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Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

1/24/15 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Presently on the Salmon River Pulaski NY we are seeing Steelhead that are 50% darker - older and 50% bright - fresh. Suggest Mid. to Lower River for the dumb fresh ones ;) and upper river for all the Steelhead that normally have a P.H.D. in what's reeeeel or not ;)
A good # of fresh Steelhead are holding Mid. to Lower River and some of these are making their way up river. Next high water period will cause more of these to push up river as well as more fresh steelhead to enter and run the river. Ye-Haaa!
This will continue all Winter into the Spring.
We also have a good number of steelhead in the upper river. ALL Prime Winter Habitat's are producing, so we have steelhead top to bottom of the river.
We are seeing healthy steelhead with no lice. Ye-Haaa!

We interrupt this program to bring you.....


Todays Tunes - Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here.
I Got The Funky Steelhead Feelin' - James Brown - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5CAQU6KsMI
The Big Payback - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncvBBjb3iU4
Back Door Santa - B.B.King - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMfhaGNoSfw

Why do Steelhead roll?
No one knows for sure, not even fish biologist's. I've heard there has never been a study done. 1 fish biologist says the females roll to loosen there skein as there body is going thru a change as the eggs develop. Ever stretch in the morning after a sound sleep?
Another seasoned expert steelhead angler says, they are jus looking around while another say's these are fish on the move and finally another says they are jus happy fish.

Who knows for sure.... but, what it does tell you is you have a presence of fish. Which all anglers are happy to see and gives you an indication on where you might try fishing.

Another critical thing that most anglers dont realize (because they dont know there habitat or cant see the bottom) is that normally there is a current break below these rolling fish. Could be a depression or big boulder. Regardless, it pays to remember where these rolling fish are at so in future trips, even if they are not rolling, you will know there is a structural change in the river bottom that holds fish that you should target.

In closing - Why do fish roll? Who really cares. But, what you should care about is they are plainly showing you where to target. I use them as an indicator.
There is a structural or current change (current break) in the rivers bottom that they use to hold whether in a transitional holding state or prime holding lye.
By paying close attention to mother natures signature clues, you'll be on your way to "FISH ON!!

For Advanced Anglers eyes only ;) - Pressured Steelhead and Salmon, how to read them and where to fish:
Normally where most anglers are fishing means its a good spot. BUT, due to the education level of the fish, anglers incorrect rigging, presentation or illegal tactics, will cause them to move.
Would you want to be hit in the head all day by a baseball bat or be annoyed with trash being thrown in your face?
Or get a sharp stick poked in your butt all day? (yukyuk) Its VERY common under these conditions for fish to be pushed, driven out, spook and move.

Here is what I do:
First light Ill fish the best spot with everyone else. Everyone is hooking up, then you see less and less fish being played as a lull in the action takes place. (In my book, All lull's are positive, providing you can read and under stand how to correct them. I do it almost daily!)
(While its still up, please see below - 12/13/14 - Lull in the Steelhead Action: for more tips on this)
The trick is to correctly interpret this lull and know that many times the fish have been pushed or moved from the BEST spot in the hole where most anglers are hammering it, to another location close by. This is when I make my habitat change!

I may fish the far side of the hole on the seam where know one is fishing or maybe the tail out where know one is fishing when I see crowds of anglers fishing with lil to show for their efforts in the normally best spot.
In closing, many times pressured Steelhead and Salmon move and change where they hold and so should you.
By paying close attention to mother natures signature clues and angler fishing pressure, you'll be on your way to "MORE FISH ON!!

If your in the Killington Vt. area this Winter, check out my good  friend and Salmon River Guides shop on the access road. Dave Manning owns and operates "Black Dog Sports" @  http://www.blackdogdeals.com
I am a proud wearer or his companies Summer and Winter clothing and highly endorse his Ski Snow board Shop and his Fishing Guide Expertise.

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:
Nice looking January Female Steelhead with a happy husband and wife. Super and Congrats! (Fish was C.R. into cooler - yukyuk)
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.
Knowing current water -air temp., current water and future water flow level's, tonight's predicted low air temp. with tomorrow's highs will help you decide where to begin your day of fishing.
Sample:
Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 285 cfs. Evening lows are swinging around 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast)
The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the river.
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. (Bring a flashlight ;)
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 February Steelhead. Notice the bump on the lower jaw, red rosy cheeks and red stripe down its side. That tells you its a male. What a beauty! Congrats!! (Caught and Released for you)

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 and streams around the Salmon River in the 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!

Slush Trick:
NY Salmon River Fish Guide Pulaski NY
The last time Chris was out with me was in Feb. They played with something like 20 Steelhead that day. We fished 2 different spots (hit Steelhead in both) in the upper Salmon River while we waited for the slush to clear down river.
Then hammered them again once the slush had cleared in the lower river (every hole) It was stupid with fish!
Guide Drift Boat Fish
At the last hole of the day Chris picked up a Honk'a Steelhead. Approx. 16 lb. range!
A lot of the time you can start up high on the Salmon River and around 10 am. approx. the slush tends to clear in the lower Salmon River and optional Lake Ontario Tributaries. (Weather, Temp's and water flow will dictate when and if the slush will clear)

If you wanted to fish during the Prime Time during the Winter than here are a few things I would consider. (Work and family schedule must be flexible)
1.  3 day warming trend. If there is run-off expect fresh fish in the lower end!
2.  Drop in water level or rise. Or a steady barometric pressure. Sometimes a steady flow that the fish have been accustomed too, combined with a steady barometric pressure is best! No matter, the fish are always here!
3.  Fish around a holiday, not on it.
4.  Mid-week 
Another Male steelhead. Congrats! (C and R)

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. If 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 client with a Female Steelhead. Both smil'n! (C and R)

4. Where dark clothing so the suns warm rays can be absorbed into your clothing.
5. Use a spinning rod. I'm a fly addict, but when it's cold, I love my spinning rod! Hands can stay warm in gloves, guides ice up less frequently, my fly is in the water more due to the mechanical nature of a spinning rod which allows me more chances of hooking up.
6. By yourself a pair of fleece wind blocker fingerless gloves with a pull over mitt. I'm out in this weather a lot, and these gloves are all I wear, they are the best! I also reeely enjoy wool gloves with a pull over mitten. Even if wet, they still insulate. I normally carry 2-3 extra pairs of gloves as I hate wet-cold hands in the Winter time.
7. Put heat pads in your gloves and underneath your arch in wader boots. These are sold at most tackle shops in the area.
8. Treat yourself to a pair of 4-5 mil neoprene boot foot waders preferably with a polypropylene wool insert that wraps your feet or a Thinsulate rating of approx. 1200 in the boot. You work hard so you deserve it - right? Make sure they are 1-2 sizes bigger than normal as air circulation is key to keeping warm. My feet and body actually perspire on even the coldest of days and when standing in the freezing water all day! If you walk any great distances then these are not the best as you will perspire like crazy and then be damp all day. A lot of us full-time Winter guides use Cabelas 5 mil. 1,200 thinsulate boot foots (hunting?) waders that used to sell for around $200.
9. Wear high tech. under garments that insulate as well as breath. I use Orvis  http://www.ORVIS.com and have found them to work great!
10. Being in a drift boat with a big heater is always a treat.
11. You all know about eating right. Stay away from things that take along time to digest. I find a nice pasta dish works for me. A good breakfast and lunch are also an important ingredient to staying warm in the afternoon.
12. I find that when my toes and fingers start to sting, it's time to actively start moving them and think of warmer places. Going for a quick walk along the river is one of the best ways to get that feeling back. The trick is to never let your feet go numb. It can take all night to get the feeling back into them. If they start to sting, then thats your clue to take some kind of action. With stocking foot waders, where your laces lose or what I call 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. Steelhead kept for Ken's dinner table. Congrats Ken!
(FYI - If this fish was to be released, then it would have NEVER been held out of the water for a photo. Probably a picture in the net totally submerged. The gills will freeze, there by wasting a valuable resource that ALL TRUE Steelhead anglers cherish!)

14. Keep moving from spot to spot only hitting the most productive areas in each hole.
15. Start the morning off with a nice long walk to one of your favorite spots. There is nothing like a little exercise to warm you up. This warmth will also stick with you for awhile.
16. Make sure you have on some good solid spikes, chains or korkers on your wading boots to keep you steady on your feet while on ice or slippery rocks. Felt is not enough.
Hope this helps a lil, Randy

Ramblings: Cold Feet Tips:
Mail Bag:
Randy, We have stocking foot breathable waders w/ slip on boots. Well these work ok in the Winter? Thanks, Steve

Hi Steve,
Your wader set up will work. Its how most anglers do it. But, your feet well get cold. The heater in the drift boat really only works for hands, face and upper body.
What we normally do is where your laces lose or a sloppy fit w/ boots, so you can wiggle your toes around. This helps the blood to get to your feet. With laces tight, I think it may cut down on blood flow to the feet a lil.
This helps with circulation and also gives you a lil air to insulate you from the colder air or water temp's.
Feet will still get cold.
The trick is - when you start to feel your feet sting, we normally take a lil break and go for a short energetic walk on a trail to help get the blood circulation back.
The trick is not to let your feet go numb. Then it might take all night to get the feeling back in them. (Long time ago - I even fell into the Winter water once. My feet went numb and I couldn't feel them or the river bottom)
All part of the fun in the Winter time! yuk-yuk :)
No extra charge :)

If you have a lil extra $ myself and most Winter guides use the Cabelas 5 mils. boot foot (boots attached) with a thinsulate value of approx. 1,200. On there website (hunting?) they sell for around $200.
Buy them 1 or 2 sizes bigger then normal so that you have that sloppy fit. This gives you an air pocket to help insulate even more..

I have these and my feet and entire body actually perspire on even the coldest of days or 32 degree water temp's. And thats just sitting in my drift boat or hardly moving much. These are not good if you normally walk any distance as you will perspire like crazy.
Some anglers use a breathable top w/ a knee high heavy insulated rubber boot attached.  These are good if you do long hikes into your favorite spots.

Otherwise you will be fine with what you have. Some anglers love to add the heater pads they make for gloves and or under your arch's.
These are sold at most tackle shops in the area. Whitakers has'm - http://www.whitakers.com/ (Check out there daily fishing reports while your there. My #1 shop)

The BIGGEST mistake I see.... is anglers wearing SO many pairs of thick socks, that it has the opposite effect of keeping there feet warm. To tight a fit - No circulation and no air. (You want a sloppy fit, with whatever type of waders you have during the Winter)

Old Fly Trick:
One of the tricks I sometimes do, that was taught to me by Jim Rusher (Past owner of Whitakers and now a Spey Fishing Guide here and in Canada for Atlantics @ http://www.jimrusher.com/) 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 could be eating?

Complementary Winter - Matching the Hatch Tip

A lil fly - spin fishing tip if your new to Winter Steelhead fishing. During the Winter time (normally) when ever it gets above freezing, look at the banks of the river and try to imitate what you see hatching on the snow.
This was taken when it was above freezing, on the river bank, along with a thousand other of the same insect.

This is called (a family member of) a black stone fly and is probably the #1 insect imitation used by most experienced spin - fly anglers, and rightly so. (Some call'm stones, black stones, lil stones or lil black Winter stones) Sometimes you will notice thousands upon thousands of these on the snowy river bank. This aquatic insect is one of the most abundant. There are also other insect's in different stages of their lives that Steelhead key on too. (That's another article:)

Today's Guide Humor and Fishing Tip:
A few of us guides and shore anglers have certain spot's we enjoy fishing. Sometimes we will get on our spots early, to guarantee a large presence of steelhead for our guest's.
It's always funny when your on your spot in the dark and then at first light a shore angler show's up, pretends to be your best fishing buddy in the whole world and then asks you what time did you get there. There are always two different answers to choose from, both are "polite" lies.
If you tell them the truth, then they will be on that same spot 1/2 hour earlier than you said, tomorrow, beating you to the spot.
Sooo, here is how you always reply when this happens to you.
1. You either say you just got there, when in reality you've been on that spot for over an hour in the dark. Guaranteeing that you will still beat that angler tomorrow to the same spot, that he wants to beat you too.
2. Or, you say we have been on this spot since 4 am. Then tomorrow, your not even going to be fishing. But you can get a  good chuckle over your mornings coffee, knowing that that poor angler was sitting on that spot in the dark, in the snow, in the cold at 3:30 am. yukyuk
Sooo, the moral of the story is when your asked what time did you get there, you always "politely" lie! They really are not your best fishing buddy in the whole world and are only trying to beat you to the same spot tomorrow.
An example of this happened to me recently.
We got on our spot before legal fishing time (1/2 hour before sunrise)  to guarantee a good presence of steelhead for my guest's.
At first light a shore angler arrived, we exchanged pleasantries and he politely asked us what time did we get there. I "politely" lied and said we just got here. He loudly replied, DAM! I knew I should have gotten here a 1/2 hour earlier.
I laughed to myself after his Q, my "polite lie" reply and his comment. And its why I humorously wrote - Today's Guide Humor and Fishing Tip  ;)

More Salmon River drift boat guide Humor:
First person on the spot gets it. I've been beat'n to special spots by seconds.
The funniest one was when I was floating down the river in the dark in the drift boat. Relaxed, enjoying the early morning stars and the tranquility of it all. I notice a shore angler walking on the trail leading to the spot I had hoped to get for my guest's.
(Sometimes where these steelhead lay is as exact as fitting a key into a lock)
I can see the angler walking thru the woods with a flashlight as it moves to the rhythm of his stride. I start to get nervous and push the boat faster and faster.
He hears me coming....  down thru the rapids, as the bottom of my drift boat slaps the water.........

I can see the rhythm of the walking angler's flashlight speed up as he increases his pace. It almost look's like a strobe light thru the Winters wooded darkness, he is walking sooooo fast.  Im pushing the boat fast'rrrrrrr...........

Its a race to the finish!
He lands on the spot seconds before me. First person on the spot..... gets it.
Turns out we were both guides and knew each other well. We both laughed out loud until our stomach's hurt at what had just transpired.
He was nice enouph to share his clients spot with my guest's and everyone caught some fish. 

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!

Jeff and Bob's Fishing Report and Testimonial from the Archives:
I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU for a most excellent trip yesterday. Having fished the Lake Ontario tributaries for nearly 20 years and guiding for 10 of those, yesterday was by far the best fishing I have ever experienced. You really put us on the fish, IT WAS AMAZING. In two decades of fishing my biggest coho was 18 pounds. I caught FOUR coho yesterday that beat it (18.5lb, 19lb, 20lb, and 22lb). Our Norwegian guest Geir Sivertzen had the time of his life and will remember this day forever with a big smile on his face. I caught and released more coho yesterday than I have in the last 4 years combined!
I was fishing with 8 pound tippet when I hooked into the Coho salmon of a lifetime. After a 10 minute battle, I managed to grab its tail as our guide Randy Jones, was busy chasing fish that Bob and Geir were fighting. My Coho salmon measured 35 inches (88.9 cm) and weighed 22 pounds (9.98 kg). After weighing and measuring it, I quickly released it back into the river. It was by far the largest Coho Salmon I had ever landed in nearly 20 years of fishing for them. The next day, I looked at the International Game Fish Association, IGFA, Record Book and saw that the 8 pound tippet class Fly Rod record was 19lb 9oz. My fish beat the World Record by well over 2 pounds. I felt sick, because I did not go through all the necessary steps to register the fish as a record. So, the old record stands. From now on I'll carry a copy of the IGFA Record Book in the back of my fishing vest.
What else can I say . . . a grand slam (35lb king, 17lb steelie, 7lb brown, 22lb coho), all three of us hooked up simultaneously at least 4 times, having to net fish two at a time, Bob, Geir and myself landing 50 out of 85 fish AND all on fly rods!!! Yes, our arms are SORE!! We simply cannot thank you enough for sharing your expertise and helping us to have a most memorable day. You are truly one of the standouts on our Mustad Guide Prostaff. Sincerely, Jeff Pierce National Sales Coordinator. (Jeff P. is now the Sales Manager @ http://www.scientificanglers.com/ for Foreign accounts)

Randy, I have had a chance to fish with drift boat guides from all over North America and you are one of the very best. I really appreciated the knowledge you shared and the personal attention given to Geir, Jeff and myself. Mustad is fortunate to have you on our guide pro staff and I look forward to a long fishing relationship. Regards, Bob Funk National Sales Manager. (Bob F. is now the National Sales Manager for Shimano American Corporation @ http://fish.shimano.com/)
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.

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

The Spring dropback season is fast approaching, and dates are going fast! Get in on the awesome fishing from mid March till normally, the end of April. If you want the date of your choosing, please call or email us today!!

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30  yr.'s full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

1/13/15 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Boy, my 2 paragraph sprint turned into the Boston Marathon. Bad habit of writing more than what your butt can handle - yukyuk

Fresh Steelhead abound on the Salmon River Pulaski NY. These are the ones that came in with our last few high water periods. Add in ALL the ones that have been entering the Salmon River since Sept. and we have Steelhead top to bottom of the Salmon River NY. Older and fresher.

OUTSTANDING
 NEWS! - We have seen a MAJOR decrease in steelhead mortality rates from a month ago. Might mean that the ones that were sick have all died with all healthy steelhead left?
Presently, we have lots of fresh Steelhead around. It will be interesting to monitor them and see if we do or dont have a repeat of what happened a month ago. We shall see.
Latest Update: DEC Studying Ongoing Salmon River Steelhead Disorder - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation - http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/100233.html

Since my last report we have built up on our snow base with a lot and water content in it. We recieved some heavy rain awhile back that soaked into the snow and then froze. This will all help with our Spring flows, providing you all with ample opportunity this Spring. Ye-Haa!

You might enjoy viewing one of my newest Sites @ http://fishreportsalmonriverpulaskiny.tumblr.com/ Enjoy!

This is my favorite time to fish. Why?
Less anglers fishing means more opportunity for you!
There is NO guess work on where the most steelhead are at.
The steelhead bite has improved. These steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's with some smaller but MANY LARGER. Ye-Haa!
Steelhead fishing you ALL the best of Luck!
Randy
My ol buddy "Pro. Angler" Jeff Pierces incredible Steelhead. Congrats! (Jeff works @ http://www.scientificanglers.com/)
Another happy guest with a bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing off the drift boat on the Slam'n Salmon River. Congrats! (Released for your future fishing pleasure, it's nice to share :)

Thanks for the memories Joe -
Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here.
Hitchcock Railway - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW2y0MiH1hE
Black Eyed Blues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ReYop8Fa0
Feelin' Alright - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoAO0851FwA
Delta Lady - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYmKWXawC1c
You can leave your hat on - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbQ2yqWNHNw

What will they think of next? Inflatable drift boats??? Saw my first one the other day on the Salmon River.
If I owned one I would have a BIG sign on it. NO Korkers or Spikes allowed ;) I wonder how many 1,000's of spikes and korker scrapes it could handle, everyday, year round from clients getting in and out.
I wouldn't want to try putting a heater in it during the Winter time.
I'd only use it on nice days with lil wind. Even a 300-400 pd. metal drift boat gets blown around reel good in a strong wind and gust's. Hey look, its not a plane or a bird, its a drift boat with guide and clients flying over your head.

Fran Verdoliva: Bringing ethical fishing to the Salmon River (CNY Conservation Hero) - http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/12/fran_verdoliva_a_cny_hero_of_conservation_first_in_a_series.html
Congrats Again, Fran!!!
If any of you are up at the Hatchery and you see Multi-Award Winning Fran V. Ask him for an Autograph ;)

Ramblings from the Row'rs Seat:
A guide friend told me recently that before it snowed he filled his drift boat to the brim with trash he had picked up from Pineville down to 2A. Super!
I was at a few popular spot's myself the other day and picked up a bunch of trash. Thanks to those of you who pick up OTHERS trash also!
Once,  I filled my drift boat 5 feet high on all sides from the transom to the bow with trash bags on a river clean up with friends. Had to stand up while rowing to be able to see down river.
Next time I stop in Jersey, Im going to dump all MY frigg'n trash in YOUR front yard and see how YOU like it. (Just kidding Jersey. Why is it that Jersey (Jokingly) usually gets the brunt of this stuff? - yukyuk)

Warning - Dangerous Shelf Ice
With cold temp's comes shelf ice. Sometimes anglers will stand on it to fish a productive spot. The trick is knowing it is thick enouph to support your weight and MOST important is knowing the depth of water underneath it. No sense in taking any stupid risk's.
I've heard some nasty stories when the water underneath an angler was over there head deep and they broke thru. 
I'm talking from experince. We will save THAT story for another day - yukyuk

Dead Batteries - Winter Tip:
I see this happen a lot with my guest's who bring a camera on there trip. Dead Batteries. I've never had a problem with this as Ive learned to keep my camera or cell phone in an inside pocket of my jacket which is on the inside of my waders. Your body heat keeps your batteries in working order all day, even on the coldest. The other major advantage to this and another tip, you should ALWAYS carry your camera on you. This speeds up the picture taking process, especially if you had to chase your steelhead down river, which helps insure a healthy steelhead being released.

What makes an experienced steelhead angler? The ability to evaluate a situation and adjust your presentation, rigging or habitat to maximize your catch.
Our Steelhead get thiiiiiiiis BIG! In this one lil spot my 2 guest's played with 7 or 8 of'm useing Fly Rods!

Typical Winter Holding Water

From the Mail Bag:

Hi Randy, Could you list the typical winter holding water in the river? Thanks, Joe

Sure Joe, that’s an easy one. Any water that is moving slowly and is deep. Any and ALL of the larger pools on the Salmon River are with Winter Steelhead presently.

The main thing I stress with my guest's are to look for current breaks. These come in many forms.
The below 2 current breaks are my number one area's to fish for steelhead when they are holding during the winter time.
1. The deepest part of any hole. (Ever heard of the hole within the hole?)
2. The tails of a hole.
(If the deepest part of the hole is in the tail of the hole, then keep THAT spot to yourself. This type of structural habitat act's like a magnet to these metal heads)

Whenever you have 2-3-4-5 types of current break's in one spot, stay put and fish it!
I have a favorite spot I like to fish that has 4 current breaks working for it.
The first is a shallow gravel bar that cross's the river. (Similar to a rip in the Saltwater) The second is a trough (or run) that sits behind and down stream of this shallow gravel bar. The 3rd is a hole that sits in the middle of the trough (or run) and the fourth is the seam. The seam is what is between the fast water and frog water. It is also directly over the hole in the trough. Pheeeeew! (That's 4 current breaks in one)
 
The below  is imperative to successfully fishing the Salmon River:
I figure any spot that has 2 current breaks working for it, is better than an area that only has one. This hole had a perfect seam (were the fast water meets the slow water) running down the middle of it. The seam would be one current break and the hole is the other.
Besides the hole and seam that Warren is fishing. To the right of Warren is the head of the hole and fishing the drop holds steelhead and is another current break.
Nice Pic. of the "current break" seam. (Where the fast water meets the slow water.) Combine a seam and deep water during the Winter and chances are good, you''ll come up with some silver.
Andy is fishing the deepest part of the Tail of the hole. Another great current break where the water moves slower.
Warren and Andy have 6 current breaks in this 1 spot. The seam, hole, head of the hole, hole within the hole, deepest part of the tail and the very tail (where the current break is water moving from faster to slower)
Another critically important Current Break: It can be and is something as simple as a 6-12 inch drop in the river bottom.
Combine any of the above and your in the right spot.

The above and more are all different types of “Current Break” habitat I look for when targeting Steelhead. Some are only transitional current break lies while others are only Fall Holding or Winter holding current break lyes.
Whether the water level is high, medium or low, also determines what current breaks the fish will be useing and where you should be targeting.

When I go fishing, I take all this and more into consideration. Hope this helps in your search for the sometimes elusive Silver Bullet during the Winter time.

Andy and Warrens Testimonial:
Hi Randy, By the way, both Warren and I had a fantastic time and look forward to Steelhead fishing with you the next time. Your attentiveness, knowledge, instructional skills, and good humor really make fishing with you a blast. And we even caught some Steelhead! Thanks again...Andy and Warren

Mail Bag:
Randy, Your insight to the Salmon River is excellent. Take care and keep up the good work. The area needs more guides like you. You give the area a good name. Thanks and Tightlines. Bob

Bob, after that..... Im having trouble getting my head thru the front door! - yukyuk
Thanks very much for your kind words. It makes me very happy that you enjoy my website. It's a fun hobby and marketing tool. I enjoy doing it, so it's normally not to much like work.  Also, when I was just starting to (fly-spin)  fish, I never hired a guide due to always being short of cash and always being on a tight budget. I pretty much was self taught and would have shaved 5 or more years off the learning curve by hiring one. So I think it's a nice way to offer suggestion's and tip's to those that can use them, without the cost. I wish when I was new to the sport that I had been able to access something like what I do.
It also provides folks with a virtual link to one of their great passions in life along with a little hopeful entertainment.
Randy

Fish Tails:
I made the mistake one day of calling my guest's landed 4 lb. Brown Trout "a nice lil brown". My client's eyes got real big, he had a very surprised look on his face as his jaw dropped. What do you mean Randy! This is the BIGGEST Brown trout I have ever caught in my entire life! I apologized and said what a big beautiful Brown trout it is. :) I guess on this river after awhile, a 3 to 6 lb. fish looks on the smaller side after you get 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? :)

I wanted a spot that had a presence of steelhead, was easy to fish, safe and would normally have no other anglers present. This was their first time fishing the Salmon River.
I put Jeff in a spot where their weren't any trees or bush's on the fair bank that he might accidentally cast into. Wouldn't you know it, he found every tree and bush to cast into, that I didn't even know existed? (I have a few more gray hairs after that trip)
I eventually, humorously, had to give him a "Time Out".
Lot's of steelhead were played with and a few nice ones coming to net. Pictures taken, all fish released for your future fishing pleasure. Another rewarding day of many.

Todays Guide Humor:
When I spend ALL DAY filling out a nice lengthy fishing report for ALL of you and I get no (love) +1's, likes, comments, reviews or shares on my Social Media Sites ;)
https://plus.google.com/+SalmonRiverNYGuideRandyJonesMexico
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210


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
 
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 :)

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

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

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

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

Seaguar Fluorocarbon - http://www.seaguar.com/freshwater/fly-fishing.html (See Grand Max.w/red label) Sea. gets its strength and flexibility from two exclusive unique floro. resin's in patented double structure technology. Enouph of that tecno stuff
If you want to use the exact same leader - tippet material that I do for steelhead, then this is the exclusive floro. I use in the Winter time. I think it is also the most expensive. I get paid to guide anglers like yourself and feel its my responsibility to offer you the best shot at catching fish. Thats why I only use the best materials, etc.. made, simple. It is not brittle in the Winter time like some other really good floro.'s are. The diameter beat's ALL other's for its strength (Except for Orvis Mirage). As Ive always said, anytime you can disguise what your fly, bait, etc.. is tied too, any species of fish, anywhere in the world, the odds are pretty good that you will play with a few more. If you want to use the same floro. as most of the world's TOP guides, then Seaguar is the ticket.

Their Grand Max (Red Label) is, if not the BEST, at the very top of the line for top shelf fluorocarbon lines. This is not my opinion, but comes from "Unbiased" scientific study, research from laboratories who have compared it with all of the other top fluorocarbons in the market place concerning breaking strength, visibility in the water and more. (Compare Seaguar's diameter and breaking point  (pound test) with your favorite Floro. and you will see what I mean)

 I could type all day long on the advantages you'll have, type all day long about all of the experiment's Ive run. All day long about, well, you get my drift. I only use the best materials, etc.. in my guide business.
In many many cases, this one product can make the difference between no fish and a dozen. Been there, done that, I've bought the T-shirt. I like my side of the fence better than the other side. We have all been on the other side, but no more, with Seaguar Fluorocarbon :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The above and a hole lot more coming to your virtual fishing screen this season, complements of Salmon River NY Guide Randy Jones with over 30 years professional guiding experince.
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.

May all your door knobs smell of "BIG Happy New Year" Steelhead
!
Randy

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30  yr.'s full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

Special Holiday Fishing Report and Ramblings:

Plenty of great steelhead fishing in the Salmon River NY area. The last few weeks the steelhead fishing for me has been ok, reeeeeel good to Amazing! (Guess we jus got lucky ;)
Some spot's we are having to work for them. Making each steelhead all the more rewarding.
While other spot's it's almost been to easy with numerous steelhead being fought.
Obviously, this wouldn't be a truthful fishing report, if I didn't add that some spots left us wanting.......
(Sometimes it's like a box of chocolates on the river, never know ;)
Anglers are finding steelhead in all the normal places for the current water flow and how it relates to all the current breaks.
The local creeks and streams are up and with steelhead. On the Salmon River NY we have steelhead top to bottom of river.

Todays Holiday Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here.
RUN RUN RUDOLPH LEMMY KILMISTER, Dave Grohl and Billy Gibbons - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsqC6HRS8Lc
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to Town - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg4ys5whesE
David Bowie & Bing Crosby  - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 1977 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbJLo4x-tk
Eric Clapton - Crying Christmas Tears - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDYVrqBZ95k
B.B. King- Merry Christmas Baby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDV0Y6UK0zs

River News - Celebrity Guest Catch's Steelhead!
Guess who was fishing for Steelhead this weekend on the river? Yup, even Santa takes time off to wet a line and tangle with some Silver Bullets on the Salmon River. Ol' Saint Nick was 1 for 3 using a combination of glow bugs and Stones. Santa was last seen chasing a rocketing, somersaulting, speeding bullet, tail walking Steelhead down the river steady on his feet. Bellowing Ho-Ho-Ho, Happy Steelhead Fishing Holidays to Alllllllll.
(Santa released all of his Steelhead, as a Holiday gift to you)
Enjoy Steelhead or salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/steelhead drift boat fishing report guide and author Randy Jones I had a celebrity in the drift boat today. It was Dave Claus. (Santa's brother) Dave, Myself and Miss Steelhead are fishing you all a Safe and Happy Holiday!
Dave only fell in once today, but boy was it a good one. He went up to his ears while fighting a Steelhead in the 32 degree water. He came out of it sounding like a choir boy, but with the biggest grin from ear to ear!
That's steelhead fishing for ya, it can be addicting. Why else would people brave sub- freezing temp's and swimming in 32 degree water - yukyuk
Fishing steelhead off the drift boat on the Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing guide off drift boat on the Salmon River
The Santa hat magically appeared out of my bag, just in time for the first fish picture. This next Steelhead we had to give chase in the drift boat and barely landed it. Directly below us was a fallen tree and shallow white water rapids. I set the anchor in the middle of the river, jumped out of the boat, gave chase and netted the fish just before it ran into the brush pile. John gave out a howler of satisfaction and excitement!
An ol'Holiday Brown Trout landed by me in ol'Pucker Brush Creek some 20 years ago. (No wrinkles and 20 lb's lighter  - yukyuk)

Introducing Bella - 4 mo. old rescued female kitten we picked up from a Vet. (Pulaski North Country) employee foster care giver. Santa's Best X-mas present EVER! :)
Bella Puuuuur's you all a Happy Holiday!

A few lower water flow advantages presently:
1. This will compress and concentrate the steelhead more. Giving you greater opportunity!
2. The water - current breaks - holding pools, will be much easier to read.
3. Most wade anglers prefer this flow. It's easier to fish, wade, access your spots, safer, most anglers know how to fish this lower flow as they are more used to it and its a lil easier to land that Trophy Steelhead of a lifetime with less current.
4. In some places, you'll be able to cross the river to reach some of your favorite fishing holes. (dependent of current water levels)

Where the land ends LIFE begins
Reprinted with permission
Author Mike Cavanaugh, who works in DEC's Division of Public Affairs, Education and is Tom's Dad..

Enjoy reading Mikes article on a day on the Salmon River with his son, Tom. For me, certain days stand out among other's. Sometimes its the big fish, numbers of fish or the camaraderie we share. Today was different, it was not about numbers or size, but mostly about dad sharing his love for the great outdoors with his son and spending quality time together. May devoted anglers read these words and relive the simple pleasures of finding - and landing - the big one. ( The fisherman's book of wisdom)
Steelhead Fishing Report Pulaski NY Salmon River Thomas looked a little puzzled as he picked the brightly wrapped package from under the tree; it wasn't heavy, it didn't rattle or anything. In fact, it felt like an empty box. A cruel trick to play on a 12-year old boy, but the sudden appearance of cameras as he unwrapped it meant that this would be something special. He was even more perplexed, however, when the box contained only a single fishing fly and a note that said January 5th.

Fly Fishing in January?

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

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

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

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

Before launching the boat, Randy and I talked about my objectives for the day. I told Randy that this was Thomas's trip and, with that in mind, to devote most of his attention to making sure my son learned a bit of technique, and how to be a courteous and ethical angler. While catching a fish was important, a good day on the water was the goal.

We fished for a while in the fly-only area upstream of the Altmar bridge, using a fly rod. My third cast-WHAM! A silver rocket took the fly and gave me the fight of my life-for all of about 30 seconds, that is, 'til I got too aggressive and it broke the tippet. Oh well! Under our guide's tutelage, Thomas was doing much better; getting the hang of casting to the right spot, feeling the drift and cooperating with the handful of other anglers in the pool. After 45 minutes, Randy decided it was time to move downstream a bit.

Riding in the big drift boat was quite an experience for both of us. Randy steered us around some rocks; we bumped over others. The fresh snow, combined with the steam rising off the river and the bright gray of January overcast made it a surreal picture. Other anglers shivered in their waders as we drifted past and warmed our hands in the red glow of the propane heater on the boat. While drifting Randy spoke to Thomas about his experiences fishing the Salmon River and his love of fishing.

We drifted for a few minutes and landed at a hole just upstream from the popular trestle pool. We got out of the boat and waded into the icy water (thank goodness for our insulated Neoprene waders). There were a few other anglers and some real promising water. The promise was kept within a few minutes as Thomas hooked into a large and very energetic steelhead. I put down my rod, picked up the camera and enjoyed watching my son get dragged around 100 yards of Salmon River real estate, with Randy running close behind! The big fish was netted and Thomas got a close look at a approx. 15-pound silver beauty. High-fives all around, a picture or two from the proud dad, and the fish was released unharmed to hopefully brighten the day of another angler.

As we drifted and fished for the rest of the day, we learned about the river, we visited with other anglers, we talked about the steelhead we were seeing, we had a lot of laughs and , oh, by the way, Thomas caught another fish or two. Randy felt bad that the "old man" hadn't caught any fish, but I assured him it didn't matter. After all, that wasn't the objective of the trip.
        Just look at
that smile!
Approx. 15 lb. Steelhead.
I'm often asked, "Randy, what was your best day on the water?” After 30 plus years of guiding in Vermont, Cape Cod and the Salmon River NY, many best days flash across my mind. As I searched deep for my best fish story, it suddenly hit me. It wasn't my fish, my day or even my story that gave me the most rewarding experience!

Today, more than ever I felt a part of Mike and Thomas's hopes, desires and dreams. We shared laughter and the excitement in each other's voices.
The look of total satisfaction and awe as we revived, released and watched a keeper
swim away, savoring its beauty and gracefulness.
Released to produce more fish for you to catch and offspring for your children's future fishing pleasure.
Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead fishing guide has Salmon River guide fish reports for salmon steelhead off drift boat Tom was all smiles after fighting this big Steelhead. This was his first time ever fishing for them. The second one, even though smaller, still gave him a great fight and both will last in his memory for a life time. Congrats Tom!
The Salmon River, where Memories are Made.
I have a feeling it will be a long ride home for his father Mike. - yukyuk
Mikes Testimonial:
Randy, Just to let you know that Thomas & I had a great time fishing with you yesterday. You have a particularly good way of explaining things to kids that help them understand.  However, the most valuable thing to me was that he (and I) got to fish with someone who understands and respects the resource and takes the  time to explain the fish, it's life cycle, conservation and on stream courtesy and sportsmanship. It's a lesson that I hope sticks long after the memory of that 15 pound steelie has faded. Look forward to fishing with you again. Mike
Thanks Mike, its always fun to hook something other than a fish. I think we succeeded!

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Mail Bag:
Hello Randy,
I am contacting you from Philadelphia, PA area. I enjoy reading your posting's on-line concerning fishing on the Salmon River!  Very informative (with some humor)!!  I would like to see if you have any dates open in April of 2015. 
I would like to fish on a Friday if possible.....  We would be utilizing spinning gear. Please let me know your availability.
FYI: I fished the Salmon River in April of 2014 with a guide.  Fishing was awful.  I believe we were done in by the incredible amount of water. (I believe the day I fished the river was around 3,000 or 4,000 cfs). 
The trip had been arranged during an outdoorsman show in the Philly area. We did not catch anything!  We were offered a half price trip for Nov. 21 since we got skunked...... About a week before the Nov trip we were cancelled (no reason given). 
I then come to see pictures of another group out with the same guide on the day I was cancelled!  Needless to say this left a 'bad taste'. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing back. Michael
HI Michael,
Im reeeeel happy you enjoy my ramblings! Fun to do!
One of my favorite times to fish for steelhead is in April, warmer and because you have the option to sight fish. I like the last week of March and the first 2 weeks of April. My first Friday open is April 10, good date.
Im sorry to hear about your poor fishing and unprofessional guide experince. That guide or ? gives ALL of us a bad name and is not the norm.
I cherish higher flows in the Spring as I have numerous, fun 3-5,000 cfs places that we can fish for Steelhead. These spots remind me more of flying into the wilds of Alaska.
Many times they are LOADED with big steelhead and normally there is know one else around, believe it or not.
We will chat 4-7 days before your trip to confirm meeting time and place. Any other Q's? Best Holiday Fish's, Randy

Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a salmon and steelhead drift boat fish reporting guide Superb fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a fish reports drift boat steelhead guide Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead while useing a float off a spinning rod w/beads and egg sacks. Congrats!!
Getting into the Holiday Spirit with a nice Brown Trout caught while fly fishing the Salmon River. Congrats! (All Fish Released)
Holiday Steelhead. The primary goal today was to wear the Santa Hat. To be able to receive the distinguished honor of wearing it, you had to land a fish. Congrats!

Fish Tails:
Tim and Gert had a number of goals or interests for the day. Besides the usual fishing, drift boat and trying to hook into a few steelhead. They also wanted to spend a little time driving around and look at some of the local streams, creeks that hold chrome.
We visited about 7 different bodies of water which probably gave both of them a lifetime of additional area's to fish.
Today sort of went like this:
Do you see those tree's on the bank?
Yes, Randy.
Do you see those bush's on the bank?
Yes Randy.
Those tree's and bush's are not going to move all morning. They wont jump out at you, I promise. So please dont throw into them.
Ok, Randy.
Now, land it just short of those tree's and bush's.
Ok Randy.
Hey Gert, what are you doing stuck in all those tree's I told you about? Hey Tim, what are doing stuck in all those bush's I told you about? Why me lord ;) ;) I need a day off BAD!
We had a lot of laughs today. I got a big kick out of the fact that in a half a day of fishing (the other half was driving around learning some new and exciting water) off the drift boat we tied into 9 steelhead.
The other big kicker was out of the 4 spots we fished, we hit them in every hole. We went 100% on all spots! Ye-Haaaa!
Be careful out there or YOU could be the next "Fish Tale".
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)

Todays Guide Humor:
CoHo Ho Ho Ho - Best way to get out of buying X-Mas present's ;) I swear I didnt in-hale, Randy ;) - How do fish party? Seaweed of course!

Just read that the largest growth on facebook is women 55-65. Guess I should post some of my grandma's fish recipes? - (jus kid'n ladies ;)

I just got a new fishing rod and reel for my wife……best trade I ever made.

Comfort Zone
(Syracuse Post-Standard - Reprinted with permission)
Steelhead anglers prepared to beat the chill
By J. Michael Kelly - Staff writer
September through April, Randy Jones of Pulaski gets to spend five or six days a week on the Salmon River, and he has helped hundreds of anglers to catch the biggest fish of their lives.
That's the fun part of being a full-time guide. The hard part is keeping reasonably warm on a frigid morning in January or February when the river is clogged with slush, lake-effect snow is blowing in your face, and your client is nevertheless determined to hook a steelhead or two.
Jones copes with the winter weather by keeping his extremities warm, dressing in loose-fitting layers, eating right and, above all, always making room in his drift boat or back pack for a small propane heater.
"I couldn't guide in the winter time if I did not have some sort of (portable) heating device," he said.
He tucks a 20-pound heater in his boat and carries a 5-pounder on wading-only trips. The toasty comfort generated by the small units has been the nemesis of many steelhead, by enabling guide and clients to continue fishing on days when they were tempted to quit early.
"Many times it's the difference between being comfortable or not," Jones said.
More than a few Central New York ice fishermen wouldn't leave shore without one of those same propane heaters. Yet when winter is at its worst, ice anglers have it easy compared to steelheaders. Hole-drillers can ward off a chill by wearing head-to-toe snowmobile suits and sitting inside wind-resistant shanties. Mittens can stay on until tip-up flags stand up.
The winter steelhead angler, however, almost always pays a chilly price for his infrequent duels with silver-scaled rockets. There is no way to wrap a shanty around a steelheader's shoulders while he stands knee-deep in water that registers 34 degrees fahrenheit; and that shivering angler has scant room for extra clothes inside his chest waders. Finger tips must always be free to feel any faint tug on the line, and the sport who takes too many breaks on the stream bank is bound to be absent when a fish finally decides to bite.
To keep his fingers warm for knot-tying and other guide chores, Jones wears fleece fingerless gloves with an attached pull-over mitt and a slit through which his thumb can protrude. Or the tried and true wool ones.
"Those gloves are all I wear," he said. "They're the best."
He also recommends the use of chemical heat pads, available in most area sporting-goods stores, to warm up frozen hands and fend off numb toes. The pads can be tucked into glove palms or under the arch or toes in boot-footed waders.
Under extremely cold conditions, metal reel seats and rod grips can be painful to the touch, but Jones warms them by simply wrapping them with a couple of turns of athletic tape.
Steelhead fishing is especially hard on anglers who have tight-fitting boots. Although stocking-foot waders with felt- or cleat-soled overshoes are suitable for other times of the year, Jones strongly recommends waders with attached boot feet for winter use.
Boot-foot waders are preferred because they leave more wiggle room for the angler's toes, and maybe even for a second pair of socks. The roominess helps blood circulation and deters the numbing and cramps that can force fishermen out of the water or cause an unscheduled stumble and fall.
There are two schools of thought regarding materials for winter waders, Jones noted. Many anglers, manufacturers and retailers recommend that loose, so-called "breathable" waders be worn over a warm pair of pants or fleece and a set of moisture-wicking long underwear, but Jones said he stays comfortable in 5-millimeter-thick neoprene waders, which are relatively tight-fitting.
Dressing in layers like Grandma always taught you is advisable above the waist, too. Few anglers wade the Salmon River this time of year without first donning a heavy shirt, sweater and windproof outer garment to cover trunk and shoulders, and Jones can often be spotted with his coat hood pulled up over his favorite baseball cap.
The guide stays in shape for rowing drift boats, netting trout and other physical duties by avoiding foods that are difficult to digest and therefore do little to deter a chill.
"I find a nice pasta dish works for me," he said. "A good breakfast and lunch are also an important ingredient to staying warm in the afternoon."
A hot thermos of tea, cocoa or coffee can also be a comfort during a day-long float down the river, but just remember all that fluid can be hard to deal with when you're wearing neoprene waders.
Thanks Mike!

HOT
Winter Warmth Client and Guide Tips
:
With Winter upon us, I picked up one of these that my guest Ron Z. recommended for additional warmth and they are OUTSTANDINGLY warm! http://www.fourthelement.com/dry_arctic_undersuit.php (I think they sell for $250-$300?) The socks look extremely warm too.
I'll use this and then layer with another thick fleece bib on the coldest days. I also use http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=41r8 and enjoy them thoroughly. These will help to keep your hands warm also. http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8L08
Here is the latest technology in heated underwear that my client Ron Z. just bought. He uses it when Scuba Diving in Arctic water temp's. It will be interesting to try up here! - http://www.dui-online.com/products/blueheat/
Its cheap, $1,000 to $3,000. Maybe if I win the lottery  - yukyuk  
(Ron and I have recieved no compensation for endorsing these fine products, jus felt like sharing some good warm stuff with you.) Thanks again for the HOT Tip's Ron!

All the Research and Articles I've been able to find for you, in one place, related too - Increased Steelhead Mortality and Possible Reasons Why, on the Salmon River Pulaski NY:

12/16/14 - Cornell scientist: 'Nutritional disease' may have killed steelhead on Salmon River @ http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/12/cornell_scientists_dead_steelhead_on_salmon_river_may_be_caused_by_dietary_disea.html#incart_related_stories

From Clint on http://forums.fishusa.com/Message/550968-problem/p2/
This was an e mail received from Scott Prindle, the Biologist in charge of the SR.
There have been steelhead acting strangely and dying for several weeks now. We sent an initial sample to Cornell University Vet School to see if was being caused by a disease, virus or parasite. They found nothing conclusive on those fish.
We think it may be related to thiamine levels in the fish. Similar observations have been made in other Great Lakes in the past. Last week we captured several fish and took muscle and liver samples to be sent off to a Federal Fish Health lab to determine their thiamine levels. Additionally we are holding some fish in
a pen at the hatchery that are acting sick and have injected them with a thiamine solution. This has worked in the past to revive fish that were suffering from thiamine deficiency.
Here is a set of articles about  the great lakes salmon. It is old, but has some good stuff @ http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/Salmon-crowned-king-but-its-reign-is-wobbly-b99397825z1-284550501.html
Unfortunately while we may be able to determine that thiamine is the culprit, there is not much that can be done from a practical standpoint.
I'll let you know what we hear from the Feds. Scott"

More Google research stuff: https://www.google.com/#q=U.S.+Geological+Survey+lab+Pennsylvania+testing+DEC+fisheries+biologists+vitamin+B+deficiency+gill+lice+steelhead+mortality
(More links on page related to Thiamine Deficiency and Reproductive Failure in Great Lakes Fishes)
New Insights Regarding an Unsolved Mystery Clifford Kraft, Esther Angert 
Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3001; 607-255-2775, cek7@cornell.edu Dept. of Microbiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3001; 607-254-4778, era23@cornell.edu 
The large-scale mortality of salmonine fishes from thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency presents an unsolved mystery in aquatic ecosystem management.  Recent studies demonstrate that this thiamine deficiency results from the consumption of clupeid prey containing thiaminase, an enzyme that degrades available thiamine, yet conditions that influence fish thiaminase levels remain poorly characterized.  This presentation will highlight a microbial perspective to advance an understanding of this important problem in fisheries and aquatic ecosystem management.  Recent discoveries in molecular biology and structural chemistry support the hypothesis that bacteria living within aquatic organisms regulate the production of thiaminase, which subsequently leads to thiamine deficiency in fish and consumers of fish.  Several aspects of fish anatomy, physiology and internal gastrointestinal tract conditions could facilitate thiaminase production and point to microbial sources as responsible for the observed distribution of thiaminase in fish and other organisms.  Progress cannot be made in solving this substantial problem in fisheries management without conducting controlled experiments that successfully manipulate conditions that regulate the production or accumulation of thiaminase in aquatic organisms, and preliminary results from these types of experiments will be presented.

Interesting:
We have also learned that the hatchery is not immune to disease or issues as well as there was a recent loss of 200,000 Salmon River Hatchery Chinook Salmon this past winter due to “mortality thiamine syndrome” which is caused by another invasive species of bait / forage fish called the Alewife. The Alewife is a bait fish whose oil causes a thiamine deficiency in the eggs of the adult fish causing very early death in fish fry. Some believe that the Alewife is the leading cause of the extinction of Atlantic Salmon in many of the Lakes in northern NY.
These conditions prove the need to try to improve the the Lake Ontario Tributaries that have historically been proven to maintain natural populations of migratory sport fish species such as Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Trout and to increase their rearing capacities and develop a natural strain of wild fish supplementing the hatchery population. (Credit - http://www.lotac.org/)

Interesting read @ http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3868#.VI6vfel0yUn
It seems that EMS happens in very young fish, between hatching and first feeding. Not steelhead that are 1,2,3 years old? Could the Alewives be effecting our old'r steelhead? What about the piss poor Salmon Run this year? Any relationship? Hmmm, looks like they still dont know for sure and we will have to wait for there studies to be concluded.
Many of us (not scientists or fish biologist's) feel it's possible that low water, stress, improperly handling fish, parasite on the gills could be the reason? I heard a rumor that some of the steelhead that were being properly released were showing up dying down river, that had lice around the gills.
Gill Lice = less oxygen, especially after playing, fighting it to land.

Its even MORE critical to properly revive and release your steelhead now, more than ever before!

((Please see 11/26/14 You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It  - "Proper Catch and Release Method's" article I wrote @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html))

Interesting thoughts from http://forums.fishusa.com/Message/550968-problem/p2/
Its very possible that all of the stress factors combined are having a synergistic effect on them....they ran early (aka less O2 in the water, and more people beating them up), longer in the river (less food), gill lice (less O2 into their system and makes them more suseptable to other infections) and who knows there may be an undiagnosed disease at play too.
Also - Cornell is still unsure...parasitic disease is quite unevident in any organs or filets of collected troubled fish. But gill lice are strongly evident... B1 defficiency seems to be their best guess. Several healthy lake erie trib fish have been detained and given same injections as Ontario trib fish that were detained to broaden the experimental results for observation.
In closing for this forum thread, Lucky13 pretty much sums it up. My main point is that until the data comes back it is all just speculation, and it is a complex enough system to come up with myriad scenarios.

Gill Lice from http://hotspotoutdoors.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2997824/The_Gill_Lice_Epidemic_Expands
Gill lice (a parasitic copepod called Salmincola edwarsii) can cause significant physical trauma to the gill filaments, causing deformities which affect respiration and the efficient uptake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide, ammonia and other metabolites. Fish that are heavily infected cannot obtain sufficient oxygen when they are exercised, such as when they are caught by angling.
It appears many factors are involved with Gill Lice including water temperature and water flow.

Trout anglers being asked to report incidents of gill lice in brook trout out in Wisconsin @ http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=368#art3

I read that the D.E.C. was injecting a few steelhead with Vitamin B1 and Saline. This recent article talks more about this, that you may want to read @
http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/12/scientist_puzzled_about_whats_killing_steelhead_in_the_salmon_river_and_other_la.html

In Closing and Highlight's from linked story
The DEC sent dead fish samples to the Cornell Aquatic Animal Health Lab. Results to date are "inconclusive," the DEC spokesperson said.
Experts have speculated that a vitamin B deficiency is the cause, and that DEC has sent steelhead tissue samples to a U.S. Geological Survey lab in Pennsylvania for testing.
The spokesperson said DEC fisheries biologists have done work to inject several 'sick' fish with vitamin B, and another group with saline solution. If the fish that receive vitamin B live, and those that receive saline die, the DEC will be fairly confident of the cause.
There is nothing, the spokesperson said, that can be done to stop the ongoing mortality of wild fish on the Salmon River.
The lack of B1 leads to Early Mortality Syndrome as well as the NEWLY reported immune dysfunctions that MAY (????????) be perpetuating infectious diseases in this fish community.”

In case your concerned, there are PLENTY of healthy steelhead in the river for your fishing enjoyment!
Hmmmmm, maybe we all need to start chumming pellets of Vitamin B1 or Thiamine in the river, lake and at the Hatchery? ;) - I'm tying up some new Anti
Gill Lice Vitamin B1 Bomber flies presently! yukyuk

Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Todd with an approx. 16 lb. Fatty. Congrats! (Fish Caught and Released.. into cooler-yukyuk)
As the sun rose to another day on the water, it made me realize how very lucky I am. To do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Randy


12/13/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Water forecast - 500 CFS This puts most of them in all the normal, easy to read, wade and fish Prime Winter Habitat. They will also be a lil easier to land with less current. Nice time to come up!
Steelhead are top to bottom of the river in both Transitional Holding and Winter Holding spot's.
Approx. %:
15% Prime Transitional Holding (Where they rest at while in a transitional stage during the day)
85% Prime "Winter" Non-Transitional Holding
There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat - current breaks, for this flow. There is a lot of empty water out there.
Anglers are finding the fishing tuff, ok to AMAZING!
Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing shore angler's finding some fish. That's always nice to see!
Getting into the Holiday Spirit with a nice Steelhead. The primary goal today was to wear the Santa Hat. To be able to receive the distinguished honor of wearing it, you had to land a Steelhead. Congrats! (All Fish Released)

With Cherished Memories, R.I.P.  Ace


Today's Classic Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here.
The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj1rvUOumyU
Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VxoXn-0Ezs

***LATEST UPDATE - 12/12/14 - Increased Steelhead Mortality Rates***
Everyone is waiting on the D.E.C's report's concerning this.
Highlight's from linked story
The DEC send dead fish samples to the Cornell Aquatic Animal Health Lab. Results to date are "inconclusive," the DEC spokesperson said.
Experts have speculated that a vitamin B deficiency is the cause, and that DEC has sent steelhead tissue samples to a U.S. Geological Survey lab in Pennsylvania for testing.
The spokesperson said DEC fisheries biologists have done work to inject several 'sick' fish with vitamin B, and another group with saline solution. If the fish that receive vitamin B live, and those that receive saline die, the DEC will be fairly confident of the cause.
There is nothing, the spokesperson said, that can be done to stop the ongoing mortality of wild fish on the Salmon River.
More @ http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/12/scientist_puzzled_about_whats_killing_steelhead_in_the_salmon_river_and_other_la.html

Complementary Guide Tip - Frozen Eyes:
Nope, its not that your eyes are cold. It's the eyes on your rod are frozen with ice. I use Stanley's Ice Off Paste. Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel has it. You rub it on to your rod guides - eyes the day before going fishing. Re-apply as needed while fishing.
This well help greatly in reducing the amount of time spent clearing ice from your guides and in return, help you to catch more fish!
Also possible damage to rod eyes when chipping it out or accidentally dipping your reel into the water which will freeze up rock solid and become totally non-functional. I'm talking from experince here folks. Jus ask any of my favorite clients - yukyuk
Another way to reduce or get rid of any ice in your guides is to simply dip the rod eyes into the water for 10-20 seconds. I have experimented and found this product works better than Pam or any other trick.
(I have recieved no compensation for endorsing this fine product, jus felt like sharing some good stuff with you.)

Mail Bag: (Winter Holding, Water goes up and where do they move to and hold ?)
Just want to say Randy, I like your posts. They do become very helpful. Keep them coming. I live in NJ and come up one time a yr. I like Nov best. But I do have trouble catching fish when the water goes up. I guess like you said. TOW. LOL!!! But its kind of hard when you live 5 hrs away. When the water goes up can you give me an Idea where these fish will set up on the holes. Like Dec time. Cause I noticed I have been up there when the river is at 335 and did ok fishing holes. But also went up when the river was 750. And did not catch any steel at all with 750. But I was fishing the holes like I did when it was 335. I know the fish are there but just don't know how they stage when the water goes up. Can you give me some points on how to adapt when this happens. Thanks. Rich W

HI Rich, I'm happy you enjoy the reports! Great Q!!
Since your Q was on holes when the water goes up during the Winter time. Everything is current break related.
Prime non-transitional Winter Holding - Where they will sit for an extended period of time (days and sometimes an entire month or Winter for Steelhead) before there biological clock tells them to find a mate and special rock.
If its the Winter time and they are in the deep sloooow water, then anytime their is a higher flow of water they normally will move deeper into the hole. This could be the tail of the hole, the hole within the hole or just far enouph back to where they feel comfortable without having to exert to much energy.

An example of this would be a big hole that in 335 cfs, they sit more at the head. In 750 cfs, they sit more in the middle. In a much higher flow, they will sit in the tail, deepest part of the tail, seams, hole within the hole and sometimes along the bank where there is lil to no current. Sooooo, depending on the water flow (cfs) and its relationship to the current breaks during the Winter time determines where most of them will be and where I will target. Much of this comes with studying the fish, current breaks and T.O.W. As we all know, there is a lot of empty water out there

A hole is comprised of numerous current breaks:
 1. The head of the hole at the drop.
 2. The hole within the hole (this is like a magnet and also where many fish will hold thru out the Winter, hint-hint)
 3. The tail of the hole where the water moves slower. Or, more precisely, the deepest part of the Tail of the Hole.
 4. Any boulder's in the hole that break the current flow.
 5. The seam's of the hole. (Where the fast water meets the slow water. Many times on both the inside and outside seam)
 6. Sometimes a current break is in the flow - speed of the water. From fast to slow.

Sooooo, in closing Rich. Everything is current break related. Depending on the water levels determines how each individual current break will effect where the fish will hold. By this determination tells me where I will have the best chance for my clients to get into the most steelhead.
I hope this helps in your steelhead quest's! Best Fish's, Randy

Thanks Randy, I am going up the last week in Dec this year. My 1st for Dec. I will do my best on what you said. You could not have explained yourself any better. I really do understand what you are talking about. And yes (TOW) is very important. LOL!!! Be safe out there and save some fish for me. LOL!!! Maybe I will see you drift by and say Hello to you. And again, Thank you for you helpful Tips. Catch and Release is where its at for me. For the future of our kids. Happy fishing yourself Randy. Thanks, Rich W.

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

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

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

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

Todays Guide Humor:
1,000's of anglers have been guided by me.............and MOST have gone on to live normal lives :)

GOLF BUDDIES - Four old-timers were playing their weekly game of golf, and one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument, go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round.
His buddies all chimed in and said, "Let's do it! We'll make it a priority, figure out a way and meet here early Christmas morning."

Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course.
The first guy says, "Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife such a beautiful diamond ring that she can't take her eyes off it.
Number 2 guy says "My wife is at home planning the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures."
Number 3 guy says "Well my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual."

They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they all had lost their minds.
I can't believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I woke up, slapped my wife on the butt and said, Well Babe, Merry Christmas! It's a great morning for either sex or golf and she said 'Take a sweater'. (Joke Credit - Allen K.)
Fish An ol' guide joke I like to tell my clients after they have landed a steelhead and they ask me how big it is. I tell'm, you lie and I'll swear to it ;)

Lull in the Steelhead Action:
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. Care to learn?

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 guest'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 the drift boat 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 :)

If you like what I'm doing on here, please share it with your fishing friends. (Links back to me from your page is always welcome and greatly appreciated!)

Water is forecast @ 500 CFS
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 13 miles of river!

The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! I'd recommend coming over to fish.

Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are targeting)
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

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.

Guide $$ Rate Increase
I have gone up on my rates by $50 for both single and 2 person trips. I havent raised my rates in 20 years. Im receiving incredible numbers of guided trip request's and matching the bulk of my fellow guides pricing.
Those of you who are booked or on hold to book me, will receive my old rates. After that, new rates apply to everyone.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
NEW RATES:
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

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

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12/3/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

The higher water levels (1,200 cfs plus run-off) will continue to bring in even MORE fresh steelhead. On top of all the ones that are already in the river! Look's like this Winter and Spring is going to be a Dandy!
The Salmon River NY has steelhead top to bottom with more entering daily, running it and spreading out. Recommend targeting there Prime Transitional Holding Habitat's as well as there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered all my bases with that one? - yukyuk)
There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat - current breaks, for this flow. There is a lot of empty water out there.
Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing shore angler's finding some fish. That's always nice to see!

Until 11:59 PM today, Wed, 1,200 CFS- PLUS Run-off - SUPER!! Water Wings are for rent!
With this increase, PLUS run-off, there are even fewer places to safely cross the river. I wouldn't risk it in these water temp's. Hypothermia! Local creeks are up and with fresh Steelhead! Fish-On, Baby!

Im often asked what effect this new and exciting increased water flow will have on the fishing. This increase is the "same ol same hole" scenario to me. 
No biggy :) We all (errr, well at least I do :) welcome these normal weather related flow increases or decreases and embrace them. This is a typical and welcomed flow increase.
Water forecast 1,200 cfs plus run-off and any Trib. input.
"Live" Pineville 1400 cfs on Wed.
(equals 200 cfs in run-off and influence of Beaver Dam Brook and Orwell creek.)
Below Pineville - Add "at least" another approx. 200 cfs from influence of Trout Brook and run-off.
Equals an approx. flow of 1,600 cfs thru the middle of the river down to the bottom.
This is how I guest'a mate the actual water levels and flows which helps me to determine what "prime" habitat and current breaks the fish will be useing and where I might have the very best opportunity, for that specific day.

This higher flow will dislodge a lot of egg's, so an egg sack or egg imitation - pattern fished will work nicely.
Lil Tip: Try a white egg imitation. White is the color of the eggs that died or were not  fertilized. You could try chartreuse for the first 1/2 hour so it really stands out and then go natural once you have some light.


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!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
St. James Infirmary - Eric Clapton, Dr. John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJA21UmUquI
Dr. John - Such a Night - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs0epThTlpw
Rickie Lee Jones - Danny's All-Star Joint - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgBNAwPZ0k

My #1 spot to check for daily updates on the Salmon River, NY.
A new group for anglers of the Salmon River, Pulaski, NY to share their experiences, thoughts, reports, techniques, and Post your Pics, water levels, what's working & what's not.
https://www.facebook.com/SteelHead101?ref=profile

Almost all the steelhead we played with recently were what I call the residents. They were darker in color and had been in the river awhile. Takes them a couple – few weeks to get a lil darker. The males have rosy checks and the females will be a silvery grayish. They have taken up residence in the prime Winter holding water. I call these “happy fish”. They all have the 3 things they need to be happy and survive. Just like us!
1. Protection from predators.
2. A food source.
3. Comfort equals current breaks. This conserves the amount of energy they need to expend to maintain this position for the long Winter.
Still a number of bright fresh ones around with more on the way with this higher flow! Ye-Haa!

Complementary Guide Tip:
1. When the Steelhead are running, fish there temporary transitional resting points as they make there way up the river. Otherwise, you are fishing to fish that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly, in my opionion.  A prime example would be a string of pockets running up the rapids. These are just like stairs to the fish that rest temporarily as they transition up the river. These pockets are often over looked by the average wade angler.
2. Once they stop to hold for the remainder of the day, fish these prime transitional holding waters. (Approx. 15% of steelhead that are in the river system)
3. Find there prime Winter holding spots in the river and just fish those. After all, they aren't going anywhere soon. (Approx. 85% of steelhead that are in the river system)

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 guided them the day before that was loaded with fish and no anglers. Turns out that as John rushed for the net, he ripped a big hole in his waders and cold water rushed in. When he dove for the fish with the net, he fell in. When he tried to net the fish for the third time, he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock. Fish was netted, picture was taken and fish was released. I'm sure Johns wife was very appreciative of his efforts!

Why are anglers seeing more dead and 1/2 dead steelhead floating down the river, then ever before?
Nice Discussion going on over at http://forums.fishusa.com/Message/550968-problem/  about lice, etc... and possible relationship's to dying steelhead.

Sample
from forum - So what I've been able to find out about the lice, they find a spot on the gill or support structures and burrow in and spend the rest of their days there.  They produce a lot of eggs, and the larva have an easier time finding another structure to attach to (another host fish) when the velocity of the water is lower.  As Copepods, they also grow faster in warmer water.  They interfere with gas transfer by reducing the amount of tissue that can accomplish it, and this is a stress on the fish.  As parasites, they should not destroy their host, but the additional stress of being played repeatedly may tip the fish.  The parasite spreads more rapidly in confined fish or areas where the fish are concentrated, like maybe the upper river where they have to stack up or go back downstream. And we've just gone through the perfect storm of prolonged lower water and higher temperatures with the late fall.  So, yes, more water earlier may have helped.  In Wisconsin, where there were problems with brook trout populations, they encouraged anglers to take their fish, to reduce the density of hosts until the "bloom" of lice died back into control, and trout populations started to be less infested.  At any rate, DEC is investigating, both one of their pathology teams and Cornell are looking at possible causes. The fish that were sampled were described as moribund, alive but obviously having a lot of trouble, which allows for checking for VHS and Type E botulism, I believe. L13

Another Forum Sample:
If a brookie stream and population can be used as an example it does look like a perfect storm situation this year.
Coupled with either people bringing the gill lice with them on boats and waders or it coming down from Erie naturally
Hello,
I am the Department’s fish health specialist and Mike Staggs asked me to respond to your e-mail regarding gill lice affecting brook trout in Wisconsin streams.
You are right, gill lice (a parasitic copepod called Salmincola edwarsii) can cause significant physical trauma to the gill filaments, causing deformities which affect respiration and the efficient uptake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide, ammonia and other metabolites. Fish that are heavily infected cannot obtain sufficient oxygen when they are exercised, such as when they are caught by angling.
Gill lice have a direct life cycle- when the egg sacs release nauplii, they immediately molt and become the first copepodid (larval) stage and they have about 24 hours in which to find a new host and anchor onto the gills and continue their development. After several molts, the copepods reach maturity and remain permanently anchored in the gill tissue. This is a significant stress especially when more than one parasite is attached to a gill arch.
In streams with dense brook trout populations, the success rate for the larvae to attach to gills increases due to the greater chance of contacting a fish within the 24 hour “post hatch” period. Streams with faster water flow (velocity) can make it harder for the larvae to successfully attach. So fish density and water velocity are two factors that affect the prevalence and intensity of infection by Salmincola edwardsii in a stream. A third factor that may play a greater role in the future is temperature trends. Gill lice are invertebrates and therefore their development is proportional to the water temperature of the stream. If water temperatures increase, the parasites will develop to maturity faster and will then be able to reproduce one or more extra “generations” each year. Because the copepods remain on the fish, the affect of more generations of parasites is cumulative and we may see far higher numbers of gill lice on individual fish in the future.
So rather than not fish the streams where gill lice are present, I would encourage people to fish and take fish home (reduce the density of the fish) as long as the fishing regulations allow this. Anything that can be done to keep water moving (faster velocity) may also help reduce the probability of larvae to successfully attach to fish.
It would take a special study to do this, but it would be interesting to compare the prevalence (percent of fish infected) and the intensity of infection (number of gill lice per fish) of gill lice in brook trout streams that have high densities with those that have low densities; those with faster velocity vs those with slower; and slightly warmer vs colder streams.
Thank you for taking the time to share your concern with us, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Susan V. Marcquenski
Fish Health Specialist
WI Department of Natural Resources
Box 7921
101 S. Webster St.

In closing, I guess we will have to wait for the D.E.C. studies to be completed for the answer on why steelhead mortality rates are up this year and the possible causes for it. Randy

Todays Guide Humor:

I recently took this photo of anglers fishing in the Salmon River Estuary.
Randy, you would never try to pull our legs on here......... now would you buddy?

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... 


(From the Archives)
High Water - Thought for the day - Another interesting way to look at it:
With the present higher water flow we are experiencing now and will continue too for awhile? ( hopefully :) I find the below thought to be an interesting spin and makes a lot of sense.

If the normal flow was 1,200 cfs plus run-off, than you would have become adjusted to it many many years ago. You would be fishing now and catching a lot of fish. You would be saying how great the fishing is, as I am. :)
If the flow dropped to 350 cfs, we would all be scratching our heads. We would all be waiting for a more normal flow of 1,200 cfs plus run off.
We would not know what to do with ourselves if we had not figured out how to fish a lower flow of 350 cfs, except those that have learned to adapt. Makes sense to me. :)
I've always felt that (within reason) you should never - ever allow mother nature to control you. To stop you from enjoying one of your great passions in life. It's simply a matter of adapting to this higher flow and putting a lil T.O.W. in. (Time on the Water)

Nice Example of adapting to Higher Flows from the Archives:
1,800 cfs plus run off - My "first timer" 1 guest played w/6 steelhead! I knew we had a larger presence of fish then what we were finding. May have been a weather related issue? Anyhooooows, we made several habitat, rigging and presentational changes thru out the morning and most importantly, covered - worked our water (habitat) thoroughly. Worked great! Heard the bite was off from other guides that day. I'd agree.

1,850 plus run off. - The following trip my guest's played with 11 steelhead! We made several habitat, rigging and presentational changes thru out the morning and most importantly, covered - worked our water (habitat) thoroughly. Worked great!

Notice some shore anglers having success, which is always nice to see. Everyone having a blast! Even with the higher flows.

1,500 cfs plus run off - Monday - I had 1 guest today who wanted to do Traditional Fly Fishing. So off we waded to find some shallower water over in Pucker Brush Creek #3.1. We had a "presence" of fish in all the spots fished, but was only able to come up with 1 small 12 inch Steelhead on a cream colored glow bug off a strike indicator as it drifted naturally over the white water head of the hole into the deeper stuff.

1,500 cfs plus run off - Tuesday - I was very happy to have the same client as Monday. Today we fished the big water on the Salmon River off the drift boat and I put him over a very large # of steelhead. We used the fly rod and did some high sticking - dead drifting to help get down to the steelhead in the deeper - faster water. We had an amazing day and succeeded w/tangling w/ 8 steelhead. (Measured by the pound and NOT inch's like on Monday ;) Ye-Haa!!

1,500 cfs plus run off - Wednesday- My 2 guest's were 5 for 12  on Steelhead w/ one being a big Trophy Brown Trout!

1,500 cfs plus run off - Thursday - My 2 clients were very happy w/ 9 steelhead played with.

1,850 cfs plus run off -  Friday - My 2 new guest's were thrilled with 8-9 steelhead on and one nice 12 lb. Steelhead kept and headed for the dinner table. Yummy!

Saturday - DARN!! - I didn't catch any fish today. I had to do something more important than catching some fish. I HAD to sit here writing, editing, etc... a fishing report for all of you! Feel'n guilty? Didn't think so.......... yukyuk.

Hand Warming Trick - Tip:
Wrap around "one sided adhesive athletic tape" to any metal that is exposed on your fly/spin reel that your hand or fingers come in contact with. This barrier stops that frozen, painful metal from freezing your hands off. Additionally, how about wrapping a hand warmer underneath the athletic tape at first light. Now you have a heated hand warmer where you hold your rod. Most folks, including myself get cold hands when fishing in the Winter sometimes, so Ive found this the perfect solution to solving that annoyance. Believe it or not, you can many times fish in the Winter with no gloves on at all if you add the heating pad. Enjoy and "Fish On"!

Water is forecast @ 1,200 cfs.

Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 13 miles of river!
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! I'd recommend coming over to fish.

Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are targeting)
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Nice Fresh Steelhead! Congrats!!
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

Hey, check me out on Yelp @ http://www.yelp.com/biz/fishing-guide-salmon-river-pulaski-ny-drift-boat-fishing-report-mexico
It has 71 photo's of all the trophy fish you can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season.

11/26/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

The Salmon River in Pulaski NY has steelhead top to bottom. The higher water (750 cfs plus run-off) has brought in some fresh Steelhead into the Salmon River. They are running the river and spreading out as I type this. So your Transitional Holding spot's will be producing.
The Winter lyes are all with fish and would be my top choice. I noticed that some of the MANY Steelhead that had been holding in there Winter lyes @ 350 cfs have moved back to a lil slower water with this exciting new water level!
Spreading out. Preparing for the long Winter, wanting to conserve energy.
Where they hold at is normally determined by the relationship between the water levels and current breaks. Sometimes its as simple as where the water moves fast to slow, which is a current break in itself. Add in some deep water and Bingo!
Local streams and creeks are running high and off color due to run-off. You know what that means! Tons of optional area's to fish for Steelhead and Brown Trout. These local creeks and streams are with fresh fish. Fish ON!
The BONUS presently, is you dont have to trudge thru 5 feet of snow to fish them. You also dont have to break off large junks of sheet ice covering the holes, so you can fish them. Or, worry about falling thru any shelf ice you might be standing on while fishing :)
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered all my bases with that one? - yukyuk)
Water is forecast @ 750 cfs. I'm extremely happy with this higher level. Hope it stays for awhile! It's perfect if your com'n up!
For the next 7 days, we are forecast to get either a lil snow or rain. Nothing major.... yet! Air temp's look reeeel nice, if your com'n up!
These steelhead are patiently waiting for you and your perfectly cast (aheeeeem ;) fly, bead or bait. There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat. There is a lot of empty water out there.
Please be careful as the river is not crossable in many area's with this new flow, plus run-off. Also, taking a chance in crossing and risk going for a swim is not recommended in these water temp's.
Friends recent wade-drift boat and fly fishing report:
Hey Randy, We had a pretty good fishing trip over the weekend.  It wasn't epic, but we hooked a bunch of steelhead each day. We worked hard for each one. Did see many struggling fish floating down stream. Tried to revive a few of them. Hope you have a good rest of the season, Dave

Steelhead Fishing you all the Best, 
Randy
One of Brads many rewarding steelhead caught on the Salmon River. Congrats!
If you see Brad fishing, for your own safety, make sure you give him plenty of room, I've seen how heeeeeeeeeeeee cast's!
yukyuk

Hey, check me out on Yelp @ http://www.yelp.com/biz/fishing-guide-salmon-river-pulaski-ny-drift-boat-fishing-report-mexico
It has 71 photo's of all the trophy fish to can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season.

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Dr. John - I'm gonna go fishin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWTAekIQecg
It's always a lovely day, when your a fish'n! - Bill Withers - Lovely Day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYi7uEvEEmk
Rolling Stones - It's all over now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xR8PYDqMg

Why are anglers seeing more dead and 1/2 dead steelhead floating down the river, then ever before?
A few factor's:
1. Low water
2. Heavy pressure
3. Poor handling by well meaning C and R anglers
4. Stress from fight and low water
5. Parasite in gills
6. These fish are like you and I. Sometimes they get sick, aren't strong enouph or have deficiencies (genetics?) and dont recover, but not in these numbers.
7. ???????? - If any of you have any information from scientific studies or reports from fish biologist's on this subject. I'd appreciate a copy or link to source. Thanks!

You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It
I hope you find my detailed and comprehensive article "Proper Catch and Release Method's" entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

First Off - I applaud you for C and R your steelhead. BUT..... have you done every "simple" thing within your powers to increase the likelihood of it's survival by following these Proper C and R Methods?
Many well meaning angler's have never heard these before. Or, dont realize that a steelhead is at it's most vulnerable stage in it's life after being landed, are fragile and should be treated with the utmost care and respect when releasing.
But Randy, my fish always swim off strong! Just because a fish swims away strongly, doesn't mean that it lives to be caught another day. I was new once too, and didn't realize the importance of all of the below.
By leaving any of the below out, the likely hood of your fish's survival decreases. You wont see it dead, floating down stream later, due to your improper handling.

The very best way to C and R is to not touch the fish at all. Bring it into approx. 2 feet of water, pull out your pliers and pop the hook. Or grab the tail with a fish handling glove, put your rod under your arm and pop the hook with the fish in 2 feet of water. Or, if you want a picture, do what you just read and have your fishing buddy with his camera on and in position ready, before lifting it out of the water, quick pic. - revive - release.

1. Always remove your gloves and wet your hands before touching the fish. This will increase the odds of survival of your Trophy Steelhead, that just gave you the fight of your life.
If you dont remove your gloves and wet your hands before handling your steelhead. Your dry hands and or gloves will remove its coating of protective slime that it needs to survive, thereby greatly increasing the risks of infection and probable death. 
This would be like you walking out into a snow storm in only your underwear for an extended period of time. How longer would you last? Need I say more?

2. Use a net and a fish handling glove. (Please buy a net and glove, if your "reeeeelly sincere" about increasing the odds of your steelhead's survival upon release.)
Always keep the fish's head TOTALLY submerged in the net until your buddy has his camera on and is ready to take your picture. Always use a fish handling glove when handling your fish. It helps to keep the protective coating of slime on the fish and it is less likely to fall out of your hands by giving you a more secure grip. Always kneel over the water when holding your fish up for a photo, jus in case it falls out of your hands. What I do is hold the net under the fish that is being held up for a quick photo. If it does slip, its still in the net.
With the holidays just around the corner, how about planting the seed and asking someone in your family to buy you a net and fish handling mit? Since you normally fish up here with friends, how about if you all pitch in and buy a net and glove together, save a coupl'a buck's?
I like Cumming Nets -They have a wide variety of choices for all species of fish and fishing styles. Call (810) 736-0130. http://www.cumingsnets.com
Most of the local shops up here sell the fish handling gloves - mitts for around $20.

3. Keep the head of the fish completely submerged until your are completely ready for that photo. Did you know that with every second the fish is held out of the water, its chance for survival is diminished? Well Daaaa, do ya think? - yukyuk

4. Never hold the fish's head out of the water longer than you can hold your breath.
Simple example
- I want you to run up a ten story building fast useing the stair's and then once at the top, place a piece of duck tape over your mouth for longer than you can hold yer breath. Nuff said?
Upon landing that Trophy Steelhead, it's at it's most  vulnerable stage in its life. We all should be helping, not hurting.
Research has shown that handling time is a big factor influencing the survival of steelhead after release – less handling time = higher survival.
It's not ok to hold or beach the fish out of the water while your buddy has to set his rod down, slowly walk over to his back back on the bank 100 feet away. Then slowly return and slowly wait for the camera to come on.
It's not ok to hold the fish out of the water for at least 3 minutes while your buddy films you with the video camera and you narrate.
It's not ok to beach the fish on the rocks, then go get your camera. Then ask an angler to take a few pictures, etc.. and 3 minutes later you'll have a pic. to remember that incredible steelhead for the rest of your life, before..... it has a chance to go belly up down river due to your improper handling.

5. Never beach a steelhead on the rocks. (Please buy a net and glove, if your "reeeeelly sincere" about increasing the odds of your steelhead's survival upon release.)
The fish will always flop all around, all over the banks rocky and snowy shoreline, smashing, bruising and damaging its brain and losing its protective coating of slim. This one is a no brain'r - yukyuk
But Randy, they always swim off strong - But..... you wont see it dead, floating down stream later, due to your improper landing and handling.
These steelhead are too valuable a resource to only be caught once. (If your used to beaching your fish on the bank, please "simply" buy and use a net combined with a fish handling glove. Or, if you forgot your net or havent gotten around to buying one yet, just ask one of your fellow anglers or guides if you can borrow there's. There is usually one around. Ill always happily let you borrow mine and in many cases, I'll get out of my boat and help net it for you. It's good for the fish!)

6. Never put your hands or fingers anywhere near their gill's. Why risk it? Your support hand should only be used to cradle its body below and behind its gills. Grab on tightly to its tail, but not it's body.
Touching the gills is extremely dangerous for the fish and can cause damage and impair the ability of a steelhead to breathe. Please keep your fingers out of the gills.

7. When the air temp's are around 20 degrees or below. There gills will freeze, there by killing your Trophy fish when holding it out of the water for a picture OR for any length of time.
Many times Ill take a picture with the fish in the net, submerged, never exposing it to the freezing air temp's. I've even politely asked my clients to not get a fish photo, unless they plan to keep it, as it will only die otherwise. They have ALWAYS been very appreciative!
I've found most anglers dont know this one..... and rightly so.

8. Always hold the fish in the water until it kick's or makes a big effort to escape your grip. Take your time with it and dont release it prematurely.
Many times a well meaning angler will just throw it in the water and wave bye bye to it, as it goes belly up down river, ending its life prematurely.
Always land a steelhead before it is exhausted and loses equilibrium when released (cannot swim, nose dives, or rolls over). If a steelhead loses equilibrium after you land it, revive it until it can swim upright, then shorten the fight time on future fish. 

9. Shorter fight times increase survival because a fish fought to exhaustion is more vulnerable. Conversely, a steelhead reeled in too quickly may thrash about, increasing its chances of injury.

Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Nice example of proper C and R - My client is over the water in case it falls, the fish was held in the net with its head totally submerged until the camera was on and I was ready and in position, only held the fish out of the water for 10 seconds for a quick pic., is useing a fish handling mit for a more secure grip, took off his gloves and wetted his hands before picking it up so he didn't remove any fish slime it needs for protection, is gripping the tail securely and is lightly supporting its body, is keeping his hands and fingers away from the gills, didn't over fight it, spent time to properly revive it while holding the tail securely with its head totally submerged in the water before it gave a strong kick and swam off, I always keep an eye on them after they swim off on the off chance it goes belly up and we didn't beach it on the rocks or grass which would have removed its protective slime and could have easily caused it to hurt itself and die later.
Congrats! Fish released, its nice to share, high five's all around! Ye-Haa!

In closing:
Obviously, know one is perfect, including myself. Im sure I might have accidentally killed a few fish when releasing them. I was new once too and didn't know the importance of all of the above.
Please do every "simple" thing within your powers to increase the likely hood of your Trophy Steelheads survival when practicing C and R.
How about you? -
You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It - Why are anglers seeing more dead and 1/2 dead steelhead floating down the river, then ever before?
I'd like to Sincerely THANK and APPLAUD all of you who treat our resources wisely, with care and are properly releasing your Magnificent Steelhead, On the River where Memories are Made.


Today's Guide Tip:
Want to easily find some new and exciting productive steelhead fishing spots in the Winter time with out putting in your T.O.W? (Time on the water)
After it snows is one of the best times to explore and try new and exciting water. Just follow the compressed snow trails to the waters edge.
These trails are not made by new angler’s. They are made by anglers who know the spots. Who is going to walk in a foot of fresh snow for any distance unless there is a solid shot of a pot of Silver waiting at the end of the trail?
One time I wanted to scout out a new location. I waited a couple of days after a good snow fall. All I had to do was follow the compressed snow on the trails and it led me to exactly the correct spots to fish. Sa-Zaam, Fish ON!

Prime Time for Steelhead?

Most anglers would say Nov. Yes, it’s a nice time. The fish fight the hardest, etc... but, its also when we have the most anglers present.
I personally prefer to target Dec., Jan. and Feb. The reason why is greater opportunity. More places to fish, less fishing pressure from guides and shore anglers.
Presently and Normally, what we are seeing:
1. Less angler fishing pressure due to the colder temp’s. You normally only find the serious Steelheader out in these temp’s. Opening up a lot of prime Steelhead real-estate for you to enjoy. Sometimes all by yourself.
2. With Brown Tout fishing being productive out West around the Rochester area, this takes some of the guides and anglers from around here out of the picture.
3. Hunting season is upon us. This also takes anglers out and off the river. Opening it up to others.
4. Some retired – elderly and fair weather anglers dont like the cold and snow, so some of us “Old Fart’s” will be hibernating this Winter.
5. Last but not least. With the holidays just around the corner, many people are doing the family, work related holiday stuff.
All in all, less fishing pressure for the above reasons means more fishing opportunity for you. Can you say, Fish ON!! Ye-Haa!
 
Todays Guide Humor:

I hear smoking pot causes short term memory loss. It also causes short term memory loss.
I was going to quit all my bad habit's today. But then it occurred to me that no one likes a quitter!
My cat Ace set its “Life Goals” to stuff it's already done, so literally every day it's overachieving!!
Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and 2 sizes smaller.
Humorous  (editted for content ;) guest fishing report and guided fishing trip testimonial:
Randy, I enjoyed and learned a lot as always. I went 1 for 3 on steelhead @ (edited for content ;) in the afternoon after I left you using (edited for content ;). This morning I fished the (edited for content ;) 1 for 2 on steelhead.  Nothing on the (edited for content ;), both on (edited for content ;).
Saw one mature and one immature eagle again this AM and then saw 2 circling over the Mohawk River on the way home. I'll be in touch this fall about another winter trip for next year. Thanks, Eric


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

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

11/19/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

The Salmon River NY has steelhead top to bottom with more entering daily, running it and spreading out. Recommend targeting there Prime Transitional Holding Habitat's as well as there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Water temp. is approx. 40 degrees, so you know what that means ;) Look for Steelhead to be transitioning from there Prime Fall Holding Habitat into there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Lately, some days have been better than others. Barometric pressure has been the culprit on some of the sloooower days. (Ya, thats it, I'm blaming the weather! - yukyuk)
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered my butt with that one? - yukyuk)

A guide friend w/ 1 client hit approx. 8 Steelhead useing Eggs. My other guide friends 2 clients played w/ approx. 10 Steelhead useing fly rods. On another day, this same guides clients played with 3 steelhead, storm front moving thru. I also noticed Steelhead being played with above and below where we were. I'd guess approx. 50 or more Steelhead in our general area. Also saw numerous Steelhead in certain high viz. transitional resting area's mid-afternoon as we slowly drifted by them in the drift boat.

There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat. There is a lot of empty water out there. Being rigged correctly for the education level of the fish and most importantly, presentation, will find you on your way to FISH ON!!
Lots of folks out and about enjoying this great steelhead and brown trout fishing. Shore anglers having success, which is always nice to see. Smiles abound!

Perfect Water Temperature time to re-use this golden oldy Guide TIP from the Archives.
This is a great example of what happened to me one Nov. when the water temp's were dropping and the Steelhead were moving from there Prime Fall Holding Habitat into there Prime Winter Holding Habitat's. Hope it helps!
For the first 2 hour's skunk, nothing, nada, not even a sucker in a spot where the steelhead had been loaded the day before.
I started to chain smoke, chew tobacco and put on a nicotine patch. (kidding ;)
I was getting nervous and started to doubt my credentials as a fishing guide ;)

I knew that most of these Steelhead were residents who had set up shop in this prime lye. But, where were they? I pulled the anchor on the drift boat and slide down approx. 50 feet.
I guessed with the water temperature dropping they were all just a lil lower in the deeper, less current - Prime Winter Holding Habitat. Was I right?
We HAMMERED over 20 Steelhead! One after the other! Dam, I love this job!
I was happy it only took me 2 hours of sweat'n bullet's to figure this one out. I also found it interesting that with just a couple of degrees drop in the water temp. from the previous day, it had caused all of them to start to move. This is happening now on the river.

After 30+ years of guiding, nothing reeeeeeelly ever changes that much, 
Randy
Brad's recent Steelhead success on the Salmon River NY. Congrats!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
James COTTON - Dealing With The Devil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCwtdvwVzho
Traveling Mood - Dr. John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YWZzkx1TPE
Greg Allman - Midnight Rider - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yojZ-Ksr8A

Some more Incredible Steelhead and Brown Trout Photo's of some recent success on the Slam'n Salmon River NY. Congrats!
http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/147031-salmon-river-new-york-steelhead-trip-october-27-31-2014

Want to increase the odds of your, mine and everyone's steelhead survival when practicing C and R? Check out this educational video of proper fish handling techniques. This video applies to all fish. Enjoy!
http://video-fishing.com/how-to-release-a-fish
(P.S. Always remove your gloves and wet your hands before touching the fish. Use a net and a fish handling glove. Keep the head of the fish submerged until your are completely ready for that photo. Never hold the fish's head out of the water longer than you can hold your breath. Never beach them on the rocks. Crouch over them, over the water in case they slip out of yer hands. If useing a boga grip, never hang them and always support there body with your other hand.)
I'll probably write a more detailed and comprehensive "Proper C and R method's" article for next week's report. So, please stop back.

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

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

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

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

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

Congrats on your recent Salmon River Steelhead Success's Andy and Kris! 

Where should I fish?
When folks ask me where they should fish. I always suggest to fish where you know the water the best. The entire river is hold'n, so all correct habitat's are producing. Other ways to help you decide might be to do a search on the net for some of the many discussion, bulletin board, fishing report sites dealing with this area. Just type in "Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Reports" You can always ask them. Also, the many tackle- fly shop's up here are always happy to suggest area's. Especially if you are spending some $ there. That's how I always do it when fishing new water's.

Guide Fly Reel Trick for Steelhead:
A trick I use is I put my 9/10 reels on my 5 and 7 wgt 10-ft. steelhead fly rods. Whenever you are fishing for fish that tend to run at you very fast, and retrieving line quickly is the game then the larger diameter reels will recover line faster. A 5 or 7 reel (unless a large arbor) will not work as good. It also saves me considerable $$$. Obviously the rod and reel will not be perfectly balanced but if your only coming up a couple of times a season----well........
A multiplier will also do the trick but as my equipment is in use almost everyday of the season for salt and fresh. I like to keep them as simple as possible. I feel a direct drive large arbor reel is the ticket. Its more of a 1 on 1 fight, less bolts- springs- screws-washers, less that can go wrong with it. Less parts to clean and when in Belize the lodge is surly not going to have spare parts.

Today's Guide Humor:
Sometimes finding a pod of fish is only a foot step down river or the next hole around the bend.
Well,  today we took that one step, we fished that next hole around the bend.
"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. Whewww!
I kept complaining that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd just get comfortable in the drift boat, 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 hard for them.

He agreed that "I should go" and he would stay there and fish. :)
Last time Al fished with me he brought a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks (including myself :) 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 (approx. 30) over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at and explained in great detail. All was written down with a exciting, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's was paid to me by AL when 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 didn't know it, but that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1 to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same for the hole directly below it, several years back one Nov.)
Jokes for the Day:
A couple of rednecks from Vermont are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly grabs his chest and falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other Vermont redneck whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "I think Bubba is dead! What should I do?"
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's "dead."
There is a silence..........then a shot is heard. The redneck's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now what.

2nd Joke of the Day:

Husband and wife are having a big nasty argument. Husband decides to leave the house. As he is walking out the front door his wife yells! I hope you rot in HELL!!!
The husband turns around and replies, does that mean I'm staying?

Since Im on a roll - 3rd joke for today:
A man walk's into the library and asks the librarian if he could check out a book on suicide. The librarian says, hell no! You wont return it!
I'll see you on the river, Randy

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

11/11/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

We have Steelhead top to bottom of the Salmon River NY in ALL Prime Fall Holding and many of there Transitional Holding Habitat's. We will continue to see MANY more fresh Steelhead enter, run and spread out on the Salmon River everyday.
Every normal type of habitat for this time of year, fish's life cycle, water flow, current breaks, food sources, water temperature is with Steelhead and some Brown Trout from the top of the Salmon River to the bottom. There literally is no bad place to fish presently, providing you are in the correct Habitat.
Having the correct Habitat, Rigging and most importantly Presentation. Will help in your Steelhead quest. Providing you with many fine fishing opportunities presently and ALL Winter into the Spring! Interested?

A guide friend hit 8 or 9 steelhead in about an hour's fishing time, useing egg sack's on the bottom. Another guide friend did well with glow bug's (egg imitation) off the fly rod. The same can be said for running floats with bead's (egg imitation) or egg sack's suspended.
All presentational tec. are working, some better than other's, care to learn?
Some spots they are packed in like sardines, while other spots they are spread out a lil.
I'm seeing about 75% bright silver steelhead and approx. 25% darker steelhead. They darken a tad once they have been in the river 3-4 weeks. Thats how you can tell how fresh or old they are.
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered my butt with that one? - yukyuk)

Noticed MOST of the bank anglers having success in ALL the normal spots. Bent rods, scream'n reels, smiles and laughter abound! It's always nice to share the fish, water and see other's out enjoying this incredible fishery w/ success! I'd recommend coming over, up or down to fish.

Lil Guide Tip:
I've been predominately fishing Habitat that is a "Combination" of Prime Transitional Holding and Prime Non-Transitional Fall Holding, with great result's!
After 30+ years of guiding, nothing reeeeeeelly ever changes that much,  Randy

Ol' man Winter is knock'n on our Steelhead door's

Some of my favorite Lake Effect and Winter Steelhead photograph's. Bout that time of the year, care to join me? Didn't think so.........yukyuk

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
James Cotton - Fever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_BPqRHgHR4
Dr John - In The Right Place - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNgc2KjI0zI

Want to catch more Steelhead? Take the water temp.
There are 2 types of Prime Holding Steelhead Habitat. Fall and Winter, each is unique and fished depending on the water temp.
Water temp. is presently, approx. 46-48 degrees - This put's them in there Prime Fall Holding Habitat.
45 degrees you will start to notice a transition from Prime Fall Holding into Prime Winter Holding.
40 degrees and most will be in there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Any Temp's below this will put all of them in there Prime Winter Holding Habitat's.
Want to catch more Steelhead? Take the water temp.

A few tip's and common mistakes:
Some anglers Ive noticed recently are fishing the Winter lyes, with poor results. There Prime Fall-Early Winter Holding water and Transitional Holding water is like a magnet for these Metal Head's. (Especially in these Water Temp's.)
Set your drags light and dont rush the landing. Most fish are lost in the first 5-10 seconds or at the net.
I always tell my guest's that its a lil nicer to still have the fish on after the initial hook-up, speeding bullet run's and jumps. You can always  tighten your drag after this ball of wrecking energy subsides a lil. Always expect a few more bullet run's as you get ready to land it. Dont force the fish when landing it. Another very normal mistake. Adrenaline and excitement causes many fish to be lost, understandably so.  :)
Bill lands one of many bright Steelhead. Congrats! (Released)

Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, what's your favorite month or time of year for Steelhead? Ben

Hi Ben. most anglers like Nov. the most for steelhead. Thats when they are the most visually stimulating, etc.... But its also when the river is the most crowded w/anglers, which offers you less fishing opportunity. I like Dec., Jan., Feb and March for your greatest steelhead fishing opportunities.
WHY?
We lose some of the fishing pressure with some anglers that are hunting, fair weather anglers are wearing their skirts-yukyuk, December holiday family obligations, Dec. business holiday obligations and only a few of us "Full - Time" guides will be working.
All of above affords you greater opportunity as a steelhead angler. And thats why I like the middle of the Winter the most for steelhead. The next period I like is April. Lil warmer and sight fishing is an optional treat.

Just want to say Randy, I like your posts. They do become very helpful. Keep them coming. I live in NJ and come up one time a yr. I like Nov best. But I do have trouble catching fish when the water goes up. I guess like you said. TOW. LOL!!! But its kind of hard when you live 5 hrs away. When the water goes up can you give me an Idea where these fish will set up on the holes. Like Nov and Dec time. Cause I noticed I have been up there when the river is at 335 and did ok fishing holes. But also went up when the river was 750. And did not catch any steel at all with 750. But I was fishing the holes like I did when it was 335. I know the fish are there but just don't know how they stage when the water goes up. Can you give me some points on how to adapt when this happens. Thanks. Rich W

HI Rich, I'm happy you enjoy the reports! Great Q!!

Since your Q was on holes when the water goes up. Everything is current break related.
Prime non-transitional holding - Where they will sit for an extended period of time (days and sometimes an entire month or Winter for Steelhead) before there biological clock tells them to find a mate and special rock.
One of the main things I see when the steelhead are holding in the faster water, like now. Anglers do poorly fishing in the deep slow water pools. (Winter lyes) They don't move into that water until the water gets colder. They do this to conserve energy.
If its the Winter time and they are in the deep sloooow water, then anytime their is a higher flow of water they normally will move deeper into the hole. This could be the tail of the hole, the hole within the hole or just far enouph back to where they feel comfortable without having to exert to much energy.

An example of this would be a big hole that in 335 cfs, they sit more from the middle to the head. In 750 cfs, they sit more in the middle, the deepest part of the tail or the hole within the hole. In a much higher flow, they will sit in the tail, seams, hole within the hole and sometimes along the bank where there is lil to no current. Sooooo, depending on the water flow (cfs) during the Winter time determines where most of them will be and where I will target. Much of this comes with studying the fish and T.O.W. As we all know, there is a lot of empty water out there ;)

A hole is comprised of numerous current breaks:
1. The head of the hole at the drop.
2. The hole within the hole (this is like a magnet and also where many fish will hold thru out the Winter, hint-hint :)
3. The tail of the hole where the water moves slower.
4. Any boulder's in the hole that break the current flow.
5. The seam's of the hole. (Where the fast water meets the slow water)
6. Sometimes a current break is in the flow - speed of the water. From fast to slow.

Sooooo, in closing Rich. Everything is current break related. Depending on the water levels determines how each individual current break will effect where the fish will hold. By this determination tells me where I will have the best chance for my clients to get into the most steelhead.
I hope this helps in your steelhead quest's! Best Fish's, Randy
  (Credit https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto)

Todays Humor:
I got a good chuckle the other day while fishing. An angler fishing beside us had a couple of fishing friends across the river on the other side. The only problem was his 2 friends had the cooler with all the beer. So the angler throws his line to the other side of the river and has one of his buddies tie a couple of cold beers to his line. He reeled them both in from across the river and enjoyed a lil thirst quenching beverage. I've never seen that trick before, so it gave us all a chuckle :)

Randy, Did you fish behind the ol'Ames today? Tight lines!!!  Dave

Hi Dave,  Yes, we did fish behind the ol'Ames today, loaded!!. Randy

Randy, I'm just curious about what you posted a couple days ago. You mentioned the location of one of your secret creeks.  Is there truly a creek behind ames or are you just screwing with your fans??  Please keep up the the good job you do with your web site, it truly keeps the salmon river close at hand when I read your reports even when i'm 300 miles away. Thanks for the reports! Eric

Hi Eric, Yes, just having fun. (no creek behind Ames). Was that you I saw walking around aimlessly behind Ames the other day with a fish'n pole in one hand and a typo map in the other? ;) Did I hear you yelling something about that DAM Jones guy!  Best,  Randy

Fish Tails:
Both of my guest's were some what new to the river. Carl explained to me that after hooking up several fish in several different locations today that he now had the "Confidence" to fish the river on his own. I agreed and said that "Knowledge" is truly the only thing a Professional "full-time" guide can really ever guarantee. And with this knowledge of habitat, rigging, flies, bait, presentation comes confidence. With out saying it, Carl had just paid me one of the highest compliments a guide could ever ask for.

Paul on the other hand was an entirely different story. (Ahemmmm) After spending the morning talking and talking and then talking some more about "How To Run A Proper 100% Drift". We moved to another location. I watched Paul cast and hold his rod tip a few inch's above the water's surface on his drift.
I asked Paul (politely) if he had been listening to me at all during the morning or had he forgotten the hours of conversations we had had on drift fishing. His explanation was pretty weak and he mentioned something about "Old Dogs".

The first thing I "politely" mentioned was that in a 8 hour day of fishing. If you only are fishing 50% of your drift. That equates into only 4 hours of fishing. But, I would still be charging him for a full day. (yukyyuk)

Anyway, after that I "politely" asked him to try running a drift with his rod tip high. This would give him more of a drag free drift, get his fly or bait to the bottom sooner, cut down on drag, give him a better feel for the bottom and also he would be able to detect the subtle biters. (Pauses and hesitations)  Most folks that fish the river are all waiting for the BIG BANG, YA WHO. I explained that 10% of the anglers that catch 90% of the fish are always trying to detect the pauses and hesitations on the drift. And by holding you tip high on the drift it would enable you to feel those.

His response was "Tip Who??????"

I took a deep breath, lit up a smoke, took a deeeeeeeeeep drag and pulled out a ball of cotton. I stuffed one piece into his left ear. Then ( politely ;)  repeated everything I had gone over in the morning, again. As soon as I stopped speaking, I stuffed another piece of cotton in his right ear.
I figured this way it would all stay in his head and not spill out the other ear. It worked like a charm and soon after, a bright fresh Steelhead came to hand.

I just looked in the mirror tonight and noticed a few more gray hairs. ;)

Important things to remember when fishing the Salmon River NY:
1. Its better to reel IN a fish than reel OUT a fish.
2. Treat every rock like a fish. When trying to unsnag yourself off a rock and your rock starts to swim upstream its probably not a ROCK! :)
3. Expensive fly rods are like fine china. When handled correctly they work fine. When you put your hand above the cork on the graphite for extra leverage on a BIG Steelhead, King or Coho it explodes like a gun going off in your face! This is very similar to dropping your mother's finest china on a hard floor.
4. Bring a spare rod in case you do number 3.
5. If you do number 3 and its your guides rod, tip them a little extra for the overnight shipping charges they will incur.
6. If your guide asks you to drop your rod tip to make it easier for him to net your fish. Please do not drop the entire rod in the water!
7. Never try to reel a big fish in. Instead, pull it in and use that big powerful flexible lever for what is was intended for. A reel is ONLY used to retrieve slack line.
8. Never tickle fish with your hook. They don't like that. When your line stops, SET THE HOOK!
9. Its harder to catch fish when you are not using a hook. Remember to check occasionally that you still have one on.
10. "The fish you release may be a gift to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you." Lee Wulff
Stay tuned for more important (yukyuk) lessons learned on this never-ending virtual drift boat fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers -  Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.


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

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

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

Brown Trout Guided Fishing Report

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

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

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

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clint's Testimonial with Pic's:
Randy, Thanks for the great photo of the HOG you and I landed. This year was particularly enjoyable for me. Even though there were relatively few fish caught up and down the river by others, due to low water and fish volumes, it was amazing how effective our group was.
I did not see anyone even come close to the amount of fish we handled and, in many cases, landed. As a bonus, I certainly learned a lot about handling a fly rod in just a couple of days, something relatively new for me. Thanks for your patience and consistent sharing of techniques.
Bottom line; best guide, best location, best dates, best gear,---big fish! I am thinking we need to rebook out at least until I will be too old to move--the only excuse not to be out on the river with "The Man". See you next year if not before on the Salmon River. Thanks! Clint Woods
Clint with a Trophy King Salmon of approx. 30 lb's. caught on the Salmon River Pulaski NY while wade fishing with a fly rod that's headed for the smoker. Congrats!!
Clint with a Bright fresh Chromer landed with a fly rod while wading the Slam'n Salmon River. C and R into cooler ;)  Congrats!
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Tight to a Steelhead! Im hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy hat. Fish ON, baby!

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Besides the below.... Enjoy an assortment of the BEST professionally edited Fishing Music Video's from around the World from 100's of social media sites I've cherry picked for all of you. PLUS much more!
Index:
Entertaining Salmon River Pulaski NY fish story's.
1. Salmon River NY Count Down
2. Salmon River NY - Day One Coho
3. Salmon River NY - Day Two Kings
4. Salmon River NY - Day Three Steelhead
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.


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

Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Thanks for yet another great day on the river with my brother. There's a reason I've been fishing with you for the last 8 years and keep on coming back. You are simply the best guide on the river bar none. You should have heard my brother on the drive home telling me how much he learned from you yesterday. He really appreciated your time and patience and how you carefully explained the ins 'n outs of how to consistently catch salmon. He had not fished the river in over 10 years and, after setting up in the dark and receiving the Randy Jones crash course on salmon fishing, he proceeded to hook up on the SECOND CAST!! Then another 2 in the first 30 minutes of fishin'!! Yeehaa!! After years of fishing with you, my answer to how many hookups I had that day is always "I have no idea" or "I can't remember". Usually give up after reaching double digits...
Nice King Salmon caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon River Pulaski New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)  I'm flattered as usual!
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
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Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
Also:
Rochester Sportsman Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Albany Outdoors Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Wilmington Sportsman Show MA.  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
(More not listed here)

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

THANKS! I'm simply sharing my true fishing passion's with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making my fishing report pages the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 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  http://www.ORVIS.com  fishing catalogue)
Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools.
During the summer, Randy can be found wade guiding the S.E. (and beyond) Cape Cod area's, where sight casting on the flats to trophy Striped Bass is his specialty.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and Kings.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie

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

RATES: SALMON RIVER Sept. to May - Wade or Drift Boat
One Angler:.....$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,
                                                            Randy

E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065


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