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Sept. through April
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Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

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

Thanks for your Support and another FUN Salmon and Steelhead Fishing season on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY!
If your looking to book a fishing trip for next Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got some prime dates open.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel


VIDEO PREMIERE!
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw
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We interrupt this program to bring you...................
................Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

I Made These For You
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Money Back Guarantee!  Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Temporary Transitional Resting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6                          
3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
Humor:
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!
My Video Jokes for Today  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12YczdG2a8
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Scenic Bright fresh Steelhead, Congrats!

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Some Trophy Fall Fish awaiting your arrival
Trophy King Salmon await you! Holy Cowa Bunga Stan!! (Released)
Coupl'a Trophy King Salmon headed for the smoker. Congrats!
Trophy Male Coho with Fall Spawning Colors Aglow. Ready to eat an angler, they get THAT BIG! ;)
Trophy Fall Brown Trout are an optional Treat. Congrats! (Released)

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ENJOY some of my Best Fish Photo's over some 25 years of guiding "Full-Time" here on the SLAM'N Salmon River NY :)
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A Multitude of Photo's (w/comments) of all the Trophy Fish you can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season! (A must see)
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Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival this Nov. all Winter into Late April
Couple'a BIG Fat Steelhead. Congrats!
Couple'a Superb Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead! Holy Cowa Bunga!! (Released)
Nice looking Steelhead. Super! (C and R into cooler ;)
Nice colored up Male Steelhead. What a beauty! (Released)
All Smiles with these 2 Steelhead! (All Released)
I think it was a toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb's. Fish kept for the dinner table.

Bonus Updated Archived Fishing Reports w/Photo's, Articles, Humor, Tips and Mail Bag Q and A's can be found here. Enjoy!
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
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Hey, check me out on Yelp. It has 71 photo's of all the trophy fish to can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season @ http://www.yelp.com/biz/fishing-guide-salmon-river-pulaski-ny-drift-boat-fishing-report-mexico

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 35 + 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.



Out on my 16 foot heated drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great! We also fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov.
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Drift Boat on the amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY while fishing for steelhead There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting....... This fish catching machine awaits you. (John Halnon Pro. Photo Credit's)
The Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered, this is a fabulous water chariot.
At 16 feet, this 285 pound guided drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days.
While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River.

Guest Testimonial's:
Randy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge to make our trip an unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 hookups, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 that is more fish on in a single day than some people have for an entire season. I'm a true believer in that hot spot on "Pucker Brush Creek :)
 As a matter of fact Tim and I went back on our own the next day and the fish were there waiting for us just like you said they would be. Again we had a combined count of over 10 hookups and Tim had the hot hand that day with his 6 weight fly rod. Our only regret was that we did not have enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage areas you showed us as we had to go back to work sometime.
 Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:) Tim and I have been coming up there for over 15 years, and yet we still learned a few valuable lessons from you, thanks again. I'm just sorry that the season is almost winding down, definitely want to get back up there for another trip.
 I would highly recommend you to anyone, beginner or experienced steelheader, it's the combination of little things and techniques that make all the difference in the world. Feel free to pass on my contact information if you need any references for anglers, I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism, knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime.
Thank You, Ted

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

Randy,
Every time I go fishing, the optimist in me says "This might be the day." Athletes pray for days like this, hoping they play in "the zone." I think fishermen do too. Surely, this is what keeps many of us thrashing the water with a piece of string. I can count on one hand the number of days when this has happened. Two of them have been with you. The first was two years ago today, Oct. 8, when I hooked 40 or 50 fish, including a 35 lb male king that now sits above my fireplace as an reminder of that one remarkable day of fishing. The other was last Friday. Not only did I land a pair of nice Kings, I also caught my first Cohos, a beautiful male brown and three fall run steelhead, my first grand slam on the Salmon River. All told, I had maybe 20 hookups, while my buddy Myles had almost as many and landed cohos, a brown and several steelhead. It wasn't as if this was a great day on the river. I saw many long faces and shaking heads as other anglers came up empty, lost lead and flies to the river bottom and called it quits by midday. The credit for my experience is all yours. I know there are many fishermen who can work the Salmon River and catch plenty of fish, especially when a run is on. I can do it on my own sometimes. But putting it all together when the fishing is slow as you did is a testimony to your skill, knowledge and hard work. Looking forward to my next trip with you and the chance to yell "Fish On"!
Regards, Jim

May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Randy Jones
 
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie ;)

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

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

Gift certificates are available for Trips

Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within 7 days of booking.

Mailed to:
Randy Jones
87 Clark Rd.
Mexico, NY
13114

Q's? - http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
Great Fishing Reports! - http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
Superb Salmon River NY Fishing U-Tube Vids. - https://www.youtube.com/c/YankeeanglerFishingGuideSalmonRiverPulaskiNYReport
All Steelhead Fishing Tutorial Vids. Salmon River Pulaski NY - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
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April 17, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Presently, all the steelhead are in all stages of the Spawn. Actual spawning and post spawn. This tells you that the entire river is coming alive. Top to bottom and from one side to the other, within reason.
We are seeing more drop back steelhead daily.
Drop back steelhead are ones that have successfully spawned, survived and are now transitioning down the river. Stopping along the way holding in different locations to feed and re-build their strength. These drop back steelhead would eat the kitchen sink, if you threw it at'm. They are not the fussiest eaters and can be some of the easiest steelhead to catch of the season.
EVEN I could probably catch one. ;)
Most anglers are finding the fishing slow, challenging or ok. A few better than ok.
Local creeks and streams are with fish.
Nice dark male Steelhead, Congrats! (The darkness of the fish, bump on the lower jaw and the red rosy cheek's tell you its a male Steelhead)

Salmon River NY Guide Drift Boat Trip Report:
We were 3 for 4 on Steelhead.
1 came from a deep water, tail of a hole, soft water current break. The other 3 we were using floats off a spinning rod with a lil salmon egg juice put on bead for scent, blind casting in a soft water current break.
That bead was the only one they wanted as we had previously tried all the other normal stuff first. After we hit 2 on that bead, I switched my other guest over to same bead and he hit one!
Water a tad tainted, but pretty good. Seeing some droppies. We fished 4 spots and hit'm in 2. (50% on spots, cant complain)
Big garden worm hatch at my house after heavy down pour of rain yesterday. Hint-hint :)
End of day, we were racing to the ramp as we had lighting all around us and over the lake.

Tony and Wes's Fishing Report and Testimonial:
Went out on the big water today with Randy Jones in his boat. Had a great time and got into some fish! I've been up fishing 5 times this year before today. Skunked every time. Today I got some good instruction on float fishing and we landed some steelies. Water was still high, but fairly clear (wasn't as dirty as Randy's jokes). I was starting to think the river was a waste of time when the water is so high but we had luck. It was my first drift trip. Had a great time and learned a lot! I can only remember about 20% of it, but totally worth it. From what I heard, water will stay up for another week or so before there's any relief. Went out on Orwell and Trout brook on Tuesday. Speratic fish. Can be seen easily for sight fishing, but very spooky. Wouldn't take anything, even on 4 lb fluro. Tony

My buddy and I fished yesterday w\Randy Jones the Yankee Angler. I was hesitant to post anything because his head is already large enough, but I was compelled to so here goes: he almost knows as much as me, HAHA. All kidding aside, if somebody wants to fish w\a guy who knows the Salmon River and how to fish it better than anyone I've met, then you owe it to yourself to book a trip w\him. This has been a tough season for me on steelies, and for almost everyone I've talked to, but Randy put us on fish. We started out bottom-bouncing flies then switched to floats (upon our request to learn) since I am fairly new to the technique, but I caught my 1st decent size fish yesterday on one and am now confident to use them on my own. Randy went over how to rig them and how to properly fish them. The river is really flowing at the moment and I've had difficulty hooking up, I was about ready to give up 'til it dropped some, but now I'm ready to get back up there and fish it again as is. I could go on & on of all he taught us, but let me leave it at this, if you're going to book a trip on the river you cannot go wrong using him, we had a blast- even before we hooked up. We were 3 for 4 on hooked fish, along w\several float drops that we were too slow to react to. I have fished w\him a couple times, and for my money and even more my precious vacation time, I could not have been more pleased. Thanks Randy- 'til next time! Wes

Thanks for the report and FUN rewarding day Tony and Wes!
Tony and Wes have been studying float fishing on the net and picking up tips along the way and reeeeeelly wanted to learn it all better, so they could do it with confidence.

We covered all materials needed, how to rig, optional shot patterns, optional top producing baits, beads for different seasons, water flows, clarity of water and stages of the fish's life, etc.. How to run a perfect drift using a spin rod with floats and numerous advanced tips on all aspects of float fishing.

The best part of the day for me was seeing Tony and Wes hook up and land some steelhead using floats for the first time building confidence.
The excitement and adrenaline running up your spine of the fight, the rewards of landing some. The camaraderie we shared, laughs abounded all day. New high water spots learned for a 1,700 cfs flow covering a 4 mile length of river providing them with options if the river is high again on there next trip up here. Advanced bottom drift fishing, aquatic insects and flies, etc...

Tony and Wes released all their steelhead. (Its nice to share with all of you and its the gift that keeps on give'n)


Earlier in week:
Found 5 steelhead.
Bead #1 producer, blue egg sack in second place and pink egg sack in third place for fish producing popularity. All under floats, middle of water column fished. All drop backs.

Thursday, 2 guys, found 5 steelhead. All on floats. First time they have ever used them. 3 on bead, 1 on pink egg sack, 1 on blue egg sack, found them in 3 spots out of 5-6 fished. Beats a sharp stick in the eye! Ye-Haa!

Friday, 2 fly anglers, strike indicators, off bottom-fishing middle of water column, incredible presentations! Hit 2 on glow bugs in cream color and then switched to HOT bead, 9, (yes - I said 9 more steelhead :) = 11 total! Ye-Haa!
This was one of my best days this season.
1 guy landed his first steelhead ever of approx. 10 lb's.
The other landed his biggest steelhead ever.
Both played with more steelhead in a day, than ever before. Grand day, smiles abound, liked getting 3 first's for my friends!
(Guess we jus got lucky ;)

Thursday counted only 4 drift boats.
Major drift boat hatch Friday, most Ive seen since Fall, counted approx. 20, great for the local economy! Lots of open water.

Guest Testimonial:
Randy, You earned every penny of it...
We greatly appreciate your professionalism, concern for our safety and focus on fishing success.  The trip back to the ramp was informative and beautiful.  We will be back for more steel.  I'll send you a couple of our photos in case you want to use them on your website, the photo of Matt with his fish is really nice...
Regards, Art & Matt Smith

Bright fresh female Steelhead, Congrats! (The straight jaw (no bump) tells you its a female and she is full of eggs with a fat stomach)

VIDEO PREMIERE! (Watch full screen and Volume up)
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw
Please SHARE and Subscribe.
Fall, early Sept. start of Salmon season
Winter, 3/5/16. High water, 1,700 cfs, Steelhead season.
Songs - Intro. Wont get fooled again and Going Mobile by The Who.
Video Starring - Jimmy Kelso and me Fishing Guide Randy Jones.


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.


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!

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. 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? 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 help net it for you. If its good for the fish, then its good for all of us!)

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 friends 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 place the fishes head upstream to let water flow through its gills. Please make sure that the fish's head and gills are totally submerged. Hold the fish from its belly and tail or just the tail. (Sometimes when anglers are reviving their fish, I notice they hold the gills shut with their hand. Causing the fish to not be able to breath.) When it's fully revived and ready to go, then release your grasp. I also watch the fish to make sure it swims off strongly. If not, grab it again and revive further. 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.

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.

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.

If your looking to book a fishing trip for next Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got some prime dates open.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead Fish's,
Randy Jones

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

Great News! With the present higher water flow in the Salmon River NY we are getting the bulk of our remaining Spring steelhead in that are in a Transitional stage. Local creeks, rivers and stream's too! Ye-Haa!!!
These new steelhead are working there way up river, spreading out and holding in all the Winter lyes. All Winter lyes are with steelhead. Some Transitional holding lyes are w/ steelhead.
Some steelhead starting to pair up in the holes (Male - Female). Seeing a few Steelhead move to that special rock.
All of the Steelhead that have been entering the Salmon River since Sept. are spread out over its entire length, top to bottom. Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to Amazing.
Having the correct Habitat, Rigging and most importantly Presentation. Will help in your Steelhead quest.
( Even I..... could probably catch one..... ;)
Bright freshy Steelhead. Congrats! (C and R into cooler ;)

Advantages of fishing during a higher water flow in the river: Higher water flows can many times scare some anglers away. Leaving you almost the entire river to fish by yourself.

Disadvantages  - If you dont know where the fish move to (current breaks) during these higher flows, then either stay home or come here and learn! (T.O.W)  (Or take a short cut and hire a guide and ask them to point out all the spots for you to return and fish on your own during this flow)
Hard to land your fish with more current, unless you know the high water current breaks that have slow water to pull them into to land.
Cant cross the river. Im selling water wings, in case you do try to cross. Also dry bags for your cell and camera. If you call me with when and where you plan to cross, Ill even throw in a free 911 call for you. I'll tell'm to look for you a mile down river from where you entered, Or in the lake- yukyuk

What's funny is: If the normal flow was 1,700cfs and above, you would have become accustomed to it long ago and would be fishing now. Then, when the water was at 335cfs, you'd be canceling your trip up here because you never put your time in to learn it.

Advantages of fishing after a long High Water Period:
High water levels in the river have kept many a steelhead angler away. Once this water level drops, it will provide you with numerous unpressured steelhead. Ye-Haa!

What a Trophy Steelhead, Congrats Anton! (Released, its nice to share)

Creeks, Streams and Rivers,  Winter into Spring
Typically, the other “best time” to fish for steelhead is just around the corner. March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead as there is not only leftover winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of springtime fish. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead.
Anton with a nice BIG Buck (approx. 16 lb's.) landed in April. One of my favorite Spring Steelhead photos. Congrats!
(Released for you to catch, its nice to share, the gift that keeps on giv'n ;)

Bright Fresh Spring Steelhead

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

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

May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead Fish's,
Randy

February 19, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Back to or closer too more normal #'s of steelhead around and why:
During the Fall and early Winter we had some steelhead around, that are still in the River. From late Dec. early Jan. to present, we have been getting a nice steady trickle or flow of fresh steelhead entering and running the river, almost daily.
With the current higher water flow, we are getting more fresh steelhead entering and running the river. Their biological clock is ticking and forcing them to enter into the next stage of their lives.
Throw in the hatchery is LOADED!!! with steelhead! (If your up here, check'm out!)

In closing, I'd say we are back to our normal #'s of steelhead or at least a LOT closer to our normal #'s. Ye Haa! FISH ON! 

TEST your Salmon River NY Knowledge:
Besides the angler and the fish, what other clue in the picture tells you that this might be a pretty darn good spot to fish! (Its not water flow, movement or a reading the water clue)
I'd guess only 1-2% of you will answer correctly, this is a tuff one! (Dont cheat like you did in school and read the below answer first! ;)
You will find other angler answers on this website http://www.salmontime.com/index.php?threads/test-your-salmon-river-knowledge.669/ While you there, join and have some fun or ask a Q. One of my new favorite spots to read about and discuss the Salmon River NY.
Another one of my favorite sites for up here is: Salmon River Fishing Reports @ https://www.facebook.com/SteelHead101?ref=profile (I made there page a News Feed on my Facebook page, I like it THAT much!)

Someone answered a rock cairn to mark the spot. Nope, close, but no cigar!
Here is my rock cairn I built and placed to mark a spot once. I was afraid I'd forget where the hole was @ and also where the Hot Spot in the hole was @???? ;) Brownie points if you can name the spot! (Hint - Its on Pucker Brush Creek, behind Mc Donald's in Pulaski NY ;)


Answer:
FLINTSTONE CHAIRS
(like the cartoon)
Over the anglers right shoulder are what we call Flintstone chairs. Some of us build them to sit on and to be close to the action .
A Flintstone chair is normally a S.R. signature clue on a HOT fish'n spot. Wherever you see them along the river, its normally a good spot to fish.
Why would anyone take the time to build them in a bad spot? I have never seen them in a bad spot, only the good ones.

ADVANCED READING OF FLINTSTONE CHAIRS: Normally, directly in front of these chairs is the sweet spot in the hole or run. They are normally built by seasoned anglers who know the best spot in the hole or run that will be fishing there for an extended period.
 
Some of us have been know to kick them over @ days end, so as not to give away a prime fishing spot.
Sneeky lil devils, aren't we?


HUMOR - Test your Salmon River NY knowledge - Part 2
Smarter than a 6th grader? (Dont feel to bad if your not, I got this one wrong too)
Q?
1) Male or female?
2) Specific species name? (No Latin)
I will except 2 answers.
The winner gets a round of applause from everybody on here!


Possible answers ?
Drop Back King Salmon on its way back to the lake after spawning in the Spring
A male King Salmon full of eggs in the Fall
Atlantic Salmon with spawning colors aglow
A female Coho after the Hatchery has taken its eggs
A Salmon that spent to much time in the Nuclear plant water out flow area
Drop back steelhead during the Fall
An angler eating Chub
Drop Back Coho
Brown trout caught in the Spring when they are spawning
A rare hybrid steelhead, brown trout, Coho and King Salmon
A rare Spring King
A close relative to Jimmy Durante


Answer:
A Male Coho with spawning colors aglow.
Or, A male Caucasian.

Thanks for play'n along!

May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Randy

February 13, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Fresh entering (and running the river) steelhead have been caught from the top of the Salmon River in Altmar to the bottom of the river in Pulaski NY. With some older ones too! This is filling the river up nicely! Ye-Haa!
Most are in Prime Winter Holding locations while a few are in the Prime Temporary Holding spots.
Prime Winter Holding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6
Prime Temporary Holding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
3 Basic and Prime Current Breaks in every Pool for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&index=3&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
This will continue all Winter into the Spring. Along with these new fish we still have a fair # of older steelhead that have been in the river for awhile getting smarter and more difficult to fool. Easier fish down river and more educated - challenging fish up river.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Never Know
(From the basement Archives)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Different Salmon River Steelhead float shotting patterns:
http://www.raventackle.com/shotting_patterns.php

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


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

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

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

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Kids" Salmon River NY Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo...  bad if your not, I got some wrong too :)
What do we call a 1 year old Salmon?
What do we call a 1 year old Steelhead?
When I say, "special rock". What type of rock am I referring too?
What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, when ALL you reeeelly wanted was a fishing report? (No foul language, please! ;)
Answer's:
Jack
Skipper
Gravel, where they will spawn
Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide - Randy Jones with over 35 years guiding experince ;)
Our Salmon River Steelhead get this Big. My guest's played with 7 or 8 steelhead in this one lil spot useing a fly rod, in approx. 1 hour fishing time. Talk about EXCITING!!!!! (All released)

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

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

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

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

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

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

Brown Trout Guided Fishing Report

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

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

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

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon River Pulaski New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Randy Jones

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

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

THANKS! I'm simply sharing my true fishing passion's with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making my fishing report pages the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 25 years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 35 plus years of full-time, proffessional guiding insight, experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques with you all. Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support!

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

VIDEO PREMIERE!
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw
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I made these for you.
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Money Back Guarantee!  Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Temporary Transitional Resting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6                          
3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
Humor:
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!
My Video Jokes for Today  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12YczdG2a8
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Current Local Salmon River NY Fishing News, Photo's, Articles, Humor and Tips. One stop.....  cover's 90% of what's current and important to your fishing interest's. (New content being added frequently)
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ENJOY some of my Best Fish Photo's over some 25 years of guiding "Full-Time" here on the SLAM'N Salmon River NY :)
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A Multitude of Photo's (w/comments) of all the Trophy Fish you can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season! (A must see)
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Bonus Updated Archived Fishing Reports w/Photo's, Articles, Humor, Tips and Mail Bag Q and A's can be found here. Enjoy!
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http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html

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

Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie ;)

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

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

Gift certificates are available for Trips

Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within 7 days of booking.

Mailed to:
Randy Jones
87 Clark Rd.
Mexico, NY
13114

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Great Fishing Reports! - http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
Superb Salmon River NY Fishing U-Tube Vids. - https://www.youtube.com/c/YankeeanglerFishingGuideSalmonRiverPulaskiNYReport
All Steelhead Fishing Tutorial Vids. Salmon River Pulaski NY - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
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E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065

Copyright 2016  Randy S. Jones

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