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

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The smile says it all. Nice colored up male Steelhead.
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May 13 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update

Final Spring Steelhead Fishing Report for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. 1,000's of steelhead abound on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Top to bottom of the Salmon River NY in all the normal places.
If I were to go Steelhead fishing presently, I would try fishing as low as possible on the Salmon River. This allows you the greatest chance of playing with the most Steelhead as they drop back into the Lake. Otherwise, presently, the entire Salmon River is producing steelhead!
There simply is no bad place to fish. They are in all habitat's, eating almost everything they are offered correctly.
All presentational techniques are working along with all of the normal bait, lures, imitations and flies. Some better than other's.

The steelhead fishing has been just ridiculous, just insane, just crazy- stupid, amazing, outstanding, incredible, superb !! (This is the first time in my 30 years guiding profession that I have EVER given a fishing report like this)
This last week my clients hooked up and fought an amazing number of Steelhead. My guest's landed many of them and our two biggest steelhead for the week were 16 and 18 pound's!
All week incredible #'s of steelhead. Average approx. 20 Steelhead each day with either 1 or 2 anglers, spin or fly off the drift boat or wading.

I'd obviously recommend coming up with the quality fishing we are finding now. It should remain good for at least another week, maybe two.
With the water dropping and warming up, once the temp. reach's 60 degree's, you will see a mass exodus of steelhead leaving the Salmon River. It's presently @ approx. 55 degree's, depending when and where you take the temp. at.
As usual, some anglers are finding the steelhead fishing challenging, while others are finding it ok, pretty good, while the 10% that catch 90% of the steelhead are finding the fishing presently, Outstanding!! (It's soooo good, even I might be able to catch one - yukyuk)
Salmon River Guide My favorite Lake Effect snowy Steelhead photograph.

Fishing Report from my good friends @ Whitaker's - My personal and professional #1 spot to stop for everything fishing related up here, lodging also. - http://whitakers.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/0060552.1.2746809939446530638/report.html
Monday was another summer like day with sunny skies and the temperature reached into the 80's. The few anglers that we spoke with reported having a very good day. With the water level coming down and plenty of sunshine over the last couple of days the fish have been dropping back quickly. We still have a few fish spawning in the upper end of the river and dropbacks scattered from top to bottom. Keep in mind that the dropbacks typically like the faster water and tend to be suspended in the water column. The head of the deeper holes have all been producing action on a daily basis.
For those anglers who are fly fishing, woolly buggers and egg sucking leeches on the swing have been producing. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink worms, beads and egg sacs are also producing.
Thanks for the Report Bob, Rob, Amy and the rest of the fine Whitaker's crew!


Incredible Salmon drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY Tight to a Chromer! (John Halnon photo credit)

Ever try to catch a Steelhead on the surface? Now would be the perfect time to try, before the water temp. hit's 60 degrees.
Another optional way to fish for Steelhead in the Spring time that few anglers utilize is to skate a large bomber type fly or swing a streamer on the surface. You need the correct temp. of water, not to deep or fast and lastly it's helps a lot if you are the only angler fishing that specific spot. This type of angling is one of the most challenging. If you can play with 2-3 Steelhead in a day, you have had an incredible day. Even if you only have 1 steelhead come up and take a swipe at it, completely missing it, you've still had a good day. Some folks equate it to Atlantic Salmon fishing.
Current water levels and temp's are perfect for this challenging presentational technique!

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
Thanks for your many kind and generous words Ted! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :)Randy
Salmon River NY Guide Another happy guest with a bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing off the drift boat on the Slam'n Salmon River. Congrats! (Released for your future fishing pleasure, it's nice to share :)

Last Trip of the Season with John:
As we floated down the river in the drift boat, I wondered how my last trip on the Salmon River for Spring Steelhead would turn out. We stopped at a location that I had never fished before. Figured what's 10-15 minutes of try'n our "experimenting" luck. It had all the marking's of a good spot for this water flow (current break), temp. of water, etc... Was I to be a hero or a zero? Within the first few drift's, John answered that question and was tight to his first steelhead of the day, then another and another.
1. Let's jus say John had approx. 20 steelhead on over the course of the day.
2. I never moved the drift boat more than 200 feet all day. LOADED! (Not bad for a spot I've never fished before ;)
I sincerely hope that you all have a chance to experince a day like this! All fish released from today. "The fish you release may be a gift to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you." Lee Wulff
Today's Fishing Tip:

It pay's to experiment some times, like I did today. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, sort a stuff. Most of the top guides and angler's on this river have all experimented, like I did today and well continue to do.
Hot Stuff:
The top "HOT" fly was a glow bug (egg imitation) in white, cream and tangerine while John enjoyed useing the fly rod. Numerous Trophy steelhead came to hand on this day. I'm always flattered when another fishing guide hires me. (John's Drift Boat Guide service is advertised below)
To read simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug , please go to: http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/glo_bug.html

John's Testimonial and his Fishing Report:
Good morning Randy, I'm getting set up for my smallmouth guiding season but the first thing I wanted to do was thank you for you for your patience and respectful demeanor. Thanks to you, and a much appreciated day long tutorial, I was able to become a better steelhead fisherman as well as plug up some holes in my game. When my drift was executed to your standards, more times than not I would receive a fish on! When the drift was not proper there was little or no interest. To  have someone with your kind of experience (A  Steelhead Specialist) monitor my drift all day long while offering input was a gift which I will be able to use many times over on my own and apply in different future fishing scenarios. At 67 years old, I still look forward to and enjoy fishing as a young child would. I am always eager to fine tune and learn. Again, I thank you for your gift and look forward to my next refresher. Hiked into the (edited for content ;) area the following morning. Did well in a 4 hour period before packing up and heading back to Vermont. Started out drifting a (edited for content ;) on (edited for content ;) with only1 strike. Switched to (edited for content ;)and had a few on, but did not land any. Needed to do a new set up so decided to swing a few flies instead on a sink tip and short 3 1/2 foot leader. Could not keep them off for about 10 - 12 casts. Landed 3 and lost several on a black cone head wooly bugger. Lots of jumps. For me, a great and satisfying ending. John
River Excitement  http://www.riverexcitement.com My buddy - client and guide John Marshall specializes in Safe and Comfortable Guided Scenic & Fishing Float Trips for Smallmouth Bass on the Beautiful Connecticut River Between New Hampshire and Vermont
Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Reports Guide

As I was rummaging through some old files I came across this story written by a fellow angler. Walt W. It pretty much sums up what fishing means to the author.
" THE TUG"..."
The fisherman  rummaged slowly and deliberately though the trunk of his car, collecting all the gear he would need for a morning’s fishing. It was  an hour before dawn and as dark as any moon less night could be. He parked at the lighthouse this July morning,  hoping to ambush some striped bass. He rigged his rod, finishing by tying on a super hair clouser, a sand eel imitation he’d had success with in these waters. He descended the long metal stairs from the lighthouse, focusing his small headlight on each set of steps until his bare feet touched the sand. The beach, crowded by day, was a solitary fisherman’s paradise by night.

As he walked, he pondered why he did this at all. He could easily have slept in and led a normal life—that day or on the many other days he choose to come to this place in search of fish. He asked himself: “What is it that really brings me here?”
Half a mile’s walk brought him to a sand spit that shoots out into the Atlantic. From the point of the spit, he cast, still blind in the dark, into a weak outgoing current. He knew he would be able to fish that spot later, when he headed back and when the stronger, lower current forced the fish to lay in wait in holes.

He pushed south on the beach, knowing, but not yet seeing its tip and Monomoy Island beyond. He paused and looked at his rod and reel, wondering why he needed gear that cost more than his first car in college. He knew he could fish as well with far less expensive equipment. Again, he asked himself: “Why do I do this? Certainly the equipment was part of it. He loved spotting that fly catalog sitting in a pile of the day’s mail. He loved looking at a striper in his hands in the moment  before releasing it—wondering if he would ever see exactly that golden eye, those purples and greens, that barred silver flank again. He loved everything about fly fishing. But there was something more—an essence he just couldn’t identify.

He continued along the beach, expecting maybe to see a fishing buddy there before him. But he saw no one this morning. He sniffed in the false dawn and felt the light southwesterly onshore breeze that would bring in bait, even on the early outgoing tide. A perfect tide and perfect conditions for striped bass. All that was missing was the scent of cucumbers in the air, a sure indicator of feeding stripers. He knew, too, that birds would start to fly as the darkness left and the dawn approached. Soon he saw terns flying and diving here and there along the surf line.

After an hour of casting into familiar and usually productive holes along the surf line, he stopped. Not because he wasn’t hooking up, but because he was thinking to much. Too much for fishing anyway. He spotted a natural bench along a high berm created by the outgoing tide. He sat down, lit up a short, fat, maduro cigar, and kept on turning in his mind the “why” of what brought him there. He couldn’t shake the question. It made him stop fishing. Something didn’t add up.

The same questions came to him over and over again, and he tried to find some logical common thread. Was it the equipment he loved? Was it the time he spent? Was it the hooking, fighting, landing, and then releasing the fish? Was it the hunt? Learning new things each time he went out? The perfect cast? The constant search to improve his technique? He loved to walk the beach whether he fished or not. He loved to tie flies, more than he would need in five lifetimes. He loved the heft and craftsmanship of all the rods and reels he owned, even if he didn’t need them all—the Sages, Scotts, Winstons, Abels, Tibors, and Pates. He had them all, an investment worth more than his parents’ first house/a year’s tuition for his daughter. He thought of the sound and feel of the reel zinging into it’s backing and the pull of the fish on the end of the line. Was it stopping? Was it resting? When would it make it’s next long run?

He continued to sit, passing up valuable fishing time as the sun  rose though the mild fog that Chatham was famous for in that season. He knew fog meant more productive fishing time, but still he sat, struggling to find the answer, the common denominator that brought it all together for him. The perfect cast was a key thing, he thought, like the perfect drive in golf. But that wasn’t the core of it. It was something else. All of it—the gear, the flies, the friendships, the weather and and water were part of it…but not it. His cigar was good and strong and he wished he had a coffee to go with it.  His real cigar and wished-for coffee made him forget his search for a moment . Something began to come to him, however, just slightly, as he puffed on the cigar. He had to bring it back to its most fundamental thing. What was this fundamental thing? He had to finish the thinking, bring it to its conclusion. Why do I do this? Why do I fly fish? Certainly all that he had thought about was part of the whole. But he wanted to find the beginning of the whole. It was coming…slowly but more clearly.

He was thoughtful and reflective by nature, and now he couldn’t let go. He turned over all the elements, reducing each to its essence, until it came to him. “It” was incredibly simple. All the time he’d devoted to his fishing, all the money spent on the equipment, all the trips, all the fly tying materials, all the books, all the catalogs…all this was simply secondary to it…to that solitary, unmistakable, indescribable, fleeting rush of adrenaline that came in the instant of time when he felt the first tug.
(Thanks for sharing Walt!)

Fishing Reports for all fish swimming in the Salmon River Pulaski NY from this drift boat guide Striped Bass are an optional treat that can be caught in the Salmon River during the Winter time ;)
Seal eating our steelhead and salmon from the Salmon River NY I noticed some seals @ the mouth of the Salmon River eating our drop back steelhead on their way out'a the river into the Lake. ;)
Randy, quick question for ya. You would never try to "pull our legs" on here, now would ya buddy
? - yukyuk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
This is a GREAT time to target drop-back Steelhead. These are spawned out Steelhead who are now eating everything in sight as they work their way back to the lake. The numbers of fish caught in a day at this time of year can be amazing. The first Skamania and Atlantic's can be caught at this time      as well.
Hope this helps a bit . . .Jeff
Big King Salmon from the Pulaski NY fishing report guide drift boat while fly fishing Some more happy clients with a catch of Trophy King Salmon during the Fall run in Sept. and Oct. Congrats! (All the rest of the fish landed, were released for your children's and your future fishing pleasure)

Salmon River Pulaski New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fisheries Management
The five major game fish are Chinook and Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon (or landlocked salmon), brown trout, and steelhead. Smallmouth bass are also found in the river. The Salmon River is stocked yearly with around 300,000 Chinook salmon, 80,000 Coho salmon, 120,000 Washington strain steelhead, 40,000 skamania strain steelhead and 30,000 Atlantic salmon. Natural reproduction does take place in the Salmon River but to what extent this adds to the fishery is not known. The Salmon River is an important part of the Lake Ontario salmon and trout fishery. Some of the returning salmon and steelhead to the Salmon River make their way to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. These fish are then used for egg collection and the resulting fish are stocked into many Lake Ontario tributaries, along with the Salmon River. A total of 1.76 million Chinook salmon are stocked annually by NYSDEC into Lake Ontario.
Fly fishing Pulaski NY steelhead guide has Salmon River guide steelhead fishing report off drift boat for steelhead Curtis lands an incredible Trophy Brown Trout caught in Nov. (Released for your children's future fishing pleasure)! Notice the bump on the lower jaw? That tells you its a male. Notice the white mouth? This tells you its a Trout. All Salmon will have a grayish black coloration on the inside of the mouth. Thats the easiest-fastest way to tell them apart. Normally, lots of anglers will land a bright silver Coho Salmon and think its a Steelhead. They sometimes look and fight a lot a like. By looking at the inside of the mouth you can easily tell.
How do you tell if its a drop back steelhead?
The females will be skinny and have a concave stomach. She has expelled all of her eggs. If her stomach is convex, then she is still with eggs and has not finished spawning yet.
The relationship between water temps and steelhead.
When the water temp. approach's 55-60 degree's you will see these steelhead turn into drop back steelhead. Slowly moving down the river, resting and eating along the way. Yesterday's water temperature was approx. 54 degree's.
I have already had to schedule my days off for next year, as anglers are booking me now for the fishing next season. As usual, my calendar is filling up for our next 8 month season for Salmon and Steelhead. So by booking now, you can still hire me for your preferred dates.
Lake Ontario:
I'm receiving great fishing reports from the Lake, please let me know if you need a good Charter Capt. recommendation. I'd be happy to supply you with one of my "Endorsed Capt.'s."

This could be you! Ye-Haaaa!
Big King Salmon caught fly fishing report off drift boat by guide Holy-Cow'a-Bunga! Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb. plus King "Chinook" Salmon caught and released while wading with a fly rod during the Fall Salmon run. Congrats!! (There's no Nookie, like Chinookie! did I jus say that?)
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 :)

Gloucester, MA and Cape Cod (Harwich, Chatham area)
Published on Mar 21, 2012 This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5K4xMjFWK8&feature=player_embedded
I've personally and professionally fished, lived and loved both of these area's and am well aware of both sides of the story.
I used to fish around those fish weirs, watch them run out and back from there nets with a dory in tow.
Pretty much fished every grain of sand along the shore line there and also the entire Cape Cod area. A client friend of mine is a commercial fisherman. He used to harpoon Tuna off the pulpit of his vessel.
In Gloucester, I used to watch the light's from the fishing fleet heading out into the ocean @ 3 4 am. and then there return @ 3 4pm. 7 days a week. My neighbor out on Rocky Neck had a dragger he worked on tied up to his dock. I used to live on Bass Rock's next to Good Harbor Beach, with the Twin light's off in the distance. Enjoyed scuba diving all around Gloucester, Rockport and Magnolia.
I even had to RUN out of the house to the emergency room as it was being ripped apart by the same storm that "The Perfect Storm" movie was about. The waves had ripped the front porch off the house. The waves were breaching over the top of the house and on all sides.
An ol' friend of mine, Bill Monahan (won an oscar for screen writing the "Departed") was unfortunately standing in front of the porch sliding glass door's looking out as 2 - 35 foot waves collided into one, smashing into it. Shattering it into him and sending him to the floor on his back with about 2 feet of foaming white water in the living room, furniture floating and glass shards sticking out of his face.
I might add that Bill and I didn't heed the evacuation order and instead enjoyed a nice bottle of Jameson's. Bill didn't feel a thing ;) and we both chuckled as we took close up pictures of the doctor stitching his face up in the emergency room.
My buddy Steve who was there remembers:
Good stuff......I wonder if Bill, still in shock, recalls at all being pulled from our living room out toward the sea by the receding wave when I grabbed him by the collar to stop him. We rode that wave out, then Randy came from behind the fireplace and we quickly dragged him to my car before the next waves engulfed the interior of the house. And blew out all the remaining Ocean facing and rear windows up to the second floor.
The saddest part of the storm was sitting in a local Gloucester bar a few days after there was no word from the crew that was lost. You could here a pin drop as everyone mourned the loss of fellow fisherman and friend's. "They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships"
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!

My newest endorsed referral guides are Heather and Treasure. They wore something very special for my last 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
Hi randy, i was curious, is your mustad hooks rep available to meet.  =]  larry
Yes, you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht.  Randy
Salmon and Steelhead drift boat guide fishing the salmon river pulaski ny If I'm not available to guide you, then you can request to be guided by my newest endorsed referral guide Treasure  :)

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

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As a Full Time Fishing Guide here on the Salmon River, Pulaski, NY - Vermont for 12 years and Cape Cod, totaling 30 plus years. I highly endorse all of the below gentleman to provide you with a fun day of catching! Randy Jones

Randy McGuiness - Vermont Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Wade Guide
Salmon River Pulaski NY behemoth Steelhead and also Salmon guided surperb fishing reports My name is Randy McGuiness and I am an Orvis endorsed guide. I specialize in fly fishing trips with instruction on the beautiful mountain streams of Vermont. Fly fishing instruction and guiding in the Rutland, Killington, and Manchester areas of Vermont. A diversity of water to accommodate all abilities. Beginners are encouraged. Half- and full-day trips. All equipment provided. Please give me a call anytime to discuss a fly fishing trip or for more information. Thanks! Randy http://www.mcguinessguideservice.com

Vermont Trout Bum Fly Fishing Drift Boat Guide Service
Matt and myself started off Guiding in Vt. many flies ago. I cant say enouph about Vt's. quality fishery. My good friend and Drift Boat Fly Fishing Guide Matt Stedina is one of the finest Vt. Fly Fishing Drift Boat Guides around. Ive known him personally for over 20 years and started off guiding with him on foot in the pristine waters of Vt. Please stop into Matt's website and pay him a visit.
Superb guided drift boat steelhead and salmon fishing on the incredible Salmon River NY Matt with a trophy Brown Tout taken while fly fishing off his drift boat in the pristine water's of Vt. I highly recommend and endorse his Fly Fishing Drift Boat Guide service.
ESPN Great Outdoor Games competitor Matt Stedina and several other professional Vermont guides combine to bring you Troutbum Guide Service. Whether you want to cast from a driftboat or explore a mountain stream, we have the trip just for you. Troutbum's premier guide service is located in the heart of the Killington region, enabling us to guide as far North as the Winooski River, South to the Battenkill and all points in-between. Just a short drive from Boston, New York, and Montreal, Vermont as a fly fishing destination has it all; A long list of quality trout streams, and a variety of lodging
accommodations. Vermont is also known for it's incredible scenery, and there's no better way to see it than from the water. When you plan your next trip, give us a call and let a Troutbum take you fly fishing. http://www.vttroutbum.com

Bass Angling at it's finest! Give Mark a call or see his web site below,  to see all the fun you can have with a guided day of fishing with him.
Drift boat guide fishing for behemoth steelhead and also salmon on the world class Salmon River in Pulaski NY These are 2 of the many 5 pound plus smallies taken on tubes throughout the fall feeding period. Advanced Bassin' Plus- Mark Currie http://www.advancedbassin.com/
For any of you who enjoy Bass fishing, whether spin or fly. You can find Mark working Lakes and Rivers in the Quebec part of Canada. He has a great bass boat and all the fix'ns to make your guided fishing trip with him a grand success in many ways.

Silver Hook Fishing Charters - Sodus Bay, NY
Fishing on Lake Ontario for Salmon, Steelhead and Browns.
JERRY ZALUCKI
Website: http://www.silverhookcharters.com
I highly recommend and endorse Capt. Jerry and his son Matt for all of your fishing interest's on Lake Ontario.

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

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Bonus Updated Archived Drift Boat Fishing Reports at the bottom's of all my other Salmon River Pulaski NY website pages on here. Enjoy!
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/TrophyCase.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjDriftBoat.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjVeryBest.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjsalm.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjTopRod.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html

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. Please remember to remove your Korkers before visiting ;)
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
https://www.flickr.com/photos/salmonriverpulaskinyguide/
New:

1. Reeelly Cool! Condit Dam Removal Time Lapse Video. Making room for runs of fish to there spawning habitat's up river from dam.
2. Off Topic, but a funny dog video. Lets pray before you have your food.
3. Definition of "Fish" joke.
4. Video of Gloucester, MA and Cape Cod (Harwich, Chatham area) Published on Mar 21, 2012. This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation.
5. Hilarious fishing fail video. Huge Striped Bass pulls rod out of mans hand!
6. Fishing & Hunting in Oswego County, NY: Dipping for Smelt
7. I promise you'll learn some'tin new, I did. A History of Ontario Steelhead  Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine.
Old Stuff:
#1 most popular,
  Damsels in Distress,  Very cool and unique fish feeding music video!  I crawled on my stomach with my camera to the waters edge, hit record, and watched what was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.
#2 most popular,  Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
Spey anglers will like this steelhead fishing music video. From the moment we're born, to that moment we leave this life. It's a wade through life. It's all about that journey, from moment to moment.
"Money may not buy happiness.....  ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing". Spring Fly Fishing on the Eagle River in the Vail valley. Colorado's premier guide staff spends the day fishing. Filmed by Mike Tatro of Tatrofishfilms.
Funny humorous "Kids" (educational) video on a life of a fish. (I must be a kid, cuz I liked it. yukyuk) A parody of "I will Survive". This educational video takes an inside look into the lives of salmon, their dangerous journeys, emotional struggles and ironically, their eventual deaths.
Photo's taken by Oswego County NY Tourism from the Grand Opening of Tailwaters Lodge ( Rest, Bar, Tackle Shop and Convention Center) On the Salmon River Altmar N.Y. It's a nice look inside! 5 star!
Salmon are born with a migration route pre installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
Nice fishing video, The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break, seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
Fishing is an Adventure,  Haven’t had your morn'ns cup of Joe yet? This fishing adventure video will wake you up! Turn up your volume!!
Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
To read this amazing fish story that I was apart of:
To read the rest of the fish story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
Alternative definition of fly fishing
"Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
Arctic Extreme Performance Undersuit. (I bought one and it work's great! Lil pricey @ $300) I have recieved no compensation for endorsing there product, jus felt like sharing some warm stuff!
You C and R guy's will enjoy this humorous article.  As I was admiring the iridescent green dorsal, contrasting rosy cheeks and with silver mercury lateral lines, the Captain of the boat smacked the creature in between the eyes with a bloodied  and crude ax handle. THUD!! again. “There, I got ‘em. Now he won’t slip outta yer hands.” HOLY SH T!! REALLY?!!??
BIG King Salmon Fishing Fail Video,  Wait for it ;)
Funny Doritos Video Ad,  Three Guys Go Fishing
Off topic, but a fun talking dog video who wants,  gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.
Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for steelhead and Brown Trout Wow, so silver. Now you know why we call them the silver bullet or dime bright. This fresh run chromer is almost translucent and you can't buy a fresher looking Steelhead on this river in Nov. Congrats!

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

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

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

Brown Trout Fly Fishing Report

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

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report

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

Fishing Report Drift Boat Guide Steelhead

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guide drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :) Tuesday - Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river. Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time. Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)
With the drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY A brightly colored up Male Coho Salmon (ready to eat an angler :) caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. This is one of my favorite pictures from my Trophy page @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/TrophyCase.html
Isn't the kype and color markings incredible? We call it a Jimmy Duranty nose. You youngster's may not recognize the name, so google it :) This angler accidentally just happened to end up in its mouth when I took the photo. My client ended up submitting it in a magazine photo contest and won first prize! He kept the BMW and all I got was this picture. Dam!

Web Site Testimonial:
Randy, Your knowledge and willingness to share it without condition is simply marvelous for everyone, but mostly for the fish. You should be commended for helping make this magnificent fishery what it is. Hopefully, we can educate more and more people.

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

I'd like to sincerely, Thank You ALL for another great season! Your referrals, bookings, support and kind words!
I'll be updating all of my pages thru out the summer as things of interest pop up that you might enjoy. So please stop back to see what's new on The Salmon River where Memories are Made.
Thank you all for making my fishing report page the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 20 some years and over our entire 8 month fishing season. It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 30 plus years of Salmon River NY guiding insight with you all.
I can't wait, to do it alllll over again next season!
Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May all your door knobs smell of fish!
Salmon River Pulaski NY Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Fishing Guide, Author and Publisher Randy Jones - (Photo courtesy of  http://www.ORVIS.com Fishing Catalogue)
May the wind be at your back and blue skies aheadSee ya next Fall, I've......
Amazing Salmon and steelhead guided fishing off the drift boat on the Salmon River Pulaski NY

Fishin' Blues - Taj Mahal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34uTxRECOUg
I'm Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqdtzJvliMk&feature=youtu.be
The Fishin' Hole Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR7rWvj5s4k

Fishing reports for the Salmon River This 30 plus lb. King Salmon is heavy. Would you please hurry up and take the dang picture!
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
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.
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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May 3 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update

1,000's of steelhead abound in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area! Steelhead fishing in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area is HOT!!! I'd recommend a trip up here! I'm noticing other guides and some bank angler's having a lot of success! The steelhead fishing for my guest's this past week as been nothing short of AMAZING! 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.
I hope you all are enjoying the multitude of optional opportunities that the Salmon River Pulaski NY and surrounding waters has to offer you for your steelhead fishing enjoyment. We sure did!
Amazing steelhead fishing with a drift boat guide around Pulaski NY Nice April Buck Steelhead. Congrats!!

Past Trip Fishing Report:
John and George enjoyed an amazing, incredible, almost non stop action all day. First time steelheading for George, John was an expert seasoned Salmon River NY angler. I'm always flattered when Im hired by another pro. angler to be there guided.
Combined steelhead played with for the day was approx. 20!!!


Funniest thing I've heard in awhile:
John likes to tie his own flies and catch fish on them. He told me a funny, unique and true story that happened to him that gave both of us a chuckle. He tied  up a fly, laid it on his kitchen counter. His wife walk's into the kitchen and sees his fly on the counter. The only thing was, she didn't know it was a fly,  it looked so reeeel that she thought it was a bug on here kitchen counter. She ran and got a fly swatter and hammered the piss out'a that fly. The moral of the story is John said that his fly was wife approved. That if she thought is was reeel, then the fish would also. Next time he went steelhead fishing he caught a bunch of Steelhead on that fly! I laughed and said I'd never heard of such a thing and would share the story with all of you. Thanks John!

The scariest thing that happened on this day:
Besides both of my guest's hooking up 2 steelhead each within their first several cast's and the 20 or so more steelhead they played with throughout our day ;) was.......
We had a very windy day w/ big wind gust's that caused a 70 foot high big dead tree to fall within 20 feet of us. I could hear the tree cracking and new with the wind direction it was headed our way.
Looked like this "I hope my life insurance is paid up falling tree" might jus miss us. I still hollered to the both of them to move back fast! A major adrenaline rush raced up our spines as if almost in slow motion we watched and listened to it fall towards us.
After it fell, we all jus sort'a stood their in amazement and stared at each other and this big "Thank You Lord" miss of a fallen tree. Never a dull moment on this river!
Incredible fishing reports from this steelhead guide Nice Silver Bullet Steelhead. Congrats!
Local News:
Temperatures hinder stocking tributaries
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:00 am PULASKI — Warm temperatures during egg collection at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in the fall will result in no Coho salmon fingerlings being released into the tributaries this year, according to hatchery officials.

ANGLERS FISHED OUT OF OSWEGO RIVER

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:00 am |  Updated: 3:00 am, Tue Apr 29, 2014. A boat with three fishermen capsized in the Oswego River at approximately 12:01 p.m. Sunday, sending the three men into frigid water conditions. Resident Paul Griser, a witness to the accident, helped pull two of the men to safety, while the third was able to maneuver out of the water under his own power. Personnel with the Oswego Fire Department and Oswego Police Department responded to the scene, located behind the former Coleman's Irish Pub. The three men were evaluated and treated by fire department personnel for possible hypothermic conditions, and were subsequently released. The boat capsized when the fisherman tried to anchor in the river, which caused water to flood into the vessel. All three fishermen were wearing lifejackets. Fire department personnel were able to pump water from the boat, remove it from the river, and place it back on its trailer. **Heard that it was like a row boat that had been anchored off the transom (square back) in current. Jus my opionion, Well daaa.... do ya think?**

Verdoliva selected for NYSO Hall of Fame

Fran Verdoliva of Mexico has been selected for the New York State Outdoors-men Hall of Fame for his work in promoting ethical salmon fishing, his work on publicizing the fishery in Oswego County, and helping the cause of conservation. **Congrats Fran!!!**

Hatchery to receive funds for infrastructure repairs

ALTMAR — In celebration of the start of trout and salmon season in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced hatcheries will receive $4 million for critical infrastructure repair needs in the hatchery system.
**The article basically said that at the Altmar fish hatchery, they would receive almost 1 million dollars to repair a leaky roof and also purchase 2 new stocking trucks.
Jus my opionion, I have NEVER understood that with ALL the fishing dollars (tourism, etc..) that Oswego county and the entire state takes in (millions and millions). Why would the state continually cut back ($, personnel, hatchery, law enforcement, biologist's, etc... etc...) on all aspect's of one of the largest money making things it has? Well daaa.... do ya think? **

NYS DEC staff, partners and volunteers gathered at the Oswego Marina yesterday as 40,000 fingerlings were delivered into net pens where they will be reared for the next several weeks.
Credit and Photo's  https://www.facebook.com/visitoswegocounty/photos/a.10152186273404064.1073741860.114262564063/10152186274109064/?type=1&theater

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

Last Chance for Skinny Creek Steelies By Spider Rybaak Article found @ http://fishingandhuntinginoswego.blogspot.com
Oswego County is steelhead country. Fast water anglers from around the world come up for the rich veins of ironheads running the Salmon and Oswego Rivers autumn through spring. As exciting as tackling a steelie in big rapids is, however, anyone worth his weight in glo-bugs can tell you taking one out of a skinny creek is even more fun and challenging. Problem is, this winter has been so severe, most slim waters have been entombed in impenetrable ice caps since January. Steelhead ain’t complaining--they like the cover. On the other hand, die-hard creek fans are a little sore. But we’ll have our day… real soon. You see, all that snow we had this year has gotta melt. When it does, run-off will swell the streams, sending their plumes deep into the lake, their ice caps into next winter. Steelhead cruising the open water cross these warm paths and follow them upstream, into the embrace of ideal habitats. All this promises to happen from now until midMay. If the current weather patterns hold, the thaw will be slow and gradual, keeping the creeks at the optimal 40 to 44 degrees Fahrenheit for much of this month. Some experts feel that this winter is a lot like the ones we had in the 1960s and 70s, and make predictions based on past experience. Fran Verdoliva, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Special Assistant for the Salmon River, says no matter what the weather does, the near term is going to be a win-win situation. “If we get a burst of unseasonably warm weather, the thaw will be rapid and the water levels high and muddy, drawing a lot of fish all at once. If the thaw stays moderate like it’s been, the steelhead will run steadily, most likely extending the season for a week or two,” says Verdoliva.
Each of Oswego County’s Lake Ontario tributaries will see runs of regular strain steelies. The Salmon River itself will boast  iron heads into May, followed by runs of Skamania and Atlantic salmon all summer long.

OUTDOORS: Spring steelhead fishing heats up By Leo Maloney, Outdoors Columnist Article credit http://www.pottsmerc.com
Anglers stand along the banks of the river casting or drifting their lures or bait while trying to stay warm. Suddenly there is the cry of “fish on” and a silver torpedo erupts from the water downstream. Soon the angler is racing along the slippery rocks along the rivers’ edge, his rod held high as a powerful fish strips line from the reel at an alarming speed. The subtle presentation, the excitement of a strike and the thrill of battling an acrobatic and powerful fish on light tackle are all part of the excitement of steelhead trout fishing. All along the Salmon River from now until early May, anglers will pursue these powerful migratory rainbow trout that can reach as long as your arm. It is world class fishing right here in our own backyard and it is equal or better than any you will find in the upper Great Lakes or the Pacific Northwest. There are lots of fish in the Salmon River and other streams just waiting for the water temperature to warm up a bit before they spawn and return to the lake. Recently the fishing action has only been fair due to fluctuations in water level and temperature. Stable weather patterns usually produce the best action. Earlier this week a number of anglers were taking some nice fish with eggs, egg patterns and small flies like Marabou Muddlers or stoneflies. The usual method of fishing for steelhead includes drifting egg sacks using spinning rods and reels, or fly fishing with small stoneflies nymphs, Wooly  Buggers or imitation egg flies. Baits and flies (size 8–12) that you will use are remarkably small considering the huge size of the fish involved. Long, light and sensitive rods help you fight the powerful fish. Many anglers use eight or nine weight rods in ten foot length. They are also an advantage in casting or keeping the line off the water while drifting your lure into a likely holding area. Fluorocarbon leaders are best attached to the main line with a swivel. Many anglers leave a tag end to clip on a split shot or two so the bait bounces along over the bottom in a natural movement with the current. When fishing for steelhead you should remember that they are still rainbow trout so drift your bait or fly into likely holding areas such as breaks in the current. If you are wading in over your ankles you are probably standing where the fish are. If you are new to the sport you should fish some of the areas off gravel bars where you can get solid footing and make short casts to likely holding water. Drift your fly or egg sack so that it drifts naturally along, lightly tapping the bottom. It takes skill to detect the gentle pickup so your best bet is to watch your line and raise the rod tip whenever it stops. Of course there is nothing gentle about their run once you have hooked a fish. Let it run and only apply pressure when the fish slows or allows it. It takes stamina, a large net and a strong heart to land a big steelhead. In recent years float fishing with beads has become very popular. It involves a bead that resembles a salmon egg drifted through likely runs or lies where the fish are holding. A float controls the drift and keeps the bead at the proper depth just above the bottom. A couple split shot help keep the bead down and your line vertical as it drifts along. It is not as simple as it sounds. It takes some adjustment to get the proper weight and length of line below the float for each run. The take is still subtle but more discernible than when steelhead sip in stoneflies or nymphs on your flyline. Of course, the best way to learn a lot about steelhead fishing as well as increase your odds of action is to hire a guide. The drift boats will not only allow you to fish the deep holes in mid river from the boat but will allow you to reach and fish places that are inaccessible to the wading angler. Steelhead season won’t last much longer so don’t delay. When you have one of these exciting trout on the end of the line you won’t care what the temperature is!

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May the wind be at your back and blue skies ahead
Author Randy Jones Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Fishing Guide, Author and Publisher Randy Jones

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April 26 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide SpinFly Fishing Report Update

As forecasted and predicted - The steelhead fishing is RED HOT! NOW, get up here!!! I hope you all are enjoying the multitude of optional opportunities that the Salmon River Pulaski NY and surrounding waters has to offer you for your steelhead fishing enjoyment. We sure did!

A few past guided steelhead fishing trips:  (FYI - I can't speak for anyone else and this steelhead fishing report is how "my" client's are doing, while being guided by me) Water level jumped 750 cfs overnight to 3,000cfs, Ye-haaa!
Water was off color, but good enouph to use the drift boat on the Salmon River. Found a few steelhead to play with here and there. Not bad. Rain was very heavy and steady at times, watched the color of the water turn almost chocolate before our eyes.
Soaked to the bone! I would have stayed drier if I had jumped in the water ;) Called it an early day, my guest's allowed me to discount their day, which made me feel a lil better. We basically took a lemon of a day and tried to make lemonade out of it. We did have opportunity, which made me grateful!
LOADED!!! Beautiful meandering stream thru open fields and woods. Not a single other angler around all day. Felt like we were flown into the wilds of Alaska. Opportunity all day! (The steelhead fishing was RED HOT!)
Close your eyes and just cast! Amazing!! Incredible!! Stupid with fish!! Loaded!! Walk across their backs stuff. Opportunity all day! The steelhead fishing was smok'n RED HOT! I sincerely hope that all of you get the chance to experince a day like this!

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

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
May the wind be at your back and blue skies ahead
Author and drift boat guide Randy Jones Salmon River NY Guide, Author and Publisher Randy Jones

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Drift Boat on the amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY while fishing for steelhead This fish catching machine awaits you! (John Halnon Photo Credit's)
This drift boat guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River NY for fish Fishing report drift boat guide for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY 16 year ol' Matt with one for the smok'r!
First Mate Matt, dad Capt. Jerry and myself out on my 16 foot heated drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great! We also fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Mid-Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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

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

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

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

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Drift Boat Fish report Guide What a honk'a! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead for John. Great way to end the Fishing Day!

April 20 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
The steelhead fishing for my guest's in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area has been mostly superb! Sure, I've had a couple of slow days of only a few steelhead each day, but mostly they have all been good, reeeeeel good to AMAZING!!
Beautiful crystal clear water streams and creeks meandering thru wide open fields and woods. Some area's were LOADED, walk across their backs stuff, without a single other angler seen all day. It was like being flown into the wild's of Alaska!
Just the mild sound of running water, "Fish ON" being repeated thru out the day, drag's singing the fishermans national anthem and camera's clicking after numerous photo's of some BIG'ol  hog steelhead. Numerous hand shakes and very happy clients!
We landed some beauty steelhead in the 12, 14, 16 lb. range! With the past and present higher water flows, I hope you were all able to adjust and enjoy the multitude of optional opportunities that the Salmon River NY and surrounding waters has to offer you. We sure did!
Water Levels and Flows: For your safety, please keep an eye on it. The Salmon River has been off color. Rain is in the forecast, so we may or may not have a continuation of high water? Where's that crystal ball of mine?
Hi Guy's, Don't know if your interested, but the steelhead fishing has been reeel good and will continue to be reeeeel good thru @ least mid May (most likely longer) with the egg taking @ the hatchery being delayed and thousands of steelhead leaving the hatchery late April.
Plus
, all the steelhead that are in the river presently. I stopped over @ the Altmar fish hatchery recently and there were Thousands of steelhead between Beaver Dam Brook (illegal to fish), the ladder and tanks! Some were upwards of 18-20 lb's! Yikes!!
While @ the hatchery, I laughed out loud to my clients as we were standing next too and looking into the fenced in ladder that was loaded with steelhead. On the fence was a bright yellow sign that said, NO Fishing! Well daaaa.... do ya think? ;)
I usually have better luck in those round cement circular pools up there to fish in. Jus toss it in and let it swirl around in a circle :)

Salmon River Fishing Reports I have a drift boat seat reserved and waiting for you.
Wife fish'n joke:
The only reason men like to go fishing so much is that it's the only time they hear someone tell them, "Wow, that's a big one!"

River Rambling's:
Been watching some Osprey's building there nest and flying about. Watched one flying over head with about a 14 inch fish in its claw's. Deer galore, almost hit one the other morning while on my drive to work in the dark. The beavers are busy munching on all our trees along the rivers edge. Saw a mink, muskrat and ground hogs the other day. No eagles of late. Turkey's galore. Had an almost 1 year old deer eating some grass in the back yard yesterday, wonder where mom was at. A friend put out some food for the deer the other day, but the neighbors dog got to it first. The squirrels have been busy every morning stealing bird feed out of the feeders. Those resident Turkey Vultures that live on a hill over looking the upper Salmon River have been circling over head almost daily.
I had the pleasure of guiding Matt Reilly (head writer for numerous outdoor publications) and his Dad Chris a while back. The steelhead fishing was "OUTSTANDING" in ever sense of the word.
Below is a snippet from their first day on the river ever, fishing for our electrifying and exhilarating steelhead on their own.
I crawled out of the water, soaked, but warm with adrenaline, disbelieving.  My own fly had produced my first encounter with a Great Lakes’ steelhead—a fish awesomely hardier and larger than any trout I’d ever seen.
The water seemed eerily quiet as adrenaline shakes set in and I shed layers of wet clothing. The day had turned around, but ended in a lost fish.  The trip is still young.......
I'm sure most of you can remember your first fish here on the Slam'n Salmon River NY, as I can. That first fish will forever be etched in our memory and the adrenaline rush that it produced.
I chucked that on Matt's first day here he was welcomed by this river, where memories are made, with his first ever Salmon River Baptism
:)
To read Matt's Salmon River Steelhead writing's, please visit http://www.adventuresafield.blogspot.com/  for the rest of the article :)
My email reply to Chris and Matt:
HI Chris, Please tell Matt I enjoyed his article! It made me chuckle, laugh, feel the excitement of it all, remembering my first fish here, the adrenaline rush of it all and also the beauty that this river provides all anglers who visit here.
I'm sure all my readers will enjoy it and it will also help the local economy (and my wallet yukyuk) out greatly! Thanks again! Best Fish's, Randy
Steelhead Fishing Pulaski NY 20 lb. Spring Buck Steelhead! Ye-Haa!

A short edited sampling of just a few Past Steelhead Fish'n Trip Report's and Client Testimonials:
Amazing, Outstanding! Kim and Lloyd, husband and wife team enjoyed another one of many "Day for Kings and Queens!" Unbelievable!!
Randy,  Lloyd and I would like to thank you for an amazing day. Thank you so much for everything. We had an absolute blast. Regards, Kim

Good Morning Randy, I just wanted to send you a note saying thank you for the trip on Friday. Sean and I had a great time! This type of fishing was completely new to me and you truly taught me a lot. I will definitely be back up there to fish again. Your knowledge of the river, habitat and presentation is incredible. Again thank you for a great time and we’ll definitely be in contact. I hope the weather is getting better as days go on. Regards, Patrick
Few less steelhead today then weeks past, but still for my boyfriend and girlfriend team, we tangled with a bunch. Biggest steelhead landed was a 14 lb'er! Ye-Haaa!

Randy, Thank you for the fun and exciting day. I hope we were good students! It was definitely different than what I have done in the past, a great education, and certainly more productive. You certainly know your business, the river and the fish intimately (in a good way). I'm serious about the Monday thing in the fall during salmon season, if you get a cancellation and need someone to fill it...give me a call and if the stars align we'll be there. On that note, if you have any Mondays available let me know and I'll see if I can commit. As for the gratuity, you earned every penny and I hope that everyone treats you well...you deserve it. Tightlines! Steve
Brown Trout Fishing Report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with drift boat guide Nice Male Brownie! Congrats!!
(Notice how I blurrrred out the background? It takes me extra time to edit it after a loooong day on the water, but feel it's worth it to try to protect and not advertise YOUR favorite spot to fish. As well as any other professional guide spot's, that help them (me) earn a living from ;)

Scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to write this stuff for all of you. You can only turn your underwear inside out so many times before you HAVE to do your laundry ;)

Recent Past Client Steelhead Fishing Report after being guided by me and Testimonial:
Hi Randy, Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday off the drift boat. My father had a good time and hearing you tell me my drifts and technique was perfect was nice. We were able to play with 3 steelhead with you (none of the other anglers were getting hookups) which was great given the conditions. I took my father back to the head of (edited for content ;) that you showed us....played with another one there and played a 5th fish where my son lost his during our December trip. Thanks again...Mike

Hi Randy, My dad and I went to (edited for content ;)  like we talked about and killed the chrome! We were 7 for 12 on steelhead and 1 for 1 on a big brown. The water was up some but good visibility. My dad did everything you taught him during the drift boat trip with you and caught a nice male on his 2nd cast. Let me know if you want exact locations and I will provide them. Thanks again for everything you taught my dad...and me as well. You are in a class of your own. Dad's fish is for dinner tonight. Best fishes, Mike
HI Mike, thanks for the report and your kind words! Congrats on a fine day shared with your dad. Best Fish's, Randy

Hi Randy, Fishing was Amazing! (Edited for content ;)  is loaded with bright silver steelhead. I was 5 for 7 today. Thought I'd share how the fishing is. Thanks for the recommendation of (Edited for content ;). Mike
Congrats Mike! Thanks for the report! I've been (edited for content ;), walking, wading, driftboat, same type of water. Water should keep dropping on the river, lil rain on Tuesday. Still a lil snow in the woods, so I'd guess lil more up on Tug Hill. Cool temp's forecast for this week, should keep the water nice and cold for a great, extended Steelhead season into May! Ye-Haa!  You and I will probably be the only ones fishing in May, to ALL those MANY 1,000's of Steelhead! yukyuk Best, Randy

Today's Steelhead Tip:
By forming a "private" group or "private" network of steelhead fishing friends, (example above email's) makes for a great way to share fishing knowledge that helps with information on current and always changing conditions, "HOT" fishing area's, etc... All to help make everyone's steelhead fishing adventures a grand success! Matter of fact, once your a client of mine, you can always contact me for the latest on everything. I'll even give you some pointer's on where you can fish with continued success on your own, according to the latest conditions, etc...(such a nice guy, guide yukyuk)

Few steelhead, slooooooow. We did have a presence of fish and opportunity. Learned a lot! Guest Testimonial: Randy, Thank you!!!  We had a wonderful time. Happy fishing, Darlene and Dan

Flood and Flood Warning? O'Boy, where will we fish. Maybe I should call all my clients and cancel all our trip's. H-LL NO!!!
Can we catch fish in flood waters, Randy? Randy, you can't fish in those flows.....can you?
Well, I can tell you, we do and did with Grand Results!!! Easy as spread'n soft but'a on a warm muffin. My guest's Joe Sr. and son Joe Jr. estimated that they experienced an over abundance of opportunity of (blank #'s, you wouldn't believe me ;)  steelhead on this day off the drift boat.
LOADED!!
You could almost walk across there back's!!
Where? I can't remember, I'm getting a lil forgetful in my ol' age, yukyuk.
What did we catch them on? I can't remember as it was dark outside when I placed it on the hook. My middle plug was hot pink which saw the most action. A6 inch marabou jig worked nicely under the float. Also did extremely well useing fly rods with a strike indicator and flies.
How many did we catch? Not a boat load, but BOY! did we have fun try'n. Biggest landed was a big'ol fatty handsome buck steelhead of approx. 16 lb's! Experienced the MOST steelhead over our 6 month season! Simply AMAZING!!
Can we catch fish in flood waters, Randy? Randy, you can't fish in those flows.....can you? yukyuk
Guest Testimonial: Randy, Thank you for the great fishing trip. My Dad and I had a blast. Thanks again. See you soon, Joe
Spring Buck steelhead landed on the salmon river pulaski new york river with drift boat fishing report guide
Joe Jr. with one of many, beauty of a Spring Buck Steelhead. Congrats! (The largest Spring Steelhead landed today was an approx. 16 lb'r. That HOG steelhead photo will unfortunately not being shown here, as it showed a seasonal and water level dependent hot spot in back ground. Don't want to be called a spot burner or draw more attention to this location as it may be one of YOUR (or mine, or other guides trying to make a living) personal favorite places to fish.
With thousands of daily viewers on here and running a successful, full time, with over 30 years experince guide biz., I have to be more careful than other's. ;)
Fishing Report for Big Brown's on the Salmon River NY with guide with drift boat Another nice Brown Trout! Congrats!!
Fishing Report for Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead in Pulaski NY Another big'ol 20 lb. Buck Spring Steelhead!
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
Author Randy Jones Salmon River NY Guide, Author and Publisher Randy Jones

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

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?  I have some open dates if your intrested. Recommend early May, then mid May.

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!
Fish An ol' guide joke I like to tell my clients after they have landed a steelhead and they ask me how big it is. I tell'm, you lie and I'll swear to it ;)
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?) Best Fish's, Randy

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 ;)
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. ( hint-hint ;)
Steelhead or King Coho Salmon on the Salmon River around Pulaski NY Trophy Steelhead of many. Congrats!
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 driftboat 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"

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"

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.
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!

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)
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

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

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.
A seasoned Pro. angler friend of mine just reported that he hit some nice, bright steelhead mid to lower river yesterday!

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.
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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.

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 ;)
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
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 (hole within the hole) 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 for you:
1. This one spot had 3 main, basic and "prime" current breaks, can you name them?
If not, please re-read the above paragraph as you just read what they were - yukyuk (Please try to pay better attention next time! ;)
2. What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, when ALL you reeeelly wanted was a fishing report? (No foul language, please! ;) Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide - Randy Jones ;)
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Drift Boat fly Fishing Report (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)
Guide drift boat fishing report for Salmon River

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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Join me for another fishing adventure abourd our heated drift boat on the Salmon River near Pulaski NY with a fishing guide (Joke credit Gregorio Chojna @ https://www.facebook.com/Chojna)
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
Thru these guides eyes Salmon River NY Guide  Randy Jones

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.
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!!
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 ;)

Today's Humor:
I’ve set my “Life Goals” to stuff I’ve already done, so literally every day I’m overachieving!!
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.

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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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 Salmon River NY Guide, Author and Publisher - Randy Jones

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. :)
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!"
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!"
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
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 ;)
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! (I don't think the crow thought it was neat ;)
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 nor 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
Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Congrats!
State of the Lake Summary http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/lou2013hilights.pdf

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 :)
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

Water Ramblings:

I just found this and subscribed.
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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.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing reports off guide drift boat for steelhead
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.. :)

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

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

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

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

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Salmon River NY Guide Randy Jones

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)
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?
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?)
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)
Ramblings:
I had a first recently. I had to row the drift boat 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 ;)
King and Coho Salmon caught from the drift boat while fishing with guide on the Salmon River Nice steelhead pic. from a recent trip. Mike tangled with approx. 16 steelhead! Wow! A day for Kings! Congrats Mike!!

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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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, inmost cases.
6. This area (current break) was exactly on the fish's transitional, migration route that they take year after year. The Rt. that they normally take is the deepest part of the river and where there is the most current. This is what they use to navigate their way up the river. A holding or transitional holding area (current break) for the fish will normally always be in this Rt.
7. Finally, this spot was one of those triple your pleasure, triple your fun places.
   1. It was a prime lye holding area.
   2. A transitional holding area
   3. And a place for those steelhead that didn't have a qaulity current break above this spot, in this increased water flow. To slide down river into it.

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

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

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

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

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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?

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

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
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

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

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

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

Randy, 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.

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

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

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

Anywaaaaays, thats my story for today and Im sticking with it.
No fish were hurt in the writing of this report.
Im a trained professional, so please do not try this at home ;)
Now get back to work before the boss catch's you on here. (Unless of course, you ARE the boss, then stay as long as you want)
Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. Fishing you a safe stay and return home. Thanks for your service!
Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
May all your door knobs smell of  Steelhead!
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.

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Fishing guide offers fishing reports off the Salmon River drift boat NY
Fishing report guide has steelhead reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with guide

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?)

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 www.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 from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide

12/15
Dave joined me again, for another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the www.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 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 www.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 ;)

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)

Fish Tail's:
Fishing Guide
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..... ;)
Super fishing reports from a drift boat guide With the sunrise came hopes for a good day on the river.
Catching Steelhead and Salmon with drift boat guide in NY 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 fishing inexperience. - yukyuk ;)
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!

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.

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. 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 aglow.  Congrats Sally :)

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 More "Fish Tails" coming thru out the season, so please stop back.

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.
Fresh steelhead with guide Randy Jones
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

From the Mail Bag:
Randy, Nice web pages. What is an Oregon Cheese Egg Fly?
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
Fishing report Pulaski NY. Fish report guide has steelhead salmon off drift boat in Pulaski NY Now back to our regularly scheduled programing............. ;)

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 :)

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.
Drift boat fishing guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead or salmon
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.”

Nice Winter Steelhead. Congrats!!
Drift boat fishing Pulaski NY https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkTarnawczyk/posts?cfem=1

Winter Solitude

Steelhead guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead off fishing report drift boat in Pulaski NY What a beauty steelhead!

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 fishing guide has fish report off drift boat on the Salmon River NY Ooooppsss! Wrong picture ;) - Two good reason's to use Mustad hooks, the b-est there is!
Salmon Pulaski NY I wonder what hap'n'd to him?

Since its below OO outside, this might warm you up :)
Pulaski New York Salmon Fish report  
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Fun GOOgle fishing link's with lot's of Salmon River NY steelhead and salmon fish pictures:
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https://plus.google.com/+RandyJonesSalmonRiverNYGuide
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

Winter Holiday special discounted guide rate
$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 :)

How's the steelhead fishing for my guest's, here on the Slam'n Salmon River NY?   Im glad you asked
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) All fish released

Dad Mike and 13 year old son Mike Jr. enjoyed a fun and rewarding day useing the driftboat 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.
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
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

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
Guide fishing near Pulaski NY Fish ON!! With www.nit-wit wonderguide.com  ;)
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 :) Randy

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, thanked me for my suggestion's 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.

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.
River fishing guide Pulaski NY Pulaski New York salmon river fishing guide Combine these two and chances are good you''ll come up with some silver.
Pulaski NY river fishing drift boat fishing report guide 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.

Winter Fishing Tip - Box of Chocolates - Compliments of Salmon River NY guide and author Randy Jones (Hint)- Warming trend here now.
Pulaski New York fishing river guide offers nice Pulaski NY river guide fish report off drift boat for salmon and steelhead
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.

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
Pulaski NY river guide fishing reports off drift boat for steelhead on Pulaski NY river
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.
Best Holiday Fish's, Randy ( P.S. If you are coming up this week to fish, bring your water wings ;)
Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing report guide Nice looking Female Steelhead headed for the dinner table. Super and Congrats!
Salmon River Pulaski NY Guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River for steelhead Nice colored up Male Steelhead. What a beauty!
Steelhead landed on the Salmon River with guide Randy Jones off the drift boat Another Male steelhead. Congrats!
Salmon River Pulaski New York steelhead fishing Another client with a Female Steelhead. Both smil'n!
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!

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.
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.
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.
Fishing steelhead off the drift boat on the Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing guide off drift boat on the Salmon River
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 drift 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! John's approx. 16 lb'r. (Maybe more?) Great way to end the day! Congrats!! (All fish released)
I'd like to take a minute and THANK all of you, who are putting some, if not all 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

Fun photo's:
Pulaski New York guide. Salmon steelhead guide authors fish reports
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 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. Guide has 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!

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.
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.
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.
Fishing steelhead Salmon River Pulaski NY Fish steelhead Pulaski NY
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
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

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"

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 come back 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
HI Gary, Thanks for your kind and generous words!  Best Holiday Fish's, Randy

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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Fishing guide fishing steelhead off drift boat on the Salmon River Todd was all smiles, Congrats!
Fishing salmon Pulaski NY Salmon and Steelhead 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. ;)
Amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing report for Steelhead off the guide drift boat 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!

This Weeks Guest Fishing Report:
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 ;)
Tues. Scheduled day off the water to work in the office.
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.
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!
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!

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 ;)
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.
Drift boat fly fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with guide Ken with a Bright Chrome Fresh Steelhead, Congrats!

Guide Humor - I need to find a new, less stressful job, where a person can get a lil R and R. ;)
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. ;)

Dec. 1 Special Holiday Fishing Report and Ramblings Update:
Salmon River Pulaski NY fly fishing 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
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 :)

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.

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!! ;)

Ever heard these?

W.C. Fields Quote: (you youngsters may need to google his name)
When he was asked what he spent all his money on?
Broads, Booze and Gambling, the rest I wasted.

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

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

Salmon River Pulaski NY fly fishing guide
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! ( Both fish released )
Salmon River Pulaski steelhead guide
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.
Drift boat Salmon River Pulaski NY
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!

Steelhead fly fishing around the Salmon River close to Pulaski NY
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 you and your children's future fishing pleasure.

River News - Celebrity Guest Catch's Steelhead!
Salmon River Pulaski NY salmon fishing guide has drift boat
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
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 ;) He politely chuckled in return, for me being soooooooooo helpful ;)
Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a salmon and steelhead drift boat fish reporting guide Superb fishing the Salmon River by Pulaski NY with a fish reports drift boat steelhead guide Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead. Congrats!!

Last weeks fishing report:
Mon.
Dentist apt. scheduled day off. No cavities, so I was happy :)
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!
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.


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 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
Fly Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY 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

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 ;)

Fri. 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!
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!!
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 An ol'Holiday Brown Trout, landed by me in ol'Pucker Brush Creek ;)

11/24 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Report Update:
My 1 experienced guest hooked up approx. 14 steelhead! I even accidentally found a couple while demonstrating and experimenting on a few drift's.
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.
Another memorable day this week, my 1 very experienced client was tight to approx. 12 steelhead. Ye-haa!
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!!
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!!
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.

Ron's 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 NY My guest Ron w/ a Reeeel Burning Trophy 17.5 lb.Steelhead Hum Dinger Honk'a. Congrats Ron!
Entertaining and educational steelhead and salmon drift boat guide spin fly fishing reports Rick 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 :)
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."
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?
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.
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 :)
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet. Fishing you a speedy recovery!!
Dick K. Testimonials:
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been here. But perhaps this will help!

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".

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

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") A Grand Slam is when you catch one of each species in a single day by yourself. It's not easy to do, but fun to try!

Guess we just got lucky this week ;)
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!!
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!
1,500 cfs plus run off - Thursday - My 2 clients were very happy w/ 9 steelhead played with.
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!
Nice drift boat fishing report steelhead Husband and wife proudly displaying a nice steelhead caught on the Slam'n Salmon River! Congrats!!
Drift boat guide steelhead fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/drift boat fishing guide for steelhead or salmon Father and son enjoying a steelhead filled day. Congrats!!
Steelhead guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead My guest - client Bill enjoys a bright freshie. Congrats!
Steelhead Salmon River Pulaski NY fish guide Nice lil 6lb Female Steelhead along with my Elmer Fud Hat. Whirrs that cwazy wabbit!
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.

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 :)

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!

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 :)
Guided Drift boat fly 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.

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!

W.C. Fields Quote on Death:
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat Another happy guided steelhead client!
Drift boat fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY with guide Nice Fall Steelhead, Congrats Ken!
Guide drift boat fishing report during the Winter for steelhead Scenic Winter shot of the Salmon River, bright fresh silver Steelhead, guest and the www.com drift boat in background. I think I was the first guide on this river to have there url plastered on the boat?
Nice Steelhead and Salmon caught from the driftboat with Salmon River Pulaski NY superb Steelhead fly fishing report guide Randy Jones Nice Steelhead! Congrats!!
Fishing the Salmon River NY with a salmon or steelhead with a drift boat guide Chris with a nice 10 lb'r. Final tally for the day was 9 total Steelhead, fly and spin rods. Congrats Gentleman!

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?)

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 Until the next fish bites, Garry

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!

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!

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 "Chinook" King Salmon. Nice underwater head shot. 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.)
King Salmon from the guided drift boat Nice looking King Salmon. (Fish Released into cooler :) Congrats!!
Big steelhead landed off the Salmon River drift boat This young man landed the biggest Steelhead of anyone fishing around us. Approx. 16 lb'r (Fish Released :) Congrats!!
Trophy Steelhead Group photo celebrating a Trophy Male Steelhead. Congrats!!
Trophy steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing report guide First mate Matt with a nice big male Brown Trout caught here on the Slam'n Salmon River, NY.
Fishing for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NYNice King SalmonAverage size King Salmon. Caught using a spinning rod w/float and skein.
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.
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)
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 ;)
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

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

Dr. Howard Beemer did a swan dive into the deep dark, fish filled waters of the river today. Everyone clapped and gave him scores of 6's and 7's for style and grace. Howard did feel a lil slighted on the scores. He thought it was at least a solid 10. There was so much water in Howard's waders that when he regained his composer, the water level of the river dropped by at least a foot. After he dumped all the water out of his waders, the water level went back to normal.
I snuck the below picture before Howard saw me.
After he noticed the flash of the camera from across the river, he hollered, HEY RANDY and gave me a not so flattering middle finger salute. (he-he)
Altmar Pulaski NY
Steelhead drift boat guide fly fishing for salmon or steelhead A Steelhead for the smok'r! Congrats!!
Big Male Steelhead landed on the Salmon River NY with fishing drift boat guide What a Trophy Male steelhead! Congrats!!
Winter Steelhead from the Salmon River Pulaski NY with your drift boat fishing report guide What a beauty of a Steelhead! Congrats!!
Big bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing the salmon river pulaski ny w/ drift boat steelhead fishing guide Randy Jones BIG bright fresh Steelhead!
Guest lands a Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report off the drift boat 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 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 inside mouth would tell you its from the Salmon family. Thats the easiest way to tell them apart.
Steelhead and Salmon from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead guide Nice Steelhead and Salmon caught from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide Steelhead pic's from years past.
Jans Steelhead with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide
                                          Jan hollered "Fish ON!"
Hog Steelhead caught from the drift boat
                                                Nice Steelhead Jan!
Steelhead and Salmon fly fishing reports from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead guide
Jan with another Steelhead of many! Congrats again Jan!

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 with guide Randy Jones. 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 lif 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.

Enjoy Steelhead and Coho Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River NY from the drift boat for Steelhead reports Best fishes, Jeff Pierce - Mustad US Sales Co-ordinator
Enjoy Trophy Salmon or steelhead fishing w/drift boat guide on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY John's reward! One out of many. An incredible BIG colored up Spring Steelhead. What a Trophy!

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

This was written about 10 years ago and I've forgotten some of the International, National, State and Local Publications  - (Books, Magazines, Internet and Newspapers) I've been involved with since this was posted.
I've even been written up in several different languages and distributed around the world.
Books - Spey Casting - Simon Gawesworth - First and also Second Editions
Rich Murphy - Fly Fishing for Striped Bass.
I was interviewed (along with Lefty K.) for an article on 2 handed fly rods (Spey Rods) in the surf and flats that appeared in Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine. Once again, in the same magazine for my “go to saltwater striper fly”. Also in Fly Fishing in Saltwater. Additionally, I’ve also been featured in a few guide profile articles for the Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers.  Some of my “How To” articles have also appeared in the N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting, Salmon River Success Magazine’s. As will as many of the other major Internet Fishing Sites.

Outstanding Steelhead Salmon guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Author Randy Jones (Photo courtesy of  http://www.ORVIS.com  fishing catalogue)
Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools.
During the summer, Randy can be found wade guiding the S.E. (and beyond) Cape Cod area's, where sight casting on the flats to trophy Striped Bass is his specialty.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and Kings.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie

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

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

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

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

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

E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065


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