireplace.
But, any waders will work, just layer reeeeel good, plus Ill have the heater :)
$50 an hour works for privates. If Im open, as I wouldn't want to pass up a full days pay to guide someone. We could easily do it on the day I guide you, save you some $.
Best Fish's, Randy
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Super! Out of curiosity:
- Do you find better results for winter steelhead fly fishing?
- I'll be stateside from 12 Jan - 16 Mar… I know it's tough and there are no guarantees (even more so now that the seasons are no longer seasons), but if you had to pick a a 2-3 week period when fishing is good and numbers are general high (And fishing is fun… perhaps easier sight fishing etc.) what would you tell me? I'll be looking forward to learning from you, Randy! Peter
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Pete, Colder, less chance of river flooding, opposite when warmer. Anytime is a good time, all the fish that are here now aren't going anywhere soon. Sight fishing is a April thing.
The below
"Thought for the day" in my last big fishing report post answers your fly versus spin Q. (Its just my opionion ;) Randy
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Doing some net searching for some fun stuff to share with all of you and also to fill up more of this "dam" white space for ya! yukyuk.
Found this on a google feed for #steelhead. Thought you all might enjoy Mark's photo's, linked at his Toronto steelhead site. Nice pic's. !!
Drift boat fishing Pulaski NY. Drift boat fishing guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead salmon off fishing drift boat in Pulaski NY
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkTarnawczyk/posts?cfem=1

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Found this on a google feed for #steelhead. Thought you all might enjoy the read and photo's, linked at his Michigan guide site. Thanks for the read Nick! Fish I could write that well - Nice job!!
http://www.flyfishingmichiganrivers.com/fishing-report.html
also - https://plus.google.com/u/0/105392490489992841932/posts
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Winter Solitude

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After what seems like a holiday marathon for some, family gatherings, work parties, dinner after dinner, and more food, you feel like you run right into a brick wall.  January in northern Michigan truly slows the pace of life almost to a screeching halt with winter settling in, showing its cold grasp on the beautiful landscape we live in.  Some outdoor enthusiasts love this time of the year and take to the ski hills, snowmobile trails, and frozen lakes and ponds.  January in Michigan can also offer what a select few are constantly in search for, a place of solitude.
Solitude can be defined as a state of seclusion or isolation, or lack of contact with people.  Fly fishing Northern Michigan’s  streams in January provides such a place for those that want to unwind, relax, think, and even reflect on the time that has passed and look at the year ahead.  The silence of winter can almost be deafening with its soft white blanket and leafless trees.  The swoosh of your crisp waders followed with the exaggerated crunch of the snow beneath every step of the trail, you enter into a world few have experienced.  As you slide in off the snowy bank you are greeted with the bright shimmer of light bouncing of the riffles.  You find yourself waist deep at your favorite winter pool knowing that it is just you and the fish at your feet.  The frosty air tickles your nose as you strip line from the reel preparing for your first cast.  As your flies enter the water searching for steelhead, you find yourself transported almost to a different world, a world of solitude.
Everybody needs a little solitude in their lives.  Whether that place is on an ice covered pond in the middle of nowhere, cozied up at home with a good book, or even standing in a busy shopping mall, solitude gives a person that mental break from their everyday grind.  Having personally fished thousands of days and being blessed with a fish’s presence through many of them, I find myself asking what it is that draws me to such a place, day after day, season after season.  It was Henry David Thoreau that said it best, “Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after.”  Many days this rings true to any angler whether they fish once a year or 7 days a week.  Some go fishing just to get away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.  There are others, modern day vagabonds more on their own accord, in search of the rivers to escape from anybody and everybody.  For the rest including myself, fishing is more of a passion of necessity.  All have a common bond that they share in that they are all in search of solitude.  Catching fish, of course, never hurt anyone either and puts the icing on the cake on an afternoon of fishing.
Fly fishing Michigan’s rivers in the still of winter can provide that much needed get away as old man winter gets settled in.  Granted with the normally cold temperatures, there are only a few windows of opportunity to get out and be able to fish, but steelhead and brown trout fishing can still be good even in the dead of winter.  The key to success usually has little to do with flies and tippet size, but more about timing.  There is always a fish feeding somewhere at some time, but more often than not, there are a few more when the water temperatures warm.  It usually does not take much, just a degree or two can be enough.  Sunny or mild days when temperatures reach the freezing mark or better usually provide the needed bump in water temperatures and make for a fun afternoon of fishing.  Fish tend to be more grouped up this time of the year too, making them more accessible in fewer places.  Fishing the deeper, slower pools where most of the trout and steelhead hang out will give you a better chance as well.  Patience and perseverance can go a long way as well to help with a successful day.  Fish can be sluggish depending on conditions requiring a few more casts than you may usually try.  Swinging spey patterns or fishing with egg patterns or nymphs under an indicator will strike interest from your targeted quarry.
Fishing doesn’t have to be the only thing to enjoy on a sunny winter’s day.  The river provides an excellent place for photography as well.  There is nothing like the clear day after a freshly fallen snow.  Snow covered trees, wildlife, and the shadows of the low sitting sun all make for good picture taking.  The river itself is a thing of beauty as it meanders its way through the winter landscape.  The banks sometimes extended with a shelf of layered ice entrancing the camera’s lens into an icy kaleidoscope.  The snowy backdrop makes for some great and colorful fish pictures as well.
So the next time you think about staying inside with your hot cocoa for yet another day this January, grab some clothes, your camera, and fishing gear and head out in search of a little solitude for yourself. 
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From the Archives - Drift Fishing w/ Fly or Spin Rods Part 1
Author: Randy Jones
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There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait with a fly/spin rod for steelies. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.
          Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I've heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up. That's why this presentation technique is so popular, especially during the winter months. It gets your fly/bait/etc.. into the strike zone faster and keep's it there longer than almost any other presentational technique - tool. (Useing floats is another very productive method) It works in every condition you will ever find on a river. (High-low water, cold-warm water, any species, clear-off color water, fast-slow moving water, close in far out, no room for a back cast, crowded conditions, etc…)
        You only want to lightly tap your weight on top of the rocks (3 light ticks is sufficient). Giving your rod tip a slight 1-2 in. twitch when feeling a slight pause, stop or hesitation. Many times the fish do not slam your egg or fly but instead mouth it before spitting it out. This feel's like a pause or hesitation while you are on your drift. In my opinion, it is critical to concentrate on detecting the pause or hesitation that happens when a fish lightly pick's up your bait or fly. Pre-setting the hook immediately before it has a chance to spit it is critical while you are checking to see if it is a rock or fish. If you slightly twitch the tip of the rod (1-2 inch's) on the pause, then you are pre-setting correctly. If it's a rock, you have just gotten over it, and kept your fly/bait on the bottom. If you fully set, then a lot of the time you have moved you weight and fly/bait so far of the bottom, that your drift is over.  If its a fish (or snag) then your line will not move and stop which means you should immediately fully set the hook. I pre-set the hook with a twitch, then set, if line remains still. This happens in a blink of an eye.
         The first lesson I was ever taught when fishing for steelhead or salmon using this technique is if you pre- set on the pause or hesitation, and pull up a leaf, then you are detecting the slight pause or hesitation correctly. If you wait every time for your line to stop before you set, then you are missing fish. I always tell my clients- when in doubt, pre-set the hook, and if the line doesn't move, PLEASE (politely) set it!
         Not a day goes by when you can watch other anglers fishing and see there line pause with no reaction by them. Or watch the line stop dead for 3-4 seconds with no reaction. The reaction to the take has to be immediate or fly/bait can be spit out. Many fish are lost and simply never hooked up because many, many anglers are all waiting for that BIG BANG of Fish On!
A blind man can easily detect the take when the fish slams it, but it's the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish that are concentrating mostly on the pauses and hesitations, in my opinion.
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Here are several ways to help you detect subtle takes. (Pauses and hesitations)
1.  Watching the line in the water as it moves down stream on the drift. You will normally always see it, before you feel it.
2. Feeling with your rod hand on cork.
3. Lightly touching your rod hand index finger to line. This will only work proficiently if the line is coming straight off the reel to your first rod guide. If your in the habit of making those lil trout loops (what I call them) after you've cast, then it does not work.
4. Holding the line in your other hand. The line should be held in your fingertips for greatest sensitivity.
5. There are some seasoned Steelhead angler's who don't watch their line in the water on the drift. Instead they look at their rod tip through the entire drift. Letting the slight movement of the tip tell them what is going on underneath the surface.
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Proper Weighting:
I sometimes change my weight 2-3 times without moving from the same spot. I work the water close, then farther out. Weighting is critical to helping you detect the takes. The key is to lightly tap the bottom, not dredge the bottom. Too much weight and detecting subtle takes is impossible. Most anglers use to much weight.
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This technique also works in your local streams and river's for trout during high water conditions. Also in the deeper, faster sections were traditional fly lines will not allow you to get down to the bigger fish.
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Basically, telling the difference between tapping a rock and a subtle take is one of the most difficult skills to acquire, when fishing in this manner. Most anglers are all waiting for the big BANG. Thereby missing 50% of actual takes. If you think about it, doesn't a pause or hesitation always precede a complete stop? When a fish takes and spits your fly, bait it can happen in a split second. By concentrating on your line movement, correct weighting, depth of drift, contact with the bottom,  pauses and the hesitations. You will be on your way too becoming a part of the 10% that catch's 90% of the fish.
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Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you all to be more in tune with your drift fishing.
Happy hook'n,
Randy Jones
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Would you believe my client skipped out on paying me for todays guided trip?  The nerve of some people!
I took this photo of him with a nice steelhead, turned around for a second, looked back, and he was gone!
Salmon Pulaski NY Salmon River. Salmon fishing guide has Salmon River guide salmon fish report for salmon off drift boat on Salmon River NY w/Pulaski salmon guide Randy Jones
Ooooppsss! Wrong picture - Mustad hooks, the best there is!
Salmon Pulaski NY. Fish report guide has Salmon Pulaski NY fish report for salmon off fishing report drift boat in Pulaski NY w/Pulaski fish report steelhead guide
I wonder what hap'n'd to him?
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The above and a hole lot more coming to your virtual fishing computer screen this season, complements of Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones, so please stop back :)
If anyone has comments good or bad, questions or suggestions on future posts or what you want to see on this site, please let me know!
I hope you've enjoyed this weeks update, save me a rock.
Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Jan. 4 Sat.  Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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A big slug of bright fresh steelhead arrived thru the upper end of the Salmon River, Pulaski NY over last weekend. Some of those fresh steelhead I reported that came in with our last higher water flow were being found.
This means the entire river has some fresh metal, plus all the ones that have been here for awhile. From the top of the Salmon River to the bottom, spread out. Just waiting here, for your perfectly cast (aheeeem) fly or bait. ;)
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Bank anglers and drift boat clients are having success from the top of the Salmon River to the bottom catching steelhead. (Starting to sound like a broken record?) Lot's of anglers out enjoying the warmer temp's over last weekend, which is always nice to see.
Some folks would call it crowded. I'd call it good for the local economy! Plenty of room and steelhead for everyone to enjoy!
As we floated by one guide in the drift boat, he excitedly told me that in this one spot he was fishing he had hooked up 15 steelhead. Before he could even finish his sentence to me he was tight to another steelhead. (All were released)
They were useing floats with either beads, skein, worms, marabou jigs, flies or egg sacks on center pin's. Super!!
All styles and fishing presentational tools are working, some better than other's, care to learn?
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What the above tells you is that there are plenty of steelhead around for all of you to enjoy.  Good luck and go get'm!
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Since its below OO outside, this might warm you up :)
Pulaski New York Salmon Fish report. Salmon guide authors Pulaski NY fish reports off drift boat in Pulaski NY w/Salmon River Pulaski salmon fish guide  
Lace is my newest endorsed referral guide. If Im not available to guide you, SHE CAN!
Fun GOOgle fishing link's with lot's of Salmon River NY steelhead and salmon fish pictures:
https://plus.google.com/105138196910324280417/posts
https://plus.google.com/101788195319023132539/posts
More fun fishing links to fish photo's:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
http://www.flickr.com/photos/salmonriverpulaskinyguide
If you enjoy what Im producing for you on here, Please click on "follow" - "+1's" or "likes". (That would be a great Holiday gift to Lace and myself :)
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Would you believe I wrote this many flies ago in 99? Boy, how time fly's!

Complementary guide steelhead stalling tactic's tip's:
80% of the time these fish fighting techniques and stalling tactics will help. So don't blame me if you hit the 20%!
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Throwing Slack:
We all love to see the somersaults, jumps; tail walks and torpedo runs they make. But, 50% of the time the show ends with no curtain call or encore performance. I prefer, after hooking-up, if it decides to show its colors and race down stream where I can't follow, to throw it slack. (Pull line off the reel A.S.A.P.) If hook set is good, it won't throw it and they normally quite down. The action it takes is due to the pressure it feel's. So by releasing the pressure it no longer feel's threatened and will tend to stop on a dime. This allows you to regroup and take control. (With spinning rods, this has the same effect by opening the bail) Throwing it slack is also a great way to stop it's screaming run downstream into snags, deep water, (where you can't go) or at least slow it down so you can catch up.
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Another effect that throwing it slack has is from where you are standing, your line (down stream) will form a bow in the water's current back to the fish. The fish will feel the pressure of the current against your bow'd line and feel as if it is being pulled down river. This normally results in the fish slowly swimming back up river to where you had initially hooked it up. (These "happy fish" really do not want to leave that prime lye where you had hooked it up) Then simply reel up your slack line and you'll be surprised when at times the fish will be back, almost at your feet.
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Walking the dog:

Here's another technique that has worked for me. If I'm working a piece of fast, deep water that is not easily waded. Upon hooking-up, I immediately lighten up and only bend the tip of the rod slightly. Remember what I said earlier about pressure? With only a slight bend in the rod tip, the fish feels little to no pressure and maintains its position in the river. I then slowly move to a safer area and believe it or not, normally it will follow. Once I'm in a safe position, I give it to'em. It's miller time! 
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Not related to the Salmon River NY, but an interesting read on the possible effects of Japan's nuclear reactor melt down on our Blue Fin Tuna stocks. Before reading this, the comments are a must read and are interesting, humorous and some use foul language, so no kids allowed. http://topinfopost.com/2013/10/10/fukushima-is-here-all-bluefin-tuna-caught-in-california-are-radioactive
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Thought for the day:

In my opinion, if you had 2 anglers standing side by side. One was using a fly rod and the other a spin rod. The spin angler would get in 5 cast's out of every 4 that the fly angler makes. Over an entire day, the spin angler's bait, fly or lure would be in the water a substantial amount more than the fly angler. There by causing the spin angler a hirer percentage of opportunity because he is spending more time in the water. Lately with the water level flow being up, my fly anglers have been flexible to use a spin rod for this reason and more. It's paid off!
The other reason's I find a spin rod more productive when the water is up, is a spinning rod can throw it further and faster. Many of the present prime lye's Im guiding on off the drift boat are 100 feet or more casting distance to hit and cover.
Many of our fishing drift's cover 100 to 200 feet of the bottom. (This is also why float fishing is so productive) Due to the mechanical nature of a spin rod, it can retrieve the line faster than a fly angler can strip it in. Also, the mono draws less water so the guides dont freeze up as fast. These and more are all reason's that at times, a spinning rod can allow you greater opportunity, in my opinion.
( Now I just pissed off all the fly guy's - yukyuk :)
(P.S. Many of the most experienced Steelhead anglers on the Salmon River will use both presentational tools. Depending on the current water level's and spot to be fished, offering them the greatest opportunity)
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$1 off full rate. For your guided fishing pleasure, I have not raised rates in 20 yrs, such a nice guy-guide - yukyuk - Even I,,,,,,,,, could afford me :)
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How's the steelhead fishing for my guest's, here on the Slam'n Salmon River NY?   Im glad you asked
(All fish released)
Pete had a day for Kings! First timer steelhead angler. Played w/ 12 steelhead. All resident's, males and females. Incredible acrobatic fight's. We hit approx. 8 spots over a 6 mile area, only fishing the "current break" - "hole within the hole." (hint-hint)
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Dad Mike and 13 year old son Mike Jr. enjoyed a fun and rewarding day useing the drift boat on the Salmon River. We covered habitat and their (sometimes special and unique) current breaks over a 6 mile stretch of river (approx. 20 spots) off the drift boat. Both transitional holding and prime holding. Where to park, how to access, where to cross the river safely and exactly where the fish lay in each unique type of habitat. Sometimes it's as exact as fitting a key into a lock.
This knowledge is something that Mike and his son can use for the rest of their lives, offering them an even greater number of opportunities and spots to catch some steelhead when they are on their own.
We played with a few fish here, none in a couple spots and a few fish there, having to work for'm. All in all a very rewarding day, with all of our goals easily accomplished.
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From the Mail Bag:
Mike's Testimonial, picture and fishing report:
Hi Randy,
No amount of words can express my gratitude for a very enjoyable fishing trip filled with patience and the knowledge gained of the fish and river habitat.
My son Mike Jr. was extremely happy even though he was not able to land that big steelhead in the second hole we fished. I think the cold weather got to him a little, but he was happy all the same. After our drift trip ended, my son and I went back to the first hole we fished in the morning and he landed on his first cast a gorgeous 32 inch male steelhead that was a nice silver/chrome. I watched in amazement as he was flawlessly doing everything you taught him during our trip....from the cast placement, drift technique, to playing the fish into the calmer water. We fished that hole for an hour and had 5 more hook ups with 2 more steelhead landed (25 inches and 30 inches...I didn't have a way to weigh them), all of which were very bright colored. Everything was hooked in the far side of the honey hole, except one fish that was in close to us in the fast water.We moved to the second hole we had fished with you and played with another 3 steelhead over a 30 minute period, but didn't land them. Over the course of the day we played with 16 steelhead. As darkness closed in, it was time to go home to get warm and dry.
You are truly in a class of your own with knowledge and patience. I am looking forward to our April trip for my father's 75th birthday...Thanks again for everything.
Mike Greer
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HI Mike,
Thanks very much for your kind and generous words. I had a blast!                                                                                                
Glad you went back to where you knew the water the best and had much success! That's about the highest form of an unspoken compliment that any guide could ask for :)
We will try to leave a few steelhead in the river for your return trip here in April ;) Best Holiday Fish's, Randy

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Anytime Randy! Not sure if you want this picture, but here it is with my son tight on that nice steelhead from the drift boat down by the Sportsman pool. See you in April, Mike
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Mike, nice photo! Ill use it on my next update. Due to the popularity of my fishing report page, I cropped and edited it a lil so as not to advertise the spot. Don't want to be called a spot burner or bring anymore attention to it in case its one of YOUR favorite spots - such a nice guy-guide :)
Next time you get beat'n to your favorite spot, don't forget to ask them what time they got there :) Randy

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Today's Humor and Fishing Tip:
A few of us guides and shore anglers have certain spot's we enjoy fishing. Sometimes we will get on our spots early, to guarantee a large presence of steelhead for our guest's. It's always funny when your on your spot in the dark and then at first light a shore angler show's up, pretends to be your best fishing buddy and then asks you what time did you get there. There are always two different answers to choose from, both are lies.
If you tell them the truth, then they will be on that same spot 1/2 hour earlier than you said, tomorrow, beating you to the spot.
Sooo, here is how you always reply when this happens to you.
1. You either say you just got there, when in reality you've been on that spot for over an hour in the dark. Guaranteeing that you will still beat that angler tomorrow to the same spot, that he wants to beat you too.
2. Or, you say we have been on this spot since 4 am. Then tomorrow, your not even going to be fishing. But you can get a  good chuckle over your mornings coffee, knowing that that poor angler was sitting on that spot in the dark, in the snow, in the cold at 3:30 am. yukyuk
Sooo, the moral of the story is when your asked what time did you get there, you always lie! They really are not your best fishing buddy in the whole world and are only trying to beat you to the same spot tomorrow.
An example of this happened to me recently.
We got on our spot 1 hour before legal fishing time (1/2 hour before sunrise)  to guarantee a good presence of steelhead for my guest's.
At first light a shore angler arrived, we exchanged pleasantries and he politely asked us what time did we get there. I "politely" lied and said we just got here. He loudly replied, dam! I knew I should have gotten here a 1/2 hour earlier.
I laughed to myself after his Q, my reply and his comment. And its why I humorously wrote - Today's Humor and Fishing Tip  ;)
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More funny Salmon River drift boat guide Humor:
First person on the spot gets it. I've been beat'n to special spots by seconds.
The funniest one was when I was floating down the river in the drift boat, relaxed, enjoying the early morning stars and the tranquility of it all. I notice a shore angler walking on the trail leading to the spot I had hoped to get for my guest's.
(Sometimes where these steelhead lay is as exact as fitting a key into a lock)
I can see the angler walking with a flashlight as it moves to the rhythm of his stride. I start to get nervous and push the boat faster and faster.
I can see the rhythm of the walking angler's flashlight speed up as he increases his pace. It almost look's like a strobe light, he is walking sooooo fast. He hears me coming......... Im pushing the boat fast'rrrrrrr...........
Its a race to the finish!
He lands on the spot seconds before me.
First person on the spot..... gets it.
Turns out we were both guides and knew each other well. We both laughed out loud until our stomach's hurt at what had just transpired.
He was nice enouph to share his spot with my guest's and everyone caught some fish.
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Archived Fish Story:
I noticed an elderly gentleman fishing very hard with no results to show for his efforts. He was running a prefect 100 % drift, just not finding any players. I asked him kindly if he might not mind letting me take a look at what he was throwing. I made 2 suggestions, he made 2 changes. After several cast's into the same water he had been beating to a froth, a dime bright Steelhead ate his offering and he was off to the races. My guest's and myself all gave out a cheer of encouragement. Fish was landed, a big bright silver bullet! Everyone loudly congratulated him and before long he was into another one.
I have a feeling the few suggestions I made well continue to help him play with even more metal heads along this incredible path we all enjoy so much.
The funny part of the story was after this elderly gentleman had landed his second fish. He was giddy with excitement, ran right over to me and showed me the fly he had used. It was one he had tied himself, which gave him an even higher degree of self satisfaction.
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Hello and Happy Holidays to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. We will save a few fish for you all appon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
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May all your door knobs smell of "Happy New Year" Steelhead!
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe and knowledgeable fishing.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

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Best Steelhead and Salmon Holiday Fish's,
Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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About the Author, Outfitter and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide:
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has "in the past" represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
Also guided VT. for Trout for 12 years and guides on Cape Cod during his summer's..
Randy does not discriminate, he enjoys guiding you spin angler's too! yukyuk
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
NEW Phone #315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Dec. 30
MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SETTLE ACROSS THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEK. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL COOL TO THE SINGLE DIGITS SOUTH OF LAKE ONTARIO...WHILE LOCATIONS EAST OF THE LAKE DIP TO MINUS 5 TO MINUS 10. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL STRUGGLE TO GET OUT OF THE TEENS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THE VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LAKE EFFECT SNOW AT TIMES.
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Any of you want to trade jobs this coming week? Wanted - Indoor heated desk job, loooooong heated commute to and from work.
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Dec. 27 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
That last high water period brought in some fresh Steelhead that are in a transitional stage presently. Working there way up river, spreading out and holding in all the Winter lyes. All Winter lyes are with steelhead. Some Transitional holding lyes are w/ steelhead.
We have Steelhead from the top to the bottom of the Salmon River, NY. Even I could probably catch one ;)
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A Day for KINGS!:

I can't speak for anyone else, but my guest's aboard the drift boat have been Hammering the fish! My last trip was almost one for the record books! Henry and Mark were on fire and were lucky enouph to enjoy a bunch of steelhead. It was like a ping pong match going back and forth on hook ups. 1,500 cfs was the water flow. We landed a number of 10-11 lb'rs.  Interested?
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The below  is imperative to successfully fishing the Salmon River:
I figure any spot that has 2 current breaks working for it, is better than an area that only has one. This hole had a perfect seam (were the fast water meets the slow water) running down the middle of it. The seam would be one current break and the hole is the other.
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Combine these two and chances are good you''ll come up with some silver.

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Other types of current breaks I look for are the heads of holes. The fish can sit under the faster currents and tuck in behind the drop. Another would be the tail of a hole. They are normally deep with slow moving water. Try the seam on the inside of a corner, or a seam created by a tree or stump. Big boulders also create perfect breaks in the current for fish to rest behind. (Pockets)  Some breaks are used by fish when the river bottom only drops by 5-8 inch's. Anywhere the current is broken would be an area to cast your line. Combine any of the above and your in the right spot.
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12/27 Water Forecast:
Until 9:00 AM today, 750 CFS
From 9:00 AM today until 11:59 PM 500 CFS
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If the weather and temp's. looks good, please give me a ring 315-963-2065 or email best.
Author Randy Jones
Author Randy Jones
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Dec. 20 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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Every normal type of habitat for this time of year, fish's life cycle, water flow, current breaks, water temperature is with Steelhead from the top of the Salmon River to the bottom. All of the Steelhead that have been entering the Salmon River over the last few month's are spread out over its entire length, top to bottom. Providing you with many fine fishing opportunities! Anglers are catching steelhead from the top to the bottom of the Salmon river NY. Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good or amazing.
All is great on the Steelhead front. Lot's around in some places, some are scattered in other spots and we still have some in a transitional stage, entering, running the river and spreading out. So those transitional resting point's shouldn't be over looked yet.
Having the correct Habitat, Rigging and most importantly Presentation. Will help in your Steelhead quest.
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Weather Forecast:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Pulaski&state=NY&site=BUF&textField1=43.5653&textField2=-76.1282&e=0#.UqnLqDYo6Ul
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Water Level:
SALMON RIVER AT "LIVE" PINEVILLE NY - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200
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Crystal Ball Water Level, snow pack and water content:
Should see it go up higher. How high, you ask? Where is that crystal ball of mine ;)
For the last coupl'a years those "dam people" (yukyuk) usually try to step the water levels up and also down. Looks like we may have made our first step up, in several, in water level's?
Heads up warning - If your fishing here this next week, please use caution and be aware of water level's, etc.... The weather man just said to expect "massive" melting.
This link should "eventually" show part of the "run-off" that could effect our water flows on the river. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04249200
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Temp's have moderated back to more normal. I guess its safe for me to crawl out of my hole I've been hiding in this last week ;)
The snow we have recieved is always welcome! This always helps with our snow pack, which always helps in the Spring when we want colder water and above normal flows to extend our steelhead fishing season into late April - early May on the Salmon River and beyond.
With above freezing temp's and rain look for more run-off. The lower end should have some fresh steelhead entering as I type this :)
It's also great when the snow we have gets some rain and melts a lil. This increases our snow water content that will help us once again, in the Spring.
All in all, things are shaping up very nicely!
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Crystal Ball Fishing Forecast:
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! On top of ALL of the Steelhead that are presently in the Salmon River. We will continue to see many more Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. I'd recommend coming over to fish.
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Today's Fishing Tip:
Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now.
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Winter Fishing Tip - Box of Chocolates - Compliments of Salmon River NY guide and author Randy Jones
(Hint)- Warming trend here now.
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This picture is to remind everyone that one of the best times to fish on the Salmon River NY is after we have had a bone chilling week of freezing cold temp's.
Very very few anglers are out in these temperatures. This means ALL of your favorite Winter and Transitional spots "could" have VERY good numbers of fresh steelhead in them, that have recently moved in.
Thats what happened in above picture. Kyle and his friend were my guest's for one of those memorable Salmon River Drift Boat Guide "Day for Kings!"
Today was the first decent weather temperature fishing day after some abnormal below zero temp's for the week.
We had pulled the Drift Boat over in a lil spot. You could spit and almost hit the other side of the hole. :) It was a small Winter and Transitional lye.
Figured it was worth a quick shot after a week of bone chilling temperatures w/ very few anglers out and about.
We were rewarded with no less than 16 Steelhead! A nice pod of Chromers had moved in here after a weeks worth of freezing cold temp's.
Just like a box of chocolates, never know :)
(Hint)- Warming trend here now.
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Winter - Matching the Hatch Tip - Compliments of Salmon River NY guide and author Randy Jones
A lil fly - spin fishing tip if your new to Winter Steelhead fishing. During the Winter time (normally) when ever it gets above freezing, look at the banks of the river and try to imitate what you see hatching on the snow. Here is a prime example.
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Picture was taken when it was above freezing, on the river bank, on top of the snow, along with a thousand other of the same insect.
This is called (a family member of) a black stone fly and is probably the #1 insect imitation used by most experienced spin - fly anglers, and rightly so. Sometimes you will notice thousands upon thousands of these on the snowy river bank. This aquatic insect is one of the most abundant and is a primary source of food for the steelhead during the Winter time. There are also other insect's in different stages of their lives that Steelhead key on too. (That's another article:)
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Don, Ken and I had a great day of steelhead fishing. The fishing banter was red hot! I'd throw a humorous fishing jab at Don and he'd return it with a jokingly fishing powerful knock out left hook. I dont know what was better, Don's humor and fishing tales ....... or the steelhead fishing.
If your intrested in reading a fun book on Don's Time on the Water, please pick up - Bad Water: Sixty Years of Misadventure With Fly Rod and Reel @ http://www.publishamerica.net/product52618.html
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Don Alloway is a freelance writer who has traveled to three continents and more than twenty countries in pursuit of trout and other game fish. In BAD WATER, Alloway takes us along on his sixty-five year fly fishing odyssey. We meet a lady who fishes in high heels and a bathing suit, a priest who flies his own plane, a tackle shop proprietor who smokes cigarettes made of lettuce, and a stream of eccentrics and oddballs all of whom share the author's passion for fly fishing. From the sub-Arctic to the Amazon and points east and west, the author takes us to his favorite lakes and rivers and into the open ocean as he pursues the holy grail of all fishermen, good water filled with big fish.
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Best Holiday Fish's,
Randy
( P.S. If you are coming up this week to fish, bring your water wings ;)

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Dec. 15 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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Dec. 25, 31 open to guide you. If the weather looks good, please give me a ring 315-963-2065 or email best.
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Ol'man Winter has arrived with snow and colder temp's. If your coming up to fish or are thinking of coming up to fish this Winter, this complementary article may help you to prepare, be more comfortable, have fun, be safe and hopefully help to make your trip here memorable in many ways.
Fishing in Jan. and Feb.? Are you Nuts? -Yup:
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Here are some things to consider when fishing here in the winter. The Salmon River is a dam-released river, so it never totally freezes over.
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Slush - Planning your fishing day around it:

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No it's not the stuff you put in a cone and eat but rather a winter occurrence that causes certain area's of the river to be unfishable.

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Nice looking Female Steelhead. Super!

Knowing current water -air temp. current water and future water flow level's, tonight's predicted lows with tomorrow's highs will help you decide where to begin your day of fishing.
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Sample:
Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 285 cfs. Evening lows are swinging around 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast) The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the river.
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When slush is present at these air temp's then normally by 10-11 A.M. the lower part of the river will clear out and make fishing possible. If you're ever not sure, than do what I sometimes do and go to the short bridge in town and have a look for yourself, before planning your day. If air temp's do not rise above 20 for the daytime high then you may have slush down river all day.

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Nice colored up Male Steelhead. Notice the bump on the lower jaw. Also the red rosy cheeks and red stripe down its side. What a beauty!
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If I'm planning to start my fishing at dawn, then I'll start up top. And then later possibly move down river once the slush has had a chance to clear. If certain areas of the river are slushed up and you are the first to arrive after it has cleared than the chances of hooking-up are good. You will be the first angler fishing to fresh fish that have not been disturbed or pressured.
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This same condition occurs on the smaller creeks around the Salmon River in early-late winter. Many an early A.M. trip North has ended with a return trip when slush was not considered. I will always check air temp's the day before I plan fishing the creeks. Often, I will arrive at 10 A.M. and fish while the last balance of slush is clearing and getting first shot at the prime spots.            Fish-on!
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If you wanted to fish during the prime time during the winter than here are a few things I would consider. (Work and family schedule must be flexible)
1.  3 day warming trend. If there is run-off expect fresh fish in the lower end!
2.  Drop in water level or rise.
3.  Fish around a holiday, not on it.
4.  Mid-week
5.  Springtime creeks and streams- Wait till ice out and fish them on the rise or fall of water levels. If you fish them after they have cleared for to long they tend to get fished out. If you can find your honey hole when the water is up, then the fish will be there.

Steelhead landed on the Salmon River with guide Randy Jones off the drift boat
Another Male steelhead. Congrats!

If you arrive and the air temp's are in the low 20’s for the high then here are a few tip's to staying warm and catching some fish!
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1. The days of me fishing a full 8 hours with these air temps are almost over, unless there is sun and no wind. It is actually very pleasant under these conditions.

2. Only fish the most productive part of the day. Normally this occurs during the warmest part. 4 hr's is sufficient between 11-3.

3. Fish spots where the sun is shinning on you, instead of fishing spots where you are in the shadow of a cliff or tree's.

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Another client with a Female Steelhead. Both smil'n!

4. Where dark clothing so the suns warm rays can be absorbed into your clothing.

5. Use a spinning rod. I'm a fly addict, but when it's cold, I love my spinning rod! Hands can stay warm in gloves, guides ice up less frequently, my bait or fly is in the water more due to the mechanical nature of a spinning rod which allows me more chances of hooking up.

6. By yourself a pair of fleece wind blocker fingerless gloves with a pull over mitt. I'm out in this weather a lot, and these gloves are all I wear, they are the best! I also reeely enjoy wool gloves with a pull over mitten. Even if wet, they still insulate. I normally carry 2-3 extra pairs of gloves as I hate wet-cold hands in the Winter time.

7. Put heat pads in your gloves and underneath your arch in wader boots. These are sold at most tackle shops in the area.

8. Treat yourself to a pair of 4-5 mil neoprene boot foot waders preferably with a polypropylene wool insert that wraps your feet or a Thinsulate rating of approx. 1200 or more in the boot. You work hard so you deserve it - right? Make sure they are 1-2 sizes bigger than normal as air circulation is key to keeping warm. My feet and body actually perspire on even the coldest of days and when standing in the freezing water all day! If you walk any great distances then these are not the best as you will perspire like crazy and then be damp all day. A lot of us full-time Winter guides use Cabelas (hunting?) waders that used to sell for around $200.

9. Wear high tech. under garments that insulate as well as breath. I use Orvis  http://www.ORVIS.com and have found them to work great!

10. Being in a drift boat with a big heater is always a treat.

11. You all know about eating right. Stay away from things that take along time to digest. I find a nice pasta dish works for me. A good breakfast and lunch are also an important ingredient to staying warm in the afternoon.

12. I find that when my toes and fingers start to sting, it's time to actively start moving them and think of warmer places. Going for a quick walk along the river is one of the best ways to get that feeling back. The trick is to never let your feet go numb. It can take all night to get the feeling back into them. If they start to sting, then thats your clue to take some kind of action. With stocking foot waders, where your laces lose or what I call "a sloppy fit". This also helps with blood circulation. Once, I stumbled into the river water when I let my feet go numb. Can't feel them and its easy to fall.
 
13. Take breaks to your car or local restaurant to warm up.

Drift boat guide on the Salmon River fishing for steelhead
I think it was a toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb's. Fish kept for Ken's dinner table. Congrats Ken!

14. Keep moving from spot to spot only hitting the most productive areas in each hole.

15. Start the morning off with a nice long walk to one of your favorite spots. There is nothing like a little exercise to warm you up. This warmth will also stick with you for awhile.

16. Make sure you have on some good solid spikes, chains or korkers on your wading boots to keep you steady on your feet while on ice or slippery rocks. Felt is not enough.

Hope this helps a lil, Randy
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Archived Dec. Salmon River Report

Im finding less fish around then the last few weeks. But, we are really just getting back to where the numbers are making more sense and where they normally should be at.
There are 2 reasons why Im finding less fish.
1. These fish have a very difficult time getting out of peoples freezers and making there way back into the river. ;)
2. Natural fish movement.
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Today it was hard NOT to find them. We witnessed some incredible fights today and a few left us wanting.
We used the drift boat and John was 5 for 12.
Found them in 4 out of 6 spots.
3 from the first spot.
Nothing from the next 2 spots.
3 from the 4th.
3 from the 5th.
3 more from the 6th spot.
We left fish to find fish and probably could have played with more but the day had to end sometime.
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John has been having a problem landing fish over the last few years. So today he was hopeful to actually see what they look like up close and personal. He also was interested in learning some new and exciting water that he could come back too on his own and fish. We succeeded on all fronts. Just about every spot was hold'n. I noticed other anglers and other guides clients also having pretty good luck today. Top to bottom of river.

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The Santa hat magically appeared out of my bag, just in time for the first fish picture. This next Steelhead we had to give chase in the boat and barely landed it. Directly below us was a fallen tree and shallow white water rapids. I set the anchor in the middle of the river, jumped out of the boat, gave chase and netted the fish just before it ran into the brush pile. John gave out a howler of satisfaction and excitement.

  Big steelhead from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat
Caught John in the middle of doing battle.         This picture shows who won!

Salmon River steelhead caught of the Salmon River NY drift boat with fishing guide  
What a honk'a! Approx. 16 lb'r. Great way to end the day! Congrats!! (All fish released)
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I'd like to take a minute and THANK all of you,  who are putting some of your catch back. If it were not for some of you, I believe sincerely, that we could not have had such a productive day.
Thanks again!
Randy
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John's testimonial:
Randy,
What a great day, just when I thought I knew a little something about steelhead fishing I had to fish with you. You really are a class act. I really appreciate you
sharing your expertise and patience as well as some of your "honey" holes with me.  I would encourage any steelhead fisherman, novice or expert, to fish with a
guide even if it's just once, and if they can get Randy Jones they're in for a great day.  There is so much to learn about this sport and you can trim years off the
"learning curve" by fishing with a real pro such as yourself.
Thanks again for the fun and truly a learning experience.  And thanks for not mentioning that "hog" that snuck through the hole in your net.
Good fishing,
John
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From the Mail Bag:
Randy, I found a book called Fly Fishing for Salmon and Steelhead of the Great Lakes, by Kenn Filkins, to be very instructive (but not quite as helpful as your web site, of course).
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By the way, congratulations with the success of your 12'6" 7 wt. Orvis.  It sounds like a great rod.  I went with the 11'6" 8/9 wt. Loomis, which I am loving, but (as you pointed out) it may not be the most appropriate for winter steelhead on the Salmon River.  Maybe I need to get another rod . . .
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Who would have thought that less than two years ago I had never fly fished for steelhead or salmon.  This year, by contrast, I've had seven great days of steelhead fishing and 13 great days of salmon fishing and my confidence (if not my skill) is growing by leaps and bounds as is my interest in the sport.  -
Thanks again for all of your help these past two years.  I look forward to more instruction next year.
Have a great holiday season.
Mark
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Mark, I could not be happier for you! The fish gods have been smiling down upon you for sometime now. Happy Holiday's, Randy
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Hi Randy, how are you. Was wondering if you could give me some fly rod/reel equipment recommendations without me having to rob a bank to purchase stuff. Would be looking for a 9 foot, 9 weight outfit.
A place near me has some St. Croix rods with lifetime warrantees for between 150 and 200 bucks but as far as reels go, I have no clue. Would like to keep the reel under 200 bucks.
Perhaps I will see you this summer. Thanks Dave
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Hi Dave, Great rod for the bucks! Buy it!! Try an Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor 9-10 reel. Its one of the most reasonably priced L-A reels out there. I have used one for about 2-3 years, on a year round basis for steelhead, Salmon and Striped Bass. If you buy a lighter weight rod for Steelhead, then use it on that rod also. All of my 5, 6, 7 weight Steelhead rods all have 9-10 reels on them. Why buy another reel when the larger reel picks up more line, better drag, etc. Who cares if it does not balance with the rod perfectly. The fish dont seem to mind!
Hope this helps,
Randy

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Fun photo's:
Pulaski New York guide. Salmon steelhead guide authors Pulaski NY guide fish reports off drift boat in Pulaski NY
I like this photo of an iceberg floating down thru the lower end of the river while getting a nice Steelhead photo. The fun part of landing this steelhead was hoping these ice bergs wouldn't hit your leader and break you off. It's always FUN when your fishing and 1 of these run's into you. SURPRISE!!

Enjoy Steelhead or salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/steelhead drift boat fishing report guide and author Randy Jones on the Salmon River NY
I had a celebrity in the drift boat today. It was Dave Claus. (Santa's brother)
Dave, Myself and Miss Steelhead are fishing you all a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Salmon River NY Guide and Author Randy Jones
Floating thru the Cow Pasture in the drift boat during a dark, overcast, fresh snow, Winters day on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. (Looks pretty cold and miserable to me, care to join me? Didn't think soooooooo.............. ;)

Fishing Pulaski NY. Fish guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead fishing off drift boat on the Salmon River in NY
My niece Kate says, the fishieeeeees are thiiiiiiiiiiis BIG on the Salmon River NY! 
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From the Archives - Jud and his girlfriend Theresa had a few goals for today:
1. An introduction to the Salmon River.
2. Have fun
3. Stay warm
4. Learn the basics of fishing for Steelhead.
5. Catch fish
We succeeded on all of the above goals.
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Theresa's first question was, Randy, how will I know when I get one on? Jud and myself both said in unison, you'll know.
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Shortly there after she was tight to a Steelhead. She yelled, WOW, oh SH-T, what is happening, what do I do. (yukyuk, or something to that effect) As her line came tight, rod started to throb, drag started to sing and her fish made a mad dash for freedom.
She did a great job of fighting the fish and was rewarded with the below landed Steelie.  

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Theresa with a (lake effect) snow covered hat and a great smile. Theresa battling her first ever fish in her whole life. What a way to break her in on a great big ol Steelhead.
What will todays steelhead drift boat fishing trip on the Salmon River NY have in store for us? Lot's of steelhead!
Monster 16 lb. steelhead landed on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off drift boat with fishing guide and author Randy Jones
WOW! A 16 lb. steelhead! This was Teresa's first time ever fishing in her whole life! I think she will be back ;) - (Fish released)
Fishing steelhead on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Steelhead fish guide has Pulaski NY steelhead fish guide reports off drift boat around Pulaski
Teresa yells out VICTORY!! throwing her arms in the air. Her boyfriend Jud was tickled pink and very proud of her success. I think Jud has found a new fishing buddy.
Jud mumbles under his breath, beginner's luck. yukyuk

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We hit fish in 1 out of 3 spots. Today's tally was 1 for 5.
Another memorable day of many. "The Salmon River, Where memories are made"
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Recent Viewer Comment:
Randy I have never fished with you but I want to thank you for your reports and all your advice on steelhead fishing. I am thrilled the fishing has made such a good comeback and you and your clients releasing all fish caught last week has to play a big part of the comeback. Just think about when the limit was 3/client and 3 for the guide. 9 a day taken 5 days a week and 45 less fish in the river just for your boat and if it was the same for other boats and shore anglers the fishery would never be what it is today. 
Keep up the good work
Gary in Connecticut
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HI Gary, Thanks for your kind and generous words!  Best Holiday Fish's, Randy
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We didn't catch a fish all week ;)
My guest's and I canceled or re-scheduled 6 trip's this week due to uncomfortable - possible - probable dangerous, driving - fishing weather conditions. Sometimes, a fish (or the $) just ain't worth it. Your safety and comfort is #1!
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My favorite time of the year:
First off, we have had about a gate of water or more for almost the entire steelhead season, so far. This has and well continue to cause a flow of fresh fish into the river. The reservoir's are looking good with ample water for the upcoming Winter month's.

Weather and water wise, things are looking to be shaping up nicely for this Winter. With recent rain, then snow, then rain, then high winds combined with above freezing air temperature. This has produced additional run-off.
With air + water temperatures dropping you will then see them keying in on the slowest, deepest water for the remainder of the Winter. Keep in mind the transitional spots will still produce as long as we have fish on the move. (Presently)

Another key is angler pressure. Less anglers = less pressure. With cold temp's, this cuts out a lot of the fair weather anglers. Hunting season also causes a reduction of angler's on the river. One of the main ingredients that effect's angler pressure at this time of year are the holidays.

Most folks would think of Jan., Feb. not being very good. But I can tell you, it can and is a couple of great month's to steelhead fish.
All of the above and more are reasons why this is my favorite time of the year.
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Fishing guide fishing steelhead off drift boat on the Salmon River
        Todd was all smiles, Congrats!
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Fishing salmon Pulaski NY. Salmon fish guide offers Pulaski NY guide salmon fish report for salmon off drift boat in NY
As the sun rose to another day on the water, it made me realize how very lucky I am. To do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
Thanks,
Randy
( P.S. If you are coming up this weekend to fish, bring a shovel and sleep in. ;)
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Dec. 8 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:

Steelhead are top to bottom of the Salmon River. Fresh Steelhead entering, running, spreading out and settling into there Winter homes. Steelhead anglers are finding steelhead up top, middle and lower River. Go get'm!!
Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
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NORTH BRANCH SALMON RIVER AT REDFIELD NY
Here is a "live" gauge on one of the feeder streams - branches that run into the Salmon River Res. system. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04249200 It gives you an idea of run-off. Heard a rumor that in the future we might get another live internet gauge on the other branch.
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On the Floor laughing Article:
I laughed my butt off when I read the part about a traditional fly fisherman writer for Trout Unlimited ending up w/ a professional steelhead guide who only fished spinning rods with bait, chummed the water with bait (fish eggs) and after landing his first steelhead the guide promptly whacked the fish on the head w/ a bat so a picture could be taken w/ out the fish falling out of his hands ;)
I think that the writer was doing a comedy sketch about the humor of complete opposites, except for the one thing they both shared and cherished in their lives...... the true passion for the sport!
http://www.tu.org/blog-posts/steelhead-skies
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Amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing report for Steelhead off the guide drift boat on the Salmon River NY
Skip is tied into another 10 lb. Fresh Silver Bullet (Landed). I'm hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy looking hat! 
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This Weeks Guest Fishing Report:
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Mon.
Sa-zammmmm! Fish on and on and on!! My 2 guest's hammered the chrome today with approx. 18 steelhead. After soooo many steelhead, its hard to keep track! (All fish released) Simply amazing!!
We fished 8 spots over a 6 mile stretch off the drift boat and hit them in all. The 6 thing's we did that was critical for my guest's success were:
1. Presentation
2. Working - cover our water (prime lye) thoroughly.
3. Changing our rigging according to what the fish were plainly telling me.
4. Presentation
5. Presentation
6. Having the correct Habitat, there is a lot of empty water out there ;)
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Tues.

Scheduled day off the water to work in the office.
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Wed.
Another amazing steelhead adventure off the drift boat! Mike and his 11 year old daughter Alexa's made me proud to be there guide. Mike did most of the fishing while his daughter slept, hung out in front of the heater, ate snacks and landed the occasional Steelhead that dad Mike hooked up. Mike tangled w/ an approx. 12 Steelhead. We found them in 4 out of 7 spots fished over a 8 mile stretch. One spot was a prime Winter lye and the other a transitional holding place. Last Friday I had fished this transitional holding spot and we hit 5 steelhead, but none today for the short time we were in it. Looked at my watch and it was time to hit the ramp. Another great day of many on this never ending virtual fishing trip.
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Thurs.
Incredible! Outstanding "Day for Kings"
My 2 guest's played with approx. 19 steelhead off the drift boat in 5 or 6 different places over a 6 mile stretch and I even hooked up a few while demonstrating and experimenting with our presentation.
50% Fresh and 50% older steelhead around. They landed some beauties!
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Fri.
Noticed some more fresh steelhead around that have recently arrived.
Same clients as yesterday, 1/2 day trip today off the drift boat with my 2 experienced guest's. They hooked up approx. 8-9 steelhead. Ye-haa! They landed some beauties! All from several magical spot's! Congrats!
At days end I was flattered and recieved the highest complement any guide could ever ask for. (Very experienced steelhead angler) Gary said that he learned more in 1 day with me than in the last 3 years of being guided by numerous other guides.
Al didn't have to say anything as I was flattered and complemented by him with ALL of the steelhead he got to play with. This was his first time EVER fishing for them. His exact implementation of my suggestions on his presentation were spot on and numerous steelhead were the rewarding result!
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Guess we just got Lucky this week ;)
I sincerely hope that all of you have a chance to experience a day or a week like my guest's and myself enjoyed!
(All fish released for you and your children's future fishing pleasure, its nice to share, the gift that keeps on giving, remember, nobody likes shrinkage ;)
Hmmm, pulled the calculator out after realizing my guest's averages were up a lil this year from last, over all.
7 guest's for the week had an 8 steelhead per angler approx. average of 56 steelies
In 3.5 days of guiding, we enjoyed an approx. 16 steelhead per outing of approx. 56 silver bullet total.
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Drift boat fly fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with guide
Ken with a Bright Chrome Freshie, Congrats!
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Humor
Today started as one of those relaxing, enjoyable, peaceful rainy days. The only thing that was irritating was when the tranquility of the day was interrupted by that darn whining sound of my guest's drag's. Then people would yell, Fish On. Come on folks, can't a guide get a lil rest,  peace and quite around here? The nerve of some people! Then I was expected to chase after this 16 lb. Steelhead that kept doing these darn 25 foot tail walks across the pool, then these obnoxious somersault's 4 feet into the air with a big ol loud belly flop with water splashing 20 feet in all directions. I would  have reeeeelly been upset if my hair had gotten wet. Then more speeding bullet run's until that bright orange stringy stuff (backing) would appear behind the fly line.
I just could not win today. Every spot I stopped to fish, my guest's would continually hook more fish. Out of 3 spot's my guest's fished, we hit them in all. I got so fed up that I finally stopped in a spot where no fish has been hooked in over 100 years, and my guest's were still able to hook some up. So much for a nice relaxing day on the water. I think I need to find a new, less stressful job, where a person can get a lil R and R. ;)
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Habitat - Reading Water - Current Breaks
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One of the most important aspects of Habitat is to figure out the relationship between all of the different water levels and all of the individual and different current break's. How each current break effect's the water movement and then how the fish relate to each current break. By having a clear and precise understanding of this allows the knowledgeable angler to understand our quarries weakness and then exploit them. Basically, where do they hold at all of the different water levels on this river to help you catch them.
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The reason a current break is so important to the fish is that it decreases the amount of energy they need to expend to maintain it's position in the river, creek or stream. If they have to expend to much energy they will die. You can see how these current breaks can be the difference between life or death for a fish and why it is critical for them to use them and for us, the angler, to understand this relationship.
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The fish change their lies every time there is a major change in water flow in most holes. Due to the effects that the current break has or does not have on this new flow of water. They will also change their preferences due to time of year, fishing pressure, temperature of water and their biological clock to name just a few. Their change could be as little as moving from the head of the hole (heads of holes are current breaks) to the middle of the hole where the current is not as strong. Or from the tail (higher water flows - the tail is a current break) to the middle of the pool when the water drop's. During real high water sometimes the hole (current break)  itself provides little to no protection from the current and you will find the fish moving to the seam of the hole. A seam - where the faster water meets the slower water. Seam's are another current break that the fish love to use. During extreme water flows they could even position themselves directly along the bank of the river.
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We have low water current breaks and high water current breaks. Many times a current break is not large enough to effect the high water and the fish's relationship to it becomes useless. Just the opposite can be said for larger current breaks during low water. A prime example of this would be ---  hole. During low water this large hole is normally not used by the fish because the water moves so slowly above it that there is no current for the fish to need it. (It's like a pond) But, during high water when the current is really moving, this spot is used by the fish because it provides shelter (a current break) for the fish to conserve their energy as they move up or down the river. So, we have high water spots (current breaks) that we only fish during high water and low water spot's that we only fish during low water.
So the trick is to know when each spot (or part of the spot)  is productive (when the fish will use them) and only fish these area's during the correct water flow.  We have different current breaks that the Steelhead use in the Fall (more aerated moving water) compared to the Winter (less aerated moving water). We have different current breaks that the fish use while they are moving up or down (in transition) the river that are different than where they would want to stay for an extended period of time. You have heard me talk about these spots as transitional holding and holding. During their spawn their current breaks change again.
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The small island you stand on to fish the hole in low water is now the current break for the fish in much higher water flows. The small boulder on the bottom of the river holds fish behind it in low water flows but becomes almost useless during high water.
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Transitional water is where the fish keep swimming up river and do not stop.
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Transitional holding water is structure or current breaks that the fish use while in a transitional mode while moving up or down the river to rest for awhile. The length of time any species of fish will hold on these current breaks is determined by the quality of the current break and what the fish had to go through to get to it. (There are other factors also) Fish normally use the depth of water and the current to navigate. So any current break that is on this path is normally used. Whenever we have fish that are in transition then these locations should always be fished.
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Holding Water:
They have reached a place in the river where all of their survival instincts are satisfied.
We need the same things they do to survive.
A prime lye consists of:
1. Depth of water for safety from predators.
2. A good enough current break to decrease the amount of energy they need to expand to maintain this position.
3. Enough food.
These "happy fish" will not move from these positions unless one of a number of things happen.
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Having an intimate understanding of Current Breaks and when and where to fish them will help you on your steelhead quest.
Best Fish's, Randy Jones
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Dec. 1 Special Holiday Fishing Report and Ramblings Update:

Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing report for Steelhead off the guide drift boat Fly Fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with guide
A Brown Trout and a Steelhead caught while fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY during the Holidays

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Temperatures look to moderate this coming week. Winds look light if at all. I noticed a lot of the bank anglers having success, which is always nice to see.
All is great on the Steelhead front. Lot's around in some places, some are scattered in other spots and we still have some in a transitional stage, entering, running the river and spreading out. So those transitional resting point's shouldn't be over looked yet.
I'm noticing 75% darker steelhead and the balance being bright chromers. The fresher steelhead are either in those transitional holding spots or ones that have just recently moved into there Winter places.
I was flattered to speak with an ex-client of mine who was out fishing all week on his own. He thanked me for showing him this spot and helping him with presentation and rigging. He found 16 steelhead on one of his days and plenty more on the other days. Shortly there after he was tight to another one of many steelhead. Since he was fishing a lil up river from my drift boat, I offered to net his fish from the back of the boat. He pulled that steelhead in and brought it to the surface behind my boat and with the help of my 10 foot net handle we were easily able to land it. What a beauty! Fish released.
I might add that ALL of the Steelhead we landed this past week were ALL released, for your future fishing pleasure. I'd like to thank all of you who are releasing your catch as your gift to ALL of us anglers. It's nice to share :)
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Ramblings from the Row'rs Seat:
A guide friend told me recently that before it snowed he filled his drift boat to the brim with trash he had picked up from Pineville down to 2A. Super!
I was at a few popular spot's myself the other day and picked up a bunch of trash. Thanks to the few of you who pick up other's trash also!
Next time I stop in Jersey, Im going to dump all MY trash in there front yard and see how THEY like it. (Just kidding Jersey)
Once,  I filled my boat 4 feet high on all sides from the transom to the bow with trash bags on a river clean up with friends. Had to stand up while rowing to be able to see down river.
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Just another day at the office
The Moon lit our travels to the hopeful honey hole under the cover of dark. The sun rose to an inspiring orange and pink sky with an encore of Geese trumpeting over head. The thunder shouted, fish on! A rainbow the color of our quarry, shown majestically over the meadow. The pouring rain, sleet, hail, sun, snow and a bone chilling west wind off the lake were are travel companions today.
(Boy, I should be a writer, NOT!! ;)
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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.
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W.C. Fields Quote on Prejudice:
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
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W.C. Fields Quote on Trust:
Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.
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Where the land ends LIFE begins

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This article first appeared in the February 2002 issue of the NY Conservationist magazine and is being reprinted with their permission.  Article and most photo's by Mike Cavanaugh. Mike works in DEC's Division of Public Affairs and Education.

You may enjoy reading Mikes article on a day on the Salmon River with his son Tom. For me, certain days stand out among other's. Sometimes its the big fish, numbers of fish or the camaraderie we share. Today was different, it was not about numbers or size, but mostly about dad sharing his love for the great outdoors with his son and spending quality time together.

May devoted anglers read these words and relive the simple pleasures of finding - and landing - the big one.
                                                                           ( The fisherman's book of wisdom )

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Thomas looked a little puzzled as he picked the brightly wrapped package from under the tree; it wasn't heavy, it didn't rattle or anything. In fact, it felt like an empty box. A cruel trick to play on a 12-year old boy, but the sudden appearance of cameras as he unwrapped it meant that this would be something special. He was even more perplexed, however, when the box contained only a single fishing fly and a note that said January 5th.

Fly Fishing in January?

The drive up to the Salmon River was filled with questions. What kind of fish will we be after? What's a steelhead? How will we get to the river in all the snow? What's a drift boat? What if I get cold? Why are we going with a guide, Dad?

The answer to the last question really shed light on all the others. My experience with winter steelhead fishing was limited, to say the least. A guide would help us be safe, comfortable and most of all, he'd share his knowledge on the river. After a quick dinner in Pulaski, we settled in.

I had met Randy Jones at an outdoor show the previous spring while helping with the fly casting demonstrations near Randy's booth. After a few friendly exchanges about my technique, or lack thereof, we started talking about the Salmon River. This guy seemed to have a compatible personality, the right approach to fishing and a good attitude about protection of the resource and ethical behavior on the river-all important considerations that I wanted to share with my son. More importantly, he really seemed to enjoy what he did, a quality I've found to be contagious. I had wanted to get Thomas out during the winter run of steelhead, but had never ventured into the cold and ice to try. A chat with Randy made up my mind.

That night, I dreamt of dancing steelhead and the excited smiles of a boy who is growing up too quickly. We hopped out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness to find 4 inches of fresh snow and a temperature of about 20 degrees. Promptly at 6 AM, Randy, with his drift boat in tow, pulled up. We got Thomas outfitted with some 5 mm Neoprene waders, korkers (safety spikes for the slippery bottom) and grabbed a bite to eat on our way to the drift boat launch in Altmar, just downstream from the DEC's Salmon River Hatchery.

Before launching the boat, Randy and I talked about my objectives for the day. I told Randy that this was Thomas's trip and, with that in mind, to devote most of his attention to making sure my son learned a bit of technique, and how to be a courteous and ethical angler. While catching a fish was important, a good day on the water was the goal.
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We fished for a while in the fly-only area upstream of the Altmar bridge, using a fly rod. My third cast-WHAM! A silver rocket took the fly and gave me the fight of my life-for all of about 30 seconds, that is, 'til I got too aggressive and it broke the tippet. Oh well! Under our guide's tutelage, Thomas was doing much better; getting the hang of casting to the right spot, feeling the drift and cooperating with the handful of other anglers in the pool. After 45 minutes, Randy decided it was time to move downstream a bit.
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Riding in the big drift boat was quite an experience for both of us. Randy steered and poled us around some rocks; we bumped over others. The fresh snow, combined with the steam rising off the river and the bright gray of January overcast made it a surreal picture. Other anglers shivered in their waders as we drifted past and warmed our hands in the red glow of the propane heater on the boat. While drifting Randy spoke to Thomas about his experiences fishing the Salmon River and his love of fishing.
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We drifted for a few minutes and landed at a hole just upstream from the popular trestle pool. We got out of the boat and waded into the icy water (thank goodness for our insulated Neoprene waders). There were a few other anglers and some real promising water. The promise was kept within a few minutes as Thomas hooked into a large and very energetic steelhead. I put down my rod, picked up the camera and enjoyed watching my son get dragged around 100 yards of Salmon River real estate, with Randy running close behind! The big fish was netted and Thomas got a close look at a 16-pound silver beauty. High-fives all around, a picture or two from the proud dad, and the fish was released unharmed to hopefully brighten the day of another angler.

As we drifted and fished for the rest of the day, we learned about the river, we visited with other anglers, we talked about the steelhead we were seeing, we had a lot of laughs and , oh, by the way, Thomas caught another fish or two. Randy felt bad that the "old man" hadn't caught any fish, but I assured him it didn't matter. After all, that wasn't the objective of the trip. Just look at that smile!

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I'm often asked, "What was your best day on the water?” After 30 plus years of guiding in Vermont, on Cape Cod and the Salmon River in New York, many best days flash across my mind. As I searched deep for my best fish story, it suddenly hit me. It wasn't my fish, my day or even my story that gave me the most rewarding experience!

Any guide will tell you, we are teachers and our true satisfaction comes in a way that any teacher feels when their students do well on a test. When I guide I feel my guest's are fishing through me. As a partnership striving for the same goal.

Today, more than ever I felt a part of Mike and Thomas's hopes, desires and dreams. We shared laughter and the excitement in each other's voices. The look of total satisfaction and awe as we revived, released and watched a keeper swim away, savoring its beauty and gracefulness. Released to produce more offspring for your children's pleasure.

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Fish Report Pulaski NY Salmon River
12 year old ("Hot Rod" for the day) Tom's Holiday present from his Dad, Mike.
Tom was all smiles after fighting this big (approx. 16lb Steelhead).  This was his first time ever fishing for them. The second one even though smaller, still gave him a great fight and both will last in his memory for a life time. Congrats Tom! I have a feeling it will be a long ride home for his father Mike! ( Both fish released )
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It's Q and A time. Get your thinking caps on.
Question related to Habitat
You have 30 seconds to answer................
Ready,
Set,
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How many current break's are there normally in a pool?
Times up. Please run your mouse over the white area while holding down on the left side of mouse between the word's have  and   current for the correct answer.
You have 6 current breaks (unless I missed one :) in every pool. (Add in any big boulders, logs or lil depressions)
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Can you name them?
You have 30 seconds......................
Times up. Please run your mouse over the white area while holding down on the left side of mouse beside 1. and then down to see the correct answer. Please do this the rest of the way down to get the answer's. I'm watching, so don't try to cheat like you did in high school :)
1. The head of the pool
2. The seam on the right side
3. The seam on the Left side
4. The tail of the pool- folks dont think of this as a current break.
5. The speed of the water. Where it goes from fast to slow.
6. And the little talked about, "The hole within the Hole"

If the hole is on a corner than the inside of the corner where the water is slower could produce. You may call this the inside seam. Or, any current break (example - single rock, any size, or a pile of rocks) within the faster water on the outside of the corner could produce.
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Question related to Habitat:)
1. How many of these current breaks produce steelhead?
2. Are all of these current breaks guaranteed to produce a Steelhead or two for you?
You have 30 seconds.......................
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1. All 6 current breaks.
2. Yes, may be seasonal or water level dependent.
Yup, at some time or another they will all produce for you. All of them could produce in the same pool, same day, same hour.
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What is the most important factor on whether these current breaks will produce for you or not? (providing their are fish there)
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Times up.
Presentation
The pool could be loaded with chrome and if you do not have the proper presentation than nada. I see it daily. We can have a hole loaded with Salmon or Steelhead, sometimes you can even see them as their are so many. But, we never catch one until my guest's have gone through the ol learning curve and succeeded in 100% presentation. I've written about this before so Im sure most of you remember what I consider be a 100% drift. :) No matter the tool you use to present your offering. A 100% drift would be anything that gets and keep's you offering in the strike zone the quickest and the longest for the specific tool you are using. (In my opinion)
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1. What are the 2nd and 3rd most important part's of fishing if presentation is 80% of it? (In my opinion)
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1. Habitat and Rigging
The 2nd and 3rd most important would be rigging and habitat, which Ive discussed a lil in the recent past and a hole lot over the years.
If any of the 3 P, H and R are are not 100% than your hoping for luck. Sure it happens, but to be confident and consistent, you'll need 100% knowledge first of all 3 :)
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Question: (In my opinion)
You have a pocket. How many current breaks are there?
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Times up.
You have the same number of current breaks as a pool. A pocket is just a smaller version of a pool. :)
It could be a BIG pocket or a small pool.
How about a run (channel), # of current breaks?
Again, I'd guess 6. Same as a pocket or a pool. Pretty much the same thing. They are normally just long and narrow.
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*A lil tip I'll share with you is that in a large pocket, created by a big rock ('s). I normally find them at "what we call" the V. As the current comes back together after passing the big rock, it forms a sometimes visible V.
*As soon as the fish swim's up river and comes in contact with the V, it has found itself a pretty nice resting - holding area (current break) to take a break. You would think that directly behind the rock would be the preferred stopping - resting point, but it's not the preferred. The tail or V also provides any feeding fish the ability to keep a look out for any food passing by. Surprisingly enough, the current break (V) could go 20-30 feet or more, either surface or sub-surface behind the rock. So the rock you see might have a fish sitting 40 feet back on it. (At the bottom of the V)
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What is similar and just as important or critical for success as a surface current break. (Example of a surface current break - big rock tip sticking out of the water combined with current with a visual pocket behind it that you can see - hint hint)
You have 5 seconds..............................
Times up.
Answer: Sub-surface current break
This could be anything from a rock, the hole with in the hole, log, underneath the white water at the head of the hole. If you think about it, doesn't a big subsurface rock have 4 or so current breaks? Behind the rock, the 2 seams beside and behind the rock and the tail (V). Hmmmm, interesting.
Keeping on this thought. How many of you remember a specific current break (example - rock) that is visible in the lower water and then becomes invisible during the higher water? I personally find that the productivity of this type of current break increases in value when the water is higher. :)
Also, how about that lil island you stand on to fish when the water is low. Think that might be a nice current break that the fish will use when the water is higher?
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These and more are the area's to concentrate on. Specific lye's, prime holding area's, prime current breaks that I always use in my business. Pretty simple once you break it down.

I hope you'll look at any one of these prime spots, current breaks, holding area's a lil different now. :) There are obviously a lot more different types of current breaks to look for when your on the hunt for the sometimes elusive Steelhead.

Your getting good. You get a gold star for today's test. I'll try to make it harder for you next time. Boy, and here you thought you were just coming here for a fishing report. :)
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River News - Celebrity Guest Catch's Steelhead!
Salmon River Pulaski NY salmon fishing guide has Salmon River guide salmon fish report  for salmon off drift boat on Salmon River NY
Guess who was fishing for Steelhead in old farts pool this weekend on the river? Yup, even Santa takes time off to wet a line and tangle with some Silver Bullets on the Salmon River. Ol' Saint Nick was 1 for 3 using a combination of glow bugs and Stones. Santa was last seen chasing a rocketing, somersaulting, speeding bullet, tail walking Steelhead down the river steady on his feet, bellowing Ho-Ho-Ho, Happy Steelhead Fishing Holidays to Alllllllll..  
(Santa released all of his Steelhead, as a Holiday gift to you)
 "The fish you release may be a gift to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you."
                                                                                                                      Lee Wulff
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Funny story:
A guide friend asked me where we were hitting all of our steelhead this week. I told him I couldn't remember as it was dark outside when I anchored the drift boat ;)
After we had hooked up several Steelhead a bank angler asked what we were using, I said I couldn't see as it was dark outside when I tied it on ;)
After we had hooked up several Steelhead a very wise and experienced friendly steelhead bank angler (who I might add was having a lot of success also) asked what pound test leader - tippet we were using. I said I couldn't remember as it was dark outside when I tied it on ;) Then I pulled out my spool from my chest wader pocket and said, O, its 50 pound test. He politely chuckled in return, for me being soooooooooo helpful ;)
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HOT Complementary Winter Warmth Guide Tips:
With Winter upon us, I just pick up one of these that one of my guest's recommended for additional warmth. http://www.fourthelement.com/dry_arctic_undersuit.php The socks look extremely warm too.
I'll use this arctic bib and then layer with another thick fleece bib on the coldest days. I use http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=41r8 and enjoy them thoroughly. These will help to keep your hands warm also. http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8L08
Here is the latest technology in heated underwear :) http://www.dui-online.com/products/blueheat/ Its cheap ;) $1,000 to $3,000. Maybe if I win the lottery ;) or I could always raise my guide rates. For your fishing pleasure, I have not raised my guide rates in 20 years, such a nice guide :)
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Waders other Winter steelhead anglers, guides and I like and use in the Winter time. http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=157697280 This will actually make your feet sweat, on even the coldest day and water temp's up here. You cant beat the price to stay comfortable and nice and toasty warm when steelhead fishing during the Winter time up here.
The one warning I will give you is that if you do any walking for any distance you will perspire like crazy. And as we all know, thats not the best. But, if you layer with fleece, etc.. it wicks that moisture away from your skin keeping you warm and dry all day. Thats how I do it and am comfortable when its in the single digits and the water temp. is a coupl'a degrees above freezing. If I was doing that mile walk to the meadows, I wouldn't use these.
When my guest's are shivering in the boat and they ask me how I'm doing. I hate (yukyuk) telling them that Im as comfortable as if I was wrapped up in a blanket sitting in front of a warm fireplace.
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Some anglers use a breathable top w/ a insulated rubber boot attached. Orvis has a nice wader called River Guard Bogs -  that have a good insulating, non-persperation quality to them. You can view them on the Orvis website (on my links - best of page)
With the holidays just around the corner, you could always plant a seed with a fishing friend, loved one or pick them up as a holiday gift for yourself. You work hard, so you deserve it, right? I'll have some more Winter Steelhead warmth tips coming this season, so please stop back. :)
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Food's that help you to stay warm in the Winter and "Kids" what is lake effect snow video:
http://www.weather.com/video/foods-that-keep-you-warm-25681
http://www.weather.com/video/how-does-lake-effect-snow-happen-25524
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Mail Bag:
Hi Randy, I have been planning to make trips up to the salmon R for probably 8 to 10 yrs and havent made it yet. I hit 18 mile creek a couple of times right around this time of yr...but am interested in getting knowledgeable enough to make annual trips up to the Salmon R (about half the drive). I have all the gear.
I am interested in getting a handle on where, how to fish the Salmon from shore in areas where I can wade fish without killing myself (58 yrs old, in pretty good shape but my knee joints have some wear and tear)
Any suggestions on areas I could target? If you have some good ideas on locations to point me at and think I would benefit from scheduling in some time with you, please advise. Are weekdays much better (crowdwise) than weekends? Any insight/recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Joe
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Hi Joe, Mid-week always best, less angler pressure so more fishing opportunity for you. If flexible, try not to fish on a Holiday or around it or weekend's.
Any place where there is a bridge crossing the river. Any place where there is a road that runs along the river. They also have a number of public parking area's adjacent to some of the holes. A map would show you these area's nicely. I'd start there.
Happy Hook'n, Randy

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Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead. Congrats!!
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Last weeks fishing report:
Mon.

Dentist apt. scheduled day off. No cavities, so I was happy :)
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Tues.
Dave and brother Ron -  "repeat - experienced" clients tangled w/ approx. 27 steelhead. Yup, your eyes are reading that correctly. 27!!!!! Holy cow! I doubt Ill have another one of those days again this season. My guest's and myself enjoyed "A Day For KINGS!"
I sincerely hope that all of you have a chance to experience a day like today!
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Wed.
Dave and brother Ron joined me for a second day, hungry for some more Chrome. Fought approx. 17 total Steelhead today. Simply AMAZING!!! They just booked me for another 5 days. Spring time April steelhead, next years Fall Salmon and Nov. steelhead.
Since I'm rambling about future Steelhead fishing.
Winter - This is one of my favorite 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. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows. We can Spin or Fly Fish for Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat or both.

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Ron and brother Daves Fishing Report, Pictures and Testimonial's:
"Thanks Randy for another great couple of days of guiding for steelhead on the Salmon River, Pulaski, NY. Early winter-like conditions November 26/27 but thanks to your expert knowledge of the river second to none, my brother and I managed to hook into 44 (yes forty-four) steelhead over two days. Hard to to describe how much fun we had with you. I've fished with him for many years and under his slow and steady guidance, hooking up on 6 to 15 fish per day is the norm. Thanks once again. See for spring steelhead!!"
Fish totals - Dave 12 + Ron 32 = 44 steelhead in two days. Unbelievable!!!
Ron & Dave :):)
Salmon River Pulaski NY salmon fishing guide has Salmon River guide salmon fish report off drift boat on Salmon River NY Dave with his first ever steelhead. Congrats! (Released)
Great day salmon fishing Sept 18 Randy! Thanks so much. My brother and I had countless hookups and thoroughly enjoyed an early fall day on the river. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. You are the best! See you for November Steelies!! Oh ya!! Ron & Dave
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Just a quick thank you Randy for being our guide for some out-of-this-world salmon fishing in October. Here's one of the many kings we managed to hook that day and bring to the net. Memories like these are what brings me back year after year to fish the Salmon River with you. Looking forward to fishing in Pulaski with you next year - just booked my salmon and steelhead fishing dates for 2014!!! Ron
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Thurs.
Canceled trip due to dangerous wind chills. Yes, I had my skirt on  - yukyuk, so you fair weather anglers are not alone and can rib me a lil ;)
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Fri.
Friday the river was VERY crowded with anglers and boats. I didn't know if Id be able to find a good place to fish. It was soooo cold, I didn't meet my guest until 8am. I got lucky and found 2 nice spots that know one knew about.
As I slowly drift down the river in the drift boat, I noticed know one was fishing the tail of a very productive hole. I set the anchor and within a few drift's my "repeat - experienced" guest was into his first Steelhead of many. Landed a couple nice ones out of 6. Once we finished experimenting with rigging and presentational changes (that all worked) and the fishing slowed to a crawl. We pulled anchor and headed out to see what prime water we could find them in next. I noticed know one was fishing a normally productive spot that fish's great in 750 cfs. So I set the anchor and within a few drift's my guest was tight to 5 more Steelhead. We fished 2 other spots very briefly and left as it was a lil to crowded for my liking.
My 1 "repeat - experienced" guest Anton played with 11 Steelhead today!
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Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good or amazing. I guess we just got lucky this last week, as we found the steelhead fishing OUTSTANDING!!
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If you are planning a trip up and want to give my guide service a call. (315-963-2065 or email best) During the Winter time I always suggest to watch the weather. Pick out a nice day (if flexible) The Winter is normally most guides down time so booking last minute is always a pleasant option.
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Crystal Ball Fishing Forecast:
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! On top of ALL of the Steelhead that are presently in the Salmon River. We will continue to see many more Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. I'd recommend coming over to fish.
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Today's Fishing Tip:
Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :)
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Water Level Forecast and Crystal Ball:
Until 11:59 PM Sun DEC 01, 750 CFS
Water Temp's have dropped even further. (hint-hint :)
Wed. the local creeks came up and were running chocolate, due to the storm that dumped rain and snow on us. I was surprised that they didn't raise the Salmon River water levels, so I guess they had room for it all. A friend recently reported that @ one of the 2 reservoirs, it was 2 feet below full.
We have some more rain and snow in the forecast. Dont know if it will be enouph for the water levels in the river to come up or not. I'd guess that the water levels will remain at 750 cfs and then drop later this week?
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Did you know?
If you look at all the license plates in all the angler parking lot's along the Salmon River. You will, on any given day see more out of State plates then NY plates. Also, you will see more NY plates around all of the other local Steelhead and Salmon streams and creeks that are not publicized that much.
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Did you know?
Approx. 12 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey, 80% of anglers were keeping these steelhead and not practicing C and R. 20% of our Steelhead anglers were.
Approx. 5 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey the above percentages were reversed. Only 20% of anglers were keeping these Steelhead while 80% were putting them all back and practicing C and R. Hmmm!
A good ol'timer friend and guide jokingly say's that there is one bad side effect to keeping and eating these fish. Genital Shrinkage!
He told that to one of my clients a few weeks back when he decided to keep one. My guest replied, I know all about that, I've been married for 30 years (harhar)
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Ever wonder why we have sooo mannnny morrrre Steelhead around now, compared to 12-15 years ago?
I'm no fish biologist. But, I'd guess its for numerous reason's.
1. Genetically stronger Strains?
2. Creel limit of 1 Steelhead per day per angler.
3. Size restriction to keep.
4. Mild Winter's.
5. Pen rearing project's. Letting the fish get larger before being released. Less predation?
6. More anglers practicing C and R. Nobody likes Shrinkage! :)
7. More bait in the lake?
8. The hatchery folks are putting steroids in the water? ;)
I'd have to guess that its a lil of all of the above, plus some I missed.
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Hello and Happy Holidays to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. We will save a few fish for you all appon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Fishing Report, Etc... I think I covered all the important stuff.
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May all your door knobs smell of Steelhead
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe, knowledgeable fishing.

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.

Enjoy Steelhead or salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/steelhead drift boat fishing report guide and author Randy Jones on the Salmon River NY An ol'Holiday Brown Trout, landed by me in ol'Pucker Brush Creek ;)
Best Steelhead and Salmon Holiday Fish's,
Salmon River NY Guide and Author Randy Jones
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The Author, Outfitter and Guide:
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has "in the past" represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools. Also guided VT. for Trout for 12 years.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and Kings useing Spin or Fly Rods.
#315-963-2065
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
(For your fishing pleasure, I have not raised my guide rates in over 20 years, such a nice guide ;)
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin -  I supply everything but the chest waders.
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Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.

The fishing of your dreams..............

Pick up a great Holiday fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend, fishing loved one (s) or even your fishing self for the Salmon River.
You work hard so you deserve it right? Maybe a nice subtle hint to your loved one will plant the seed. That's how I do it. :)
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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.
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...  we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeel 
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11/24 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
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This last weeks steelhead guided client fishing report:
My 1 experienced guest hooked up approx. 14 steelhead! I even accidentally found a couple while demonstrating and experimenting on a few drift's.
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Another day my 2 new guest's played w/ approx. 16 Steelhead. I even accidentally found a couple while demonstrating and experimenting on a few drift's.
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Another memorable day this week, my 1 very experienced client was tight to approx. 12 steelhead. Ye-haa!
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Some spots they are packed in like sardines. Other spots spread out a lil. Knowledge of Habitat, water flows, temp's, stage of life, current breaks, food sources and more will help you on your way to Fish ON!!
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Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good or amazing.
I guess we just got lucky this week, as we found the steelhead fishing amazing!!
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Lot's of fresh Chrome around with some older. All spots producing, some spots LOADED while other's will leave you wanting ;)
Having the correct Habitat, Rigging and most importantly Presentation. Will help in your Steelhead quest.
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Guest Fishing Report and Testimonial:
November 2 is a day I will remember 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 Fishing Guide 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 the below 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!
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Entertaining and educational steelhead and salmon drift boat guide spin fly fishing reports
Rick (son of dad Dick K. photo'd below) w/ an exciting steelhead. Congrats!!
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Guess we just got lucky this week ;)
Monday - Enjoyed my first scheduled day off in the last few month's :)
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Tuesday - 500 cfs - My 2 guest's landed 3 steelhead (6-8-12 lb'r) out of 9 total played with!
My new guest was visually shaking with excitement and adrenaline racing up his spine after fighting and landing his first ever steelhead. He said, Randy, this is the BEST fishing day of my life! I smiled in return and remembered fondly my first fish on the Salmon River and the excitement of it all.
We captured the entire fight and landing of this steelhead on video. It was fun to watch and listen to it in replay as we slowly drifted down the river in the drift boat on "The River, where Memories are Made."
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Wed.
6 reeeeeeeeel scream'n drag's singing the fisherman's national anthem steelhead were played with today off the .com drift boat by my two guest's. Just another day at the office ;) Care to join me?
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Thurs.
Had to work hard for every fish and we picked away at them. Noticed less fish in the heat then previous days, the fish are transitioning to the Winter lyes. Water temp. was approx. 40 degrees.
We tied into 4 steelhead today - Father and son sharing a qaulity day of fond fishing memories and fun.
Tyler took about 5-6 pictures of his dad's Trophy Steelhead that he kept for the dinner table. I suggested that w/ the holidays just around the corner he could make a photo colleague framed picture and make it into a holiday gift for his dad to hang on the wall.
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Friday
Noticed MOST of the bank anglers having success in ALL the normal spots. Bent rods, scream'n reels, smiles and laughter abound! I'd recommend coming over, up or down to fish ;)
I'm seeing about 75% bright silver steelhead and approx. 25% darker steelhead. They darken a tad once they have been in the river 3-4 weeks. Thats how you can tell how fresh or old they are.
Changed fishing strategy today, listened to the fish and was rewarded w/ an amazing 14 steelhead tangled with for my first timers. They flew in from the West coast where they fish a lot. They had always heard story's about this place and decided to give a fishing try. They were not disappointed. I think we well be seeing them again :)
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How I enjoyed my scheduled weekend off the water to work in the office:
You can only turn your underwear inside out, soooo many times, before you HAVE to do your laundry :)
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The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams
Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet. Fishing you a speedy recovery!!
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Dick K. Testimonials:
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been here. But perhaps this will help!
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Again both Rik and I thank you for another great trip. I continue to marvel at both your knowledge of the Salmon River and the patience exercised in providing instructions on the techniques necessary to successfully catch fish; with the bonus of enabling us to fish with the best Orvis equipment. There may have been a lot of fisherman in the Douglaston Run, but I seriously doubt anyone one was as successful as Rik and I in hooking-up on as many salmon. (And lucky Rik catches his first Steelhead of 20lbs on his first cast of the day.) When I recall us fishing a pool in the afternoon and hooking 18 to 20 salmon in a three hour period while an array of other fisherman fishing the same pool never got a strike, is a tribute to your superior abilities as a guide. I consider myself fortunate to be able to fish with you as many times as I have in such a short period of time (I believe it was my seventh trip in one and one half years.) There will hopefully be many more trips and all will be you if you continue to be available. Those three successful spring steelhead trips with you has me now hooked. As I have repeatedly stated to my many fishing friends, you can either go fishing or you can charter Drift Boat Guide Randy for "catching".
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Another note of appreciation for yesterday's outing for steelhead and your teaching Rick, and providing me reinforcements, regarding the techniques for hooking, playing, and landing steelhead. I was as pleased as Rick that he caught and released his first steelhead. Fortunately he did it while he was 30 years old and not 55. But as many of your clients and readers have previously reported, I also made many unsuccessful fishing trips (not even a hook-up) to the Salmon River NY before making a 1998 trip with you and catching several steelhead in "Puckerbrush Creek". My only disappointment is that your reputation for catching fish and teaching successful steelhead/salmon techniques has made you a very popular Drift Boat Guide which makes it difficult to book with you unless you plan far ahead. Thanks, Dick and Rick
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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 Guide drift boat fishing salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River NY 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
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon Outfitter and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide
I'd like to fish my good friend and client Dick Koelling a speedy recovery from a recent stroke.
Dick's been out w/ me 100 times on the Salmon River for Kings, Coho's, Brown's and Steelhead. (We've even done a few "Grand Slam's")
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Guess we just got lucky this week ;)
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1,500 cfs plus run off - Tuesday - I was very happy to have the same client as Monday. Today we fished the big water on the Salmon River off the drift boat and I put him over a very large # of steelhead. We used the fly rod and did some high sticking - dead drifting to help get down to the steelhead in the deeper - faster water. We had an amazing day and succeeded w/tangling w/ 8 steelhead. (Measured by the pound and NOT inch's like on Monday ;) Ye-Haa!!
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1,500 cfs plus run off - Wednesday- My 2 guest's were 5 for 12  on Steelhead w/ one being a BIG Trophy Brown Trout!
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1,500 cfs plus run off - Thursday - My 2 clients were very happy w/ 9 steelhead played with.
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1,850 cfs plus run off -  Friday - My 2 new guest's were thrilled with 8-9 steelhead on and one nice 12 lb. Steelhead kept and headed for the dinner table. Yummy!
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He has
Husband and wife proudly displaying a nice steelhead caught on the Slam'n Salmon River! Congrats!!
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Father and son enjoying a steelhead filled day. Congrats!!
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Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
My guest - client Bill enjoys a bright freshie. Congrats!
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Fish Fighting Guide Techniques for Steelhead:
(This one may surprise you ;)
Yes, that's me with the stupid looking hat and the spinning rod.
The first thing I did upon hooking up was to immediately get even or below the fish. This tires the fish out sooner by knocking it off balance and causing it to work harder to stay upright. (An exception to this would be if there was very fast water (drop in the river), deep hole that you can not get around, snags or anything below you that might cause the fish to break you off. Then I would stay a little above the fish)
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I see 95% of the angler's on this river never really load their rod properly when fighting a fish. This is totally understandable (as with everything else :) because if you've never been told or learned much of this, then it's all new. I certainly didn't know much of this when I was new and I still don't know it all. :) Most angler's only pull back 1/4 to 1/2 way back. In the above photo I am about 1/2 of the way back with the rod. Before I stop pulling back, the rod is pointed directly behind me with the rod horizontal and next to my ear. The butt (very bottom) of the rod is pointed at the far bank. It's hammer time!

By holding your rod upside down with rod tip in the water the fish will normally, slowly and quietly come in without much fuss. By keeping it's head under the water the fish feel's much more comfortable and tends not to freak out.  This at times can also be used as a stalling tactic. You will notice some of the more experienced Salmon River anglers inverting their rod shortly after the hook up. This greatly increases the odds for the fish to remain in the hole-pool and not speed off down river. It also helps by hopefully controlling the fish's attitude. Keeping it from thrashing around and breaking off.
Expert fishing reports for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY
The above is an example on how many Steelhead are lost with the rod tip up. (If snag's or strong current's are around you then this would be the correct way) Notice the splash? Miss Steelhead did not like it when I pulled her head out of the water. Many fish are lost-broken off at this point.

If you listen to the fish it will pretty much tell you at what angle to hold your rod. If the fish is on the other side of the river I always hold my tip high. If I held it low then the full amount of the rivers current would put an awful lot of additional pressure on my line and tippet as it bow's. Many times resulting in breaking the fish off. If the fish is approx. from the middle of the river towards me then I always hold my rod tip just off the surface of the water down low or IN the water. (Providing I dont have any real fast currents or snags.)
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The funniest thing about this picture and the above photo was as I was playing the fish. Anytime I had my rod tip up I lost total control over the fish. It pretty much went anywhere it wanted to. It also took much longer to tire it out. But, as soon as I put the tip low (down and dirty) or in the water. It came straight in at me. This lower rod position combined with standing below the fish will put approx. 3 times more pressure on the fish when it is within 60 feet or so. Tiring it out sooner and gaining much more control over the fish.

When reeling in the fish with the tip up:
          There are 2 things wrong with the previous sentence. 
#1. I will sometimes hold my rod upside down with tip in water when bringing in a steelhead. Fish don't breath air and with tip up it feel's as if (which you are) trying to pull it's head out of the water. This creates a havoc, wrecking ball of nerves that sometimes ends with fish off. I breathe air, so if you put my head under the water you can be assured I would not be happy. (Same with the fish) By holding your rod upside down with rod tip in the water the fish normally will slowly and quietly (within reason) come in without much fuss.

#2 Whenever targeting large species of fish the rod becomes a flexible lever. We never reel the fish in; we PULL the fish in. The reel is only used to recover slack line. Pull-up, reel-down. Now combine #1 with #2 and by George, you've got it!
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Nice lil 6lb Female Steelhead along with my Elmer Fud Hat. Whirrs that cwazy wabbit!
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Enjoy Drift Boat salmon and steelhead guide fishing report for the Salmon River
The smile says it all. Great looking Steelhead caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
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Today's favorite weather radar link I just found.
http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/Pulaski+NY+13142:4:US
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Short Lull in the action:
Most feel this is a negative thing while fishing. It's actually the complete opposite. It's not to hard to know if you have a presence of fish or not. If you feel there are fish present and your having a lull, I look at this completely opposite of many anglers and feel it is very positive. The fish are simply trying to tell you something. They are not OFF the bite, they simply want and need YOU to adjust to this ever changing environment and the fish's ways of life. There could be 20 or so different variables to consider when experiencing a lull. If you can adjust, understand, acknowledge and implement this crucial 1, maybe 2, 3 step process of changing your format to meet the fish's request's you will soon be on your way to "Fish On." (This is providing the basic skills of fishing are being accomplished.)
Maybe the fish are suspended and you are fishing below them. Maybe the fish are on the bottom and you are not reaching them. Maybe you are not running 100% drift. Maybe the fish have been pushed. Maybe they have moved from the hole to the shallows to get out of the current. Maybe the opposite. Maybe its a fly or bait concern. Maybe..............
As you can see their are approx. 20 or so things that can cause the fish to ask you to change and or adjust. Simple! Again, I see this as VERY positive and welcome a short lull. If you have fish around you, then why are you enduring this lull. Learn from it, be flexible, change up, switch things around.
I do this on an almost daily basis. The trick is having a complete and thorough understanding of the fish, your skills, rigging, bait and fly selection, correct presentation for whatever tool you enjoy using, habitat, fish etc... and their many ways. Care to learn?
We experienced a short lull the other day. We made 1 change with one of my guest's and two changes with the other.
1. One was rigging
2. One was color
3. Was presentation
Within 1-2 cast's both of my guest's were hooked up immediately and we did not experience any more lulls for the entire day. Actually, and Im not bragging, they pounded the living daylight's out of these fish, while all other anglers stayed with that lull. We actually got to play with more fish after we listened to the fish then before the lull. So again, a lull is a very positive thing providing you can read it, learn from it and understand what the fish are plainly trying to tell you.
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Fish Tails:

Both of my guest's were some what new to the river. Carl explained to me that after hooking up several fish in several different locations today that he now had the "Confidence" to fish the river on his own. I agreed and said that "Knowledge" is truly the only thing a Professional "full-time" guide can really ever guarantee. And with this knowledge of habitat, rigging, flies, bait, presentation comes confidence. With out saying it, Carl had just paid me one of the highest compliments a guide could ever ask for.
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Paul on the other hand was an entirely different story. (Ahemmmm) After spending the morning talking and talking and then talking some more about "How To Run A Proper 100% Drift". We moved to another location. I watched Paul cast and hold his rod tip a few inch's above the water's level on his drift. I asked Paul if he had been listening to me at all, during the morning or had he forgotten the hours of conversations we had had on drift fishing. His explanation was pretty weak and he mentioned something about "Old Dogs".
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The first thing I "politely" mentioned was that in a 8 hour day of fishing. If you only are fishing 50% of your drift. That equates into only 4 hours of fishing. But, I would still be charging him for a full day. (yukyyuk)
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Anyway, after that I "politely" asked him to try running a drift with his rod tip high. This would give him more of a drag free drift, get his fly or bait to the bottom sooner, cut down on drag, give him a better feel for the bottom and also he would be able to detect the subtle biters. (Pauses and hesitations)  Most folks that fish the river are all waiting for the BIG BANG, YA WHO. I explained that 10% of the anglers that catch 90% of the fish are always trying to detect the pauses and hesitations on the drift. And by holding you tip high on the drift it would enable you to feel those.
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His response was "Tip Who?"
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I took a deep breath, lit up a smoke, took a deeeeeeeeeep drag and pulled out a ball of cotton. I stuffed one piece into his left ear. Then ( politely ;)  repeated everything I had gone over in the morning, again. As soon as I stopped speaking, I stuffed another piece of cotton in his right ear. I figured this way it would all stay in his head and not spill out the other ear. It worked like a charm and soon after, a bright fresh Steelhead came to hand.
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I just looked in the mirror tonight and noticed a few more gray hairs. ;)
Fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY with fishing guide
I hope you all enjoyed today's report, save me a rock,
Randy
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The fishing of your dreams..............

Everyone, I know its early, but I just so happen to know where you can pick up a great Holiday fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend, fishing loved one (s) or even your fishing self for the Salmon River.
You work hard so you deserve it right? Maybe a nice subtle hint to your loved one will plant the seed. That's how I do it. :)
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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.
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...  we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeel

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Crystal Ball Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see many more 1,000's of Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase during Nov. and after. Supplying us ALL with many great fishing opportunities all Dec. Jan. Feb. March and April! (Interested?)
(After 30 years of guiding, things never reeeeelly change that much :)
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Curtis lands an incredible Brown Trout! Notice the bump on the lower jaw? That tells you its a male. Notice the white mouth? This tells you its a Trout. All Salmon will have a grayish black coloration on the inside of the mouth. Thats the easiest-fastest way to tell them apart.
Normally, lots of anglers will land a bright silver Coho Salmon and think its a Steelhead. They sometimes look and fight a lot a like. By looking at the inside of the mouth you can easily tell.
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Presently, these Metal heads are on FIRE!

Torpedo - Bullet run's, water spraying off there backs, changing direction in a blink of an eye, keeping you on your toes and hopefully not on your back!
Running up and down the river to keep up w/ them is the norm.
Tarpon jump's, 3-4 feet in the air. Sometimes somersaulting like a jugglers baton before splash down, sounding like a cinder block w/ water splashing 20 feet in all directions.
Tails walk's for 20-40 feet will last in your memory for a lifetime. Dam, I love this job!
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How to make your Steelhead look BIG'r !!
Drift Boat fishing on the Salmon River NY for monster Steelhead and Salmon with guide Randy Jones
Nice example of a steelhead picture making the fish look as big as yourself :)
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Guided Drift boat fishing report for steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
If we had "only" held the fish out a little further, it would have made it look a lot bigger. :)
Congrats on that fine Steelie! I can't tell who is smiling more, the fish or my guest.
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Get out your lil Violins:
How I enjoyed my scheduled day off
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1. Writing all of this, for all of you. (bet you all feel guilty, didn't think sooooooo.................. ;)
2. Re-rigging all of my rods from Salmon to Steelhead. It's the only part of my guide biz. I procrastinate over and hate doing.
After approx. 100 knot's, etc... 10 rods, etc... different lines, etc.... 2 float rods, 2 spinning rods, 2 different rigging's for 4 fly rods, etc...Couple Spey rods, etc.....double checking every screw, washer, bolt, knob, ferral, eye, etc... Im done! Ye-haa!
These fish are big and powerful and will put even the most expensive piece of equipment to the test.........   along with the angler attached to it ;)
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From the Archives - Last Years Oct. 26 Fishing Report:

While in the drift boat I checked out one of many area's where the fish hold during the middle of the day. (Transitional holding) It's length is approx. 1/8 mile long. From the head of the hole - run, it was LOADED! All I could see were SOLID Steelhead packed tightly together. As I drifted this section, it was 1 here, then 3, then 6, then 2 then 8 then more and more and more for an approx. 1/8 mile stretch. This particular area is what I use to gauge the pulse and or barometer of #'s of what's moving in the river,  etc.. The very next day off the boat I noticed all new Steelhead w/ the same numbers. At least 100 Chromer's each day (in this one area) filtering up the river, spreading out. PLUS, all the rest of them in all the normal spots for this time of year, water level, life cycle, etc.... Steelhead average 8-12 lb's. Some honka's I saw were those 16, 18, 20lb'rs! Yesterday,  every single chrome hold'n spot I could see, had a few to many! Ye-Haa!
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W.C. Fields Quote on Death:
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
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Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat
    Another happy guided steelhead client!
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Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY with guide
Nice Fall Steelhead, Congrats Ken!
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Incredible Salmon drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead - salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY (John Halnon photo credit)
Tight to a Chromer!                                      
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(Yup, it's time for a commercial break ;)
Guest Testimonial:
Randy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge to make our trip an unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 hookups, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 - that is more fish on in a single day than some people have for an entire season. I'm a true believer in that hot spot on "Pucker Brush Creek #9.0.02" :)
As a matter of fact Tim and I went back on our own the next day - and the fish were there waiting for us just like you said they would be.  Again we had a combined count of over 10 hookups - and Tim had the hot hand that day with his 6 weight fly rod.  Our only regret was that we did not have enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage areas you showed us - we had to go back to work sometime.
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:)?:)  Me and Tim have been coming up there for over 15 years, and yet we still learned a few valuable lessons from you - thanks again.  I'm just sorry that the season is almost winding down - definitely want to get back up there for another trip.
I would highly recommend you to anyone - beginner or experienced steelheader - it's the combination of little things and techniques that make all the difference in the world.  Feel free to pass on my contact information if you need any references for anglers - I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism, knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime.
Thank You,
Ted
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Thanks for your many kind and generous words Ted! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :) Randy
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Guide driftboat fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY
Scenic Winter shot of the Salmon River, bright fresh silver Steelhead, guest and the .com drift boat in background.
I think I was the first guide on this river to have there url plastered on the boat?
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Guest Testimonials w/ pictures can be viewed @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html 
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Nice Steelhead and Salmon caught from the driftboat with Salmon River Pulaski NY superb Steelhead fly fishing report guide Randy Jones
                    Nice Steelhead! Congrats!!
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Fishing the Salmon River NY with a salmon or steelhead driftboat guide
Chris with a nice 10 lb'r. Final tally for the day was 9 total Steelhead, fly and spin rods. Congrats Gentleman!
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Time for a commercial break ;)
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
Guided Drift boat steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
The Silver Bullet, Chromer, Metal Head, are all names we use for the Steelhead we catch all Fall, Winter and Spring on the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y., 30 miles North of Syracuse. (Interested?)
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Randy, had another great fishing trip with you recently. Your knowledge, patience, and professional attitude gave us everything we had hoped for and more. We had a great time, and we are both still so impressed!  We learn something new every time we fish with you.  4 years and 7 trips....and you still have the same drive and desire we saw the first time you took us out!  You are a true professional, and you have customers for life.
Drift boat guide fishing for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Until the next fish bites, Garry
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Some Trophy King Salmon caught on the Slam'n Salmon River NY with Drift Boat Steelhead Guide and Author Randy Jones. All the rest of the fish landed were released for your children's and your future fishing pleasure. Congrats!!
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I had a couple of new Salmon River Salmon fisherman with me this last week. While we were waiting for legal fishing time in the dark. I told them that this fishery is absolutely going to blow your mind! At days end, they all agreed!
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Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead caught from the fishing guide drift boat
Wow, so silver. Now you know why we call them the silver bullet. This one is almost translucent and you can't buy a fresher looking Steelhead on this river. :) Congrats!
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Come and enjoy the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with fishing reports for steelhead and salmon with this drift boat guide
We've been targeting Salmon lately due to the incredible numbers around. We have been picking up the occasional Steelie, different area's, while fishing for salmon. :)
The above picture was the last spot of the day. Planned on making just a few cast's on our way back. I knew this spot had remained unfished for the last hour before we got there. The odds were very good that at least a couple of fish had moved into it, as they often do. First cast, fish on, it's a steelie! Then another Chromer, then a couple Salmon in just 20 minutes or so. Out of the 4 fish, this was the only one landed. How sweet it is! Congrats on that beautiful Silver Bullet!
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The below fish calendar was put together by a good friend, mentor, 15 year local guide Jeff Pierce.
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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 grow with good water conditions in late August.
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September
Chinook and Coho start coming in in good numbers
Steelhead start coming in in decent numbers
A few Browns start showing
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hope this helps a bit . . .
Jeff
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Thank you Jeff Pierce and Mustad for the below Fly links!!
http://www.mustad.no
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To read this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of:
http://www.mustad.no/action/field_reports/nyfishst.htm
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To read the rest of the story (I guided them) and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug , please go to:
http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/glo_bug.html
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For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/jeffscohocandy.htm
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A Superb sampling
of some of my past edited Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guided drift boat.
Tues. - 2 very experienced expert S.R. anglers, hit 21, yes, that was 21 Steelhead off the drift boat!
Wed. - Over a dozen Steelhead played with off the guided drift boat.
Thurs. - Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the drift boat!
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Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the guided drift boat.
Tues. they played with 18 Steelhead and Wed. they tangled with 15 Steelhead.
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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 :)
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Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report
We continue to see reeeeel good Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, NY. This past week we averaged between 12 and 16 Steelhead per day off the guided drift boat. Ye-haa! I'd obviously recommend coming up! Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing plenty of shore angler's finding a good number of fish also. That's always nice to see! Every spot that myself and other's are fishing, are with Steelhead. We still have Steelhead in transition, so those spots are still producing nicely.
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Brown Trout Fly Fishing Report
Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible fishing experience. At times we had a dozen 2-4  lb. Browns within a 10 by 10 foot area of the water. Sighted over 75 - 85 Browns over the course of the day with not another sole around. LOADED!! :) Incredible opportunity ALL day.
I hope you all have the chance to some day experience this truly magnificent fishery! Today we felt as though we were in Alaska, and NOT around one of the most popular fishing area's in the country! The fish we played with and landed were WAY to many to try to keep track off. Don't ya just hate when THAT happens? :)
ALL of these fish are just waiting here for YOUR, perfectly cast bait or fly. :)
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Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:
Wed. Dozen Steelhead played with off the guide drift boat!
Thurs. Another approx. Dozen Steelies played with off the guide drift boat!
Friday - 16 Steelhead off the guide drift boat!
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Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report:
Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guide drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :)
Tuesday - Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river.
Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time.
Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)
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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. Hopefully, we can educate more and more people so the Salmon and other tribs get the respect they so much deserve.
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With the drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY
A brightly colored up Male Coho Salmon (ready to eat an angler :) caught on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.
This is one of my favorite pictures from my Trophy page.
Isn't the kype and color markings incredible? We call it a Jimmy Duranty nose. You youngster's may not recognize the name, so google it :)
This angler accidentally just happened to end up in its mouth when I took the photo. My client ended up submitting it in a magazine photo contest and won first prize!
He kept the BMW and all I got was this picture. Dam!
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There's no Nookie like Chinookie

Outstanding Steelhead caught from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY incredible Steelhead fly fishing guide
A BIG male King Salmon. Nice underwater head shot. Dont know if Ive ever seen one of these before. Unique view!
Photo complement's of my client, Karl A. Mueller, III (All fish released for you, your friends and or your children's future fishing pleasure.)
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Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
My guest, Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb. plus King Salmon. Caught while wade fishing with a fly rod.
Top Secret Tip for the day: See the rock's out of the water over Stan's right shoulder? We call those Flinestone chairs. I build them to be able to sit down, hold my net and be close to the action. Any place you see these chair's would be a good - guaranteed place to fish. Why would anyone take the time or energy to build them in a bad spot? Some of us have been known to kick them over at day's end so as not to give away a prime spot. (Sneaky lil devils aren't we :)
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Nice looking King Salmon. (Fish Released into cooler :) Congrats!!
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This young man landed the biggest Steelhead of anyone fishing around us. Approx. 16 lb'r (Fish Released :) Congrats!!
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Nice lil Brownie. (Fish Released :) Congrats!
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Group photo celebrating a Trophy Male Steelhead. Congrats!!
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Trophy steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
First mate Matt with a nice big male Brown Trout caught here on the Slam'n Salmon River, NY.
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Average size King Salmon. Caught using a spinning rod w/float and skein.
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Hog Steelhead caught from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing report salmon guide
Good stuff Les, Congrats again! Mustad Hooks, the best their is!
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My newest endorsed referral guides are Heather and Treasure. They wore something very special for my first official report for all of you.
Superb Salmon and Steelhead fishing with drift boat guide on the Salmon River using a fly or spin rod
Two incredible reason's you should use Mustad Hook's, the b-est there is!
SHARPEST Site on the Web - http://www.mustad.no
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Hi randy, i was curious, is your mustad hooks rep available to meet.  =]  larry
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Yes, you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht.  Randy
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Salmon and Steelhead drift boat guide fishing the salmon river pulaski ny
If I'm not available to guide you, then you can request to be guided by Treasure  :)
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Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
My guest Clint with a nice fresh Fall Steelhead, ready for the smok'r.
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Enjoying a steelhead and salmon fishing day on the salmon river ny w/ drift boat guide Randy Jones
Today was Tom's first time ever fishing for steelhead. My guest Tom with a 16 lb. Steelhead. Congrats!! (Released for your future fishing pleasure)
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BIG Salmon Run!
One of my favorite secret spots to fish. Im sure know one will be able to tell where its at, after I whited out the background ;)
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Guide Fish's for Salmon or Steelhead off the drift boat on the amazing Salmon River NY
My guest Dave, with a reeeel nice Steelhead!
(If any of you are fishing the Salmon River and you see Dave fly fishing, make sure you give him plenty of room, I've seen how he cast's.) yukyuk
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Salmon River Baptism and Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Thanks again for your instruction and patience Monday. I think I must have had at least 15 hook-ups and that's a conservative estimate.  I do know they were too frequent to take time for lunch. Anyway, I can't thank you enough for sharing your considerable knowledge with me.  It was a blast! Best regards, Howard
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Dr. Howard Beemer did a swan dive into the deep dark, fish filled waters of the river today. Everyone clapped and gave him scores of 6's and 7's for style and grace. Howard did feel a lil slighted on the scores. He thought it was at least a solid 10. There was so much water in Howard's waders that when he regained his composer, the water level of the river dropped by at least a foot. After he dumped all the water out of his waders, the water level went back to normal.
I snuck the below picture before Howard saw me.
After he noticed the flash of the camera from across the river, he hollered, HEY RANDY and gave me a not so flattering salute. (he-he)
Altmar Pulaski NY
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Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead drift boat guide fishing for salmon or steelhead
A Steelhead for the smok'r! Congrats!!
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Salmon River NY Brown Trout caught with drift boat steelhead fishing guide
Nice Male Brown Trout. Notice the bump on the lower jaw and the white mouth? This tells you its a male and its a Trout. On my last guided trip I was looking into some dark fast fishy looking water and I was only looking for the white mouth. That's a lil guide trick that works sometimes.
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Big Male Steelhead landed on the Salmon River NY with fishing drift boat guide
What a Trophy Male steelhead! Congrats!!
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Winter Steelhead from the Salmon River Pulaski NY with your drift boat fishing report guide
What a beauty of a Steelhead! Congrats!!
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Big bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing the salmon river pulaski ny w/ drift boat steelhead fishing guide Randy Jones
BIG bright fresh Steelhead!

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Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat for Steelhead
My guest lands one for the dinner table. Congrats!

Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat
My client lands a good sized Steelhead off the drift boat. The Salmon River, where memories are made!

Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat for Steelhead  
Male Spring Steelhead. Notice the bump on the lower jaw, red rosy cheeks and red stripe? That's the easiest way to tell if its a buck. The white mouth tells you its a steelhead or a trout. A gray or blackish mouth tells you its from the Salmon family.
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Steelhead and Salmon caught from the driftboat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide Nice Steelhead and Salmon caught from the driftboat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
A few Steelhead pic's from years past.

Nice Steelhead caught from the driftboat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
                                          Jan hollered "Fish ON!"
Hog Steelhead caught from the driftboat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing report guide
                                                Nice Steelhead Jan!
Steelhead and Salmon fishing from the driftboat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing report guide
Jan with another Steelhead of many! Congrats again Jan!
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Here is a nice picture I dug up from my Trophy Page w/ a lil added Winter Fishing Tip.
Warming trend middle of this week. (Hint)
Drift boat guide fish report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY
This picture is to remind everyone that one of the best times to fish on the Salmon River NY is after we have had a bone chilling week of freezing cold temp's.
Very very few anglers are out in these temperatures. This means ALL of your favorite Winter and Transitional spots "could" have VERY good numbers of fresh steelhead in them, that have recently moved in.
Thats what happened in above picture. Kyle and his friend were my guest's for one of those memorable Salmon River Drift Boat Guide "Day for Kings!"
Today was the first decent weather temperature fishing day after some abnormal below zero temp's for the week.
We had pulled the Drift Boat over in a lil spot. You could spit and almost hit the other side of the hole. :) It was a small Winter and Transitional lye.
Figured it was worth a quick shot after a week of bone chilling temperatures w/ very few anglers out and about.
We were rewarded with no less than 16 Steelhead! A nice pod of Chromers had moved in here after a weeks worth of freezing cold temp's.
Just like a box of chocolates, never know :)
Warming trend middle of this week. (Hint)


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

Hello Guys!
A few years ago I was fly-fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY with Geir Sivertzen and Bob Funk. We had a tremendous day catching 50 of the 85 salmon and trout that we hooked. It was truly the fishing outing of a lifetime. The river was filled with fresh lake-run Chinook and Coho salmon, brown trout and steelhead.
Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing reports for the Salmon River NY off the drift boat for Steelhead

I was fishing with 8 pound tippet when I hooked into the Coho salmon of a lifEnjoy Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River NY from the drift boat for Steelhead reports e time. After a 25 minute battle, I managed to grab its tail as our guide Randy Jones, was busy chasing fish that Bob and Geir were fighting. My Coho salmon measured 35 inches (88.9 cm) and weighed 22 pounds (9.98 kg). After weighing and measuring it, I quickly released it back into the river. It was by far the largest Coho Salmon I had ever landed in nearly 20 years of fishing for them. The next day, I looked at the International Game Fish Association, IGFA, Record Book and saw that the 8 pound tippet class Fly Rod record was 19lb 9oz. My fish beat the World Record by well over 2 pounds. I felt sick, because I did not go through all the necessary steps to register the fish as a record. So, the old record stands, but we all know that I beat it.

 The fish was caught on one of my special flies I came up with, called Jeff's Coho Candy. It is tied on a Mustad 80500BL size 10. Recently I have started tying the same fly on a Partridge SINGLE SALMON SALAR BLACK in size 9 as well. On the left, you can see me holding the "would-have-been-a-record" Coho. From now on I'll carry a copy of the IGFA Record Book in the back of my fishing vest.

 Best fishes
 Jeff Pierce - Mustad US Sales Co-ordinator










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