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

Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

February 6, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Fresh entering (and running the river) steelhead have been caught from the top of the Salmon River in Altmar to the bottom of the river in Pulaski NY. With some older ones too! This is filling the river up nicely! Ye-Haa!
Most are in Prime Winter Holding locations while a few are in the Prime Temporary Holding spots.
Prime Winter Holding
Prime Temporary Holding
3 Basic and Prime Current Breaks in every Pool for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout
This will continue all Winter into the Spring. Along with these new fish we still have a fair # of older steelhead that have been in the river for awhile getting smarter and more difficult to fool. Easier fish down river and more educated - challenging fish up river.
Down river? Even I..... could probably catch one.
Up river? I donno (yukyuk)

This last 2 week, mid Winter warm spell brought out some more Steelhead anglers. Some having no success, others having some success and someothers having a lot of success.

Check out some of these bright fresh Lower River chromers that are entering the river! Jan. 19 until Feb. 5. Most of these guys (friends) are expert float anglers and fish down there a lot.
Make sure you have your sunglasses on before viewing. These steelhead are BRIGHT!

Hi Randy, I used everything I learned from you to help me catch this beautiful fish. It was great! A trophy! I released it after a few quick pictures. You taught me well, Randy. Thank you! Tommy
Congrats Tom, on that Nice approx. 16 lb. male Steelhead you caught recently! Great C and R handling!

You Never Know
(From the basement Archives)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Pierce with a nice bright fresh Metal Head. Congrats!

NEW Video Coming soon I made:
Take a fun and fast Drift Boat fishing trip down the Salmon River NY covering 3 miles in 3 minutes during our Fall and Winter seasons. (So stop back!)

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

Lull in the Steelhead Action with a presence of fish:
Most everyone feels this is a negative thing while fishing. I look at this completely opposite of many anglers and feel it is very positive. It's not to hard to know if you have a presence of fish or not. If you feel there are fish present and your having a lull, the fish are simply trying to tell you something. They are normally not off the bite, they simply want and need you to adjust. There could be 10 or so different variables to consider when experiencing a lull. If you can adjust, understand, acknowledge and implement this important 1, maybe 2, 3 step process of changing your format to meet the fish's request's. You will soon be on your way to "Fish On." (This is providing the basic skills of fishing are being accomplished.)
Maybe the fish are suspended and you are fishing below them. Maybe the fish are on the bottom and you are not reaching them. (To much or two lil weight)
Maybe you are not running 100% drift.
Maybe your presentation is swinging and not dead drifting to imitate something naturally floating in the current.
Maybe its a fly or bait concern. Color? Size? Rigging? Presentation? Habitat?

Maybe..............As you can see their are approx. 10 or so things that can cause the fish to ask you to change and or adjust. Again, I see this as VERY positive and welcome a short lull. Learn from it, be flexible, change up, switch things around.
I do this on an almost daily basis, its that normal. The trick is having a complete and thorough understanding of it all and correct presentation for whatever tool you enjoy using.

One day we experienced a "Short lull in the action". Made 1 quick and simple change to our presentation and on the first cast (and the following 2) my friend's were tight to another one of many fresh bright acrobatic steelhead. During the next lull, we made a rigging change and hooked up a few more. Next lull, we changed our habitat by moving 15 feet further down into the hole to find some fresher chrome and hooked up a few more. Then, after the 4th lull, we made a color change over these "now" educated steelhead with several more rewarding us all. Jus another day at the office ;)

We experienced another short lull the other day, as usual. We made 1 change with one of my friends and two changes with the other.

1. One was rigging
2. One was color
3. Last one was presentation

Within 1-2 cast's both of my friends were hooked up immediately and we did not experience any more lulls for the entire day. Actually, and Im not bragging, they had one of those "Days for KINGS"! while all the other anglers stayed with that lull. We actually got to play with MORE fish AFTER we listened to them, then before the lull.

So again, a lull is a very positive thing providing you can read it, learn from it and understand what the fish are plainly trying to tell you.

Did I tell any of you that I can talk to the fish? And that they talk to me? Where is that medicine that the doctor prescribed me for this condition. - yukyuk. By listening to the fish, you'll be on your way to yelling "Fish ON and ON again :)

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

Spring Steelhead, Mail Bag Q and A:
Randy, if we continue to have a mild Winter. What effect could it have on our Spring Steelhead fishing season? Could it end the season a month early?
Under your scenario, we could possibly see it end a lil early. Mid. April.
It will be interesting to see.... IF it plays out under your scenario. Lil early to forecast. We usually get hammered with snow in Feb. and Mar. But so far, this has been an abnormal year.
IF we have less snow, then less cold run-off, not good for a normal season going into late April, maybe early May. Lower water flows in the Spring warm up faster, causing the fish to possibly spawn earlier and possibly leave the river sooner.
O-O, Im going fishing NOW, before they all leave the river! ;)

How long does it take the average steelhead drop back or hatchery dropback steelhead to make the trip downriver - back to the lake.?
I donno, never snorkeled next to one down the river to time it ;)
Its normally water temp. related. 50-58 approx. degrees, mass exodus down the river to the lake. (Some before this temp. range and some after)
If I was a hungry fish and water temp. and flows were good enough for me to feel safe and comfortable. I'd take my time and enjoy the orgy of food for awhile! I wouldn't pass up a smorgasbord of easy food on the way down the river.
I forgot to mention that it takes most drop backs a lil longer to get back to the Lake cause they are usually interrupted by being on the end of my line! ;)

Randy, I've never heard of those Steelhead leaving the hatchery in the Spring and swimming up river, once they have been released after egg taking.
Up river? Sure, when they enter the river from the hatchery tank and are hungry as hell, they get blasted in the face with food scent coming from above. Why not swim up river 30 feet or more for a fiesta of all you can eat buffet in the Kingdom!
Some 'normally' go up river and hang around for awhile and some start to drop back almost immediately around and after approx. April 15. Sssssh!
?? With this mild Winter so far....., I wonder if the Hatchery might take their eggs sooner? There by seeing those hatchery fish being released sooner than normal to enter back into the river for all of us to catch?

Randy, I'll be fishing for steelhead in late April. Where do you think the best fishing in the river will be @?
If your fishing late April "normally"  (water temp. dependent, etc...)
"All" the drop back steelhead in the "entire" river have to swim down river before entering the lake. ;) I'd recommend fishing the lower end of the river "late April" for "normally" the most opportunity.

News Flash!
Looks like we have a 50 - 50 shot of either a normal Spring steelhead season or an early Spring steelhead season.
Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring — Buckeye Chuck predicts more winter!
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow this morning — predicting we’ll have early spring-like weather. Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their forecast at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. However, Ohio’s official groundhog, Buckeye Chuck, saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Having fun catching some Steelhead on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Congrats! (fish released, its nice to share)

Never limit yourself - by limiting your options.
Funny article with some good tips! - Steelhead Fishing With Worms
In addition to article:
Last high water period I hit some chrome on worms under a float, along with the usual stuff. Ill use them again this Spring during high water.
Figure if every educated holding steelhead in a specific spot has seen a 1,000 beads, flies, egg sacks and pink worms daily, they might like something they havent seen. Jigs have the same effect under floats and using scent cant hurt either. (Sometimes Ill put real salmon egg juice on my beads, which works)
Never limit yourself - by limiting your options.
Funny story:
I was guiding a fly fishing angler one day, with 20 steelhead in a hole. No luck, suggested a blue egg sack, he said no.
After an hour of no luck, with 20 steelhead in the hole, I suggested an egg sack again, he finally "half heartedly" agreed. On his first cast, FISH ON! We laughed our arses off after that one!
Never limit yourself - by limiting your options.

Fish Tails:
I had a BIG steelhead on only once ;)
It blasted off towards the heavens like a rocket ship. Then cart wheeled back to earths atmosphere, like a jugglers baton. Then Splash down, sounding like a big cement cinder block with water spraying in all directions for a good 100 feet!
All the anglers with in 10 miles could hear it and looked on in disbelief! Some even ran scared to their cars, it was that BIG!
Then it did a majestic, distinguished, solemn, magnificent, grand, splendid, resplendent, glorious, sumptuous, impressive, august, noble, awe-inspiring, monumental, palatial; statuesque, Olympian, imposing, marvelous, sonorous, resounding, heroic -
jaw dropping tail walk across the pool for 500 feet with the sun reflecting off its silvery sides.
Glad I had my sunglasses on, or I would have been blinded!

That fish was sooooo big, that when it jumped, the water level in the river dropped by @ least a foot ;)
Boy, i should be a writer, NOT!
Late to bed, early to rise; fish all day, make up lies...........

About 25 years ago......I was out steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with about 3-4 other guides. I was the only one to land a steelhead. We decided to keep it to eat.
The funny part about todays fishing was this steelhead got passed around to all the other guides while getting there pictures taken with it to use on there websites. Some of the pictures had one of us holding the fish to look like we were that guides client for the day.
That 1 steelhead must'a got'n its picture taken about 20 times with us guides.
Sneaky lil devils aren't we?
Thats me on the left, pretending that this guy (guide holding my fish) was my client for the day.
Now you know, the REST of the story ;)

Ever happen to you? I'm just not winter material.
Got some hot leads that the river was fishing really well from the fly shop today. So determined, I bundled up and headed out.
Of course the wind started gusting as soon as I rigged up, but that's par for the course out here. Good amount of snow on the ground, ice everywhere. Skunked for about an hour and half.
Went to one more slow moving pool, and as I'm getting ready to cast, slipped, and fell in. We'll past the top of the waders, managed to pretty much flood them with freezing water.
Took off waders and jacket, and jogged back to my car. Took off as many more layers as I could without scaring the public, jumped in the car and blasted the heater. Took me 10 minutes to warm up to the point of chattering teeth.
I've pretty much decided it's time to drink beer and tie flies till march. Warmer that way.

Different Salmon River Steelhead float shotting patterns:
What shot pattern do you use? Do you use it exclusively in all habitats and seasons?
Do you change it according to fast or slow water?
, Fall time they are in the fast water, so use 1 shot pattern and in the Winter they are in the deep slow stuff, so change shot pattern?

Do you think Slip Float Shotting gives you an amazing advantage when fishing the deep slow stuff, especially during the Winter?
Or do you prefer Tapered Shotting for educated metal during the Winter in the deep slow stuff when takes can be very light and natural presentations are key?

I use Accelerated Shotting for the Chrome w/success.

Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY
Tight to a Steelhead!                                       (John Halnon - Professional photographer credit)

Fishing Quotes:
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable; a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
Ours is the grandest sport. It is an intriguing battle of wits between an angler and a trout; and in addition to appreciating the tradition and grace of the game, we play in the magnificent out-of-doors.
Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.
We live the way we fish; and fish the way we live.
God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
Fishing is not a matter of life or death; its much more important than that.
If you caught fish every time, it wouldn't be called would be called catchin.
If you can't fish with the one you love; fish with the one you're with.
Late to bed, early to rise; fish all day, make up lies.
Give a man a fish and he will have dinner; teach a man to fish and he will be late for dinner.
If you cast it; they will come.

W.C. Fields Quotes (you youngsters may need to google his name ;)
"I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it."

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

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

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

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

Creeks, Streams and Rivers,  Winter into Spring
Typically, the other “best time” to fish for steelhead is just around the corner. End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead as there is not only leftover winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of springtime fish. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead. The water temperature will rise along with their metabolic rate, so they will be much more apt to move for a fly or bait. Normally, the whole river, creeks and streams are alive because you're fishing transitional areas and holding resting points. When the Salmon River is running high due to run off, its prime time to walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10 pound Steelie in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Once ice out has happened in the smaller tributaries that run into Lake Ontario north and south of the Salmon River, it’s a great time to explore!
Anton with a nice BIG Buck (approx. 16 lb's.) landed in April. One of my favorite Spring Steelhead photos. Congrats! (Released for you to catch, its nice to share ;)

Magical Spring Steelhead Day! (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)

Imagine walking up a small stream 20 feet wide, light colored bottom, crystal clear water, through the forest and seeing 10 to 20 Steelhead (maybe more), 8 to 12 pound average in one to four feet of water and not seeing a single other person all day. Sound like Alaska? Nope, believe it or not there are several areas not far from here where this is possible. Many of the creeks and streams feeding into Lake Ontario have steelies in them, but only a few that I’ve found are hidden away in a beautiful pristine environment without any or many other anglers.
Bright fresh Spring Steelhead (Client Dick Koelling photo credit)

Present open dates, with guide dates booking daily.
March - Open most mid-week dates. ( Mar. 4, 18 booked )
April -  Open 11, 15, 19-20, 22.
Sept. or Oct. recommended Open dates for Salmon:
Last week Sept: 26-28.
First 2 weeks Oct. 3, 7, 13-14.
Nov. Dec. Steelhead - Mid-week only - Presently, most dates still open.

Get in on the awesome fishing from March till normally the end of April. If you want the date of your choosing, please call or email me, before my open dates are all gone.
315 963 2065  Email Best! Randy

You lie about the size of your fish and I'll swear to it! ;)
Randy Jones

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Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email:
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers.
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Money Back Guarantee! - Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. -
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon? -
Temporary Transitional Resting -
Prime Transitional Holding -
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools -                          
3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish.
Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column -
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;) - - FISH ON!
My Video Jokes for Today -

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

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

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January 28, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

It's prime time for some Winter steelhead fishing action on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Few anglers fishing, which opens up additional opportunities for you.
Ton's of options on where to wet a line. All Winter Prime Habitats are producing Steelhead, top to bottom of the river. ( Even I..... could probably catch one..... ;)
The drift boat - wade fishing for steelhead continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and slow for someothers.
Give your favorite fishing buddy or guide a ring. The steelhead (8 to 12 lb. average) are here and just waiting for you.
I’m told that there are more than enough Steelhead in the race way and beaver dam brook to accommodate the hatchery in their egg taking needs for the Spring, That being said we should be in good shape for our spring dropback fishing.
Looks like some snow in the forecast. How unusual ;)  If your coming up, bring a shovel and sleep in ;)

Winter Solitude
Nice Steelhead. Congrats Mark!!

Creeks, Streams and Rivers,  Winter into Spring
Typically, the other “best time” to fish for steelhead is just around the corner. End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead as there is not only leftover winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of springtime fish. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead. The water temperature will rise along with their metabolic rate, so they will be much more apt to move for a fly or bait. Normally, the whole river, creeks and streams are alive because you're fishing transitional areas and holding resting points. When the Salmon River is running high due to run off, its prime time to walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10 pound Steelie in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Once ice out has happened in the smaller tributaries that run into Lake Ontario north and south of the Salmon River, it’s a great time to explore!
Anton with a nice BIG Buck (approx. 16 lb's.) landed in April. One of my favorite Spring Steelhead photos. Congrats!
(Released for you to catch, its nice to share, the gift that keeps on giv'n ;)

Magical Spring Steelhead Day! (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)

Imagine walking up a small stream 20 feet wide, light colored bottom, crystal clear water, through the forest and seeing 10 to 20 Steelhead (maybe more), 8 to 12 pound average in one to four feet of water and not seeing a single other person all day. Sound like Alaska? Nope, believe it or not there are several areas not far from here where this is possible. Many of the creeks and streams feeding into Lake Ontario have steelies in them, but only a few that I’ve found are hidden away in a beautiful pristine environment without any or many other anglers.
Bright fresh Spring Steelhead (Client Dick Koelling photo credit)

Prime Sight Fishing and Drop Back Steelhead Open Dates:
Last week of March and first 2 weeks of April. Rest of April good for Drop Back's and possible sight fishing.

Get in on the awesome fishing from March till normally the end of April. If you want the date of your choosing, please call or email me.
315 963 2065  Email Best! Randy

Winter  Matching the Hatch Tip and Fly Trick
One of the tricks I sometimes do, that was taught to me by Jim Rusher is to tie a size 10 Stone on a size 8 hook. It makes no difference to the fish, and gives you a bigger hook gap. All the better to hold them.

Lil stone that hatched on the snow. This is one of mother natures signature clues for you. Normally, when it gets around freezing, you'll see millions of these along the rivers snowy edge hatching. I wonder what the fish are eating?

Heard you guys on the East Coast got'a Dust'n of snow recently. (It's nice to share.... ;)

Fish Tails:
A.P. 11/3/15  Rare migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted in Lake Ontario.
Why are you catching less steelhead? Here might be the reason why. I took these pic.s of a seal and whale out in the lake, in front of the mouth of the Salmon River. They were gorging themselves on YOUR Steelhead!

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

This used to be me!

Jus found this and thought some of you might like it! I subscribed to all D.E.C. official immediate email updates effecting our area. (Takes approx. 60 seconds to do)
You can subscribe to any of the newsletters, as well as receive email updates on nearly all aspects of DEC's work, using the DEC Delivers service. Just enter your e-mail address in the box and submit.
This will take you to the "Quick Subscription" page where you will see all the topics that you can receive email updates on. Check the boxes next to the topic that you are interested in. You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).

The Spring (March till Late April) Steelhead dropback season is fast approaching.
May all your door knobs smell of "BIG" Steelhead!

Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email:
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Q's? -

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

Every single Winter holding spot is with steelhead, top to bottom of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Still some in the transitional locations.
Finally, we have some reeeeel Steelhead weather. The nice thing about the Salmon River area is the incredible job the local snow removal workers do.
What's funny about snow around here is 1 to 2 feet is considered a dusting amongst us locals :) 
We have started to see our first slush, anchor and shelf ice starting to form of the season.

Time to watch out for those icebergs, remember the Titanic?  Its always a fun surprise when one of these run's into you while fishing :)

Today's Humor:

Did you know there is a 12 step program for you folks that are addicted to my Fishing Reports?

The fishing was so good today, I had to stand behind a tree to tie the fly on.

True Story! My friend shows me a fly he jus tied and said it was wife approved. I asked him why wife approved. He said he left it on the kitchen counter and his wife thought it was reel and tried swatting it with the fly swatter!

I heard this story years ago. 2 guys fishing the Town Pool on opposite banks during Salmon season. They both hook the same fish and start yelling screaming at each other that its HIS fish! They both pulled so hard that that the poor Salmon was elevated in the middle of the river, above the water.

Some of you guys may have seen the pics of the BIG waves we had recently on L.O.
Jan. 12/16  Surfer braves the cold on Lake Superior

Here is an article I wrote many flies ago about "some" Fish Fighting Techniques for Steelhead:
Yes, that's me with the stupid looking hat and the spinning rod.
The first thing I did upon hooking up was to immediately get even or below the fish. This tires the fish out sooner by knocking it off balance and causing it to work harder to stay upright. When you stand up current you are doing nothing, well ok you're doing something, you are helping the fish. Standing down current and applying good pressure will tire the fish out much quicker. Its better for the fish and better for yourself.
Steelhead Guide Fly
I see 95% of the angler's on this river never really load their rod properly when fighting a fish. This is totally understandable (as with everything else :) because if you've never been told or learned much of this, then it's all new. I certainly didnt know much of this when I was new and I still don't know it all. :) Most angler's only pull back 1/4 to 1/2 way back. In the above photo I am about 3/4 of the way back with the rod. Before I stop pulling back, the rod is pointed directly behind me with the rod horizontal and next to my ear. The butt (very bottom) of the rod is pointed at the far bank. Try to form a U shape out'a your rod. It's hammer time!

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

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

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

#2 Whenever targeting large species of fish the rod becomes a flexible lever. We never reel the fish in; we PULL the fish in. The reel is only used to recover slack line. Pull-up, reel-down. Now combine #1 with #2 and by George, you've got it!
Steelhead Guide Fly Drift Boat
Nice lil 6lb Female Steelhead along with my Elmer Fud Hat. Whirrs that cwazy wabbit!

Advanced - These work 80% of the time, so dont blame me if you hit the 20% ;)
Throwing Slack:
We all love to see the somersaults, jumps; tail walks and torpedo runs they make. But, 50% of the time the show ends with no curtain call or encore performance. I prefer, after hooking-up, if it decides to show its colors to throw it slack. (Pull line off the reel A.S.A.P.) If hook set is good, it won't throw it and they normally quite down. The action it takes is due to the pressure it feel's. So by releasing the pressure it no longer feel's threatened and will tend to stop on a dime. This allows you to regroup and take control. (With spinning rods, this has the same effect by opening the bail) Throwing it slack is also a great way to stop it's screaming run downstream into snags, deep water, (where you can't go) or at least slow it down so you can catch up.

Walking the dog:
Here's another technique that has worked for me. If I'm working a piece of fast, deep water that is not easily waded. Upon hooking-up, I immediately lighten up and only bend the tip of the rod slightly. Remember what I said earlier about pressure? With only a slight bend in the rod the fish feels little to no pressure and maintains its position in the river. I then slowly move to a safer area and believe it or not normally it will follow. Once I'm in a safe position, I give it to'em.         
It's miller time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

On a reeeel funny note:
Years ago during the height of Salmon season I've heard tails of an angler that would simply walk out into the river and cut there line. :)
On a positive note, maybe our insight will help others who are new to this amazing fishery!

How BIG is your fish? You lie and I'll swear to it! ;)
Randy Jones

Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email:
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers.
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January 9, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

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Fishing Report for the Salmon River NY:
We have recieved a nice push of fresh steelhead following our last high water period. Throw in the steelhead that are already in the river. All spread out top to bottom. With these water temps. I'd be fishing the Winter Habitats. Water is dropping!

Jan. 5 Article:
My comment to article:
Hi Dave,
Thanks for keeping us informed!
I would have written that the normal # of twirlers (not last year) seen on a daily basis, over the last 25 years, is 99.99% LESS this year. Ya-Hooo! (Guess I should have returned your call ;)
In the last 25 years or so Ive seen 3-4 twirlers, on a daily basis, all steelhead season.
This year Ive only seen 3-4 TOTAL steelhead twirlers for the ENTIRE (almost daily) last 3 month steelhead season.
Yes, it persists, BUT is normal, and is 99.99% better than the last 25 years. (excluding last year)
Sincerely, Randy Jones

Lucky13 replied: And is it 99% less twirlers becuz therz 90 % less fishes?
My reply: Nope, if you do the math, it would be 99% less fish (yukyuk)

Fish Tails:
John told me a funny story about his wife and a 15 lb. Steelhead in April. It takes place in an area I had shown them the day before that was loaded with fish and no anglers. Turns out that as John rushed for the net, he ripped a big hole in his waders and cold water rushed in. When he dove for the fish with the net, he fell in. When he tried to net the fish for the third time he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock. Fish was netted, picture was taken and fish was released. I'm sure John's wife was very appreciative of his efforts. :)

While discussing what to do with the rod when I go to net a Big King Salmon in the fast white rapids. I instructed my friend to always drop the rod tip as I go to net it. Creating slack, so as not to pull the fish away from me, and out of the net. Soon they're after, as I was ready to net his next fish.
I yelled (Politely), drop your rod. As I looked on in disbelief (trying not to laugh) my friend dropped my entire rod into the rapid filled river??????  Needless to say, the fish was lost but rod ($500) and brand new ($700) reel was recovered (all scratched up) and a good laugh was had by all!

I made the mistake one day of calling my friend's landed 4lb. Brown Trout "a nice small brown". My friend's eyes got real big, he had a very surprised look on his face as his jaw dropped. What do you mean Randy! This is the BIGGEST Brown trout I have ever caught in my entire life!
I apologized and said what a big beautiful Brown trout it is. :) I guess on this river after awhile, a 3 to 6 lb. fish looks on the smaller side after you get so used to seeing the average fish weight in at 10 to 20 lb's. I'll never make that mistake again. Ever heard of open mouth and insert foot? :)

Monster Brown: At one point during the day Bill said, Hey Randy, come here quick. I see a BIG MONSTER Brown Trout. I walked over and peered into the crystal clear water and looked at what Bill was excitedly pointing at. Look at the size of that one,  Bill commented. I said, Hmmmm, Bill I dont see it. Right there, right off the tip of my rod, dont you see it? It's a monster Brown, could be a new world record! As Bill was pointing at it with his rod I noticed his hands were trembling with the excitement at the possibility of bragging rights to his fishing buddies for years to come if he was able to catch it.

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

Both Chris and I started to snicker because what Bill was pointing at was a very dead and very severely decaying King Salmon just laying happily on the bottom of the river. We both egged him on and suggested he make a cast for it, but shortly there after we explained to him what he was really seeing. His face turned a little red and we all laughed. Of course we were laughing with him and not at him. How long you been fishing this river Bill? Had your eye's checked lately Bill? :)

Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale".
(The above fish tales were written and told with a smile and in fun. :)

Below are a few tips on making your trip here fun, safe, enjoyable and hopefully memorable in many ways.
Fishing in Jan. and Feb.? Are you Nuts? -Yup:

Here are some things to consider when fishing here in the winter. The Salmon River is a dam-released river, so it never totally freezes over.

Slush - Planning your fishing day around it:

No it's not the stuff you put in a cone and eat but rather a winter occurrence that causes certain area's of the river to be unfishable.
Nice looking Female Steelhead. Super! (C and R into cooler ;)

Knowing current water -air temp., current water and future water flow level's, tonight's predicted lows with tomorrow's highs will help you decide where to begin your day of fishing.

Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 285 cfs. Evening lows are swinging around 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast) The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the river.

When slush is present at these air temp's then normally by 10-11 A.M. the lower part of the river will clear out and make fishing possible. If you're ever not sure, than do what I sometimes do and go to the short bridge in town and have a look for yourself, before planning your day. If air temp's do not rise above 20 for the daytime high then you may have slush down river all day.
Nice colored up Male Steelhead. What a beauty!

If I'm planning to start my fishing at dawn, then I'll start up top. And then later possibly move down river once the slush has had a chance to clear. If certain areas of the river are slushed up and you are the first to arrive after it has cleared than the chances of hooking-up are good. You will be the first angler fishing to fresh fish that have not been disturbed or pressured.

This same condition occurs on the smaller creeks around the Salmon River in early-late winter. Many an early A.M. trip has ended with a return trip when slush was not considered. I will always check air temp's the day before I plan fishing the creeks. Often, I will arrive at 10 A.M. and fish while the last balance of slush is clearing and getting first shot at the prime spots.            Fish-on!

If you wanted to fish during the "Prime Time during the Winter" than here are a few things I would consider. (Work and family schedule must be flexible)
1.  3 day warming trend. If there is run-off expect fresh fish in the lower end!
2.  Fish around a holiday, not on it.
5.  Mid-week, actually weekends during this period are normally not crowded at all.
5.  Springtime creeks and streams- Wait till ice out and fish them on the rise or fall of water levels. If you fish them after they have cleared for to long they tend to get fished out. If you can find your honey hole when the water is up, then the fish will be there.
Another Male steelhead. Congrats!

If you arrive and the air temp's are in the low 20’s for the high, then here are a few tip's to staying warm and catching some fish!
1. The days of me fishing a full 8 hours with these air temps are almost over, unless there is sun and no wind. It is actually very pleasant under these conditions.
2. Only fish the most productive part of the day. Normally this occurs during the warmest part. 4 hr's is sufficient between 11-3.
3. Fish spots where the sun is shinning on you, instead of fishing spots where you are in the shadow of a cliff or tree's.
Another friend with a Female Steelhead. Both smil'n!

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

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

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

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

8. Treat yourself to a pair of 4-5 mil neoprene boot foot waders preferably with a polypropylene wool insert that wraps your feet or a Thinsulate rating of approx. 1200 or above in the boot. You work hard so you deserve it - right? Make sure they are 1-2 sizes bigger than normal as air circulation is key to keeping warm. My feet and body actually perspire on even the coldest of days when standing in the freezing water all day. If you walk any great distances then these are not the best as you will perspire like crazy and then may be damp all day.

9. Wear high tech. under garments that insulate as well as breath. Buy a fleece bib or full body fleece.

10. Carry a small portable propane heater with you, if your not walking far and plan to stay in a certain area all day.

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

12. I find that when my toes and fingers start to sting, it's time to actively start moving them and think of warmer places. Going for a quick walk along the river is one of the best ways to get that feeling back. The trick is to never let your feet go numb. It can take all night to get the feeling back into them.
If they start to sting, then thats your clue to take some kind of action. With stocking foot waders, where your laces lose on your boots for a better warming air pocket or what I call sloppy.

13. Take breaks to your car or local restaurant to warm up.
I think it was a toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb's. Fish kept for Ken's dinner table. Congrats Ken!

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

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

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

The lights go out but the river does not sleep. There be monsters in there, and I'll try again tomorrow,

January 1, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

HAPPY HOLIDAY FISH'S from the Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead!

some of my Favorite Holiday and Best Fish Photo's over some 25 years of guiding "Full-Time" here on the SLAM'N Salmon River NY :)
@ with Comments.

Higher Water Flows bring in more fresh Steelhead! Ye-Haa!
All Prime Holding Current Break areas for this water flow and temperature of water is with Steelhead.
With ALL the moisture of late, it has caused ALL of the local creeks and streams to rise. Bringing in fresh Steelhead. Ye-Haa!
Noticed a coupl'a BIG Coho Salmon recently, happily spawning in a lil diversion. Pointed them out to my client, left them alone and enjoyed the view :)

We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the information contained here in for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk (har har ;)

What a difference a day makes!
1 on and off, tuff and challenging! Lots of good spots fished in 1,500cfs. Spoke with a few anglers who knew where to fish in 1,500cfs and they also had a challenging day. Barometric pressure?
What was funny today was the one steelhead we had on and lost was the float dropped HARD twice in a row and then we watched the float start swimming up stream like magic?? ;)
Missed a few others on the float rods. Glow Row bead was the ticket today. Worms have been working.

Same 2 clients, Adam and John. Changed strategies for today with success! It wasn't long until my guest's drags were singing the fishermans national anthem. Today they found 8 steelhead to play with and missed a good take off the float rod.
Found steelhead in all 3 different and unique Prime Habitats (Prime Transitional Holding, Prime Fall Holding and Prime Winter Holding) in 1,500cfs.
Used several different "Tools" (Spin Rods) with different presentational aspects and showed those Steelhead 4 or 5 different things, all with success! YE-HAA! What a difference a day makes!

Over the last 2 days we took 1 person who has never fished the river and brought his fishing ability UP to exceed his expectations and another guest who has experince, that I was able to fine tune a lil on presentation.
We covered advanced indepth float fishing and other optional ways to fish for steelhead with superb results! Care to learn?
Steelhead reeeeeeeel scream'n runs and jumps were all visually exciting to watch and do battle with!

1,500cfs and above.
I always thought that when the river gets this high the fish all leave the river for awhile? ;)
Im canceling my trip due to the high water, I've never spent enouph T.O.W. to figure out the Prime Current Breaks that the fish relate too and use @ these water levels ;)
You cant catch and land a fish in this high flow, now can ya Randy?
What's funny is if the normal flow was 1,500cfs and above, you would have become accustomed to it long ago and would be fishing now. Then, when the water was at 335cfs, you'd be canceling your trip up here because you never put your time in to learn it.
I look at 1,500cfs as an exciting and new water flow. Opening up a number of prime habitats easily fished from shore along the entire length of the Salmon River. Many of these prime high water spots have some slower water at your feet and below. Making it safe to stand and easy to land your fish with less current.
Many of our high water spots will compress and concentrate your Steelhead on a dime, believe it or not. As exact as fitting a key into a lock. Some spots they may be a lil spread out. The island you stand on to fish in 335cfs is now the prime current break in higher flows.
Big boulders in the Holes will now have fish sitting behind them. Any seems over deeper water will always hold some metal for ya! Tails of holes are like a magnet to these Metal Heads. Throw in the deepest part of the tail and keep THAT spot to yourself!
Ever heard of the Hole within the Hole?
(Or also called the G spot? ;) Hard to find, but great results when you do! (yukyuk)
Look for any slow water that has depth and it'll be hold'n some Chrome. Lots of prime steelhead holding habitat in 1,500cfs and above.
Thomas recieved a guided drift boat steelhead fishing trip from his dad for X-mas.  Tom lands a 16lb. Steelhead on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Congrats!
Even Santa takes a fly fishing break and fish's for Steelhead on the Salmon River around Pulaski NY. (Santa released his steelhead as a Holiday gift to you, its nice to share, the gift that keeps on given!)
Santa's brother Dave Claus displays a nice Steelhead while float spin fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Congrats!
Nice Holiday Steelhead from the Salmon River Pulaski NY. The ONLY way you get to wear the Santa hat is if you land a steelhead. Congrats! (Released)

Thanks for a fun 2015 and looking forwards to a Fish ON 2016!
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams..........     ........well mak'm reeeeeeeeeeel
Best Holiday Fish's,

Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email:
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers. "                                          "
Q's? -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones, 55, an Iowa native who lived and guided in Vermont for 12 years before moving to Pulaski, may be one of the best-known of the hardy Salmon River guide corps. Randy has 30 plus years of experience as a fishing guide, which has helped him to acquire a vast and diverse knowledge base. While he's relaxed and good-natured with clients, as a good guide should be, he is also very much a hard-nosed businessman, always on the lookout for an advantage or a new way to promote his name.

His Web site ( draws thousands of visitors a day. It's worth a visit: The site offers informative articles, based on Jones' years of daily experience on the river, about flies, spin fishing, rigging, techniques and finding fish.

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

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

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

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

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

"Kids" Salmon River NY Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo...  bad if your not, I got some wrong too :)
What do we call a 1 year old Salmon?
What do we call a 1 year old Steelhead?
When I say, "special rock". What type of rock am I referring too?
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! ;)
Gravel, where they will spawn
Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide - Randy Jones with over 30 years guiding experince ;)
Our Salmon River Steelhead get this Big. My guest's played with 7 or 8 steelhead in this one lil spot useing a fly rod, in approx. 1 hour fishing time. Talk about EXCITING!!!!! (All released)

Photo Collage of - One day in the Fall: (I'm taking Fall reservations now)

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

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

Hi Randy, I used everything I learned from you to help me catch this beautiful fish. It was great! A trophy! I released it after a few quick pictures. You taught me well, Randy. Thank you! Tommy
Congrats Tom, on that Nice approx. 16 lb. male Steelhead you caught recently! Great C and R handling!

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

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

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

Brown Trout Guided Fishing Report

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

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

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

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

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

Gift certificates are available for Trips
Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.
Pick up a great fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend or fishing loved one (s).
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Come wade or drift boat the world-renowned Salmon River, NY, for hard fighting salmon and steelhead during the splendor of the Fall, Winter and Spring  seasons. Whether it's steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new anglers and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fly/spin fishing. For novices, I place emphasis on fly-spin fishing skills and supplement the day with knots, fly-bait selection, fish habitats and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.
Having some guide fun with John who is an ol' client and buddy of mine on the Salmon River NY with a lil steelhead.
Hi Randy; Well you did it again, only this time a little better. The day was a good one, the knowledge you taught us allowed us to catch and land many Steelhead. We went 2 for 6 on Steelhead fishing on our own..Skip was the first to hook up and he landed a nice female Steelie.It gave him quite the fight, and if I must say I did a great job of netting it .We left the first spot you showed us and went to another one and it was my turn. I hookedup three times with one nice female coming to the net. She was almost as big as the male I caught the day before with you.
Once again you came through  for us. We now have the confidence to find the fish and catch them on our own, Skip and John
HI Skip and John, Ive seen how you fish. I'd recommend going to McDonalds and ordering a fish sandwich :) Or, take up golf, you might catch more :)
Lot's of room at those round circular cement pools at the Hatchery :) Randy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Salmon River Pulaski New York

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
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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
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
Rochester Sportsman Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Albany Outdoors Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Wilmington Sportsman Show MA.  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
(More not listed here)

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

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

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

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

RATES: SALMON RIVER Sept. to May - Wade or Drift Boat
One Angler:.....$275
Two Anglers:...$350
Orvis Fly Equipment - Spin rods and all Tackle provided
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 all tackle 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,

E-mail :

Phone #315-963-2065


Copyright 2015  Randy S. Jones

Enjoy Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
for Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly on the Salmon River NY
Hope you enjoy'd the Fishing Reports